Robert Seth Hayes was born in Harlem, New York in October 1947. His father, John Franklin Hayes, was the child of sharecroppers and came to New York City from South Carolina. His mother, Francine Washington Hayes, moved to New York from Pittsburgh. Both of Mr. Hayes’ parents were employed by the U.S. Postal Service, working to provide a better life for Seth and his four siblings. A desire to better the community was impressed upon the family at a young age.
“My mother taught me to visualize family universally, not individually.”
Growing up in an area ripe with poverty, Seth saw one neighborhood after another suffering from neglect, desperation and frustration – yet he also saw, over the years, flashes of hope and determination which fueled an intensity to fight for justice and a better life for those he saw struggling.
His desire to help change what he viewed as a despicably unjust system inspired him to join the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. As we all know, that is something that is not allowed to happen without recrimination. The powers that be cannot accept a movement with beliefs that conflict with the parasitic system of Capitalism.
Robert Seth Hayes was framed and convicted of the murder of a NYC police officer in 1973. Charged with seven counts of attempted murder and one count of murder in the first degree, he was denied parole many times – strictly because of his political ideology and work with the Black Panther Party.
As many people have worked hard to undo the injustices inflicted upon members of the Black Panther Party for decades, the work has finally paid off for Seth.
The following is from the NYC Free Mumia Website, via Jericho Movement:
From New York Jericho:
We are elated to report that respected elder Robert Seth Hayes was granted parole and released July 24, 2018, having met all criteria for release according to his sentence.
The parole commissioners recognized his progress after serving 45 years in prison and granted his parole application at his eleventh parole hearing.
He is looking forward to being reunited with his family and friends. We welcome him home!
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We spoke with Seth today, and he is grateful to all of his friends and supporters. Once he gets settled in, he plans to write a statement of his own.