Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald has a parole hearing set for September 26th. We
are asking all supporters of political prisoners to support Chip and do
your part to free this man.
Chip has the dubious distinction of being the longest held political
prisoner in the United States. Held since 1969, he is serving a life
sentence for a crime he did not commit: the killing of security guard
Weeks prior to the killing of the guard, Chip had also been involved in a
shoot-out with a CHP officer, who later admitted that had orders to shoot
to kill members of the Southern California Black Panther Party.
During the altercation Chip received a gunshot wound to the head. He was
still recovering from the wound when the security guard was killed.
Chip admits defending himself with the CHP officer, but is adamant about
his innocence in the death of Barge Miller. It is important to note that
these altercations took place during the same period as the targeting of
Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, an LA Black Panther who served 27 years in prison
for a murder he did not commit.
It was later discovered that the FBI and other policing agencies had, as
part of their COINTELPRO policy, orders to neutralize and destroy the
Black Panther Party. As part of that campaign, leaders were assassinated
and falsely accused for crimes they did not commit. Chip is one of these
Now Chip has a real possibility of walking through those prison gates a
free man, but he needs your help.
Chip needs people to send letters on his behalf. The more that are sent
the stronger the message delivered. Please take action now.
Please check out the ABCF’s Chip Fitzgerald Freedom Campaign website.
There you will find a sample letter that you can print out and send in.
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CANNOT WAIT. PLEASE ACT NOW.
Chip Fitzgerald Freedom Campaign:
Thank you for your support,
Free All Political Prisoners!