Callout for Xinachtli’s parole letters

Alvaro Luna HernandezXinachtli (Nahuatl, meaning “seed”) is an anarchist communist community organizer and Chicano movement revolutionary, currently imprisoned in Texas. Formerly known as Alvaro Luna Hernandez, he worked diligently in the barrio on civil and human rights issues, known widely for his legal skills. Gaining international recognition as the national coordinator of the Ricardo Aldape Guerra Defense Committee, Xinachtli was instrumental in helping to free Mexican national Aldape Guerra from Texas’ death row, where he had been framed for the murder of a police officer.

In July 1996 Xinachtli was arrested after disarming a County Sheriff who was attempting to shoot him. After defending himself at trial, Xinachtli was sentenced to 50 years in prison for aggravated assault, a charge he vehemently denies. While imprisoned, Xinachtli continues to write frequently, has helped to organize multiple prison strikes, and has been held in solitary confinement for the last 19 years and counting. Xinachtli is a prolific jailhouse lawyer, as referenced by Mumia Abu Jamal in his book Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v the USA. Xinachtli assists many prisoners in seeking new trials, and filing suits against the repressive, inhumane Texas prison system.

Texas prisons are now one of the nation’s COVID-19 virus’ ‘hotspots,’ and the courts are refusing to intervene, while prisoner dead bodies pile up in local morgues. Xinachtli is an elderly person, with his life in danger. Presently, Xinachtli is preparing for his first ever upcoming Parole Review Hearing, on July 18, 2021, and so the Xinachtli Defense Committee is calling for people to send letters to his lawyers that they can use in support of his application.

Key points to mention are that he has a solid support system waiting, with available opportunities of employment, residence, and transportation, and that he is in his late 60s with several health conditions which would put him at high risk if infected with COVID-19.

Letters should include his registered name, Alvaro Luna Hernandez, and prison number, TDCJ-CID#00255735. Parole letters should be addressed to:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Parole Division
P.O. Box 13401,
Austin, Texas – 78711-3401

But the letters themselves need to be sent to Xinachtli’s lawyers at:

Allen Place Law,
109 South 7th Street,
Gatesville, Texas 76528

Sending them to Allen Place instead of directly to the parole board will help his lawyers to use them effectively.

To contact Xinachtli directly, write to
Alvaro Hernández #255735
James V Allred Unit
2101 FM 369 North
Iowa Park, TX 76367

Ballad of Alvaro Luna Hernandez

by David Rovics



Alvaro Luna Hernandez started life with a shorted hand
Growing up in Texas, on occupied land
His troubles with the law, and with the Sheriff of Alpine
Resulted from a racist gang, crossing every line
Of respect for human decency, vicious thugs in blue
Who have ruled the hills of Texas since long before ’52

In the middle of the twentieth, when Alvaro was born
It wasn’t long before the first time he was torn
From the streets of Alpine, to a windowless cell
When the cops kicked his head, til no one could tell
If he’d live or die – and somehow, he was breathing still
When the morning sun was shining in the Texas hills

Alvaro Luna Hernandez grew up to lead the fight
Against police corruption, and for human rights
Falsely accused of murder, incessantly harassed
A young life in constant danger, quickly flying past
So on the day a cop came to his house, pointed his gun
Alvaro knocked it out of the officer’s hands, and he did run

Alvaro Luna Hernandez hid out underground
After the biggest manhunt in West Texas, they fired many rounds
He managed to surrender, without being shot
And that was the last breath out of prison that he ever got
The trial was a sham, and he was given fifty years
Sentenced by the machine, to be ground up in the gears

Since 1996, a quarter century ago
In solitary confinement they’ve kept our Alvaro
He’s now lived to be an old man, and whether he ever leaves
Justice in the USA exists only for the thieves
Who came and stole this country, declared it to be theirs
Slavemasters in power, Chicanos in the crosshairs

Alvaro Luna Hernandez started life with a shorted hand
Growing up in Texas, on occupied land


Contact the Committee to Free Alvaro Luna Hernandez!

We need more people involved, especially students at high schools, colleges and universities. If you’re interested in the case, offering promotions, support, or starting a local support chapter of the COMMITTEE TO FREE ALVARO LUNA HERNANDEZ, please email us.

Central Campaign Coordinator
John S. Dolley, Jr.
P.O. Box 7187,
Austin, TX 78713

Alpine Chapter
P.O. Box 81
Alpine, TX 79830

San Jose Chapter
P.O. Box 1523
San Jose, CA 95109

San Diego Chapter
Union del Barrio
P.O. Box 13036,
San Diego, CA 92170

Canada Chapter
P.O. Box 57001
RPO Jackson Square
Hamilton, ON
L8P 4W9 Canada