(PHOTO: Robert King and Albert Woodfox with a former Los Angeles Panther named Hakim, taken at the Los Angeles premiere of Cruel and Unusual)
A3 Newsletter, June 14, 2017:
We Stand With the Prisoners Human Rights March
Angola 3 stands strong with the upcoming Prisoners Human Rights March on August 19th in Washington D.C.
Robert King will be a featured speaker at the Aug. 19 event and encourages all Angola 3 supporters so share the information about this march with organizations far and wide, in order to build a strong presence on behalf of prisoners in our nation's capitol this summer.
Cruel and Unusual premiered in New York City and Los Angeles, where Albert and King spent time with BPP members from back in the day, including a former member of the Los Angeles BPP named Malik, shown in the photo above.
Albert is taking as much of the summer off as he can after a grueling year of travel and interviews. He hopes to spend lots of time with family, including his great-grandchildren.
Albert's visit to Montreal was a big success and his talk at Concordia University can be viewed in full here. Just below is a photo of Albert with event organizer Marie Dimanche. Thanks again to our Montreal supporters!
Featured at the bottom of the newsletter are a few thank you notes from students in Miss Green's class at University of Texas Elementary School in Austin, where King visited last month and impressed the children with both his experiences and maybe even a little more with his candy :-)
(PHOTO: Albert Woodfox in Montreal with event organizer Marie Dimanche)
Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in Washington DC on August 19
(Read more here.)
WE SEEK TO UNITE ACTIVISTS, ADVOCATES, PRISONERS, EX-PRISONERS, THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AS WELL AS ALL OTHERS COMMITTED TO THE FIGHT TO DRASTICALLY REDUCE OR ELIMINATE PRISONS AND THE PRISON SYSTEM, AND REPLACE THEM WITH MORE HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE SYSTEMS. OUR AIM IS TO EXPOSE THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION THAT IT TRULY IS. WE WANT TO CHALLENGE THE IDEA THAT CAGING AND CONTROLLING PEOPLE KEEPS COMMUNITIES SAFE. WE BELIEVE THAT FOR TOO LONG OUR NATION HAS RELIED UPON INCARCERATION AS A WAY TO SOLVE BROADER SOCIAL PROBLEMS TO ITS DETRIMENT. IN AUGUST OF 2017 WE WILL MARCH ON WASHINGTON TO BRING WORLD ATTENTION TO THE CONTINUED SLAVERY AND INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE IN AMERICA, ENABLED BY THE 13TH AMENDMENT AND TO HIGHLIGHT THE EVER INCREASING MOVEMENT AGAINST THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.
Millions For Prisoners Human Rights Core demands for Action:
A) We DEMAND the 13th amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE of the United States Constitution be amended to abolish LEGALIZED slavery in America.
B) We DEMAND a Congressional hearing on the 13th Amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE being recognized as in violation of international law, the general principles of human rights and its direct links to:
1. Private entities exploiting prison labor
2. Companies overcharging prisoners for goods and services
3. Private entities contracted by states/federal government to build and operate prisons. This would also include immigration detentions
4. Racial disparities in America's prison population and sentencing
5. Policing: the disproportionate (unaccountable) killings by police in the black and brown communities
6. Felony Disenfranchisement laws
7. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 34,000 detention quotas
8. Producing the world largest prison population
Grand Opening of Robert King and Rose Smith's Community Center in Austin Texas
(PHOTO: Robert King and Rose Smith)
On Saturday, July 8th Robert King and Rose Smith will launch the Grand Opening of their venue! It is located at 7901 Cameron Rd. Bldg.. 3 Ste 205 Austin, Texas. 78754.
They have partnered to give businesses, organizations and individuals a place to meet, collaborate, hold workshops and conferences and celebrate! But, most importantly, they are committed to educate and spread the word about the Angola Three and all prisoners being held simply because of their affiliation with the Black Panther Party.
The Grand Opening will feature a two showings of the Angola 3 Movie: "Cruel & Unusual." The first showing and celebration will be held from 1:30pm-4pm, and the second showing will start at 5pm. Mr. King will have copies of his book and the Angola 3 Graphic Novel for purchase; along with his famous candy! There will be food and beverages for all guests who attend, and, door Prize Drawings for both sessions.
Thank You Letters to Robert King from the students in Miss Green's Class at University of Texas Elementary School in Austin Texas