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 housing 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.
The Abolition Collective expresses its support and solidarity with Jalil Muntaqim, Political Prisoners, and the right of incarcerated people to engage in popular education. Jalil has been politically active since his incarceration. Most recently, he was punished for teaching an administratively sanctioned Black History class in Attica Prison, and was transported to a supermax prison where he was held in solitary confinement for four months.
The Abolition Collective stands in solidarity with the prisoners’ nationally coordinated work stoppage and protest starting on Sept 9, 2016, the 45th anniversary of the Attica rebellion. Incarcerated people across the United States have issued the following call to action against prison slavery in America, which includes slave labor, overseer terror, isolation, and other torturous […]
Former Black Panther and political prisoner Herman Bell is up for parole for the 7th time since being arrested in 1974. Herman has done incredible community work both inside and outside prison throughout his life. His positive energy and outlook on life and people — despite living in a context designed to extract all humanity […]