[Pnews] Wednesday - 3/17 Press Conferences to Free Ruchell Magee

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Mon Mar 15 10:47:24 EDT 2021

www.freeruchellmagee.org <http://www.freeruchellmagee.org/>

Governor Newsom, Free Ruchell Magee NOW!

/Three California press conferences held on the birthday of the 
longest-serving political prisoner in the United States./

Wednesday, March 17 at 8 AM- Three Locations:

Los Angeles Location: Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, 
210 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 

Marin County Location: Marin County Superior Court,3501 Civic Center Dr 
San Rafael, CA 94903 

Sacramento Location: California State Capitol,1315 10th St, Sacramento, 
CA 95814 


The Coalition to Free Ruchell Mageewill hold three simultaneous rallies 
across California on Wednesday, March 17 to call for the Governor of 
California to review and commute the sentence of Ruchell “Cinque” 
Magee, the longest-held political prisoner in the United States. These 
press conferences are being held on Ruchell’s 82nd birthday, which he 
will spend locked behind the walls of California Medical Facility 
despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which threatens the elderly and 
prisoners daily. 2021 will mark his 58th year of unjust imprisonment.�

About Ruchell: Ruchell’s confinement stems from a bogus 1963 
conviction over an incident involving a $10 marijuana trade gone wrong, 
which was labeled “kidnapping”. Though the alleged crime seems minor 
in today’s California (due to the legalization of recreational 
marijuana in 2016), the Los Angeles Superior Court decided to railroad 
him with a seven-years-to-life sentence.

Ruchell also attracted worldwide attention from his auxiliary role in 
the 1970 Marin County Courthouse Rebellion. On August 7, 1970, several 
Black freedom fighters attempted to liberate themselves before San 
Quentin guards killed each conspirator and a judge. Ruchell was gravely 
injured in this massacre, and the courts saw fit that his punishment for 
resisting unjust captivity should be a life of brutal captivity. This is 
the case for which activist Angela Davis was charged with conspiracy to 
murder, due to her ownership weapons used, before she was acquitted. 
Ruchell, who has worked tirelessly to secure his release as well as the 
release of other political prisoners, remains incarcerated to this day.�

Event Details: There will be three press conferences on the morning of 
March 17: one in Los Angeles because it was the site of Ruchell’s 
original arrest, one Marin County because of the fact that he would have 
never been in the courtroom on that day in 1970 if he wasn’t unfairly 
incarcerated, and one in Sacramento to draw attention from Governor 
Gavin Newsom, who has the power to commute Ruchell’s sentence.�

Ruchell’s confinement costs the state more than $40,000 annually and 
with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ruchell’s health is at constant 
risk. The 82-year-old Ruchell is not a threat to anyone and he deserves 
to live the rest of his years in freedom, with his loved ones. His story 
is a classic case of the horrors of racism in policing and sentencing, 
and given the outstanding length of this injustice, Ruchell’s case is 
worthy of immediate review and commutation from Governor Gavin Newsom.�

Please join the growing list of individuals, organizations, and media 
outlets that are calling for an end to this unjust confinement and the 
unjust policies which result in a disproportionate number of persons of 
color being imprisoned and sentenced improperly. Sign up at 
<http://www.freeruchellmagee.org/endorse>to endorse.

Endorsing individuals include Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., author and UCLA 
Professor Robin D.G. Kelley, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse 
Cullors, BLM LA leader Melina Abdullah, and Presidential candidates 
Gloria La Riva and Peta Lindsay.�

Endorsing organizations include Black August LA, the ANSWER Coalition, 
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, National Jericho Movement, Northeast 
Political Prisoner Coalition, Oakland Abolition and Solidarity, Black 
Lives Matter Global Network, and Black Lives Matter LA.

Best regards,

Kameron Hurt

Organizer with the Coalition to Free Ruchell Magee

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