Marilyn Buck

Marilyn Buck, a North American political prisoner, began her anti-racist activism as a teen in Texas, organized against the war in Vietnam, and joined SDS and S. F. Newsreel. She fought for self-determination for all people, and she aligned herself with the Black Liberation Movement. In 1973 she was convicted of purchasing two boxes of handgun ammunition and was given a ten year sentence. After serving four years in Federal prison in Alderson, West Virginia, she was granted a furlough and did not return. The following eight years she was underground. In 1985 Marilyn was recaptured and tried for breaching another wall – she was convicted of conspiracy for the successful escape of Assata Shakur from her New Jersey prison. Marilyn and her codefendants, Dr. Mutulu Shakur and Sekou Odinga were also convicted of conspiracy to commit “armed bank robbery” in support of the New Afrikan Independence struggle. In 1988 she was given another ten years in the Resistance Conspiracy case, for “conspiracy to protest and alter government policies (the invasion of Grenada, intervention in Central America) through use of violence” against government and military property. She has been in prison for 17 years, with a total sentence of 80 years.