Updated: Dec 12, 2020
ROMAINE “CHIP” FITZGERALD
Captured 9/1669 (19 years)
1972 California Supreme court declared the death penalty unconstitutional sentence commuted to life.
Eligible for parole since 1976.
TIME SERVED 49 YEARS
ESTIMATED COST 692,000
KERN VALLEY STATE PRISO, D-2-118
PO BOX 5101
DELANO, CA 93216
WHO IS Romaine ‘ Chip‘ Fitzgerald?
LONGEST HELD BLACK PANTHER POLITICAL PRISONER...... 49 years Romaine‘Chip’ Fitzgerald was born and raised in Compton, California. Upon his release from Youth Authority in early 1969 he joined the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Chip worked tireless in various capacities in the west office.
In September 1969, Chip was wounded and arrested in connection with a police shoot-out. He was tried for assault on police and other related charges, including the murder of a security guard. He was convicted and sentence to death. He was 19 years old. In 1972, California Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional. Along with nearly 100 other men on death row at the time Chip found his death sentence commuted to life with the possibility of parole. Today however, unlike 98% of those on death row in 1972 who have been released, Chip languishes in prison still, incarcerated for 49 years now. In spite of his long and brutal incarceration Chip remains dedicated to the cause of the liberation of Black and all oppressed people. Chip's incarceration cannot be viewed apart from the history of the FBI's war against the Black Panther Party. His long incarceration is rooted in the political agenda of the state. His freedom is dependent upon political actions.
WITE CHIP AT:
Romaine Fitzgerald #B27527
Kern Valley State prison
PO Box 5101
Delano, Ca 93213
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Chattel Slavery is still prevalent today...
NAABPP OVER 800 YEARS IN CAPTIVITY
Comrades, Friends, and Family
We’ve started a letter writing to Black Panther Party Political Prisoners, which you can be part of. Our intentions are to promote inspiration among the Progressive Population and give hope to the Black Panther Party Political Prisoners. We are asking you to obtain two postage stamps to communicate with your selected Political Prisoner and as proof to send a copy or top section of letter to the Campaign Committee with your return address. You may speak on any subject, but no photos or art of any kind (most incarceration rules).
When you complete your correspondence to your selected Black Panther Party Prisoner (list enclosed) put in envelope and make a copy for second envelope and mail to : Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee
PO Box 1999
Linden, NJ 07036
All communications will be confidential and once Pin is mailed off letters will be destroyed.
All Power to the People
Free them All