CHIP IS THE LONGEST IMPRISONED ACTIVIST OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY.
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51 years in prison, enough is enough.
ABOUT ROMAINE "CHIP" FITZGERALD
Romaine Fitzgerald was born April 11, 1949. His dad Leon Thayer Fitzgerald was born in Oklahoma, and his mom Marie Russell was born in Shreveport LA. His mother graduated from Jordan High in Watts, L.A. His parents met in Los Angeles got married, bought a home and started a family in the Watts/ Willowbrook community of L.A. Romaine had 3 siblings; two older sisters, and one older brother.
JOIN OVER 20,000 OTHERS IN SUPPORTING CHIP AND SIGN THE PETITION BELOW.
A PETITION FOR CHIP'S RELEASE:
WE THE RESIDENTS OF CALIFORNIA,
Are calling for the release of Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, a former member of the Black Panther Party who has served 51 years in the California State prison system. He was first eligible for parole in 1976 and has served more than three times the average sentence for his offense.
WE BELIEVE that, entering the prison system at age 20 and spending his subsequent life there, he has paid his debt to society. Furthermore, Chip suffered a stroke and now spends a great deal of his time with the help of a wheelchair. Now 71 years old, Chip, does not pose a threat to society.
Enough Is Enough. Free Chip.
WRITINGS & TESTIMONIALS
WRITINGS & TESTIMONIALS
UPON MY RELEASE: CHIP'S STATEMENT
I will welcome the warmth and laughter of my grandchildren. I look forward to their hugs and smiles. I will be the Grandpa present to soothe them through occasional scrapes after they show me their somersaults and expert bike riding maneuvers.
AN APPEAL TO THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT:
ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF CORRECTIONAL UNFAIRNESS
It is time we turn our attention to those aging activists who continue to suffer for having attempted to address issues that millions of people now acknowledge are unconscionable. Along with social justice leaders, activists and elected officials must call for an end to what is clearly the slow murder by incarceration of those Americans who, during the turbulent 1960s, took a stand to end systemic racism and the inequities it inevitably creates.
CONCEPTS OF MUSIC DEVELOPMENT AND THEORY:
AN ESSAY BY CHIP
"The foundation of music is sound. Sounds, by virtue of its nature, presuppose the unity of matter in motion; e.g., sound is the absolute direct result of pulsations and vibrations occurring from the movement of reality itself, and cannot exist as separate, isolated entities..."
REFLECTIONS OF A FRIEND,
BY BRUCE RICHARD
Those in the regular population spent a portion of everyday going to the library, exercising, and having group discussion about what was being learned; achieving the low hanging fruit of avoiding profanity, particularly not using the N…. & B…. words.
Chip and the group discussed politics, recited poetry and circulated jazz, referred to as cultural art, on a small battery-operated record player, which was a tremendous transition from their strictly R&B backgrounds.
WRITE TO CHIP'S PAROLE BOARD
Please send copy of your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
BOARD OF PAROLE HEARINGS:
1515 "K" ST
SACRAMENTO, CA 95812
Please write a letter to the Parole Board requesting the release of Romaine Fitzgerald. The following are guidelines to assist you.
Important points for letters to the Parole Board:
Eligible for parole since 1976, and has been denied over a dozen times since eligibility.
Has currently served more than 3 times the average sentence for the same offense.
Was 20 years old at the time of his offense/conviction and did not have the maturity that he has now at 71 years old.
70-year-old prisoners released have an extremely low recidivism rate.
Romaine Fitzgerald is a stroke victim, occasionally confined to a wheelchair, uses a cane, does not have the full use of his body, and certainly does not pose a threat to society.