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THE CAMPAIGN TO BRING MUMIA HOME ANNOUNCES A TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS MUMIA ABU-JAMAL’S HEALTH AND CURRENT CONDITION

 

WHO: The Campaign To Bring Mumia Home

WHAT: Twitter Town Hall to discuss Mumia’s current health conditions and what has happened this week.

WHEN: Thursday, April 2nd, 1pm EST and 5pm EST

WHERE: Twitter.com/BringMumiaHome

Follow @BringMumiaHome and hashtag #MumiaMustLive to join the conversation.

 

ABOUT MUMIA’S HEALTH CURRENT HEALTH CONDITION

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

On Wednesday Bill Cook (Mumia’s youngest brother) and Jamal Hart (Mumia’s oldest son) visited him.  Mumia’s condition was distressing. Jamal Hart left the room after 10 minutes, distressed that his father was in pain. Bill Cook reports that Mumia was very ill.  He had labored breathing, was in pain, thirsty, and he was shaking.  He also had difficulty getting out of bed. He was chained with one hand to the rail. Except for the two short visits on Monday and Tuesday, he was without any family contact.  He was denied all other visits including legal visits.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections created an arbitrary and capricious rule on Wednesday, announcing that immediate family members would only be permitted to visit once a week. This means that Mumia’s wife, brothers, and son will be prevented from returning to visit until next week. Given that everyone else – lawyers included – are banned from visiting. Unless we organize to change it- Mumia will have no visitors.

​Yesterday Wedne​sday, April ​1st​, Mumia was transferred from the hospital back to the prison ​at 7pm ​because the hospital said it does not have any diabetic specialists. His potassium level reported at 168 are dangerously high and he is not being ​allowed visitors because the prison is saying his health condition is very sensitive yet they transferred him out of the hospital.

Mumia is not well and has not recovered.  In fact his condition is deteriorating and as Dr. Johanna Fernandez who first reported Mumia’s illness has expressed, “The house is burning.”

On Friday, April 3rd, the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home is asking supporters to organize caravans to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to arrive at 11am. For those unable to come to PA, the campaign encourages supporters to put forth their own demands and to air their grievances concerning prison conditions and prisoner health care at their local Attorney General’s Office. 

Please call one or all of these gatekeepers and demand that Mumia get the medical treatment that he needs and that his family be allowed to visit him during this critical time. When you call, use Mumia’s legal name, “Wesley Cook” so they don’t play the nut-roll.

Richard Ellers
Director, PA Department of Corrections Health Care Services
rellers@pa.gov      (717) 728-5311
 

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

SCI Mahanoy
Superindendent John Kerestes
(570) 773-2158

 

For more information and latest updates on Mumia Abu-Jamal please visit BringMumiaHome.com and PrisonRadio.org

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