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Malik El-Amin (Meral Smith)

Malik is one of the Virgin Island 3 serving 8 consecutive life sentences after being tortured into a false confession, then wrongly imprisoned. He was 21 at the time of his arrest in 1972. Now in his 60s, he has several chronic health issues that are difficult to treat inside prison including treatment-resistant cancer. He has support within the Virgin Islands and mainland U.S. should he be granted clemency like his former codefendant Rafael Joseph was in 1994.

Malik is an avid poet, and his poetry addresses social justice issues.

Donations

Tom Manning

Thomas Manning is an anti-imperialist revolutionary who was active in the United Freedom Front, a clandestine anti-imperialist organization that carried out targeted bombings of corporate buildings, courthouses and military facilities and also carried out bank robberies to fund revolutionary projects.  He was unjustly sentenced to 80 years in prison for killing a New Jersey state trooper in self-defense. He died in USP Hazelton on July 30, 2019.

David Gilbert

American radical organizer, author and prisoner David Gilbert was a founding member of Columbia University Students for a Democratic Society and member of The Weather Underground Organization. Following ten years underground he was arrested with members of the Black Liberation Army and other radicals following a botched armored car robbery in 1981. He is now a well-known prisoner serving time in upstate New York.

Personal Background

Virgin Island 3

The Virgin Island Five (aka Fountain Valley Five) are group of men convicted of murdering eight people at the Rockefeller-owned golf course in St. Croix. They were all in their early twenties when they were rounded up with hundreds of other Black youth after the 1972 incident, and forced confessions were obtained through torture. Because now only three of the original five--Abdul Aziz, Hanif Bey, and Malik El-Amin-- are held in prison over 50 years later, they are referred to as the Virgin Island 3.

Hanif Shabazz Bey (Beaumont Gereau)

Hanif is one of the Virgin Island 3 serving 8 consecutive life sentences after being tortured into a false confession, then wrongly imprisoned. He was 22 at the time of his arrest in 1972. After decades in prison, he has ongoing health issues that he is not being adequately treated for including diagnostic testing on his liver that was ordered by a physician in 2017 but has yet to be done.

Family

Jaan Karl Laaman

Jaan Karl Laaman grew up in Roxbury, MA and Buffalo, NY. His family emigrated to the US from Estonia when he was a child.

He is currently serving a 53 year prison sentence for his role in the bombings of United States government buildings while a member of the United Freedom Front, an American leftist group which robbed banks, bombed buildings, and attacked law enforcement officers in the 1980s.

Political Life

Abdul Aziz (Warren Ballantine)

Abdul is one of the Virgin Island 3 serving 8 consecutive life sentences after being tortured into a false confession then wrongly imprisoned. He was 23 at the time of his arrest in 1972. Now in his 60s, he has several chronic health issues that are difficult to treat inside prison including advanced cardiac disease.

Donations

Stamp donations of up to 20 stamps can be sent with letters.

 

His ID# that must appear on the envelope if writing a letter is #16-047.

For Commissary donations, his number is #516-1422.

Abdelhaleem Ashqar, Dr.

A Palestinian nationalist who has fought for the liberation both in Palestine and here in the US.  Jurors acquitted Ashqar of racketeering conspiracy, but was still sentenced to 11 years and 3 months in prison for refusing to testify before a grand jury that was investigating money-laundering and non-profits funding “terrorist” organizations.  These charges are broad sweeping and are the same types of charges being brought against Dr. Dhafir.  He was released on June 13, 2017.

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