Thank You from Shakaboona

Hello Everyone, It’s ur brother Shakaboona. I trust everyone is keeping distances & remaining safe during this COVID-19 pandemic we’re experiencing. Through this COVID-19 crisis, and worldwide Black rebellion due to racism & police murders of African Americans, I have been inspired by people from all over by their deep expressions of empathy, love, humanity, & courage. I have been internally moved by three (3) things over the last few months.

One, was seeing the collective movement of how people came out during the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic to help their neighbor, the elderly, & the sick with all sorts of services – food deliveries, meds pick up, donation drives, & aid to prisoners. Witnessing that really raised my spirits & faith in humanity.

Two, I was truly inspired by Black women, they always seem to amaze me. I was really feeling the “Sisterhood” of my daughters Tiana & Princes Diana in their support of their cousin Tiana’s All Natural beauty products business at . We must support one another in our endeavors. So I’m encouraging all my friends to go to the site and purchase some all natural soap & beauty products. I hear the beauty products are fantastic! Ima make a gift purchase too.

Another inspiring Black woman for me is Jeannine Cook, the owner of Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown section of Philly, because during the nationwide protest against police brutality in Philly Jeannine went to City Hall and gave away over 100 free books to protestors. The books were copies of Kate Clifford Larson’s ‘BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND’: Harriet Tubman: ‘Portrait of an American Hero’, and ‘THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X’: As Told to Alex Haley. Jeannine said “If you’re going to be out there resisting and on the front lines of the movement, then we also need to be on the [community]-building side of things.” Right now, passing out books to protestors has been her medium of activism. Jeannine says, “There are a million different ways that we can approach social ills. Everyone is out there holding up signs, and there’s no problem with that. We’re going to hold up books.” Yo, I love that! Jeannine is receiving donations from the shop’s Venmo account (@harriettsbookshop), and she’s using the money to “get more books on the streets.” Please, I implore everyone to help this woman out by sending her a money donation for books. Thank you.

Third, was observing the “masses” of Caucasian people in America & the World! come out into the streets to protest “By Any Means Necessary” with African American people against the institutional & structural racism (white supremacy/anti-Black culture) & murderous police forces in America ignited by the police murder of George Floyd. Finally!

This now changes everything. Things will never go back to being the same. Caucasians have seemed to understand that Silence on Racism against Black people is violence & complicity! I now have renewed faith. This moment is a start for Caucasians to increase their support of African Americans’ struggle against anti-Blackism, which is actually a global problem, and “their” problem that’s affecting both parties. The revolutionary African philosopher Frantz Fanon, in his literary classic book WRETCHED OF THE EARTH, said the Torturer & the Tortured (Oppressor & Oppressed) are both injured in the process. Anyways, Dang!, I’m proud of the young Caucasian protestors on the front lines. And I’m sure ancestor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr would be proud of them too.(smile)

OK, gotta go for now. Remember everyone, let’s love, support, & protect one another, ’cause we’re all we got! Fight the Power with our UNITY! – Shakaboona

Adilson Neves: Petition for Furlough Enrollment

To: Noelle Hanrahan

From: Adilson F. Neves W98473

Date: May 1, 2020

Re: Enclosed Petition To D.O.C. Commissioner

Dear Noelle,

May this letter find you in the best of health. My name is Adilson Neves. I have been incarcerated since age 17. I am now 30 years old. In light of Covid-19, I am corresponding to you to inform you of my effort to petition for my release from prison. At this point, I am requesting that my release is on the premise of early parole or by way of a Furlough, to preserve my health and life during the pandemic.

Enclosed you will find my petition addressed to the D.O.C. Commissioner Carol A. Mici. May you please review the material and determine what, if any, assistance you may offer to my person and family.

At the earliest, convenience your attention in this delicate matter is greatly appreciated. Please be safe and well during these times.


Adilson F. Neves W98473

May 1, 2020

To: Commissioner Carol A Mici

From: Petitioner, Adilson Neves W98473

Date: May 1, 2020

Re: Petition For Furlough Program Enrollment/ Early Parole Release:

Commissioner Carol A Mici,

May this missive find you well. At this point, I am contacting your office to petition for 1.) My enrollment in the Furlough Program authorized by G.L. c. 127 129d with an amended time extension to meet the date the CDC provides Public Notice of Suspension of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and, 2.) An early parole release, as I am a Juvenile Offender whose served 12 years of a 15 year to life sentence structure with an additional approximate 2 years earned good time, as due process of law and subsequent conviction did not merit my contraction of a deadly virus.

Hitherto, the Committee for Public Services and Another v. Chief Justice of The Trial Court and Others (No.2), SJC-12926, slip-op at *2 (April 28, 2020) issued SJC conclusion: “The Executive Branch has the authority, inter alia, to commute sentences, issue furloughs, and allow early parole. We urge the Executive Branch to contemplate how it might best exercise those constitutional powers to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in the Commonwealth’s prison system.” As such, I move forward with this petition.

Up to date, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention described the spread of Covid-19 as “mainly from person to person, between those who are in close contact with one another (with in 6ft) and from contact contaminated surfaces.” In a prison setting, it is nearly impossible to maintain a minimal of 6ft in social distance at all times, Likewise, the avoidance of touching the same surfaces. Despite the Departments increased efforts to disinfect the common areas, which occur no more than 3 times per week, recent CDC studies show the “virus can live up to 3 hours in the air, 4 hours on copper, 24 hours on card board, 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel.” The SJC described the prison setting as “the perfect incubator for the disease threatening to consume vital health care resources and endangering the general public, incarcerated population and correctional officers.” The SJC further assed that “the risk is significantly higher than in the community, in terms of risk of transmission, exposure, and harm to individuals who become infected. This is due to a number of factors, including, among others, the inability to engage in social distancing, the inability to isolate and manage known and suspected cases of Covid-19 and endemic problems of hygiene and sanitation that plague Massachusetts prisons.”

Developing data shows that, thus far, “the rate of infections in the D.O.C. is likely far higher than twice as high as the entire state of Massachusetts.” Thus, on the premise of growing evidence and a common sense approach, I assert that the actual number of confirmed cases in the D.O.C. is far higher than the confirmed number. This, in part, due to the limited availability of Covid-19 test kits and Asymptomatic carriers. A variety of study groups across the globe examining this focal point, all agree, that African Americans are at least 5 times more likely to die as a result of contracting the deadly virus.

Pulmonary, Renal, Dialysis, I.C.U. and Other doctors jointly conclude that, “young, otherwise healthy people who contract Covid-19 are developing blood clots in renal arteries and causing kidney injuries likely to result in kidney failure,” and that, “an overwhelming percent are suffering major strokes and, or, consequently, death.”

Accordingly, this petition is to preserve my Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights “prohibiting the deprivation of life without due process of law.” To which effect, I assert that my contraction of Covid-19 and it resulting in grave health conditions and, or, death, would suffice in the meeting of each of the two-pronged test for viewing due process violation claims.

In like manner, my Eighth Amendment right “to be free from cruel and unusual punishment” is also to be preserved, as due process of law and subsequent conviction did not merit the psychological torture of suspense and anticipation of my contraction of the deadly disease. Just as it is known to be deadly if contracted by a person with pre-existing medical conditions, it is equally known to be deadly if contracted by a person with NO pre-existing medical conditions, thereby, granting my person the right to equal protection mandating my immediate parole release.

Meritoriously, it is unambiguous that a consciously made decision to deny this petition would blatantly disregard and, or, desecrate the Deliberate Indifference Standard appropriated in Farmer v. Brennan 511 US 825 (1994) by the Supreme Court, as members of the Executive Branch maintain constant requisite knowledge of the Covid-19 threat to health and life, even in cases that do not include pre-existing medical conditions.

On April 3, 2020, in Committee for Public Services v. Chief Justice of The Trial Court, the SJC declared “the situation is urgent and unprecedented and a reduction in the number of people who are held in custody is necessary.” As such, I move forward with this petition.

In closing, at the earliest convenience, your attention in this delicate matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your service and may you continue to be well.


Adilson F. Neves W98473

May 1, 2020


Governor of Massachusetts, Charles Baker

Mass. Parole Board Chairperson, Gloriann Moroney

MCI Norfolk Superintendent, Steve Silva

Director of Treatment, Sarah Smith

Director of Classification

Attorney for Petitioner, Eva Jellison

State Representative, Russell Holmes

State Representative, Michelle Dubois

CBS Special Investigator, Elsie Nolan

Senior Consultant of Parent Advocacy, Kathy A. Reddick

Citizens for Juvenile Justice Director, Sana Fadel

Director of Prison Radio, Noelle Hanrahan

Celebrating Re-Entry

These past two years, a remarkable number of political prisoners have been released from confinement. Let’s celebrate their recent releases by donating to their re-entry funds. Please, donate and share if you can.
Chuck Africa
Delbert Africa
Connor Stevens
Nina Droz Franco
Eddie Africa
Janet and Janine Africa
Debbie and Mike Africa