Mumia Abu-Jamal needs our help!

Release from the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five on Mumia Abu-Jamal

mumia 3March 31 2015

Mumia Abu-Jamal needs our help!

Yesterday afternoon Mumia Abu-Jamal had a medical emergency and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA. He needs our immediate help to make sure that his family will be able to visit him NOW.

If you are able to call to numbers in the United States, call these numbers now to demand hospital visitation rights for Mumia’s family:

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

Schuylkill Medical Center
420 S Jackson St, Pottsville, PA
(570) 621-5000

SCI Mahanoy
Superindendent John Kerestes
(570) 773-2158

Prison officials cannot be trusted to provide any transparency on Mumia’s medical emergency. They indeed told us Phil Africa was fine, and he passed away the next day.

Mumia’s 2004 eloquent plea on behalf of the Cuban Five

Mumia Abu-Jamal has spoken out on behalf of many social justice causes, including several times on behalf of the Cuban Five. Indeed, his one minute radio broadcast from 2004 remains perhaps the most concise and eloquent plea ever made on behalf of the Five.Click here  to listen to this powerful statement by “The voice of the voiceless.”

Source:  National Committee to Free the Five

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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Latest Update!

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

GCSM: Restoration of diplomacy with Cuba, release of Cuban Five overdue

Posted by TrakkerNews

on December 17, 2014

haleem khan 3Georgetown: President of the Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement (GCSM) Hakeem Khan has welcomed the move by the Obama administration to restore full diplomacy with Cuba while simultaneously releasing three members of the Cuban Five in exchange for U.S. contractor Alan Gross. The three Cuban anti-terrorists have been in prison in the USA for the past 16 years on trumped up spying charges.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino and Antonio Guerrero were released today, Wednesday 17, December, 2014 and flown back to their homeland — ending what their appeals lawyer called “an arduous experience.”  Amnesty International and a United Nations group have both said that the Cubans did not receive a fair trial.

Labanino, 51, and Guerrero, 56, have received visits from family while they have been jailed, but Hernandez, 49, has only seen his wife once because she was deported after his arrest, Khan noted. Two other members of the Cuban Five — Rene and Fernando Gonzalez — were released in 2012.

Arrested in 1998

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Fernando: We want those with political power to sense the demand for the freedom of our companions

Gonzalez speaks to teleSUR about the new evidence in the Cuban Five case on a visit to Nicaragua.

Fernando y Daniel OrtegaThe Cuban Five’s Fernando Gonzalez Llort, met with Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, as the culmination of a week-long visit Saturday. teleSUR English interviewed him earlier in the week in Esteli.

Background

The Cuban Five were imprisoned in the U.S. in 1998 and sentenced in 2001, accused of espionage. The Five say they were monitoring Miami-based terrorist groups plotting to attack Cuba.

five cuban heroes 12Many countries have registered their calls for the release of the three members of the Five still in jail, at this year’s U.N. General Assembly, where 188 out of 193 countries again voted overwhelmingly for an end to the US blockade of Cuba.

In recent weeks, U.S. newspaper, The New York Times published a series of editorials calling for the exchange of the remaining three Cuban Five in U.S. prisons, for United States citizens imprisoned in Cuba.

New evidence, since the trial, which further exonerates the Five

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Barbados: Letter to Obama – Release the Cuban Five!

David_Denny cCuban Barbadian Friendship Association
Block 12 B Haynesville, St. James
Barbados
Telephone 246 237 9982; 246 624 0079
Email: ahsaki66@hotmail.com

Open Letter to President Barack Obama of the United States of America

 The Cuban Barbadian Friendship Association, the Cuban Five Justice Committee (Barbados), the Pan-African Coalition of organizations and all progressive forces in Barbados demand the release of the remaining Cuban from the group (commonly Known as the Cuban Five) who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms in the USA after being convicted of conspiracy to act as agents of the Cuban Government.

The mission of the Cuban Five was not to obtain US military secrets, as was charged, but rather to monitor the terrorist activities of those mercenaries and report their planned threats back to Cuba.  The arrest and prosecution of these men for their courageous attempt to stop the terror was not only unjust, but it exposed the hypocrisy of the US to oppose terrorism wherever it surfaces.

Our movement will continue to remain in solidarity with the Cuban people against all terrorist acts against the Government and People of the Republic of Cuba and will continue to demand the release of the remaining Cubans from the group known as the Cuban Five.

Yours truly

David Denny
President
(Photo above)