March POC Political Prisoners’ Birthdays

Richard Mafundi Lake
Donaldson CF
100 Warrior Lane
Bessemer, AL 35023-7299

Richard Mafundi Lake was a long-time organizer against racist police brutality in Alabama. To stop his organizing work, he was sentenced in 1983 under Alabama’s Habitual Offender Act to life in prison.

Reverend Joy Powell
Bedford Hills CF
PO Box 1000
Bedford Hills, NY 10507-2499

As a pastor and a consistent activist against police brutality, violence and oppression in her community, Rev. Joy Powell was warned by the Rochester Police department that she was a target because of her speaking out against corruption. Shortly after Rev. Joy was accused and convicted of 1st Degree Burglary and Assault. An all white jury tried her; the state provided no evidence and no eyewitnesses. She was convicted and given 16 years and seven years concurrent.

Hugo L.A. Pinell
(Yogi Bear)
PO Box 7500
Crescent City, CA 95531-7500

Hugo L.A. Pinell has spent the last 42 years in prison—34 of them in solitary! Hugo was a student and comrade of the legendary Black Panther Field Marshall, the late George Jackson, with whom he worked to organize other Black prisoners against the racist violence and prison conditions of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Address envelope to Hugo Pinell, address card to Yogi Bear.

Ruchell Cinque Magee #A92051
D-5 #1
P.O. Box 4670
Lancaster, CA 93539

Ruchell Cinque Magee has been locked up since 1963. Politicized in prison, he later participated in the Marin County Courthouse Rebellion, the attempted liberation of political prisoner Johnathan Jackson. He has worked tirelessly as a jailhouse lawyer, working on his own case and helping many other prisoners win their freedom. He had been in L.A. for 6 months when he and his cousin Leroy got in a fight over a $10 bag of marijuana. In court, the two ended up with trumped up charges of kidnapping and robbery and he was given life in prison.

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