Visualize life without windows. Picture a room without doors. Imagine living more than 23 hours of every day in an eight-by-four-foot concrete box void of human contact, communication, or comfort. Imagine surviving this icy existence for 43 years (fifteen thousand, seven hundred days) … and counting. Now envision enduring all of this torture knowing you are innocent of any crimes.
This is the razor-wire reality experienced by political prisoners surviving behind the concertina-lined walls of countless prisons across America. Although the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution (Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.) was passed in 1791, cruel and unusual punishment is routinely imposed upon hundreds of political prisoners in the USA on a daily basis.
Currently incarcerated at Pelican Bay State Prison’s SHU in California, Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell is one such person. Hugo Pinell has been imprisoned in California for 49 years – almost half a century. Forty-three of these years have been spent in solitary confinement … with no end in sight. Enough is enough!
Sunday, June 9th (4:00-6:00 PM) a rally will be held for political prisoner Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell’s legal defense fund and October 22nd parole board hearing. Come support “Yogi” Pinell and stand for justice at The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA. For more information call (415) 637-8195, or visit www.hugopinell.org.