Tonight we are incredibly honored to host #FreeAlvaro and some of the awesome people making this important humanitarian project a reality. please join us as we break down the prison industrial complex!
"I will never surrender my pride and dignity nor allow the system to ‘cut my tongue’ and I will always, without fear, speak out against these war crimes and crimes against humanity, no matter if I spend the rest of my life in a prison cage, and draw my last breath of air laying down in this steel bed surrounded by razor-wire fences and cages, and its prison policies that are designed to destroy one’s humanity?."
Alvaro Luna Hernandez, October 18, 2010, Hughes Unit Prison, Gatesville, Texas.
Alvaro Luna Hernandez is a long time Chicano and Civil Rights leader. While in prison during his youth for a murder he did not commit, Alvaro made his time serve him by educating himself in radical ideology, which helped him to make sense of his circumstances, and the law. Mumia Abu-Jamal highlights Alvaro in Jailhouse Lawyers (City Lights Press 2009) for his legal work on behalf of fellow prisoners. In prison, he has organized hunger strikes, work stoppages, yard take-overs, as well as federal civil rights suits against the Texas Department of Corrections to improve prison conditions. He was one of the plaintiffs and the major force behind the landmark Ruiz v. Estelle case, in which the court gave a scathing denunciation of prison conditions in Texas.
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