Ed was one of Omaha 2 convicted of killing a police officer in 1971 but they maintain their innocence. They believe they were targeted because they were members of the Black Panther Party.
A letter from Ed was presented at the first Peace and Justice Banquet at UL on the 14th of April 2007. KBOO volunteer Sahar Sepahdari read the letter on KBOO's special on Political Prisoners in the USA.
"A 61-year-old peace activist was sentenced to fifty one months in prison Wednesday for threatening federal officials and pouring red paint and cranberry juice on a federal courthouse security station."
30 miles from the nearest town,
hidden in the Louisiana hills, traveling along a long
twisting road at a dead end you will find Angola, a former plantation now a prison the size of Manhattan which is unlike any other known at this point in time.
On 10/04/2002 Patrice Lumumba Ford was arrested along with 3 other suspects of the Portland Seven in Portland, Oregon. He was accused of traveling overseas in a conspiracy to wage war against the United States, provide material support and resources to Al Qaeda and contribute services to Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
On 12/02/2003 Patrice Lumumba Ford was sentenced, in a plea bargain, to 18 years imprisonment.
Some 36 years ago, deep in rural Louisiana, three young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000-acre former slave plantation called Angola.