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					Political Prisoner                                                            Political Prisoner
Alvaro Hernandez                                                              Alvaro Hernandez
Charges                                                                       Charges
As a longtime anti-police brutality and                                       As a longtime anti-police brutality and
prison abolition activist, Alvaro Luna                                        prison abolition activist, Alvaro Luna
Hernandez was a popular target of local                                       Hernandez was a popular target of local
and state police in west Texas. On July                                       and state police in west Texas. On July
18, 1996, Sheriff Jack McDaniel of                                            18, 1996, Sheriff Jack McDaniel of
Alpine, Texas attempted to arrest Alvaro                                      Alpine, Texas attempted to arrest Alvaro
at his home without a warrant. When                                           at his home without a warrant. When
Alvaro questioned the legality of the                                         Alvaro questioned the legality of the
arrest, Sheriff McDaniel drew his gun.                                        arrest, Sheriff McDaniel drew his gun.
The unarmed Alvaro managed to                                                 The unarmed Alvaro managed to
successfully disarm McDaniel and fled.                                        successfully disarm McDaniel and fled.
Several days later, Alvaro was found by                                       Several days later, Alvaro was found by
police at his mother's house. Without identifying themselves, police          police at his mother's house. Without identifying themselves, police
proceeded to open fire on the house and refused to accept Alvaro's            proceeded to open fire on the house and refused to accept Alvaro's
attempts to surrender for several hours.                                      attempts to surrender for several hours.

On June 9, 1997, Alvaro was convicted of threatening Sheriff McDaniel. All    On June 9, 1997, Alvaro was convicted of threatening Sheriff McDaniel. All
charges against him relating to the "firefight" at his mother's house were    charges against him relating to the "firefight" at his mother's house were
overturned. Alvaro was sentenced to 50 years.                                 overturned. Alvaro was sentenced to 50 years.

The original charge for which Sheriff McDaniel attempted to arrest Alvaro -   The original charge for which Sheriff McDaniel attempted to arrest Alvaro -
- robbery -- was later dismissed in court with Alvaro acting as his own       - robbery -- was later dismissed in court with Alvaro acting as his own
lawyer.                                                                       lawyer.

Bio                                                                           Bio
In 1976, Alvaro was convicted of a murder he did not commit. Ongoing          In 1976, Alvaro was convicted of a murder he did not commit. Ongoing
media exposure of the injustice of his convction led to his acquittal and     media exposure of the injustice of his convction led to his acquittal and
release in short order. In the 1980's, Alvaro was brutally beaten by police   release in short order. In the 1980's, Alvaro was brutally beaten by police
in Alpine, Texas. He responded by successfully suing the Pecos county         in Alpine, Texas. He responded by successfully suing the Pecos county
Sheriff's department and began a career as an anti-prison and anti-police     Sheriff's department and began a career as an anti-prison and anti-police
brutality activist.                                                           brutality activist.

Alvaro has been an organizer with the Prisoner Solidarity Commmittee,         Alvaro has been an organizer with the Prisoner Solidarity Commmittee,
Stop the Violence Youth Committee and La Raza, a national Hispanic anti-      Stop the Violence Youth Committee and La Raza, a national Hispanic anti-
poverty organization. In 1993 he was a delegate to the United Nations         poverty organization. In 1993 he was a delegate to the United Nations
Commissionon Human Rights in Geneva, where he spoke of the injustice          Commissionon Human Rights in Geneva, where he spoke of the injustice
of the American prison/industrial complex. Alvaro is a longtime community     of the American prison/industrial complex. Alvaro is a longtime community
organizer and 'street lawyer' who has used his understanding of the law to    organizer and 'street lawyer' who has used his understanding of the law to
help those in the poor Hispanic neighbourhoods of west Texas.                 help those in the poor Hispanic neighbourhoods of west Texas.

				
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