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On leaving solitary confinement after 26 years, I salute all the advocates of progressive positive change

March 1, 2015
For 26 years, this has been all that Bambari could see – the pod of eight cells through the perforated steel door of his cell. Pelican Bay SHU cells have no windows. A few times a week, he could “exercise” for an hour in another concrete enclosure. – Photo: Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

For 26 years, this has been all that Bambari could see – the pod of eight cells through the perforated steel door of his cell. Pelican Bay SHU cells have no windows. A few times a week, he could “exercise” for an hour in another concrete enclosure. – Photo: Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

by Bambari S. Kelly Anderson

Today, Jan. 23, 2015, I appeared before the Director’s Review Board and I was granted release from PBSP SHU (Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit) after 26 years in solitary confinement. I’m to be transferred to Salinas Valley State Prison, where I’ll be able to have human contact and new experiences and hopefully be able to re-meet my family – sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews who are scattered all over the Bay Area, Oakland, San Francisco, Concord, Vallejo, Berkeley and Sacramento etc.

I was granted release from PBSP SHU after 26 years in solitary confinement. I’m to be transferred to Salinas Valley State Prison, where I’ll be able to have human contact and new experiences and hopefully be able to re-meet my family.

So I salute all the brothers and sisters inside and out from all walks of life and cultural identities who stood and who stand for progressive positive change and unity, especially the Bay View newspaper for your continuous work in the community and for being the people’s newspaper.

In love, honor and respect!

Justice, equality and liberation from all forms of oppression!

Send our brother some love and light: Bambari S. Kelly Anderson, D-05765, PBSP SHU D1-114, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City, CA 95532.

4 thoughts on “On leaving solitary confinement after 26 years, I salute all the advocates of progressive positive change

  1. josephine

    I would like to say God bless you and I will keep you in my prayers. I don;t know you I do know you are human. I don;t believe anyone should be lock up for that many years. the way you had to. You have to be a strong minded person to be able to have made it. I wish you the very best. God Bless you..

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