Political Prisoner Herman Bell Assaulted

Reposted from the Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee

Black Panther Party political prisoner Herman Bell was viciously assaulted by guards at Great Meadow Correctional Facility (Comstock) on September 5, 2017.

While being “escorted” by a guard back to his h15-lens-herman-bell-embed-blog480ousing unit, a guard struck Herman, age 69, in the face causing his glasses to drop to the floor. He pushed Herman against the wall, Herman stumbled and fell to the ground. The guard then continued viciously hitting and kicking Herman. Very soon about 5 other guards arrived and joined in the violent attack, hitting and kicking Herman all over his body. He was also maced in the eye and face. One of the guards kneed Herman in the chest causing two cracked ribs. At one point, one of the guards took Herman’s head and slammed it very hard into the pavement three times. Herman said when this happened he thought he was at the end of his life.

Herman was put in an isolation unit and left there alone for hours, with no care or place to lay down. Herman was then taken to the prison infirmary. X-rays have confirmed that he has fractured ribs. Herman’s left eye is damaged from the mace and blows. He has bruises to his body and is suffering headaches, a possible sign of a concussion. He showed the doctor his hands and wanted the doctor to make note of the fact that he had no cuts, abrasions, or bruises on his hands that indicate he struck no one.

Herman Bell has now been charged with “assault on staff.” Defying common sense, they allege that Herman, for no apparent reason, slapped the guard escorting him. He did this, they claim, in a location out of the view of all inmates but in the presence of other guards. He is now in the Special Housing Unit (box) at Five Points Correctional Facility where he was transferred after the incident.

Herman Bell has not had a disciplinary violation in over 20 years. He had been scheduled to begin a three day family visit with his wife a few days after the incident, their first such visit in over 2 1/2 years. In addition he is to appear before the parole board, for the 8th time, in February 2018.

The vicious and unprovoked attack by Comstock prison guards on Herman Bell is not only flagrant staff abuse but egregious elder abuse. We demand that Acting DOCCS Director Anthony Annucci regain control of his lawless staff members. He can set an example that such criminal staff misconduct will not be tolerated by dismissing the bogus charge of staff assault brought against Herman. Both Mr Annucci and Governor Cuomo must ensure that they will protect the lives of all prisoners.

At this time, we are encouraging everyone to take the time to write to Herman or send him a get-well card, so that the authorities know we are concerned for Herman. Further requests for actions of support will be posted soon.

Herman Bell’s new address is:

Herman Bell 79 C 0262
Five Points CF
6600 State Route 96
Caller Box 119
Romulus, N.Y. 14541

Questions and comments may be sent to claude@freedomarchives.org


The Jury is Out, Steven Jablonski is a Grand Liar

Regarding Steven Jablonski’s Deceptions, Grand Juries and Sensible Solidarity

(Reposted from Article)

Lessons Learned:

1. Don’t be afraid to respectfully question or challenge those who are being targeted by the state. Moreover, don’t look down on those who choose to be critical in a sensitive moment.

2. Encourage those experiencing repression to document (with cameras, with notes written down immediately after, etc.) and make public instances of harassment. This is important for countless reasons, not only to demonstrate that said instances actually occurred.

3. Do not idolize a person or forgive their shitty behavior with the excuse that they are a victim and therefore too fragile to reflect on their actions.

4. Responding to repression is a collective responsibility. Individuals are singled out and targeted but the true goal is often to weaken, destabilize, and spread paranoia among a group of people. Make informed decisions together!

5. Gossip less and practice respectful confrontation between comrades. The better our communication and ability to resolve conflicts, the less the state (or plain manipulative assholes) can exploit our weaknesses.

What To Do if You Receive a Subpoena:

If you are served with a subpoena, call the National Lawyers Guild Hotline or call a criminal defense attorney immediately.

DO NOT KEEP YOUR SUBPOENA A SECRET. Everyone is safer (including you) if as many people as possible know what is happening and can coordinate support activities accordingly.

IF APPROACHED, DO NOT TALK TO THE FBI. NOT EVEN IF IT’S “JUST A CHAT.” The Feds are trained to manipulate you into sharing information. You are not legally required to talk to them or to open your door to them. Be brave, say nothing, and contact a lawyer immediately.

Links on GJ Resistance:

More Information on Grand Jury Resistance
Essential and Inspiring Statement of Resistance by the Bay Area Grand Jury Resistance Collective
How to Crush a Grand Jury the No Compromise Way

Notes on a SF Grand Jury(Steve’s lies aside)

Steve’s Video:

Video of his attempt to prove he did have a GJ subpoena.  It’s password protected. password: pizza

Back in Action!

We took down the site for a while, now we are back up! With the recent uprisings against the police state and white supremacy we are inspired and reinvigorated.  We see a need to have a public space on the web for local prisoner support news and resources.  We have cleaned up our site, added zines in pdf format, updated calendar and are hoping to regularly link to relevant current events, articles, and news pages.  The anti-repression and resistance infrastructure is pretty awesome in the bay and in the larger prisoner support networks and so we have provided links to those already doing the work in those areas.police_cruiser_on-fire