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Dozens Of Anarchists Arrested In Belarus After Anti-government Protests

17/03/17

On March 15 in three major cities of Belarus – Minsk, Mogilev and Grodno – people took the streets protesting against government attempts to collect tax off the unemployed (details of the story HERE). In Minsk, demonstrations managed to gather more that 1 500 people, in Mogilev and Grodno 1 000 each. These are the biggest protests those cities have seen in decades. It is worth mentioning that most of the protesters are far from major political powers in the country and do not align with any opposition stream, rather prefer to point out the hard economical conditions and results of 24 years of Lukashenkos rule.

Around 40 anarchists organized in a separate block participated in the demonstration with banners saying "For the people, the main social parasite are the bureaucrats, politicians and the police" (referring to the law against social parasites introduced 2015 that is the major reason for recent protests). To make the demonstration a little bit more fun, a samba band in black joined the block. Inside of the demonstration, anarchists were by far the most organized force that took a lot of attention from the police.

During the whole demonstration, 20-30 civil cops were constantly following the anarchist block and at the end of the demo tried to arrest some people. Anarchists together with other participants of the demo managed to de-arrest people and get into public transport – a tactic that was quite successful in the past months, when anarchists managed to get out safely. However it was stopped a couple of minutes later by a bus without license plates and civil cops rushing into the public transport. To get the people out , the pigs used not only brute force beating up people, but also pepper sprayed the trolleybus (an action one of the football hooligans got 10 years in jail for in Belarus just last week). At the end of the confrontation, around 30-35 people were detained including several bystanders, who were trying to help people resist the police. By the end of the day, some activists were beaten up so badly that the cops had to call an ambulance.

Right now, all the arrested are in jail in Minsk police stations awaiting trial tomorrow. Judging from recent developments, most probably they will be punished with 15 days in jail.

Furthermore it has been reported that over 9 people from the demonstration were detained in Mogilev. Their destiny is not clear yet.

Lawyers and food parcels are covered so far by human right activists. But you can always support people with solidarity actions next to local embassies or Lukashenko's mansions. Apart from that you can share the news, and make the topic more visible around you.

By the moment this article is written, over 150 people were detained and sentenced to fines or some short prison terms for protests in last weeks in Belarus.

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Antifascist Prisoner From Belarus Needs Your Support

20/01/17

Vadim Boyko is an antifascist supporter of FC Partyzan from Minsk. He was detained on March 22, 2016 together with other people on suspicion of participating in the attack on the right-wing hooligans that happened about two years ago. His trial is set for February 3, 2017 and we ask for financial support to pay the legal advice. The approximate cost of the legal aid for him is 5000 euros, part of which has already been covered by us.

Here is a full story.
FC Partyzan (former MTZ-RIPO) is an antiracist football club that doesn't exist any more, while there are still some active groups of hooligans involved in street fights. As reported, on June 29, 2014 a mob of Partyzan supporters attacked a trolley-bus carrying a gang of right-wing hooligans of FC Torpedo. The attackers blocked the vehicle and broke a few windows. In the following days the police detained five Partyzan fans on suspicion of the attack, but they were eventually set free with no charges. The case was frozen.

On March 22, 2016 cops carried out a series of searched in the flats of Partyzan supporters and detained a few people. As a result three of the detained – Ilya Volovik, Vadim Boyko and Dmitry Tsekhanovich – remained in custody with charges of aggravated hooliganism facing 10 years in jail. Later Dmitry was released with travel restrictions, the other two remain in custody. At the moment there are 6 defendant to the case, including 2 former hooligans who were accused of selling drugs and allegedly testified against the others.

Meanwhile, the cops initiated another case against Ilya Volovik – leadership in an unregistered organisation, claiming that he was the leader of a hooligan gang. The case files count around 40 volumes and the process is expected to be long.

It should be pointed out that antiracist football hooligans are not always close to anarchists in any ways. Part of them shares patriotic, homophobic, sexist tendencies, and we wouldn't like to support such people. At the same time we can’t close our eyes on the clearly political connotation of the case, since last year was rich in repression against both left and right-wing groups, no matter how politicised they are. A lot of antifascists and right-wingers were put in jail on charges of possession of drugs, distribution of pornography (posts in social networks) and illegal business in addition to ordinary street conflicts with each other. The new charge of participation in an unregistered organisation testifies to this, too.

We call all of you having the possibility to offer financial support to do so. In this case we only support Vadim Boyko, since so far we didn't get any information testifying that he is sharing openly patriotic, sexist or homophobic views, also he is trying his best not to cooperate with the law enforcement, unlike some other defendants including those mentioned before.

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Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas Released From Custody - RS Comrades End Hunger & Thirst Strike

10/01/17

According to Athens Indymedia a new order was issued by the prosecutor on January 8 terminating the detention of Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas, the 6 year old son of Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, and awarding temporary custody of the child to his grandmother. The child has already left the hospital with his relatives. Comrades Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Konstantina Athanasopoulou have ended their hunger and thirst strike. A decision on final custody of the child will take place in six months time.


Pola Roupa Arrested / Now On Hunger & Thirst Strike

05/01/17

According to Greek media Pola Roupa, a member of Revolutionary Struggle, has been arrested at a house in the Attica region. Pola is the partner of Revolutionary Struggle member and political prisoner Nikos Maziotis and was one of the most wanted fugitives in Greece. According to media reports Pola was with her young son and a 25 year old woman when police raided the house. The 25 year old woman was also arrested and there are unconfirmed reports that two further people may have been arrested as well.

Subsequent news has arrived that Pola and her partner Nikos have gone on hunger and thirst strike in protest at the kidnapping and detention of Pola's 6 year old son. He is currently being held in a hospital room under armed guard, with the police refusing to allow family members or legal representatives to see him.

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Aachen/Barcelona Trial Dates Set

08/12/16

The court of Aachen has set the dates for the start of the trial against the two comrades from Barcelona accused of expropriating a branch of Pax-Bank in Aachen in November of 2014. The court case will start on January 23 and a total of 25 sessions are scheduled.

These two comrades [whose names have not been publicly released] were arrested separately on April 13 and June 21 in a repressive operation carried out by the Mossos d’Esquadra and the German police, against the social centre Blokes Fantasmas and multiple private residences. Since then, the two comrades from Barcelona are being kept in preventative custody in jails in Aachen and Köln. Let us not forget, that there is also a third comrade from Amsterdam who is being tried at the moment in an independent judicial process that is framed in the same repressive witch hunt that, stemming from the german bank robberies, has been carried out throughout Europe.

From Barcelona we reiterate our solidarity and unconditional support for these comrades and we invite all individuals and collectives to get together and be prepared for any new information or responses to the state’s aggression against those who rebel against its order and misery.

THE ANARCHISTS IMPRISONED IN GERMANY ARE NOT ALONE
WE WANT THEM FREE
WE WANT THEM AMONG US

The specific dates:
January 23 and 26
February 9,13,14 and 16
March 2,6,9,10,13,20,23,27,28 and 31
April 3,7,24,25,28
May 5, 12, 18 and 22

https://solidariteit.noblogs.org/

UPDATE: On December 8 the court acquitted the comrade from Amsterdam accused of a bank robbery of 2013 in Aachen. Over 60 people were present in court, to show their support. The judge refused the rough indications argumented by the prosecution that aimed to prove the presence of the comrade in the bank on that morning more then 3 years ago.

However, the prosecution has already announced their recourse to the revision court. This means that a judge now will revise the whole court case to see if there were any procedural mistakes or incoherence with the judges reasoning for his decision. In case this court finds any errors, the trial will have to be re-done in the court of Aachen, but by a different judge. If this recourse fails, these charges and juridical procedure will be closed.

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Interview With Recently Released Prisoner Alexei Gaskarov

17/11/16

Anti-fascist Alexei Gaskarov was recently released from prison after serving three and a half years in prison for alleged involvement in the Bolotyana Square riot in Moscow in 2012. The on-line Russian magazine 'Snob' (Сноб) asked Kommersant special correspondent Olesya Gerasimenko to meet with Gaskarov to discuss the Bolotnaya Square case, life and education in the penal colony, and the death of the protest movement. The text of the interview, tranlasted by The Russian Reader website is available here.

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Call To Help Zolo Azania Prepare For Release

27/10/16

Political prisoner and former death row prisoner, Zolo Agona Azania, needs your help. Zolo will finally be released in a few short months, in February 2017, after spending 35 years in prison, 27 years on death row. Zolo is a prolific writer and an accomplished artist. His writings and art reflect his deep commitment to the Black freedom struggle and a just world for all people.

Zolo will exit prison practically penniless and will face enormous financial challenges. He will need to pay for housing, food, clothing, transportation, furniture, a cell phone, utilities, and the many other expenses we all encounter. Zolo will seek employment but at the present time he has little savings. He has been paid $0.35 an hour during most of the time he has worked inside Indiana's prisons.

Let's ease Zolo's path and make sure he does not confront his financial challenges and all the challenges he will face alone. Please donate generously.

Zolo is alive today due to his efforts and the work of his supporters and a strong legal team. The Indiana Supreme Court twice reversed his death penalty conviction due to racially discriminatory practices that occurred during the trial process. Zolo is a jailhouse lawyer. He has done legal work on his own behalf and for other inmates. He has acquired a paralegal certificate and has gained an associate degree by completing 2 years of college work.

In spite of his difficult circumstances, Zolo is a positive person with a quick smile and a vibrant laugh. Let's answer his positivity with support. All funds will go directly to Zolo and will be deposited into a fund managed by a team that has supported him for 13 years.

www.gofundme.com/helpzolorebuild

For more information contact: zoloazania.org and the Chicago Committee to Free Black Political Prisoners.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. Help spread the word!

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Mexican Prisoners Announce Solidarity Hunger Strike

01/10/16

During a press conference on September 28, anarchist prisoners announced the beginning of an indefinite hunger strike. They are compañeros Fernando Bárcenas and Abraham Cortés, prisoners in North Prison, Luis Fernando Sotelo, prisoner in South Prison in Mexico City, and Miguel Peralta, prisoner in Cuicatlán Prison in Oaxaca. The strike is in rejection of the 33 year and five month sentence given to Luis Fernando Sotelo, to mark three years since the arrest of compañero Abraham Cortés on October 2, 2013, and in solidarity with the prison strike underway in the United States against the exploitation of prisoners’ labor and in support of the revolts against the killings of African-Americans by police in the U.S.

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Police Captured Czech Anarchist Lukáš Borl

11/09/16

On Sunday, September 4, police captured our comrade Lukáš Borl. Lukáš is an anarchist who has lived in underground for about a year, due to previous intense surveillance. On Monday September 5 the court sent him to custody jail. State attorney, Naďa Voláková, commented on the case for the Czech News Agency: "I confirm the capture of a man who is accused of foundation, supporting and promoting a movement aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms, black mail and misdemeanor of criminal damage…"

We do not yet know what exactly Lukáš is accused of. We will continue to provide updates. So far you can support him by sending a letter or by a spontaneous noise demonstration. Lukáš is held in a custody jail in the city of Litoměřice. Here is the address:

Lukáš Borl 1.3.1982
Vazební věznice Litoměřice
Veitova 1
412 81 Litoměřice
Czech Republic.

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Eigth Italian Anarchist Arrested In Operation Scripta Manent Case

11/09/16

On September 6, seven comrades were arrested and accused of being members of the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI). The same day Daniele Cortelli, an editor of Croce Nera Anarchica, was captured that same day in the context of another arrest proceeding, after police found some batteries and an electrician’s manual in his apartment. He is likely to face charges of "possession of materials for the manufacture of explosive devices".

His address and that of the other seven comrades are now available on our prisoners page. Please write and show them your support.

Seven Italian Anarchists Arrested & Accused Of FAI-FRI Membership

09/09/16

On September 6, seven comrades were arrested and accused of being members of the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI). The arrests were made by the DIGOS (Division of General Investigations and Special Operations) headed by prosecutor Roberto Sparagna. The charge against our comrades is ‘subversive association with intent to commit terrorist acts’, coordinated by the prosecutor of Turin who has accused them of placing 3 bombs. One in the Crocetta neighborhood of Turin on March 5, 2007, and two in the police training center in Fossano on June 2, 2006.

In addition to the arrests of these individuals 8 other comrades have been placed under investigation. Raids were carried out on 29 homes located in Piemonte, Liguria, Lazio, Emilia Romagna, Lombardia, Sardegna, Abruzzo, Campania and Umbria.

The arrested anarchists are Anna Beniamino (46), Marco Biseti (33), Emiliano Danilo Cremonese (40), Alsessandro Mercogliano (43) and Valentina Spaziale. The identities of the other two comrades are unknown but it is believed to be two women linked to the attack by ‘Olga Cell’ FAI-FRI against nuclear power company executive Roberto Adinolfi in Genoa, May 2012. Anarchist comrades Nicola Gai and Alfredo Cospito were sentenced for this action to 9 years, 4 months and 10 years, 8 months respectively.

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CCF Prisoners Sentenced To 115 Years Each

16/07/16

On July 8, 2016, the Koridallos prison court – presided over by special judge Asimina Yfanti – convicted all members of the anarchist revolutionary organisation Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) – Gerasimos Tsakalos, Christos Tsakalos, Giorgos Polydoros, Olga Ekonomidou, Theofilos Mavropoulos, Panayiotis Argyrou, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Damiano Bolano, and Haris Hatzimihelakis – to 115 years in prison each.
Angeliki Spyropoulou sentenced to 28 years in prison. Athena Tsakalou and Evi Statiri found not guilty. Christos Polydoros given 6 year suspended sentence. Christos Rodopoulos sentenced to 75 years in prison. Christodoulos Xiros sentenced to 65 years in prison. Fabio Dusko sentenced to 8 years in prison. Four other defendants sentenced to 27-28 years in prison each. Four other defendants were acquitted of membership in the organisation but received a 6-year suspended sentence. Two other defendants were found guilty of misdemeanor offences and another two were found not guilty.

Further info

Statement by Athena Tsakalou (the mother of CCF members Gerasimos Tsakalos and Christos Tsakalos)

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Merseyside Anti-Fascist Jailed

16/07/16

Michelle Smith, a much loved Merseyside Anti-Fascist Network comrade, pleaded guilty to the state charges against her for her participation in organised direct action against fascists in Dover on January 30, 2016. On Tuesday July 12, Michelle was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court to 12 months in prison.

On that dreadful day in Dover, the state supported a group of armed and dangerous fascists to meet together in public and bring terror and hate to the streets of Dover. These neo-nazis demonstrated with the protection of the police, they hurled insults and threw missiles at our comrades, the public and at the police.

Michelle is passionate in her beliefs and in standing up for the rights of people to live without fear of racist attacks. Michelle has never been violent, she has remained dignified even when these thugs have repeatedly threatened her home address, her children and her livelihood. Michelle remained dignified when one of these thugs attacked her in her in her work place. She has spent her life in the service of others. She is a single mother of two children and her involvement in anti-fascism has always been about making this country a safer place for them to live. Her actions were taken to resist racism and fascism.

We believe that anti-fascist action is always self-defence. By confronting fascists and their ideas we strive for people to live without fear. We stand with Michelle and always will do. We ask every one of you to remember the atrocious history of violence that fascists have done and continue to do to our society and to support us by joining, campaigning and donating to the cause.

We will not allow our comrade to be forgotten; we will campaign for her release
She is in there for us, and we are out here for her.

No Pasaran!

If you want to write to Michelle message Merseyside Anti-Fascist Network and they will send you her details.

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Five Swedish Antifascists Sentenced To Prison By Court Of Appeal

03/07/16

On July 1, the court of appeal’s sentence against the remaining Swedish antifascists who were prosecuted after the protests in Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, ahead of the elections in 2014 against a now defunct nazi party were announce.

Out of the 10 antifascists appearing in front of the court of appeal, five were sentenced to serve prison time ranging from four to twelve months. Three people previously sentenced to prison had their rulings overturned to community service and a fourth person sentenced to prison in the district court was fully acquitted. A tenth person, acquitted in the district court, was sentenced to community service although both courts agreed on that the person had not committed any crimes but merely participated in an antifascist demonstration. This is a ruling that leaves a mark of worry for the future.

Two of the five antifascists sentenced to prison had their classifications reduced from ‘attempted grievous bodily harm’ to ‘attempted violence to public servant’, although the sentencing remains the same of six months imprisonment, ten months all together with the classification of ‘violent disorder/riot’. Attempted violence to public servant is a sentence normally followed by fines, or in some cases a month imprisonment, but this time the court decided to hand out a sentence equal to attempted GBH.

Most of the sentences handed out is relating to participation in a riot, an event the prosecution claimed to be two separate ones as, according to them, the situation calmed down between the disturbances. This allows them to prosecute twice for the same accusation and therefore plead for longer sentences and steeper fines.

About 12 000 people found themselves in Kungsträdgården, central of Stockholm, during the protest two weeks before the Swedish Election. When the Police made attempts to disperse the crowd by spraying pepper spray and attacking protesters with truncheons, many decided to stay put and push back the attempts. Amongst the thousands of anti-racists in the area, a great number participated in one way or another in what the district court and the court of appeal considers to be violent disorder/riots. Out of these people, 15 were prosecuted and 13 people sentenced, eight of them to prison.

We should not be knocked back by the harsh sentences and the to repression of anti-fascist protest but should instead redouble our solidarity and resistance. Though we cannot do anything about the sentences handed down, we can however do something about the fines. Therefore we would like to add a friendly reminder about the solidarity fund that’s up and running and are encouraging everyone to reach in to their pockets according to means.

Kingsan 15 poster

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Free Kungsan 15!!!

Fria Kungsan 15

NB: Brighton ABC have a limited number of Fria Kungsan 15 solidarity posters. All money received will go to the solidarity fund. Email us at brightonabc@riseup.net for details.

Kungsan 15 interview.

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MOVE Parole Hearings Updates

20/06/16

As expected, the Pennsylvania Parole Board denied parole for Debbie Africa and gave her a two year hit. A week and a half ago the same Parole Board also denied parole for both Janet and Janine Africa, giving them both a two year hit as well.

They remain strong and have not given up in their fight. By no means are these recent denials a defeat for us but this gives us more fuel, more fire, to keep exposing this issue with the Pennsylvania Parole Board and The Fraternal Order of Police. This fight is far from over as we now prepare for the August 2016 parole hearing for our Brother Michael Africa and the now 2018 parole hearings for Delbert, Eddie, Janet, Janine, and Debbie Africa.

We will soon post our next course of action as it relates to the illegal parole denials of The Move 9. In the meantime we continue to urge people to sign and share the official petition we have aimed at The United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging an investigation into The Wrongful and Ongoing Imprisonment of The Move 9. People can sign by going to the link: www.causes.com/campaigns/92454-free-the-move-9.

Also, this August 8, 2016 on the 38 Anniversary of the arrest of The Move 9, the Campaign will be putting together a twitter storm to obtain the goal of 25,000 signatures for The US Justice Department petition for an investigation into the wrongful imprisonment issue.

The Move Organisation

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Call For Solidarity With Czech Anarchist Prisoners

27/06/16

On August 2 and 3 the first court hearing involving the Czech anarchists charged with conspiracy to prepare a terrorist attack against a train-load of military equipment – a plan initiated by 2 under-covered state agents. A call has been put out for solidarity actions in support of the charged comrades to protest against the ongoing police repression. Any kind of solidarity action is welcome but think twice what impact your action will have on those charged.

More info on AntiFenix.cz

There is also an A2 poster with all the updates (beginning of July 2016). Please share and print:

https://antifenix.noblogs.org...2016JULYA2.pdf


Call For Solidarity With Anarchist Prisoner Martin Ignačák

14/06/16

As Czech Anarchist Black Cross and the AntiFenix Collective, we call for international solidarity actions against the repression of anarchists in the so-called Czech Republic. This repressive wave is labeled Operation Fenix – 8 people are accused or charged, some with possible life sentences, and with many more harassed by police, interrogated, raided, devices confiscated.

Our call for international solidarity is to support all of charged and affected, but also in particular to support Martin, an anarchist who was entrapped and accused of preparation of a terrorist attack, all planned by two state infiltrators. He has been locked away already almost 14 months in terrible conditions, and in response, he has just gone on hunger strike. Especially in places where you have Czech embassies or consulates, you can show that borders can’t stop anarchist solidarity.

Although Martin’s English isn’t very good, he will be very happy to receive any mail, here is his address:

Martin Ignačák 10.8.1986
V.V. Praha – Pankrác
P.O.BOX – 5
Praha 4
140 57
Czech Republic.


Anarchist Prisoner Martin Ignačák Is On Hunger Strike

01/06/16

On May 27, 2016, Martin Ignačák an anarchist accused of terrorism charges, went on hunger strike in Pankrác remand prison in the Czech Republic. He did this because on April 29, 2016 the City court in Prague ruled in favour of his release from remand but the state’s attorney appealed this decision to the High Court in Prague, which on May 27 decided to extended his remand. Therefore he has decided to protest by going on hunger strike and has stopped taking in nutrition and liquids. This type of hunger strike threatens the life of the hunger striker after a week.

During the year-long investigation of the preparation of a supposed terrorist attack Martin has exhausted all his legal options. None of them were successful. This is why he now chooses this radical form of expression, to draw attention to this manipulated police case. "I consider the approach of the investigators and the police to be very problematic, it is a threat to the freedom of every human being, a threat to freedom of speech, a threat to activism that tries to lead to a better world , and this doesn’t just involve anarchists."

Martin is being prosecuted in the so-called Fénix case from April 2015, in which five people were accused of the preparation and the failure to notify of a terrorist attack on a train. Martin is the only one who has been in remand prison this whole time and his detention has now been extended after the intervention of the state’s attorney. As a reason for the extension of remand the state’s attorney used the testimony of a police agent who infiltrated the anarchist movement in 2014. From his testimony the state’s attorney drew the conclusion that Martin might attempt to escape to Spain. Another reason that he put forward was that Martin "is connected to the so called Síť Revolučních Buněk/ The Network of Revolutionary Cells (SRB) and therefore also to similar organisations abroad." The police previously brought up the spectre of the SRB when they began the Fénix prosecutions and briefed the media. According to Martin: "Any connections between the five attacks ascribed to SRB and all the detained and accused have been refuted. The investigators themselves have ruled it out."

At the moment Martin is the second longest detained prisoner in the Pankrác remand prison. For 13 months he has bee held there under conditions that negatively affect his psychological and physical state. For example, he has been refused food free of animal products, which means he practically has no access to hot food; friends who have been to visit him have been mentioned by name in the indictment; police from the Department for combating organised crime have started to collect information on Martin’s sister - her only crime, trying to support her brother in whatever way she can.

For Martin parole would mean that after 13 long months he would again see his friends, family and mother nature; and that he would no longer be exposed to emotional deprivation and physical hardship.

On May 29, Martin’s sister Pavla B. joined her brother in the protest and this morning she has started hunger strike herself as well.

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On The Coming Anti-Terrorist Trial Against Anarchists & Anti-Authoritarians In Belgium

28/04/16

'If fighting for freedom is a crime, innocence is really the worst of all'

In late 2008, a midst diffuse hostilities triggered by the revolt in Greece following the assassination of Alexis by police, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor launches an investigation of anarchists and anti-authoritarians. In 2010, on the basis of a list of actions that the police attribute to the "anarchist movement" and while the struggle against the construction of a new detention centre in Steenokkerzeel is underway, magistrate Isabelle Panou is assigned to the investigation, now under the anti-terrorism. In May, then in September 2013, a dozen searches took place within this investigation, the searches targeting different homes as well as the anarchist library Acrata in Brussels. It is on this occasion that the existence of an antiterrorist investigation first emerges. This investigation is led by the anti-terrorist branch of the Federal Judicial Police backed by the State Security and the General Intelligence and Security Agency of the army as well as various anti-terrorist branches of other European countries.

The investigation is closed in 2014, culminating in the referral of twelve anarchists and anti-authoritarians to the Court Chambers.

After a session for the legalization of the specific methods of research used in this investigation (shadowing, phone tapping, microphone placement in one house, secret searches, attempts at infiltration, placement of video surveillance devices outside homes and inside one home) in October 2015, the case is referred to the Court Chamber. The sitting of the Chamber is scheduled for May 10, 2016 and will determine whether a trial should be held, and if so, under what charges.

In this investigation, the Federal Prosecutor has attempted to draw up no less than 29 individualized charges. Nine comrades are accused of belonging to a terrorist organization and involvement in terrorist activities for more or less extended periods. Three of them are also accused of being the "leaders". In addition, three other people arrested in the wake of an attack on the police station of Marolles are accused of belonging to this terrorist group for a day, as well as various charges related to the attack. This is as far as concerns the general accusation.

This is then complemented by more specific charges such as participation in a non-authorisation demonstration outside the detention centre 127bis in Steenokkerzeel (transformed into "attempted arson" and a "terrorist offence" by the prosecutors), preparation and participation in an attack on the police station in Marolles (qualified by the prosecution as a "terrorist offence"), assault and wounding of police officers on several occasions, obstruction of the public highway, damage in various forms, shoplifting, arson of prison guards' cars in the Ittre prison car park, incitement to commit terrorist offences... It should be noted that these specific allegations are each aimed at specific comrades, that is to say not everyone has been charged with all the allegations.

The backdrop to this investigation that has gone on for several years and produced no fewer than 32 boxes of papers, is that the Federal Prosecutor hypothesizes that an "anarchist terrorist group" would be active, in particular in Brussels, and that the accused would have "participated" in or "favoured" those activities. For example it has produced a list of about 150 attacks, a good number of which incendiary, against the structures of domination, police stations, courts, banks, companies that enrich themselves out of incarceration, construction sites, cars of diplomats, Eurocrats and NATO officials, mobile phone antennas... All these attacks took place in Brussels and surrounding area between 2008 and 2013.

The invention of a terrorist group that would be responsible for all of these facts (if only by the fact of "having rendered them possible") allows pretty pirouettes for the prosecution: a library becomes a place of recruitment, discussions become clandestine meetings, leaflets and newspapers of anarchist critique become urban guerrilla manuals, demos and rallies become calls to terrorism, the affinity ties between people in struggle and the self-organization that might flow from them become "a structured terrorist group." The invention of an "anarchist terrorist group " is obviously a rather clumsy attempt by the State to reduce anti-authoritarian and revolutionary subversion to the work of a single "structured group". In trying to put a handful of inconvenient anarchists behind bars the State is seeking to discourage the refractory from taking direct action against what oppresses and exploits us and impose absolute silence on any desires, possibilities and critical reflections that clash with this authoritarian world.

What has been committed to trial therefore is a mosaic of struggles, revolts, ideas, direct actions, critique, revolutionary imaginaries, agitations that have been attempting to attack dominion for years. In this, the possible trial concerns not only the comrades accused, but also each individual, every anarchist, every revolutionary, every rebel against order, every insubordinate to authority who refuses to stand idly by in the face of exploitation and oppression. What is being targeted is the search for autonomy in action, self-organization in the struggle, direct action in all its diversity, the choice to defend and disseminate anarchist and revolutionary ideas, to participate along with other rebels in self-organized and autonomous combat.

And finally, without any doubt, a combative approach of anarchism that starts off from the individual, affinity, informality.

It would be absurd to separate the repression that is striking some anarchists and anti-authoritarians today from all the repression that is seeking to subdue (often preventively) any criticism of the established order and revolt. By dint of "terrorist threats", refugee crisis, the fight against crime and very real wars, State repression today is going into top gear. At a time when change and restructuring is changing the grounds of social conflict faster and faster, neutralizing those who disturb their thinking and their actions is part of a set that targets the exploited and oppressed: the hardening of the conditions of survival, the militarisation of borders, the imposition of massive technological control, the construction of new detention camps, ...

Defending oneself against this repressive coup that wants to send comrades to court on charges of terrorism is to defend any possibility and space of anarchist and anti-authoritarian action. ... And, by solidarity with the accused comrades, face the State repression aimed at paralyzing all subversive action.

If fighting for freedom is a crime, innocence is really the worst of all.

More info and contact...

La Lime
Caisse de solidarité bruxelloise
lalime[at]riseup.net

http://lalime.noblogs.org

Gathering every first monday of the month at 19h30 at Acrata
Next gathering: Monday 2nd of May 2016.

Acrata
bibliothèque anarchiste
acrata[at]post.com

https://acratabxl.wordpress.com/

Rue de la Grande Ile 32 – Bruxelles

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Jason Hammond Freed

21/04/16

The Jeremy Hammond support campaign have announced that after approximately 16 months in an Illinois state prison, Jeremy’s brother, Jason Hammond has finally been released into the loving arms of friends and family as of 1 April 2016. Jason, an ardent, lifelong antifascist, was imprisoned for his part in disrupting a meeting of white supremacists in a suburb of Chicago in May of 2012. In January of 2015, he took a non-cooperating plea agreement and was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

Of the action, Jason stated: “I went into this action following the principles of anarchy, equality and freedom which have guided my life. For many years I have been involved in different projects engaging social justice, from volunteering at social centers, community public libraries and food distribution programs. I have also supported and participated in anti-war, environmental and immigrant rights movements. Through these experiences I became more aware of how the system that governs this society depends on the mass exploitation of large parts of the population and in fact the Earth itself for the profit of the rich and powerful. I was inspired and motivated by the people I met in the movement to strive to make change at the root of the problem, even if it meant possibly sacrificing my own personal freedom. Throughout history, any movement that struggled to change this system was considered dangerous by the government and was met with immense repression and state violence. But there were successful moments within these movements not only because they were justified, but because people fought for them and despite how history is presented like a Disney movie, not all of their actions were non-violent.”

Of his brother’s release, Jeremy says he is, of course, “stoked.” He has not seen his brother since his sentencing hearing in May of 2013, and misses him terribly. He supports his brother and his brothers brave actions unconditionally, and urges everyone to support other radical anarchists, antifascists, and prisoners in their fight against racism, oppression, and the state. Some suggestions for some lesser-known prisoners that could really use support are Eric King, an anarchist who just accepted a 10-year, non-cooperating plea deal for resistance against US imperialism, and Alisha Walker, and sex worker and woman of color who was convicted of murder for radical self-defence against a client who was trying to kill her.

Please remember that prison does not end when a comrade is released from prison. Jason is currently on a period of house arrest, which will be followed by a period of probation and supervised released. This will make is difficult for Jason to get a job, and pay for the expenses of daily living. He still needs our help. Please donate to his welcome home fund here.

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John Bowden Update

29/06/16

Success for John Bowden in his trial at Greenock Sheriff Court last week, with the case being 'not proven' on the two charges he faced.


Solidarity With John Bowden - Long Time Prison Resister & Anti-Authoritarian

22/06/16

Show your support for John Bowden, a vocal writer and critic of the system we all live under, who is in Greenock Sheriff Court in Scotland, on Friday 24, June, after being accused of assault on a prison guard.

Throughout the 1980's and 90's, John Bowden was at the forefront of the British prison struggle, leading and being involved in serious acts of resistance against the prison system, and was deeply politicised by the experience. Viewed by most prison staff as a committed and dangerous "trouble-maker", John was often brutally punished, suffering years of brutality and prolonged solitary confinement. He has been victimised, in one way or another, ever since.

In June of last year, after hearing the evidence of an independent psychologist, the Parole Board decided that after 30 years in prison, John Bowden represented no real risk or danger to the community, and like the two men originally imprisoned with him in 1982, who were released almost 20 years ago, he should now be returned to that community. The Parole Board therefore asked the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) to transfer John to an open prison in preparation for release twelve months later. At the parole hearing itself, a representative of the SPS agreed to comply with the Board's request. In reality, however, the SPS had absolutely no intention of preparing John Bowden for release, or even allowing him out of maximum security conditions. The orchestration of the prison authorities against him has been considerable, and has included "arbitrary and illogical decisions" and "abuses of power" by those in the prison system and linked to it. John has also been the victim of lies told by a criminal justice system social worker, supposed to be "supervising" him. The same employee of Edinburgh City Council also failed to produce the necessary 'social worker report' containing a plan for his post-release supervision.

John has also been moved around prisons constantly in order to destabilise him and make his situation more difficult. This has had the affect of making communication between John and the outside world harder, and prevented him forming friendships inside the prisons, as other prisoners are able to do.

John has written "instead of keeping my head firmly down and conforming unquestioningly, no matter how wrong and unfair my treatment, I had sought to highlight it and place it in the wider political context of prison/state abuse of power".

After an attack on a fellow prisoner, John stepped in to intervene. A guard then took John to one of the very few places within the prison that aren't covered by surveillance cameras & started pushing him repeatedly in the chest, then when John eventually pushed his hand away the guard over dramatically threw himself to the floor. Despite sustaining no injuries the guard then took a period of time off work with "stress" from the incident. It was clearly a pre-planned set up to have John charged with assault & therefore moved back out of open prison conditions and away from any chance of preparations for his release. John is therefore pleading not guilty to the charge.

We are a number of prisoner solidarity groups that include Brighton ABC, Manchester ABC, London ABC, Bristol ABC, Empty Cages Collective and Black Pigeons Collective, Switzerland. We support the solidarity action in Greenock near Glasgow, and ask that you take action on the day of the trial or show solidarity in any way that you feel that you can.

What you can do:

Show your support for prisoners' rights and demand an end to the frame-up of John Bowden and those who refuse to accept the brutality of the screws and their system in the following ways...

a) Come to Glasgow and join the court protest from 9.30am on Friday June 24 at Greenock Sheriff Court (PA15 1TR) where John is on trial. Sleeping spaces available the nights before and after. We will travel together to Greenock - bring banners or posters and a bike if you can, bikes should be available to borrow if you can't. Lifts may also be available for anyone who can't cycle.

b) Write to the governor of Whitemoor prison, challenging the politically motivated decision to categorise John as an escape risk the last time John was in an English prison:

Governor Paul Cawkwell
HMP Whitemoor
Longhill Road
March
Cambridgeshire
PE15 0PR

c) write to John to express your solidarity.
ADDRESS: John Bowden – 6729, HMP Edinburgh, 33 Stenhouse Road, Edinburgh, EH11 3LN [address correct as of June 2016]

d) Organise a demo or banner drop outside your local prison or somewhere in your town or city. And take a photo that we can collate and pass on to John Bowden.

...

Please share this call-out as widely as possible, and if you want to add the name of your group in the call-out please reply to manchester_abc@riseup.net.


John Bowden Update

02/10/15

We've not heard from John since his recent court appearance on the September 22, but members of Glasgow FRFI were outside the court with placards to support him. They've said his next court appearance is on the October 27 and his trial date has been set for November 17. This trial relates to a ridiculous "assault" charge on a prison officer at Greenock jail, which was clearly a set up to prevent him from being progressed onto the semi-open part of the prison.

John had been transferred across the Scottish border back to England and has been transferred frequently around the prison system since - eight moves in the last two months. He is suffering the psychological abuse of a "High-Supervision" regime; awoken every hour throughout the night, supposedly to make sure he hasn't departed from his cell overnight, and forced to wear a bright yellow jumpsuit as he's been reclassified as an Extreme Escape Risk because he absconded from prison in 1992. Over 20 years ago!

The intention is to have him moved to England and then back to Scotland in between his next court appearance, which will prevent him having contact with his lawyer in Glasgow and hinders his ability to build a proper defence.

He would be very grateful if people could distribute information about his current situation and to complain to prison service HQ in London about it:

HM Prison Service
Clive House
70 Petty France
London
SW1H 9EX

Letters of support can be sent to John at:
John Bowden
6729
HMP Barlinnie
81 Lee Avenue
Riddrie
Glasgow
G33 2QX

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Mumia Hep-C Treatment Update

01/04/17

The Department of Corrections (DOC) told Mumia yesterday that they will provide him with the hepatitis C fast-acting antiviral treatment beginning next week. In Court the DOC filed a status report today declaring that they were going to treat Mumia. This treatment consists of one pill per day for 12-24 weeks, and has over a 90% cure rate.
Exactly two years ago yesterday, Mumia was critically ill in renal failure at the Pennsylvania Schuylkilll Medical Center. He and his family, friends, lawyers, and world-wide supporters have been waging a heroic fight for hepatitis C treatment ever since.
For the last 53 days, the DOC, prison medical staff, and Legal Department have stood in contempt of court following the order to treat Mumia. The DOC in defiance of the Injunction filed a stay, hoping the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals would bail them out and block Mumia's treatment.
On Monday, the DOC lost their 3rd circuit appeal. In an order signed by Judge Ambrose, the United States 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals denied the DOC's request to withhold treatment from Mumia. The court upheld the preliminary injunction order, issued on 1/3/17, by District Judge Robert Mariani ordering the treatment. On two occasions, the 3rd Circuit Courts have ruled that the Pennsylvania DOC "protocol" for treating hep C is unconstitutional and violates the 8th Amendment.
Mumia's attorneys in Abu-Jamal vs. Wetzel, Bret Grote and Robert Boyle, have not only succeeded in getting Mumia the hepatitis C cure, but have also paved the way for over 200 people in Pennsylvania prisons to receive hep C treatment this year! Thousands more people who are at great risk from Hep C complications in prison will be able to receive treatment because of this "first of its kind" federal court order victory establishing a right to hep C treatment for prisoners.

That is the good news. The bad news is that Mumia has not been treated and is sicker. Mumia was told that he now has an F4 score, meaning cirrhosis of the liver. This progression of liver damage is a direct consequence of being denied treatment for two years, and has increased the possibility of other health complications and potential for liver cancer.
We must stay vigilant. We must insist that the treatment be given and completed in full, and we need to support the lawsuits Abu-Jamal vs. Kerestes and Abu-Jamal vs. Wetzel as they continue to hold the Pennsylvania DOC accountable.
On April 24, Mumia will be in court on his original criminal conviction in the case Cook v. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia, presiding Judge Leon Tucker. Mumia has been in prison for 36 years too many- 29 of which were spent on death row. Free Mumia!


Appellate Court Rejects Further Delay To Mumia's Hep-C Treatment

31/03/17

It has been almost five years since doctors working for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, taking a routine blood test on long-time prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal (who was in the process of being transferred from 29 years on the state's death-row to a general population prison following a lengthy appeals process that ultimately overturned his death penalty on constitutional grounds), and discovered he had contracted a Hepatitis C infection.
There was no follow-up of that test to see if his Hep-C had become an active and thus life-threatening infection until July of 2015 -- a period of three years -- and then that "follow-up" came only after he had collapsed in prison on May 30 of that year and been rushed out of the prison to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with serious case of diabetes. That's when he was finally tested to see if he had a Hepatic C viral load in his blood (he did).
As Bret Grote, legal director of the Abolitionist Law Center in Pennsylvania, and Abu-Jamal's attorney in a case seeking to force the DOC to provide the current Center for Disease Control-recommended medicine that has a 90% cure rate for the disease, says, "In all that time, right down to the present, the DOC has not provided any treatment for Mumia. Whether his active infection is doing further damage -- fibrosis or even cirrhosis of the liver or other damage to him -- we don't know. But he clearly is at greater and greater risk of serious health damage the longer this non-treatment goes on. (During a hearing last year before Judge Mariani, a DOC doctor testified under cross examination that there was a "63% chance" that Abu-Jamal already had cirrhosis, meaning that his liver is already being irreversibly damaged by the progressive disease.)
The good news is that the latest stalling effort by the DOC -- an appeal to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia of an injunction by a federal district judge in Scranton ordering the state to start treating Abu-Jamal with the latest approved Hep-C medication, and a request for a stay of that federal district judge's treatment order until the appellate court panel has a chance to hear the arguments in the case -- was rejected by the three-judge panel.
As Grote says, "That's a good sign because it means that the judges, who will be considering the appeal of District Judge (Robert) Mariani's injunction, are saying they do not believe that the DOC is likely to win its case. But their ruling doesn't mean Mumia is getting treated. He's not."
He says that next move for Abu-Jamal's legal team will be to file a petition for the Judge Mariani to hold the DOC in contempt, ordering immediate treatment to begin, in compliance with his preliminary injunction issued Jan. 3, 2017.
If Judge Mariani takes that step, Abu-Jamal's long-delayed treatment should finally begin, Grote says.
Grote has had harsh words for the State of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' non-treatment not just of his client, Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life-sentence without chance of parole for the murder of white police officer Daniel Faulkner in Philadelphia back on Dec. 9, 1981, saying that the DOC's "protocol for treatment" of Hep-C, which states that state-of-the-art medicines are only to be provided if prisoners show evidence of progression of the disease to a point that it has become imminently life threatening (the presence of advanced cirrhosis and oesophageal varices [enlarged veins in the oesophagus]), resembles a "Nazi death camp standard of care."
The state, like many states across the country, does not want to have to provide the new medications, despite their remarkable proven success rate at clearing the disease from the body, because of the cost, currently estimated at about $80,000 per person treated. The DOC admits that as many as 5400 of its prison inmates have active Hep-C cases like Abu-Jamal's, with only perhaps as many as 1% of them receiving the medications. (Critics argue the state, by bargaining as a bulk buyer, could surely obtain the medication much more cheaply than that quoted retail price, just as insurance companies reach deals to obtain costly patented medications for other diseases at sharp discounts from retail price.)
Abu-Jamal's supporters around the world fear that Pennsylvania, under pressure from the powerful police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, which was long calling for the state to "fry Mumia!", may be trying to "execute" him by medical neglect now that the courts have ruled that it no longer can execute him for a conviction at a trial that, fraught with examples of judicial, prosecutorial and police misconduct and perjured evidence by prosecution witnesses, remains highly controversial.
There is a chance that Abu-Jamal's case could end up becoming very costly not just for the State of Pennsylvania, but for other states in the Third Circuit district too, including New Jersey and Delaware.
If Grote is right and the Third Circuit judges, in ruling to deny the DOC's request for a stay of Mariani's treatment order pending their hearing of their the department's appeal is an indication that they don't think the DOC has a strong case, and if they later rule in favour of Judge Mariani's decision of last August that denial of the new medications constitutes an unconstitutional form of "cruel and unusual punishment," it could result in an order to treat all infected prisoners in these states prisons.

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Federal Court Orders DOC to Provide Hepatitis C Treatment to Mumia Abu-Jamal

08/01/17

Mumia to receive treatment with direct-acting antiviral medications within 21-days

January 3, 2017: Federal district court Judge Robert Mariani granted political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal's request for a preliminary injunction, forcing the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide him with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs capable of curing his chronic hepatitis C infection. During an evidentiary hearing in December 2015, it was shown that Abu-Jamal had a chronic hepatitis C infection that was progressively attacking his liver, causing scarring, a severe, itchy, painful skin rash that had lasted more than 18 months, and anemia of chronic disease.
Mr. Abu-Jamal is represented by Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and attorney Robert J. Boyle. "We are gratified by Judge Mariani's decision and urge the PA DOC to administer these life saving drugs to Mr. Abu Jamal without further delay," said Robert J. Boyle on hearing the news of the courts decision. Bret Grote, Legal Director at the Abolitionist Law Center and attorney representing Mumia Abu-Jamal said, "This is the first case in the country in which a federal court has ordered prison officials to provide an incarcerated patient with the new [hepatitis C] medications that came on the market in 2013."
The legal victory comes after Judge Mariani denied an earlier request for a preliminary injunction, holding that Abu-Jamal had failed to file his lawsuit against the correct defendants. However, the judge also held at that time that the DOC's treatment protocol for hepatitis C violated the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, and once members of the DOC's Hepatitis C Treatment Committee were added as defendants the judge could issue a favorable injunction. The current decision follows the filing of a related case by attorneys for Abu-Jamal on September 30, 2016, which included members of the Hepatitis C Treatment Committee as defendants.
Quoting from his earlier decision, Judge Mariani described the DOC's protocol for hepatitis C treatment:

[T]he effect of the protocol is to delay administration of DAA medications until the inmate faces the imminent prospect of "catastrophic" rupture and bleeding out of the esophageal vessels. Additionally, by denying treatment until inmates have "advanced disease" as marked by esophageal varices, the interim protocol prolongs the suffering of those who have been diagnosed with chronic Hepatitis C and allows the progression of the disease to accelerate so that it presents a greater threat of cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death of the inmate with such disease.

The judge also rejected the DOC's argument that recent changes to the protocol had resolved the constitutional violation, holding that the new protocol "suffers from the same fatal flaw as the interim protocol" because it "refuses, without medical justification, to provide treatment... and also imposes an unreasonable condition—having vast fibrosis or cirrhosis—on treatment."
There are more than 5,400 people in DOC custody with chronic hepatitis C, and more than 99% of them are not receiving treatment. Newly developed medications have a cure rate of 95% or more in clinical trials, but the DOC has been refusing to provide the cure due to its high cost.

Memorandum Opinion - Abu-Jamal v. Wetzel

Court Order Granting Preliminary Injunction - Abu-Jamal v. Wetzel


Action On Mumia Abu Jamal's Medical Case Now In Court

02/06/16

Judge Robert Mariani of the U.S. District Court has issued an order in Mumia’s case, granting Mumia’s lawyers Bret Grote and Robert Boyle’s motion to supplement the record. New medical records documenting Mumia’s deteriorated condition from February and March, will be presented June 6th. Judge Mariani has also instructed the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to provide any updates and changes in DOC hep C treatment and policies which affect the plaintiff’s treatment.

Calling into Prison Radio, Mumia noted: “My friends, my brothers, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over, but there is some motion. It means that we’re moving closer to hopefully some real treatment not of my symptoms, but of my disease. I thank you all for being there. And freedom is a constant struggle. I love you all. From what used to be death row, this is Mumia, your brother.”

Mumia remains quite ill. While stable, his curable hepatitis C is still active and progressive. The only treatment Mumia has received over the last 14 months to this day is skin ointment and photo therapy. He has not received the medically indicated treatment for hep C, the very condition that put him in the Intensive Care Unit in March 2015. Hepatitis C is a progressive disease that attacks Mumia’s organs, skin and liver. Unless the court orders the new hepatitis C treatment - one pill a day for 12 weeks, with a 95% cure rate - Mumia's health will remain at serious risk.

Before the court is the preliminary injunction motion, which demands immediate medical care. The exhaustion of administrative remedy and the procedural hurdles make it extremely difficult for people in prison to actually get their grievances heard through the review process. The Prison Litigation Reform Act was passed specifically to create these very almost insurmountable barriers to access to the courts.

Please read the 'New Yorker' article, 'Why it is Nearly Impossible for Prisoners to Sue Prisons'

In Abu-Jamal vs. Kerestes, one very telling point was when the DOC's Director of Medical Care, Dr. Paul Noel, took the stand. He said that he had never testified before in court! He has worked for the DOC for over a decade. That meant that no prisoner had access to adversarial cross examination. Before Mumia’s day in court in late December 2015, no prisoner ever had the opportunity to expose the PA DOC’s blatant lies. Lies so bold that Dr. Noel disavowed his own signed affidavit, and in court he stated that he “did not sign it and it was false and misleading”. The knowingly false and fabricated document was put in the record by Laura Neal, Senior DOC attorney.

Take Action for Mumia

For details of what you can do, see posts below.


Mumia Abu-Jamal Files Suit Over Refusal Of Medical Care

05/08/15

Attorneys for Mumia Abu-Jamal filed an amended lawsuit yesterday to challenge prison medical staff's denial of necessary medical treatment – denial that nearly killed Abu-Jamal earlier this year.

On March 30, 2015, Abu-Jamal was rushed to the hospital after losing consciousness and going into diabetic shock. Although prison medical staff were aware that Abu-Jamal had a dangerously high blood glucose level of 419 on March 6, they failed to treat, monitor, or even inform Abu-Jamal of his condition. Glucose levels like those that can result in diabetic shock, diabetic coma, and death.
Abu-Jamal's diabetic shock came in the midst of an escalating year-long health crisis that began with a rash in August 2014. The skin condition grew in intensity over the course of the next several months, eventually covering most of his body with a painful, severe rash that is resistant to conventional treatments. The skin condition is abnormal in its duration and intensity, and has led to lesions, open wounds, and swelling.

Five months after being admitted to the hospital with lethal blood sugar levels and in renal failure, he continues to have debilitating skin rashes, open wounds and swelling across his lower extremities. Because of his supporters relentless demands for medical testing and treatment, we finally know the likely cause of his severe ailments: Hepatitis C. But what is news to us is not news to his jailers. Prison officials have known that Mumia was Hep. C positive since 2012-- and have done nothing.

The lawsuit filed yesterday seeks injunctive relief for prison medical staff's failure to treat Abu-Jamal's active Hepatitis C. Recent blood tests provided at the insistence of Abu-Jamal, his lawyers, and consulting doctors have confirmed that Abu-Jamal has active Hepatitis C, which has likely been the underlying cause of his health crisis. Despite the undeniable medical evidence that he is in need of treatment for his Hepatitis C, prison medical staff are refusing to provide any.

Advances in Hepatitis C treatment in recent years have revolutionized the way the disease is treated, with new direct-acting anti-viral medications that have had over 95% success rates in curing the illness in clinical trials. The medications, however, are extraordinarily expensive in the United States due to monopoly pricing practices by the pharmaceutical companies that have patented them.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has yet to promulgate a new protocol for treating Hepatitis C with the new medications, meaning that the estimated 10,000-plus people in DOC custody who have Hepatitis C are not receiving any treatment.


Medical Malfeasance & Deliberate Indifference: SCI-Mahanoy Are Killing Mumia Abu-Jamal

18/03/16

We are concerned about Mumia's deteriorating health, as has been witnessed in recent weeks by his visiting doctor, clergy, counselors, teachers, family and friends. Evidence of intensifying Hepatitis C symptoms and possible development of the diabetes that nearly killed him a year ago calls for immediate and appropriate treatment. We, therefore, urge you to:

DEMAND
1. Immediate provision to Mumia of anti-viral treatment to cure his Hepatitis C condition that is, as his doctor testified in court, the persistent cause of worsening skin disease, almost certain liver damage, now extreme weight-gain and hunger, and other diabetic-like conditions.
2. Immediate release of all recent blood test results to Mumia's attorneys.
3. Vigilant monitoring of Mumia for signs of diabetes, especially of his blood sugar level, since a diabetes attack nearly killed Mumia last Spring of 2015.

PHONE, FAX, AND E-MAIL THESE DEMANDS TO:
PA GOVERNOR, TOM WOLF
Phone: (010) 717 787 2500
Fax: (010) 717 772 8284
E-mail: governor@pa.gov
Pa Department of Corrections, Secretary, John Wetzel
Phone: (010) 717 728 2573, (010) 717 787 2500
E-mail: ra-contactdoc@pa.gov
MAHANOY PRISON, SUPERINTENDENT, Theresa DelBalso
Phone: (010) 570 773 2158
(You have to be transferred to her secretary, and she refuses to give out the fax number or e-mail for the Superintendent. Not surprising, given that this new superintendent has a very heavy military background.)

Sponsored by: International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, MOVE, Educators for Mumia, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC), Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, International Action Center.


Mumia Abu-Jamal Files Suit Over Refusal Of Medical Care

05/08/15

Attorneys for Mumia Abu-Jamal filed an amended lawsuit yesterday to challenge prison medical staff's denial of necessary medical treatment – denial that nearly killed Abu-Jamal earlier this year.

On March 30, 2015, Abu-Jamal was rushed to the hospital after losing consciousness and going into diabetic shock. Although prison medical staff were aware that Abu-Jamal had a dangerously high blood glucose level of 419 on March 6, they failed to treat, monitor, or even inform Abu-Jamal of his condition. Glucose levels like those that can result in diabetic shock, diabetic coma, and death.
Abu-Jamal's diabetic shock came in the midst of an escalating year-long health crisis that began with a rash in August 2014. The skin condition grew in intensity over the course of the next several months, eventually covering most of his body with a painful, severe rash that is resistant to conventional treatments. The skin condition is abnormal in its duration and intensity, and has led to lesions, open wounds, and swelling.

Five months after being admitted to the hospital with lethal blood sugar levels and in renal failure, he continues to have debilitating skin rashes, open wounds and swelling across his lower extremities. Because of his supporters relentless demands for medical testing and treatment, we finally know the likely cause of his severe ailments: Hepatitis C. But what is news to us is not news to his jailers. Prison officials have known that Mumia was Hep. C positive since 2012-- and have done nothing.

The lawsuit filed yesterday seeks injunctive relief for prison medical staff's failure to treat Abu-Jamal's active Hepatitis C. Recent blood tests provided at the insistence of Abu-Jamal, his lawyers, and consulting doctors have confirmed that Abu-Jamal has active Hepatitis C, which has likely been the underlying cause of his health crisis. Despite the undeniable medical evidence that he is in need of treatment for his Hepatitis C, prison medical staff are refusing to provide any.

Advances in Hepatitis C treatment in recent years have revolutionized the way the disease is treated, with new direct-acting anti-viral medications that have had over 95% success rates in curing the illness in clinical trials. The medications, however, are extraordinarily expensive in the United States due to monopoly pricing practices by the pharmaceutical companies that have patented them.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has yet to promulgate a new protocol for treating Hepatitis C with the new medications, meaning that the estimated 10,000-plus people in DOC custody who have Hepatitis C are not receiving any treatment.


Mumia Abu-Jamal Health Update

03/06/15

I saw Mumia for an extended visit this past Thursday, May 28. Mumia seemed much better able to handle a four hour visit than he had been when I last saw him, and had I not had to leave, it would have been an even longer visit. He was still in a wheel chair because his swollen feet and legs make it very painful to stand. Despite this pain he makes sure to walk at least a half hour a day. Though thin because of the huge weight loss, he looked a lot better than when I saw him about a month ago. He has gained some weight but is still way below his weight prior to getting ill. He is eating a great deal, ate much more than usual even during my visit, is still given a diabetic diet, and feels his body is trying to recover from the huge skin and weight loss. His face and right hand are completely clear. The rest of his body is not but the itching and pain are mostly gone.

Mumia spoke energetically and his mood was very positive. He spoke of how close to death he had been. Had there not been an international outcry about the lack of appropriate treatment, in fact AGAINST the "treatment" that was bringing him so close to death, he was sure he would not be alive today. He continues to be very grateful for the love and support he has received for several months now, and expresses graphically how he could feel it in the air. Once again, he was in awe of our movement, its power and effectiveness.

I had greeted him at the inmates' entrance to the visiting room because I could see him struggling, recognizing his shower sandal covered foot sticking out into the visiting room, and went over to help him manoeuvre the wheel chair in. Even a small thing such as getting through a doorway with a large wheelchair is not made easier by the prison staff. By contrast, Mumia spoke of the extraordinary kindness and gentleness of the inmates who help him with ordinary activities such as bathing in the infirmary.

Mumia remains in the infirmary. He continues to get the therapeutic baths prescribed for his skin problem. He is no longer taking ANY medication for the diabetic symptoms he had developed. Yet his sugar level which he monitors daily is in the 80's suggesting that the so called medical "care" he had gotten at the infirmary had brought on the diabetic crisis. Once the medication was discontinued he seems to have recovered significantly from that aspect of his illness.

The big news, which Mumia told me with great relief as soon as he walked in, was that the prison doctor had just told him, as he was coming out into the visiting room, that the biopsy results were all negative! This was cause to celebrate ... but with caution.

I say BIG CAUTION as all the reports Mumia is now getting are based on the prison doctors' oral diagnoses. They are interpreting the hospital reports, and neither Mumia nor his wife, lawyers, or consulting doctors have been given the actual medical reports. The Department of Corrections is refusing to hand over these reports, claiming that they don't have to do so because the case is now in litigation unless forced to by the courts. The health risks of not sharing the extensive hospital reports which were based on extensive testing are considerable as it is impossible for Mumia's private doctors to advise the prison doctors on how to treat Mumia without having those full reports. This is one of the demands we must make immediately: RELEASE THE HOSPITAL RECORDS TO MUMIA, HIS WIFE, AND HIS LAWYERS so that they can immediately be shared with Mumia's private consulting doctor. It is absolutely outrageous, and in violation of the Department of Corrections' own regulations, to withhold medical records and reports from the client, his closest kin, and his lawyers. It is clearly dangerous to Mumia's health for the DOC to be denying Mumia's basis rights on this issue of medical record availability. Mumia's lawyers have already challenged this latest threat to his medical care. We will keep you informed as we get additional information. In the meantime call and e-mail the DOC and demand that Mumia's hospital records be released to him, his wife, and his lawyers immediately

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, SECRETARY JOHN WETZEL
(00 1) 717 728 4109
E-mail: ra-contactdoc@pa.gov
Wetzel's secretary: secyra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov

We have definitely made some progress, but we have a long way to go. We still have no diagnosis of the diabetic picture, no diagnosis of the skin problem, and no diagnosis of the extremely swollen feet and legs. And, we have no hospital records. Most important, Mumia remains in prison where he cannot fully recover nor get the kind of care he needs. He never should have been in prison in the first place, but he surely should be released now.

For Mumia, for justice, for all our political prisoners,

Suzanne Ross
info@freemumia.com

Monday, June 1, 2015


Urgent Support For Mumia Abu-Jamal Update

20/05/15

Dateline May 17th 2015: Danville, PA

We have not seen or spoken to Mumia Abu-Jamal for a week. He is being held incommunicado in a hospital without access to visits of any kind or the phone. They won't even confirm where he is being held.

This is deeply troubling.

On Tuesday May 12th in the evening Mumia was taken from the prison infirmary to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville PA. An infirmary nurse called his wife at 8:30 pm noting that he was transferred because he had a fever and blistering open sores. He was last visited on Saturday.

Since Tuesday Mumia Abu-Jamal has been isolated from his family, his lawyer, and his doctor. Wadiya Jamal, his wife, has been trying to get into the hospital.

The Legal and Medical Team have been working 24/7.
Bret Grote, Esq, (Abolitionist Law Center) and co counsel Bob Boyle are preparing an emergency court action to be filed in Federal Court. They have been calling the prison and the hospital demanding access. Bret Grote, notes

"The DOC is once again demonstrating its contempt for human rights and proper health care by holding Mumia Abu-Jamal incommunicado from his family and lawyers. Instead of recognizing the value of family support and legal consultation in protecting and improving his health, the DOC is treating Mumia like a piece of property that it can withhold access to and information about arbitrarily and with impunity. People around the world have been fighting like hell for Mumia for more than 33 years and we are all needed once more to push back against another attempt to silence him. Demand that Mumia be permitted visits and phone calls with his wife, family, and lawyers."

Diagnostic Treatment demand letters have been sent to both the Department of Corrections and the Chief Medical Officer at Geisinger Hospital.
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Call, write, fax continue to keep the pressure on demand freedom & medical care for Mumia:

1) Demand that he has access to his lawyer, his family, and his physician.
2) Demand that diagnostic testing be done. And that he be given medically indicated treatment immediately.
3) Demand that he be released from prison.

As one prison radio listener said to us in an email: “It maybe be easier to get Mumia released from prison than get him health care inside prison”. We agree that it is past time for Mumia Abu-Jamal to be released. He has served 33 years, (30 on death row). His conviction needs to be overturned, and he needs to be freed immediately.

Every Action Matters.
Letters, Faxes, Phone calls.

We are asking folks this week to call the hospital and the prison:
Geisinger Hospital : (00 1) 570 271-6211 (00 1) 570 271-7907 Dannville, PA
Superintendent John Kerestes : (00 1) 570 773-2158; press Zero, SCI Mahanoy, 301 Morea Road, Frackville, PA 17932

DOC Secretary John Wetzel : (00 1) 717 728-2573; ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov
PA Gov. Tom Wolf : (00 1) 717 787-2500; fax: (00 1) 717 772-8284; governor@pa.gov

Note: The hospital has Mumia on a "confidential" list so the operators will say they have no one named Mumia Abu-Jamal or Wesley Cook at the hospital. People should tell the operator that their call should be reported to the hospital administration and use both names.

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Mumia Abu Jamal Hospitalised Again

15/05/15

A SCI Mahanoy prison nurse called Wadiya Jamal Mumia's wife at 8:50 pm last night May 12th and told her that Mumia had been moved to the hospital. This is a disturbing development and is cause for grave concern. There are reports that he had a fever, and that he has open wounds and sores on his legs. HIs attorney Bret Grote visited him on Friday. He was engaged, alert, yet he was in pain in his knees and leg.

We will be working to gather more information as the day goes on. His hospital conditions will be abhorrent: he will be chained to the bed. He could, as they did before, be arbitrarily and systematically denied visitors. The last time we were in the ICU they did not let his familly or lawyers see him, or give them any information for 24hrs. Even though they were the ICU waiting room just a few feet from Mumia's bed..

Clearly Mumia's chronic conditions remain undiagnosed and unsuccessfully treated. Mumia was given a skin biopsy on Monday of this week, and had been in the infirmary following that procedure.

Mumia's legal team of Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center, has been augmented with the addition of attorney Bob Boyle. Mumia's doctor has been speaking directly with Mumia, even though the time he has been allowed for the phone in the infirmary was limited. There is no phone at the hospital. Mumia's expert medical team has been advising Mumia on the tests and the medications that have been done. This advice has been critical, and is now not possible.

As we noted in our last update oversight and close monitoring of any tests, especially the diagnostic tests are crucial. The prison is preventing Mumia and Mumia's doctors from adequate oversight and input. Because communication is being limited by prison officials Mumia does not have access quickly enough to information he needs to advocate for his own care. We are clear that Inadequate testing, delays, and any deviation from the medically necessary course of treatment, will be challenged.

Obtaining a diagnosis is of paramount importance at this moment.

Mumia remains seriously ill. Public pressure has been key every step of the way, and remains extremely important. Please keep up the calls, emails and faxes. Demand that (1) Adequate diagnostic testing be done (2) That Mumia's doctor is able to communicate freely and regularly with the prison infirmary physicians who are delivering Mumia's medical care (3) His doctor has meaningful and regular phone access with Mumia. (There are no phones in the hospital, in the infirmary, his calls are limited to 15 mins and and he has limited access to the day room where the phones are). (4) And allow Mumia's chosen doctor to conduct an onsite medical examination. And as many have said, it is past time for Mumia to be released from prison.

John Wetzel - Secretary, PA Department of Corrections – (00 1) 717 728-4109
Thomas Wolf - Governor of Pennsylvania – (00 1) 717 787 2500

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Mumia Abu-Jamal In Medical Crisis Update III

15/04/15

We are keeping our “Eyes on Mumia”. Your support has enabled his family see him. On Thursday Mumia's wife Wadiya Jamal visited him. She shared with us that his weakened state continues, and she is deeply concerned that he still has not had the appropriate care and diagnosis -- and in fact has been returned to the environment that allowed his chronic but treatable conditions to nearly kill him.

We demand that:

1) Mumia’s chosen private physician has immediate regular phone access to Mumia in the infirmary. Phone access is limited in the infirmary, and Mumia and his physician need to be in conversation throughout each week.

2) His doctor be allowed to communicate freely and regularly with the prison infirmary physicians who are currently overseeing Mumia’s care.

3) The PA Department of Corrections (DOC) allow Mumia’s doctor to schedule an immediate Independent Medical Examination in an examination room with a table and medical instruments.

4) The PA DOC develop a diagnostic and treatment plan adequate to understand any underlying conditions that have contributed to his current ongoing crisis, and that consultation with appropriate specialists be arranged in a timely fashion and be used to assist in this effort.
We need a mass mobilization of calls and letters to:

Tom Wolf, PA Governor
(00 1) 717-787-2500
governor@PA.gov
508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg PA 17120, USA.

John Wetzel, PA Department of Corrections
(00 1) 717-728-4109
1920 Technology Pkwy, Mechanicsburg PA 17050, USA.

John Kerestes, Superintendent- SCI Mahanoy
(00 1) 570-773-2158 x8102
Fax: (00 1) 570-783-2008
Rising out of his infirmary bed to reach out to us, Mumia recorded a commentary that night. Now we need to reach out to him.

On Saturday from his wheelchair in the visiting room, Mumia discussed the steps necessary that both he and his outside doctors and supporters have to take for him get the care he needs. His attorney, Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center, discussed the ongoing efforts to pursue immediate diagnosis and adequate treatment for his medical conditions.

On Monday Mumia met with Suzanne Ross, again in a wheelchair, in the visiting room and only for an hour to preserve his strength. She noted that although he remained very sick, his mind was sharp and focused.

Please know that it is your calls, faxes, emails, and letters that have literally kept Mumia with us.

Mumia Abu-Jamal has provided to the world a body of work that is a heartbeat of resistance; brilliant and incisive. It is now our turn to take care of our brother and make sure that he has the support and treatment he needs.

The next few weeks are crucial to making sure that he receives appropriate care. Please continue calling. Continuing rising up. Stay involved.

Mumia's Medical Fund

With 18 days left, we want to give everyone a chance to make Mumia's Medical and Legal Fund possible.

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In an unstoppable mobilization of support, 414 supporters from around the world joined our Indiegogo Campaign and raised $21,720 in 14 days! When we launched the Campaign, we didn't think we could raise more than $20,000. But the truth is that we need to raise double that to get Mumia the medical care and legal assistance he urgently needs.

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We are in the thick of the struggle to keep Mumia alive and healthy. Mumia's chosen outside doctor is reviewing his medical records while we're pushing to allow phone communication between the two; and we've spent over 100 hours of legal fees for Mumia. And we need your help to defend Mumia's right to medical and legal access now

Join us to defend Mumia's life! Now is the time!

Action Alert: Demand That Mumia See A Diabetes Specialist

07/04/15

On Monday, March 30, Mumia Abu-Jamal lost consciousness at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Mahanoy and had to be rushed to the hospital. He was admitted with a blood sugar level of 779, suffering from diabetic shock, and a dangerously high sodium level of 160. His wife, Wadiya Jamal and son Jamal Hart were informed by doctors that he has new onset diabetes, and that on arrival his kidneys were abnormal and he had a high sodium level that risked brain damage. This medical emergency followed several months of health problems, including elevated glucose levels, that were not adequately addressed by prison health care staff, resulting in a rapid deterioration in his condition with near-fatal consequences.

After being held incommunicado for approximately 24 hours, family members were permitted to visit on Tuesday and Wednesday in response to an international outcry. On Wednesday, April 1, Mumia was transported back to the prison infirmary despite not ever seeing a diabetes specialist and without a diagnosis of the cause of his diabetic shock, or a treatment plan.

Mumia was visited on Friday and he is still in medical danger. His blood sugar levels are not stable, shooting up to 300 at one point on Friday, he had to be taken to the visiting room in a wheel chair, he has lost substantial weight, and has other symptoms that require specialized diagnostic and treatment care that is not available at the prison infirmary.

Mumia must see a diabetes specialist (endocrinologist) in order to be properly diagnosed and provided with an individual treatment plan specific to him. Prison officials have a constitutional obligation to treat serious medical needs, and that includes providing specialist care when it is medically indicated. Newly onset diabetes with fluctuating blood sugar levels and a range of potentially related health problems requires specialist care.

Inadequate treatment of diabetes is deadly and can lead to loss of kidney function, nerve neuropathy and amputation of feet and hands.

Take action now – demand that the Department of Corrections permit Mumia to have a diabetes specialist of his choosing:

Call:

SCI Mahanoy
Superintendent John Kerestes
(570) 773-2158

SCI Mahanoy
Chief Health Care Administrator Steinhardt
(00 1) 570 773 2158

Christopher Opppman
Director, PA Department of Corrections Health Care Services
(00 1) 717 728 5309

John Wetzel
Secretary, PA Department of Corrections
(00 1) 71) 728 4109

MOVE and ICFFMAJ Statement on Mumia Abu Jamal's Health:

This government has been trying to murder Mumia for 34 years. The power of this movement stopped his execution in 1995 and 1999, and got him off of death row. Now they’re deliberately trying to murder him through medical neglect and intentional torture. This situation is urgent and couldn’t be more serious. Mumia is currently in a wheelchair, two days ago he couldn’t stand up, his speech is slurred, and he can barely hold a bottle of water. This isn’t just medical neglect, this is a continuation of the premeditated murder that was set in place when Mumia was shot in the chest, was rammed headfirst into a steel pole, and was then railroaded through the courts and onto death row. Just two months ago Phil Africa died under similar suspicious circumstances. We have absolutely no time to waste.

People must treat this as if Mumia’s death warrant has been signed and the execution date is tomorrow, because that’s their intention. They have absolutely no intention of freeing Mumia, and they have no interest in letting him live a long life in prison continuing to be an example of resistance for the world. They want Mumia dead, and if they can do it by medical neglect they will. The only reason Mumia wasn’t executed in 1995, the only reason he was moved off of death row is because the pressure for justice for Mumia was too strong. The only way Mumia is going to live through this attack on his life is if all people step up and immediately demand healthier diet for Mumia and the ability to have outside medical care. We aren’t asking for anything here that hasn’t been done in Pennsylvania prisons before. There are diets in place for people dealing with health problems and they aren’t even giving him that. Since he was prematurely taken from the hospital and put back in the prison where these problems started his blood sugar levels have been rising because they are only giving him foods like pasta that are dangerous with diabetes.

Mumia Abu-Jamal In Medical Crisis Update

02/04/15

Mumia’s wife and brother were allowed to see him separately for 30 minutes each late this morning. The mobilisation 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 800.

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 2 weeks.

For more detail, see: Mumia Abu-Jamal in Medical Crisis

Mumia In The Hospital! Call NOW & Demand That His Family See Him

31/03/15

At 1pm on March 30, Mumia Abu-Jamal had a medical emergency and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville. Lots of people already called SCI Mahanoy, so they shut down their phones. Here is a new list of numbers to call.

Mumia has been sick for months. He ended up in the hospital because he did not get the proper care he needed. We do not trust that the prison officials will provide any transparency on Mumia's medical emergency. Only a short time ago they told Phil Africa's family he was fine, and he passed away the next day. We need you to help demand family visitation rights at Schuylkill Medical Center NOW!

Mumia in the hospital! Call prison to demand that his family see him!!

Mumia Abu-Jamal had a medical emergency and was taken to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA. He is in the ICU. Mumia's spouse is not being allowed to see him. The only information we are receiving now is that he's receiving an insulin drip for his diabetes.

YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED NOW!

Say you are calling about prisoner WESLEY COOK, #AM8335.

Call these numbers now to demand hospital visitation rights for Mumia's family, including his brother Keith:

Pennsylvania Bureau of Health Care Director Chris Oppman: (00 1) 717-728-5311 (an activist says he’s personally answering this number and that he has replaced Richard Ellers)

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel: (00 1) 717-728-4109 or ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov

Schuylkill Medical Center Superintendent Mark Lory: 420 S. Jackson St., Pottsville, PA 17901 - (00 1) 570-621-5000 (or his secretary, Diane Doyn, ext. 5102)

Mahanoy State Correctional Institute Superintendent John Kerestes, (00 1) 570-773-2158 (or his secretary, Mary Kay)

UPDATE: Yesterday morning, March 30, Mumia Abu-Jamal was rushed to the hospital after passing out at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Mahanoy. He was admitted to the Schuylkill Medical Center with a blood sugar level of 779. Today, he received visits from his wife, Wadiya, and his brother, Keith Cook. Mumia's blood sugar had dropped to 333 as of a couple hours ago. This is still elevated and at an unhealthy level.

Mumia does not have a history of diabetes, but had been experiencing a series of symptoms that should have alerted medical staff at the prison to the onset of the disease. Instead, he was not given comprehensive diagnostic treatment and a medical crisis emerged that could have resulted in his slipping into a diabetic coma or worse.

Prison officials only relented and permitted visitation under immense public pressure from all over the world. Keep it up. If the prison had its way, nobody would know Mumia was hospitalised, nor would they have permitted visits or the release of any medical information to family.

Family and friends are not leaving Pottsville. Mumia is not out of danger and we will remain vigilant and mobilized. The state keeps trying to kill Mumia - spied on by the FBI since he was 15, shot in the chest and severely beaten on December 9, 1981, framed for a killing he did not commit and put on death row, held in solitary confinement under threat of execution for 30 years, and now denied competent, basic medical care. He is alive because the movement has fought like hell to make it so. The government of the united states of apartheid can never be trusted to protect the rights or respect the lives of Black people or those held in prison. Never forgive, never forget. Stay alert and ready to act.

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