Live From Behind Enemy Lines: An Interview with Sylvester Thomas

The Free Virginia Movement Presents:

Live From Behind Enemy Lines:
An Interview with Sylvester Thomas
By Uhuru B. Rowe
May 28, 2018

This interview is with a brother name Sylvester Thomas #1096150, also known as Wop, who is serving a juvenile life without the possibility of parole sentence — a sentence which has been ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. I first met Wop while attending the same religious program here at Sussex 2 State Prison. My first impression was that he’s an extremely humble, soft-spoken, and thoughtful brother who has a thirst for all kinds of knowledge, just like most of us trapped behind these walls. When I was released from segregation back in May, I was assigned to the same block as him and was anxious to do this interview with him. Here’s his testimony.

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Who Am I

By Uhuru B. Rowe
January 5, 2018

Who am I? Well, I think I have to go back to what I was so you can appreciate who I am. I was born and raised in the city of Richmond, Virginia. I was the typical Black youth from a working-class family which consisted of my mother and father and six other brothers and sisters. I was the youngest of the bunch; happy, playful, full of love and life. But I was living in a dysfunctional family atmosphere like most oppressed poor Black families trying to survive and thrive in racist America. And before long, my happiness would turn into sadness, and my sadness into rage.

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Virginia State Republicans’ Proxy War Against Poor, Black and Brown People and the Birth of the Free Virginia Movement.

By Uhuru B. Rowe*
June 10, 2016

Well, it seems another Virginia (VA) Governor may bite the dust. Recently, CNN reported that Democratic VA Governor, Terry McAuliffe, is under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Dept. of Justice for alleged improper financial contributions made to his 2013 Gubernatorial campaign by a Chinese businessman estimated to be worth $1 Billion. Continue reading “Virginia State Republicans’ Proxy War Against Poor, Black and Brown People and the Birth of the Free Virginia Movement.”


By Uhuru B. Rowe
January 20, 2016

Today marks the 21st year of my incarceration here in Virginia. I remember quite vividly the first day I arrived at the old Richmond City Jail on the 20th of January, 1995. I was barely 18-years old, 140 pounds soaking wet, with no facial hair, naive and completely oblivious to the many struggles that lay ahead of me. Whatever innocence I retained after experiencing and surviving the deadly streets of Richmond was snatched away from me when the jail bars slammed closed behind me. I was thrust head first into a predatory prison environment full of hopelessness, violence, madness, insanity and chaos. Back then, if someone would have told me that after 21 years I still would be in prison, I would have found such a statement quite humorous. But spending decades in prison as I slowly transform from a vibrant teenager into a middle-aged adult with a salt-and-pepper beard is no laughing matter. Continue reading “21 YEARS A PRISONER”