Thank you for standing with Marvin “Shaka” Walker. Earlier this month we sent you the below message. We are resending it today because we are at a crossroads.
In this moment we are honoring the intention and the belief of our close friend and comrade, Shaka, that he will walk out of these prison doors one day. We trust, with all of his work and our help, that day will come.
After much consideration, Marvin “Shaka” Walker has accepted a plea bargain from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office. He is eligible for expedited parole because he was a teenager when he was arrested. We expect that with significant community support and programming, he will be released and return home to his family and friends after four decades inside prison.
The next steps are important.
We are all right there with Shaka, as he has been for us these many decades. If each of us can find a way to support him in this time of transition, that would be wonderful.
If you are in California, you can visit, write, and help him with his studies. He is preparing for his GED and Associates Degree. It is also important to show up and pack the court room on June 22nd. It means a great deal to have family, and friends, and supporters in the courtroom, as we continue on this journey home. If you can’t make that date or are too far away to come for the hearing, please consider donating to his legal defense fund and reentry fund.
Please consider making a contribution to his legal and re-entry fund. We need to raise $18K in the next month, in order to secure lead local counsel.
Write him directly using the following information:
Main Jail North- 7B
150 West Hedding St
San Jose, CA 95110
Jennifer Beach, w/ Alissa Moore and Jesse Burleson of All of Us Or None.
Shaka (Marvin Pete Walker, Jr.) was 19 when he was charged with murder and sentenced to death by an all-white jury. Now at 63, he has spent the last 43 yrs, his entire adult life, in a tiny cell on San Quentin’s death row. His conviction has been tossed 3 times – most recently, in 2020 for striking Blacks from the jury. Shaka was hospitalized for nine days in critical condition with COVID, one of hundreds exposed because CDCR (California Department of Corrections) disregarded medical experts and transferred 200 people to San Quentin in the first months of the pandemic. Shaka is a survivor. He is battling stroke symptoms and two recent heart attacks.
It is time to bring our Shaka— and all of our elders— home. Please join us.
Prison Radio Staff