Peace Powerful People! I do my best to keep a positive outlook at all times, however there nothing negative about the truth. The truth is used at its highest capacity when used to heighten our awareness, and to further promote freedom, and human rights. Here are the black panthers that are still political prisoners today in 2018 whom are scheduled for parole hearings in 2018. This truth is not to throw shade on government policies. Before we can make any changes, we must be aware of the active realities, apply compassion, and turn it into action. Let the names rip!
- Robert Seth Hayes – was arrested in 1973, after
police opened fire on his apartment while he was
home with his wife and child. This occurred as a
result of the U.S. government’s illegal
Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO), in a
climate dominated by portrayals of black militants
as murderers and cop-killers. Seth, a former
member of the Black Panther Party, was convicted
for the death of a NYC transit cop and for the
attempted murder of the cops who stormed his
apartment. He received a sentence of 25 years to
life, and is currently being held at the Sullivan
Correctional Facility in upstate New York.
In 1998, Seth was diagnosed with diabetes, and has been struggling with
prison administrators to get quality healthcare for his disease. Seth became
eligible for parole in 1998, but despite an excellent prison record, has been
denied every two years. In 2015, Seth started experiencing intense health
issues including an abdominal mass and shortness of breath. Supporters have
been campaigning for these issues to be treated quickly by the NYS prisons
with some success, especially on the Hepatitis treatments. Seth goes to the
parole board in 2018.
- Herman Bell has been a U.S. political prisoner for over 43 years. A former Black Panther, he was
involved with political community work and
subsequently went underground because of
relentless FBI and police attacks on the Party.
Herman was captured in New Orleans in 1973 and
illegally extradited to New York to stand trial with
Albert Nuh Washington, Jalil Muntaqim, Francisco
Torres and Gabriel Torres on charges of killing two
NYC police. Though the jury could not reach a
verdict the first time, the NY District Attorney
persisted and used many illegal tactics to obtain
convictions for Herman, Jalil and Nuh.
Herman was also a founder, along with Carol Dove and Michael Vernon, and
core member of the Victory Gardens Project, a collaboration between inner
city and rural community groups in the northeastern U.S., in which food, as
the organizing tool, was grown and distributed free of charge back into the
communities. Herman has been denied parole 7 times (since 2004). In spite of
his remarkable achievements while imprisoned, the denials are based solely
on the original charge of his conviction, something he cannot change.
Herman continues to support the Release Aging Prisoners Project and The
SAFE Parole Act, both of which would help thousands of New York State elder
prisoners obtain long-deserved release on parole. He was denied parole in
March 2016 and goes to the parole board next in 2018.
3. Jalil Muntaqim – became affiliated with the Black Panther Party at age 18. In 1971, less than 2 months before his 20th birthday, he was arrested with Albert “Nuh” Washington by San Francisco police. He was subsequently charged with a host of revolutionary activities including the murder of two police in New York City, and is currently serving a 25 years to life sentence in New York State. His case is known as the ‘New York 3’ case as his co-defendants include Nuh and Herman Bell. He was also implicated in the San Francisco 8
case, and pleaded guilty to a lesser offense. Jalil was sent to Southport Correctional in January 2017 for an incident report he got for teaching a class about Black history. He goes to the parole board again in 2018. (freejalil.com)