Letter-writing Campaign for Sekou Kambui
Sekou Cinque T. M. Kambui (state name William J. Turk) has requested a letter-writing campaign asserting his innocence in preparation for his upcoming parole hearing, that may happen as soon as April 2014. Time is of the essence and NYC ABC is asking folks for a last minute push in this ongoing campaign.
Sekou maintains that he has committed no crime, and yet has been under the heel of the State since 1975, when he was accused of murdering a wealthy white oil-man and a KKK member in Alabama. He was pulled over in January of 1975 and accused of and arrested for the December 1974 murder after a pistol was found in his car. After his first trial, multiple witnesses later reported that they had been coerced into testifying against Sekou. Further, every defense witness was driven out of the state by police intimidation. No proven murder weapon has been found, and neither Sekou nor the pistol found in his car has never been linked to the crime scene.
Sekou was a member of the Black Panther Party and an organizer with a variety of organizations, including Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Republic of New Afrika. As a result of his activism, Sekou was caught up in the COINTELPRO dragnet— part the State’s effort to suppress dissent and make activism criminal. He must be freed!
So, what can you do? The first thing could not be simpler. Sign this petition (also available at http://j.mp/Sekou_Kambui) . What next, you ask? Take the time to write a letter to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. We’ve even included a sample letter after the break to get you started. Letters should be sent to:
Offices of Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders, Pettaway & Campbell, L.L.C.
ATTN: Attorney Faya Ora Rose Toure
1 Union Street
Post Office Box 1290
Selma, Alabama 36702-1290
Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
Post Office Box 302405
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2405
Chairman William W. Wynne Jr.
Associate Members Robert P. Longshore and Cliff Walker
Chairman, Members of the Board,
I am writing to request the timely parole of William J. Turk, #113058A, also known as Sekou Kambui. William/Sekou asserts his innocence of the crimes for which he has served almost forty years in prison. Despite the fact that he has been eligible for parole five times in the last decade, and despite the fact that there is no solid evidence linking William/Sekou to the scene of the murder for which he was convicted, he is inexplicably still in prison. Major witnesses in both his first trial and appeal reported being coerced to testify against William/Sekou, and the misconduct of the Alabama court system, the Birmingham Police Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at the time of Sekou’s arrest and trial is obvious. [More detailed information on Sekou’s case can be found in the NYC ABC Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War, and in the petition for his release, if you wish to include it] [Include any positive/pertinent personal interactions with Sekou, correspondence, et cetera that you may have had]
William Turk/Sekou Kambui is innocent, and has suffered decades in prison due to unfair arrest, investigation, and trial. William/Sekou is being punished for his activism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, not any real crime. I ask you, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, to recognize his innocence and grant him parole at his upcoming hearing.
[name and signature]