Lynne says: “High five and Fist bump Congratulations to Bret Grote and the Abolitionist Law Center and Bob Boyle for the hard work and challenge that they have fulfilled so admirably. We must continue to fight for and protect those still in the belly of the Beast while we struggle to bring them Home !!!
Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Legal Team Files for Immediate Treatment & Injunctive Relief
August 24, 2015: Attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a motion for preliminary injunction in “Abu-Jamal vs. Kerestes” today with Judge Robert Mariani in the Middle District of Pennsylvania seeking a federal court order to ensure that prison medical staff provide immediate life- saving hepatitis C treatment to Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal is incarcerated at SCI Mahanoy in Frackville PA. Please see today’s filings here as well as the first amended complaint here.
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) medical staff and DOC counsel have refused Abu-Jamal’s demand for treatment and denied letters from his lawyers and independent doctors documenting the critical need for immediate treatment. Medically necessary treatment for hepatitis C consists of new antiviral drugs that have a 95% cure rate, and consists of one pill per day over the course of 12 weeks with minimal side effects.
Blood tests for the hepatitis C viral load done in July at the insistence of Abu-Jamal, his lawyers, and consulting doctors have confirmed that Abu-Jamal has active hepatitis C, which is most likely the underlying cause of his year-long, escalating health crisis.
Mumia Abu-Jamal remains weak and sick in the prison infirmary. He is currently not receiving treatment for a persistent and debilitating skin condition that is itchy and painful. Mr. Abu-Jamal has already suffered two hospitalizations, one a near fatal episode after SCI Mahanoy’s medical staff refused to treat or even monitor his dramatic and dangerously excessive blood glucose level, leading to diabetic shock. Every day that medically indicated treatment is denied carries the significant risk of continued and irreversible injury.
Lynne is hoping folks can donate to this important appeal from the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms.
NCPCF is seeking the help of 100 individuals, who are willing to donate $100 each to 25 traumatized family members of targeted individuals, so NCPCF can fly them to the families conference to receive counseling, spiritual healing, and social support. Please read details below:
Dear NCPCF Supporter,We’re writing to you to ask for your help in funding our annual families conference. Since the NCPCF’s inception, the families’ conference has been a focal point of our work as we aim to help those most affected by the counterproductive policies of the War on Terror. Each year, families affected gather to support one another and to pray for justice and pray that they will once again see their loved ones outside of prison walls. The families conference, provides affected families, comprised mostly of women and children, with support groups, counseling, social justice and media workshops, and a collective space for networking and healing. We focus on building communication capacity and power of affected families impacted by government abuse of power within our collective experiences to address the overall criminal justice system and Islamophobia.
As the NCPCF works diligently to protect our human and civil rights, we hope that you will show your support to those who have suffered the most egregious violations. This year, we are short $10,000 and we need your help to make the conference a success. With your financial contribution, we can send a strong message to these families that they are not alone and that our community will support them through thick and thin.
In the next 14 days kindly send your generous donations by September 2nd, either through the NCPCF PayPal by clicking here (NOTE: Please include a note in Paypal that your donation is for the families conference) or send your check to: NCPCF, Families Conference, P.O. Box 66301, Washington, DC 20035.
When you make a donation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us that you have sent a donation either through PayPal or by a check.
As Laila Yaghi, mother of Ziyad Yaghi, a current prisoner of the War on Terror, expressed: “Nobody knows how much this hurts!!! No body knows that everyday I cannot sleep and if I do, it is only minutes and I am awakened by nightmares!! Why would my own country do this to my son and I? Why would they take an innocent young man and put him in jail?…”
Will you help support these families and give them the help they so desperately need? We hope so. Thank you.
Help us publicize and advertise this appeal on the social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you very much for your generosity and concern.
NCPCF Steering Committee
Abdul is a long time comrade and defender of prisoners, particularly Muslims and deserves all the support possible. – Lynne. You can watch the video of Abdullah Majid’s mother, Ms. LaBorde, speaking about her son here: http://nationinside.org/campaign/release-of-aging-people-in-prison/storybank/a-mothers-story-of-visiting-an-aging-incarcerated-man
Since his hearing has been postponed until October, there is still the time to submit letters to the parole board for political prisoner Abdullah Majid.
Guidelines for Parole Letters in support of Abdul Majid
These letters should not be form letters. They should be sincere and in your own words!
1. The letters should be addressed to Moira Meltzer-Cohen, Attorney at Law, 11 Park Place Suite 914, NY NY 10007, but on the top left-hand side of the page, they should say TO: NYS Board of Parole, 1220 Washington Avenue, Building 2, Albany, NY 12226-2050. You must mail, not email letters! Read the rest of this entry »
Political prisoner Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell was killed on August 12th. Lynne wanted to post this dedication from NYC Anarchist Black Cross.
On Wednesday, August 12th, our comrade in the struggle for revolution, Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell was murdered. The context for his murder remains unclear, save for the fact that it happened in the midst of a prison riot. We have no faith that the state will do anything to determine how or why Yogi Bear was murdered and presume cops and corrections officers are relishing his death. We do not doubt the possibility that he was specifically targeted and those in authority did nothing to protect him.
In the early 1970s, while imprisoned in San Quentin State Prison, Hugo Pinell made contact with revolutionary prisoners such as George Jackson, one of the Soledad Brothers, and W.L. Nolen. On August 21, 1971, there was a prisoner uprising in Pinell’s housing unit at San Quentin, led by George Jackson. On that date, Jackson used a pistol to take over his tier in the Adjustment Center. At the end of the roughly 30 minute rebellion, guards had killed George Jackson, and two other prisoners and three guards were dead. Of the remaining prisoners in the unit, six of them, including Pinell, were put on trial for murder and conspiracy. Together, they were known as The San Quentin Six. Three of them were acquitted of all charges, and three were found guilty of various charges. Pinell was convicted of assault on a guard.
Activists in prison to this day continue to mark the San Quentin prison rebellion as Black August, often with fasting.
Although Pinell was convicted of assault, and another of the San Quentin Six had a murder conviction, only Pinell remained imprisoned at the time of his death. During his astounding 50 years of imprisonment, Pinell was primarily held in solitary confinement. Though not as active in his political organizing as in his youth, Pinell was part of the historic hunger strikes that spread throughout the California prison system in 2013 to protest the treatment of prisoners held in solitary confinement.
According to his attorney, shortly before the August 12th, 2015 riot, Hugo Pinell was transferred to general population, though the threat of harm and history of threats against him were known to prison officials.
In this month of Black August, we raise a fist for Yogi Bear and all prison rebels—you will have neither lived nor died in vain.
The May 1st coalition is looking for volunteers!!!
We want to help the sanctuary movement with their Accompaniment Program! We need people who can accompany migrants to court. Students or retired people or folks who have flexible hours, your help is urgently needed!!!!
Attached is an email we are sending out with details. If you or someone you know has some flexible day time availability once a week OR once a month, please attend a training on Saturday August 22 (11 AM-1 PM at International Action Center)!! Please call or reply if you are interested or if you know of anyone that would be helpful!!!!
Mil gracias, Teresa & Lucy