As a follow-up to our movie showing in April, our June letter-writing event will feature the 3 remaining prisoners in the Virgin Island 3 case – Abdul Azeez , Hanif Bey , and Malik Bey . All 3 were rounded up in their early twenties with approximately 100 other black youths in the Virgin Islands and then framed for a shooting at the Rockefeller-owned golf club. It is appalling anytime people are unjustly persecuted for their political beliefs, but not only were the VI3 persecuted for their anti-imperialist belief in independence for the VI they are now being held unjustly in a private prison in the US!
This letter-writing will feature a Q&A with Kwasi Seitu, former prisoner and friend of the VI3, so that we can learn more about the case and what steps we can take to help secure their freedom. If anyone missed the film, The Hijacker’s Tale, about Ismael Ali, one of the codefendants who escaped to Cuba we encourage you to view it prior to the event. We will also sign cards for prisoners with June birthdays – Matt DeHart (11th), Jay Chase (12th), and Tom Manning (28th).
As usual, the event will be held at 6:30 pm at LAVA with food courtesy of North Philly FNB!