Today is the 83rd birthday of Ruchell ‘Cinque’ Magee, the longest held Political Prisoner in the u.s.
Born March 17th, 1939, Ruchell first entered prison at 16-years-old following a conviction by an all-white jury on false charges of aggravated attempted rape of a white girl. Sentenced to 8-years, Ruchell was released from Angola State Prison, a former plantation, and told to leave the state.
In 1963, following a dispute over a $10 bag of weed, he was beaten into a three-day hospital stay by LAPD, falsely charged with kidnapping, railroaded into a “guilty” plea by a court-appointed attorney, both in absentia and without his consent, and sentenced to 7 years-to-life. Two years later, he won on appeal the right to a second trial, but facing the same racist judge that presided over his original case, the unjust conviction was upheld.
Politicized in prison, Ruchell took on the name ‘Cinque’ in homage to the resistance leader who led a successful rebellion of kidnapped Afrikans onboard the La Amistad slave ship. On August 7th, 1970, he participated in the historic Marin County Courthouse Rebellion led by 18-year-old Jonathan Jackson to liberate his brother George, James McClain and William Christmas of the Soledad Brothers from imprisonment. Critically wounded in the barrage of police bullets, he was the only survivor among the four freedom fighters, and was charged with everything the oppressor could come up with.
In July 2021, Ruchell made his 13th appearance before the California parole board. Denied yet again, he is not eligible to appear again until July 2024. Support/join the campaign to FREE Ruchell ‘Cinque’ Magee at freeruchellmagee.org. Please be sure to sign the petition for his release.
“Slavery 400 years ago, slavery today. It’s the same but with a new name.”
-Ruchell ‘Cinque’ Magee
Free Ruchell Magee – 83rd Birthday Celebration & Virtual Rally
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Ruchell Magee is turning 83 years old on March 17, 2022. We believe it is a national tragedy that an elder is still imprisoned unjustly. After 59 years of imprisonment stemming from a marijuana charge, our brother Ruchell Magee needs our support! Speakers include: Angela Y. Davis, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., Jalil Muntaqim, Melina Abdullah, Eugene Puryear, Dr. Jared Ball, Yasmeen Majid, Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley, Empress Chi, Diane Fujino, and more! –Coalition to Free Ruchell Magee