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.
Now – as officials are considering how prisoners with Hep C will be treated – is the time to raise our voices! *PLEASE SIGN NOW.*
– International Action Center and International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Hepatitis C Treatment Campaign: firstname.lastname@example.org
c/o Philadelphia International Action Center 215-724-1618; 801 S. 48th St, Philadelphia PA 19143