Call-in to ensure family visitation in ICU for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia

At 1pm EST today, Mumia Abu-Jamal had a medical emergency and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA. We need your immediate help to make sure that Mumia’s family will be able to visit him NOW.

Many called, so SCI Mahanoy shut down their phones.  Now please call these numbers to demand that Mumia’s family can see him at Schuylkill Medical Center immediately:
Richard Ellers, Director, PA Department of Corrections Health Care Services
rellers [at] pa.gov
(717) 728-5311

John Wetzel, Secretary, PA Department of Corrections
(717) 728-4109

Schuylkill Medical Center
(570) 621-5000

Superindendent John Kerestes, SCI Mahanoy
(570) 773-2158

Write a Letter for Prisoner-Activist Peter Collins

peter-collinsPeter Collins is a long-time prisoner-activist, incarcerated for the
1983 murder of a police officer in a failed robbery.

Prisoners’ rights activists in Canada will likely know of Peter’s work
around Prisoners Justice Day, and his activism around various issues
pertaining to the expanding prison system in this country. Peter has
drawn, painted, silk screened dozens of images to commemorate PJD for
the past 31 years. He has done interviews, written papers and recorded
statements talking about the significance of remembering those who have
died behind prison walls (and in other carceral spaces) and of
continuing to fight for the rights of prisoners and their families.
Activists in the United States may have seen Peter’s graphic
contribution to the California prisoner hunger strikers of recent years,
a drawing of a Pelican gagged with barbed wire. (The California
prisoners’ hunger strikes having originated in the Pelican Bay
supermax.) Peter has supported campaigns against violence against women
and did several art pieces and songs about the Missing and Murdered
Indigenous Women. Peter participated in the Anti-Violence Project and
came up with strategies for anti-bullying campaigns in schools. He has
written hundreds of articles, done countless radio interviews, presented
at conferences through audio recordings, created short films and written
policy papers.

Last year, Peter was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder
cancer. In January of this year (2015), Peter learned that the cancer
had spread throughout his body, and that he probably does not have much
time left to live (possibly months).

As a consequence of Canada’s racist “double punishment” policy, Peter is
under a deportation order to the United Kingdom, where he was born but
hasn’t lived since 1967. This order would be enacted immediately upon
his release from prison – i.e. he would be transferred directly to
immigration detention to await deportation. For this reason the parole
board has objected to his release as it has no mechanisms under its
control to gradually ease him back into society. This catch-22 situation
has been used to block Peter’s parole since 2008.

Given Peter’s cancer diagnosis, if he is not released soon, he will die
in prison. Peter is not contesting his deportation to the UK. He has a
strong circle of support in the UK, family members who can provide him
with a home, and has been in contact with UK police officials who have
conducted community assessments at his family home and do not oppose his
return to the UK. There have been two Public Protection officers
assigned to Peter’s case, and who are ready for his return. What Peter
requires is that the parole board grant him compassionate release,
“parole by exception.” We understand that case management at Bath Prison
are supportive of Peter’s release.

We are asking you to write a letter on Peter’s behalf, to:

Parole Board of Canada
516 O’Connor Dr,
Kingston ON,
K7P 1N3

and cc. Cheryl Kerr:

Cheryl Kerr, Parole Officer
Bath Prison
P.O Box 1500
Bath, Ontario
K0H 1G0

Below is a list of points to raise in your letter.

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Military finally begins gender-related care for Chelsea Manning

A partial victory in securing adequate medical care for Chelsea Manning, as reported on February 13, 2015 by the Chelsea Manning Support Network:

chelsea_aclu_portrait_3“It is … concerning that private medical information about Chelsea’s care was again leaked by government officials despite clear protections in federal law and the existence of a protective order.”
–Chase Strangio, ACLU attorney representing Chelsea Manning on gender related issues

After fighting for years to receive necessary gender-related medical care from prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning will finally begin hormone therapy. The Department of Defense’s approval of Manning’s care comes after Chelsea’s initial request for treatment in August of 2013 and a subsequent Sept 2014 lawsuit filed in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) after her medical needs continued to be ignored.

Update: Chelsea Manning, speaking to a Support Network organizer earlier this week, did in fact confirm that she had received her first hormone treatment.

Manning’s treatment will mark the first time the military has administered such care, as transgender individuals are currently not allowed to serve. Since Chelsea cannot be discharged until her 35-year prison sentence is complete, it is up to the Army to see to her medical well-being while imprisoned.

Hormone therapy, “is an important first step in Chelsea’s treatment regimen and one that is in line with the recommendations of all of her doctors and the basic requirements of the Eighth Amendment,” confirms Chase Strangio, attorney with the ACLU.  “We are thrilled for Chelsea that the government has finally agreed to initiate hormone therapy as part of her treatment plan.”

However, Stangrio notes, “The military continues to refuse to let Chelsea grow her hair like other female prisoners, a critical part of her treatment plan that has been recognized by her doctors. The resistance to meeting Chelsea’s full treatment needs is a reflection of the deeply entrenched stigma associated with transgender health care… we will keep fighting for Chelsea’s health needs until she is treated fully and adequately.”

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Prison Officials Deny Russell Maroon Shoatz Treatment for Prostate Cancer – Call Prison Today

shoatzUPDATE: 2/12/15: PADOC medical contacted the Shoatz family this morning and informed them of the course and schedule of the treatments that Maroon is going to be receiving for the prostate cancer. The treatment is set to begin this week.

THANK YOU to all who answered the call and advocated for Maroon. At this
time we are asking supporters to hold off on further phone calls and letters. Maroon’s family and legal counsel will be in communication with him to ensure that he begins receiving the treatment without any further delay.

Again, hold off for now on further advocacy, but remain vigilant in the event that further action is required in the future.

Original post:

Political prisoner and former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz #AF3855 was informed that he had prostate cancer on December 9, 2014. Prison medical staff has not provided any treatment to date. Cancer does not wait for the prison bureaucracy. Maroon’s health, his life, and his rights are being violated every moment he is denied necessary cancer treatment.

Call SCI Graterford and PADOC Secretary Wetzel today and demand that Maroon be provided immediate, necessary medical care for his prostate cancer.  
 
Call:
 
SCI Graterford Superintendent Michael Wenerowicz: 610-489-4151
SCI Graterford Chief Health Care Administrator Joseph Korszniak: 610-489-4151
PADOC Secretary John Wetzel: 717-728-4109

 

Please be firm and respectful when talking to prison staff.
Talking Points:
1)    Russell Shoatz was informed that he has prostate cancer on December 9, 2014. He has not received any treatment to date.
2)    The oncologist told him in December that the cancer was “aggressive” and that treatment should begin in January.
3)    A urologist told him in January that he was going to receive radiation treatment.
4)    There is no medical reason for a two-month delay prior to receiving necessary cancer treatment. Russell Shoatz needs immediate health care, and continued refusal to provide this is illegal, and puts his life at risk.

 

If you would like to write a letter in addition to a phone call please address and send to the following address:

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Phil Africa passes

phil-africaOn Saturday, January 10th 2015 Phil Africa, revolutionary, John Africa’s First Minister of Defense, and beloved brother, husband and father, passed away under suspicious circumstances at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA.

On Sunday, January 4th Phil Africa wasn’t feeling well and went to the prison infirmary. Though he wasn’t feeling well, other inmates saw Phil Africa walking, stretching and doing jumping jacks. Hearing that Phil was in the infirmary MOVE members drove up to visit him and were denied a visit by the prison. While they were visiting with Delbert Africa, Phil was secretly transported to Wilkes Barre General Hospital where he was held in total isolation, incommunicado for five days.

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Another Call & Fax-in for Seth Hayes

2014-12-4-Robert-Seth-HayesIn 1973, without warning, the NYPD opened fire on Robert Seth Hayes, his wife and children in their apartment! Seth fired back in self-defense for his family and has been in prison for this non-crime over 41 years.

Currently Seth suffers from poorly-controlled Hepatitis C and Type II diabetes. He has had serious episodes of seizures and unconsciousness and needs to be able to carry glucose tablets and snacks to prevent these. He also needs a doctor to re-evaluate his insulin regime. These are easy requests for the prison to fulfill but Seth is being discriminated against as a political prisoner.

Only public pressure can obtain appropriate, life-saving medical treatment for Robert “Seth” Hayes (prisoner # 74-A-2280). Please call:

(a) Dr. Sidorowicz, Health Services Facility Director at Sullivan Correctional Facility at (845) 434-2080 ext 6126 – if that extension doesn’t work you can also try ext 6124 and ext 6117 (these go to the nurse’s station), and

(b) Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at (518) 457-7073

c) Health Services Administrator at Phone: 518-445-6176

Please fax a letter on Seth’s behalf (sample letter below which can be edited and signed by either a medical advocate or a non-medical advocate) to:

a) Dr. Sidorowicz at Fax: 845-434-2462 and

b) Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann at Fax: 518-457-2115

****Sample letter****

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Updated Action Alert for Jamil Al-Amin

UPDATE:

As previously reported, political prisoner Imam Jamil Al Amin (AKA H. Rap Brown) is in medical crisis. Note the petition and letter from his wife, Sister Karima Al Amin, Esq. below with an update on his condition and numbers to call. Also listen to interview with Sis Karima and Ramsey Clark on WBAI’s Law and Disorder this Monday morning.

*Petition*
https://www.causes.com/posts/919704-and-what-answer-will-you-give-for-abandoning-your-brother

People of conscience should:
– contact the ADX at (719) 784-9464
– send e-mails to FLM/ execassistant@bop.gov
– voice concerns on http://www.bop.gov/inmates/concerns.jsp by selecting Florence ADMAX USP, and entering Jamil Al-Amin #99974-555
– contact their Congressional reps
– contact the Medical Director in Washington, DC, at nkendig@bop.gov
– contact the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Charles Samuels, in Washington, DC; and sign petitions.
– There also is an effort underway to contact Eric Holder.

*Letter from his wife, Karima Al Amin, Attorney at Law, with more details on his condition*

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Jamil Al-Amin’s Declining Health – urgent response needed

Sister Karima Al-Amin recently visited with Imam Jamil Al-Amin and reports that his health is declining.  Urgently need all supporters to contact the office of the Governor of Georgia Nathan Deal at (404) 656-1776 and request that Imam Al-Amin (H.Rap Brown) be transferred to a medical facility for humanitarian and health reasons.  If we fail at anything let this call not be one —  continue to flood the lines, call today, call tomorrow, call every day until our beloved Brother is transferred out of the “Slow Death” supper max hell hole.  We can make a change it just takes each and every one of our support and efforts.  We cannot afford to lose another of our valiant defenders of justice.
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URGENT MEDICAL CAMPAIGN FOR PP ABDULLAH MAJID

From Jericho:

PP/POW Abdullah Majid is in need of our help. Months ago we reported that he was experiencing excruciating pain from an attack of sciatica. He was scheduled to have back surgery in October of 2013, and was instructed to stop taking the ibuprofen medication he was using to alleviate some of the pain. During this time, the only remedy provided has been a too short cane given to him by the prison doctor, making it difficult for him to walk or lean on.

When the surgery was first postponed, Majid was told it was because he needed to have some pre-op medical tests. Those tests were performed, and he has seen a cardiologist and the doctor who is to perform the surgery.

As the days and months go by, his 90 year old Mother, Mrs. LaBorde, becomes more and more anxious and frustrated by the DOCCS lack of response to her concerns.

We ask you to contact DOCCS and Governor Andrew Cuomo to express your concerns about the continued negligence and disregard for Abdul Majid’s health and medical well-being and to demand that the surgery take place. Please be sure to give his name and DIN #: Abdullah Majid, DIN # 83-A-0483 when you call or write.

Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus–Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12226-2050
518-457-7073

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

518-474-8390

Let us know what kind of response you receive.

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Update: Seth Hayes 3/2/14

Progress seen on medical front. On February 20th, Seth was seen by a dentist for general cleaning, which was then delayed due to his mouth infection. Upon arriving and being examined, the Dr. noted that the infection was worse then when last seen (which he lightly treated lightly and gave little to no concern about). Hence, he immediately called for Seth to be seen by an oral specialist. The very next day Seth was told he merely awaits to be scheduled an he’ll be out there getting seen and treated!

Meanwhile his sugar levels lacking control, still remains an issue. Steps to treat this seem to have fallen, but seeing the DOCCS move this quickly on this new issue (mouth infection) assures him that further steps are being assessed and moved on. He recently had blood and urine samples taken, to do a full blood sugar work up. Let’s see what takes place now.

“Naturally it’s all due to the efforts of you, me, and so many others. Chin Up! Fist Up! We be moving.”