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Suzanne Trimel,, 212-633-4150, @AIUSAmedia

Baton Rouge Press Conference to Call for Immediate Release of Albert Woodfox, Deliver Petition with 20,000 Signatures


Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) activists will gather in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Monday, Oct. 21 to hold a press conference on the steps of the state capitol and deliver a petition with more than 20,000 signatures calling for the immediate release of Albert Woodfox, the last remaining member of the Angola 3 in solitary confinement.

The event will feature a variety of speakers and representatives including Robert King, the first freed member of the Angola 3; Jasmine Heiss, Campaigner at Amnesty International USA and Michael Mable, Albert Woodfox's brother.

EVENT: Amnesty International USA press conference for the Angola 3

DATE/TIME: Monday, October 21 at 12:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Steps of the State Capitol, 322 State Capitol Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

SPEAKERS: Robert King: First freed member of the Angola 3, released in 2001, Michael Mable: Brother of Woodfox

Wallace and Woodfox were convicted of the murder of a prison guard in 1972, though no physical evidence tied them to the crime scene and their conviction was based on questionable testimony. They both endured over 40 years in solitary confinement. Wallace was released on Oct. 2nd and died only 3 days later. Albert Woodfox - the last remaining imprisoned member of the Angola 3 - is still in solitary.

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. Our supporters are outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world - so we work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity. We have more than 2.2 million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries and regions and we coordinate this support to act for justice on a wide range of issues.