#ImprisonedIntellectuals Black Panther Party, New Afrikan, and Black Liberation Army political prisoners, were victims of the COINTELPRO operations in the 1960s-70s when the FBI sought to destroy the Black liberation movement. This U.S. government campaign resulted in at least 38 Black Panther Party members being killed and hundreds more imprisoned on frame-up charges.The FBI used COINTELPRO to infiltrate and disrupt groups seeking basic change in society. Many Black liberation activists have been imprisoned as a result of these operations, dozens of them for over 30 years.
These include Russell Maroon Shoats, who has spent 40 years in prison, 30 in solidarity (http://russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com), Jalil Muntaqim, jailed since 1971(http://www.freejalil.com), Mutulu Shakur, who helped free Assata Shakur (http://assatashakur.org,http://assatashakur.com), and Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown). SundiataAcoli was with Assata Shakur (who escaped and found political asylum in Cuba) http://SundiataAcoli.org.
Veronza Bowers, imprisoned for 40 years, was convicted in the murder on the word of two government informers. There were no eye-witnesses and no other evidence independent of these informants. At trial, two relatives of the informants testimony insisting that they were lying was ignored. http://veronza.org