by Eric “E Da Ref” Hunter
It’s been an honor to write for The San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper because it has been one of the main media platforms that supports political prisoners and prisoners of war for over 40 years. This newspaper gave a voice to people who have been incarcerated, isolated, rejected and forgotten about.
In Oakland, just as any other ghettos in America, we have been severely affected by mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. This is why I’m so passionate about this subject.
I have so many loved ones trapped in these concentration camp correctional facilities, in some of the most inhumane living conditions known to man, due to the modern day slave roundup known as the “War on Drugs”. Some of the people who are locked up behind bars and buried alive under concrete and steel, are freedom fighting soldiers of the Black Liberation Struggle. They have been targeted, framed and captured because of their political beliefs.
These repressive attacks on the movement didn’t stop in the 1960s and 70s; it’s still going on today. I would like to shed light on the new generation’s Black freedom fighting organization efforts to support political prisoners.
The Black Defense Committee is an alliance of Black Power groups that moves in the spirit of the Black Panthers of the 1960s. The committee is primarily concerned with political prisoners – both old and new – and unjustly imprisoned Black People. It developed out of the Black Power Coalition that formed during the process of two mass mobilization armed demonstrations in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Natchez, Mississippi, in commemoration of the race riot massacres that occurred in these areas.
The demonstration was to advocate armed self defense against white supremacist terrorism and vow to never allow massacres like these to ever happen again!
The Black Defense Committee will cover other diverse political activities when needed,
such as armed demonstrations to back up demands to end torture of political prisoners and prisoners of war. It will also include letter writing campaigns, commissary help, phone banks, legal assistance, lawyers/ lawsuits, Court Watch program, medical aid, birthday cards, books to prison programs, and helping children who may have parents who are incarcerated.
The research and study of compassionate pardon and clemency releases will also be included in the operations of the Black Defense Committee. One of the major objectives is to raise awareness of political prisoners and to expose the U.S Government’s human rights violations, such as the cruel and unusual punishment with the use of sensory deprivation chambers or the foul living conditions in the prison system.
There will also be educational workshops on the history of the prison movement including the teachings of George Jackson, Attica resistance and Black August.
Brief list of people Black Defense Committee is Supporting:
1. Rakem Balagoon (Guerilla Mainframe)
Christopher Daniels 02388532 Coffield Unit 2661 FM 2054
Tennessee Colony, Tx 75884
2. Ozone *Charged with murder of a police officer after being unlawfully detained, facing death sentence*
Othal Wallace 1088214 CVCDC-FL
P.O Box 30 Pinellas Park, FL 33780-0030
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1354 Indian Lake Rd
Daytona Beach, Fl 32124-1001
3. Hannibal Rushadeen
Justin Sarkodie 15A0789 Sing Sing C/F
354 Hunter St. Ossining, NY 10652
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4. Muhammad Ali (Black Riders) *Charged with Assault on a known rapist*
Damonte Blackmon BN4148
PO BOX 2760 Facility California City, CA
5. Shano Ochossi
David Ballard 378412
Ridgeland Correctional Institute SA-68
P.O Box 2039
Ridgeland SC 29936
6. Grand Master Jay of NFAC
Jay Fitzgerald Johnson
Grayson County Detention Center
320 Shaw Station Rd
Leitchfield, Ky 42754
And all political prisoners 1960s and 1970s.
We must leave No comrades left behind enemy lines to suffer in concentration camps. Our soldiers and scholars need our support! Free All Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War!
Journalist Eric Hunter (E Da Ref), an Oakland native, is Minister of Public Relations for the Black Riders Liberation Party and Co-Editor of African Intercommunal News Service. He writes for Black New World Media and the SF Bay View’s new Editor and Chief. Hunter can be reached at email@example.com.