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Prisoners speak out about the assassination of Hugo Pinell

August 25, 2015

Guards seemed to be in a celebratory frame of mind

by Paul Sangu Jones

Written “B.A. (Black August) 12, 2015” – By now the world should know that Hugo “Yogi” Pinell was stabbed to death in New Folsom. The guards seemed to be in a celebratory frame of mind.

At 3:15 p.m., a female guard got on the intercom and instructed the prisoners in C building, “Look at Channel 3,” an NBC affiliate. They had “breaking news” about a deadly prison riot in B facility on the air.

They had a helicopter on the scene. Their cameras seemed to be focused on the canteen area – looked like it was taped off with red tape.

I suspect that he was targeted.

By now the world should know that Hugo “Yogi” Pinell was stabbed to death in New Folsom. The guards seemed to be in a celebratory frame of mind. I suspect that he was targeted.

Send our brother some love and light: Paul Sangu Jones, B-26077, CSP Sacramento C7-121, P.O. Box 290066, Represa CA 95671

Since prisoncrats could not break him, they set him up

by Brian Keith Barnett

Written Aug. 15, 2015 – On Aug. 12, 2015, I was listening to the California Report on NPR-PBS out of Calexico FM 97.7, on which it was reported that Hugo “Yogi” Pinell was stabbed in a riot that was said to have involved over 100 prisoners. The stabbing, according to the California Report, was gang retaliation, which does not make any sense.

More likely it was another instance in which an agent provocateur was promised some drugs or a cell phone to create a situation in which Yogi would be attacked, since the obvious fact is that the only people who would want Yogi murdered are correctional staff who resent the fact that Yogi was one of the San Quentin 6.

The only people who would want Yogi murdered are correctional staff who resent the fact that Yogi was one of the San Quentin 6.

It is obvious that since prisoncrats could not break him by locking him down for 30 years (actually, 50 years in prison, 45-46 in solitary – ed.), they set him up. And I note that CDCR spokeswoman Terry Thornton was very quick to claim that the incident was gang related, when anyone with common sense knows that Yogi was not into petty tribalism.

Anyone with common sense knows that Yogi was not into petty tribalism.

Then the said spokeswoman claimed that Yogi supposedly had some sort of safety concerns, which, if any, were the malevolence of correctional staff. In my own opinion, based upon all that prisoncrats have sought to put him through and failed to turn him, it’s only obvious.

Send our brother some love and light: Brian Keith Barnett, AS-7182, Calipatria SP A2-104L, P.O. Box 5001, Calipatria CA 92233.

Hugo Pinell was locked up longer than any other SHU prisoner

by John Clutchette, Soledad Brother

Written Aug. 17, 2015 – If you saw the news about the riot at Folsom Prison, then you heard that Yogi, Hugo Pinell, one of the San Quentin 6, was murdered.

Mr. (Keith) Wattley (my lawyer) was his attorney also, instrumental in getting him released from the SHU. He had been locked up since 1968, longer than any other SHU prisoner.

If you saw the news about the riot at Folsom Prison, then you heard that Yogi, Hugo Pinell, one of the San Quentin 6, was murdered.

He was the only San Quentin 6 member who never got out. Fleeta Drumgo was killed in Oakland.

Yogi was Nicaraguan, but he aligned himself with the Black revolutionary struggle that existed during that time. He was a good brother.

Send our brother some love and light: John Clutchette, C-23857, CSP Solano B7-139L, P.O. Box 4000, Vacaville CA 95696

This is a revolutionary time; the pig is in a panic as prisoners show humanity, restraint and intelligence

by Ikemba Mutulu

I’d like to offer my condolences to the Pinell family and all the supporters of Hugo Pinell mourning the loss of this beautiful brotha, the same as I. There is no surprise or shock at the ignorance which took this revolutionary man’s life, though I am deeply saddened and disgusted that some clowns would allow themselves to be paid by these pigs to murder an elderly man who gave so much of his life, his blood and soul to the struggle for all oppressed peoples.

At the same time, I want to offer my humble word and insights to those in position. I know tensions are high.

The pig wants chaos. The pig wants you to lose your head so he can more easily argue for the enslavement and ultimate destruction of your body. Protect your body.

Though Hugo “Yogi” Pinell had his freedom stolen from him 50 years ago and endured incessant torture in solitary confinement for 45-46 years, he used the last several decades of that time, as he said, growing and evolving to become the New Man. He embodied the spirit of the California Prison Movement. May his spirit guide us to the goal of unbreakable solidarity among prisoners and ultimately prison abolition.

Though Hugo “Yogi” Pinell had his freedom stolen from him 50 years ago and endured incessant torture in solitary confinement for 45-46 years, he used the last several decades of that time, as he said, growing and evolving to become the New Man. He embodied the spirit of the California Prison Movement. May his spirit guide us to the goal of unbreakable solidarity among prisoners and ultimately prison abolition.

The pig is in a state of panic. Who else would seek to assassinate an elderly man? They see the revolutionary work you are doing to cease Black and Brown hostilities, expressing your humanity in the peaceful, tactical demands for release from the torture chambers at Pelican Bay, Corcoran, Tehachapi etc.

Their atrocities are being exposed in mass out in the free world. This is a revolutionary time, and the pig is in a panic.

Please understand that you have reached a level of struggle beyond what is readily seen. And you have done this by showing your humanity, restraint and intelligence, capturing the hearts and minds of the people.

On the verge of victory, the pig will employ all manner of Machiavellian tactics in attempts to manipulate you. Remember COINTELPRO and the red and blue revolution – all the dirty shit them pigs did to kill the truce.

The pig will try to make you believe victory is impossible. But human beings have been doing the impossible since the beginning.

The pig will try to make you believe you’ve already won everything you could possibly hope to gain. But anything short of complete freedom for all oppressed peoples and self-determination over our own lives is unacceptable.

And finally, in complete desperation, the pig will feign surrender. Anything to get you to stop organizing, slow down or hesitate just long enough to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

So please, all of you beautiful brothas and sistas, comrades and soujahs, do not be distracted. Do not give up your humanity in a fit of emotion. It’s in our humanity that we’ve gained ground – ending hostilities, working and organizing together.

The pig and his flunkies will react in desperation, and we know their bag is filled with dirty tricks. Never forget, true enough, in a fair fight they have no win. But our true strength is in our humanity; the thinking man shall prevail.

Official identity withheld

These are letters recently received from the writers by the Bay View.

15 thoughts on “Prisoners speak out about the assassination of Hugo Pinell

  1. 602this

    Wait, he begged to get out of SHU, he gets out and INMATES murder him but it's "the guards" fault. Typical felon victimizing.

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    1. IcallBS

      I've never been arrested or broken the law! But I do have a family member who is in the CDC and I will tell you this is the most corrupt mafia union I've ever seen in my life. It does not surprise me in the least that Hugo was set up. I raised a cop I'm not saying that there is not good cops there are but the CDC is a straight up criminal mafia The problem with correctional officers is they do not go to the psychological testing that police officers have to go through to get hired there are a lot of people who have no business in this position! The SHU and SNY custody or two different things. He should've never been on the mainline whoops!

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  2. Arch

    Uh all these inmates were pushing paperwork and hiring attorneys so that they could get out of the SHU. They said the SHU was cruel and unusual punishment. So the guy gets what he wants. So now it’s the officer’s fault!!!!???? Please!!!

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  3. JPLT

    typical media and inmate families. Dont forget the demands they had during the State wide hunger strike to get out of SHUs

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  4. TONY MEDINA

    WHY DO WE STILL HAVE SHU IN OUR CA.PRISONS? HOW MANY MORE GEORGE JACKSON'S IN SHU'S? HOW MANY MORE HUGO PINELL'S? DID PRISON GUARDS KILL GEORGE JACKSON? FUCK NO! DID PRISON GUARDS KILL HUGO 'YOGI' PINELL? FUCK NO? I AM GEORGE. I AM 'YOGI', AND I STILL LIVE AND BREATHE, MOTHER-FUCKERS, AND I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE.

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  5. Viking

    Ever wonder why the AB or EME wanted this guy removed so quickly? These liberals need to do there homework on why he was murdered as soon as he hit the mainline. If you ever find out why, you will understand and it's called prison justice and karma!!!!!!

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  6. Kan pol

    1. He was there on a rape charge, which back in the day might have been ok, but not anymore .2. He ran with the blacks? And he was a latino, he had to go. Politics on a level 4 180 ward are no joke .

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  7. #2015

    To all the idiots that have no idea of what actually happened you need to get well educated on the prison life! These inmates set their own destiny and you dumb asses that say oh poor inmates, well would you be saying that if an inmate murdered, raped your family member? I doubt it! Inmates die because of their own stupidity don't blame the Correctional Officers! Correctional Officers have a hard job at times and if any of you would like to step up be a CO then do it if not keep your mouth shut and quit listening to all this hear say! Most do not have a clue of what this idiot did to receive a prison sentence, To those that have a clue keep voicing your opinions, some of are on the same page!

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  8. adam

    He got what he deserved political prisoner fucken please well then all white ,and mexican inmates are political prisoners as well pinell if you didnt know was attacked in the past by his own people why cause hes a snitch,and a latino running with blacks big no no he wanted out of shu once he was out he got wacked he would have got killed 20 years ago if he hit main line to the people running this shit if your 20 year old daughter was raped would you call the rapist a political prisoner if your son became a co and was murdered would you call his killer a political prisoner no so stop tryin to play the whole black repressed victim this aint the 50s noone except for poor people of all races are suffering

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  9. anon

    You racist pieces of shit need to shut the fuck up, he was murdered by the guards just like George Jackson because they hated them and the Black Power movement they started. The guards set him up collaborating with the white supremacists and racist mexicans to have him killed, they tortured him for over 40 years by putting him in solitary confinement but couldn't break him so they murdered him. He was a political prisoner who should have been released decades ago, he was locked up on bullshit rape charges the same way many Black Panthers were thrown in prison on trumped up charges and even by his sentence he got 3 years to life but instead of letting him out after 3 years they keep him in for literal life. Fuck the COs police and anyone who supports them especially you fucking retards commenting they all deserve to be brutally murdered for continuing the suppression of blacks, you racists have no business breathing the same air as the rest of humanity. BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! DEAL WITH IT!!!

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  10. white/brown lives matter

    Fuck your black lives matter shit…fuckin scumbags…just another reason for you broke ass whiners to loot shit….check why pinell was attacked by his own people. ..he was a fuckin rat……his own people should have protected his ass….they didn’t. .now what bitch….if he was this famous revolutionary soldier then why did them whiteboys run that steel all up in his ass….haha….fuck dead ass hugo pinell. ..his sorry ass had it coming …tell me this…how come blacks don’t do shit about their sex offenders….unwritten prison rules say all rapists and kid sex predators die….not blacks though. ..they get to walk the mainline freely and the other black inmates dont do shit to them….the other races handle that shit immediately. ..the blacks don’t. ..why is that anon…so fuck you….eat a dick. …fuck dead ass George jackson too bitch…..fuck tupac too…fuckin rapist piece of shit….oh ya…and fuck yo momma too…

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    1. A. Lewis

      You sound like a ten year old! Yo momma? You Really posted that? Yogi was a soldier, it took two cowards to kill a 70 year old man. When brother George Jackson and associate’s acted out towards prison guards it was because the cowardly guards were murdering black prisoners by shooting them from the guard towers. Those guards deserved their throats cut. And white inmates who call themselves the supreme race, can’t do shit without the permission and protection from the southern Mexicans. They call Mexicans beaners, try to keep them from crossing the boarder. But when they get to prison they hide behind those same Mexicans. Coward’s! Their isn’t a white inmate or guard that could ever be the men that Hugo, George, or w.l Nolan were. Rest in peace with much respect to those brothers and comrades.

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  11. Edward Stengel

    I'm a white man, but I know that the white prisoners have a huge advantage in that they have the authorities on their side. That's what makes them brave. They're like the police on the outside – they know they can commit murder because the authorities always take their side. The truth may be unpleasant, but it's still the truth.

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  12. H-03226

    SOMEONE LIKE HIM SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ON THAT TYPE OF YARD. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON SNY YARD IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. AN INMATE NEVER HAS AN OPTION ON WHAT PRISON THERE SENT TO. IF YOU WANT TO BLAME SOMEONE BLAME THE ADMINISTRATION THAT SENT HIM THERE [SACRAMENTO]. AS FOR WHO HE WAS AND WHO KILLED HIM HE WAS BGF / BPP A SLEEPER AND SOMEONE GOT THESE TWO WHITEBOY LIFER TORPEDOS TO EARN THEIR 'ROCK' BY TAKING HIM OUT. SUCH IS THE LIFE ON A 4YARD. BEEN THEIR DONE THAT, PBSP 91-98 COR. 99-01

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