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Crystal M. Hayes, MSW, Contributor Crystal is a reproductive justice and prison reform advocate. She is also a doctoral student in social work at the University of Connecticut and teaches at Smith College School for Social Work and North Carolina State University in the Department of Social Work.

Hallmark Doesn’t Make The Birthday Card That I Need
I was barely three years old when my father was sent to prison.
04/20/2017 11:34 pm ET | Updated Apr 26, 2017

I turn 47 years old in a short couple of weeks and Hallmark doesn’t make the birthday card that I need.

I will likely celebrate my birthday the same way I have for most of my life, particularly in recent years.

I will wake up — God willing.

I will walk my dog — or maybe we’ll go for a run.

I will talk to my daughter.

I will read birthday cards.

Among those cards there will undoubtedly be one from my father. Every year for the past 40 plus years like clock-work he remembers my day. He sends me a birthday card and he makes me a promise: he promises that next year, he’ll be home to celebrate with me.

I was barely three years old when my father was sent to prison. My small feet were still learning to thump around the house as I was just beginning to run and explore our tiny Bronx New York City apartment. I was a daddy’s girl from the very beginning and loved playing games with dad who made sure to keep me safe.


Crystal M. Hayes


Robert Seth Hayes pens ‘freedom letter’


Editor’s Note: Robert Seth Hayes is currently incarcerated at the Sullivan Correctional Facility. The Black Liberation Army (BLA) was an underground, black nationalist militant organization that operated in the United States from 1970 to 1981. Composed largely of former Black Panthers (BPP), the organization’s program was one of “armed struggle” against the oppression and tyranny of the United States Government, and its stated goal was to “take up arms for the liberation and self-determination of black people in the United States.” The BLA carried out a series of bombings, murders, robberies (which participants termed “expropriations”), and prison breaks.


Reputed Black Army Member Guilty in Police Murder


Robert Hayes, reputed to be a member of the Black Liberation Army, was found guilty yesterday of murder and robbery in the shooting of a transit patrolman last June.

District Attorney Mario Merola of the Bronx said later that it was the first time in New York State that a member of the group had been found guilty of murder. The verdict was handed down by a State Supreme Court jury in the Bronx.

Mr. Hayes a slender man 26 years old, wearing a maroon smock with black and white stripes over blue jeans and maroon fringed orange skullcap, took the verdict calmly.

He bowed deeply to the 12 jurors, who included one black woman and one black man, as he was led away to await sentence on May 10 on the murder charge. He faces imprisonment of 15 years to life. He has said he has adopted the Jewish faith and taken the name Seth Ben Ysaak Ben Ysrael.

Taking the stand la his own defense last Monday, Mr. Hayes denied any involvement in the shooting of Sidney Thompson, the transit patrolman, last June 5. Under questioning he acknowledged that during military service he had been found guilty of what Alexander E. Scheer, assistant District Attorney prosecuting the case, called a homicide.


Police Officer
Sidney L. Thompson
New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 5, 1973