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3 thanksgiving political prisoner updates:

1) SHAC 7

2) Bashir Hameed Alert

3) Formal Complaint for Robert Seth Hayes
THANKSGIVING UPDATE ON THE SHAC7
> From: Updates on the SHAC 7 < updates@shac7.com>
> Date: November 22, 2006 1:30:31 AM EST
> To:  updates@shac7.com
> Subject: [SHAC 7 Updates] Thanksgiving Update
> Reply-To:  info@shac7.com
>
> This Thanksgiving, in addition to considering the millions of Turkeys
> killed, we ask that you think of Jake, Lauren, Darius, Kevin, Josh,
> and Andy, and do something to support them. Mail call is the most
> important part of an activist prisoner's day, and we are asking each of you--
> even if you have already written--to please send each of them a letter of
> support. Andy started his prison sentences in late September, and the
> others all started their sentences November 16th.
>
> Letters, cards, and postcards are all acceptable, but please
> remember the prison does not allow stickers, glue, glitter, or paint on anything
> sent in.
>
> Also, there is a new flyer available for download and photocopying at
> www.SHAC7.com/resources. It is the second flyer down and contains
> all of the addresses for the prisoners.
>
> Their addresses are at the bottom of this email and also available
> online.
>
> Also, please consider sending a donation to the support fund. The
> support fund will be used to make sure they each have enough money in their
> prison accounts to be able to buy the necessities and food to supplement the
> prison food (which isn't too vegan friendly).
>
> Donations can be made online at www.SHAC7.com or can be sent to:
> SHAC 7 Support Fund
> 740A 14th St. #237
> San Francisco, CA 94114
>
> As you sit down this week to enjoy time with friends and family,
> please make sure you haven't forgotten about our activist family and drop
> them each a note of support.
>
>> From all of the SHAC 7, thank you for your continued support.
> The SHAC 7 Support Committee

>
> JACOB CONROY, # 93501-011
> FCI VICTORVILLE MEDIUM I
> FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
> P.O. BOX 5300
> ADELANTO, CA 92301
>
>
> DARIUS FULLMER # 26397-050
> FCI FORT DIX
> P.O. BOX 2000
> FORT DIX, NJ 08640
>
>
> LAUREN GAZZOLA # 93497-011
> FCI DANBURY
> ROUTE #37
> 33 1/2 PEMBROKE ROAD
> DANBURY, CT 06811
>
>
> JOSHUA HARPER # 29429-086
> FCI SHERIDAN
> FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
> P.O. BOX 5000
> SHERIDAN, OR 97378
>
>
> KEVIN KJONAAS # 93502-011
> FCI SANDSTONE
> P.O. BOX 1000
> SANDSTONE, MN 55072
>
>
> ANDREW STEPANIAN # 26399-050
> FCI BUTNER MEDIUM II
> FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
> P.O. BOX 1500
> BUTNER, NC 27509
>
>
> --
> Defend Free Speech! Free the SHAC 7! www.SHAC7.com
>
> _______________________________________________

BASHIR HAMEED NEEDS OUR HELP

We just received this email. As we all know, Bashir has various health
problems, and good dental care is very important for him. CALL THE
NUMBER
BELOW AND INSIST THAT BASHIR HAMEED/YORK RECEIVE DENTAL CARE. BE SURE TO
GIVE THEM HIS DIN NUMBER: #82-A-6313

Brother Bashir needs assistance with dental care.
He has been requesting a visit for several weeks and continues to be
denied.
Now he has a toothache that needs immediate attention.
Your help is appreciated. Their number is 518-457-8126.
Paula York Jones

WRITE TO BASHIR AND LET HIM KNOW HE HAS OUR SUPPORT:

Bashir Hameed/York #82-A-6313,
Great Meadow Correctional Facility
Box 51
Comstock, New York 12821
Birthday: December 1, 1940
--
Free All Political Prisoners!
 nycjericho@riseup.net www.jerichony.org


ROBERT SETH HAYES FORMAL COMPLAINT LETTER

Wende Correctional Facility
Robert Seth Hayes
#74A-2280 A-2-17

Superintendent, Robert Kirkpatrick
Wende correctional facility


FORMAL COMPLAINT
November 14,
2006

Superintendent Kirkpatrick,

I know you are quite busy with daily activities, so I will make this one
complaint as brief as possible. My formal complaint concerns the actions
of your officers who I believe were acting outside the employee's
manual.
Doing so, they broke protocol, causing a breach in the smooth and
appropriate function and structure of this facility. My personal dignity
and self-worth were called into question, and to this day, no formal
resolution has come forth from either officers or Sergeant (area
Supervisor) of A block. The problem occurred as follows:

1. On November 8, 2006 while en route to the gym for recreation, I
passed
through the metal detector with the following: (1) New York Times
newspaper, (2) print-outs of Yahoo! web page contents and one Upbeat
newsletter. All permissible items carried to gym on more than one
occasion. On the above date, approximately 9:24 a.m. these items were
reviewed by CO Kyle. Upon seeing the Yahoo! Web sheets, he immediately
questioned me on where I got them from. I explained that they came to me
via the mail. CO Kyle stated they were illegal. I countered by
explaining
they were not and had come to me via the mail room. He sought out
Sergeant
Higley for clarification and I heard Sergeant Higley state to Kyle, "yes
they were permissible. Inmates are entitled to receive said print out so
long as it was only five pages per envelope." But in deference to CO
Kyle,
Sergeant Higley informed me that I shouldn't be taking this material to
the gym. That the gym was for recreation. Therefore, the Yahoo! would be
turned over to the Hall Captain of A block and I could retrieve them
after
recreation period. First, I'd like to point out that reading material is
permissible in the gym and other recreation areas per policy and
procedure. I did not discuss this with Sergeant Higley, but accepted his
decision and went to recreation without the Yahoo! materials.

2. At the conclusion of recreation period and in route to my cell
(A-2-17), upon entering 2 co. gallery, I was informed by my floor
officer
that my cell was being frisked and that I needed to proceed to the gun
walk where I could stand outside my cell and observe. I complied. In my
cell I observed CO Hartfield (like CO Kyle, from B block) engaged in a
thorough cell frisk. After approximately 15 minutes of my watching he
exited my cell carrying a manila folder stuffed with papers. I asked him
where he was taking the folder and he stated, "this stuff is leaving for
inspection." I then asked if I might see what it was he was taking
and he
briefly exposed the contents to me. I saw inside Yahoo! pages, what
appeared to be a Buffalo Forum newsletter folded in half and a
quantity of
papers I could not tell what was written on them. I immediately
recognized
the folder as one that I kept beside my bed holding copies of letters
I'd
previously written and expressed that to CO Hartfield. Officer Hartfield
stated to me, "I don't know anything about that." I then asked him
did he
know what it was he was taking from my cell? He replied to me, "I've
been
doing this job over 20 years, I know what I'm doing." I left off the
discussion and entered my cell to make assessment.

3. Upon immediate search I learned that several things were not in the
cell. (A) I had just received two days prior a printout of my approved
telephone listings. That was gone. (B) I happened to glance at the wall
over my lockers and discovered that my 2006 calendar was missing. After
searching I discovered that not only was the 2006 calendar missing, but
(C) the recently received through the mail, 2007 calendar was missing as
well. To the best of my recollection, calendars have never been
considered
hostile, especially having come through correspondence without any
indication that it did not pass muster.

4. Reading the cell frisk notification sheet and Officer Hartfield's
comments on items removed from my cell which read, "(1) one bundle of
papers." There was no itemized listing of papers removed.

I am still in the process of determining what was removed and that's
proven difficult. I know for a fact that the above listed items have
disappeared without reason per the cell frisk removal.

I spoke with Sergeant Hinckley on November 9, 2006. I inquired about
what
happened to the Yahoo! papers taken from me to be delivered to A Block
Hall Captain. Sergeant Higley's response was that "they were turned over
to Officer Hartfield who performed your cell frisk." I also spoke
with the
Hall Captain concerning whether or not an itemized listing was filed and
left in the block concerning my cell frisk and was informed no. That I
should read the cell frisk notification for items taken. I explained
what
the slip stated and he himself seemed surprised by what I stated.

Thereafter I contacted my attorney, family and friends, communicating
this
matter. We all agree that what occurred is dangerous and needed
investigation. Protocol was breached and procedure violated. What was
taken did not confirm the cell frisk standards. The fact that
correctional
Officer Hartfield stated he had over 20 years in corrections
indicates to
me that the search crossed the line and was intended to convey a message
other than removal of alleged questionable materials. I/we are seeking a
full investigation and return of materials described above and other
materials in hand.

Further that some type of standards be set in place to offset this
type of
protocol violation. I feel at this point, that no real reason ever
existed
for a cell search. That CO Kyle took exception to the material in my
possession and called on his coworker to perform the cell frisk to
destroy
the cell. As an afterthought, several non-contraband items were
removed to
convey a message of next time you won't be so lucky. Finally, the
worrisome part is, by taking a printout of my updated telephone listing,
Hartfield took with him the names, addresses, telephone numbers and
relations to me listed persons that I cannot for the life of me see
why it
was considered contraband. We have in place a media review system which
makes lawful determinations whenever the question of unacceptable
materials enters the facility. Why items were taken and why to date,
nothing was returned or to date not itemized makes this entire act
questionable.

I hope you will look into this matter. Question my facts and see for
yourself that the search was both illegal and inflammatory. That no
protocol was followed and the resulting state being, CO's carrying out
private determinations outside their employee manuals, in violation
of the
superintendents handbook and creating an inflammatory circumstance.

This formal complaint is concluded at this time subject to revisit based
upon newly discovered items missing listings. I hope to hear from you
soon
on this matter. I want to reiterate that to date, November 14, 2006, 6
days after initial search, no item listing of materials removed from
cell
or spoken word from any supervisor has been forthcoming.

Sincerely yours,

Robert Seth Hayes

RSH/rsh

CC: Susan Tipograph, AAL
American Civil Liberties Union
NYS Comm. of Corr,
NYC Bd. of Corr.
Files



It would be great for Seth to receive letters of support at this
time. Please write to him at:

Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280
Wende Correctional Facility
Wende Rd., PO Box 1187
Alden, NY 14004-1187

LET'S GET THOSE CALLS GOING OUT TO THE PRISON AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! CALL
716-937-400O AND ASK TO SPEAK WITH THE WARDEN. IF YOU CAN'T SPEAK
WITH THE
WARDEN, GET THE NAME OF THE PERSON YOU ARE SPEAKING TO AND REGISTER YOUR
PROTEST WITH THEM!

--
Free All Political Prisoners!
 nycjericho@riseup.net www.jerichony.org

Please include background in posts 22.Nov.2006 22:05

woodswoman

I know who the SHAC 7 are from previous posts and publicity, but I have never heard of the other two people mentioned here. To build support effectively, please include a sentence or two of background information when you post here. Many people, especially newcomers to the site, have no context otherwise. Even if you post about something that's been on the site before, it needs to be self-explanatory for anyone who hasn't heard of the issue before. Thanks.

Thanks for the reminder 23.Nov.2006 15:51

more info

from www.sethhayes.org support website:

Robert 'Seth' Hayes is one of the longest-held political prisoners in the USA. Born in the Bronx in 1948, Seth was imprisoned due to his activity in the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, a fighting formation which grew out of the Black liberation movement of the 1960's.

It was in the period of social upheaval in the late 1960's that Seth radicalized and joined the Black Panther Party and later the Black Liberation army. Drafted into the U.S. Army and sent off to fight in Vietnam, Seth was wounded and awarded a variety of military awards including the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Back in the U.S., when riots exploded across the nation in response to the April 4th, 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Seth's troop was ordered to assist in putting down the massive rebellions which took place and spread across the United States. According to Seth, "it was the saddest day of my life, and I could never identify again with the aims of the armed forces or the government."

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From wikipedia on Bashir Hameed, (whose birthday is the first week in December btw):

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashir_Hameed

Bashir Hameed was a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. Hameed was convicted of the murder of New York City police officer John Scarangella, and the attempted murder of Scarangella's partner, Officer Richard Rainey. Officer Scarangella was murdered on 16 April 1981, after he and his partner pulled over a van carrying Hameed and Abdul Majid, then known as Anthony LaBorde. Hameed and his co-defendant were both convicted of murder, and Hameed is serving a sentence of 25 years to life.

Hameed is currently incarcerated at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York.

Some leftist political activists have claimed that Hameed is a political prisoner.
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From Defenestrator.com on Bashir Hameed, announcing an event happening tomorrow in Philly:

Poems Not Prisons Open Mic featuring North Star of Division X
Poems Not Prisons Open Mic birthday benefit for Bashir Hameed

Poems Not Prisons Friday, November 24 7:30pmThe A-Space 4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19143 Featuring North Star from Division X Proceeds to benefit black liberation political prisoner Bashir Hameed Hosted by Philly poets DuiJi M'Shinda & Martin Wiley

And featuring the visual art of Kakamia Jahad Imarisha in his first solo show (un)Amerikan Kakamia is a poet, a visual artist, an anarchist, a conscious prisoner locked down in California.

Bring your songs, music, poems, short stories, announcements and rants for the open mic

Proceeds to Benefit Political Prisoner Bashir Hameed whose birthday is the first week in December. Sign a birthday card & make a donation for Bashir!

Bashir Hameed:
Bashir Hameed worked with the first Black Panther Free Breakfast Program at St. Augustine Church in Oakland. Later he moved back to New Jersey - Appointed Deputy Chairman of the New Jersey Branch of the BPP. Helped institute free breakfast, food and clothing programs. As a direct result of Party membership, became a target of systematic harassment by local, state and federal authorities. (COINTELPRO).

YEARS IN PRISON Since his imprisonment, Bashir has spent many years in isolation and special housing units for allegedly organizing and bogus conspiracy charges of one type or another. Much of this time he was in prison located in remote areas of New York State. Prisons that require six to eight hours travel time located in cities without direct access to public transportation. He has also been given numerous infraction reports over the years by racist guards who are aware of the political nature of his case.

Bashir is constantly accused of being involved in any and every action that takes place wherever he is incarcerated as a result he is continuously transferred and harassed by prison guards.


HUSBANDS VISITATION RIGHTS 22.Apr.2007 18:47

MRS. ROSEIIND B. ARROYO RARROYOBRONX@AOL.COM

i have to begin by saying that i give thanks to anyone who can give me some insight besides what i have already done to be able to visit my husband. i am married to an inmate mr. rafarl arroyo jr. presently incarcerated at fci sandstone. we met in brooklyn back in 1995 and lost contact until 2002. i was denied visitation when he was in lexington, kentucky facility after me writing the warden there numerous times and the central office and regional office. i was finally given permission to visit. he was placed in the hole in april of 2004, then transferred to manchester, kentucky facility for no reason with the statement that he rejected the drug program, which he was not eligible for yet, so they can cover their lies. anyway we were given permission to get married in october of 2004 and now he was transferred to fci sandstone facility for the drug program and i have been denied visitation because they claim i am a security threat to their institution. please you anyone can guide me and give me some advice as to what i can do please send me a message. it's been a year and four months since i last saw my husband whom i adore more than life!!! i am starting a petition for the central office which i will post please the more signatures the more chance i have of getting heard to be able to visit!!!.

thank you for listening.

sincerely yours,
mrs. roselind b. arroyo