The National Lawyers Guild has established a Political Prisoner Support Committee whose goal is to create a network of lawyers, legal workers, and law students committed to providing effective legal support for U.S. held political prisoners.
The NLG has a long history of defending political prisoners dating back to its very beginnings. Whenever there is resistance there is repression, and these prisoners are part of our movements. They are in jail for fighting racism, zionism and capitalism. Some of them have been in for decades – serving some of the longest sentences for political prisoners in the world. Last February, Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 finally walked out of jail after spending more than 40 years in solitary confinement. It’s a great victory - and one we will be celebrating at our convention this August in NYC when Albert is presented with the Arthur Kinoy Award. However, in April Mutulu Shakur was denied parole despite having reached his mandatory release date after three decades in prison. He joins Sundiata Acoli, Herman Bell, Jalil Muntaqim, the MOVE 9 and other political prisoners in being consistently denied parole. And, as Obama's second term comes to a close, we continue to seek the release of Oscar López Rivera, Leonard Peltier, Veronza Bowers, and those political prisoners serving federal sentences. Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to target activists, thus producing a new group of political prisoners.
The new NLG Political Prisoner Support Committee seeks assistance from lawyers, legal workers and law students interested in helping these prisoners.
If you would like to help, please enter your contact info in the form below:
For more information contact: Benjamin Evanson behalf of the NLG PPSCP.O. Box 40162Providence, RI 02940-0162401-258-4239