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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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)

Jamaica:  Obama, do the right thing, release the Cuban Five

Extract from speech made by Russell Bell on behalf of the Jamaica Cuba Solidarity Network

September 12 2014
Kingston, Jamaica

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the Five Cuban Heroes who were arrested on September 12 1998.

As a part of the Jamaica Cuba Solidarity Network, we have two basic objectives in presenting the painting of the Cuban Five to the Cuban Embassy.

amb receives painting 3cb

First, we want to show solidarity with and respect for our five heroic Cuban brothers; Rene, Fernando, Ramon, Antonio and Gerardo who left the comfort of their homes and families to knowingly risk their lives to infiltrate terrorist anti-Cuba groups who had taken the lives of over three thousand Cubans and injured over two thousand.  Since the triumph of the Cuban revolution in January 1959, the Miami-based terrorists have orchestrated numerous terrorist actions against Cuba including

  • bombing factories,
  • setting fire to department stores like El Encanto,
  • bombing the Le Coubre freighter
  • participating in the US-led invasion of Cuba (Bay of Pigs),
  • blowing up a Cubana plane which had just taken off from Barbados killing all 73 persons on flight

In addition, in the 1990s they were responsible for a series of hotel bombings in Cuba and the killing of an Italian tourist in an effort to destroy Cuba’s tourism sector.

So, our first objective is to show solidarity with and respect for the courageous patriotic act of risking their lives to prevent further death and harm to others.

Cuban Five Three left to goOur second objective is to participate in the international campaign now going on to highlight the plight of the Five and to demand their immediate and unconditional release from US prisons.

On all continents solidarity activities are taking place – all over the world people are expressing their solidarity with the Five Heroes.  The Latin American and Caribbean region is no different   In fact, just a few days ago in St. Lucia, the Cuban and Venezuelan Ambassadors along with St. Lucian friends of Cuba climbed to the top of the mountain Gros Piton to demand the release of the Five

atop gros piton 2We therefore take this opportunity, on behalf of the Jamaica Cuba Solidarity Network, to present this painting of the Five Cuban Heroes to Ambassador Bernardo and to use the occasion to join the voices worldwide who are demanding the unconditional freedom of our three Cuban brothers who remain unjustly imprisoned in the US.

We call on President Obama to do the right thing and allow Ramon, Antonio and Gerardo to return to their families in Cuba now as it is only through his intervention that justice can prevail as all legal channels have been sabotaged.

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Just out: New report into the International Commission of Inquiry into the Case of the Cuban Five

report on inquiry into the case of the cuban fiveThe report of the proceedings of the International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban (Miami) Five, held at the Law Society in London in March 2014, is now available in a new publication.

Sara ChandlerElizabeth WoodcraftThe two Commission Coordinators, Sara Chandler (photo left), chair of the Law Society Human Rights Committee and leading barrister Elizabeth Woodcraft (photo right) launched the report at a packed meeting at the House of Commons in London on 10 September, hosted by Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn and Baroness Angela Smith.

Olga Salanueva, wife of René González, the featured speaker at the London meeting, recounted the latest visa denial by the British Government banning her husband from entering the country.

In a 44-page magazine format, written in English and Spanish, the outstanding success of the Commission and its associated events is recorded. It presents the concluding statements of the three presiding judges Yogesh Sabharwal, Zak Yacoob, and Philippe Texier, who, after hearing two days of testimony from witnesses, called upon President Barack Obama to grant “unconditional pardons” to the Five and to release “immediately and unconditionally” the three who remain in prison.

“This report will help impress upon the US authorities that legal opinion amongst some of the world’s most distinguished judges considers that the only just resolution of our case is for a complete and unconditional release of our three brothers remaining in prison,” said René González, first of Cuban Five to be released Continue reading

Can you be imprisoned for fighting terrorism? Yes you can!

Source:  Imprisoned for fighting terrorism  Counterpunch.org

The Cuban Five are Not Alone

by Gloria La Riva

gloria la riva 1Can you be imprisoned for fighting terrorism?

Yes, if you fight terrorism in Miami.

Today marks 16 years that five Cuban men known as the Cuban Five have endured prison — 5,840 days — precisely for having fought terrorism in Miami.

The reason is, the terrorism the Cuban Five were fighting against has been supported and financed by the U.S. government, through the CIA and other means.

The Cuban Five were prosecuted by the U.S. government and convicted on espionage conspiracy charges, but their real “crime” was working to uncover and thwart terrorist plots of Cuban-American paramilitary organizations based in Miami.

In the name of fighting terrorism, the U.S. government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars in wars and occupations since 9/11.

But Washington should arrest and prosecute Cuban-American extremists in Miami who have carried out hundreds of terrorist attacks against Cuba.

Washington should immediately free the Cuban Five

And it should immediately free the Cuban Five, who took on the incredible mission of infiltrating those dangerous and deadly organizations in order to disrupt their armed attacks and save lives.

Cuban Five Three left to goLong before the crime of 9/11, the Cuban people experienced the scourge of terrorism.

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