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MONDO DIED FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016 AT 11:55 PM CST WHILE STILL LOCKED UP IN THE NEBRASKA STATE PENITENTIARY!
 

Mondo was ill with end-stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and had a number of urgent medical interventions as a result.  With the exception of visits to an outside hospital, he had been in the prison infirmary since October 7, 2015.  Efforts to have the Nebraska Pardons Board (the Nebraska Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State) grant Mondo a compassionate release from prison were met with the normal bureaucratic response that such a request would have to be processed according to the lengthy procedures outlined in the relevant regulations.  Final arrangements are pending.  Below are links to a case fact sheet and an extensive article by Elena Carter on BuzzFeed.com published February 11, 2016.  April 17, 2016 would have marked the 46th anniversary of Mondo's wrongful incarceration.  May his spirit rest in peace as he joins the ancestors.  He sacrificed his life for his community and for the cause of justice for all.  Shame on Nebraska and the United States!  

                       

Fact Sheet                    BuzzFeed Link                  BuzzFeed PDF
 

Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa (formerly known as David Rice) was a political prisoner in the Nebraska State Penitentiary since 1971, when he and fellow Black Panther Ed Poindexter were convicted for the bombing murder of Omaha policeman Larry Minard, and given life sentences. Both have consistently denied any connection with the crime, and Amnesty International, after reviewing the many inconsistencies in the trial transcript, as well as FBI files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, has called for either a new trial, or immediate release.

He was born in Omaha in 1947, graduated from Creighton Preparatory School and took courses at Creighton University. He wrote for the local underground paper, Buffalo Chip, from 1969 to 1970 and joined the Black Panther party. In the 46 years since his conviction, Mondo created art, wrote short stories, poetry and journalism. He had five books of poetry published between 1973 and 1978, and another in 2006, and contributed poems and stories to such literary journals and magazines as Prairie Schooner, The Black Scholar, ARGO, Black American Literary Forum, Shooting Star Quarterly Review, Pacifica Review, Obsidian, Black Books Bulletin and over 30 more. In addition, his poem, "Great Babaleur" was featured in 'Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary' by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic, Inc, 1993). Two of Mondo's plays, 'Different Dances' and 'We Dance in Our Neighborhood', were performed by Ujima Youtheatre in Nebraska, as well as in New York City.

Mondo is one of several co-authors (including Yosef-ben-Jochannan, John Henrik Clarke, et al) of 'The Race: Matters Concerning Pan Afrikan History, Culture, and Genocide' (Native Sun Publishers, 1992). He was a contributor to Nebraska Voices, the anthology commissioned by the Nebraska Humanities Council in celebration of the sesquicentennial of Nebraska statehood.

In prison, he continued his education, and was a mentor and exemplar to young inmates just coming into the system. In all the years of his incarceration, he did not committed a single act of violence; he was, in fact,  an exemplary prisoner.

Mondo is on Prisonradio.org.

But he was an African-American, and to the authorities, no matter what evidence is presented, he was a "cop-killer." The Nebraska Pardons Board is made up entirely of elected officials (the Governor, Attorney General and Secretary of State), and election depends on being "tough on crime."
 

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  Video  
  "Atmospheric Conditions" by Mondo we Langa July 16, 2014
  "Signs of the Tribes" by Mondo we Langa July 16, 2014

 

  Print  
  "Bongos, Guitars 'Tools' of Joyous Mass" by Barry Hanson in Omaha World Herald Newspaper Late 1960's
  "Guitars, Tamborines to Accompany Easter Vigil" in Omaha Sun Newspaper Late 1960's
  "Ghetto Message" by David Rice in Buffalo Chip Newspaper 1968

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