Action Alert for Jay Chase

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Action alert for Jay Chase
May 25, 2015

Please accept our apologies for the sparse updates that have come out the last couple of months regarding Jay Chase.

As you may know, Jay received a one year sentence after pleading in Cook County to assault on a correctional officer. We support Jay in pleading out to one year versus rolling the dice and potentially getting 3-5 more years tacked on his sentence. His judge in that case was the same as in the original NATO 3 entrapment case and no one had any thoughts that this time, he would be fair, or cognizant of Jay’s terminal illness he struggles with daily (Huntington’s Disease).

To make matters worse, Jay recently found out he lost one full year of good time which pushes his release date back to November 6, 2017. This loss of good time is based on incident reports or ‘tickets’ Jay received while vigorously and persistently demanding treatment for the terminal illness and Hepatitis C. It is a cruel irony that the Illinois Department of Corrections not only medically neglects its own prisoners but then punishes anyone for speaking out and demanding treatment. This is about neglect and indifference that is bigger than Jay’s specific case- a point he makes clearly in letters sent out from solitary, which brings us to the reason for this dispatch.

Below are two letters from Jay that he sent out to supporters in the last month. In it, he details the mistreatment he has received at the hands of his captors. Not only do they describe an obvious pattern of medical neglect but also, outright assault on Jay. Options are being investigated but what we need is your help. Please read these letters, let it sink in and do not forget: Jay is still in these cages, surrounded by people who could not care less whether he lives or dies, by people who have assaulted him and yet, he is still brave enough to write and speak out.

Will you do the same for Jay? We have 3 ‘asks’ right now that are listed below that are pretty straightforward and easy. Make a few phone calls. Share an event on facebook. Tell the media about what is happening behind those walls and demand they cover it. Let remind those that hold the keys that Jay is not alone, that he has a whole community of people out here that has his back and is not happy about the assault of our friend, of our comrade, of our brother.

Many people have asked how to help or expressed frustration at their inability to help. Well, here is your opportunity. Make a few calls and emails. Let Jay know you are out here and care. These things we ask are acts of solidarity- to let him and his captors know he is not alone and he needs medical treatment now. If they are unable to do that, they should release him to our care. If you do not know much about Jay, the NATO3 case or what happened in 2012 when an out of control Chicago PD with the blessing and initiative of one deposed Anita Alvarez went buck wild and entrapped three activists to make good media for themselves, check out

https://freethenato3.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/Free-the-NATO-3-172345546229824/

Thank you in advance for your time and solidarity!
Jay Chase Support Crew
freethenato3@gmail.com

Note: X is used in place of an individual’s name due to our very real concern that Jay will be retaliated against.

Letter from Jay Chase
April 2016

On the morning of December 3rd, 2015, at around 9:00am, I was called for a healthcare pass. The officer doing my transport told me I had to put my cell in compliance or I wouldn’t be allowed to go. After arguing with him for a while, he called the X. After arguing with X for a while, he left my cell (N-740) and went to stand in front of my neighbor’s cell (N 741) and talked with him for a while.

After he left, I spit out in front of my cell and he said ‘nice try’. The X and Y came awhile later and told me to cuff up and go downstairs which I did. After my cell was moved to N-341, X followed me into my cell and while I was kneeling to take the shackles off, X tackled me from behind into the ground face first. He repeatedly smashed my face into the concrete so hard and so man time he broke my nose, smashed my front teeth though my lip, splitting my lips. I had two black eyes, my face was completely swollen, my
cheek bone was broken and there was blood coming from my mouth, nose and ear. My nose did not heal, my cheek is still broken and my teeth are now loose and crooked.

It has been 4 months and I have not received any medical attention. I have not seen a nurse, doctor or even a psych worker since this happened. I am denied my basic right to health care. I also have Hepatitis C and Huntington’s Disease and am receiving no medical care or attention at all.
Jared Chase

Letter from Jay Chase to pen-pal
5.12.2016

I just want to give a quick update. I am still not receiving any medical treatment. It’s been 6 months since my nose was broken. I am still being denied treatment. Now I have a sinus infection, my nose is infected and I am getting terrible aches and migraines. Now I am also not even receiving my medication. I am not getting any medication for my Huntington’s Disease, Hep-C or my broken nose, or anything. I am still not getting my psych meds either.
Thank you.

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This is what we are asking you to do:

1) Demand Jay Chase get medical care NOW

Call/fax/write and politely make the request that Jared Chase M44710 receive medical treatment for a broken nose sustained in December as well as treatment for Huntington’s Disease and Hepatitis C.
Michael Melvin, Acting Warden
Phone: (815) 842-2816 or Fax: (815) 842-3420
Pontiac Correctional Center, POB 99, Pontiac, IL 61764

2) Help Jay get his good time reinstated NOW

Jay lost one full year of good time while being held in solitary
confinement at Pontiac Correctional.

Please call, email or write the Illinois Department of Corrections and ask that they reinstate Jared’s good time so he can get out earlier than expected. Jared lost his good time by getting ‘tickets’ at Pontiac, a result of his constant demands for health care and treatment for his Huntington’s Disease and Hepatitis C.
http://www.illinois.gov/idoc/contactus/Pages/default.aspx
(217) 558-2200 x 2008

Illinois Department of Corrections
1301 Concordia Court
P.O. Box 19277, Springfield, IL 62794-9277

Illinois Department of Corrections
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601

3) Send Jay a birthday card by June 12th

Jay’s birthday is June 12th and it has been a very tough year for him. Between being in a solitary cell all of the last year, getting indicted for
assault on a guard, having his sentence extended by one year and losing a full year of good time, Jay sure can use some birthday cheer!

In the weeks to come, let’s flood Jay with birthday love. Please send Jay a card, a letter, some photos or even a book (though we understand he has tons at the moment).

Write:
Jared Chase M44710
Pontiac Correctional Center
PO Box 99
Pontiac, Illinois 61764

Send books via amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1ZYU2MW7KDDON/ref=cm_sw_su_w

Send 99 cents postcards via flixshop https://www.flikshop.com/

Lets show the jailers how much support Jay has from our community and remind him we have his back through this sentence and beyond!

If you can please share the Birthday Blitz for Jay event on facebook and invite people:
https://www.facebook.com/events/619609968192236/

Jay Chase Denied Care for Huntington’s Disease: Send Letters of Support

jared-chasePolitical prisoner Jay Chase is currently experiencing rapid progression of symptoms from Huntington’s Disease as he is being denied a diet and supplements that are recommended for his condition.  Navigating any type of chronic health issue within prison is difficult, and HD is no exception.  The symptoms of HD can be described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously, including:

  • Personality changes, mood swings & depression
  • Forgetfulness & impaired judgment
  • Unsteady gait & involuntary movements (chorea)
  • Slurred speech, difficulty in swallowing & significant weight loss

At this time, mail and letters to Jay are being requested so he knows he has the support of people who care about him.  Jay will probably not be able to respond to every letter, but it is anticipated that he will appreciate all mail and writing periodic letters, even if he does not respond initially, is welcome.

3 Things You Can Do to Support Mumia

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Supporter-packed hearings, on Mumia’s right to medical treatment for Hepatitis-C, are taking place in Scranton, PA. While we call for Mumia’s and all prisoners’ freedom, here are *3 things you can do* to fight for his health and the liberation of all:

*1. Call PA Department of Corrections (717) 728-2573 & Governor of PA, Tom Wolf (787) 712-2500 now to demand immediate Hep-C treatment for Mumia and 10,000 other PA Hep-C prisoners.
*2. Spread this great educational comic: “No to Medical Murder of Mumia” by Seth Tobocman
*3. Follow the campaign to bring Mumia home at www.freemumia.com

Robert Seth Hayes Urgent Medical Update

Seth is grave medical condition and his condition is worsening. Seth’s has had many close calls with code blues concerning low blood sugar with his mismanaged diabetes. His diabetes has never been under control nor has he seen an endocrinologist, but now Seth faces now more pressing issues with a cough and breathing difficulties. Since the beginning of this year Seth has not gotten the proper diagnosis or treatment for his breathing difficulties. Seth also has swelling in his feet, thighs and entire legs. These conditions combined make everything from walking to talking extremely difficult and exhausting activities for Seth. Seth passed out from shortness of breath and sudden disorientation on Saturday. Because of this medical reality Seth is unable to attend college which he had to personally pay for.  Seth is requesting a wheel chair and any other reasonable accommodation for his current condition. Seth cannot sleep with his shortness of breath and cough.

We are asking that Seth be immediately brought to a Pulmonary and Heart Specialist to address his cough, swelling legs, and breathing difficulties. That secondly the facility stick to the medical plan given by this specialist.

We also need people to call and fax Dr. Koenigsmann and Nancy Lyng in Albany to demand that Seth be immediately brought to a Pulmonary and Heart Specialist to address his cough, swelling legs, and breathing difficulties. That secondly the facility sticks to the medical plan given by the specialist. We also are asking that Seth be given a wheel chair and any other reasonable accommodation for his medical needs. We also are asking that C.O. Slater be prohibited from accompanying Seth to the clinic in the future. This is attempted medical murder of one of our beloved freedom fighters and we must do everything possible to help Seth at this time.

Superintendent Keyser at Sullivan: 845-434-2080

Dr. Koenigsmann: 518-457-7073 (phone) and 518-445-7553 (fax)

Nancy Lyng: 518-445-6176


Seth needs visitors and letters.

Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116

Van to Sullivan picks you up at your door: 845-866-1118

Week of Action for Medical Justice for Leonard Peltier

CALL TO ACTION – MONDAY, 02 NOVEMBER 2015

Leonard Peltier has been in lockdown since this past Friday. He had barely recovered from the last lockdown. For a man in his condition, the lockdowns are life threatening.

Once again, Leonard needs our help. Due to the obstacles the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has put in our way, let’s do this the old fashioned way.

Visit:

https://faxzero.com (US) or
https://faxzero.com/international (International).

Send your message via fax to each of the below elements of the BOP.

Warden Tamyra Jarvis
USP Coleman I
846 NE 54th Terrace
Sumterville, FL 33521
Fax: 352-689-6012

Helen J. Marberry
RO Southeast
Regional Office
3800 Camp Crk. Pk. SW
Bldg 2000
Atlanta, GA 30331
Fax: 678-686-1229

Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Fax: 202-514-6620

 Tell the BOP that the lack of healthy food choices for diabetics is inhumane.
 Tell the BOP that the lack of programs to teach diabetics how to manage their food choices in light of the few healthy foods available to them is irresponsible.
 Tell the BOP that lockdowns—in particular, lengthy ones—put diabetics in a life threatening situation.
 On the basis of Leonard Peltier’s age and health status, tell the BOP to release Leonard Peltier, or immediately transfer him to a medium security facility close to his family and where he can access quality medical care.

CALL TO ACTION – TUESDAY, 03 NOVEMBER 2015

On Tuesday, we’re asking that you work Capitol Hill on behalf of Leonard Peltier.

United States Senate
Committee on the Judiciary
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-6050
Phone: 202-224-5225
@ChuckGrassley

U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on the Judiciary
2138 Rayburn House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3951
@HouseJudiciary

 Ask why the BOP does not provide healthy food choices for diabetics. Tell the Committee this is inhumane.
 Ask why the BOP lacks programs to teach diabetics how to manage their food choices in light of the few healthy foods available to them. Tell the Committee this is irresponsible.
 Tell the Committee that lockdowns—in particular, lengthy ones—put diabetics in a life threatening situation. This is negligence.
 Ask the Committee, on the basis of Leonard Peltier’s age and health status, to urge the BOP to release Leonard Peltier, or immediately transfer him to a medium security facility close to his family and where he can access quality medical care.

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Stop Retaliation Against PA Prisoner

Sometime yesterday Major Tillery, a 65 year-old man, was rushed to the hospital from SCI Frackville. Major Tillery has liver disease and a liver shunt, arthritis with chronic back and hip pain, and a festering skin rash and open sores. Major Tillery has filed grievance after grievance objecting to the lack of medical treatment and refusal to renew needed medical devices.

Today, the only thing we have been told by Superintendent Brenda Tritt is that this was “a routine admission” and Major is “receiving the appropriate medical attention.” Nothing more to to Major Tillery’s daughter, Kamilah Iddeen–not the hospital, the reason for rushing Major to the hospital, no agreement for family and legal visits.

*Call prison officials and demand:*

– *Visits with Major Tillery* by his family and lawyer. Full medical information and treatment should be provided to his family and lawyer.
– *Stop the Retaliation Against Major Tillery.* He should be exonerated for the false charges of drug possession and this misconduct removed from his record.
– *Transfer Major Tillery from SCI Frackville back to SCI Mahanoy or to another facility in eastern Pennsylvania to remain near his family.

*Dept. Of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel           (717) 728-4109
*Superintendent Brenda Tritt, SCI Frackville           (570) 874-4516

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Help Leonard Peltier Receive a Necessary Medical Transfer

After nearly a three-week lockdown at UPS Coleman I, what we feared has
occurred. Due to being served one warm meal a day and bread and water for
the other meals during this period, Leonard Peltier’s blood sugar is high
and out of control. The solution? The doctor gave Leonard a list of foods
not to eat. But here’s the problem: ALL the foods Leonard has been told not
to eat are the only foods available to him.

Demand a transfer to medium security in a location that will afford Leonard
quality health care. Do NOT contact the prison. Instead, contact:

Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street., NW
Washington, DC 20534
Telephone: 202-307-3198
Email: info@bop.gov

Be respectful, but firm. The situation is life threatening. After many
years of high blood sugar, Leonard is at serious risk for kidney failure
and the need for dialysis, blood vessel damage in the eyes that can lead to
blindness, and nerve damage in the feet that could lead to the need for
amputation. Supporters should also remember that Leonard already suffers
from a heart condition. Heart disease is, in fact, the number one cause of
death in people with diabetes.

Leonard needs our help. Act now. Write or fax a letter. Make a call. Send
an e-mail.

Sign Appeal for Hep C Treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal and 10,000 PA Prisoners

Send messages to the Pennsylvania Governor, Secretary of Health and Secretary of Corrections demanding Pennsylvania policy makers allow political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and an estimated ten thousand other prisoners in PA infected with Hepatitis C to receive proper health care, including treatment with a new direct-acting, anti-viral medication which has a 95 percent cure rate.

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations say Abu-Jamal was unfairly convicted in the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia policeman.  A solidarity movement won his removal from death row, but he is still in prison and will die of medical neglect from untreated Hepatitis C unless state officials are forced to give him proper treatment.  Furthermore, as an innocent man, he should be released from incarceration.

The PA Department of Corrections currently has no standard procedure for treating prisoners with this disease which, if left untreated, can lead to diabetes, heart disease, liver failure and even death.

Untreated Hep C in the state’s prisons is spread to the broader population outside when prisoners return home. Called a “silent epidemic,” Hepatitis C has a disproportionate impact on impoverished communities and people of color, and increases public health care costs.

A protocol for treating prisoners suffering from Hepatitis C is reportedly being hammered out by officials from the PA Dept of Corrections and the PA Dept of Health.  Doctors, nurses and other health care providers have urged officials to treat HCV-infected prisoners with the new effective cure.

sign-the-petitionNow – as officials are considering how prisoners with Hep C will be treated – is the time to raise our voices!   *PLEASE SIGN NOW.*

tinyurl.com/mumiahepcappeal

– International Action Center and International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Hepatitis C Treatment Campaign:  hepccure4mumiaallprisoners@gmx.com

c/o Philadelphia International Action Center 215-724-1618; 801 S. 48th St, Philadelphia PA 19143

Mumia Abu-Jamal needs life saving treatment for Hepatitis C

On Saturday August 1, prison medical staff told Mumia Abu-Jamal that he has active Hepatitis C.  But the prison is refusing to give Mumia any treatment. His lawyers are going back to court to demand justice.

And we need your help to do it.  

Please give $50, $100, $1,000 or $25 today.

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Support Political Prisoner Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin

jamil_al-amin08-07-2007bOn September 3rd Jericho Amnesty Movement received a call from a Political Prisoner at USP Canaan concerning Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. Imam Jamil is in serious need of medical attention. His jaw is swollen to at least twice its normal size, and he is experiencing a lot of pain.

According to his family it is clear that he needed to remain in a medical facility. In addition to his having smoldering multiple myeloma, he has Sjogren’s syndrome, which is another auto immune condition.

The Imam’s family appreciates our continued support and dissemination of information. He has put in a request for a transfer to a warmer climate which he feels may help his condition. In addition, he hopes to be closer to his attorneys and family members.

His family is considering filing a legal action concerning his condition and lack of medical care, but in the meanwhile they ask that we continue to keep him in our discussions.

Please call or fax USP Caaan and ask, demand, that Imam Jamil be given immediate adequate medical attention.

Phone 570-488-8000

Fax 570-488-8130

Let them know you are concerned about Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin 99974-555

You can also write:
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin
99974-555
USP Canaan
PO Box 300
Waymart, PA 18472