[Ppnews] Today starts the fax and phone campaign to support Herman Bell & Jalil Muntaqim

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Mon Feb 2 14:38:32 EST 2009


To all celebrating Black History Month:

Black History Month is a time to not only celebrate, educate and
embrace Afrikan contributions, but a time to continue upholding the
legacy of our unsung Afrikan heroes, many of whom sacrificed a great
deal in the times of the Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movements.

1,000's of Afrikan people have been held captive as Political
Prisoners or Prisoners of War for holding America responsible for its

Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Kwame Ture and Huey P. Newton
were all incarcerated for political reasons.

Many of the men and women who stood beside the civil rights and black
liberation heroes of yesterday are still incarcerated today.

Jalil Muntaqim and Herman Bell (of the San Francisco 8) are two of
many who sacrificed so much during the Civil Rights and Black
Liberation Movements.

Both have been held captive since the early 1970's. Jalil and Herman
are being denied of their right of parole hearings because neither
the California nor New York Governor will act on their request to be
transferred to NY in order to work on their parole hearings.

"Phone for Parole!" every Monday during Black History Month

Let us commemorate Black History Month by simply calling or faxing
for the immediate transporting of Jalil Muntaqim and Herman Bell for
parole hearings.

"Phone for Parole!" every Monday during Black History Month

Please look at the attached letter for more details on this
injustice.  Feel free to use it as a basis for your fax or phone call.

Free the SF 8!!

Honorable David A. Paterson
Governor of the State of New York
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
FAX: 1-518-474-1513, 1-518-474-3767
david.paterson at chamber.state.ny.us
phone:  518-474-8390

February, 2009

Dear Governor Paterson:

I call upon you to immediately approve the already agreed upon
transfer of Herman Bell and Anthony Bottom (aka Jalil Muntaqim), back
to New York State custody to attend their parole hearings.

Mr. Bell and Mr. Bottom have been languishing in the San Francisco
County Jail for over two years. Their case is at least four months
away from preliminary hearings, but red tape continues to block the
implementation of their transfer.

The San Francisco County Jail does not have the proper facilities or
capacity to hold people for an extended period of time, and two years
in sub-standard living conditions, woefully limited visits and little
to no access to proper medical care or activities has had devastating
effects on Mr. Bell and Mr. Bottom and their families.

Both of these men have been incarcerated for over 35 years and are
model prisoners.  Their return to New York State is essential in
order for them to be present for crucial parole hearings.  It is
unfair and cruel to deny them this right.

Additionally, Mr. Bottom has submitted a fully documented application
to you for clemency/commutation of his New York sentence. Please do
not allow Mr. Bottom's custody in California to lessen the urgency of
acting on his compelling case.

Please act now to end this injustice.




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