This Month's Action
Title: Veronza Bowers Held Hostage by Federal
Time Frame: 1 Month
Plan of Action: Specific action requests include
the concrete support of Bro. Bowers' legal defense team; the concrete
support of Bro. Bowers himself; and to substantially increase the
level of involvement of freedom-loving people globally in spreading
the word about this despicable travesty.
Purpose of Action: Support
Veronza Bowers, Jr. who remains in prison 18 months past the expiration
of a 30-year sentence he has already completed.
Scheduled for mandatory parole on April 7, 2004,
Veronza Bowers, Jr. was a model prisoner that prison officials showered
with praise in the past. Mandatory parole is a requirement by statute
after a prisoner has completed his full sentence if there is a record
of positive institutional and if one cannot consider the inmate
a "threat to society" upon release. Four different Parole
Examiners, as well as the U.S. Parole Commission (USPC) itself,
the most powerful parole authority in the nation, agreed that Mr.
Bowers has complied with these prerequisites. In spite of this,
just minutes before his April 7th release, the USPC rescinded his
parole at the request of a law enforcement lobby group known as
the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which claimed to have evidence
that Bowers had violated prison rules.
At a subsequent hearing, the court dismissed FOP
claims as unsubstantiated and a new parole date was set. The FOP
then lobbied the U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, to intervene
and, as a result, Mr. Bowers has languished in prison over 18 months
past his scheduled release date.
Mr. Bowers' conviction occurred during the FBI's
operations, which used covert and illegal actions to eradicate civil
rights, political and peace organizations. On October 6th, 2005
the five members of the U.S. Parole Commission met at the request
of the U.S. Attorney General. They upheld the U.S. Attorney General's
request to deny Veronza Bowers parole and to keep him indefinitely
Like filthy, disease-carrying cockroaches, this
system prefers to do its dirt under cover of darkness. Like in countless
other situations, it has been the voices and actions of righteous
people that freed those incarcerated unjustly by shining light on
their dirty work.
TOGETHER, we can help force the U.S. Parole
Commission and the federal prison system honor its obligation to
let Veronza Bowers go free.
Veronza Bowers Legal Defense www.veronza.org
The Jericho Movement www.thejerichomovement.com
The Freedom Archives www.freedomarchives.org.
For information offline, please contact
Rhonda Jones (1-480-460-9232) or
Maynard Garfield (1-828-462-0249).
What You Should Do Now:
||Even with some of the attorneys
working pro bono, there are many legal and court costs. In order
to continue the struggle for Bro. Bowers' freedom, please find
it in your heart and pocketbook to help in any way that you
financially can. Donations should be sent to:
Bowers, Jr. Legal Defense Fund
2614 N. Tamiami Trail
Naples, FL 34103-4409
||Veronza's immediate concern is staying
out of the prison mess hall. There are too many fights and problems
there. He buys food (sardines, crackers, etc.) from the commissary
and takes it back to his cell and is hurting for phone and food
money. Please send whatever you can (check or m.o.) to help
our Bro. survive this gulag:
Bureau of Prisons
Veronza Bowers, Jr. #35316-136
P.O. Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001
As of Nov.12 Elder Veronza has NO money in his commissary.
Cash by mail takes WEEKS to process. If you decide to send
him a donation, please send it Western Union, if possible.
If you need additional information or want to talk to some
of his folks directly call: Alexis Miles, 720-298-3770
(a) Western Union Wire Transfers
Toll Free #: 800-225-5227
"Company" name: FBOP-DC
Inmate #: 35316136
Donation by Western Union Online
||Write letters to the U.S. Parole Commission, the Attorney
General and the National Appeals Board. It is very important
to make your voice heard in this matter. Emphasize Veronza’s
excellent record in prison and unquestionable legal entitlement
U.S. Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286
TEL.: (301) 492-5990 FAX: (301) 492-6694
U.S. Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
TEL.: (202) 353-1555 E-MAIL: AskJOJ@usdoj.gov
||Write to Veronza! Uplift him with your
words and stay updated. The increased mail will also show
Prison Officials that Veronza Bowers has global support and
give his legal team leverage!
FCC Medium C-1,
P.O. Box 1032,
Coleman FL 33521-1032
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the Veronza Bowers, Jr. Legal Defense Fund with donations.
donations going directly to Veronza Bowers.
that Prison Officials keep Veronza Bowers out of harm's way.
Veronza Bower's spirit by encouraging more supporters to write.
awareness of modern political prisoners and the harassing role played
by groups like the Fraternal Order of Police.
resources and options for Bowers legal team.
surroundings for Veronza Bowers.
for Veronza Bowers will be obvious to Prison Officals.
Veronza Bowers that we early await his presence on the outside.
activism for all political prisoners and those violated in prison.
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