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- 1928 days ago -
Responding to the tragic news that Herman Wallace is terminally ill with liver cancer, Amnesty International has launched a campaign calling for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to immediately release Herman on humanitarian grounds. Please take action now!


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Angola Three (397)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 11:41 am
This is the full text of the 'take action' email to Bobby Jindal - Governor of Louisiana, Paul Rainwater - Chief of Staff, Emily Riser - Executive Assistant, and Tammy Woods - Assistant Chief of Staff reads:

Subject: We Call For Humane Release!

As I write you, 71 year old Herman Wallace is being held in isolation in the infirmary in Hunt Correctional Center. After spending more than four decades held in cruel and unusual solitary confinement, he has been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. The time to act is now. I ask you to release Herman to his family on humanitarian grounds, so that they can care for him during his last months on earth.

Both Herman Wallace and fellow 'Angola 3' prisoner Albert Woodfox have spent most of the past 41 years of their lives alone in a tiny cell for 23 hours a day. Such conditions are cruel, inhuman and degrading. Prior to Wallace's cancer diagnosis, these conditions had already negatively impacted both men's physical and psychological health. In fact, in 2007, a US federal judge ruled that the conditions constituted a deprivation of a basic human need and that prison officials should have been aware of the potential for serious harm to physical and mental health.

Contrary to requirements under both international human rights law and the US Constitution, Herman has had no meaningful review of his continued isolation. Herman's prison records do not demonstrate that he is a threat to the security of the institution, himself or others. Furthermore, there are substantial concerns about the fairness of the legal process that resulted in Herman's conviction; a conviction that is still being challenged before the courts today. Evidence suggests that the decision to keep him in solitary is based at least in part on his political activism and association with the Black Panther party.

Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox are believed to have spent more time in solitary confinement than virtually any other US prisoner in recent history. Now, after surviving 41 years of a nightmare, Herman doesn't have much time left. Please release Herman to his family today.

Angola Three (397)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 11:42 am
Below is the July 10 press release issued by Amnesty to accompany the 'take action" page:

Amnesty International Appeals for Release of Terminally Ill 'Angola 3' Prisoner, after 40 Years in Solitary Confinement

Contact: Suzanne Trimel,, 212-633-4150, @AIUSAmedia

(NEW YORK) – Amnesty International appealed to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal today to immediately release from prison on humanitarian grounds. Herman Wallace, one of the ‘Angola 3,’ is terminally ill with cancer and has been imprisoned in solitary confinement for more than 40 years.

“Herman Wallace is 71 years old and has advanced liver cancer,” said Tessa Murphy, USA campaigner at Amnesty International. “After decades of cruel conditions and a conviction that continues to be challenged by the courts, he should be released immediately to his family so that he can be cared for humanely during his last months.”

Wallace was diagnosed with cancer after being taken to hospital on June 14. He had been on medication for some time for what was diagnosed as a stomach fungus and over the last months, has lost considerable weight. He is now being held in isolation in the infirmary at Hunt Correctional Center.

Wallace and fellow prisoner Albert Woodfox were first placed in isolation in 1972; since then they have been confined for 23 hours a day to cells measuring 6 by 9 feet.

Both men were convicted of the murder of a prison guard in 1973, yet no physical evidence links them to the crime – potentially exculpatory DNA evidence has been lost and the testimony of the main eyewitness has been discredited. Citing racial discrimination, misconduct by the prosecution, and inadequate defense, state and federal judges have overturned Woodfox’s conviction three times, while Wallace’s case is once again up for review before the federal courts.

The two men are believed to have spent longer in solitary confinement than virtually any other U.S. prisoner in recent history. During this time, prison authorities have broken their own policies to justify their continued incarceration in harsh and inhumane conditions.

Before Wallace’s cancer diagnosis, the harsh environment had already had an impact on both the man’s physical and psychological health as acknowledged by a federal judge in 2007. The severe toll of solitary confinement on inmates’ mental and physical health has been extensively documented in studies. In recognition of this damage, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, has called on states to prohibit the practice in excess of 15 days.

Amnesty International is also extremely concerned about the worsening conditions of confinement for Woodfox in David Wade Correctional Center. For approximately two months, Woodfox has been subjected to additional punitive measures – including strip searches each time he leaves or enters his cell, being escorted in ankle and wrist restraints, restricted phone access, and non-contact visits through a perforated metal screen. Temperatures in the prison cells are reportedly extremely high, regularly reaching up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists, and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:20 pm
Thanks Robert, many of us already have signed the latest petitions and some others also posted it to the news.
We all hope and pray for Herman's release and for Albert as well. This decades long drama, a crime really, must come to an end.

Kit B (276)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:23 pm

I have signed the Amnesty International petition.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:48 pm

Action taken!


Past Member (0)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:52 pm
Petition signed and info forwarded to my community.

Cher C (1426)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:53 pm

Absolutely signed!!

Thnx for posting!


Carrie B (306)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 1:17 pm
Already signed.

Carol H (229)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 1:35 pm
signed for sure!!! thank you

Judy C (91)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 2:01 pm
Signed and Tweeted. Thanks.

Eternal Gardener (736)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 2:02 pm
Signed! (I'm sure I've signed another petition this week... though really can't remember from which organisation?) Thank you!

Pat B (356)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 3:04 pm
Already signed, thank you for this.

Animae C (507)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 4:26 pm
SIGNED & will forward.

Evelyn Z (300)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 4:33 pm
Signed, of course!!

Carlene V (202)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 4:39 pm
Signed and will forward. This man needs to be set free and not die in prison.

Mike S (86)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:08 pm
Signed, noted and shared! Thank you.

Iona Kentwell (129)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:45 pm
Already signed in hope

Vicky P (476)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:29 pm
noted, and signed

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 8:52 pm
Thanks for the post.
Signed and Noted!

Sheila D (194)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 9:18 pm
Signed. Thank You.

Saturday July 13, 2013, 9:37 pm
Signed, noted and will pass on to friends. These poor men have been through so much suffering that it is almost impossible to believe such a thing could happen. It is just inhuman. Things like this should never

happen. The inustice is enough to make you weep. I only wish all our prayers for them had been answered long ago.. Naturally, I hope tht Herman will be allowed to go back to the care of his family so that he can be comforted by them and live the rest of his life making up for all the time he has been away from them. If this DOES happen, it is only so sad that it took something like this to make the autorities release him.

My prayers continue for him and for others who are innocent of crimes for which they are enduring unjust punishment. The world is a very unfair place and I only hope the next one is going to make up for it!

Kim O (396)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 11:32 pm
Signed for sure! Thanks Angola and to Angelika for sending!

Beth M (46)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:39 am

Jim Phillips (3247)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:50 am
Amnesty petition signed.

Time for Herman to leave prison and go home.

Ty, Angola 3.

Sunday July 14, 2013, 1:06 am
Noted & Signed. Thanks Angola

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 1:19 am
Noted with thanks.
Humane people, please let him out to live the rest of his life with his family and friends...its the right you can do!
Thank you for this post.

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 1:19 am
Signed and noted!

Ben O (140)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:02 am
Signed yesterday...

Maria S (95)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:08 am
Thank you for taking action! Thanks for posting.

Nicole W (646)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 4:31 am
s/s, ty Angola for posting and AniMaeChi for forwarding

Edwin M (346)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 6:13 am
Previously signed but it let me sign again.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 7:29 am
Thank you for taking action!
Signed with hope and shared on FB,

Angola Three (397)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 8:40 am
Thanks everyone! You got us into the "most active" section with all the notes!
Everyone's support at this heart wrenching time is SOOO important

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 8:42 am
Noted and signed! Thank you for posting Angola and AniMaeChi for sharing!

David B (26)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 8:43 am
Thanks Angola and AniMaeChi for forwarding... Signed... The real crime here is being kept 23 hours a day in a cell measuring 6 by 9 feet... Torture, is still OK in the USA?

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:11 am
Noted signed and shared, thanks.

Julie E (405)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:30 am
Thank you for taking action! It is time to release him. I did sign a petition yesterday. I don't remember which one. Either way, I signed 2 times. And watching the video Herman's House? Not sure if that's the name of it.
Thank you Angola Three and AniMaeChi for the forward.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:31 am
Already signed.

Don't forget that there's a fundraising drive on - to build Herman's House! Crowdfunding ends on
August 12 2013; donations start at $5.00, & you get 'incentives' depending on amount.

There's a site devoted to the project of building a house for Herman, a house that he's been designing for the last 12 years & that is intended to become a community center:

"[This project] helps me to maintain what little sanity I have left, to maintain my humanity and dignity. It’s probably the best move that I’ve ever made in my life." –Herman Wallace

Mother Jones did a piece about it: July 8, 2013 - "Will This Prisoner Die in Solitary Confinement or in His Dream House?" - "An ailing Herman Wallace has been in solitary for more than 41 years. For the past 12, artist Jackie Sumell has been building his dream house. But is it too late?"

You can hear Herman's voice on the trailer for the documentary film Herman's House
Herman's dream home will be built in his birth City of New Orleans that will serve as a meeting place for art, activism, love, and community.

Nena G (39)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:43 am
Signed and noted. Thanks AniMaeChi and Angola, and thanks also for the reminder about Herman's House, Lucy.

Julie E (405)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:47 am
I was just on your page Angola 3 to learn more about Herman and this case. How did Robert get out in 2001?

Here is a message I got from JL minus her talking about her birthday in Paris. Lucky girl :)

From JL :)
I also need your help to get a lot of exposure for this post & a lot of signatures for the 2 petitions included in the comments:
Amnesty Internat'L Appeals for Release of Terminally Ill 'Angola 3' Prisoner, After 40 Yrs in Solitary Confinement
Serious legal concerns re: Herman Wallace's guilt compound the injustice of decades of cruel confinement. TAKE ACTION! Call on Louisiana Gov B Jindal to end the 41-yr nightmare & release Herman so that his family can care for him during his last months.

Amnesty International  TAKE ACTION - End the nightmare. Free Herman Wallace!

(Friday July 12, 2013, 4:17 am)the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) - End Prolonged Solitary Confinement Now 

People in the Media Talking about Herman Wallace:

(Friday July 12, 2013, 4:15 am)
July 8, 2013 - 'Herman's House' in Mother Jones: "Will This Prisoner Die in Solitary Confinement or in His Dream House?" - "An ailing Herman Wallace has been in solitary for more than 41 years. For the past 12, artist Jackie Sumell has been building his dream house. But is it too late?" 

Friday July 12, 2013, 5:27 am
July 7, 2013 - Press: Melissa Harris-Perry on Herman Wallace’s health 
"Melissa Harris-Perry, Nation contributor, Tulane professor and host of the 'Melissa-Harris Perry Show' on MSNBC addressed Herman Wallace’s recent liver cancer diagnosis on her show that aired live from Essence Fest in New Orleans on Saturday. Melissa discussed Herman’s condition with his lawyer Nick Trenticosta. She and Nick recapped the history of the Angola 3 and considered the likelihood of Herman’s compassionate release from solitary confinement. Melissa and the rest of the folks at #nerdland are keeping Herman in their thoughts and prayers." via Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC Watch it Here His lawyer, Nick Trenticosta, says on the air that Herman "has lost about 55 lbs in four months"; "is being treated completely negligently"; "I would say he's being killed through intentional neglect." Also that Louisiana's Angola Penitentiary, in 1972 when Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox & Robert King (later called the Angola 3) arrived, was nothing but a cauldron of violence and brutality. As Black Panther members with a mission to stop that brutality, they were challenging the status quo of a plantation system where brutality worked to the advantage of the overseers. When a young white guard was killed, the prison authorities immediately rounded up the Panthers, with the assumption that they must have done it. That's why two (of the three) men, Herman Wallace & Albert Woodfox, were wrongfully convicted ( their trials were "kangaroo courts") & have been unjustly held in solitary for 41 years, because of racist political assumptions. 

For the lucky ones who can:
The documentary film "Herman's House" premiered on PBS on July 8, 2013 & the trailer can be viewed on the PBS page I've linked to; the WHOLE film can be seen online for free (unless, alas, you live in Europe...) until Aug. 7, 2013


Ljiljana Milic (115)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:42 pm
Signed & Noted & Thanks Angola for posting and AniMaeChi for forward.

Nancy C (806)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:39 pm
I had posted also...Shared here and on fb in hope...

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:44 pm
Had already signed but thanks for placing this on here, there are always those who hadn't seen the others posting on C2.

Paul Girardin (126)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:32 pm
Signed, Noted & Shared!

Susanne R (236)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:32 pm
Noted, but have already signed and commented. I hope Herman is able to spend his remaining days with family and friends as a free man.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 11:38 pm
Thank you for taking action!

Thanx AniMaeChi

Julie E (405)
Monday July 15, 2013, 5:24 am


In my comment above with the hotlinks, I said: Here is a message I got from JL minus her talking about her birthday in Paris. Lucky girl :)
From JL :)
I also need your help to get a lot of exposure for this post & a lot of signatures for the 2 petitions included in the comments:

THE ORIGINAL MESSAGE WAS STARTED BY: LucyKaleidoscop E. She gathered all of the information and JL forwarded it to me. TY JL for the forward.

PLEASE everyone!
Make sure that you put your name on everything! re:, fwd:, messages so this confusion does not happen.

Constance F (418)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:41 am
Thank you for posting ~ to AniMaeChi for sending
Thank you for taking action!

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 10:34 am
Thank you for taking action!
Signed, noted and shared

Gina Caracci (219)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:46 pm

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 7:40 pm
Think Outside the Bars


Gysele van Santen (213)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:34 pm
signed. thnx.

Devon Leonar (54)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:03 am
Please please allow this man to go home....... This is the only right thing to do. What he has gone through needs to be illegal. Solitary confinement for all those years is a sadistic cruel thing to do for any reason.
Thank you for posting, and yes gladly signed.......

Ravenna C (20)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:03 am
Already signed Noted it again!! This is an unconscionable act. Nobody should be put in solitary confinement for years and years. Solitary confinement does not rehabilitate. It causes insanity. It breaks the mind and the spirit of a human being. Which is why it is a favorite torture method of soldiers to use against captured enemies. It is thoroughly disgusting and has NO PLACE in civilized society.

As I stated earlier...each time we perpetrate these acts upon our fellow man we stain all of humanity.

Jabi Yeonnmin (164)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:46 pm

Joe R (190)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:22 pm
Thanks Angola. Signed and noted.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:59 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Angola...and Dandelion for the link.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:03 pm
Noted, signed and shared

Sheila D (194)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:06 pm
Signed and noted with thanks. Hope this helps.

Edith B (146)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:09 pm
Noted, signed, and shared.

S G (29)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 10:52 am
Noted, signed, shared

Lisa W (143)
Friday August 2, 2013, 3:50 pm
S&N, Thank you Angola, Dandelion and Susanne for sharing

Henriette M (154)
Friday August 2, 2013, 6:51 pm
I signed, Thanks Angola.

Nancy Black (308)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:22 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared and signed. Let a dying man die at home.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 5:29 pm
Gladly signed, TY!

Frances Darcy (124)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 4:00 am
gladly signed

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Sunday August 4, 2013, 9:29 am
signed and noted
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