Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement in Louisiana USA for 43 years and counting. His conviction has been overturned three times, he’s been cleared for unconditional release – yet he’s still there.

Albert-Woodfox

A campaign of vengeance by Louisiana state officials has kept Albert unjustly in a solitary cell for 43 years. His next hearing is in August.

Wikipedia: Angola Three

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Music video (2006) produced by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics in protest of the incarceration of the Angola 3 features Saul Williams, Nadirah X, Asdru Sierra, Dana Glover, Tina Schlieske, Derrick Ashong and Stewart.

 

As he went through Angola

fields he saw a solitary cell.

The devil was pleased for it

gave him a hint for improving

his prisons in hell.

 

It was the year 1971 when the Black

Panther movement begun in Angola,

Louisiana, Woodfox and Wallace were

the organising soldiers, trying to

protect themselves and others. From

the corruption and degradation,

that is most times covered by the

prison wardens.

 

In a segregated situation, trying to

mend bridges is a difficult one.

When the privilege is given to the

whites, blacks in solitary confinement

are trying to fight for some rights.

Constant struggles day and night

when the evidence is planted after

the match strikes.

 

Life keeps moving on,

Are we waiting in vain?

Will anything change?

Life keeps rolling on,

Are we waiting in vain?

No I believe it will change.

 

Diversion, confusion, creating the

illusion that what is, is not, it’s

like being stuck. Back on the Farm,

life is tough, it’s getting caught

between a hard place and a rock.

Here is a place where survival of the

fittest is faced. Here is a place

that operates as it did in the slave

days, the back breaking labour from

dawn to dusk days.

 

There’s certainly some crazy ways.

Inmates lie and they steal and they

wheel and they deal and I don’t think

they feel. Like in the case of King

who was duct taped and shackled up

in a court of law by a judge. No-one

showed him some love.

 

Is there no justice in the

minds of the prosecution?

Is there no justice in the

minds of the jury and judge?

Is justice truly blind or is

colour defined?

They say that we ended

those times.

 

Life keeps moving on,

Are we waiting in vain?

Will anything change?

Life keeps rolling on,

Are we waiting in vain?

No I believe it will change.

 

Every morning I rise and face

the firing squad. Every morning

there is one who holds his fire.

His dilemma is my system of

belief. They fire rounds but I am

seldom in their circle.

 

A quiet mind is labelled sound and

coloured purple. My little boy has

not yet learned to colour within

lines. His jumbled diction not yet

learned our contradiction. We speak

of art with flaming passion, then do

work void compassion. And wonder why

reality is bleeding fiction.

 

Life keeps moving on,

Are we waiting in vain?

Will anything change?

Life keeps rolling on,

Are we waiting in vain?

No I believe it will change. 

Links:

Amnesty International UK

Amnesty International USA

angola3.org

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