Saturday, November 18, 2006

Read: OCT29: Political Prisoner Hugo Pinell Denied Parole

Gracias Dan E~ It is true that we need to keep in mind the constant evilness being perpetuated behind prison walls inside the United States, though, we our hearts should envelope the cosmos and our Mother Earth.
We should do what we can to Free Brother Hugo and all prisoners who are caged without justice, including Brother Leoanrd Peltier!

After all these years we are still fighting the same basic struggles we did back in the 60's and Amerikna fascism is still in power and secure. Fortuhately, we have Internet Power in order to reach out to other, raise humane consciousness and do online networking. And we have shining examples of other fallen warriors, including El General George L Jackson.

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Hugo can receive photographs, but not Polaraid. He can also receive writing tablets and stamped envelopes, but not stamps. He can receive money orders but not checks. It is always a good idea to indicate enclosures so that he knows what he should be receiving from you.

Hugo L.A. Pinell
A88401 SHU D3-221
P.O. Box 7500
Crescent City, CA 95531-7500
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Venceremos Unidos! Long Live the Spirit of George Jackson!Peter S. Lopez ~aka Peta
Humane Liberation Party


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Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 11:32:12 -0800
Subject: OCT29: Fw: Political prisoner Hugo Pinell Denied Parole

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Subject: Political prisoner Hugo Pinell Denied Parole

While there has been justifiable outrage and concern over the treatment of prisoners by the US in Iraq and in Guantanamo, it should not be forgotten that the US has a long history to torture and mistreatment of prisoners in its own jails, most of whom are African-American, Latino, and Native American. There are also political prisoners, stemming from the radical movements inside the prisons during the 60s and early 70s--which, like the organizations on the outside, like the Black Panthers, were disrupted and destroyed by the FBI's COINTEL program which twisted their common struggle against them while infusing killer drugs into the ghettos, the barrios, and into the prisons, themselves. This is the story of one those prisoners who became politicized during that period and who, for that reason and nothing more, the State of California prison system refuses to parole.


by Gordon Kaupp, Esq. with Kiilu Nyasha

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Board of Parole Hearing, for the 8th time, denied Hugo L,A. Pinell parole at a hearing held Tuesday, November 14, at supermax Pelican Bay State Prison, Crescent City.

Apparently, 42 years in California prisons, the last 36 in solitary confinement, including 16 in the windowless, hi-tech SHU (Security Housing Unit) with sensory deprivation in the extreme, was not enough retribution against Hugo Pinell, nicknamed Yogi Bear. They gave him two more.

Since Hugo has had a clean record, no 115s, (rule infractions) for 24 years and his last crime was committed 35 years ago, it was a almost purely a political decision.

Hugo was part of the Black Movement formed in resistance to the deplorable conditions and unspeakable brutality that was exacted on prisoners, especially Blacks, in the 1960s and 70s. Born in Nicaragua, Hugo also resisted the Mexican/Latino segregation of Blacks. i.e., he broke ranks, identifying as Black instead of “Latino.” That made him even more of a target and a bilingual threat.

It is indisputable that it was the prisoners' Movement led by George Jackson and W. L. Nolen, which brought attention to the appalling conditions and eventually Congressional oversight and overhaul of the California prison system. (See The Melancholy History of Soledad Prison, by Min S. Yee.)

The mandated changes that grew out of that struggle serve as an open and undeniable acknowledgment of just how bad it was and how necessary the resistance. Although it’s difficult to imagine worse conditions than those in today’s 5000 prisons and jails across the country, most grossly overcrowded -- yesterday’s filthy dungeons, literal “holes,” virulent hatred from racist guards and prisoners alike, officially sanctioned brutality, torture, and murder comprised more horrific conditions 40 years ago.

The stance Hugo Pinell took resulted in prolonged torture and isolation, plus a long record of 115s. E.g., Hugo often intervened physically when another prisoner was being beaten, getting beat up himself and thrown in the hole. Almost any Black person who has suffered guard or police assault knows that when the brutality stops, it’s the victim who gets the charges or write-ups for assault, not the official aggressor.

At one point in the turbulent 60s, the Movement organized a hunger strike which lasted eight days. Hugo’s file reflects eight 115s, one for each day and that was used against him at the hearing!

During the hearing, the Commissioners virtually ignored his 24 years of clean time, and tallied his 115s, counting well over 100. Although Hugo has not gotten a violation since 1982, the Board found a way to hold that against him too. Commissioner Shelton said something like, “when I see a man as violent as you and I see that you have not had a 115 for 24 years it makes me wonder, and it reminds me of a story I once heard. At a parole board hearing of an inmate who had received many 115s early on but hadn’t received any in a long time, a commissioner asked him how he was able to stay out of trouble. The inmate told the Board, ‘It’s because I’m the shot caller on the yard and I can get anyone to take the fall for me.’” That story is incredible for several reasons: that a prisoner would even say such a thing; the fact that Hugo is never on the yard; and SHU prisoners are completely isolated, no phone calls, censored mail, restricted, monitored, no-contact visits.

What’s more, the Board violated Hugo’s right not to discuss or admit to the crimes for which he was convicted. An in-depth look at Hugo’s convictions reveals serious questions of reliability of evidence and basic fairness in the trials. Except for the original case that landed him in prison, all of Hugo’s subsequent convictions were for acts against prison guards, reflecting the historic struggle referred to above. Nevertheless, one Commissioner did hold his denial against him and berated him for it, saying, “and you continue to show no remorse and you even deny doing those things.” What good is the right not to admit to something, if your lack of remorse (for something you didn’t do) can be used against you?

I’m reminded of the case of Geronimo ji Jaga (Pratt) who spent 27 years in California prisons convicted of a murder for which he was ultimately exonerated. He faced the same reason for being repeatedly denied parole -- his refusal to show remorse for a crime he didn’t commit. Similarly, Hugo’s denial of guilt and lack of remorse was used against him, a clear violation of his rights under Cal. Penal Code Sec. 5011.

One of the requirements for parole is community support upon release. Forty letters from teachers, professors, human rights advocates, social workers, friends, family, and even the Public Defender, Jeff Adachi, offering Hugo San Francisco’s new reentry program upon parole, were discounted and scorned by the Commissioners.

Another point the Board used against Hugo was his unwillingness to “program.” Insistence on programming in reality is about domination and submission, since the extremely limited “programs” they provide do not produce truly marketable skills. SHU prisoners don’t even have access to the programs available to mainline prisoners. They can only take certain correspondence courses or read self-help books to demonstrate their compliance.

Hugo’s lack of submission to the system’s programming has to do with his own program of survival under conditions designed to produce insanity. The supermax SHU is itself a human rights violation. The United Nations and Amnesty International assert that the conditions of the SHU are inhumane and in violation of the international conventions on the treatment of prisoners. Psychiatrists in the field of prison mental health have documented through dozens of studies since the 1970s that SHU conditions -- 23-24 hours a day in small cells with no natural light, no windows, no view outside their cells, no contact visits, prolonged isolation -- are always harmful. One such expert, Dr. Terry Kupers, author of "Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It," evaluated Hugo’s mental health in 2004, and concluded that he is nothing short of amazing. Hugo has been able to maintain his sanity through a strict regimen of vegetarian diet, exercise, prolific writing to relatives and friends, and other forms of self care. This is a full time effort to be sure, and the result is that Hugo remains compassionate, mentally and physically healthy and alive against all odds. It’s even more remarkable considering that in 2005, a record 44 prisoners killed themselves in California prisons; 70% of the suicides were in segregated units. In a national study of 401 suicides in one year, 1986, two out of every three people who killed themselves were in control units. (Hayes and Rowan 1988).

In summary, this Parole Board Hearing was anything but fair and impartial. We sit in a room in the SHU with the Commissioners facing Hugo and I (his attorney), three guards behind us and Hugo chained hands to waist, feet to waist. Openly hostile, the commissioners recounted the history of 115s, alleged attacks on guards over 35 years ago, with SHU guards looking at us, looking at them. It’s unfair because the commitment offenses cannot change; only the prisoner can change.

Despite their unfairness, despite their violation of his rights, despite their refusal to display humaneness or common sense, and despite their utter rudeness and obvious contempt for Hugo, I must say my client remained strong and upbeat. I felt proud of him.

We were all but sure that they wouldn’t grant him parole before going into the hearing, but we knew that we had to make a good record so that we could move into the second stage of the strategy to get Hugo Pinell out of SHU, out of prison.

We intend to file a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus with an outside court to appeal the Board’s denial. We are announcing our search and need for a law firm with the resources to represent Hugo. If you know any law offices or friends in firms please ask them if they would be willing to take the case and to call or write me, his attorney, Gordon Kaupp, 115 1/2 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94110, (415) 285 8091.

For more information on Yogi, go to

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

On Tuesday After the Elections:
By Peta-de-Aztlan
Date= 11-14-2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006

On this dreary wet Tuesday morning, one week after the mid-term General Elections, as usual, I woke up, said my morning prayer, relieved myself, washed up and made a pot of hot coffee.

I was thinking about what the cost of the U.S. Mid-term election was in dollar signs. So I did a Google Search and got a few interesting results cited far below. I found out that the Overall Cost of the Midterm Election was from $2.6 Billion to $2.8 Billion dollars and that is billion with a ‘B’!

So the electoral circus came to town and left wherever circuses go until the next round of Elections in 2008 when I am sure many billions will be spent by the two main contending parties: the two-headed monster of the Democratic and Republican Parties. Plus, independent parties will go for it again, though, they should concentrate on winnable local elections.

The same as many progressive-minded humane people I was pleased with the results of the 2006 Mid-term elections and that, for better or worse, the Democratic Party finally took over the U.S. Congress House and Senate. In the end, the people get the government they deserve by their active direct participation on voting day! If eligible voters do not vote their choices who is a fault?


In California, my choice for Governor was Phil Angelides as a winnable candidate, but alas he did not win against the shrewd Governator Arnold S. who knows how to drift from left to right and land in a centrist position.

Angelides did not have the bold courage to come out in full support for general amnesty for undocumented immigrants, but instead advocated the unworkable long-term path to citizenship proposed by many which will not work for the 12 Million + immigrants already here now inside the United States. Minus, Angelides could not close the percentage gap as he did with Westly in the closing weeks of the Governor’s Campaign. Minus, he should of come out more stridently against the Amerikan Occupation in Iraq when he first kicked off his campaign. Angelides lost, Arnold won and political life goes on.

Companero Peter Camejo of the Green Party held true to his humane ethics in his last symbolic bid for high office and did not have to curry favor with the middle-class as Angelides tried to do and lost.
I remember him from the early 70's in the Bay Area when he was with the Young Socialist Alliance and he has remained true to his self over these tumultuous decades.


One should always take and keep a strong stand on basic humane principles, not be swayed by passing winds of devious doctrine or warped by popular opinion of the U.S. general population still suffering from terrorist paranoia and a form of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) post-911 2001.

In traditional electoral politics there is always the struggle between the positions of doing what is right and most humane on the moral high ground and what is popular and politically correct in order to win a given election. Humane principles should remain in our hearts; political elections come and go. Many times it is not an either-or stance on a position that counts as much as what one emphasizes more in his political statements. Who feeds the feeders of public opinion? In electoral politics, there is often the crime of omission or ignoring the obvious while people bleed to death because of insane domestic and foreign policies.

Anyways, life goes on and I am glad the Democratic Party won control of the U.S. Congress, that is, both the House and the Senate. However, I wonder if we are not all left with the lesser of two evils again, as usual, as a result of these elections. I know that sometimes alliances are transitory in politics and war, not permanent.

The Maoist dictum remains: politics is still war without bloodshed and war is politics with bloodshed or by ‘other alternative means’.

Clearly, Amerikan electoral politics has a long ways to go before it can be really considered a democratic process when you have to be super-rich to run for high office or beholden to the super-rich. Most rational-thinking people realize the determining power of big money politics whether they registered with the duo-poly of the Democratic and Republican Parties or independent voters. U.S. Elections are actually bought by cold hard cash more than won by excited voters.

A lot of electoral politics and politicians are now focused on the 2008 Presidential Elections, though, we must not forget the day-to-day basic survival needs of the people, including the general call for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops out of Iraq and the condemnation of any further U.S. military misadventures in the Third World, such as what is being projected in Latin America. A ‘Latin-nam’ scenario has already been building up for decades in key Latin American countries, but the Amerikan Empire and its Killing Machine got caught up in the Middle East. Nevertheless, the handwriting written in blood is already on the wall to be seen by those who dare to see!

All progressive organizations, political groups and individuals now need to focus on voter registration and community education on the local level with a global overview.

Today, I propose the creation of VOTE, an acronym for Voters Organized To Educate, that will provide local leadership, have paid daily staff and be equipped with local offices in our poor communities in order to promote voter registration/education drives during the most crucial election time, that is, the time between general elections before the general population gets bombarded with political ads, slogans and campaigns. VOTE would register all people of any party with the ideal being to GET OUT THE VOTE ON ELECTION DAY!

Why not put TWO BILLION PLUS into voter registration and community education among the people in our poor and oppressed communities impacted by public elections instead of negative campaign ads? Common sense is often a rare quality in today’s crazed politics. Whether we win public elections or not, the People’s Liberation Movement needs to utilize the whole realm of electoral politics in order to raise consciousness and mobilize the masses as a mean to the end true strategic goal of the People’s Empowerment!

The repressed mentality is scarred by the desire for and fear of true liberation. For poor, oppressed and repressed peoples liberation means socialism. Let not the Amerikan fascist propaganda machine twist your mind against your own survival interests. Clearly we should all see the urgent need for an alternative economic system to corporate capitalism!

The question of the Third Millennium: How do we create a true socialist democracy inside the United States and true socialist democracies throughout the world where the people actively participate in their government? Total liberation must be worldwide.

Let all progressive partisans have clear basic definitions of what democracy and socialism is all about:
Main Entry: de·moc·ra·cy
Pronunciation: di-'mä-kr&-sE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -cies
Etymology: Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dEmokratia, from dEmos + -kratia -cracy
1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
2 : a political unit that has a democratic government
3 capitalized : the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the United States
4 : the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority
5 : the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges
Main Entry: so·cial·ism
Pronunciation: 'sO-sh&-"li-z&m
Function: noun
1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
Does that not beat what we have now under a half-disguised fascist corporate capitalism as the many poor parents dread the expense of another Christmas?

Look at the great positive strides of democratic socialism in Latin America! OUR America includes all of North America, Central America and South America. The term America is not the exclusive domain of the U.S.A. We must come together and totally liberate all of the Americas from domestic capitalism and foreign imperialism!

It’s the Ballot or the Bullet!
Fight Back Against the Amerikan Empire!
Peta-de-Aztlan, Field Coordinator
HumanE Liberation Party
Sacramento, Califas, Divided States
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Center for Responsive Politics Predicts '06 Election Will Cost $2.6 Billion
2006 Voter Turnout
Tuesday, October 31, 2006; 12:00 AM
The Competitive Problem of Voter Turnout
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5 Myths About Turning Out The Vote
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