On September 5th, political prisoner and movement elder Herman Bell was assaulted by guards at Great Meadow Correctional Facility. He sustained multiple injuries, including broken ribs, yet instead of being hospitalized was sent to solitary and brought up on trumped up charges of having assaulted the guards in question. (To learn more about this vicious attack, click here.)
However, the good news is that due to the outpouring of support for Herman and outrage at this brutal and violent assault, he has been told that the charges against him will be dropped, and he has been moved into general population!
Please take the time to learn more about Herman, and visit his website at http://www.freehermanbell.org
From Herman (written earlier) with many thanks for all of our efforts:
September 27, 2017
My dear brothers and sisters,
Thank you for the outpouring of cards, letters, healing-love and energy that you sent me in response to the unprovoked brutal assault on me by NYS prison guards at Comstock, NY – a vicious slap aside the head from behind and shoved to the ground. I protected myself as best as I could. I sustained multiple kicks, punches to the face and eyes, repeated head slams into concrete, and 2 cracked ribs. They tried to bury me with raining blows, not knowing that I am a seed. But the burning pepper spray sprayed into my eyes and mouth is what did me in – and yet, here I am.
Now I know why visitors bring flowers and candy to the hospital. I was immediately sent, however, not to a hospital but to the Box for “assault on staff,” so the cards and letters and love you sent me were my flowers and candy. You did great!
I was astonished, not by the outpouring of your support, but by the enormity of it.
People are coming together and are standing up. They are finding that they are not entitled to the rights and freedoms they think they have as americans. Instead of the consideration americans – many of them voters – deserve, they are ignored by authoritarian and elected officials.
They lack healthcare, suffer from unrestrained police violence, mass incarceration, lack a living wage, experience poverty and homelessness, and suffer from a toxic environment. People are standing up against these injustices, insisting that their demands be respected and addressed.
The social injustice, jackboot repression, racist attacks, discrimination, wealth disparities, unemployment, lack of affordable housing (the list doesn’t just end there), creates waves of fierce discontent which ls gaining steady momentum, becoming a full-blown cleansing tsunami, the force of which is irresistible.
And that force is you, the People, coming together and taking a stand. My flowers and candy is your outpouring of support for me, our political prisoners, the mass incarcerated and the voiceless.
To write each of you (I’ve literally received hundreds of letters) a personal “thank you” at this time would be impossible. So, I send this “thank you!” instead.
Thank you! I thank you deeply one and all for the empathy, outrage, love and support you’ve expressed in the face of the assault on me. May our resolve to produce social change remain unshakeable.
?Shawangunk Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 700
Wallkill, New York 12589