Free the VIsland 12
- The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign is calling on all our supporters to read,
participate in and forward out this email to all your personal listserves
and e-lists. As Boricuas, we can sympathize with the fight for Independence
that the 12 Virgin Island Political Prisoners are imprisoned for. together,
in solidarity we can free the VIslands and Puerto Rico from colonialism!!
FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!!
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
New Jersey 201-435-3244
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12 prisoners from the Virgin Islands being held at
Wallens Ridge State Prison in Virginia begin hunger
strike on November 1, 2001!
The Virgin Islands (V.I.) had, before the these
past couple of months, been renting out cells in the
Untied States for its own overcrowded prison
This has been going on for decades and the V.I. has
run up a huge bill with the U.S.
So the V.I. decided to bring all its prisoners back
There is a catch: those prisoners the V.I. deemed
to be too dangerous were sent to the Commonwealth of
Virginia for further holding.
On November 1, 2001 12 prisoners at the Wallens
Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap, Virginia began a
hunger strike in protest of
�the capricious and unjust transfer of 15 Virgin
Islands Prisoners to this conservative and bigoted run
The 12 currently on hunger strike are not aware of
the whereabouts of 3 of their comrades, who might also
be on hunger strike with them (if they recieved word
Hanif Bey, a prisoner of war on the strike writes:
�We would like to hold out for at least 1 month, to
bring outside attention, and hopefully cause the
�Contract Agreement� to be dissolved, however, if we
are not satisfied at the end of the month, with the
steps taking place to grant us �proper relief�, we
have the resolve to continue.
We have all been hand picked to be warehoused in
this death trap, simply to secure �settler interest�
in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as they really deem us a
potentially influential political force, if allowed to
Hanif is fighting for Virgin Island independance.
Currently these men are locked in their cells 23
hours a day, and wear handcuffs and legchains whenever
they leave their cell.
The wording of the contract allows the prisoners to
be held in Virginia indefinantly.
The contract lasts for a year and if it is not
terminated in the 11th month it is automatically
continued for one more year.
It seems that these prisoners are being kept in
The Commonwealth of Virginia rents out its cells at
Segregation costs less than general population.
These prisoners need our support.
Share this information, and write a letter to:
Stan Young, Warden
P.O. Box 759
Big Stone Gap, VA
24219 or call him at:
to show your solidarity with this hunger strike.
Also write to V.I. officials and ask that these
prisoners be brought home to the V.I.
Mr. Iver Stridiron,
Virgin Islands Department of Justice,
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00801
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