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Tom Manning

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Thomas Manning

FMC Butner
P.O. Box 1600
Butner, NC 27509

Tom is an anti-imperialist revolutionary who was active in the United Freedom Front, a clandestine organization that carried out targeted bombings of corporate buildings, courthouses and military facilities and also carried out bank robberies to fund revolutionary projects.  He was unjustly sentenced to 80 years in prison for killing a New Jersey state trooper in self-defense. He is a freedom fighter, political prisoner and prolific artist whose work is collected in the book For Love and Liberty.

In November of 2010, Tom was sent to the Federal Medical Center-Butner for knee replacement surgery. He received the surgery 20 months later yet long after was confined to a wheelchair because he has not received the necessary physical therapy. He suffers from a severe shoulder condition which makes physical therapy impossible given his inability to use a walker or cane. He has been suffering with two complete tears in his shoulder tendons and atrophy of his shoulder muscles to such a degree that he is unable to lift a cup. Physicians recommended that Tom have a shoulder surgery to rectify this problem, but a Bureau of Prisons committee at FMC Butner refused to allow Tom to have this surgery stating that the surgery was “medically unnecessary.”

In fact this surgery is medically necessary not only to make Tom’s shoulder functional again, but also because he needs use of his shoulder to be able to actively engage in physical therapy to walk after his knee replacement surgery. The lack of this surgery will
not only leave Tom unable to use his shoulder but also will leave him confined to a wheelchair.

Tom must have shoulder surgery and physical therapy if he’s to have any chance at walking again. A call in campaign was launched in June of 2013, and he is still waiting for this important surgery.

He saw the Parole Board in November of 2014, and despite the severity of his medical condition as well as meeting all of the other standards for release on parole he was denied.

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