URGENT ACTION NEEDED: April 1 Mumia Health Crisis Updates

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: April 1 Mumia Health Crisis Updates
Date: 2015-04-02 02:00
From: International Action Center                                                                                            <actioncenter@solidarityweb.com>
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April 1 updates



/The following updates were sent out by Noelle Hanrahan from Prison

Dateline: 3:04 p.m.

Dear friend,

Thank you all for the persistent calls today to Mahanoy and Schuylkill.

We have new information:

Mumia’s youngest brother Bill Cook and his oldest son Jamal Hart have been
able to visit him today for 30 minutes each.

As of today, a new prison rule is going to prevent his wife Wadiya and his
brother Keith from visiting again for an entire week. The new rule states
that only one visit per week per immediate family member will be allowed.

This also means that there will be many times when we will not have any
contact with Mumia during this critical week.

Please do continue calling the prison and medical center to demand that
Wadiya and Keith can visit Mumia again this week!

Thank you for being determined with us.

Cal now to demand that Mumia’s wife Wadiya and brother Keith can visit
Mumia again this week. See phone call information below.

Dateline: 1 p.m.

Dear friend,

We are in the ICU waiting room at the hospital, not 20 feet away from
Mumia’s door. SCI Mahanoy Superintendent John Kerestes has told us that
Mumia’s wife Wadiya Jamal and older brother Keith Cook will be prevented
from visiting him today, Wednesday April 1.

/This is an outrage! We demand family visitation rights and transparent
updates on Mumia’s critical condition NOW!


Our calls worked last time. We NEED the same mobilization today.
Pressuring the prison is the only way Mumia’s family will be able to see

CALL NOW and demand that

Mumia’s family can visit him at the

medical center: <tel:570-773-2158>

SCI Mahanoy- Superindendent John Kerestes


Schuylkill Medical Center


/ /

Dateline: 8:54 a.m.

Intensive Care Unit Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA

Mumia Abu-Jamal in Medical Crisis

Here is an excerpt from the hospital press conference yesterday                                                                                      (March 31):

Mumia’s wife and brother were allowed to see him separately for 30 minutes
each late this morning. The mobilization worked. But our job is not yet
done. On the morning of March 30, 2015 Mumia fainted in the prison and was
taken to the ICU of a nearby clinic. His blood sugar count was dangerously
high at 779. He was in a diabetic shock. For perspective, diabetic coma is

He is recovering slowly and still in ICU. His blood sugar is currently at
333. That Mumia had diabetes was a complete shock to all of us. For the
last 3 months, he has been under medical care in the prison and diagnosed
with eczema. And since he had three “comprehensive” blood tests since
February, diabetes should have been diagnosed and treated accordingly. But
it never was. Instead he has been subjected to hell by the prison medical
system. In January Mumia was shaken out of a deep sleep by guards during
count. For the infraction of not being awake during count he was punished
for 2 weeks, without calls or yard. Deep trance-like sleep and lethargy
were the first signs of the problem. In addition to the physical depletion
produced by untreated diabetes, he was/is also dealing with a severe
outbreak of eczema. He likened his skin to that of an elephant’s. It was
raw, blistered and bloody all over. He was so sick that he was not taking
visitors. The “meds” he was given for his skin produced an extreme adverse
reaction. His skin swelled and ruptured and he was put in the prison
infirmary for two weeks.

*There’s more, but the above points to negligence of the worse kind if not
an outright attempt on Mumia’s life. We are demanding a review of his case
by outside doctors and since the world is watching, we are calling for
Mumia’s immediate release. It’s time to bring our brother home. *

Johanna Fernandez

These two very very brief visits by his immediate family were important.
But the OUTRAGEOUS actions by the PA Department of Corrections continue.
They are controlling the hospitals actions and LIMITING all information
about his condition, preventing Mumia Abu-Jamal and his family from getting
access to the critical information they need for his care.

His family and lawyers still have very, very little information about his
treatment and his conditions. They are trying to limit additional visits.

It was inhumane that his family continues to be limited in accessing and
monitoring his condition and his health. Literally for 20 hours his family
was in the Intensive Care ICU and were told nothing.

Now that they have had a visit, they are attempting to speak with the
doctors and get medical records.

Literally after 20 hours of torture Mumia remains in intensive care. .

Mumia’s family is keeping vigil in the ICU critical care visiting room.
Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA.

His supporters and lawyers were at trial challenging the Revictimization
Review Act aka the “Mumia Silencing Act” in Harrisburg, PA when they
received word that he had been taken to the hospital.

The Abolitionist Law Center’s Bret Grote is in Pottsville and taking all
necessary steps to gain access to his client for the family and access to
his medical records so that independent doctors can intervene.

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s brother Keith Cook stated, “The rules that the prisons
have are very arcane. They don’t give out any information about prisoners
to their families or anyone else. It’s like you have your hands tied
because you don’t know how the prisoner is and you have no way of talking
to him. I remember a month ago, Phil Africa exercising in the prison; next
thing they know they moved him to a hospital and didn’t tell his family
where he was, and three days later he was dead.

“It’s scary. This situation needs to change. The prison authorities need
to be more humane to the families of prisoners.”

Pam Africa stated, “Prison Officials are lying. Mumia is going through
torture at the hands of Department of Corrections through medical neglect.
It is clear to people that they want to kill Mumia. They gave him the wrong
medication which made his condition worse. Inmates on the inside who
questioned what was happening have been subjected to direct retaliation by
the superintendent. They have been moving concerned inmates out of Mumia’s
unit in an effort to both bury and keep this critical information from the

Johanna Fernandez of the New York Campaign to Bring Mumia Home noted,
“Mumia has been complaining about being ill since January. If he had
gotten the proper care he needed originally, he would not be in this
situation. This crisis illustrates the problem of health care in American
prisons as a basic human rights violation. I am personally concerned
because Phil Africa of the MOVE organization was rushed to the hospital not
long ago in good health and a few days later he was dead. We need to fight
to defend Mumia’s life, and that of all prisoners.”

Bret Grote

Johanna Fernandez                                                                                                                                                           <tel:917-930-0804>

Pam Africa <tel: 267-760-7344>

Keith Cook                                                                                                                                                 <mailto:kdc52@aol.com>
<tel: 919-302-4177>

Noelle Hanrahan                                                                                                                            <mailto:info@prisonradio.org>
<tel: 415-706-5222>

The Abolitionist Law Center is a public interest law firm inspired by the
struggle of political and politicized prisoners, and organized for the
purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the                                                                              United States.

Link to Yesterday’s press conference outside of the hospital in
Pottsville, PA.

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