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R.I.P. Bashir Hameed

A Deputy Chairman in the Black Panther Party and COINTELPRO target, was charged and convicted of the murder and the attempted murder of two police officers in April 1981. This conviction came as a direct result of his political activity. Bashir and his co-defendant, Abdul Majid, were tried three times before the state was able to convict them.  He was sentenced to 25 years to life.

In 2008, Bashir began to physically suffer. He was continuously denied any kind of medical attention or care. The Anarchist Black Cross Federation joined with comrades from Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and Jericho Movement to coordinate call-in days during June of that year, demanding immediate medical attention. By early July, Bashir was receiving the requested care and testing thanks to consistent agitation from his family and supporters. Bashir died from complications of a triple bypass surgery at the New York prison system on August 30th 2008, because the prison administration refused to take him to an outside hospital.

The UN Human Right Commission states that, “Sick prisoners who require specialist treatment shall be transferred to specialized institutions or to civil hospitals. Where hospital facilities are provided in an institution, their equipment, furnishings and pharmaceutical supplies shall be proper for the medical care and treatment of sick prisoners, and there shall be a staff of suitable trained officers.”  Clearly this regulation was violated in this case.

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