Prison Radio:  Mumia needs your support as he fights for his life

Latest Update on Mumia’s Abu-Jamal’s Health

Mumia Reportedly transferred back to Prison Infirmary. 

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Thurs. April 2nd. Pottsville, PA

mumia abu jamal 2Mumia was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Schukylkill Medical Center on Monday morning after losing consciousness due diabetic shock (with a blood sugar level of 779 and a sodium level of 160).  After 20 hrs 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 ten 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.

Visitors banned

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 today, and he will go the rest of the week without any contact with family or others. This is inhumane. Unacceptable. And must be changed.

On Thursday, Pam Africa will be keeping vigil at the hospital.  We call on the world to demand that visitation from immediate family members, and his sister Pam Africa, be allowed more than once per week while Mumia is in critical condition. We ask everyone to put our “eyes” on our brother, and give him support and comfort as he fights for his life.

On Good Friday Join supporters will rally at the DOC headquarters in Mechanicsburg PA.  At 11:00 am.

See also:

 Execution by medical neglect?  Moorbey’z blog

Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalised; family cannot contact him Moorbey’z blog

One thought on “Prison Radio:  Mumia needs your support as he fights for his life

  1. Apparently the white supremacists are intent on murdering brother Mumia and we who love him and admire his political works should ensure that they don’t.

    Brother Mumia like all other brothers in prison in America are even more vulnerable as they are even more powerless than the rest of us in enemy territory. Yes, America is enemy territory for all black people those who know it, those who pretend not to know it and those who are too dumb not to know it.

    I believe that the white supremacists are trying to kill Mumia. My basis for this is that from the time he was charged and then convicted of murdering a white police officer despite the very dubious evidence and even absence if evidence, the supremacists have intended to kill him.

    However, the white supremacists were and are swollen with rage when Mumia was removed from death row a few years ago and instead of being freed was given life imprisonment. These supremacists have been even more outraged since even from death row Mumia continued to exercise his constitutional rights to critique America’s wars around the world, continues to critique socio-economic and racial inequalities, the prison-industrial complex and more generally American capitalism and imperialism through his very lucid and insightful commentaries.

    The white supremacists were even more enraged when Mumia was invited by his Alma Mata, Goddard College to deliver the commencement speech in 2014. They are terrified that the brother’s message continues to reach tens of millions of people in America and the world.

    I believe that it is against this background that Mumia’s present health status and the challenge to ensure that his wife, other family members, his close friends like Pam Africa and other friends and supporters be allowed to visit the brother without restrictions.

    My information is that apparently the brother was diagnosed with diabetes by the prison’s doctors though he and his family were not informed about this diagnosis. The question is why if this is true Mumia and his family were not informed about such a serious diagnosis particularly in the context of poor prison food and poor health care?

    No doubt, the decision not to inform the brother and his family about his diabetic condition is what would probably have contributed to his diabetic shock last Monday morning.

    Thus Mumia’s family, friends and supporters in America and globally have very good reasons to be concerned about his health and safety within the walls of his institutional hell.

    As a supporter of this courageous, revolutionary and brilliant brother who teaches us with illuminating insights about our world, I called the office of Superintendent Kerestes at the Mahanoy Correctional Institution at 5707732158 to ask about the brother’s health status, when was he going to see a diabetic specialist, whether he was now having family visit and visit from friends and supporters. Essentially, the spokeswoman for the superintendent was elusive about the brother’s health saying that they do not discuss the health of inmates and that she could not speak to the specifics of his health.

    However, the spokeswoman acknowledged that his family members had restricted visits though she was elusive about the reasons for the restrictions. Likewise, she did not say whether her Mumia had seen a diabetic specialist.

    Finally, I would like to ask all of Mumia’s supporters to call the Superintendent of the prison at the cited number above to put pressure on the prison’s authorities to prioritize the brother’s health and to let them know that the world is watching their handling of Mumia’s health. Let them know that we will not allow them to kill our brother Mumia. Mumia has been there for us even in the cage, we MUST be there for him as he battles for his life from within enemy walls!!

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