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Jaan Karl Laaman - North America

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

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.

In the 1960s Laaman worked in Students for a
Democratic Society, community organizations
and advocated against the Vietnam War and
racism. He facilitated youth development in the
Black Panther Party and the Puerto Rican
Young Lords street gang.

In 1972 he was arrested and charged with
bombing a Richard Nixon reelection
headquarters building and a police station in
New Hampshire and was sentenced to 20 yrs.
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However he was released in 1978. In 1979 he
and Kazi Toure helped to organize the Amandla
Festival of Unity to support an end to apartheid
in Southern Africa, which featured musician Bob
Marley.

He was eventually caught with several other
members of the United Freedom Front, referred
to as the Ohio 7, including leader Tom Manning
to as the Ohio 7, including leader Tom Manning
to as the Ohio 7, including leader Tom Manning
in 1984. While originally charged with seditious
in 1984. While originally charged with seditious
conspiracy, Laaman was found guilty of five
bombings, one attempted bombing, and criminal
conspiracy, and was sentenced to 53 years in
prison.

Support Site: freejaan.blogspot.com

Jaan Karl Laaman #10372-016
USP Tucson
PO Box 24550
Tucson, AZ 85734
 
Richard Mafundi Lake - North America

Richard Mafundi Lake was a long-time organizer
against racist police brutality in Alabama. He was
sentenced in 1983 under Alabama’s Habitual
Offender Act to life in prison.
Richard has been locked up since September 19,
2001 for allegedly creating a security hazard by
writing anti-American propaganda on the black
board during an Islamic service. However,
Richard has stated that he was leading a
discussion regarding reparations for Black people
for enslavement and centuries of injustices.
Richard may be one of the only people still
imprisoned as a consequence of anti-islamic
hysteria after 9/11 that had nothing to do with any
“terrorist” attacks on the U.S.
His birthday is March 1, 1940.


Richard Mafundi Lake
#079972
Donaldson CF
100 Warrior Lane
Bessemer, AL 35023-7299

Sekou Kambui - North America

Birthday: September 6, 1948
www.myspace.com/freesekou
Sekou Cinque T.M. Kambui (s/n William J. Turk)
is a New Afrikan political prisoner currently
serving two consecutive life sentences for
crimes he did not commit. Sekou has already
spent twenty years of his life behind bars on
trumped up charges of murdering two white men
in Alabama in 1975.


SEKOU KAMBUI (W. TURK)
#113058
P.O. Box 56 SCC (B1-21)
Elmore, AL 36025-0056
 
 
Abdulrahman Odeh - North America

Abdulrahman Odeh is part of the Holy Land Five,
Muslim activists targeted during the Bush
Administration in their attack on Muslim activists
after September 11th. You can learn more about
the campaign to free the five at
http://freedomtogive.com.


ABDULRAHMAN ODEH
#26548-050
FCI VICTORVILLE MEDIUM II
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
PO BOX 5300
ADELANTO, CA 92301


David McKay - North America

In September of 2008, David Guy McKay was
entrapped by an FBI informant at the
Republican National Convention for allegedly
possessing incendiary devices. He was 22
years old. To join the campaign to free David
visit www.freethetexas2.org


DAVID McKAY #14130-041
FCI HERLONG
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 800
HERLONG, CA 96113
 
Hugo Pinell - North America

Hugo Pinell is a Nicaraguan prisoner currently
incarcerated at Pelican Bay State Prison in
California. Despite maintaining then and now that
he is innocent, Pinell, after being repeatedly told
he would face the death penalty if he did not
confess, eventually pled guilty in 1965, at the age
of 19, to assault in connection with the kidnapping,
sodomy, and rape of a young woman in San
Francisco:
“In 1964, a white woman accused me of rape,
assault and kidnap. I was 19 years old. I turned
myself into the authorities to clarify the charges
against me which I knew to be falsified. The
deputies beat me several times because the
alleged victim was white, and the Public Defender
and the Judge influenced my mother into believing
that I would be sentenced to death unless I pled
guilty. At their insistence and despite my
innocence, I pled guilty to the charge of rape, with
the understanding that I would be eligible for
parole after 6 months. When I arrived at the
California Department of Corrections, I was
informed that I had been sentenced to three years
to life.”

While Pinell was imprisoned in San Quentin State
Prison he made contact with revolutionary
prisoners such as George Jackson, one of the
Soledad Brothers and W.L. Nolen. Both men were
African- Americans who, in jail, claimed to had
turned away from a life focused on crime to a life
focused on the ideas of social revolution. They
both lead a movement to convert their fellow
prisoners to the same ideology. Along with their
fellow prisoners, they fought for an end to guard
brutality and racism, and for prisoner unity.

On August 21, 1971, there was a prisoner uprising
in Pinell’s housing unit at San Quentin, led by
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George Jackson. According to the state of
California, lawyer-activist Stephen Bingham
had smuggled a pistol concealed in a tape
recorder to Jackson who was housed in San
Quentin’s Adjustment Center time awaiting trial
for the murder of a prison guard. On August 21,
1971, Jackson used the pistol, an Astra 9-mm
semi-automatic, to take over his tier in the
Adjustment Center. In his failed escape
attempt, six people were killed, including three
prison guards, two white prisoners, and
Jackson himself.

At the end of the roughly 30 minute rebellion,
guards had killed George Jackson, and two
other prisoners and three guards were dead.
Of the remaining prisoners in the unit, six of
them, including Pinell, were put on trial for
murder and conspiracy. They were known as
The San Quentin Six. Three of them were
acquitted of all charges, and three were found
guilty of various charges. Pinell was convicted
of assault on a guard.

Although Pinell was convicted of assault, and
another of the San Quentin Six had a murder
conviction, only Pinell remains. By 1998, all of
the men except Pinell had been set free. Since
1990, Pinell has been living in the Security
Housing Unit at Pelican Bay State Prison, in
Crescent City, CA. Pinell has lost nine bids for
parole. He will next be eligible for parole in
2024.

Support site: HugoPinell.org

Hugo Pinell “Dahariki” # A88401
P.O. Box 7500
Crescent City, CA 95532

Joyanna Zacher - North America

solidaritywithsadieandexile@gmail.com
Exile (Nathan Block), and Sadie (Joyanna
Zacher), of Olympia, were indicted and arrested
Thursday February 23, 2006 for charges related
2001 at the Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie,
Oregon, where experimental genetically altered
poplars are grown. The other was in March, 2001
at the Romania Chevrolet dealership in Eugene.
Exile and Sadie accepted plea agreements that
did not incriminate persons other than themselves.
On June 1, 2007 they were each sentenced to
seven years and eight months in prison.

Joyanna Zacher #36360-086
FCI Dublin
Federal Correctional Institution
5701 8th St.- Camp Parks- Unit E
Dublin, CA 94568

Luis Rodriguez - North America

Apache/Chicano activist being framed for the
murder of two cops.

Support site: luisvrodriguez.com

Luis V. Rodriguez
# C – 33000
Kern Valley State Prison
P.O. Box 3130
Delano, CA 93216-6000
 
Nathan Block - North America

solidaritywithsadieandexile@gmail.com
Exile (Nathan Block), and Sadie (Joyanna Zacher),
of Olympia, were indicted and arrested Thursday
February 23, 2006 for charges related to two
arsons in 2001. One arson was on May 21, 2001
at the Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie,
Oregon, where experimental genetically altered
poplars are grown. The other was in March, 2001
at the Romania Chevrolet dealership in Eugene.
Exile and Sadie accepted plea agreements that did
not incriminate persons other than themselves. On
June 1, 2007 they were each sentenced to seven
years and eight months in prison.

Nathan Block #36359-086
FCI Lompoc
Federal Correctional Institution
3600 Guard Rd
Lompoc, CA 93436
 

Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald - North America

freechip.org

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.

Chip was twenty years old when he was sent
to prison and has now spent more time in
prison than on the streets, coming up on 40
years of imprisonment. Over the years, he has
witnessed his family pass away and his mother
fall ill.

#B27527
Kern Valley State Prison
D-2-118
P.O. Box 5104
Delano, California 93216


Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin - North America

Also known as H. Rap Brown, came to prominence
in the 1960s as chairman of the Student
Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the
Justice Minister of the Black Panther Party. He is
perhaps most famous for his proclamation during
that period that “violence is as American as cherry
pie”, as well as once stating that “If America don’t
come around, we’re gonna burn it down”. He is
currently serving a life sentence for homicide.

support -The Justice Fund
P.O. Box 115363
Atlanta, GA 30310
thejusticefund@aol.com

#99974-555
USP Florence ADMAX
P.O. Box 8500
Florence, CO 81226


Grant Barnes - North America

grantbarnes.wordpress.com
Grant Barnes is an environmentalist who was
arrested in 2007 for setting fire to a number of
SUV’s in Denver, Colorado. He pleaded guilty
to one count of using an incendiary device,
and one count of second degree arson, and
was sentenced to 12 years in prison.


Grant Barnes #137563
Arrowhead Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 300
Cañon City, CO, 81215-3000
 
René González - North America

René González Sehwerert is part of the Cuban
Five and is serving a 15 year sentence.

He was born in Chicago, on August 13, 1956. He
grew up in a workingclass family that immigrated
from Cuba to the U.S.  In 1961 his parents
returned to Cuba with their two sons. From 1977
to 1979, González served in Angola and was
decorated for bravery. From 1979 to 1982 he
studied aviation and graduated as a pilot and
flight instructor. He married Olga Salanueva
Arango. They have two daughters, 22-year-old
Irma, and eight-year-old Ivette. In 1998, a few
months before his arrest, Ivette was born. René’s
wife Olga has been banned entry to the U.S. by
U.S. authorities. Thus she and Ivette are cruelly
denied the right to see him. He is writing a book
on the irregularities and violations that the
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Cuban Five were denied the right to see him.
He is writing a book on the irregularities and
violations that the Cuban Five were subjected
to in the trial. González is sentenced to 15
years and is in F.C.I. Marianna, Florida.

René González
#58738-004
FCI Marianna
P.O. Box 7007
Marianna, FL 32447-7007


Freddie Hilton (Kamau Sadiki) - North America

www.freekamau.org

Kamau Sadiki is a former member of the Black
Panther Party and was convicted of a 30-year
old murder case of a Fulton County Police
Officer found shot to death in his car outside a
service station.
At the age of 17 Kamau dedicated his life to the
service of his people. He worked out of the
Jamaica office of the Black Panther Party. A rank
and file party member, Kamau worked in the
Free Breakfast Program each morning and then
went out into the community to sell the BPP
newspaper later in the day. While selling his
papers he continued to educate the people,
while organizing tenants, welfare mothers,
whomever he came in contact. At the end of the
day, he reported to the office. He wrote his daily
report and attended political education classes.
At nineteen Kamau was a member of the Black
Liberation Army (BLA). Several members of the
BLA, including Kamau, left New York City and
lived in the Atlanta area for a short period of time.


#0001150688
Augusta State Medical Prison, Bldg 13A-2 E7
3001 Gordon Highway
Grovetown, GA 30813


Ramon Salazar - North America

(NOTE: the envelope should be addressed to
“Luis Medina,” but address the letter inside to
Ramon)

Ramón Labañino Salazar is part of the Cuban
Five serving 30 years, reduced from a life
sentence plus 18 years.

He was born in Havana on June 9, 1963.
Even in primary school he distinguished
himself, with responsibility supervising
younger students. He graduated from high
school in Marianao, Havana, where he earned
various distinctions including diplomas as an
outstanding and advanced student. In 1986,
Labañino graduated as an economist from the
University of Havana, graduating with first
class honors. At the university, he was very
active in all sport activities and participated in
the All-Caribbean games. In June 1990
Labañino married Elizabeth Palmeiro Casado,
and has two daughters with her, 14-year-old
Laura, and 9-year-old Lisbet. He also has
another daughter, Ailí, 18, from a previous
marriage.

Luis Medina
#58734-004
FCI JESUP
2680 301 SOUTH
JESUP, GA 3159


Veronza Bowers Jr. - North America

Veronza Bowers Jr. is a former Black Panther
Party member framed for the murder of a U.S.
Park Ranger. He is being illegally held past his
30 year sentences, making him one of the
longest-held political prisoners in U.S. history.

Veronza was convicted in the murder of a U.S.
Park Ranger on the word of two government
informers, both of whom received reduced
sentences for other crimes by the Federal
prosecutor’s office.

www.veronza.org




#35316-136
P.O. Box 150160
Atlanta, GA 30315
 
Ghassan Elashi - North America

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.
More information on how to help support the Holy
Land Five can be found at
http://freedomtogive.com.


GHASSAN ELASHI
#29687-177
USP MARION
U.S. PENITENTIARY
P.O. BOX 1000
MARION, IL 62959


Mufid Abdulqader - North America

Mufid Abdulqader is part of the Holy Land
Five, a group of Muslim activists targeted
during the Bush Administration’s attack on
Muslim activists after September 11th. You
can learn more about the campaign to free
the five at http://freedomtogive.com.

MUFID ABDEL ABDULQADER
#32590-177
USP MARION
U.S. PENITENTIARY
P.O. BOX 1000
MARION, IL 62959


Fernando González - North America

(NOTE: the envelope should be addressed to
“Rubén Campa,” but address the letter inside to
Fernando)

Fernando González Llort is part of the Cuban Five
and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

He was born in Havana on August 18, 1963. In
1981 he graduated with high honors from high
school in the Island of Youth. In 1987 he graduated
magna cum laude with a degree in International
Political Relations under the Ministry of Superior
Education and received a Gold Diploma. While in
school, González had various leadership roles in
the Federation of University Students (FEU). He
participated in the promotion of cultural events and
in theater festivals. From 1987 to 1989, González
served as part of the internationalist Cuban brigade
that fought to preserve Angola’s independence
against the invading South African apartheid
regime. He was awarded a medal of honor for
bravery. González is married to Rosa Aurora
Freijanes Coca. He is sentenced to 19 years and is
in F.C.I. Oxford, Wisconsin.

Rubén Campa
#58733-004
FCI TERRE HAUTE
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 33
TERRE HAUTE, IN 47808


Mohammad El-Mezain - North America

Mohammad El-Mezain is part of the Holy Land
Five, Muslim activists targeted during the Bush
Administration in their attack on Muslim
activists after September 11th. You can learn
more about the campaign to free the five at
http://freedomtogive.com

MOHAMMAD AHMAD ELMEZAIN
#92412-198
FCI TERRE HAUTE
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 33
TERRE HAUTE, IN 47808
 

Rafil Dhafir Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir - North America

Do not address him as “Doctor” because these
letters are being returned.
Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir is an American Iraqi-born
physician, who was targeted along with many
other Muslims post 9/11 in the Bush administration’
s “War on Terrorism.” He started the charity Help
the Needy, to respond to the humanitarian crisis
created by the Gulf War and US Sanctions on
Iraq. The US government originally charged the
charity and Dhafir with violations of the US
sanctions. When he refused a plea bargain, the
government falsely charged the charity with fraud,
money laundering, tax evasion and a variety of
other nonviolent crimes. You can find out more
about the case and how you can help Dr. Dhafir
fight his charges by visiting http://www.dhafirtrial.
net.

Rafil A. Dhafir
11921-052
FCI Terre Haute
P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808
 


Shukri Abu-Baker - North America

Shukri Abu-Baker is part of the Holy Land
Five, Muslim activists targeted during the Bush
Administration in their attack on Muslim
activists after September 11th. You can learn
http://freedomtogive.com.



SHUKRI ABU BAKER
#32589-177
FCI TERRE HAUTE
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 33
TERRE HAUTE, IN 47808
 
Albert Woodfox - North America


www.angola3.org

Albert Woodfox is part of the Angola 3, three
Black Panthers, put in solitary confinement for
decades in Angola Prison,Louisiana after being
framed for the death of a prison guard. Robert
Hillary King has been released but Herman
Wallace continues to be wrongly imprisoned
alongside Albert.

Albert Woodfox
72148
NIA #3-CCR
David Wade Correctional Center
670 Bell Hill Rd.
Homer, LA 71040


Bill Dunne - North America

Bill Dunne was arrested in 1979 when he
and Larry Giddings attempted to free fellow
revolutionary Artie Ray Dufur. The two
successfully freed Artie, but were arrested
after an exchange of fire with police as they
were fleeing the scene. Bill and Larry were
charged with auto theft and aiding and
abetting the escape, for which Bill received
an 80 year federal prison sentence.

Bill Dunne #10916-086
USP POLLOCK
U.S. PENITENTIARY
P.O. BOX 2099
// POLLOCK, LA 71467


Gary Tyler - North America

www.freegarytyler.com

On 7 October 1974 students at Destrehan High
School, St Charles Parish, Louisiana, were sent
home earlier than usual due to racial disturbances
during the day. As the buses carrying black
students back to their homes were leaving the
school they were attacked by a group of 100 to
200 white people throwing stones and bottles at
the buses. Timothy Weber was standing near the
buses with his mother who had come to collect
him. A shot was heard and he fell wounded; he
died a few hours later in hospital. A man standing
next to him was slightly scratched in the arm,
allegedly by the same bullet.
Gary Tyler was one of the black students on the
bus from which the shot was allegedly fired. This
was not his regular bus but he had got into it as
the situation had become increasingly dangerous.
There were some 65 students on the bus, well
over its normal capacity.
The police, who had been called by the school
principal, ordered the bus to park around the
corner. All students were ordered to get off the bus
and male students were thoroughly searched
immediately; girl students were searched later at
the police station. The bus was searched on two
different occasions for over three hours by
approximately seven policemen and no gun was

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found. The bus was then taken to the police
station along with the students. Gary Tyler
was taken in a police car as he had been
charged with disturbing the peace (he
had complained about the police harassment
of a fellow black student).
At the police station the students were
questioned and released. One of them,
Nathalie Blanks, stated that she had been
seating next to Tyler and had seen him fire a
gun into the crowd; she indicated to the police
the exact place where she had been seating.
It was after Blanks’ testimony that the police
“found” a .45 automatic gun stuffed inside the
seat, through a long, clearly visible tear in the
seat. The seat had been previously searched,
shaken and turned upside down several times
and nothing had been found.
Gary Tyler was detained in the police station
and reportedly badly beaten. However, he did
not make any statement implicating himself in
any way. Now aged 36, he is serving a life
prison sentence in Louisiana State
Penitentiary.

Gary Tyler
84156
Louisiana State Penitentiary
ASH-4
Angola, LA 70712
 
 
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