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Take Action for Victor Valdez!

Thu, Nov 11, 2010

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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 building. Thanks.

Larry Dansinger

> > — Begin forwarded message: > > From: “D. Bidler” > To: mainers-against-solitary-confinement@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 > placed > 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 – > http://portland.thephoenix.com/news/105972-prison-obituary-the- > tragedy) > > 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 > October > 28th, almost a year later, Deputy Attorney General William Stokes > released > his decision – clearing the guards and prison officials of any > responsibility. > > *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 > Welcome > 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) > www.maineprisoneradvocacy.org > > *Please forward widely!———————————-Please > forward > widely!——————————-* > >

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