Albert Nuh Washington
July 2000

Albert Nuh Washington, one of the New York 3 defendents and widely believed to be framed for his political activities, died of liver cancer April 28 at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility in New York. He had served 28 years of a 25-years-to-life sentence.

Workers World newspaper remembered Nuh in an article on May 11 by Greg Butterfield:

His comrade Sundiata Acoli said of him: "Nuh is beloved by all of us Political Prisoners/POWs, and he's highly respected."

Nuh, Anthony Jalil Bottom and Herman Bell were framed for the murder of two New York police officers as part of the U.S. government's war against the black liberation movement.

After the revelation of the FBI's covert domestic terror campaign COINTELPRO, new evidence came to light proving the three men's innocence. But New York continues to hold Bottom and Bell behind bars.

Governor George Pataki refused a community appeal for Nuh's release on grounds of terminal illness.

In a 1998 essay, Nuh recalled: "I became exposed to Pan Africanism at an early ae in the house of my grandmother, who rented rooms to African and West Indian students. For the African students the subject of independence was always at the forefront of their conversations.

"Words like communist and socialist were used to describe persons who wanted a government based upon social and political equality. So at a young age I became socially conscious."

He remembered: "In my teens I began to listed to the Nationalists who spoke on the street corners of Harlem, while Black newspapers reported the lynchings of Blacks in the Southern states.

"Long Before Malcolm X said there should be an eye for an eye, my mother impressed upon me the right of self-defense and like for like. So it was inevitable that I would end up at odds with the system of white supremacy."

Nuh went on to become a member of the Black Panther Party. Later he went underground with the Black Liberation Army.

Workers World concludes: After his capture Nuh continued to closely follow world political developments. He devoted much of his time to analyzing the lessons of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army experience in order to help future revolutionary generations. ... For information [on memorial services] readers can call the Jericho Movement at (718) 657-9572.

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