(PHOTO: A3 supporters at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, April 17, 2012, exactly 40 years after Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox were put in solitary confinement at Angola State Prison.)
King is traveling to Philadelphia to take part in their 9/17 Rally Against Solitary and then back to the United Kingdom for multiple events. Supporters are as always, busy making films, writing articles, posting commentaries on social networks, visiting Herman and Albert. It is time for justice for the Angola 3 and the far too many more prisoners enduring extended solitary confinement in American gulags.
Professor Bell pulled together our first ever Angola 3 Prayer service in Baton Rouge a couple of months ago (view the program and photos from the service) and we're working with National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) to see if we can collaborate on bringing information regarding solitary to the religious community in the south.
Unfortunately, as often happens once the overburdened courts get rolling, the only legal headline is delay. Albert is still awaiting the transcripts from his May hearing and consequently the submission of final briefs has been indefinitely frozen. We will keep everyone updated as soon as the legal ball is rolling again. Meanwhile, now might be a good time to drop a line to Albert letting him know he is still in our minds as he patiently awaits his fate.
Read our report from the May 29-31 evidentiary hearing here.
Albert's mailing address is:
David Wade Correctional Center, N1 A3
670 Bell Hill Rd.
Homer, LA 71040
Sign the new AI petition to James M. LeBlanc here!
The A3 coalition has self-produced an edited, eight-minute video of the this past April's press conference on the 40th anniversary of Herman and Albert's placement in solitary confinement.
As previously reported, on April 17, 2012, Amnesty International was joined by a delegation of supporters, holding a press conference at the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge, LA, and hand delivering to Governor Bobby Jindal's office the petition initiated by Amnesty International demanding the immediate release of the Herman and Albert from solitary confinement.
Governor Jindal refused to meet with the delegation despite several attempts made by Amnesty International to contact him in the weeks leading up to the petition delivery. Jindal ultimately referred the issue to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. In response, the following month, Amnesty launched a new online petition directed to the Secretary of that department, James M. LeBlanc, still calling for Albert and Herman's immediately release from solitary.
Watch the new video here.
PHOTO: Campaigners handing over a petition signed by more then 67,000 people in over 125 countries to the Governor of Louisiana, 17 April 2012.
If you're in London, check out their event on September 8, here.
Law Professor Angela A. Allen Bell's Law Journal Article about the Railroading of the Angola 3 into Solitary
Professor Bell meticulously documents how the Angola 3's continued placement in solitary has been facilitated by a fundamentally meaningless review process, arguing that "when prison officials stop acting as administrators and effectively begin handing down sentences, they, for all practical purposes, become judges. The Separation of Powers Doctrine prohibits prison officials from acting with this authority.". While noting that the A3 case is part of a broader epidemic of human rights abuses in US prisons, Bell also proposes concrete solutions for making prison authorities more accountable in their use of solitary confinement.
Following the release of her article, Angola 3 News interviewed Bell about her interest in the A3 case, the legacy of slavery and why she thinks prison authorities still feel so threatened by what Angola Warden Burl Cain identified as "Black Pantherism." Read the full interview here.
Angola 3 Coalition on Freedom is a Constant Struggle with Kiilu Nyasha
In her most recent article, entitled "The Revision and Origin of Black August", Kiilu Nyasha, a longtime supporter of political prisoners writes:
A time to embrace the principles of unity and resistance, Black August had its origins in the "Black Movement" behind California prison walls in the 1960s, led by George Jackson, W. L. Nolen, James Carr, Hugo Pinell, Kumasi, Howard Tole, Warren Wells, and many other conscious, standup brothers who ultimately made it safe for Blacks to walk the yards of California's racist gulags. As the decades passed, the tradition of honoring our fallen freedom fighters - sparked by the August events described below -- was expanded to include commemorating revolutionary wars of resistance and self-determination, such as Harriett Tubman's Underground Railroad and the Haitian Revolution of August of 1791 culminating in the first Black Republic of the world.
Read an article by Time Magazine spotlighting the Angola 3 here.
EVERY 36 HOURS: The Extrajudicial Killings of Black People
Announcing the release of their July report on extrajudicial killings, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement states: "A human rights crisis confronts Black people in the United States. Since January 1, 2012, police and a much smaller number of security guards and self-appointed vigilantes have murdered at least 120 Black women and men. These killings are definitely not accidental or random acts of violence or the work of rogue cops...The corporate media have given very little attention to these extrajudicial killings. We call them "extrajudicial" because they happen without trial or any due process, against all international law and human rights conventions. Those few mainstream media outlets that mention the epidemic of killings have been are unwilling to acknowledge that the killings are systemic - meaning they are embedded in institutional racism and national oppression.
Read the full report here.