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Herman Died a Free Man. Let’s Help Albert Live as One.

December 10, 2013

Herman Wallace died nine days before his 72nd birthday. The famed ‘Angola 3’ prisoner succumbed to liver cancer on Friday, 3 days after being released from prison.

Herman survived more than 41 years of isolation, becoming a fierce activist calling for an end to the cruel, inhuman use of solitary confinement.

He died a free man, but the search for justice is far from over. The third member of the Angola 3, Albert Woodfox, is STILL being held in solitary confinement.

Enough is enough—call on Louisiana authorities to free Albert Woodfox.

Albert was placed in solitary after a 1972 murder that he maintains he did not commit. There is no physical evidence linking him to the crime.

Albert’s conviction has already been overturned three times—most recently by a federal district court—but the state obsessively appeals every time the court rules in his favor.

Tell the Louisiana authorities to free Albert Woodfox today.

Before he died, Herman said this about Albert and their struggle for human rights:

“I want the world to know that I am an innocent man and that Albert Woodfox is innocent as well…The state may have stolen my life, but my spirit will continue to struggle along with Albert and the many comrades that have joined us along the way here in the belly of the beast.”

I never met Herman, and yet I will always remember him as larger-than-life—a symbol of resistance to human rights abuses and injustice who refused to be silenced. More than 110,000 people like you rose up to free him—Now it’s time to shine the light for Albert—take action.

In solidarity,
Jasmine Heiss
Campaigner, Individuals and Communities at Risk
Amnesty International USA

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