March 23, 2014
Human rights activist Efia Nwangaza joins the broadcast to inform us about her recent trip to Geneva, Switzerland where she attended the latest session of the United Nations Human Rights Council and raised the issue of US held political prisoners and prisoners of war. Efia also operates Greenville, SC community radio station WMXP.
Political Prisoner Update: Imam Jamil Al-Amin once known as H Rap Brown, a former minister of information for the original Black Panther Party is still being held on a federal prison plantation in Florence, Colorado despite his classification as a state prisoner and should not be in federal custody. This makes it difficult for the family of Imam Jamil Al-Amin that lives in Georgia to visit him.
The federal involvement in the Imam’s case fits a US Government pattern of continued targeting, terrorizing and otherwise mistreating victims of former FBI Director J Edgar Hoover and his CointelPro operations. Petition demanding that Imam Jamil Al-Amin be transferred back to the state of Georgia and out of federal custody.
Political Prisoner Update: Mondo we Langa a former leader in the Nebraska chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, filed an appeal with the Nebraska Appellate Court. The Examiner reported last week that the appeal is over Mondo we Langa’s petition for post-conviction relief under a ruling by the U. S. Supreme Court, Martinez v. Ryan, permitting the procedure over four decades after trial.
Political Prisoner Update: Political Prisoner Hugo Pinell was born in Nicaragua on March 10, 1945 and recently celebrated a birthday. Hugo Pinell immigrated to the United States with his mother and grandmother in 1957 when he was just 12 years old. He would grow up and later join the movements for justice and equality of his day. Hugo being bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English, made him a unifying organizer that could bridge the gap between different ethnic groups and made it difficult for the prisons to play ethnic inmate groups against each other.
Hugo had been locked down in solitary confinement for over 44 years. Supporters say Hugo has suffered extreme sensory deprivation and the resulting psychological damage the torture has on human beings. Yogi as Hugo Pinell is known by friends, recently had a contact visit for the first time in over four decades. According to the website hugopinell.com, Pinell’s attorney’s office relayed news that his parole hearing has been rescheduled for Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM.