Next Steps for Medical Justice for Mumia

At 7pm on April 2, Mumia Abu-Jamal was transferred back to the infirmary at SCI Mahanoy- the same prison infirmary that failed to identify his diabetes, gravely misdiagnosed him, and gave him severely detrimental treatment. *This is an outrage!*

The Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition is organizing press conferences and caravans to Mahanoy and the office of the Department of Corrections, 1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, PA. For details, call the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition: (212) 330-8029.

Please KEEP CALLING the Penn. DOC, John Wetzel, 717 728-4109, and the prison supt., John Kerestes, 570 773-2158 x 8102 and demand that Mumia’s family be able to visit him daily and that doctors of the family’s choosing be allowed to see him. When calling, please ask about WESLEY COOK #AM8335.


Background Information:

Mumia was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Schukylkill Medical
Center on Monday morning after losing consciousness due diabetic shock
(with a blood sugar level of 779 and a sodium level of 160).  After 20hrs
of vigil his wife Wadiya and his brother Keith Cook were given 30 minutes
each to see him. Pam Africa, listed on Mumia’s medical records as his
emergency medical contact was also denied a visit.

On Wednesday Bill Cook (Mumia’s youngest brother) and Jamal Hart (Mumia’s
oldest son) visited him.  Mumia’s condition was distressing. Jamal Hart
left the room after ten minutes, distressed that his father was in pain.
Bill Cook reports that Mumia was very ill.  He had labored breathing, was
in pain, thirsty, and he was shaking.  He also had difficulty getting out
of bed. He was chained with one hand to the rail. Except for the two short
visits on Monday and Tuesday, he was without any family contact.  He was
denied all other visits including legal visits.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections created an arbitrary and
capricious rule on Wednesday, announcing that immediate family members
would only be permitted to visit once a week. This means that Mumia’s wife,
brothers, and son will be prevented from returning to visit until next
week. Given that everyone else – lawyers included – are banned from
visiting. Unless we organize to change it- Mumia will have no visitors
today, and he will go the rest of the week without any contact with family
or others. This is inhumane. Unacceptable. And must be changed.

On Thursday, Pam Africa will be keeping vigil at the hospital.  We call on
the world to demand that visitation from immediate family members, and his
sister Pam Africa, be allowed more than once per week while Mumia is in
critical condition. We ask everyone to put our “eyes” on our brother, and
give him support and comfort as he fights for his life.