Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A3 Newsletter: Broadening the Platform to Correct Past Injustices

A3 Newsletter, February 12, 2016: This is What Freedom Looks Like... Two Months of Liberation

WATCH: Albert Speaks at Southeastern Louisiana University

What a joy it is to have Albert out of prison, after all these years of struggle, it is a rare and special treat to hear his voice on the phone each morning as we review the days schedule and events. In Albert's first month of freedom he stayed busy every day, obtaining identification papers, scheduling doctor and dentist appointments, visiting with family and supporters - every moment was occupied. Since the end of March Albert has been in Texas, visiting with his brother Michael and his family and getting some much needed rest.

This weekend, Albert and King head to Pittsburgh to participate in the International Conference on Solitary Confinement, where they're sure to run into many of the activists and supporters that have been involved in the effort to end solitary confinement. After Pittsburgh, Albert will be headed back to New Orleans to attend his first family reunion! Early May finds him headed to Los Angeles for the Death Penalty Focus Conference and then on to a long- anticipated trip to Yosemite with Sacramento supporters, Gail Shaw and Billy X Jennings. Every day is an adventure; shopping, banking, post office- all the things we have grown accustomed to are new to Albert.

Below you'll find the latest statement from the legal team. As Albert stated in one of his early interviews after his release, "There's a movement in the country about solitary confinement...we think that we were the spark...for that." We couldn't agree more! Although both the civil and criminal cases have been settled, significant changes to the Department of Corrections policies in Louisiana regarding solitary are in the works and we hope to be able to share more detail in the coming months. Meanwhile, around the country and around the world, there has been greatly heightened awareness around the issues of solitary confinement and like Albert and King, we feel that the case of the Angola 3 has been instrumental in this raised consciousness and are thrilled to see articles such as the one from Ottawa that use the Angola 3 case to leverage the abolition of solitary.

Albert looks forward to joining the fray in carrying on the movement to abolish solitary and to expose the inequalities of the criminal justice system. We are proud to stand behind Albert and King and assist them in any way that we can as they carry on with their advocacy work.

Statement from the A3 Legal Team

"On April 5, 2016, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana dismissed the long-pending civil rights action brought by Robert King, Albert Woodfox, and Herman Wallace against Louisiana Department of Corrections officials upon the joint motion of the parties. The case has been settled, and the agreement is confidential.  Plaintiffs King and Woodfox are confident the Louisiana Department of Corrections will significantly overhaul its policies concerning solitary confinement in the coming months so that no one in the future will experience what they had to endure."

Amnesty UK Screening of "Cruel and Unusual," Directed by Vadim Jean

When:  Thursday, 21 April 2016, 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)
Where:  Amnesty International UK - 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA, United Kingdom

Amnesty International UK is delighted to announce a special UK preview screening of 'Cruel and Unusual', the documentary feature film that tells the story of the Angola 3's struggle for justice and the cruel and unusual punishment of long term solitary confinement in Louisiana prisons. The film includes a recent interview with Albert and will be followed by a discussion with Angola 3 supporter and activist Sam Roddick, Director Vadim Jean, campaigner Tessa Murphy and Robert King who will join via a live link. 

You can find out more and reserve your free place here.

Albert in the News

(Artwork by Jared Rodriguez, Truthout)

CNN's Christine Amanpour conducted an excellent interview with both Albert Woodfox and Robert King. The television interview can be watched here. Featured below are excerpts from some of the other new reports published since our previous newsletter.

In their article entitled, Solitary Confinement and Justice: Why Albert Woodfox's Release is Not Enough, Yvette Tiya of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation writes:

Unfortunately, Woodfox's story is not the only one. According to The Guardian, approximately 80,000 Americans are being held in isolation. A report from Yale University puts the estimate even higher, deeming that of the 1.5 million incarcerated individuals in the US, nearly 100,000 are being held in solitary confinement facilities. The fact there is a lack of consensus over how many American citizens are so imprisoned is a grave concern. At prisons in Colorado, of the thousands being held there, only 75 prisoners have been documented as developing debilitating mental illnesses due to solitary confinement, even though it's widely known that almost every individual incarcerated for prolonged periods of time develops psychological complications by the time they are released. Without a doubt, there are many more prisoners whose physiological and mental disorders have gone undocumented. That this sort of inhumanity still exists is alarming and disheartening.

The article entitled Albert Woodfox speaks to the people after 44 years in solitary, by Jarett Aucoin of Liberation News, concludes:

The actions of the Angola Three have emboldened the solidarity amongst prison abolitionists and human rights activists the world over. Woodfox said in closing, "I am now a free man. I can go home,right now, be with my family, and none of that would have been possible if it wasn't for all the people who stood up beside me and did what was right."

The National Public Radio story, After Decades In Solitary, Last Of The 'Angola 3' Carry On Their Struggle, features an interview with Albert alongside Robert King (Albert was also interviewed by a Swedish radio station):

"There's a different rhythm to living in society as to living in prison," Woodfox says, "and I'm trying to adjust. Hopefully, I will get there." For him, there was never a moment's thought to giving up his fight to prove his innocence and gain his freedom. "There were times when I was frustrated and angry," he says. "I've been through panic attacks, claustrophobia attacks, but I never gave up and lost hope."Woodfox says it was something special that kept him going. "The qualities as a human being that I inherited from my mother - such as strength, determination," he says. "And I think having Robert King and Herman Wallace as only my comrades, but best friends, made it possible for me to endure a great deal."

Kings says that he found similar strength in his friendships. "I was motivated also by Herman and Albert and other people who I came in to contact with, despite the fact that we were in solitary confinement," he says.

In her article entitled Toward an Intellectual History of the Angola 3, Holly Genovese of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, reflects:

I have spent the better part of three years writing about Woodfox, Wallace, and King.  My interests began in the Black Power origins of the Angola 3 and their connections to the New Orleans Black Panther Party. But as I continued to write about the Angola 3, I started to argue for an intellectual history of the Angola 3. Knowledge creators and producers don't have to be in positions of power and in fact the Angola 3 follow in a long line of incarcerated writers and artists using art and intellectual pursuits to gain power. The Angola 3 have done just this.

In a recent Ottawa Citizen article, entitled Canada cannot continue using solitary confinement, author Kristina Seefeldt writes:

On Feb. 19, Albert Woodfox of Louisiana was released after spending 43 years and 10 months almost exclusively in solitary confinement. The United States is known for its extreme tough-on-crime approaches; but is it possible for an offender to spend 43 years in solitary confinement in a Canadian prison?


Last month, the Ontario Human Rights Commission called for an end to solitary confinement provincially. Although it would entail a new prison policy overall, the end result would be a more humane approach to imprisonment in Ontario.


  1. Replies
    1. My name is loveth anetor I live
      in California
      THE GREAT dr alexzanderhightemple BROUGHT
      i got married 4months ago. My
      husband and I have been
      living a very happy and lovely
      life. So as time went on, I
      began to notice this strange
      attitude that he was
      possessing. He was now going
      out with other girls, to the
      extent that he was no longer
      picking up my calls, and he
      was not even sleeping in my
      house anymore. I became
      confused and didn't know what
      to do anymore. So i
      became worried and stranded,
      that brought so many
      thoughts into my mind, because I
      have never experienced
      a thing like this before in my life.
      So I decided to visit a spell
      caster, to see if he can help
      me out. So immediately I went
      to the internet, where I
      saw an amazing testimony of a
      spell caster who brought
      someone's ex lover back,so I
      contacted him immediately
      and I explained to him all my
      problems and he told me
      that it will be very easy for him
      to solve, compare to the
      ones he has done before. And he
      also gave me some
      proof to be really sure of her
      work, and he assured me
      that my husband will come back
      to me immediately after
      he is through with the spell
      casting. And also he told me
      to put all my trust in him and I
      really obeyed him.
      So it was 8:00 am on the next
      morning, when I was about
      going to work, when i received
      my husband's call, and he
      told me that he was coming back
      home, and he apologized
      to me, and told me that he is
      very sorry for the pain that
      he has cost me. And after some
      hours later, he really came
      back home, and that was how we
      continued our marriage
      with lots of love and happiness,
      and our love was now
      stronger than how it were
      And these great man also told
      me that once my heart
      desire has been granted unto me
      that i should go and
      testify of his work right here on
      the internet. Right now I
      am the happiest woman on earth
      today as I am writing
      this testimony, and I want to
      really thank
      dr alexzander for
      bringing back my
      husband, and for bringing joy and
      love to my family.so you
      all there having dificulties or the
      other don,t worry every
      thing will be fine
      So my greatest advice for you
      out there who your husband
      or your wife is acting strange or
      behaving the same way
      like this, or you have any
      problem with your relationship or
      anything related to do with spell
      casting, is for you to go
      and visit this great man anytime,
      and i assure you that
      she will be of help to you, and I
      am 100% sure that he
      will solve it out.once again
      contact him on these email
      now..and your problem we be all over because I really trust him as the best spell caster in the world.alexzanderhightemple@gmail.com or http://alexzanderhightemple-com.webs.com

  2. Are you tired of seeking loans and mortgages from banks? Have you been turned down constantly by your banks and other financial institutions due to bad credit? Are you about loosing your home due to financial constraints? Global Lenders Inc is here to set you free from debt. For immediate enquires you can contact us via email powerfinance7@gmail.com

    1) Full Name:.....
    2) Gender:........
    3) Loan Amount Needed :...
    4) Loan Duration:...............
    5) Country:.......
    6) Home Address:..
    7) Mobile Number:.....
    8) Fax Number:......
    9) Occupation:....
    10) Monthly Income:......
    11) Salary Date:....
    12) Purpose of loan;...
    13) Where did you get our loan advertisement:....
    14)Contact email:........

    Awaiting your swift response.
    May Allah bless you.
    Leverage Pvt Ltd.
    Associate Director
    power Financial Service Pvt.
    Contact Us At :powerfinance7@gmail.com

  3. I am Shally Mills from FLORIDA, When I eventually found testimonies about this spell caster Dr. Anabi, how he helped many people to get their lovers and broken homes back, i contacted him through because I was absolutely desperate to get my husband back. Life without my husband was a real mess for me and my children. i wanted a dramatic change and I thought love spell could be the solution. After discussing the resolution with Dr Anabi, he gave me hope that he will restore my marriage. I felt confident that he will actually make my husband to return home and he did! It’s fantastic what this great spell caster have done for me, his help is priceless! I don't know what I would have done without Dr. Anabi, He does his job so well he is organized and highly functional, i believe he is the best spell caster i can count on when it comes to all kinds of spell, I was floored that his spells worked, if you need help, contact him on Ultimatehightemple@yahoo.com or Ultimatehightemple@gmail.com call +2348112180471

  4. After being in relationship with Wilson for seven years,he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that don't believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I meant a spell caster called Dr Zuma zuk and I email him, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the fake ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, his email: spiritualherbalisthealing@gmail.com or call him +2349055637784 you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or anything. CONTACT HIM NOW FOR SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS'

  5. How I Got My Ex Husband Back...........

    I am Shannon by name. Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony. I have been rejected by my husband after three(3) years of marriage just because another woman had a spell on him and he left me and the kid to suffer. one day when i was reading through the web, i saw a post on how this spell caster on this address Makospelltemple@yahoo.com , have help a woman to get back her husband and i gave him a reply to his address and he told me that a woman had a spell on my husband and he told me that he will help me and after 2 days that i will have my husband back. i believed him and today i am glad to let you all know that this spell caster have the power to bring lovers back. because i am now happy with my husband. Thanks for Dr.Mako. His email: Makospelltemple@yahoo.com OR. his phone number: +2348108737816.

  6. I have said tons of hurtful words to my husband, and each single time I never admit that I was in the wrong and he is always the one whom wants back the marriage. And when he struggles with his career instability, I wasn't there for him. And right now his heart is hardened for me, and he feels that he doesn't need me anymore in his life, and he says the damage is done beyond repair. It hit me so hard this time when I finally realize what I have done all these while, and I truly regretted my actions. I pray for God to restore my marriage, and bring my husband back to me. We will work things out and I promise I will fulfill my vow and duty as a wife but ever since i reach Dr. Temple on his email: templofemahama@gmail.com my husband changes his hard behavior to me and we are living happily together again also call his number +2349073244122