Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Bashir Hameed passes

From:    "Political Prisoner News" <ppnews@freedomarchives.org>
Date: Mon, September 1, 2008

August 30, 2008 11:30 p.m.

Dear Friends and Comrades:

Florence Hameed, wife of Bashir Hameed, called to say Bashir passed into
paradise this evening (08/30/08) around 8:30 p.m.

Florence knows his prayers have been answered. Bashir is now in paradise and
Allah the Most High has bestowed his blessing and mercy upon him.

> From Queen Sis. Iyaluua Ferguson

The news of Bashir's passing is too sad for me to comprehend. It saddens
me but it also angers me. We have said over and over again that the
beast intends to only release our political prisoners in a pine box. And
what is our response? We don't have yet a coordinated plan to bring
about their release on our terms. We continue to be static, to treat
gov. paterson with kid gloves, and to make speeches, but have no real
plan for action. MalcolmX has told us that it is not sadness that will
free us, but legitimate, heartfelt anger (and rage) that leads to action
that will set us free.

I mourn the passing of my brother. My prayers and my heart go out to the
Hameed family and particularly to Mrs. York, that very courageous woman
who never stopped working for the release of her son. But my sympathy
and condolences also go out to all of us who have lost a warrior, a
brother in our struggle, who we cannot replace and who we are not yet
able to redeem.

Bashir, I miss you. Jericho, we must not let his life be in vain. Please
let us find a way to stop this genocide, this murder of our best and our


Sunday 8/31

Dear Friends & Comrades;

I spoke with Florence this a.m. and she asked that all sympathy &
cards be sent to the Hameed Family at 511 Winton Street, Philadelphia,
PA 19148

Thank you

BASHIR HAMEED was born and raised in New Jersey. In 1968, Bashir Hameed
joined the Black Panther Party while residing in Oakland CA. Once he
returned to New Jersey, he became Deputy Chairman of the New Jersey
Chapter of BPP. FBI documents obtained during the 70's reveal that during
this time Bashir became a COINTELPRO target. He 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 Hameed and his co-defendant, Abdul Majid were tried three times
(Queens Two). Their first trial ended in a hung jury divided along racial
lines, The second trial was declared a mistrial by the judge immediately
after the jury rendered a decision that acquitted Bashir on the murder
charge. At a third trial, they were eventually convicted for murder.
Bashir was serving a sentence of 25 years to life, and recently suffered
with pancreatic cancer.

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1 comment:

jafar313 said...

As-salamu Alaykum. I am deeply sorry to hear that brother Baheer Hameed has passed away. My condolence goes out to his belove family. I had the good pleasure of meeting this brother around 1981 while we were incarserated. We use to talk about things that we both had an interest in and leard that we had a lot in common. In fact he knew some of the people that I knew. This was a good brother. He is truly a martyr among martyrs who passed before him. May Allah bless and his family.