Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17

AlfRodchenko

Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

Woodfox and Wallace immediately began peacefully organising their

fellow inmates against the racial segregation, sexual slavery, rampant

violence and systematic brutality, which were rife inside a prison that was

soon to be under federal investigation for its abhorrent conditions. Their

protest methods included hunger strikes and escorting weaker inmates

through the prison yard as a means of protection.

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Shortly after the pair’s arrival, a white prison guard was found stabbed to

death in one of the black inmate buildings. Woodfox and Wallace were

immediately identified as suspects despite no witnesses or any physical

evidence to link them to the crime. In 1972, the men were convicted of

the guard’s murder by all-white juries and sentenced to life in prison. The

Angola administration determined that they would spend the sentence in

solitude and it was more than four decades before their release, they are

the longest known survivors of solitary confinement in the history of the US.

In the years that have followed, a mountain of evidence has been turned

up to indicate that not only were Woodfox and Wallace not guilty, but they

were set up by Angols’s administration, probably because of their known

affiliation with the Black Panther Party. The party was founded in 1966

by Huey Newton and Bobbly Seale. It followed Malcolm X’s belief in the

international unity of the working classes across colour and gender.

The bloody fingerprints found at the scene of the crime failed to find a

match with either Woodfox or Wallace. The authorities, however, did not

run them against anyone else despite having the prints of every Angola

inmate and employee on file.

SHEEP IN THE ROAD : NUMBER 17

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