Person of the Month!

alston (2)Welcome to person of the month.

His name is James Alston. James, 33, enjoys playing sports, traveling, shopping, and is interested in real estate. He especially enjoys holding conversations and getting know how a woman thinks. He is a good is a good listener and helping a person work through a problem.  James is seeking new friends and to network with others. He can be reached at the address below.  Write today, and let James know what’s on your mind.

    James Alston

#261901 –50 Nunnawauk Road

Newtown, CT 06470

New Book Release – LOVE HARD TIME

Writer, author and artist Diti Fortine Ceventi releases new book, “Love Hard Time”. This is a must read– Diti is back and putting it all out there expressing the injustices of the legal system and the pain and heartache of loving a woman from behind prison walls through spoken words, poems and poetry. The book is available on and all online bookstores or can be purchased at a discount from the publisher for $12, which includes shipping and handling @ LC DeVine Media, LLC, P.O. Box 4026, Flint, MI 48504


Or click here to go to to read excerpts and to make purchase.


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Now that we can temporarily relax our minds from the extreme worrying our elected leaders purposely chose to torture us with regarding Obamacare and the whole debt ceiling debacle. Let’s use this time to share a conscious dialogue concerning the topic of leadership.

What are the qualities of a good or bad leader? Does a nation define a leader or does a leader define a nation? When there are no leaders among us will we be able to lead ourselves? Take time to think about these questions in the context of the hyper-partisanship that our supposed “Leaders” use these days to keep us all divided.

We at CCUREDD would like to commence a conversation around the topic of leadership from a different perspective of what makes a good leader. Below you will find a randomly selected entry from Zen lessons: The Art of Leadership as translated by Thomas Clearly and published by Shamabhala publications, Inc.  Sometimes we need to use alternate modes of thinking especially when what we’re accustomed to doing and thinking isn’t working. And today, the “greatest” government and democracy in this small world isn’t working. Is it our so-called leaders, or is it our confused understanding of who and/or what makes a good leader that finds this great nation in the precarious situation it’s in politically?

So. . . Breathe. Then Read. Then  . . . Breathe. Feel the Zen and let the conversation flow without any impediments of partisanship. We’ve got four months before the next battle begins to cause extreme and unnecessary worrying over the theoretical debt ceiling.


New Book Release!


blackThis is a must read if you are a high school senior heading to college or college students, or parents.

Black Widow’s Haunting written by C.C.U.R.E.D.D., founder Diti Fortine Ceventi.

Gerald Peterson is ready to spread his wings and experience some place besides Red Springs, North Carolina. All it takes is one phone call in the guidance counselor’s office to finalize his decision.

As soon as Gerald steps onto the grounds of the prestigious North Carolina A&T State University, on a full-ride scholarship, his life is forever changed. The attraction of the pretty ‘honies’ on campus and the every day party life has a draw he can’t resist.

The loyal friendship of smart, sassy, and available Tara keeps him in check, but the distraction of Shynita, a woman twenty years his senior, and the main supplier of the best weed on the east coast throws his life into mayhem.

There’s a price when dealing with such a woman, the Black Widow.

Between the drugs, partying, and women, Gerald finds himself in a place that leads him to lose his scholarship and return to the racism back home . . . the beginning of his nightmare.

This was a very interesting read, and has several powerful statements for young men, especially those coming from urban areas: 1. Stay focused on your goals and objectives; 2. Don’t get involved in illegal activities, 3. Have a strong support system, and 4. Be careful in choosing persons to have a relationship with. I am sure you will able to identify even more when you read this intriguing, mystery, and thought-provoking thriller. Available at paperback and eBook (Diti-click here).

Read a little  excerpt and then get the book:


“Gerald, I’m tellin’ you, the police officers who arrived at her house that day told reporters it was the wildest shit they had ever seen. Of all the men that were into Nit-Nit for her money or the drugs she could put them on with, that brotha caught it the worst.”

“And you said every cat that used her went from here,” I gave the thumbs up, “to here?” I turned my thumbs down.

“Un-hunh.” She sipped her soda. “All of them played her and all she ever wanted was for somebody to love her. I don’t know how she did it, but they all ended up goin’ down one way or another, either locked up or dead. You want some of this?” Tara passed me the can.

I opened it and quenched the thirst that was brought on by the cannabis and the unbelievable situation I was possibly in. “What was different ’bout her last boyfriend?”

“She fell in love with him. And the day she came to her home and found him in her bed with another woman she lost it. She killed the other woman while she was ridin’ him, pulled her to the floor, and shot her man in both of his knees. Then she shot him right in his dick. Can you imagine that? If that wasn’t enough, she sat on top of him and pistol-whipped him until one of the officers showed up and pulled her off of him. And that was like ten or fifteen minutes after a neighbor heard the shots and called the cops. He didn’t die from the gunshot. She bashed his brains out. Gave that brotha a closed casket funeral.”

I gulped the soda nervously until it was gone. “Damn! That’s crazy!” I crushed the empty can and realized I left none of it for Tara. “You want another one?”

“What else you got to drink besides soda?” She got up from the chair and went back to the bed.

“There’s one wine cooler left. You want that?”

“That’ll straighten me out.”

“I thought Shy’ was bullshittin’ when she told me she hadn’t been with a man in seven years. The only reason why I kind of believed her was because of how . . . never mind. Here’s your drink.” I took the top off and gave it to her.

“Un-hunh, I bet you that thang was tight,” she said, giggling once again while tasting the wine cooler. “That’s probably the reason why you can’t get her out of your head, ain’t it? She put that whip-appeal on you!”

“Stop trippin’!” I sat beside her and squeezed her thigh just above the kneecap.

Tara sprayed me with all the drink she still had in her mouth. “Boy, don’t do that,” she screamed and pushed my hand away. “I’m sensitive there! Give me somethin’ to wipe myself off with.” She began laughing harder when she saw me wiping all the liquid off my own face. “That’s what you get! You’re gonna mess around and start somethin’ that you don’t have the energy to finish, especially after the night you had.”

“Imagine that. And what about you? How much energy you got left after the lil’ freak-fest you were at last night?”

“Boy, I didn’t do nothin’ with none of them dudes. Thug lovin’ ain’t what I’m about. I got my smoke on and I and my girlfriend left them with the other skanks to freak. I only get down with brothas that’s tryin’ to do somethin’ with their lives.”

I got a towel from the closet. Wiping myself off, I said, “Thanks for the shower.” I went to her and wiped the liquid that dripped down her chin, neck, and between her breasts. Now you’re all cleaned up.”

“Thanks. Now what was I sayin’? Don’t you hate how weed makes you forget the simplest shit?”

“The prison part.”

“That’s right.” She took another sip of the wine cooler. “Like I told you earlier, if it wasn’t for the cocaine that her boyfriend and the other girl were sniffin’ bein’ out in the open when the cops came, Nit-Nit would have walked away from the trial with no time. She beat the bodies on an insanity defense behind all the shit that happened to her previously and the fact that she found them in her bed, in her house fuckin’. But the cops searched the house and found a few kilos of cocaine and like ten pounds of weed. Nit-Nit said it was her boyfriend’s drugs but the judge wasn’t goin’ for it. He gave her a whole lot of time but she finally ended up beatin’ the charges on a technicality. The prosecutors hid some evidence or somethin’ like that. She just got out six months ago, set shop back up, and moved out of state. She only comes back in town for a week or two at a time to check on the salon, her mom, and Kasim. She hates it here. And the whole salon thing . . . that’s a front. All the females from the surroundin’ region that are in the game come to her. Kasim is the only guy she lets handle anything and that’s because he’s her lil’ brotha. She came back over to his place last night to make sure a deal went down correct with this guy who bought a few pounds of the weed she’s got a connect to. She doesn’t mess with no men. I don’t know what you did.”

“Neither do I. She did leave out of here in a hurry last night. I don’t think I’m gonna be seein’ her for a while. She was sayin’ she had to get some things together up here,” I demonstrated, pointing to my head. “Now it all makes sense.”

“I don’t know what to tell you, Gerald. She’ll be gone for at least a month, so if you got any desires to see or talk to her soon you might as well get that idea out of your head.” Tara picked up the ash tray off the floor and gave me the blunt. “You look stressed out again. Light it back up. Wanna know somethin’ else?”

“I’m not even sure, Tara.”

“Not only are you the first guy she’s been with since she got out of prison, but you also look like her last boyfriend.”

“O.K. It’s all comin’ together now. I think she told me she thought I was a ghost when we first ran into each other.”
“Un-hunh,” Tara droned suspiciously. “Now that you know everything, whatever you decide to do you need to be careful. Is that too small to blow me a gun?”

“I can work it, come here.” I hit her off with a strong blast which she inhaled through her mouth and nose. “I’m lucky I got a chance to find out ’bout this. You don’t know how much you helped me out. I was gettin’ ready to fall in a deep trap. She’s already got open.”

“Nah Gerald, she’s got you wide open,” Tara said and laughed. “Looks like the black widow is back!”

Shankled and Chained By The New Jim Crow

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Commentary by Gabriel I. Pittman

The following letter/commentary was written as a critique, and in response, to the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and Eugene Puryear’s recent book, Shackled and Chained. This correspondence may offer an alternative perspective of the “real” rationale enlivening the federal government’s recent repudiation of mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. Also suggested is a unique, legal alternative to combat the system of mass incarceration.

Dear PSL:
Solidarity in PEACE and RIGHTEOUSNESS! My name is Gabriel and I’m writing to extend my sheer appreciation for the literary jewel you’ve blessed the masses with in Mr. Eugene Puryear’s Shackled and Chained: “Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America”. This work was shared with me by the ever-faithful REVOLUTIONARY lions, Brothas Phil and Delbert Africa of MOVE, both of whom I have had the privilege and honor to converse and build with virtually every day for the past eight years since being transferred to SCI-Dallas, PA. During this span of time I’ve gained more in/SIGHT into mySELF, my fellow-WO/MAN and this world we all share than in the previous thirty years of my prior life. While I dare not proclaim to be a political prisoner in the vein of the MOVE 9, Brotha Mumia and myriad brothas and sistas encaged for their vehement, unceasing struggle for true LIBERATION and FREEDOM for all people, Brothas Phil and Delbert have shown me how I am, in fact, a prisoner of politics and therefore the struggle is one-in-the-same. I sincerely embrace this CALL-TO¬ACTION in all I may be able to do for FREEDOM for all oppressed people as well as for my own personal FREEDOM and LIBERTY from the physical confines of this prison. In support of and on behalf of Delbert and Phil, MOVE and the MOVE 9 (May Sista Merle Africa’s LIGHT shine on!) we say ON-A-MOVE!

     Now, to Mr. Puryear’s book. Please allow me to offer a succinct critique, as well as a detailed elaboration on points-¬to-ponder which were generated from my personal view from my reading and understanding of it.

1.   DESTROY . . . Given the analogous topic of Shackled and Chained and The New Jim Crow (Mass Incarceration), what was the purpose in drawing a distinction between the underlying principles which animate both works, i.e., “capitalism” vs. “racism” respectively? I personally feel that pages 45-47 of Shackled were completely unnecessary and bordering on being deleterious to the entire work as one could instantly surmise an air of an “as opposed to” instead of an “in supplement to” comparison between the two books. Both propositions presented in both books are 99% right and 99% correct.

     Given the steep-uphill battle we already face, must we make the fight harder by giving off even an “appearance” that we are utilizing the opposition’s deadliest weapon — D-I-V-I-D¬E and CONQUER — against our own selves? Or even more detrimental, give off an “appearance” that we strive to distinguish our like-works for the purpose of “maximum profit” just as capitalists do when peddling their products to the people, thereby potentially diminishing the credibility of the message presented by PSL and Mr. Puryear? TRUTH speaks for itself. Why refute it in any manner?

2.    BUILD…Once I got past Critique #1 (and believe me, it was hard to do!) I continued turning the pages of Shackled and found Mr. Puryear’s facts irrefutable and undeniable. Just as with The New Jim Crow, Numbers Never Lie. And neither does history when it’s rightly and honestly divided. Continue to let TRUTH speak for itself and let us all use TRUTH to empower us and our cause so that history isn’t repeated and mass incarceration can be permanently dismantled.


     Given the parallel between the economic crisis of the 70’s (which, as explained in the Economic and Ideological Restructuring section at page 78, provided the “material basis” for policies of mass incarceration) and today’s economic crisis, is it possible that capitalists:

1. Know they have perfected the model of mass incarceration to boost their profits;
2. Know the model of mass incarceration has the same boom/bust cycle inherent to all economic models–
3. Know that, boom or bust, they can un-righteously turn only so many poor people into human chattel before poor people have had enough (Civil Rights Movement, “Occupy”, Egypt, Syria, etc…);
4. Know that given the undeniable TRUTHS revealed by the likes of Mrs. Alexander, Mr. Puryear and others, poor people in and/or outside of these prisons are being awakened to their true plight as human chattel in the capitalists’ model of mass incarceration;
5. Know that it’s time to release some of this building pressure and resistance, and have given politicians the green light to offer “carrots” such as relaxing mandatory minimum sentencing schemes under President Obama’s administration, thereby sending the same “victims of the[] phenomena” which support policies of mass incarceration back to the same oppressive environments from whence we come and;
6. Know that, as recently reported on CNN, the costs of drugs are at their lowest levels, and the purity of drugs are at their highest levels in years. Coupled with the fact that the masses are at their most depressed emotional state in generations and, as history shows, the masses will seek an “escape” from this depression through the use of drugs, could capitalists have already projected into the future and stealthily divined that the temptation for “maximum profit” in the underground economy of the illicit drug trade will be irresistible to those who wish to find economic stability by any means necessary and/or once again chase street-dreams, and;
7. Know that the beneficiaries of today’s supposed “leniency” will inevitably be the benefactors (once again as human chattel) to tomorrow’s redesigned and repackaged “Alternatives to Mass Incarceration,” as expounded upon on pages 121-29 of Shackled?

     It appears either way, whether through physical or virtual mass incarceration, the capitalists will win. Having perfected the fear of “the other” ideologies which support the system of mass incarceration, their cognizance of history’s ever-repeating patterns always advances them ten steps ahead of the “game”. The crisis of today is no different from that of the 60’s-80’s, and as soon as the economic forecast improves they know it’s guaranteed that the gullibility and/or naiveté of the masses, who continue to pit themselves one against “the other” and blame “the other” for any problems suffered in any context or aspect of life, will cause the masses to once again cry out for the reinstituting of unfair policies such as mandatory minimums, three strikes, etc. And as history shows, the black bourgeois-class will be the first to fall right in line with — if not tow the line for — the white-ruling/upper/bourgeois/lower-classes, crying out even louder for the reinstituting of said policies. Ironically, regardless of the fact that the current relaxing of unfair laws is only being done to protect capitalists’ future interests, black and brown people (Obama/Holder) will get the blame for relaxing these unfair laws and black and brown people will be the first ones re-encaged,-‘re-Shackled and re-Chained by the NEW New Jim Crow. All that glitters isn’t gold, so buyer beware!

     This is not said with intentions to sow seeds of division. It’s said to state the facts. It’s said to sow SEEDS OF WISDOM because until we accept the fact that mass incarceration is originally premised upon racial lines, a tried-and-true potential antidote to this disease will continue to evade us even though it lies right before our eyes from the not-so distant past.

     Just as the western-world coalesced to rebuild Europe after the second world war utilizing the Marshall Plan, we too, need to come together to formulate our own “Marshall Plan” in the likes of Mr. Nathan Gold, Charles Houston and, ultimately, Thurgood Marshall and attack mass incarceration as a Civil Rights violation. We have the facts, numbers and data (all from the government’s own statistics!)to support a claim of deprivation of “equal protection” and the arbitrary deprivation of our life, liberty and property-interests without DUE PROCESS OF LAW now that the government admits that these policies are inherently unequal, i.e., un-CONSTITUTIONAL on local, state and federal levels. We have the civil rights lawyers, activists, sociologists, psychologists and plaintiffs (prisoners and their families directly suffering from policies of mass incarceration) at our disposal. As in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Mr. Marshall would be chomping at the bit to challenge this current injustice. Instead of researching statistics, writing books and preaching to the choir, why have we not yet focused, with laser-like precision, our intellectual, academic, social, cultural, economic, political and REVOLUTIONARY energies upon this tried-and-true solution?

     Furthermore, in utilizing the judicial/civil/criminal system against itself, we could target specific geographical areas with the most egregious and blatant violations of our civil rights and attack with the criminal equivalent of a civil rights action, 18 U.S.C. § 242, which states:

“Whoever, under the color of any, law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any inhabitant of any State, Territory, or District to the deprivations of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties on account of such inhabitant being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year or both; and if death results shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life. (Emphasis added).

     Given the empirical statistics and evidence readily available, this means every:

1. local, state and-federal legislator who promulgates discriminatory legislation, on a racial basis, under the “dis”-guise of “law-and-order”;
2. police/law enforcement officer who discriminates, based upon race, when deciding who will or will not be initiated into the criminal process;
3. prosecutor who discriminates, based upon race, when deciding who will and will not be subjected to criminal prosecution;
4. trial lawyer who is complicit and conspires with the prosecutor to coerce a defendant, who has already been thrice-discriminated against, to accept the terms of a plea bargain, as is done in 95% of criminal cases and;
5. judge who has, and continues to sentence four-times¬-discriminated-against-defendants to mandatory schemes, whether 100:1 or 18:1 for drug offenses that differ only in physical composition (cocaine v. crack/powder v. rock), or sentence black and brown defendants to 20% more time of incarceration than their white counter-parts for similar crimes, and who hold such discriminatory laws and statutes as constitutional should be held criminally liable. As the Constitution still holds First Nation, black and brown people to be three-fifths of a person, under the color of law and statute we are willfully subjected to deprivations of rights (EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW, PROCEDURAL DUE PROCESS, ETC.) and privileges (HABEAS CORPUS) secured by the Constitution. Clearly, we suffer different punishments, pains, and penalties as “aliens”, black, brown, African and First Nation People as opposed to the white citizenry of America. If TRUTH hurts, one should find solace in the fact that TRUTH also heals.

     Strategically targeted, just as the NRA and Tea Party factions do, we can use the system to cure the sickness endemic in the system without having to take on the entire nation. Given the potential fines and/or imprisonment (and we’re looking at decades of wrongful actions which have caused suffering and death), the system could possibly begin to self-correct and contribute to the quickening of mass incarceration’s demise.

     One last battlefront which cannot be excluded is to wage a direct civil and criminal action against President Clinton and Congress for promulgating the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) which, in effect, has done nothing but effectively suspended the Great Writ of Habeas Corpus and implicitly labeled us all as terrorists worthy of death without any effective remedy or procedural due process to overcome the now-admitted arbitrary, capricious, unfair and unconstitutional criminal proceedings which have entrapped us. Many of us have had our “One Bite At The Apple”. Now it’s time to take the rotten “fruit of the poisonous tree” and shove it down their throats and let them experience what it tastes like and feel its effect.

     I will conclude by saying Shackled and Chained is the perfect complement and supplement to The New Jim Crow, and vice-versa. Any philosophical differences and ideological tensions inherent to the fields of intelligentsia, academia and politics must be sacrificed for the greater cause which is the death of the New Jim Crow, the permanent disintegration of both physical and mental Shackles and Chains and the LIBERATION of all people from this diabolical system of mass incarceration. Lest we choose to snipe each other to death with friendly-fire in what Mr. Jacob Carruthers termed “Intellectual Warfare” and history continues to repeat itself, it’s time that the writing of books ceases and concrete actions which can be implemented immediately commence before the strengthening flow of acknowledgment of the inherently unlawful and un-RIGHTEOUS nature of this system of mass incarceration becomes a weakening ebb. There are REAL men, women and children — not mere statistics — literally and figuratively, physically and mentally dying every day in these modern-day torture chambers. Excuse my ignorance if the foregoing proposed solutions are already being pondered and put into action. My access to information is severely limited, but I noticed these potential solutions were not considered in either book nor in any literature on this pressing subject. Hence, the missing 1% which would make both works 100% correct as stated in Critique #1. For the enhancement of my personal knowledge, wisdom and understanding from reading your book, I say THANK YOU and close this correspondence as I opened . . . .


Who Are The Move 9?

 imagesThe MOVE 9 are innocent men and women who have been in prison since August 8, 1978, following a massive police attack on us at our home in Powelton Village (Philadelphia). This was seven years before the government dropped a bomb on MOVE, killing 11 people, including 5 babies.

The August 8, 1978 police attack on MOVE followed years of police brutality against MOVE and was a major military operation carried out by the Philadelphia police department under orders of then-mayor, Frank Rizzo, whose reputation for racism and brutality is well known; it followed him up thru the ranks of the police department to the police commissioner’s office to the mayor’s office.
During this attack, heavy equipment was used to tear down the fence surrounding our home, and cops filled our home with enough tear gas to kill us and our babies, while SWAT teams covered every possible exit. We were all in the basement of our home, where we had 10 thousand pounds of water pressure per minute directed at us from 4 fire department water cannons (for a total of 40 thousand pounds of water pressure per minute). As the basement filled with nearly six feet of water we had to hold our babies and animals above the rising water so they wouldn’t drown. Suddenly shots rang out (news reporters and others know the shots came from a house at 33rd and Baring St., not our home, because they actually saw the man shooting) and bullets immediately filled the air as police through-out the area opened fire on us.
Officer James Ramp, who was standing above us on street-level and facing our home, was killed by a single bullet that struck him on a downward angle. This alone makes it impossible for MOVE to have killed Ramp, since we were below street level, in the basement.
MOVE adults came out of the house carrying our children through clouds of tear gas, we were beat and arrested. Television cameras actually filmed the vicious beating of our brother Delbert Africa (3 of the 4 cops that beat Delbert went to trial on minor charges).download Despite the photographic evidence, the trial judge (Stanley Kubacki) refused to let the jury render a verdict and himself acquitted the cops by directed order.
Nine of us were charged with murder and related charges for the death of James Ramp. Within a few hours of our arrest, our home (which is supposed to be the “scene of the crime” and therefore evidence) was deliberately destroyed, demolished, by city officials when they were legally obligated to preserve all evidence, but we were held for trial anyway. We went to trial before Judge Edward Maimed who convicted all nine of us of third degree murder (while admitting that he didn’t have “the faintest idea” who killed Ramp) and sentenced each of us to 30 – 100 years in prison.
Judge Maimed also stated that MOVE people said we are a family so he sentenced us as a family; we were supposed to be on trial for murder, not for being a family.
It is clear that the MOVE 9 are in prison for being committed MOVE members, not for any accusation of crime. Three other adults that were in the house on August 8th did not get the same treatment as those that this government knows are committed MOVE members. One had all charges dismissed against her in September of 1978 with the judge saying that there was no evidence that she was a committed MOVE member when the issue was supposed to be murder. The second one was held for trial but released on bail; she was acquitted. The third one was held for trial with no bail, convicted of conspiracy and given 10-23 years; she was paroled in (1)
It is obvious that everything depended on whether or not the courts thought it Was dealing with a committed MOVE member; court decisions had nothing to do with the accusation of murder. It has been 35 years since the August 8, 1978 police attack on MOVE, 35 years of unjust imprisonment, but despite the hardship of being separated from family members, despite the grief over the murder of family members (including babies), the MOVE 9 remain strong and loyal to our Belief, our Belief in Life, the Teaching of our Founder, JOHN AFRICA.
We have an uncompromising commitment to our Belief, which is what makes us a strong unified family, despite all this government has done to break us up and ultimately exterminate us. It will take a massive amount of public pressure to force this rotten corrupt government to release the MOVE 9 and all political prisoners—
What can YOU do to add to the pressure?
Debbie Sims Africa #006307; Janet Rollaway Africa #006308 Janine Phillips Africa #6309
451 Fullerton Ave.
Cambridge Springs, PA. 16403-1238
William Phillips Africa #AM 4984; Delbert Orr Africa #AM 4985 1000 Follies Rd.
Dallas, PA. 18612
Michael Davis Africa #AM 4973
P.O. Box 244 SCI Retreat
Graterford, PA. 19426-0246
Charles Sims Africa #AM 4975
660 State Raute 11
Hunlock Creek, PA 18621-3136
Edward Goodman Africa #AM 4974
301 Morea Rd.
Frackville, PA. 17932
P.O. Box 19709 Phila., FA.. 19143
610 499-0979

Long Live “John Africa’s Revolution!

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     ONA MOVE! The MOVE family is distributing this communique to inform you of the latest developments with the Pennsylvania (PA.) parole board.

Several of our family members have received their decision from the board. They were denied which is no surprise but it is obvious that the parole board is desperate and feeling pressure because they’re creating new and more ridiculous attempts to justify their denials. They are now saying that MOVE people are a “risk to the community”. What are they basing this on?

Four MOVE people completed our maximum sentences and were released in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Not one of us has been arrested since being released. Two MOVE people were paroled in the early 1990’s and have not been arrested since being released.

There are numerous people that the parole board had no problem releasing that have returned to prison been re-paroled and returned to prison again. The PA. parole board cannot explain their refusal to parole MOVE people because there is no explanation except racism and politics. Innocent MOVE people have been unjustly imprisoned for 35 years, 5 years past their 30 year minimum even though officials know that MOVE is innocent. What people need to understand is that this is really not about MOVE or any of the other countless prisoners that parole boards refuse to release for no valid reason.

This is about the people and how much blatant injustice, disrespect and oppression people will take. These parole boards feel like they can do what they want because the people will just take it. People will fight, even kill, other unofficial people for just looking at them a certain way but when it comes to officials that beat, wrongfully imprison, rob and exploit the people, all that toughness vanishes. This is a luxury we can’t afford.

IP we don’t fight for ourselves, who will? Obviously not politicians, or things would get better not worse for people. MOVE is not telling people to assault or kill officials, we’re simply saying that until people stand up for themselves and refuse to accept being abused and exploited the abuse and exploitation will never stop. Since when has exploiters stopped their exploitation unless they were stopped. They’ve never stopped on their own.

MOVE is taught by JOHN AFRICA that to oppress and exploit people is criminal but that it is just as criminal to allow yourself to be oppressed and exploited without resistance. MOVE people will never stop resisting this rotten system, no matter what they come at us with. So-called winning or losing is not the issue with MOVE because we understand that as long as we never stop resisting, we have won, we are victorious! We are only defeated if we give up and stop fighting, stop resisting, and MOVE will never stop. We will always be ON THE MOVE!

MOVE: 215 3861165/ Visit

State of Pennsylviania Illegally Holding Man!


Re: Commonwealth v. Pittman
Lehigh County Docket No. 1998/304
Dear Governor Corbett:

My name is Gabriel Pittman. I am an American Citizen who is being unlawfully imprisoned against my free will under a null, void and non-existent judgment of conviction and sentence. This conscience-shocking, miscarriage-of-justice has been ongoing for the past sixteen years. It has been over a year since I discovered this travesty and due my legal incompetence it has taken me that long to determine that I am in fact figuratively being held hostage by the PADOC.

As the Chief Executive Office of this Commonwealth, you are the only person who has the authority to order my immediate release from this unlawful imprisonment. Therefore, I am writing you personally to put you on notice of this fact and to respectfully demand my immediate release. As you are legally trained, it should take no more than a few minutes for you to review the enclosed papers and determine that my immediate release is warranted. You have the authority to order the PA National Guard, PA State Police or Superintendent Jerome Walsh to escort me — alive and well — through the front gate of SCI-Dallas with a one-way bus, plane or train ticket (at the expense of the state) to my home in Red Springs, N.C. A copy of this correspondence has been forwarded to my family and my family’s lawyer.

Here are the relevant facts for your prompt investigation into this matter:
1. Just as I was sixteen years ago, and will be until the day I die, I am filled with the utmost remorse to know that I killed another Black Man specifically, and another human-being generally, contributing to the sordid plight of Black-on¬-Black violence that infects my people and the insane violence rampant in our great Nation. Regrettably, it was also alleged that I put a police officer in extreme danger by blindly firing a shot “somewhere in his direction” as I fled the scene on foot not knowing that he was pursuing me. On December 7, 1997, I was arrested in Allentown, PA and charged by Criminal Complaint No. CR-1207-97, OTN F180365-3 with Criminal Homicide, Criminal Attempted Homicide, Aggravated Assault and Reckless Endangerment. (See Exhibit 1, front and back). On or about February 9, 1998 I was formally arraigned under Criminal Information No. 1998/304 by Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin and Judge Lawrence Brenner on the charges of Criminal Homicide for the “intentional, knowing, reckless, or negligent” (which can only lac-Jelly and fairly be read to charge first murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter as the “essential element” (Pa.R.Crim.P. 560(8)(5)) of malice aforethought for third degree murder is not specifically charged as a matter of law) killing of Rodney Robinson and Criminal Attempted Homicide of police officer Ronald Maurey, two counts of Aggravated Assault of Maurey, Simple Assault of Maurey and Reckless Endangerment of Maurey. (See Exhibit 2, front and back). Per Pa.R.Crim.P. 560(D), these were the only issues, as defined by Criminal Information No. 1995/304, which could be legally raised in any criminal proceeding, i.e., for which the trial court’s subject-matter jurisdiction was legally invoked, See Commonwealth V. Little, 455 Pa. 163, 168-69, 314 A.2d 270, 272-73(holding in order to invoke court’s subject-matter jurisdiction “it is necessary that the Commonwealth confronts the defendant with a formal and specific accusation of the crimes charged…”). This can only be accomplished by formal arraignment upon valid criminal information in which all the charges contained in the original information constitute the invocation of the court’s subject-matter jurisdiction upon said charges. See also Commonwealth v. Jones, 593 Pa. 295, 307, 929 A.2d 205, 212(The PA supreme court expounding on Little and explaining that because defendant Jones could not claim that the (original] information “failed to provide a formal and specific accusation of the [challenged charge]” he could not support a claim that the trial court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction or that the court’s jurisdiction over the entire criminal matter was divested — as the lower superior court determined was the case — because of the inclusion of the challenged charge in the original information after it had been dismissed during preliminary hearing.).

2. In violation of my Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment Right Article I, Section 9 of the PA constitution and Pa.R.Crim.P. 554, forbidding amendments of an information to charge “additional and different” offenses, as such amendments necessarily violate the Rights to “Notice” and the scope of the issues pursuant to a trial/plea upon the original information as mandated by Pa.R.Crim.P. 560(D), District Attorney Martin arbitrarily and illegally amended Criminal Information 1998/304 to charge the “additional and different” offenses of Third Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, Firearms Not To Be Carried Without A License and Reckless Endangerment of “Persons In A Crowd” as part of a plea-bargain. (See Exhibit 3, front and back). As stated in 5 1. above, I was never formally and specifically charged with Third Degree Malice Murder, nor any weapons charges. Furthermore, I was “specifically and formally” charged with Reckless Endangerment of Maurey — not “Persons in A Crowd.” By amending Criminal Information 1998/304 in this manner, District Attorney Martin created a fatal error in the likes of Ex Parte Bain, 121 U.S. 1, 10, 7 S.Ct. 781 (1857); Stirone v. United States, 361 U.S. 212, 80 S.Ct. 270 (1960); and Commonwealth v. DeSumma,522 Pa.36, 40, 559 A.2d 521, 523, which all mandated reversal and/or discharge.

3. That my court-appointed trial attorney was ineffective in failing to detect and object to this illegal amendment and instead advised me to accept the plea offer is of no moment. Once illegally Amended Criminal Information No. 1993/304 (See Exh. 3) was filed in Judge Brenner’s court at the commencement of the guilty plea proceedings, the court was effectively divested of subject-matter jurisdiction over the entire criminal latter as the information was materially broadened and thus, was no longer the case for which the Commonwealth bound me over for trial. Little, 455 at 168-69(The right to formal notice of charges…is so basics to the fairness of subsequent proceedings that it cannot be waived even if the defendant voluntarily submits to the jurisdiction of the court,”); Jones, supra, i.e., pleads guilty. See also Pa.R.Crim.77-70(D).

4. Clearly, on the face of the record, the court was divested of subject-matter jurisdiction as “notice” as required by Little was fatally deficient. It is the law of Pennsylvania that a judgment may be attacked for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction at any time, as any such judgment or decree rendered by a court that lacks subject-matter jurisdiction is null and void. See Bell v. Kater, 2008 PA Super 18, 943 A.2d 293, 293 (Pa. Super. 2008). Hence, the judgments of conviction and sentence in my case are null and void. That never happened.

Given the foregoing legal facts, Mr. Governor, you have the authority to relieve me of this injurious plight I have been, and still am, suffering at the hands of Lehigh County and the PADOC in the name of your Commonwealth. It is scientifically impossible for the courts or state pardons board to relieve me from something that in the eyes of the Law doesn’t exist. Even though I continue to protest this unlawful imprisonment in both the state and federal courts, as Chief Executive Officer you can instantly grant me the necessary relief by ordering my immediate release today. Anything less would be uncivilized in the eyes of the Law. Anything less will be a breach of your duty to uphold this Commonwealth’s constitutional demands. I do not seek justice. I seek for the Law to be applied to me equally as an American Citizen, as anything less would offend the importance which organized society places upon the observance of procedural and substantive due process. 

In closing, I have prepared and filed formal grievance within the institution at SCI-Dallas. I’m respectfully requesting that you forward an Official Memorandum to me, Secretary Wetzel, Superintendent Jerome Walsh and the security department at SCI-Dallas instructing them that I am not to be harassed, threatened, transferred or searched (my cell or my person) as long as I’m unlawfully confined. See Meachum v. Fano, 427 U.S. 215, 224, 96 S.Ct. 2532, 2538, 49 L.Ed.2d 451 (1976)(“The Due Process Clause by its own force forbids the state from convicting any person of [a] crime and depriving him of liberty without complying fully with the requirements of the Clause. But given a valid conviction, the criminal defendant has been constitutionally deprived of his liberty to the extent that the state may confine him and subject him to the rules of its prison system so long as the conditions of confinement do not otherwise violate the Constitution.) As explained by the United States Supreme Court, the PADOC has no authority, jurisdiction or power to force me to abide by any of its rules because it has no authority, jurisdiction or power to imprison me pursuant to a purely illegal null and void judgment of conviction and sentence which complied with no requirements of the federal or state Due Process Clauses. The “condition of my confinement” itself — being imprisoned under a null and void judgment — violates the Constitution. Since my illegal imprisonment, I have not been a Security Risk or a “problematic prisoner”. The only Security Risk has been towards me being unlawfully imprisoned. As my record speaks for itself, you will continue to have no problems from me and I will abide by rules to the extent that the orderly running of the institution is not interfered with. As my record speaks for itself, there should be no sudden provocations from staff or prisoners towards me. Any attempt to transfer me or place me in the Restrictive Housing Unit, as a Free American Citizen, will only be a further deprivation of my Liberty Interest under the Fourteenth Amendment and an invasion on my First Amendment Rights, in their most pristine and classic form, to speak on public issues free of unreasonable government interference, thereby creating the accrual of further injury that is compensable in and of itself, wholly apart from the compensable emotional distress, humiliation and personal indignity, emotional and physical pain, embarrassment, fear, anxiety and anguish I’ve already suffered for the east sixteen years. Now that your office is on notice you will be directly liable. This is my legal and Lawful protest for redress of grievance against this unlawful imprisonment. If you cannot guarantee my safety from this point forward then the only rational and prudent action you can take is to issue an executive order, today, ordering my immediate release and full pardon.

Respectfully submitted,

Gabriel Pittman

Mr. Pittman seeks your help as an American Citizen to voice your outrage of a fellow American being held illegally in prison.  You can help by contacting:

Governor Tom Corbett

 Pennsylvania Governor’s  

Office Main Capitol Building, Room 225  

 Harrisburg, PA 17120                         

  Phone (717)767-2500

James B. Martin District Attorney

455 W. Hamilton St.

Allentown, PA 18101

(610) 782-3100

Jerome Walsh, Superintendent

SCI-Dallas, PA

1000 Follies Road Dallas, PA 18612

Phone: (570) 675-1101

John E. Wetzel, Secretary of Corrections

Department of Corrections

2520 Lisburn Road, P.O. Box 598

Camp Hill, PA 17001-0598

Here’s an appropriate inquiry for calls or e-mails or letters: “I am an AMERICAN CITIZEN contacting you on behalf of a fellow-AMERICAN CITIZEN named GABRIEL PITTMAN who the COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLANIA has caused to be unlawfully imprisoned without DUE PROCESS OF LAW and without ever being, convicted or sentence for crimes he was not legally charged. I am contacting you to request that he be released today and that no RETALIATION-, HARASSMENT or PUNISHMENT comes to him in ANY form for exercising his CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT as an AMERICAN CITIZEN to legally protest his UNLAWFUL  IMPRISONMENT. As Gabriel is not a prisoner, I DEMAND his IMMEDIATE RELEASE.”