We Love & Support Herman Bell

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Herman Bell was falsely convicted of a murder and we want to make sure that our voices is heard which can help him start a life.

The Case

We can help you put for the case and let you to decide the course of action.

Accomplishments

We want to show we as a community we can bring a change in a man’s life.

Parole Efforts

Parole can effect a person many different ways where he can get the chance to start his life from scratch.

Case Synopsis

There are many various of the case out there but we are trying to bring you the truth. Herman Bell was a man who was falsely convicted to a crime that he did not do. He had to spend 40 years of his life in prison even with all of the proof hinting against him.

Our Mission

This website has been created and is maintained by the family & friends of US Political Prisoner Herman Bell to connect Herman to all his supporters and provide information and raise awareness about his case, movement and parole campaign to secure his freedom bringing him home to his family where he belongs.

What Supporters Say

I was not aware of this case but when I head of this case I wanted to do something to make a change.
Danille T. Manzano
I can say I am proud that our legal system release him but the 40 years cannot be returned.
Michael L. Miller
I am trying to do my bit being the citizen of this country where a man is convicted for a false crime.
Wayne C. Mertens

Latest News

Five Ways Human Rights Help The Fight For Social Justice

Social Justice

Social justice basically means justice in terms of wealth, opportunities and the privileges received within a society.  Most often this is seen to be achieved through institutions which work to make sure that people can have equal access to benefits of aiming to guard against socio-economic inequality. Social justice and human rights although are two different concepts they are very closely linked. These laws generally include social and cultural rights which can help ensure that your right to health is maintained. Also, the security right helps maintain your unemployments and educations values which can help make sure that you can make full effect of the advantages the human rights provide you. There are many domestic laws which aims to help ensure that people enjoy opportunities equally.  In this article, we will be discussing the way human rights help achieve social justice.

Promotion of Equality

Social justice and human rights share the same goals like human dignity, equality. There are certain issues such as poverty, exclusion and discrimination which can make it difficulty to achieve or apply them in real life. But, human rights can still help fight indignity as the right to health can give you a secured way to help respecting human dignity.

Anti discrimination

 
While promoting equality the human rights can help ensure that one can be protected from the injustice that is cause on the basis characteristics. Some of the major discrimination that we are faced by today in our daily life includes sex, race, religion, politics and sexual orientation. If a person faces bias due to the reasons mentioned above it is an injustice which violates human rights.

Welfare systems

There is a long and proud standing tradition which can help provide financial support to the citizen that are unable to meet their basic needs. These systems include the NHS. housing support and other disabilities allowance. Human right in a sense is a part of safety net which can help accommodate the state provided adoption which can make sure that the needs of the disabled member is looked after.

Employment rights

Employment rights

Equal distribution of the wealth is the corner stone of social justice. Equal sharing of wealth is enhanced which can help give them opportunity for employment. There laws protect workers which can help ensure that the health standards are maintained which includes things like equal pay, working hour limitations and the freedom to join the trade unions.

Government accountability

Human rights provide a legal framework which allows the individual to hold the government accountable which requires one to create conditions which are necessary to achieve social justice. This generally starts with understanding your rights which can help you get the right understanding your rights.

 

Top Political Prisoners That One Must Know About

Kim Dae-jung:

The term politics might not agree with everyone on Earth. It has danger associated with it as the path is not always easy for people who choose to foray into the realm of politics. Naturally, several individuals who ventured into politics had to suffer the ramifications, and one the ugliest of those are to be thrown in a jail. In this article, we shall look into some of these political prisoners and try to understand the lives they had.

Kim Dae-jung:

Kim Dae-jung struggled all his life for the cause of democracy and human rights, until he was brought in power finally. However, his reign was short-lived as he was kidnapped from a hotel room in Tokyo, by the members of KICA. He was later brought to his Seoul residence but placed under house-arrest there too. Life for him had never been easy.

Yasser Arafat:

Yasser Arafat:

Yasser Arafat is probably the only person on the list who has been able to inspire hate and reverence alike. It is quite a challenging affair to place him in any one watertight compartment when it comes to judging what he had done in his lifetime. Yasser Arafat led his people with wisdom and diplomacy. But, he still fell short in some places which led to his eventual doom.

Xanana Gusmao:

Xanana Gusmao was arrested in November, 1992 under charges of subversion and for possessing forearms illegally. Though he spearheaded East Timor’s Independence movement, he could not save the day when it came to his own life. However, one must acknowledge and appreciate his iron will and strength of character that no amount of torture could intimidate or break him. He was abused but he rose stronger.

Mordechai Vanunu:

The man lived his life abiding by principles and working for the cause of his people. But funnily enough, he was arrested for something that had to do nothing with his political career. He was charged for having illicit affairs and this is exactly what led to his doom.

Vaclav Havel:

Vaclav Havel:

A writer of plays, Vaclav Havel went on to become one of the most important political leaders of his country. He changed the fate of his people and brought their plight to light. However, he was arrested and thrown into the prison, from where began a new journey of his- to rewrite the destiny of his people.

Mahatma Gandhi:

Mahatma Gandhi is revered all over the world by the name Bapu and is known to be The Father of The Nation (India). He was arrested several times for his attempts to free India from the tyranny of the British and gain independence. Gandhi’s life is something to be proud of and students learn of him as a part of their curriculum.

Conclusion:

The life of all these political leaders only teaches us to be the best version of ourselves and rise above fear and prejudices. There is so much that one can do with life and we should all aspire to lead a life like the ones mentioned above.

Difference Between Communism and Democracy

Communism

Communism and Democracy are two political ideologies which can be reflected in the political system which needs to be managed . Both systems are considered to be the left-wing on the political spectrum. They are more liberal in nature which can be the reason for people having a more liberal ideologies. In this article there are certain differences between communism and democracy.

Communism


Communism is the government which can help you provide what the people needs and help them advice trough advancements in technologies which everyone will have in abundance. It plays an important role in which is where political ideologies as well as social ones can help dictate the government decisions even in the social establishments. Communism doe snot generally allows you to own anything at all. They consider that everything is public property and the government can take possession of them according to the needs. When it comes to freedom of choice the communists believe that one can through collection of votes and the government leadership on the basis of economic and social and political decisions can be easily dictated. They can also have the right access which can allow them service in universal state which can help ensure that people in needs can rely on them. Religion is one of the most harsh obtained where religion can be abolished in a state. The means of economic productive are held in common with people as well as organised based needs. These individual economic decisions which can help ensure that they are pre-established.

Democracy

Democracy is where everything is decided by the people and everyone has an equal say in the decision that involve general population. Always the majority will win and everything can be added to it. Democracy is a political ideology which can dictate the form of government to form a social organization that can exist. Generally, in a democratic government personal choice is allowed and also for the most part people have certain limitations and the majority rule government to help maintain the set order and guidelines. When it comes to accessing the right services it varies based on the on the majority rule of government dictates. Religion in the books have the freedom of religion which can also impact the government varies as they can dictate the majority rule. There are some democratic states which do not allow for freedom of religion due to the views of majority.  The economic structure has varying structure depending on the majority of the voters. In democracy often have a form of capitalist free market which can put a lot of restrictions in place. This can be deemed inappropriate by a lot of majority of the elected government.

 

 

 

 

For Chokwe

My dear brother, you know the kind of hell we black people were born into in america, and we were not among the first of our people to arrive here. My mind’s eye can still see the chains on their hands and feet, and smell the fetid air wafting from the holds of the slave ships that brought them to these shores to be bought and sold and owned as chattel, to fetch and carry as ordered.

My dear brother, you knew our story well. America the beautiful, home of the brave, land of liberty – but not for you and not for me. The journey of the descendants of those who arrived here in chains has been a thorny one. From plantation to ghetto; meeting Gabriel, Harriet, Nat, Malcolm, and Martin along the way – and let us not forget Fannie Lou, Stokeley, Huey, Assata, and all the rest. It seems that we’ve not been allowed to catch our breath.

In our going forward, it’s no secret that the opposition has been stiff, brutal, and unrelenting. We remember too well the old Jim Crow vagrancy laws that effectively re-enslaved our people throughout the segregated South. Today’s mass-incarceration policy achieves the same results. And need we be reminded of Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, Jordan Davis, Stop-and-Frisk.

The fight for social justice has always remained a big part of your life, Chokwe. You’ve stood your ground along with us, paced yourself with us, knowing full well that the race goes not to the swiftest. You’ve all too frequently laid down your lawyering game in defending us in Mr. Gilmore’s and his son Cockeye Jr’s courtroom. Won some, lost some, but always aggressively in the fray.

You were popularly elected Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, a crowning achievement in the land of Dixie. You did us proud. For we could well imagine your agenda. Oh my dear brother, just as you had gained your second wind, news of your passing devastated us all. Thy will be done is how the old saying goes. Thy will be done!

As we gaze upon the distant horizon, my brother, we see as you did that so very much is left to be done. You did your part as best as you could, and in our honoring you and those who came before us, we must do ours. Thus we say All Power to the People. Your place in our hearts is well secured, Chokwe.

Victory Gardens Project

The Victory Gardens Project (VGP) was an eight-year-long grassroots enterprise located in Central Maine. Its primary goal was to effect radical social change and economic independence through food production. VGP reached out to disenfranchised people in both urban and rural communities to help them develop their own source of wholesome organic food. VGP provided an opportunity for both urban and local volunteers to have hands-on experience with organic gardening in a unique rural setting. This collaboration for social and environmental change through growing food together is what is called the urban/rural connection. While teaching farming and food skills through living on and working the land, the VGP tried to create a political consciousness that would ultimately lead to the restoration of our natural lands and community self-sufficiency. Education, hands-on experience, and sharing of resources were the mainstays of the VGP. VGP organizers and volunteers shared their land, skills, labor, and educational resources with people of all ages and backgrounds from both urban and rural communities to claim the gardens they worked in as their own, fully participating in the planting, tending, harvesting, and distributing of organic produce to their communities.

The VGP was created jointly by local Mainers Carol Dove and Michael Vernon, and U.S. political prisoner and former Black Panther Party member Herman Bell, who believe that the class struggle and poverty in rural Maine as well as urban areas is in large part due to unconscionable corporate/government control, and that people can begin to reverse this social devolution by creating self-sufficiency through food production. Herman Bell played a vital role in outreach to both urban and rural activists, as well as writing annual updates to bring communities together and to help with fundraising for the ongoing work of the project. Over the course of the project, over 30 tons of organic produce was distributed by the project volunteers, free, to urban and rural communities in the Northeast.

Occupy Justice

The people Occupy Justice to express dissatisfaction with their government and elected officials. The recent near melt-down of the U.S. economy on Wall Street, brought on by unregulated trading, big banks, and the complicity of elected officials, leaves absolutely no doubt that the U.S. government is no longer “of and by the people.” Through lobbyists and campaign contributions to elected officials, Big Money – the banks and Wall Street – now fully control the levers of power in the U.S. Their officials legislated laws that opened the speculative flood gates on Wall Street and nearly toppled the U.S. economy.

So the people Occupy Justice and elsewhere to publicly rebuke those in charge for malfeasance and betrayal of the people’s trust. (There are only a few honest people in government; the rest are part of the regime.) Accordingly, we have a job crisis – people out of work, losing their homes, sleeping in the streets; a crisis in our schools, which have become dysfunctional, expensive, and less accessible to people who earn their living by the sweat of their brow; a health-care crisis wherein elected officials reveal themselves too beholden to the pharmaceutical and insurance industry to enact laws that eliminate the middleman and mandate universal health-care as a human right for all U.S. citizens.

The people gather and Occupy Justice to protest mass incarceration, a policy that targets a disproportionate number of black and brown citizens and functions both as an instrument of social control and as a foil that diverts attention from the pressing issues of race, transparency, basic fairness, and economic disparity in our society. It is a violent and scapegoating policy and is unacceptable as a response to the raft of social concerns that go unaddressed in our society. Rather, it reflects, through manipulative use of the criminal justice system, the will of the “privileged few and special interest” who control and initiate social policy and who violently reject popular demand for fundamental change and fairness in our society.

Among the mass-incarcerated are political prisoners: former Black Panthers and members of Native American, MOVE, and other protest groups of the 60s and 70s who pushed back, who fought and continue to fight for social justice and basic fairness in our society, men and women who spend and continue to spend decades in torturous isolation, and who now are being denied release on parole after having served their time. You frequently hear U.S. government officials calling for release of political prisoners in other lands. We should hear you do the same throughout this land, and you should invite people outside the country to join this call. Accordingly, we political prisoners salute and celebrate Occupy Justice.

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