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We received news from Hugo Yogi Pinell's attorney's office that his Parole Hearing has been rescheduled for Friday, 5/2/14 at 8:30 AM. Read more here.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

A letter from Hugo Pinell to a friend (2013)


This is a letter from Hugo Yogi Pinell to a friend:
Nov. 11, 2013
My Brother Terry,

My best of love, care and health to you and your family. It is good to hear from you, sooner than usual, yes but it isn’t a discipline thing. I know you want to stay connected more often, but you are busy doing good work.

I agree with the most of your reasoning and it would be a great thing for the world if this empire is on collapsing stages, but we must keep working hard from inside of ourselves, using the best of our inner powers to keep growing, and growing. What is being done to all of us, specially to those in (your) maximum custody, is horrendous and the more conscientiously aware have been able to endure and keep on pushing thru just about everything. 

Not only Malcolm and Martin, but many of you, out there, have stayed on that road and have continued to grow and grow, thru your work, your beliefs, commitment and the internal self work to evolve. Our Mothers, Parents, the Ones who have survived, the[y] suffered too much and we’re blessed to have them here still. If they were in our struggle from younger years, they would have known how to take better care of themselves thru it all and would have more of them alive today.
This is something that has driven me more so since my Shirley passed in April 1986. 

I was in the new SHU in Tehachapi. We had requested for a visit and it was denied which hurt and upset my Mom. When Mom came to visit, she was really in pain for us and she said, ‘I’m going to be even closer to you, son, love you more, if possible, but you will have to keep her alive and human.” I did that, Terry, went inside of me and pushed, pushed, giving more love to Mom, asking her to hold on, to use my love to fight harder. Kiilu wasn’t around. She had gone back east to deal with her personal and medical problems, but i didn’t know that. I only remember she had stopped communicating shortly after the S.Q. 6 trial ended. 

So, it was Mom and i until Feb. 1989, when i was moved to the SHU in Corcoran, My Sisters began to visit regularly in Sept. 1990, i was moved to this PB SHU and, in Oct. 1990, i heard from Kiilu again, and she has been with me since. And, of course, she has been a super great sister, friend and force in my life. These Beautiful People, a few others, too, including you, are the great energies and forces which helped me deal with this isolation. For me, the most heart felt effects of this buried alive confinement had been the depravation, not being able to have a contact visit with Mom or anyone since Dec. 1970!!

Shirley and I were granted a 15 minutes contact marriage, and that’s been it.

It’s sometimes hard for me to believe i’ve been in these holes for 44 years straight! But it is true. Not only i’ve been without disciplinary infraction since 1982, but the historical incidents that left many dead, injured and damaged, on both sides, happened in 1970-71! In Oct., i completed 49 years since i left the streets.

Terry, being in this kind of confinement is terrible, yes, in many ways, but trying to make it in the streets is harder, more challenging, and we knew that, in the 60s, and that’s why we were working hard to change and prepare for the streets reality. My Mom has kept me focused, too. In the 90s, when i was supposed to be getting released, she kept saying, “i’m proud of you, son, the way you’ve been working it, but i want to see you out here, all grown up, responsible and earning your ways of living.” She had seen too many get out, sound good and ready and fail miserably! So, what you all go thru and do everyday is much harder, and having you in touch with adds to my drive to keep pushing and growing, for I think and feel about living in that reality.

About touching my Mom and loved ones, if only in my mind, my fantasies…Yogi Bear is free, yeah.
Others should be working from within, too, growing better and better, in case they are let out, they become constructive forces in their communities, or for their families, don’t have to come back.

Sure, my brother Terry, you can share my letters, or part of my letters, with everyone. They say i’m breaking all the records for the time in the hole (ugh), which means i’ve been able to endure, and your loving and sincere company is part of this history. Take good care.

Yogi Bear

Monday, 24 March 2014

Hugo Pinell's Parole Hearing rescheduled: May 2nd, 2014

We received news from Hugo Yogi Pinell's attorney's office that his Parole Hearing has been rescheduled for Friday, 5/2/14 at 8:30 AM.

In a way, this might be good as we'll have more time to provide support to Keith Wattley of UnCommon Law and Yogi before the hearing.

A note from Attorney Wattley:

About Hugo's Parole Hearing (May 2nd):

Hugo's, attorney, Keith Wattley, noted: "We should shift our hearing preparation a little bit by providing some specific types of support for his release.  That means that we want letters from individuals or groups offering residence, employment and counseling (from psychologists, psychiatrists, religious and spiritual leaders, etc.) to help his transition out of prison after all these years.  None of these letters need to discuss the politics or injustice of his situation.  Just the facts, please. 

Send letters addressed to the Parole Board to Hugo's Attorney Keith Wattley:

"All letters should be addressed to the Board of Parole Hearings, P.O. Box 4036, Sacramento, CA 95814, BUT THEY SHOULD ACTUALLY BE MAILED, EMAILED OR FAXED DIRECTLY To:

Attorney Keith Wattley
UNCOMMON LAW
220 4TH STREET, SUITE 103,
OAKLAND, CA 94607,
FAX: (510) 271-0101

I'll need to review these letters before we submit them to the Board, and I may send some of them back for editing.  Please feel free to spread this information to other supporters you know. 

Do not send any petitions or form letters.  We cannot use them. Thanks for all your continuing support."

Please write to Yogi and check out (t)his website:  Hugopinell.com.

Forward forever; backwards never!

Friday, 7 March 2014

Hugo Yogi Pinell Celebrates his Birthday on March 10th: Plz send him a card!

On March 10th Hugo Yogi Pinell celebrates his birthday! You can celebrate with him - albeit still at a distance:

Please send Yogi a birthday card:

Hugo L.A. Pinell A-88401
CSP-Sac B-FAC FB3-125
P.O. Box 290066,
Represa, CA 95671
USA


And if you want to send him a gift too, you can send him some funds via the following means:

Jpay.com (funds arrive within 2 days): fill in California and Hugo's CDCnr A88401, and add him. The rest will hopefully be clear. There is a small fee to send funds via Jpay.

Checks and Money Orders:
Send them to:

Hugo L.A. Pinell A-88401
California State Prison-Sacramento
P.O. Box 290066
Represa, CA 95671

The following information is required on ALL checks and money orders:

Hugo L.A. Pinell
A88401
And your Name and Address

NOTE: Personal Checks are held for 30 days before being deposited into the inmate's account.

THANK YOU SO MUCH! He will be able to refer funds to his attorney Keith Wattley, who handles his parole-application

For more information click here, thank you!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Hugo Pinell allowed a phone call for the first time in more than 40 years

Greetings All:

We’re happy to report the good news re our Yogi Bear, Hugo Pinell.

After well over 40 years, Yogi was given the opportunity to make a phone call to his family.  Hewas able to  call his sister. And they had a very emotional voice-to-voice reunion.

Let’s hope the next good news will be a positive outcome at his May 2nd Parole Board hearing.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Hugo Pinell was Moved to New Folsom! Update on Parole Hearing

We received the good news that Hugo Pinell was moved to CSP-Sac in Represa, CA (also known as New Folsom) in 'step 4' of CDCR's "step-down-program," January 8.

Hugo's new address for supportive mail is:


Hugo Pinell A-88401
California State Prison-Sacramento

B-FAC  FB3-125
P.O. Box 290066
Represa, CA 95671

Although Yogi will still be in SHU, the cells have windows and he may have better yard facilities, according to Ernest Shephard who's been there. I.e., he could get to play basketball and handball (which I'm told he's great at), and have some company.. He'll be much closer to home and able to receive more visits.  In fact, I'll be able to visit him again since it's only a few hours' drive from San Francisco.  It will be much easier on his Mom and family, and there's a real possibility he could get contact visits. 

Meanwhile, Hugo and his team are preparing for the March 11th May 2nd Parole Hearing:

About Hugo's Parole Hearing (May 2nd):

Hugo's, attorney, Keith Wattley, noted: "We should shift our hearing preparation a little bit by providing some specific types of support for his release.  That means that we want letters from individuals or groups offering residence, employment and counseling (from psychologists, psychiatrists, religious and spiritual leaders, etc.) to help his transition out of prison after all these years.  None of these letters need to discuss the politics or injustice of his situation.  Just the facts, please.  

Send letters addressed to the Parole Board to Hugo's Attorney Keith Wattley:

"All letters should be addressed to the Board of Parole Hearings, P.O. Box 4036, Sacramento, CA 95814, BUT THEY SHOULD ACTUALLY BE MAILED, EMAILED OR FAXED DIRECTLY To: 
Attorney Keith Wattley
UNCOMMON LAW
220 4TH STREET, SUITE 103, 
OAKLAND, CA 94607, 
FAX: (510) 271-0101
I'll need to review these letters before we submit them to the Board, and I may send some of them back for editing.  Please feel free to spread this information to other supporters you know.  

Do not send any petitions or form letters.  We cannot use them.

Thanks for all your continuing support."

Please write to Yogi and check out his website:  www.hugopinell.com.

Forward forever; backwards never!

Friday, 27 December 2013

Hugo's Parole Hearing Postponed to May 2nd, 2014

UPDATE on Hugo's Parole Board hearings

Attorney Keith Wattley appeared before the Parole Board in October 2013 and provided new information regarding Hugo Pinell. After hearing what attorney Keith Wattley had to say about Hugo, the Parole Board was then confused about Hugo's case and postponed their decision on Hugo's parole to March 11th May 2nd at 8:30 AM.

This is very good news! We can widely promote Hugo Yogi Bear Pinell's case, and that it is way past time he goes home. We can also raise much needed funds for attorney Keith Wattley of Uncommon Law.

Yogi has been incarcerated since 1964 and has been in solitary confinement continuously since 1969.


Attorney Wattley works for a nonprofit organization, and he needs funds to travel to Hugo up in Crescent City, CA, amongst other things.

Read the Previous post about the parole hearing of 2013