Brazil: Lula Says the Rich ‘Fear the People’s Choice’

Source:  TeleSUR

Published 14 July 2018

lula telesur july 2018Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. | Photo: Reuters

Lula: “My judicial persecutors not only want me detained, they want me silenced.”

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has taken to his Twitter account, on Friday, to speak to the people of Brazil about the denial of his habeas corpus earlier this week, which would have allowed him to walk free from prison.

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“The fear surrounding my possible release is due to the fact that they know that they detained me based on lies,” he said, referring to judge Sergio Moro and prosecutors who argued his guilt, as well as ruled and sentenced the former head of state on corruption and money laundering charges.

“Their guilty conscious, stemming from their frame-ups, makes them nervous.”

Lula went on to tweet that he doesn’t harbor hate (towards his persecutors) but sympathy for the situation in which this group has placed Brazil, to sell our riches, and indignation for the suffering of the Brazilian people.

He said it becomes more difficult, with each passing day, for people “to find work and pay their bills…The fear exhibited by the rich is not against me – Lula said – but for them to accept the choice of the Brazilian people in free elections. The Brazilian people must recuperate their democratic liberty!”

On Thursday Lula was visited in prison by his former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Celso Amorim, and former Chief Minister of the Social Communication Secretariat Franklin Martins.

He told them that his judicial persecutors not only want him detained, but silenced, in respect to judge Carolina Lebbos, who prohibited him from giving interviews from prison. He also affirmed that he would not exchange his dignity for freedom.

Lula has been detained at the federal police headquarters in Curitiba since April 7. Despite his imprisonment, an event that many legal experts and observers attribute to lawfare and a salacious mainstream media campaign, he has topped every 2018 electoral poll conducted by Vox Populi, Ibope, Datafolha, Data Poder 360, Instituto Parana, the National Confederation of Transportation/MDA and Ipsos.

The latest Ipespe survey, taken between July 9 and 11, indicates that Lula continues leading the pack of presidential hopefuls in the first round of voting at 30 per cent. It also showed him prevailing against his nearest rival, far right-wing congressman Jair Bolsonaro, in the second round of voting at 40 per cent to 33 per cent.

Lula’s two terms in office were marked by a slew of social programs, lifting millions of Brazilians out of poverty and removing the country from the United Nations World Hunger Map. He left office with a record approval rating of 83 percent in 2011, according to Datafolha.

Day of action for the health of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Source:  Granma
September 7 2016

by Cubadebate | internet@granma.cu

Actions are being carried out in various cities around the world today, September 7, to demand Mumia Abu-Jamal receive immediate treatment with new antiviral drugs which could cure Hepatitis C, a disease from which he, along with almost 6,000 other Pennsylvania state inmates, suffers.stand with mumia.jpgPhoto: Cubadebate

Actions are being carried out in various cities around the world today, September 7, to demand Mumia Abu-Jamal receive immediate treatment with new antiviral drugs which could cure Hepatitis C, a disease from which he, along with almost 6,000 other Pennsylvania state inmates, suffers, reports Cubadebate.

Request for a life-saving hepatitis C treatment denied

According to a September 1 article by UK newspaper the Guardian, “The internationally known imprisoned former Black Panther and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal has had his request for a life-saving hepatitis C treatment denied by a federal judge.

Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death for the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer, but maintained his innocence and Amnesty International says he was denied a fair trial. After 30 years on death row, his sentence was overturned on constitutional grounds.

“Abu-Jamal sued the state of Pennsylvania to receive anti-viral medication for hepatitis C after he was hospitalized in a critical condition last year. Officials told him he was not sick enough to be eligible for the treatment, which has a 90-95% cure rate but costs $1,000 per dose, and is taken once a day for 12 weeks,” reads the report.

The article continues noting that U.S. district court judge Robert Mariani denied Mumia’s petition on the basis of a technicality, saying that the “lawsuit wrongly targeted the warden and the prison system’s medical chief, and should have named the four members of the state’s hepatitis C committee instead. Abu-Jamal’s lawyers say the committee did not exist at the time the lawsuit was filed.”

Not enough money

The judge also referred to the testimony of Dr. Paul Noel, chief of clinical services for the state’s department of corrections who explained that the state’s protocol is designed “to identify those with the most serious liver disease and to treat them first, and then … move down the list to the lower priorities,” noting that “there simply is not enough money to treat every individual” with chronic hepatitis C ,and that treating all of them “would cost approximately $600m. Such an expense would effectively cripple the department,” according to the article.

Hundreds of prisoners dying in isolation

Despite denying Abu-Jamal’s request Judge Mariano highlighted “that evidence and testimony presented in the case demonstrate that Pennsylvania’s hepatitis C protocol for inmates fails to meet constitutional standards,” reports the Guardian.   The article continues, “Newly obtained evidence in Abu-Jamal’s case revealed that Pennsylvania treats just about five of more than 6,000 prisoners who are infected with hepatitis C… Hundreds who have been moved to the prison infirmaries are “dying in isolation, often chained to their beds,” says Noelle Hanrahan, a supporter of Abu-Jamal who monitors prison conditions and records his commentaries for Prison Radio.”

The text again cites Judge Mariani who wrote that Pennsylvania’s “treatment protocol as currently adopted and implemented … 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.”

Proper medical standards

Despite this “partial setback” as Abu-Jamal’s lawyers described the decision, they noted that “the judge’s ruling makes clear that if what he considers the proper defendants were in front of him, he was prepared to strike down the protocol and order that my client be treated in accord with proper medical standards,” the article reports.

Meanwhile, according to Cubadebate the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ); Bring Mumia Home Campaign; MOVE organization, and New York City Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition held a press conference and protest this September 7, to demand Mumia receive immediate treatment. Similar actions were carried out in other cities around the world, including a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

To sign the petition demanding treatment for Mumia visit:https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/life-saving-treatment-now-for-mumia-abu-jamal

300 immigrants subjected to solitary confinement every day in the US

 

THE U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) daily subjects to solitary confinement close to 300 individuals who enter the country illegally.

confinementMany of these persons have spent close to 75 days in solitary confinement and their access to telephone communication has been limited, an article in The New York Times reveals.
The newspaper notes that the implementation of this practice is illegal because immigrants are detained on civil and not criminal charges, and thus should only be held in custody until brought before the courts for lack of documentation.
It also notes that the foreign prison population has increased by 85% since 2005, since Continue reading

The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5

five cuban heroes 4The Cuban 5
L- R: Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez,
Ramon Labanino and Rene Gonzalez.

Articles and Updates on the Cuban 5:
Antonio Guerrero Dedicates Exhibit to Jose Marti.
Letter from Journalist Stephen Kimber to Barack Obama
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Important message from Ramon Labañino.

The Project’s Campaigns and Actions:

Justice for the Cuban 5 Winter Edition.
Support the Visa Campaign for the Cuban 5 wives and mothers! Send a letter to the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights.

NY Council Members Support Visa Campaign for Cuban 5 Wives.
Radio Cuban 5 Online.

See more at: http://www.freethecuban5.org/
See also: http://www.freethefive.org/

 

 

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Rosa Parks

Reblogged from Moorbey’z Blog

Rosa Parks February 4, 1913, to October 24, 2005

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
by Jeanne Theoharis

rosa parkes and MLK 21. Parks had been thrown off the bus a decade earlier by the same bus driver — for refusing to pay in the front and go around to the back to board. She had avoided that driver’s bus for twelve years because she knew well the risks of angering drivers, all of whom were white and carried guns. Her own mother had been threatened with physical violence by a bus driver, in front of Parks who was a child at the time. Parks’ neighbor had been killed for his bus stand, and teenage protester Claudette Colvin, among others, had recently been badly manhandled by the police.

2. Parks was a lifelong believer in self-defense. Malcolm X was her personal hero. Her family kept a gun in the house, including during the Continue reading

With such humanity as yours, victory is certain: A message from Ramón Labañino

Ramón LabañinoI want to use these lines to send you the affection of the Five, together with details related to my personal situation. You will understand then why I have delayed in writing to you and answering emails and letters which have come to me in large amounts in these days. I will try to be brief.

Since June 2012, the authorities of this institution informed me that I could be assigned to an institution of low security, due to the low points and clean record that we have maintained in all these 14 years of imprisonment. That being the case, since December 11 all my belongings were packed and (as I finally found out) I was assigned to Miami FCI-Low (remember that now I am in Jesup FCI, of medium security).

On January 11, 2013, I finally left headed for Tallahassee (Florida), which is an institution of Continue reading