Imprisoned

Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald

Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, born and raised in Compton, California, joined the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party in early 1969 as a teenager who had just been released from the California Youth Authority.  He is currently serving 2 life sentences for the frame up of the murder of a security guard and attempted murder of a CHP officer. 

Legal Case

Shoot-Out

Marina Cugnaschi

More than 23 people were arrested by the Carabinieri of the ROS (Reparti Operativi Speciale -- a special-operations investigative corps of the Carabinieri, a body of military police that is equivalent to the National Guard) and the DIGOS police (Dipartimento Investigazioni Generali Operazioni Speciali; an investigative police corps connected with the Ministry of the Interior) during a series of 40 home raids on the night of December 4, 2002.

Thomas Meyer-Falk

An update from Thomas on June 6, 2013:

After being imprisoned for almost 17 years nonstop, from the 8th of July 2013 onward I will be held in Preventative Detention (Sicherungsverwahrung, a form of “security detention” in Germany for convicts who have served full terms, but are still considered to be a risk to “public safety” and therefore detained past the end of their sentence). So I want to use this final period of my prison sentence to write a balance sheet of sorts.

Russell “Maroon” Shoatz

Russell Maroon Shoatz is a dedicated community activist, founding member of the Black Unity Council, former member of the Black Panther Party and soldier in the Black Liberation Army.  He is serving multiple life sentences for an attack on a police station which resulted in an officer being killed.

Personal Background

Russell was born August 1943 in Philadelphia.  He was one of 12 children.  At the age of 15 he became involved in a gang and was in and out of reform shools and youth institutions until the age of 18.

Joy Powell, Reverend

As a pastor and a consistent activist against police brutality, violence and oppression in her community, Rev. Joy Powell was warned by the Rochester Police department that she was a target because of her speaking out against corruption. On many occasions Rev. Joy had held rallies and spoke out against the police brutality and “police justifications” in Rochester NY. As a result, Rev. Joy was accused of 1st Degree Burglary and Assault on October 9, 2006.

Panayiotis Argyrou

He was arrested on 01/11/2010 along with Gerasimos Tsakalos, while participating in one of the CCF’S campaigns, which involved the shipping of 14 parcel-bombs to various foreign embassies and leaders. They had two parcel bombs on them and another two have already been sent by them. While Tsakalos was known to police simply because he is an anarchist, Argyrou had a warrant out for his arrest since October 2009 on charges of belonging to the Fire Cells Conspiracy, and he was also awaiting trial for allegedly torching a public bus two years ago.

Olga Economidou

Olga Ekonomidou was arrested on 14/03/2011, in Volos, along with another 4 CCF’s members, after a night raid by police’s special forces and Anti-terrorist squads at the house the where living. In December of 2014, she was sentened to 25 years in prison in the Fire Conspiracy Cells case.

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