Free the San Francisco 8!

Who are the San Francisco Eight?

Profiles: Francisco Torres, Herman Bell, Ray Boudreaux, Richard Brown, Hank Jones, Jalil Muntaqim, Richard O'Neal, and Harold Taylor

Francisco "Cisco" Torres of the SF 8Francisco Torres, 58, of New York City – all charges have been dismissed against Cisco. Cisco was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. He is a Vietnam Veteran who fought for the grievances of Black and Latino soldiers upon his return to the states. A former Black Panther, he has been a community activist since his discharge from the military in 1969. He worked with troubled youth up to the day of his arrest.

Herman Bell of the SF 8Herman Bell, 59, of Mississippi, a political prisoner since 1973. Herman accepted a plea to a reduced charge of manslaughter, with no additional incarceration. Cointelpro's "pattern of manipulation and lies, continuing into the present, indicates something more than the ordinary corruption and racism of everyday law enforcement. It can be understood only in terms of the power of the political movement that [we] were part of, and the intensity of the government's efforts to destroy that movement and to disillusion and intimidate future generations of young activists."

See his letter to supporters about his plea, his final comments on the case, and his earlier statement on the case. More about Herman and the New York case for which he is incarcerated.

He has returned to New York where is eligible for parole. Write to him at:   Herman Bell # 79D0262, Sullivan Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 116, 325 Riverside Drive, Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116.

Ray Boudreaux of the SF 8Ray Boudreaux, 64, of Altadena, CA – all charges have been dismissed against Ray.

"Actually for the last 25 years I've lived a pretty peaceful and quiet life. My politics are still the same. It's just that I'm not active. People come to me sometimes as a peace-maker. And all of that has to do with all of my experience."

Write to him c/o Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, P.O. Box 90221, Pasadena, CA 91109.


Richard Brown of the SF 8Richard Brown, 65, of San Francisco – all charges have been dismissed against Richard.

"For the past six years I have been a Community Court Judge Arbitrator working with the San Francisco District Attorney's office. We place a lot of emphasis on restorative justice, so most of the community service done will be done in our own community where the offender can give back to the community."

Richard explained in an interview (San Francisco Bay Guardian) "that the Black Panthers were about 'serving the people… and I continued to serve the people as an individual by working with community-based organizations.' [He also] works to push alternatives to violence among black and brown youth, Brown has over 30 years experience working in support of affirmative action. ... 'I’ve always been an advocate, and have worked with all kinds of people to see that women and minorities got what they deserved.' He also has years of experience with the African-American Community Police Relations Board, which works to improve neighborhood interactions with the SFPD."

See the story on Richard's arrest.

Write to him c/o Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, P.O. Box 90221, Pasadena, CA 91109.


Henry Jones of the SF 8Henry W. (Hank) Jones, 70, of Altadena, CA – all charges have been dismissed against Hank.

"I [have lived] under the constant threat of another ... incarceration. In essence I have been robbed of peace of mind, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am therefore compelled to resist these tactics and inform the public of my recent experience, feeling that something similar could happen to anyone given the climate of fear, paranoia, and abuse of authority that is rampant in our country today."

Write to him c/o Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, P.O. Box 90221, Pasadena, CA 91109.


Anthony Bottom Jalil Muntaqim of the SF 8Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom), 55, of San Francisco, a political prisoner in New York since 1978. Jalil accepted a plea to a reduced charge of conspiracy, with no additional incarceration, leading to the dropping of charges against Ray Boudreaux, Richard Brown, Hank Jones, and Harold Taylor.

"The United States does not recognize the existence of political prisoners. To do so would give credence to the fact of the level of repression and oppression, and have to recognize the fact that people resist racist oppression in the United States, and therefore, legitimize the existence of not only the individuals who are incarcerated or have been captured, but also legitimize those movements of which they are a part."

See his statement on his plea and his earlier statement on the case. More about Jalil and the New York case for which he is incarcerated.

He has returned to New York where is eligible for parole. Write to him at:  Anthony Jalil Bottom #77A4283, Auburn Correctional Facility, 135 State Street, P.O. Box 618, Auburn, NY 13021.

Richard O'Neal of the SF 8Richard O'Neal, 58, has worked for the City of San Francisco for 25 years, most recently at the Southeast Community Center in Bay View – all charges against Richard have been dismissed (since February 7, 2008).

“People who work there said they were stunned by his arrest, recalling him as a kind and gentle man who always had a smile on his face and would stay late to fix lights or other things.” (SF Chronicle) The dean of the campus noted, “He is a trusted employee who would do anything to help us...He would take the shirt off his back to try to help you.” See the story on his arrest.

Write to him c/o Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, P.O. Box 90221, Pasadena, CA 91109.


Harold Taylor of the SF8Harold Taylor, 58, of Panama City, Florida – all charges have been dismissed against Harold.

"In 1971, two brothers and I were set up by the FBI. We didn't learn about COINTELPRO until years later. In 1973 I was arrested in New Orleans and was beaten and tortured for several days. in 2003 the detectives that were responsible for my torture came to my house to try and question me. I have not been the same since."

Write to him c/o Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, P.O. Box 90221, Pasadena, CA 91109.


(A ninth man, Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth, is still being sought).

Free the San Francisco 8 buttonCommittee for the Defense of Human Rights
P.O. Box 90221
Pasadena, CA 91109

(415) 226-1120
E-mail: freethesf8 [at] gmail [dot] com
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