This is a draft copy of a three-part series on the two Black Panther political prisoners incarcerated in Nebraska for 44 years and counting for a crime they did not commit. The final version of the series appeared in the Omaha Star from August 11 to August 25, 2014. The draft copy is provided by the author.
August 11, 2014
The Deepest Injustice: Edward Poindexterâ€™s and Mondo we Langaâ€™s
44 Years of Life Imprisonment for a
Crime They Did Not Commit (Part 1 of 3)
By Walter V. Brooks
As a child of the Baby Boom generation, I grew up still saying the â€œPledge of Allegiance,â€ with my hand over my heart, every morning from kindergarten through the 12th grade. And I never forgot the mantra about providing justice in the United States: â€œBetter that 10 guilty men go free, than one innocent man be imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.â€
Edward Poindexter and Mondo Wapashitwo Ewen we Langa (born David Rice), two native sons of Omaha, have been incarcerated in the Nebraska State Prison system for 44 years for a crime that they did not commit. I need to say this again. It has now been 44 years!
And I am going to recognize the other elephant sitting in the room that we also keep trying to ignore. Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa are going to DIE in prison if a pathway to justice is not found for them. They each already have certain chronic infirmities that are well-known to kill tens of thousands of patients, especially African Americans, each year in this country. The mind can stay strong, but time takes its toll on every human body.
Ed and Mondo are no longer in their 20â€™s, when first incarcerated; nor their 30â€™s, their 40â€™s, or their 50â€™s. They both are now nearing the age of 70. And I think all of us can recognize the personal degree of difficulty their life longevity must represent. They have had to eat prison food for 44 years, breathe prison air for 44 years, live off prison health care for 44 years, and been totally denied even the smallest amenities of human existence, the love of a woman, precious moments with family and loved ones, a walk in the park, pursuit of heartfelt passions of personal creativity and natural intelligence. AND ALL BECAUSE OF INCARCERATION FOR A CRIME THEY DID NOT COMMIT.
Why has their case, in particular, been so hard to redress? Why canâ€™t justice somehow, someway be found to get these two men released? Please remember, these men DO NOT HAVE ALL DAY ANYMORE. They need the publicâ€™s help, your help, they need a revitalization of community interest in their crucifixion. There are documentaries available about the case, multiple news stories and numerous summations of their case, both nationally and internationally. It is not that the truth of their false conviction isnâ€™t available. The preponderance of evidence that this was a government-inspired railroading of two black activists would be readily perceived by any jury in the United States today! THEY ARE INNOCENT OF THE CHARGES THAT CONVICTED THEM TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT in 1971.
Look at the landscape of human rights changes and government malfunctions that have happened in the last 44 years.
We have seen, since the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of incarceration in Robben Island in the Republic of South Africa, his former prison cell become the worldâ€™s leading â€œholy shrineâ€ in memory to unjust incarceration. Iâ€™ve seen photos of rock superstars, major American politicians, at least three Presidents of the United States, including Barack Obama, posed in meditation and virtual awe inside of Mandelaâ€™s old prison cell. His victorious release and then, astonishingly, election as the first black president of South Africa made Mandela a human rights legend. But no major celebrities, or politicians or presidents have come to Lincoln, Nebraska to visit Ed or Mondo, to ponder the intestinal fortitude and spiritual strength that they must have to withstand 44 years of unjust incarceration.
The declassification of government documents and journalistsâ€™ research over the last 30 years clearly indicates that Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa were targeted for destruction by the nationâ€™s top law enforcement agencies. Their false incarceration was a multiple-agency collaboration during a era of political unrest in America where being associated with the Black Panther Party was literally a death sentence for some — assassination of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in Chicago in 1969, for example — and a life sentence for MANY others, including Ed and Mondo. While such government collusion and mechanisms might have seemed preposterous to mainstream Americans in the 1960s and early 1970s, today the idea that our governments lies and schemes and destroys lives is well known.
Ed Poindexter is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. As am I, in the U.S. Marines. All of America knows now that the government excuse for declaring war on North Vietnam was a sham fabrication THAT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED. There were no â€œweapons of mass destructionâ€ in Iraq when America declared war in 2003, even though 15 of the 19 terrorist perpetrators on September 11, 2001 were from SAUDI ARABIA! Yet, 60,000 American men and women lost their lives in Vietnam and another 5,000 in Iraq. So the idea that our government will precipitate actions that lead to the death of American citizens, even law enforcement officers, is now commonly understood.
Barely a few years after Ed and Mondo were imprisoned, President Richard Nixon became the first sitting U.S. President to resign from his office because of the Watergate scandal, which Nixon denied and denied until too much evidence was revealed to the contrary.
In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan escaped a similar fate for the Iran-Contra scandal that resulted in Americaâ€™s own Central Intelligence Agency providing tons of powder cocaine for black drug gangs to convert into crack that led to the national black community plague of drug addiction and violence, as well as the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of black youth. And the profits earned from the CIAâ€™s drug dealing were used to purchase small arms weaponry from Iran, a country that was supposed to be Americaâ€™s MORTAL ENEMY at the time, to give to insurgents challenging a popularly elected government in Nicaragua. The â€œContrasâ€ used weapons and training supplied by the United States to massacre thousands of Nicaraguan citizens supporting their own elected government.
Just last year it was revealed that the U.S. Bureau Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was supplying assault rifles directly to known associates in Mexican drug cartels. The â€œthinkingâ€ was that they would follow the path of those weapons and it would lead them to the drug cartel leadership. This patently ridiculous and lethal â€œstingâ€ operation only came to light when it was confirmed that one of those rifles was used to kill an American border patrol agent!
My point? It really will not be hard at all for a contemporary jury pool to grasp that our own government could set up Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa. The case against Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa COULD NOT PASS in this day and age. But, we have to find a pathway back into the court room for these men to finally find justice. It wonâ€™t happen by wishful thinking. AND THEY NO LONGER HAVE ALL DAY TO WAIT FOR JUSTICE. Their biological clocks are ticking!
Finally, we are in a unique era of human rights reconciliation in the United States. Numerous museums and institutes memorializing the Civil Rights Movement have been created. Mississippi, itself, the single most reviled name in the history of violence, brutality and degradation of the African American people, plans to build a $40 million civil rights history museum and â€œcome cleanâ€ on its past legacy of white supremacy. The Black Panther Party holds â€œreunionsâ€ now where those still alive and not incarcerated share their own afterlives; Panthers went on to become college professors, teachers, entrepreneurs and all kinds of occupations and avocations. But Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa are still on the clock in Lincoln, Nebraska and ON SCHEDULE TO DIE THERE if justice does not prevail in their case.
In Part Two, I will provide a host of links to documentary videos, interviews and news articles that the public can access that will show Ed and Mondoâ€™s innocence beyond a shadow of doubt. And I will offer my own summation, a shorter narrative of the case that has now cost Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa 44 years of their lives and is going to kill them dead if we cannot find a pathway to justice for both of them in time.
See you next week.
August 18, 2014
The Deepest Injustice: Edward Poindexterâ€™s and Mondo we Langaâ€™s
44 Years of Life Imprisonment for a
Crime They Did Not Commit (Part 2 of 3)
By Walter V. Brooks
In 1970, Edward Poindexter and Wapashitwe Mondo Ewen we Langa (born David Rice) were arrested, charged, prosecuted and sentenced to life in prison for a crime that they did not commit. While a lot of people today think that inmates with â€œlifeâ€ sentences eventually get paroled, if you are kept in prison until the day you die, you actually didnâ€™t get â€œlife,â€ you got death. You were given a death sentence.
Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen We Langa is now David Riceâ€™s name. It means â€œNatural Man Child of the Sunâ€ and is a configuration of several languages spoken in Africa. After high school graduation, he was a respected member of the Nebraska State Democratic party; editor of â€œBlack Realitiesâ€ newspaper and contributing writer to several other publications; a published poet and a painter; an employee of Greater Omaha Community Action (GOCA); a member of the Nebraska chapter of the National Black Caucus. He worked to help develop an African-American Police Officerâ€™s League as a way to reduce police abuse in North Omaha.
Edward Poindexter joined the U.S. Army after graduating high school and was stationed in Europe and Vietnam. His experiences with American racism WHILE SERVING IN VIETNAM led him dedicate his life to fighting discrimination and injustice. He was working for the U.S. Post Office at the time he became associated with the Black Panther Party. He also was a delegate to the Nebraska Democratic Party state convention, a member of the board of directors at the Butler-Gast YMCA, and an artist (painting) and musician (guitar and horn).
Mondo and Ed have endured 44 years of incarceration because American law enforcement- local, state and federal- has a deep history of networking to destroy African American resistance to oppression. Thatâ€™s old news. But Ed and Mondo were trapped in a virtually unbreakable â€œtrifectaâ€ of criminal justice abuse:
1. They were charged with the death of a police officer in the performance of his duty. In the United States, the death of a law enforcement officer is categorically considered a â€œhigher form of deathâ€ than the death of the rest of us. Call 911 for an emergency and theyâ€™ll determine an appropriate response. Call 911 and say â€œOfficer downâ€ or let a cop call in â€œOfficer needs assistanceâ€ and AUTOMATICALLY all police officers on that side of the city stop what they are doing and race to the scene. When a cop has been killed, EVERYBODY hits the streets. There are no days off. SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE, SOMEHOW, is going to pay for the death of a cop. Law enforcement canâ€™t have EVEN A SINGLE INCIDENT in which they fail to identify, apprehend or kill a cop killer. It is the ultimate assault against law enforcementâ€™s entire authority and physical dominance.
2. Ed and Mondo were highly prized â€œtargets for prosecutionâ€ in the war against black militant activism in the United States in the 1960â€™s and 1970â€™s. The Black Panther Party and itâ€™s affiliate, the National Committee to Combat Fascism (of which Ed and Mondo were leading Omaha officers), were PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE, as declared by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover himself. The climate of ferocious assault AGAINST Panther associates has been heavily documented in numerous books published about political repression in America during the 1960s and 1970s. The moment that bomb exploded and killed Officer Larry Minard, Sr., Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa were virtually doomed.
3. The third aspect only deepens this tragedy. Somebody built that bomb. Somebody placed that bomb. Somebody made a call that put Officer Minard in harmâ€™s way and nobody in Omaha recognizes his voice. If Ed Poindexter, Mondo we Langa and Duane Peak DIDNâ€™T DO IT, then it means two extraordinarily embarrassing realities: the entire criminal justice apparatus in the state of Nebraska, starting with the Omaha Police Department, got the wrong guys and let the real killer(s) get away. And secondly, there has always been strong circumstantial evidence that the bomb found at 2867 Ohio may have been a law-enforcement-conspired attempt to implicate members of the NCCF as terrorist bombers (a maneuver that was used against a number of black militants across the nation.) The actual people responsible for the death of Officer Minard may well be law enforcement agents themselves. A month before the Minard homicide, an ATF affidavit FALSELY accused five NCCF members of building a bomb out of dynamite in front of a 12-year old girl, Marialice Clark. The warrant was not served because the Department of Justice in Washington believed the information was FALSE, yet the ATF was never investigated for filing a false affidavit. No, even I donâ€™t believe they actually meant to kill a police officer, but a mistake like that can NEVER be fixed and, therefore, must NEVER be admitted. Larry Minard was not assigned to cover that call. He was not supposed to be there that night. The only thing worse than Officer Minardâ€™s family being told that Ed and Mondo ARE NOT the real killers after all of these years, is to tell them that Minard may have died as part of some kind of â€œlive-bombâ€ sting operation gone bad. So, if Ed and Mondo can just quietly die in prison, wouldnâ€™t this whole thing just die with them?
Ed and Mondo were tried, convicted and sentenced together, but their legal appeals process has been handled individually. Mondoâ€™s appeal process for the last 15 years has been led by Attorney Tim Ashford on a pro bono basis. Ashford said:
â€œAn appeal on behalf of Mondo is before the Nebraska Supreme Court at this time. TheÂ Attorney General has until September 8, 2014 to file an answer to the brief filed on behalf of Mondo, I then will have ten days to file a reply to their answer. The Court will set it for oral hearing after my reply brief has been filed. We want everyone to attend the oral argument and all the public hearings.â€ (The date has not been chosen yet.)
Â â€œIn addition, the court recently granted Mondo's motion to take judicial notice of all the evidence in Poindexter's case. The court will take judicial notice of the voice analysis expert Thomas Owens.â€
Â Thomas Owens is a forensic specialist whose testimony is just one of several pieces of critical evidence supporting Ed and Mondoâ€™s innocence that has NEVER BEEN HEARD IN COURT! The chief prosecution witness against Ed and Mondo, 16-year old Duane Peak, testified that Ed and Mondo gave him a suitcase with a bomb in it. Peak said he was ordered to place the suitcase in an abandoned house and call 911 to report a disturbance. The original 911 tape recording of that call was never heard at the trial and was PURPOSELY erased in 1978 by lt. James Perry. Yet that was the evidence that could have proved whether Duane Peak was telling the truth.
Duane Peak was charged with juvenile delinquency despite testifying that he was in possession of the suitcase bomb for six hours before placing it, that he made the 911 call and was a full participant in constructing the bomb. He was released from the Kearney youth correctional facility after approximately one month, raised by a foster family in Montana, presumably sent into witness protection and was not found for 20 years.
However, in 1980 a duplicate/back-up copy of the 911 call the day of the bombing was discovered. When Peak was finally located, he would not recant his testimony against Ed and Mondo, but he was forced to submit to a voice recording that Tom Owens compared to the original 911 call from 1970. Owens concluded that Duane Peak DID NOT MAKE THAT ORIGINAL PHONE CALL. Yet, perjury and suppressed evidence was not enough to obtain a new trial for Ed Poindexter.
Tim Ashford stated, â€œScott Blake has done an excellent job of updating the web site for â€˜Nebraska's Two Political Prisoners. The public can now — in one site — get all of the information regarding this case.â€ The web site, originally created by former Omaha NAACP president Buddy Hogan, is www.n2pp.info. A 30-page summary of the case with excerpts from the trial and depositions is found under the tab titled â€œThe case.â€ Scott Blake and journalist Kietryn Zychal made a three-minute documentary questioning whether Duane Peak could have carried a suitcase bomb for six hours-- including driving with it in the trunk of a car-- without an explosion. The video is on the main page of www.n2pp.info. The entire trial transcript is found under the tab titled â€œLegal Docs.â€
Here are some additional sources of information deconstructing the inconsistencies and gaps in the case against Mondo and Ed. Check out these links:
Former KETV-7 video journalist Ben Grayâ€™s (now Omaha City Councilman) hour-long documentary on the case (1982). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOOC1ewyv7A
After a three-year investigation (1977-1980) Amnesty International concluded: "We, Amnesty International group 489, hold the opinion that David Rice and Ed Poindexter are political prisoners. They were sentenced for a crime they didn't commit because of their radical political beliefs. They had been active in the 60s in the black movement, specifically the Black Panther Party and its spin-off, the NCCF, and had thus become the target of the FBI Counter-intelligence Program whose purpose it was "to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or other-wise neutralize militant black nationalist groups in this country." David Rice and Ed Poindexter, were the most important leaders (second chairman and deputy minister of information, chairman) of the NCCF and the most vocal critics of the police and of the U.S. social system. The murder of patrolman Minard appeared to be a welcome pretext to incriminate the two activists and strike a blow against the NCCF from which it couldn't recover. The legal system was misused and they were unjustly convicted. David Rice and Ed Poindexter are political prisoners and must be adopted by amnesty international." Read the full report at http://www.n2pp.info/print/Amnesty_International_4-7-1980.pdf.
A complete, detailed review the legal case and appeals done by Attorney Tim Ashford can be obtained at http://n2pp.info/print/Omaha_Star_2011.pdf. Itâ€™s titled: â€œEd Poindexter and Mondo we Langa In Prison 40 Years by Timothy L. Ashford.â€ His multi-part series of articles originally was published by the Omaha Star newspaper.
In Part Three, I will look at the extraordinary and increasing incidences of innocent American prison inmates being released after 20, 30, even 40 years of imprisonment. THERE IS HOPE! As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, â€œThe universal arc of covenant is long, but it bends towards justice.â€
See you next week.
August 25, 2014
The Deepest Injustice: Edward Poindexterâ€™s and Mondo we Langaâ€™s
44 Years of Life Imprisonment for a
Crime They Did Not Commit (Part 3 of 3)
By Walter V. Brooks
The United States of America lives and breathes â€œnumbers.â€ You can find every conceivable manner of study and poll and who buys what and who goes where. Multibillion dollar ad agencies and marketing companies can give clients microscopic data on millions of consumer tastes and preferences. But try to find out how many innocent prison inmates have been exonerated and set free in the United States and you may as well be asking how many there are in China. Americans have no idea how many wrongful convictions of PEOPLE WHO ARE INNOCENT have been overturned in this country!
Until May 2012, according to Liz Webster, publications manager for the Innocence Project, NOBODY EVEN HAD A CLUE. The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization that is committed to exonerating wrongly convicted people through the use of DNA testing, and to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Since 1992, the Innocence Project has led to the freeing of 316 wrongfully convicted people, including 18 who spent time on death row.
In the June 18, 2012 issue of The Nation, Webster said:
â€œThe Bureau of Justice Statistics doesnâ€™t track exonerations, so for years that task has fallen to lawyers, academics and activists relying on news reports and legal filings. While the Innocence Project and the Death Penalty Information Center track exonerations, neither groupâ€™s database is complete. No single resource has amassed all of the known exoneration cases.
â€œUntil now. On May 21, 2012 the University of Michigan Law School, in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at the Northwestern University School of Law, released the first-ever National Registry of Exonerations. The searchable online database is the most credible and comprehensive resource on wrongful convictions in the United States. Peter Neufeld, the co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, has called it the â€˜Wikipedia of Innocence.â€™ The registry, which can be viewed at www.exonerationregistry.org, currently counts 891 cases since 1989, the year of the first exoneration achieved using DNA.
â€œIn addition to examining â€˜a much broader group of exonerations,â€™ according to University of Virginia law professor Brandon Garrett, the registry shows â€˜that there are a lot of exonerations that donâ€™t get a lot of press attention.â€™ It also alters the conventional wisdom about how innocent people get convicted. For his 2011 book, Convicting the Innocent, Garrett scoured the first 250 DNA exonerations and identified eyewitness misidentification as the leading cause of those wrongful convictions (as have others). But the larger pool of cases reflected in the registry reveals other trends. According to University of Michigan law professor Samuel Gross, â€˜perjury or false accusationâ€™ is the leading cause of wrongful conviction.
â€œWhen someone testifies falsely under oath, thatâ€™s not a mistake,â€ Beverly Monroe says. Her case entry in the National Registry lists the following contributing factors: â€˜false confessions, false or misleading forensic evidence, perjury or false accusation, and official misconductâ€™â€”an unpalatable sampling of the many flavors of wrongful conviction.â€
Monroe was a 54-year old mother of three in Virginia when wrongly convicted of shooting her boyfriend to death. She did 7 years of a 22-year sentence before exculpatory forensic evidence withheld by the prosecution during her trial was recovered that proved her claim that the boyfriend actually had committed suicide.
With millions of incarcerations in the United States, 891 exonerated innocent inmates might not seem like a lot. Until you factor in the combined tens of thousands of years snatched from their lives, their families, their children and life dreams crushed. And for those sitting on death row when finally proven innocent, there was the added hell of spending every single day of their incarceration in solitary confinement waiting to be executed.
In fact, in 2000, Illinois Governor George Ryan canceled court orders to execute Illinoisâ€™ 167 prisoners on death row. He reduced most of their sentences to life in prison. The day before he announced his historic ban on executions in Illinois, Governor Ryan pardoned four other prisoners who were sentenced to die. He said the four men had been tortured by police and forced to admit to crimes they did not do. Governor Ryan, a long-time supporter of the death penalty, changed after studies found that thirteen prisoners sentenced to death in Illinois should be released. The studies identified mistakes in the way those prisoners were tried and found new evidence of prisonersâ€™ innocence, questions about the fairness of the sentencing, bad legal advice given certain prisoners and wrongdoing by police officers.
The wrongful convictions of militant black activists fighting racism and injustice in the U.S., as was the case of Edward Poindexter and Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa (born David Rice) were rooted in an FBI COINTELPRO-inspired law enforcement collaboration and use of mean-spirited dirty tricks that would truly shock public consciousness, had people only known!
For example, the late California Panther leader Elmer â€œGeronimoâ€ Pratt did 27 years in prison (including 8 years in solitary confinement) for a robbery and murder conviction of a white woman in Los Angeles, even though FBI AGENTS KNEW HE WAS AT A MEETING OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE IN OAKLAND when the killing took place! After 27 years of relentless investigation, his attorney Johnnie Cochran finally obtained justice from Judge Everett Dickey who ruled that the chief witness against Pratt, former Panther Julio Butler, was a police and FBI informant who lied under oath.
Prattâ€™s case is classic FBI COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program). Nothing was too dirty, no lie too rotten to tell, no truth or exculpatory evidence too unmerciful to withhold. Either make up lies or suppress the truth. Just get them Panthers! No questions asked.
In October 1970, Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale and New Haven, Connecticut Panther chapter founder Ericka Huggins were tried for murder in the death of a Panther associate who was allegedly killed for being a police informant. The three Panthers charged with the actually killing all said Seale and Huggins ordered the execution. The hysteria of the first shooterâ€™s trial led to the first use of metal detectors to enter a Connecticut courtroom, the longest jury selection in Connecticut history (six weeks!) and the longest jury deliberation in Connecticut history (six days).
Seale and Huggins were tried together. Wikipedia reported:
â€œThe jury was unable to reach a verdict, deadlocked 11 to 1 for Seale's acquittal and 10 to 2 for Hugginsâ€™s acquittal. On May 25, 1971 Judge Harold Mulvey stunned courtroom spectators by dismissing the charges against Huggins and Seale saying: " I find it impossible to believe that an unbiased jury could be selected without superhuman efforts- efforts which this court, the state and these defendants should not be called upon to either to make or to endure.â€
At the height of the New Haven trials, the president of Yale University Kingman Brewster almost lost his job when he issued a public statement that said: "I personally want to say that I'm appalled and ashamed that things should have come to such a pass that I am skeptical of the ability of Black revolutionaries to achieve a fair trial anywhere in the U.S.â€
In April 1969, 21 members of the New York City Black Panther Party were arrested under a 30-count grand jury indictment that charged them with conspiracy to kill several police officers and to destroy a number of buildings, including four police stations, five department stores, and the Bronx Botanical Gardens. (Thatâ€™s right. The Bronx Botanical Gardens!). The combined charges could have resulted in sentences of up to 150 years each.
The 21 Panthers, by trial time, had been reduced to 13, each of whom was held for the next two years on $100,000 bail. ALL 13 WERE ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES.
The New York Panther case is particularly meaningful to the wrongful conviction of Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa because the bulk of that police case involved the conspiracy to use dynamite. The prosecution said that, on Friday, Jan. 17, 1969 at 9 a.m., the Panthers had planned to simultaneously bomb the Bronx 47th Precinct, the Manhattan 21st Precinct and the Queens Board of Education office. And an alleged â€œsniper rifleâ€ was found across the street from the 47th Precinct that the Panthers were going to use to shoot the police who would run out from the burning building after the explosion.
Think about the phony dynamite charges used in convicting Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa. Now look at the evidence results of the New York Panther â€œconspiracyâ€:
Dynamite sticks at the Forty-fourth Precinct station had been switched by a police undercover agent with phonies, so that only a blasting cap exploded.
At the 21st Precinct the fuse on the phony sticks had been improperly lit.
At the Queens Board of Education office building, REAL DYNAMITE, which was from a source other than the undercover police, blew a hole in the side of the building.
Call me crazy, but is really that far-fetched to believe that barely a year later, dirty tricks law enforcement collaboration in Omaha, Nebraska would try the â€œole bomb conspiracy trickâ€ again? But that time, obviously, something went very, very wrong and Omaha Police Officer Larry Minard, Sr. was killed.
Unfortunately, unlike the New Haven, Connecticut trials and the New York Panther trial, Ed and Mondo DID NOT HAVE thousands of people rallying in downtown Omaha EVERY DAY throughout their trial and celebrities and university presidents saying â€œThe whole world is watching!â€ It was in the Midwest, in funky little Omaha, and these two men NEVER GOT THE SAME NATIONAL ATTENTION AND SUPPORT that was generated for Panther political trials on the East and West coasts. When Ed and Mondo were railroaded into the Nebraska State Prison, the whole world WASNâ€™T WATCHING!
And there they yet stand, unbroken, unbowed in their innocence for 44 years. So, when you hear about a rally for Edward Poindexter and Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa (born David Rice), please find the time to support them. Contact Attorney Tim Ashford or Nebraskans for Justice and make a donation for their defense efforts. Look for updates on Mondoâ€™s latest appeal on www.n2pp.info. The keys to opening their cell doors after 44 years are so close, and yet so far away.
Ed and Mondo are still alive. They can still come out of that prison and have life left. These native-born Omaha black activists have paid THEIR dues and OURS. They have had to live their dedication and commitment to truth and justice and the betterment of the African American community for 44 years without a break, a vacation or a single interruption. Itâ€™s time for the rest of us to step up and give something back to them. To lift both of them up and carry them for a while. Please.
Iâ€™m Walter Vincent Brooks. Thank you.