LA State Penitentiary

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

Updates on Zulu

From the Zulu Europe Support Team, March 18, 2017

Zulu celebrated his birthday with his family in October

Greetings fellow supporters of Kenny Zulu Whitmore. We apologise that it has been so long since we have given you all an update on our beloved Brother and Comrade Zulu, but we were bound by legal means from shining the light on our Warrior Brother’s plight. But here we are nevertheless, with some amazing news about our Brother Zulu.

On November 16th, 2015, Zulu, who was then the prisoner longest held in solitary confinement after Albert Woodfox, was released to general population, transferred to a dormitory within the prison in Angola, LA. After thirty-seven and a half years of living in a 9-6 ft cell, Zulu now shares the dormitory with 94 other prisoners. Being as well-known as he is, he has not had any problems of retaliation.

Zulu has a prison job where he is earning 2 ct an hour, as most of the prisoners do in Angola, LA, or should we call it what it is (a mere 2 ct an hour as amodern-day slave on one of the largest plantations in America). But it has been reported that Zulu is in good health and in strong spirits as always.

Zulu receives regular visits from his family, friends and his legal team. Zulu’s 14-year-old granddaughter Reagan says: “I love Big Papa and want him to come home!” Her father, Zulu’s son Rodney, takes her to see her grandfather whenever possible.

Zulu has completed several educational re-entry programs since being in the General Population area of the prison, and he is slanted to enroll in the GED program on a C.P.R. course in the very near future. Our brother Zulu has also become a very skillful craftsman in leather craft, such as belts, etc.

On the legal front, Kenny Zulu Whitmore was convicted of murder and armed robbery of the ex-Mayor of a rural community in East Baton Rouge Parish, that happened August 15th, 1973, and he was tried on January 3rd to 6th, 1977. He was convicted and sentenced to Life and over a hundred years in prison.

On July 31st 2014, Zulu’s legal team filed a Post Conviction Relief (PCR) citing several constitutional violations in Baton Rouge District Court. After over 24 months and many other small litigations it was ordered by the District Court Commissioner on February 2nd, 2017, that the State of Louisiana respond to the Constitutional claims made within Zulu’s Post Conviction Relief. We are waiting to hear when there will be a Hearing, and we will keep you updated whenever possible.

You can send our Warrior Brother some Love and Light at:

Kenny Zulu Whitmore
86468 J-Bass Unit
LA State Penitentiary
Angola, LA 70712

Annabelle, ZuluSupportEurope.wordpress.com