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Legacy of Torture Film Showing TODAY (sunday march 4th) @Talking Drum Books @ 3pm

Earlier this week I heard on the KBOO Community Calendar and during a KBOO talk show that Kent Ford, father of Patrice Lumumba Ford, (along with another former panther I believe) will be speaking at this film showing, at Talking Drum Books, 446 NE Killingsworth Portland, OR (503) 288-4106

This event doesn't seem to have a web-presence anywhere, and Talking Drum Books doesn't seem to have a website, so I'm posting what I remember about the announcement here.
The Legacy of Torture is a film that was recently produced by the Freedom Archives, ( http://www.freedomarchives.org/BPP/legacyscreenings.html) in response to the recent arrest of 8 former panthers;

These arrests are being based on confessions obtained after using torture methods over 30 years ago.

More about the background of this case, and how you can support the defendants at:

(The next court date is happening in San Fransisco on Tuesday March 13th)

This film was premiered a couple weeks ago here in Portland.
The post that announced that event is at:

I haven't seen the film yet, but it can be ordered by going to the following website, for those who can't make it to the event today:


Background and Press Release from the website of The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights:

Murder Charges Against Former Black Panthers Based on Confessions Extracted by Torture

Eight former Black Panthers were arrested January 23rd in California, New York and Florida on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Similar charges were thrown out after it was revealed that police used torture to extract confessions when some of these same men were arrested in New Orleans in 1973. Richard Brown, Richard O'Neal, Ray Boudreaux, and Hank Jones were arrested in California. Francisco Torres was arrested in Queens, New York. Harold Taylor was arrested in Florida. Two men charged have been held as political prisoners for over 30 years - Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim are both in New York State prisons. A ninth man -- Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth - is still being sought. The men were charged with the murder of Sgt. John Young and conspiracy that encompasses numerous acts between 1968 and 1973.

Harold Taylor and John Bowman (recently deceased) as well as Ruben Scott (thought to be a government witness) were first charged in 1975. But a judge tossed out the charges, finding that Taylor and his two co-defendants made statements after police in New Orleans tortured them for several days employing electric shock, cattle prods, beatings, sensory deprivation, plastic bags and hot, wet blankets for asphyxiation. Such "evidence" is neither credible nor legal.


Support the Defendants

* Join the e-mail list for news updates. Sign up for the CDHR mailing list for news and announcements about the case, the defendants, and support activities.
* Write the defendants - they need the support, and the state should see they are supported. Addresses for each are below.
* Donate. Write your tax-deductible check to CDHR/Agape and mail to CDHR, P. O. Box 90221, Pasadena, CA 91109. Or donate online, also tax-deductible. (Although we do not have our own tax-exempt status, the IRS allows our donors to make charitable contributions through our Fiscal Sponsor, The Agape Foundation, so their name, not ours, will appear on your bank or credit card statement).

"The same people who tried to kill me in 1973 are the same people who are here today, in 2005, trying to destroy me. None of these people have ever been charged with anything." John Bowman - 1947-2006


Herman Bell, 59, of Mississippi, a political prisoner since 1973. Cointelpro's "pattern of manipulation and lies, continuing into the present, indicates something more than the ordinary corruption and racism of everyday law enforcement. It can be understood only in terms of the power of the political movement that [we] were part of, and the intensity of the government's efforts to destroy that movement and to disillusion and intimidate future generations of young activists." Write to him - # 79C-0262, Sullivan Correctional Facility, Box 116, Riverside Drive, Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116. More about Herman at  http://prisonactivist.org/pps+pows/bell.html.

Ray Boudreaux, 64, of Altadena. "Actually for the last 25 years I've lived a pretty peaceful and quiet life. My politics are still the same. It's just that I'm not active. People come to me sometimes as a peace-maker. And all of that has to do with all of my experience." Write to him - 2301300, 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco CA 94103.

Richard Brown, 65, of San Francisco. "For the past six years I have been a Community Court Judge Arbitrator working with the San Francisco District Attorney's office. We place a lot of emphasis on restorative justice, so most of the community service done will be done in our own community where the offender can give back to the community." Write to him - 2300819, 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco CA 94103.

Henry W. (Hank) Jones, 70, of Altadena. "I [have lived] under the constant threat of another ... incarceration. In essence I have been robbed of peace of mind, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am therefore compelled to resis these tactics and inform the public of my recent experience, feeling that something similar could happen to anyone given the climate of fear, paranoia, and abuse of authority that is rampant in our country today." Write to him - 2301301, 425 Seventh St, San Francisco CA 94103.

Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom), 55, of San Francisco, a political prisoner in New York since 1978. "The United States does not recognize the existence of political prisoners. To do so would give credence to the fact of the level of repression and oppression, and have to recognize the fact that people resist racist oppression in the United States, and therefore, legitimize the existence of not only the individuals who are incarcerated or have been captured, but also legitimize those movements of which they are a part." Write to him - # 77A4283, Auburn Correctional Facility, 135 State Street, P.O. Box 618, Auburn, NY 13024. More about Jalil at  http://www.freejalil.com/.

Richard O'Neal, 57, of San Francisco. Richard works as a custodian for the city. He had previously worked at the city's Hall of Justice and has been a city employee for more than 25 years. Write to him - 2300818, 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco CA 94103.

Harold Taylor, 58, of Panama City. "In 1971, two brothers and I were set up by the FBI. We didn't learn about COINTELPRO until years later. In 1973 I was arrested in New Orleans and was beaten and tortured for several days. in 2003 the detectives that were responsible for my torture came to my house to try and question me. I have not been the same since." Write to him - 2305584, 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Francisco Torres, 58, of New York City.
Write to him - #349071576, 1515 Hazen Street, East Elmhurst, NY 11370.


About the Committee for Defense of Human Rights

The mission of the Committee for Defense of Human Rights is to draw attention to human rights abuses perpetrated by the government of the United States and law enforcement authorities which were carried out in an effort to destroy progressive organizations and individuals. By building coalitions with organizations and groups that advocate for human and civil rights, CDHR hopes to bring an end to these abuses. CDHR's basic principles are set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention against Torture.

Committee for the Defense of Human Rights
P.O. Box 90221
Pasadena, CA 91109

(415) 226-1120
CDHR_RIGHT [at] hotmail [dot] com

flyers:  http://cdhrsupport.org/flyers.html


Come to court Tuesday, March 13!
Demonstration 8:00 a.m. - Hearing 9:00 a.m., 850 Bryant St., San Francisco

homepage: homepage: http://cdhrsupport.org/