Political Prisoner Linda Evans Granted Clemency

January 30, 2001

Although President Clinton granted many of his end-of-term pardons and commutations to cronies and campaigncontributors, he did commute the sentences of two of America’s many political prisoners: Susan Rosenberg and LindaEvans. Last week we talked to Rosenberg and today we turn to Linda Evans.

She was arrested in 1985. The Cold War was in full swing as America launched proxy armies and its own troopsthroughout Central America and Grenada—often circumventing congressional oversight and US law.

After opposing the US war on Southeast Asia, Linda Evans had continued her solidarity work in support of liberationmovements around the world and turned to armed struggle. With a felony conviction for anti-Vietnam war protest on herrecord and openly revolutionary opposition US policies, her arrest for the purchase of guns with a false I.D. drew awildly disproportional 40-year sentence.

She was subsequently convicted of conspiracy involving the explosion of a small bomb at the US Capitol Building. Noone was injured.

During her 16 years of incarceration, Evan’s political analysis and assessment of effective strategies evolved, buther commitment to social justice has remained intact.


  • Linda Evans, recently released after 16 years of incarceration.