[Pnews] Veronza Bowers denied parole again

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  Veronza Bowers again denied parole

May 31, 2019
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*/by Mary Ratcliff/*

Veronza Bowers is an internationally known man of peace, famous for his 
mastery of the Shakuhachi bamboo flute that he plays to relieve the 
suffering of sick and dying prisoners. Now 73, this former Black Panther 
who has proclaimed his innocence during 46 years of incarceration, has 
just learned that once again he has been denied parole.

According to Wikipedia, his sentence dictated that “he was eligible for 
mandatory parole after 30 years.” When that day arrived, he was dressed 
to leave to join his family at the prison gate when they were bitterly 
disappointed.

“In February 2005,” reports Wikipedia, “10 months after he’d served 30 
years in prison, his parole was postponed in order to give the victim’s 
relatives a chance to express their opposition at a new parole hearing. 
Bowers was denied parole in December 2005.”

At that parole hearing, Veronza’s unit manager testified: “I have been 
with the Bureau of Prisons for 25 years in March and this is my first 
time ever speaking on behalf of an inmate. … Incident reports are very 
easy to get and he has set the standard for not getting any incident 
reports. I can address the fact that as a Bureau of Prisons employee, we 
all wish we had an institution full of inmates who can go 21 years 
without an incident report.”

In a message received May 30, Veronza writes: “The way I look at news is 
that it is neither bad nor good; it just IS what it is. And once 
received, then we can move forward.

“I do appreciate very much that people are very concerned about me. 
Please let folks know that I am fine. I talked with my Freedom Team 
today and they are busy preparing our next step.

“In short, we are not giving up. And I am confident that truth and 
justice are on my side and that I will be taking my long overdue long 
walk to FREEDOM in the not too distant future.

*Please let folks know that I am fine. I am confident that truth and 
justice are on my side and that I will be taking my long overdue long 
walk to FREEDOM in the not too distant future. *

“It is the Bay View, my legal team, all of you supporters who continue 
to show your love and concern and, of course, my entire family and all 
my friends who provide the WIND under my wings that allows me to hold my 
head high and soar to the heights where only eagles dare fly – on wings 
unbroken!”

/Send our brother some love and light: Veronza Bowers Jr., 35316-136, 
Butner FMC, P.O. Box 1600, Butner NC 27509./

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