Imprisoned

Sundiata Acoli (Clark Squire)

Sundiata Acoli is a New Afrikan political prisoner of war.  A tireless worker for black liberation, Sundiata was a prominent member of the Harlem chapter of the Black Panther Party.  Continally targeted by the FBI’s illegal COINTELPRO operation, Sundiata continued the struggle underground with the Black Liberation Army.  In 1973 he, Zayd and Assata Shakur were stopped by New Jersey state troopers.  Zayd Shakur was killed, while Assata was wounded and taken into custody.  One state trooper was killed in the attack and another injured.

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia is an award-winning journalist and was one of the founders of the Black Panther Party chapter in Philadelphia, PA. He was a vocal supporter of the MOVE organization and has struggled for justice and human rights for people of color since he was at least 14 years old- the age when he joined the Party. He left the party to become a radio journalist where he made waves defending the rights of black and brown people.  

The Case

Walter Bond (formerly adopted the name Abdul Haqq)

Walter is serving 12 years for the “ALF Lonewolf” arsons of the Sheepskin Factory in Colorado, the Tandy Leather Factory and the Tiburon Restaurant that sold foie gras in Utah. He pled guilty to all three arsons as well as one count of AETA (the infamous Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act), was sentenced to 12 years and 3 months and is scheduled for release in 2021.

Jock Palfreeman

Twenty one year old Australian Jock Palfreeman started his travels around Europe in early 2006. Having visited numerous countries and stayed in a small town an hour drive from Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, living and working with his friends, he returned to visit them at the end of December 2007 after traveling to the UK.

Legal Case

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier is a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In 1977 he was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first degree murder in the shooting of two FBI agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge indian Reservation.

Peltier's indictment and conviction have been the subject of much controversy; Amnesty International placed his case under the "Unfair Trials" category of its Annual Report: USA 2010.

Hanif Shabazz Bey (Beaumont Gereau)

Hanif is one of the Virgin Island 3 serving 8 consecutive life sentences after being tortured into a false confession, then wrongly imprisoned since 2001 when his sentence was vacated. He was 22 at the time of his arrest in 1972. After decades in prison, he has ongoing health issues that he is not being adequately treated for including diagnostic testing on his liver that was ordered by a physician in 2017 but has yet to be done.

Ghassan Elashi

Ghassan Elashi is a member of the Holy Land Five, a US based Muslim humanitarian organization that was shut down by the Bush Administration as part of the largest crackdown on Muslims, especially activists, in recent history.  He was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

Jaan Karl Laaman

Jaan Karl Laaman grew up in Roxbury, MA and Buffalo, NY. His family emigrated to the US from Estonia when he was a child.

He is currently serving a 53 year prison sentence for his role in the bombings of United States government buildings while a member of the United Freedom Front, an American leftist group which robbed banks, bombed buildings, and attacked law enforcement officers in the 1980s.

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