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        <h1 id="reader-title">Interview: Ray Luc Levasseur on Tom
          Manning of the United Freedom Front</h1>
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                      <p><em>Luther Blissett interviews former <a
                            href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Freedom_Front">UFF</a> member
                          Ray Luc Lavasseur on the ongoing situation of
                          Tom Manning, one of two remaining prisoners
                          from the Marxist insurrectionist group (the
                          other being <a
href="https://freedomnews.org.uk/interview-ray-luc-levasseur-on-the-united-freedom-front-and-jaan-laaman/">Jaan
                            Laaman</a>).</em></p>
                      <p>American prisons try to silence and kill
                        political prisoners slowly and painfully. Right
                        now, that is what Federal Bureau of Prisons and
                        the Warden of FCI Butner Medium II are trying to
                        do to political prisoner and anti-imperialist <a
href="http://prisonersolidarity.net/prisoner/tom-manning">Tom Manning</a>.
                        Last month Ray Luc Levasseur agreed to an <a
href="https://freedomnews.org.uk/interview-ray-luc-levasseur-on-the-united-freedom-front-and-jaan-laaman">interview</a>
                        about Ray and Tom’s imprisoned United Freedom
                        Front (UFF) comrade Jaan Laaman. While Tom is
                        not facing transfer to a Communication
                        Management Unit like Jaan, Tom’s situation is
                        equally dire but for different reasons.</p>
                      <p>Tom’s confined to a wheelchair, is locked in
                        segregation, has medical needs, and the prison’s
                        policy seems to be to let him die slowly and
                        painfully. If it wasn’t for activists and
                        supporters, as well as Tom’s lawyer, he would
                        have likely received no treatment or surgery at
                        all. Tom needs our support. Thus far, Tom has
                        already spent 18 of the past 32 years imprisoned
                        in solitary.</p>
                      <p>This interview with Ray is meant to help
                        readers understand why that support is
                        important. As a prisoner, Ray spent 13 years in
                        solitary — including Marion and ADX. He
                        understands first hand what comrades Jaan and
                        Tom are living through on a daily basis. As Ray
                        indicated in the last interview, it is vital
                        that people keep writing Tom, showing Tom and
                        the prison that he has our support. It’s also a
                        way to consistently keep pressure up on the
                        warden and the guards.</p>
                      <p><span class="im"><strong>I understand Tom’s
                            been moved to a new prison. What do people
                            need to know about this move?</strong></span></p>
                      <p><span class="im">Tom was moved to a different
                          prison, not a new one.  From the Federal
                          Medical Center (FMC) at Butner to the Federal
                          Correctional Institution (FCI) II at Butner.
                          This move is intended to punish him. 
                          Immediately upon his arrival to the FCI he was
                          placed in segregation, i.e. solitary. He is in
                          Administrative segregation as he has not been
                          charged with any disciplinary violation.This
                          is a man who is wheelchair-bound and has
                          serious medical problems. In segregation he
                          has no access to email and is restricted to
                          one phone every 30 days. He has no access to
                          physical therapy, which he needs. A prisoner
                          in segregation is more likely to have their
                          medical needs ignored than a prisoner in
                          general population.</span></p>
                      <p><span class="im"><strong>Is there any reason
                            for us to be concerned about his relocation?</strong></span></p>
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                    <p>In addition to the above, Tom was at the FMC for
                      almost seven years before being transferred to the
                      FCI. The first three of those years he was keep in
                      a special isolation unit for 23-24 hours a day.
                      Solitary confinement, especially of long duration,
                      is inherently damaging to one’s mental and
                      physical health.</p>
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                      <p><span class="im"><strong>How is Tom’s recovery
                            from surgery going?</strong></span></p>
                      <p><span class="im">His most recent surgery for a
                          badly infected toe was not done as soon as it
                          should have been. It was only done after we
                          had an attorney and medical doctor confront
                          Butner officialdom about the obvious medical
                          neglect. </span></p>
                      <p><span class="im">It is too soon to be certain
                          if there will be post-op complications but as
                          of this writing, he is slowly recovering. But
                          Tom has had other surgeries while at Butner
                          that were done long after they should have
                          been, the result of this medical neglect being
                          he has never fully recovered from them. That’s
                          why he’s still in a wheelchair and experiences
                          so much pain.</span></p>
                      <p><strong><span class="im">How central was
                            outside support in terms of getting Tom’s
                            operation?</span></strong></p>
                      <p><span class="im">Every surgery Tom has had
                          while at Butner required the intervention of
                          outside pressure from lawyers and medical
                          professionals who support prisoners human and
                          legal rights.</span></p>
                      <p><strong><span class="im">Do you know when Tom’s
                            eligible to apply for parole?</span></strong></p>
                      <p><span class="im">Approximately two years ago
                          Tom applied for parole, had his initial
                          hearing, and was denied.  (Keep in mind — were
                          he granted parole he wouldn’t be released from
                          prison. He’d be transferred to a state
                          jurisdiction where a long prison sentence
                          awaits him. The fact that the federal parole
                          commission refuses to release him to his state
                          sentence underscores the vindictiveness of the
                          parole commission).  Tom is now scheduled for
                          an interim parole hearing in November, 2017.</span></p>
                      <p><span class="im"><strong>In our support for
                            Tom, what should we focus on?</strong></span></p>
                      <p><span class="im">Send Tom letters, he
                          appreciates them. Send him downloaded or
                          photocopied articles to read.  He’ll read then
                          (he doesn’t have much else of substance to
                          read). If a “call” is issued by Jericho,
                          Freedom Archives, ABCF or others for letters,
                          emails and phone calls to Butner FCI or the
                          federal Bureau of Prisons, send those letters
                          and emails, and make those phone calls.  </span></p>
                      <p><span class="im">We don’t request that level of
                          support and intervention unless the matter is
                          very serious. We’re trying to get Tom out of
                          segregation through lawyers. If this doesn’t
                          succeed and Tom remains in segregation we’ll
                          have to try another tactic.</span></p>
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                      <p><strong><span class="im">Contact details</span></strong></p>
                      <p>Jaan Karl Laaman #10372-016<br>
                        USP Tucson<br>
                        P.O. Box 24550<br>
                        Tucson, AZ 85734</p>
                      <p>Tom Manning #10373-016<br>
                        FCI Butner Medium II<br>
                        P.O. Box 1500<br>
                        Butner NC 27509″</p>
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