Filed under: Announcement, Caribbean, Incarceration, Political Prisoners, Repression
Political prisoners in the Virgin Islands need our support. To read up on their case, go here.
The Virgin Island 3 (see link below for background / contact / etc.) have been locked up for 46 years. Like many aging, incarcerated Black revolutionaries / former revolutionaries, they are experiencing increasing health problems and pose NO RISK to the society they’ve been locked away from for nearly half a century.
That said, these men were promised by the current governor of the Virgin Islands when he visited them during his campaign to commute their sentences and release them with time served. He has been in office 3 years now, and has not made good on said promise. PLEASE reach out and pressure him to keep his word and allow these men to return to their home in FREEDOM!
Governor Kenneth Mapp
Government House, 21-22 Kongens Gade
St. Thomas, VI 00802
- DEMAND that the governor make good on his promise to free the Virgin Island 3 – Warren Ballantine, Merel Smith and Beaumont Gereau (these are the names the state recognizes them under). Commute their sentences and release them with TIME SERVED…
- After 46 years of incarceration, they are of seriously ailing health and are extremely unlikely to re-offend… Warren alone is on 6 different types of medication after a massive heart attack a year ago.
- It is costing the state a TON of money to continue to house them and pay for medical care (which is why they are routinely transferred to private prisons – the Virgin Islands simply can’t afford to pay for their incarceration any longer).
Keep it short and sweet.
PLEASE SHARE FAR AND WIDE!
Free the VI 3!