Veterans for Peace
Passed at their National Convention

FREE VERONZA BOWERSPassed August 6, 2005

Whereas, Veronza Bowers, Jr., a U.S. Navy veteran and member in good standing of Veterans For Peace (Chapter 116 - Mendocino County, California), after serving his full sentence of 30 years in federal prison has been held in illegal detention for a year-and-a-half past his release date makinghim one of the longest-held political prisoners in U.S. history; and

Whereas, this conviction occurred during the infamous Cointelpro scandal in which the Black Panther Party was targeted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation and

Whereas, Mr. Bowers, in his 31 years of incarceration, has been a model prisoner with the highest possible "salient factor rating" issuedby the Federal Bureau of Prisons and

Whereas, Mr. Bowers' petition for parole was supported by extensive psychological tests and evaluation administered by an independent agency, with the purpose of determining whether he would be a threat to society if released and

Whereas, Mr. Bowers has a legal right for Mandatory Parole after serving his full sentence under law and has been recommended for release on three separate occasions by duly-sanctioned parole examiners as well as vote of the full U.S. Parole Commission only to be rescinded, literally, at the very last moment, by the intervention of the United States Attorney Generalat the behest of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and

Whereas, the U.S. Parole Commission has, consistently violated its own rules and regulations,therefore be it

Resolved, that Veterans For Peace urges the U.S. Parole Commission to grant Veronza Bowers, Jr. petition for Mandatory Parole and immediate releasefrom federal prison, and be it further

Resolved, that Veterans For Peace urges the U.S. Parole Commission, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Attorney General and all other agencies of the Bush administration to respect the rule of law as well as the Constitutional and human rights of all veterans, presently incarcerated, on probation or parole, who have served this great nation.

Monty Levenson & Patrick Tate Chapter 116

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