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Urgent Press Release on Mumia Abu-Jamal

Deutsche Übersetzung...

April 2, 2017

Contacts: mobilization4mumia@gmail.com

Joe Piette: 610-931-2615

Mumia's Treatment Expected, But *_Not Yet_* Delivered

Delayed Hep C Treatment Leads to Death

On March 31, 2017, Mumia Abu-Jamal received a cruel mix of bad and good news from a prison doctor. The doctor shared the results of his recent lab test, which showed clear signs of cirrhosis, an irreversible scarring of the liver caused by his untreated Hep C. The doctor also informed Mumia that he would be treated with the Hep C cure within a week

The impending victory was bittersweet. Mumia shared his feelings with those he called that morning. His rare expression of emotion was also captured in an interview interview... that evening in which he stated: "My first reaction was really shock, anger, disbelief. If I had been treated in 2015, if I had been treated in 2012 when they say they first diagnosed it, I wouldn't be this far advanced. ...For a lot of guys and a lot of gals inside the Pennsylvania prisons, I think it is a step forward and a great day, but I assure you I don't feel that way right now."

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' apparent concession to treat Mumia with the Hep C curewas achieved through an agonizing two-year battle waged in the streets and through two court suits. However, Mumia has *_not yet been treated_* and will not be without our vigilance and continued protests.

If he is treated immediately, Mumia can expect to return to good health; but patients who have developed cirrhosis are more susceptible to developing liver cancer in the future and have to be monitored for the rest of their lives.

In the face of Mumia's battle for humane medical treatment, the PA DOC had adopted a retaliatory posture and accelerated its efforts to silence and kill Mumia by delaying treatment. Because of the failure to treat his Hep C, over the last two years, Mumia fell into a diabetic coma, experienced severe brain swelling, and suffered a painful skin condition that disfigured his body. In the last year, he and others in the prison have been forced to bathe in and drink water that is often visibly contaminated - "black and turbid," as Mumia put it.

Many of Mumia's supporters around the world believed that Mumia received treatment back in early January 2017 because a federal judge rdered the DOC to provide it. But a stubborn and stonewalling PA DOC refused to comply with the ruling. The judge ordered Mumia's immediate treatment citing the unconstitutionality of the PA DOC's Hep C treatment protocol. The judge denounced the DOC, whose protocol "deliberately delays" treatment with the standard Hep C cure until the prisoner experiences bleeding of the throat, among other deadly symptoms. The decision cited eight amendment rights violations prohibiting cruel and usual punishment.

The ongoing foot dragging by the PA DOC was confirmed this week. On the same day that the prison doctor delivered the news to Mumia, PA DOC attorneys filed a scandalous motion in court. They asked the judge to dismiss Mumia's legal health suit on the basis that the DOC had decided to treat Mumia under the guidelines of pre-existing HEP C treatment protocol —the same protocol that the judge previously declared "unconstitutional."

These arguments demonstrate the DOC's attempt to undermine the legal implications of Mumia's legal suit and the DOC's own misconduct. When Mumia is finally administered the cure, his treatment will establish precedent for the treatment of thousands of PA prisoners with Hep C, as well as people on the outside who can't afford the medication. Mumia's battle has exposed the deadly crisis of medical care in the prisons and the barbarism of the U.S. for-profit health care system that charges 90K for the Hep C cure.

As history shows, a judge's ruling does not ensure its implementation, especially when it challenges ruling interests. For this reason, we are asking you to take action and demand immediate Hep C treatment for Mumia, for the more than 700,000 prisoners with Hep C across the country and the millions suffering with the untreated, deadly disease outside the prison walls in our neighborhoods.

This moment has also created an opportunity to uphold Mumia's innocence and fight for his freedom. On Monday, April 24, 2017, the day of Mumia's birthday, his attorneys will challenge his conviction in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. We are calling on you to join us at the courthouse and in the streets.

On April 24, his conviction attorneys, Judith Ritter and Christina Swarns (NAACP Legal Defense Fund), will take advantage of the recent Supreme Court ruling in /Williams v. Commonwealth/ to show how judicial and prosecutorial bias in all of Mumia's state appeals have kept him behind bars. This important Supreme Court ruling determined that a judge cannot fairly adjudicate an appeal of a case for which he/she has previously had a personal role in a significant prosecutorial decision.

In Mumia's case, Judge Ronald Castile, the same judge under scrutiny in /Williams v. Commonwealth/, also was the elected Philadelphia District Attorney responsible for the arguments made to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1988 to uphold Mumia's trial conviction and death sentence. Castille had also been a high-level assistant DA during Mumia's trial. After he was elected to the PA Supreme Court in 1994, he was involved in deliberating and denying all of Mumia's state appeals against the decisions of "hanging judge" Albert Sabo and Pamela Dembe who upheld Mumia's death sentence and denied him a new trial during multiple appeals between 1998-2007. These judges denied a new trial despite Mumia's innocence, that evidence of his guilt was manufactured by the police and prosecution and that he had been denied virtually every due process right and protection owed under the U.S. constitution.

During the appellate filing, Mumia's attorneys asked Judge Castille to recuse himself because of this bias, citing also the judge's close relationship with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which lobbied for Mumia's conviction.The FOP funded Castille's bid for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and honored him as "Man of the Year." In response to Mumia's attorneys, Justice Castille responded stridently that he would not step aside,noting that he should not be singled out because five of the seven judges of that Pennsylvania Supreme Court were also supported by the FOP. It is no surprise that the court did not find one single error in the original court proceedings and thus upheld hisdeath sentence and denied Mumia the right to a new trial.

We demand the immediate release of Mumia!

We are calling on you to do two things

  1. Call the DOC to demand immediate treatment for Mumia and all PA prisoners with Hep C:
    PA DOC Secretary John Wetzel, (717) 728-2573
    Email: ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov
    (Twitter) @johnewetzel * @CorrectionsPA

  2. Join us in Philadelphia on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM, at the the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to assert Mumia's innocence and call for his immediate release.
    Center for Criminal Justice
    Courtroom 1101
    1303 Filbert Street
    Philadephia, PA

Signers in solidarity,

  • International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • MOVE
  • Campaign to Bring Mumia Home
  • Abolitionist Law Center
  • Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC)
  • Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Mundo Obrero/Workers World
  • Philly REAL Justice
  • Sankofa Community Empowerment
  • Millions for Mumia/International Action Center
  • Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal/Northern California
  • Le Collectif Français "Libérons Mumia"
  • German Network Against the Death Penalty and to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Amig@s de Mumia de México
  • Saint-Denis Free Mumia Committee

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(Democracy Now) Philadelphia Activists Demand Life-Saving Drugs for Mumia Abu-Jamal (December 12, 2016)

In Philadelphia, hundreds of people gathered Friday for a march and protest to demand life-saving medication for imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, and for all Pennsylvania prisoners suffering from the unconstitutional denial of treatment for their hepatitis C. The protest marked 35 years since December 9, 1981, when Mumia Abu-Jamal was shot by Philadelphia police, arrested and then charged with the murder of white police officer Daniel Faulkner.

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(Mexico City) Fotos: ¡Afuera de la embajada, por la libertad y salud de Mumia

Bericht (in spanisch) und Fotostrecke von einer Kundgebung für Mumias Freiheit an seinem 35. Haftjahrestag (9.12.2016) vor der US Botschaft in Mexico City:

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(Courthouse News Service) Abu-Jamal Says Bad Medical Care May Kill Him (October 11, 2016)

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Chris Hedges: Mumia Abu-Jamal's Fourth of July

FRACKVILLE, Pa.-Tens or even hundreds of thousands of Americans, like those in the visiting room of the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, drove often for hours on the Fourth of July weekend to visit relatives or friends who are locked in cages. Millions suffered the painful absence this weekend of a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a son, a daughter or a friend. These people, mostly poor people of color, understand a dark truth about the cruelty and ultimate intentions of the corporate state. They know that "freedom", "justice" and "liberty", especially if you are poor, are empty slogans.

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Protest walk-in at Philadelphia's City Council

Treat hep C in Philly jails! (January 30, 2016)

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Radio-Podcast - Law and Disorder: Mumia Abu-Jamal Health Lawsuit Update by Lawyer Bob Boyle

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For three days in late December, the 3rd Circuit Federal District Court heard Mumia Abu-Jamal’s lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for refusal to provide him treatment for Hepatitis C. Testimony from Dr. Paul Noel, Chief Medical Officer of the Pennsylvania DOC revealed that under the DOC’s new protocols only 5 out of an estimated 5,000 prisoners with chronic Hepatitis C were being treated with the new anti-viral drug beginning this fall – less than 1/10th of one percent.

The trial ended with a stunning revelation that the lawyer representing the DOC had knowingly introduced false evidence. Dr. Noel was the final witness; he stated that an affidavit introduced by defense attorney Laura Neal bearing his signature was NOT his actual testimony. It quickly became evident that the DOC attorney had ignored Dr. Noel’s repeated requests not to insert an erroneous paragraph into the document–in other words, she tampered with the evidence. This same altered affidavit had been a key piece of evidence used by a PA magistrate judge in September to deny Mumia’s injunction against the DOC.

Guest – Bob Boyle, one of Mumia’s attorneys and a long time National Lawyers Guild member.

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(Video) December 18th: Demand Medical Treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal and 10,000 Prisoners with Hepatitis C

Be in court or call the Department of Justice and the Governor Tom Wolf.

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Press Release - Mumia Abu-Jamal: Years of Wrongful Incarceration & Current Health Crisis

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(Workers World) Mumia supporters highlight HVC epidemic (November 19, 2015)

Philadelphia - An "Emergency Town Hall and Report to the People" was held here Nov. 13 to garner support for a campaign demanding that the state of Pennsylvania immediately provide life-saving drugs for imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal and thousands of other prisoners suffering from the hepatitis C virus. The event was held at the Friends Center before a standing-room-only crowd.

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(The Black Agenda Report) The People Demand Treatment for Mumia and 10,000 PA Inmates Suffering from Hepatitis C (November 17, 2015)

"They contend that Abu-Jamal and the others are not sick enough to get immediate treatment."

An international coalition of health care professionals, unionists, educators and lawmakers gathered recently at the American Friends Center in Philadelphia to discuss the issue of treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal and other Pennsylvania inmates suffering from the Hepatitis C Virus.

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(WBAI - Radio, New York City) Building Bridges: Mumia Must Live (October 28, 2015)

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(Workers World) Pam and Ramona Africa tour Bay Area for Mumia (October 22, 2015)

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(Workers World) Health care providers call for hep C treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal and other PA prisoners (October 7, 2015)

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Offener Brief an Tom Wolf: Health care providers call for hep C treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal and other PA prisoners

In einem Offenen Brief an Pennsylvanias Gouverneur Tom Wolf fordern Gesundheitsarbeiter*innen Hepatitis C Behandlung für Mumia Abu-Jamal und andere Gefangene im Bundesstaat:

(Workers World) Health care providers call for hep C treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal and other PA prisoners (October 7, 2015)...

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(Buchbesprechung) Mumia Abu-Jamal's Eighth Book: Writing On The Wall

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Stellungnahme der Autor*innen Gewerkschaft der USA

Resolution to Save the Life of Mumia Abu Jamal from "Medical Neglect"

From the National Writers Union, August 11, 2015

Where as Mumia Abu-Jamal, an African-American journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, who was president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, was sentenced to the death penalty in 1982 for allegedly killing a white policeman. The judgment was based on fraudulent court proceedings, including an incompetent lawyer who neglected evidence showing Abu-Jamal's innocence, a nearly all-white jury (which studies show often produces the same result as an all-white jury with a Black defendant), self-serving witnesses, and a biased judge, which show that Abu-Jamal is an innocent man who should never have been in jail in the first place and who is a political prisoner in Pennsylvania.

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