[HCCN] Fwd: Take Action for Victor Valdez!
rosc at psouth.net
Thu Nov 11 16:58:47 EST 2010
Please pass this announcement along to others in your group or area.
Note that this People's Indictment event takes place on Wednesday,
November 17th at 10:30 AM in the Welcome Center at the State Capitol
> --- Begin forwarded message:
> From: "D. Bidler" <dbidler at gmail.com>
> To: mainers-against-solitary-confinement at googlegroups.com
> Subject: RE: Take Action for Victor Valdez!
> Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 19:04:52 -0400
> *Take Action for Victor Valdez!*
> On November 19th, 2009, Maine State Prison inmate Victor Valdez was
> in the Supermax, the prisons extreme punishment unit, after allegedly
> disobeying orders. Members of the Maine Prisoner Advocacy
> Coalition began
> receiving mail from other prisoners alerting us that Valdez, a 52
> year old
> immigrant from the Dominican Republic with serious medical issues,
> was being
> abused by guards. ( See A Prison Obituary:The Tragedy of Victor
> Valdez by
> Lance Tapley for more information -
> These letters described physical beatings and severe medical
> neglect. Advocates alerted prison officials but no action was
> taken. On
> November 27th Victor Valdez was dead. No autopsy was performed and
> his body
> was quickly cremated.
> M-PAC members pressed for an investigation into Victors death. On
> 28th, almost a year later, Deputy Attorney General William Stokes
> his decision - clearing the guards and prison officials of any
> *Join members of the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, human rights
> observers from throughout the state, and members of Victors
> community, in
> presenting Maine Commissioner of Corrections Martin Magnusson and
> his staff
> with a " Peoples Indictment" for their complicity in Victors death.*
> On Wednesday, November 17th at 10:30a supporters will meet at the
> Center of the State House Complex to hand deliver the indictment
> and to make
> a public call for a federal civil rights investigation into the
> death of
> Victor Valdez.
> Call 570-815-9650 for directions and additional information.
> See you there.
> In Solidarity-
> Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (M-PAC)
> *Please forward widely!----------------------------------Please
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