[Ppnews] Marshall Eddie Conway talks about COINTELPRO and the Black Panthers
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Ronald Conway and Paulo Harris have prepared this
brief letter requesting Eddie's presence at his
mother's funeral service. Please help support
this request by following the instructions in the letter. Thank you.
Passing of Eleanor Conway: An Urgent Plea!
15, 2010 by
As many of you know Eddie Conways mother,
Eleanor Conway passed suddenly on last Thursday.
Eddie has not been able to see his mother for
quite a long time. The following request is from Eddies family.
We are contacting you on behalf of the Conway
family. We are requesting your support to ensure
that Eddie be allowed to attend the funeral of
his dearly departed mother. There is information
below on how to contact the Secretary, Department
of Public Safety and Correctional Services who
has the authority to temporarily provide
bereavement leave to Eddie so that he can
properly say goodbye to his mother. We urge that
you contact the Secretary and reach out to as
many others as possible to do the same to make
certain that Eddie is permitted to do so. Given
the urgency of the timing, please call and speak
directly with the Secretary, or leave a voice message.
Please also send your thoughts and prayers!
Gary D. Maynard, Chair
Secretary, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions
6852 4th St, Sykesville, MD 21784-7433
Telephone: 410-875-3400, Fax: 410-875-3582
gmaynard at dpscs.state.md.us
Please call, fax, or email!
We also invite you to attend the funeral. The
family has arranged for the services to take
place Thursday June 17th at 1:30 pm at March Funeral home.
The address is:
Marchs Funeral Home
4300 Wabash Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
You may send your condolences to:
Marshall E. Conway #116469
Jessup Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 534
Jessup, MD 20794
Marshall Eddie Conway talks about COINTELPRO and the Black Panthers
June 15, 10:49 AM
Red Emmas independent bookstore in Baltimore,
Maryland recently had a book release event but
without a book signing. Fifty people crowded into
Red Emmas to listen to the author they could not
see talk about a secret government program, Operation COINTELPRO.
Marshall Eddie Conway, former Minister of Defense
for the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panthers,
is one of the longest imprisoned targets of
Operation COINTELPRO. Jailed forty years for the
1970 murder of a Baltimore policeman. Conway
called Red Emmas bookstore in Baltimore from his
cellblock to talk about his new book, The Greatest Threat.
Conway has been confined four decades since his
arrest while at work at the Post Office. Conway
was charged with the shooting death of a
policeman on the basis of a photo identification
by another policeman who allegedly saw Conway in
the distance at the crime scene the night before his arrest.
No physical evidence linked Conway to the
shooting and his primary accuser ended up being
an informer cellmate who bought his own freedom
by claiming Conway confessed to the crime. Conway
has consistently maintained his innocence and
objected to his cellmate fearing subsequent perjured testimony
The Greatest Threat details the heady days of
revolutionary spirit and the rise of the Black
Panthers that led to the subversion of justice by
the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The director
of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, led a personal
secret war against American political activists
and targeted the Black Panthers as the most
dangerous group in America. Hoover prodded field
agents to disrupt the Panthers and break the
organization by attacking its leadership.
Hoovers COINTELPRO campaign was national in
scope and eventually became a major priority of
the police agency--all in secret.
Conways controversial trial resembled a farce
with Conway denied his own attorney and often not
present in the courtroom. The court-appointed
attorney, not of Conways choosing, only met with
Conway for two brief meetings as part of trial
preparation. Conway kept a defiant posture when
he was in the courtroom and his fate was sealed with a life sentence.
Conway was able to speak with the Red Emmas
audience for the better part of an hour
reflecting on his time in prison and answering
questions. Several times the call-in lecture was
interrupted and Conway had to call back in from
the medium-security cellblock where he is imprisoned.
Proceeds from the sale of the book go to Conways legal defense fund.
Permission granted to reprint
To listen to Marshall Eddie Conway's call-in
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