Angola Louisiana

Zulu is making facemasks!

Zulu’s first photo after being released from solitary confinement 2015

We just received a phone call from Zulu, who told us that he is a volunteer making facemasks for first responders in Baton Rouge!

He is staying in the gym with 18 others, where he also sleeps, and each day they make facemasks from cloth that comes from the teeshirt-factory at the prison. They sew the masks together before they are going to the first responders in Baton Rouge.

Zulu said he had volunteered to make the masks, after he was called into the office of a prison director and was asked whether he wanted to participate. Zulu had already made himself a facemask from a handkerchief, because he was housed in a dorm with 86 others. He had also on a daily basis made sure the shower area was clean by using a bleach dissolution.

Zulu lets us know his health is alright, but with so many people packed in dorms there is a big risk of the COVID-19 spreading, so he is glad he can participate in the effort to make facemasks for the prisoners as well as for first responders, and that he can do so in a more spaceous area. They work every day as volunteers.

Zulu said the internet reception to send and receive Jpay emails is not good in the gym, so he cannot write or receive Jpay mails as quickly as usually.

We want to say thank you Zulu and others for caring for everyone during this pandemic.

CDC: How to make a cloth face mask sew and no sew

Please also sign this petition: Life-saving Measures to Protect Louisiana Prisoners from Covid-19

Angela A. Allen-Bell reports back from Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore’s Nov. 25 Court Hearing

From the Angola 3 e-Newsletter:

Zulu’s next hearing is on December 11!

SULC Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell was one of many supporters (including Robert King and Albert Woodfox) that attended Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore’s court hearing on November 25 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Following the hearing and a strong showing of public support at the courthouse, Prof. Bell told the A3 Coalition that “Zulu’s spirits were really lifted by our presence today. The State now has until the next court date (December 11) to test the fingerprints.”

If you live close enough, please help support Zulu by attending his court date next month. The December 11 hearing will be at the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, LA.

In the meantime, Prof. Bell urges supporters to keep up the public pressure: “The Louisiana courts need to know all eyes are on them.”

For more information about Zulu’s case, please visit http://www.freezulu.org

(PHOTO: Zulu celebrates Christmas with his family on December 28, 2016. This photo and several others taken of Zulu visiting with his family were published by the SF Bay View Newspaper in 2017.)

Send Zulu Some Holiday Season Love!
Write Him:

Kenny Zulu Whitmore
86468 – Cypress #3
LA State Prison
Angola, LA 70712
U.S.A. (or use Jpay.com for an “email” which he can read on a kiosk)

Zulu's supporters before the court room on Nov. 25, 2019

Zulu’s supporters before the court room on Nov. 25, 2019

Zulu is still waiting for a parole hearing

February 19th, 2019
We have been in frequent contact with our Brother Zulu. The news is that there is still no change in the situation that he should be seeing the Parole Board, but the prison administration had is date changed, and then they appealed the decision by a court. So Zulu is still ‘in limbo.’ After 44 years, it is a test of his patience yet again!

Zulu has been prepared for the hearing with the parole board, he has several job offers lined up, a family who will take care of him, a place to live, and he has a lot of knowledge to share. We are all wondering why the State and administration are taking so long to see (apart from the unjust incarceration because of his innocence) that he is really a wonderful person who cares for the people and the world? Why keep him locked up?

You can write to Zulu to show your support:

Kenny Zulu Whitmore

Zulu with his grandaughter, visiting in November of 2017

Zulu with his grandaughter, visiting in November of 2017

86468 – Cypress#3
LA State Prison
Angola, LA 70712
U.S.A.

Or send him an “email-message” via Jpay.com

Thank you!


Update:
Zulu called and explained that the Dept. of Corrections is appealing that he can get a paroledate set, because according to them he has to do 2 consecutive sentences. But the law that was issued in 2018 for Lifers in prison since the 1970s does not say that, and Zulu also was already eligible for parole on one of the sentences.  So all they are doing is waisting time off Zulu’s life and that of his family and many suporters. Also, other prisoners with similar sentences have been released on parole!

Visiting Zulu

Picture of Denise and Zulu during a visit 2017

Denise visits Zulu

Last weekend, Zulu received a visit from his friend Denise, and she noted this beautiful thought about the visit:

I visited my friend Kenny Zulu Whitmore at Angola AKA Louisiana State Penitentiary and talked to him about how I felt world peace was possible if we as a collective wake up to who WE ARE. Here’s a man who has spent the last 43 years in one of the most violent places in America, prison, 37 years of which were in solitary confinement for a crime that he did not commit. He AGREED with me that indeed world peace is possible!

I also told him that I believed his presence was a major peacekeeping force in that institution. This man is a spiritual GIANT that’s full of joy. He told me, “They may have my physical freedom, but they can NEVER have my spiritual freedom.”