Interview BIOS

chris aberley a former public defender trial lawyer for New Orleans parish. Believing in Rbert Hillary King’s (aka Robert King Wilkerson) innocence, due to the overwhelming evidence, took King’s case pro bono to help him gain his freedom. He is now in private practice outside of New Orleans.

bo (rita) brown a former political prisoner and member of the George Jackson Brigade, founder of Out of Control: Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners. Bo has worked tirelessly on women’s and queer issues since being released. Bo’s writings have appeared in numerous periodicals.

marion brown a member of the New Orleans Black Panther Party, she went to Oakland to work with the BPP on Bobby Seale’s mayoral campaign. She worked for the party until the late 70s in various capacities including working at the BPP school. She moved back to Louisiana to co-found the Nat’l. Coalition to Free the Angola 3 in the late 90’s. She supports the release of all political prisoners in the US.

rod coronado is a Pasqua Yaqui indigenous traditionalist, former political prisoner who spent five years in federal prison for Animal Liberation Front activities. He presently writes, guest lectures at colleges and institutions on his past experiences and incarceration due to political actitives.

emory douglas joined the BPP in 1967 as its Minister of Culture. His graphics defined the party’s agenda in The Black Panther, the party’s official paper. He still produces art and has been the subject of many art retrospectives

marina drummer served as Executive Director of the LEF Grant Foundation. She founded and runs her own non-profit, Community Futures Collective. She currently serves on many boards, and works tirelessly with the Nat’l. Coalition to Free the Angola 3 and is Grants Advisor to the LEF Foundation.

scott fleming is a criminal defense lawyer and writer in Oakland. He is a co-founder of the Nat’l. Coalition to Free the Angola 3. He has worked tirelessly to bring attention and freedom to the Angola 3 cases. He reported from Iraq for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and works on many social justice issues in the Bay Area.

fred hampton jr. former political prisoner. In 1990, at the age of 20, Fred became the President of National People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement. Framed for arson of a store he was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Freed after 9, he continues work as Chairman of the Prisoner Of Conscience Committee to free all political prisoners in the US.

noelle hanrahan is an investigative journalist and director of Prison Radio. Since 1992 she has recorded the commentaries of Mumia Abu-Jamal, edited his latest book of essays “All Things Censored” and produces “Dispatches From Death Row”, his weekly radio She is a graduate of Stanford University. She lives the San Francisco with her daughter Miranda. (Please see film-makers bios for full bio.)

david hilliard Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party. He is author of the book, This Side of Glory. Since 1993 he has directed the activities of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation. He teaches at Merritt College, Laney College, and New College, and lectures frequently throughout the United States on the Panther legacy.

mumia abu-jamal is an award-winning journalist, political prisoner and former Black Panther Party member. He has been on Pennsylvania’s death row for twenty-three years writing and recording commentaries from his solitary confinement that reach a worldwide audience. His books “Live From Death Row”, “Death Blossoms”, “All Things Censored”, “Faith of Our Fathers” and “We Want Freedom” have been translated into nine languages. His 1982 controversial murder trial and subsequent conviction has been the subject of great debate in the international community gaining much support from around the world.

billy X jennings was a member of the Black Panther Party from 1968 to 1974. He currently works to maintain the legacy and history of the BPP, through the It’s About Time organizing committee and running the website.

terry kupers, M.D In the 1970’s Dr. Kupers was the physician and director of the Bunchy Carter Free Clinic in South Central Los Angeles, a free clinic run by the Black Panther Party to serve the health needs of the community. He is the author of the book Prison Madness among others. (Please see film makers bios for full bio.)

kiilu nyasha former member of Black Panthers in New Haven, Conn. chapter and legal defense team of Party Chairman Bobby Seale’s trial for murder and conspiracy. She is currently on the radio at KPOO in San Francisco and a newspaper journalist. Her work continues to free all political prisoners and for abolition of prisons.

geronimo (ji jaga) pratt former political prisoner, B.P.P. Deputy Minister of Defense and a leader of the Los Angeles Chapter. He returned from Vietnam a highly decorated veteran, enrolled at UCLA, and joined the Party. At the top of FBI’s list of Panther’s to be “neutralized” he was framed for a murder in 1971. He was exonerated and released in 1997 after 27 years. He won a 4.5 million dollar suit for wrongful incarceration from the FBI. He now runs the Kuji Foundation in Africa with his wife Joju Cleaver.

malik rahim a former leader in the New Orleans chapter of the BPP. He is co-founder of Common Ground Collective with scott crow, of anti-death penalty group Pilgrimage For Life (w/ Sister Prejean), Housing is a Human Right an ex-offender program, a vocal low income housing advocate, and longtime political prisoner organizer.

anita roddick founder of The Body Shop whose Mission Statement set out a dedication to the pursuit of social and environmental change. The shops and products help communicate human rights and environmental issues. Roddick campaigned tirelessly against social wrongs around the world through campaigns and writing until her passing in 2007. He legacy lives on in her family and her foundation which continue her drams for change.

gail shaw one of the founders of the Intercommunal Committee to Combat Fascism a white group that functioned as a sister chapter to the BPP in Berkeley running many of the BPP ’s free programs. She run’s a women’s health clinic in Sacramento and is a co-founder of It’s About Time and the Nat’l Coalition to Free the A3.

luis “bato” talamantez a former political prisoner (one of the San Quentin 6) and human rights activist. He was acquitted and released in 1976. He is co-founder of California Prison Focus He has published two books of poetry and is an accomplished visual artist.

brice white an anarchist organizer in New Orleans was one of the co-founders of the Nat’l. Coalition to Free the Angola 3. He worked at Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana for the last few years among numerous other projects including co-directing a documentary with Shana Griffin on the New Orleans chapter of the BPP “Sooner or Later Someone is Going to Fight Back” .

yuri kochiyama got involved in the civil rights movement after being held in World War II Japanese internment camps as a child. In Harlem, with her husband, she worked with the Harlem Parents Committee becoming a close friend of Malcolm X, and a member of Organization for Afro-American Unity .In the 70s she and others from the Young Lords occupied the Statue of Liberty bringing to attention the issues of Puerto Rican independence. She has been involved in a wide range of social issues from political prisoner rights, black liberation, to redress for Japanese internment.

A3 Truth mural San Francisco

A3 Truth mural San Francisco