Hugo Pinell - North America

Hugo Pinell is a Nicaraguan prisoner currently
incarcerated at Pelican Bay State Prison in
California. Despite maintaining then and now that
he is innocent, Pinell, after being repeatedly told
he would face the death penalty if he did not
confess, eventually pled guilty in 1965, at the age
of 19, to assault in connection with the kidnapping,
sodomy, and rape of a young woman in San
“In 1964, a white woman accused me of rape,
assault and kidnap. I was 19 years old. I turned
myself into the authorities to clarify the charges
against me which I knew to be falsified. The
deputies beat me several times because the
alleged victim was white, and the Public Defender
and the Judge influenced my mother into believing
that I would be sentenced to death unless I pled
guilty. At their insistence and despite my
innocence, I pled guilty to the charge of rape, with
the understanding that I would be eligible for
parole after 6 months. When I arrived at the
California Department of Corrections, I was
informed that I had been sentenced to three years
to life.”

While Pinell was imprisoned in San Quentin State
Prison he made contact with revolutionary
prisoners such as George Jackson, one of the
Soledad Brothers and W.L. Nolen. Both men were
African- Americans who, in jail, claimed to had
turned away from a life focused on crime to a life
focused on the ideas of social revolution. They
both lead a movement to convert their fellow
prisoners to the same ideology. Along with their
fellow prisoners, they fought for an end to guard
brutality and racism, and for prisoner unity.

On August 21, 1971, there was a prisoner uprising
in Pinell’s housing unit at San Quentin, led by

George Jackson. According to the state of
California, lawyer-activist Stephen Bingham
had smuggled a pistol concealed in a tape
recorder to Jackson who was housed in San
Quentin’s Adjustment Center time awaiting trial
for the murder of a prison guard. On August 21,
1971, Jackson used the pistol, an Astra 9-mm
semi-automatic, to take over his tier in the
Adjustment Center. In his failed escape
attempt, six people were killed, including three
prison guards, two white prisoners, and
Jackson himself.

At the end of the roughly 30 minute rebellion,
guards had killed George Jackson, and two
other prisoners and three guards were dead.
Of the remaining prisoners in the unit, six of
them, including Pinell, were put on trial for
murder and conspiracy. They were known as
The San Quentin Six. Three of them were
acquitted of all charges, and three were found
guilty of various charges. Pinell was convicted
of assault on a guard.

Although Pinell was convicted of assault, and
another of the San Quentin Six had a murder
conviction, only Pinell remains. By 1998, all of
the men except Pinell had been set free. Since
1990, Pinell has been living in the Security
Housing Unit at Pelican Bay State Prison, in
Crescent City, CA. Pinell has lost nine bids for
parole. He will next be eligible for parole in

Support site:

Hugo Pinell “Dahariki” # A88401
P.O. Box 7500
Crescent City, CA 95532

Joyanna Zacher - North America
Exile (Nathan Block), and Sadie (Joyanna
Zacher), of Olympia, were indicted and arrested
Thursday February 23, 2006 for charges related
2001 at the Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie,
Oregon, where experimental genetically altered
poplars are grown. The other was in March, 2001
at the Romania Chevrolet dealership in Eugene.
Exile and Sadie accepted plea agreements that
did not incriminate persons other than themselves.
On June 1, 2007 they were each sentenced to
seven years and eight months in prison.

Joyanna Zacher #36360-086
FCI Dublin
Federal Correctional Institution
5701 8th St.- Camp Parks- Unit E
Dublin, CA 94568

Luis Rodriguez - North America

Apache/Chicano activist being framed for the
murder of two cops.

Support site:

Luis V. Rodriguez
# C – 33000
Kern Valley State Prison
P.O. Box 3130
Delano, CA 93216-6000