Mr. R. Allen
19 Gowrie St,
East Bentleigh,
Victoria, Australia 3165

16-02-2001

The Honorable Mr. Nelson Mandela

Dear Mr. Mandela,

I trust you are well and trying to find time to relax in your busy life!
I am writing to you, as you should be made aware of a remarkable man who has struggled all his life for black rights in the US. His name is Veronza Bowers JR.

I have been in contact with him the last few years. He is now 55 years old. Veronza is presently in a US prison. All his life he has struggled hard for black rights for his people in America and has done so from his prison, which has been his "home" now for 31 years. Veronza was a member of the "Black Panther" group and was arrested on very questionable evidence in 1970's. He has maintained his innocence all this time. His maintaining his innocence and his continued work for freedom of his people, has, I am sure had an influence on his parole outcomes.

He impresses me greatly with his positive attitude, compassion and lack of bitterness towards his jailers. Veronza is a poet, musician and a healer. His work in meditation and healing has been praised by the authorities for helping other inmates come to terms with their imprisonment and cope with the harsh life that they face. Through him being a musician, he has also taken up playing the Japanese bamboo flute, which is a form of meditation. It was through this association that he has made a lot of extra friends and fellow players of the flute have helped him and given him hope. A fund was set up by his support group in the US to pay for his legal representation at his parole hearing.

Late last year, with these funds, Veronza and his supporters, with the help of a parole attorney they were able to make a good case for release. The parole examiner recommended his release. However the parole commissioner overturned this recommendation and gave no reasons. This has happened before. There has been a number of letters of support for his release, from governors, lawyers, and politicians, sent to the parole board. This year a letter was sent to Clinton asking for clemency. He has met all the required levels for release, but has not been successful. The only way left now seems to be through the courts.

The supporters have set up a web site for him at www.Veronza.org

Mr. Mandela, I am sure Veronza Bowers, Jr. is a man who will go down in history as a remarkable man who struggled all his life for the rights of his people.

Once again, I am sorry to interrupt your busy schedule, but this man is someone who, I think you will have a good understanding.
If you could find time to write to him, it would greatly be appreciated and it will give him much needed hope to keep trying. I wish you well.

With the very best to you and your family,

Warmest regards,

Ross Allen

Contact for Veronza:
Veronza Bowers Jr.
#35316-136
FCC Medium A-1
P.O. Box 879
Coleman, FL 33521-0819 USA

Support contact in US:
Mr. Monty Levenson
P.O. Box 294
Willits, CA 95490 USA



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