January 2, 2001

Hon. William J. Clinton
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Clinton,

I am sending you under separate cover a print copy of the web site I built for Veronza Bowers, Jr., You may, however, want to look it over directly on the Internet at http://www.geocities.com/veronzab

Mr. Bowers is presently housed at the U.S. correctional facility in Coleman, Florida and is in his thirtieth year of incarceration at various Federal Penitentiaries. I am submitting this document in support of clemency for Veronza and am hoping that you will consider granting him his wish to return to family, friends and society. We all eagerly await being reunited with him.

I will leave the details of this case to your review of the web site, but will point out that at his recent parole hearing in November, it was recommended that Mr. Bowers be released from custody within one year's time and within six months to a halfway house. This recommendation was overturned by the National Parole Commission without explanation and is now under appeal.

With Veronza, we are dealing with the case of a man who has been imprisoned over three decades for a crime and conviction that bear reconsideration and careful scrutiny. Mr. Bowers was a member of the Black Panther Party during the 'Sixties which was a focus of the U.S. Government's Cointel Pro operations. I am sure you are familiar with this dubious episode in our nation's history. He has steadfastly proclaimed his innocence these many years of the crime for which he was convicted on the basis of two informers of questionable integrity. During his time served, Mr. Bowers has been a model prisoner. He is the founder and leader of the All-Faith Meditation Group at Coleman. In keeping with his Buddhist practice, Mr. Bowers has done much to help his fellow inmates as well as authorities at the various facilities in which he has been incarcerated. Please take the time to read the letters of support from prison administrations, inmates, attorneys as well as a former member of the U.S. Congress.

Finally, Mr. Bowers, a musician, has taken up the traditional Japanese shakuhachi flute to compliment his Buddhist practice and intensive study of oriental healing techniques. For over ten years, Veronza has studied shakuhachi which he now uses as foundation for the All-Faith Meditation sessions. Members of the world shakuhachi community have joined together in support of his parole, raising most of the money to pay for costly legal assistance. As a fellow horn player, I am certain you will agree that mastery of the such a difficult instrument testifies to Mr. Bowers' character and is grounds in itself for clemency. Now that you face having some spare time once G.W. takes over the Oval Office, perhaps you will consider simplifying your life and trading in that funky sax for a five-hole bamboo flute. (. . . if Hilary will put up with all those squeaks and squawks.)

My sincere thanks for taking the time from your busy schedule during these last days in office to consider Veronza's appeal.

Monty H. Levenson

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