October 22 is known as National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality (http://www.october22.org). Ironically, it's also the day Hugo "Yogi Bear" Pinell goes to the Parole Board after 49 years of incarceration in California gulags. He is doing his 23rd year in Pelican Bay's SHU, after 20 years of solitary confinement in other lockups (Folsom, San Quentin, Corcoran) for a total of 43 years in solitary -- with 30 years clean! Is that not enough!?!
We're not asking folks to write to the Board, but to write directly to Yogi to give him morale support. You can find more information on his website www.hugopinell.org (maintained by Donna Wallach). I've attached photos that paint a portrait of Yogi from childhood to the 1990s. He's now about 69 years old and is costing the State of California $70,000 a year! (SHU prisoners add another $20,000 to the $50,000 for mainline prisoners.) Please bear in mind that Yogi's mother is about 85 now and it's a real hardship for her to visit her son 800 miles away.
I've attached a recent letter written to me that shows you how they stamp all letters and cards with this bright red prison logo. But more to show you how sweet, how loving, how human our brother is. And it's truly amazing that he's maintained his mind and body so well under such prolonged torture (The UN calls solitary confinement beyond 15 days torture.). Yogi has been my inspiration for decades, 4 to be exact. I doubt I'd have managed to remain strong and steady in struggle without his love and support all these years. Just as he is becoming the new man, he has me struggling to be the new woman.
Let us please not wait until Yogi is near death to call for his release. If you attend police brutality protest rallies on October 22, please speak out about Yogi and his board hearing and the impending 15-year-hit that he is likely to get despite 30 years of clean time. Yogi is political! He is most assuredly a political prisoner, else he would have been out decades ago.