[Ppnews] Jaan Laaman statement on Richard Williams

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Wed Dec 7 11:35:16 EST 2005

Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 06:56:38 -0800 (PST)
From: Jericho Boston <jericho_boston at yahoo.com>
Subject: Jaan Laaman statement on Richard Williams

The following article, by Ohio 7 political prisoner Jaan Laaman, sent 
from the Massachusetts state prison in Walpole, was written to be 
included in a tribute book dedicated to Richard Williams, Ohio 7 
political prisoner, who is in very poor health at the federal medical 
facility in North Carolina.

Artwork and writing to be included in the tribute book is due 
December 10th and can be sent to:
<mailto:fujino333 at yahoo.com>fujino333 at yahoo.com
P.O. Box 80145
Goleta, CA  93118

Financial contributions for Richard's family can be sent to:
Jericho Movement,
P.O. Box 774
Bronx, NY 10458

Send Richard cards or letters at the following address:
Richard Williams #10377-016
Federal Medical Center
PO Box 1600
Old North Carolina Hwy 75
Butner, NC 27509-1600

For additional information on Richard, please see:

My Friend Richard Williams

Richard Charles Williams, my dear brother, my comrade, I could write 
a book or maybe a screen play about you and your life. It would be a 
righteous movie, action packed, principled, some real humor, and all 
built around a life of struggle and hope. Of course between 
revolutionary "need to know" principles, and Hollywood's comicbook 
propaganda movies, it's not too likely your real movie is going to 
get made just yet. But your revolutionary life, your warm, good 
heart, and your determined Spirit of Resistance will continue to 
inspire and guide those of us who know you and all those who will yet 
come to know you.

 From our earliest days, 34-35 years ago, working together, 
struggling and having each other's back, I remember how seriously you 
took the words of Che Guevara and how you admired his life. You know 
I've always thought of you as embodying the true living spirit of 
Che. While you have consistently been reasoned and practical in 
strategic outlook, you have always been willing to pick up the 
struggle of oppressed nations and peoples anywhere int he world. You 
are a true anti-imperialist and humanitarian. Your entire adult life 
is a solid expression of the real meaning of Proletarian 
Internationalism. And if anyone is not familiar with these terms - go 
do a little investigating. It's not only to see what kind of man 
Richard has been his whole life, but this world needs new and more 
socialists and revolutionaries in the 21st century ----- you could be one.

Besides the labels and "isms," if I had to briefly tell you about 
Richard, I 'd say he is a very nice and regular person. Someone you 
would want to be your friend and fellow worker.

For me personally, I have no dearer friend or closer comrade than 
Richard. We were there for each other's childrens' home births, and 
we put in some hours on pinball machines in quite a few clubs and 
pubs. Yeah, you mostly were the pinball champ! From construction 
sites (Richard's a good carpenter) to picket lines, and yes, battle 
lines too, I feel proud and honored to have shared these with you, my 
comrade, my brother, my friend.

Jaan Laaman, Ohio 7 anti-imperialist political prisoner
Walpole state prison
December 2, 2005

Jaan Laaman
Box 100
South Walpole, MA 02071

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