Contact: Suzanne Trimel, [email protected], 212-633-4150, @AIUSAmedia
(BATON ROUGE, La.) – Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) activists will gather in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Monday, Oct. 21 to hold a press conference on the steps of the state capitol and deliver a petition with more than 20,000 signatures calling for the immediate release of Albert Woodfox, the last remaining member of the Angola 3 in solitary confinement.
The event will feature a variety of speakers and representatives will read statements by Robert King, the first freed member of the Angola 3; Michael Mable, Albert Woodfox’s brother and Jasmine Heiss, Campaigner for Amnesty International USA.
EVENT: Amnesty International USA press conference for the Angola 3
DATE/TIME: Monday, October 21 at 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Steps of the State Capitol, 322 State Capitol Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
SPEAKERS:Robert King: First freed member of the Angola 3, released in 2001
Michael Mable: Brother of Woodfox
Jasmine Heiss: Campaigner at Amnesty International USA
Wallace and Woodfox were convicted of the murder of a prison guard in 1972, though no physical evidence tied them to the crime scene and their conviction was based on questionable testimony. They both endured over 40 years in solitary confinement. Wallace was released on Oct. 2nd and died only 3 days later. Albert Woodfox – the last remaining imprisoned member of the Angola 3 – is still in solitary.
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.