A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon
Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, a former member of the Black Panther Party in southern California, has languished in prison since 1969, almost 40 years. Along with more than one hundred other California death row prisoners, his sentence was commuted to life in 1972. While the majority of those former death row prisoners have since been paroled, Fitzgerald has not. Having expressed deep and sincere remorse for the acts he was convicted of so long ago, and posing no threat to anyone, Chip Fitzgerald now awaits a July 2 parole hearing.
We respectfully request that our readers sign the petition at the end of the article which will be presented to the parole board prior to the hearing.