Angola 3

Joseph Bowen


Captured 2/1971 (23Years)






COAL TOWNSHIP, PA 17866-1021

WHO IS Joseph “JoJo“ Bowen

Joseph Jo-Jo Bowen is a Black Liberation Army (BLA) Prisoner of war, serving two life sentences for actions carried out against a prison warden and deputy warden, as well as, an attempted prison break, which resulted in a five-day standoff. As a teen, Jo-Jo Bowen was a member of North Philly’s 30th and Norris Street gang. While serving a five-year prison sentence for a social crime, Jo-Jo was introduced to revolutionary politics. From this point on he was determined to dedicate his life to the people's liberation movement. Jo-Jo was released in 1971 and intended to join the struggle on the streets. His involvement however, would be short lived when a week after his release, on February 21, 1971, he found himself in a gun battle with Philadelphia police. In the end a cop laid dead and Jo-Jo was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. "I ain't no angel, I'll do my time. All we want is to be recognized as what we are, human beings". ~JO~JO BOWEN

During those days Philadelphia police had a reputation of corruption and brutality, especially against the emerging Black Liberation Movement. In 1970, police engaged in a 2-hour assault against the Philly Chapter of the Black Panther Party, after which, the police forced the captured combatants to strip while the press took pictures. This was also the police force who years later pinned a murder of a cop on a former Black Panther journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal.


On may 31, 1973, Jo-Jo and Black Liberation Army POW, Fred Muhammad Burton, allegedly killed the warden and deputy warden and hospitalized the guard commander at Philadelphia's Homesburg prison. Only a year prior a tree judge Common Pleas Court panel ruled that confinement in the 77-year old Holmesburg prison in Northeast Philadelphia constituted unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. It was the news media that disclosed that Holmesburg prison had a history of sanctioned violence against inmates by guards, bad food, drug abuse, homosexuality and boring work. It was at Holmesburg prison that four inmates were roasted to death in the infamous "Klondike Cells", a heat treatment administered punishment in 1938. This attack by Bowen and Burton was in response to intense repression and Muslim religious persecution. He was sentenced to two life sentences for his action.



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...


Cause-And-Effect ✊🏾

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

Atno Smith

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