Black Liberation POW Abdul Majid in dire need of solidarity!

abdul-majid-jericho-movementBrother Abdullah is in debilitating pain and unable to walk without assistance, due to an acute case of sciatica.

Abdullah has suffered in this state for over a week and has, to no avail, submitted to all prison procedures, which are required in order to get medical attention, namely the “sick-call process.”

We are asking that you call the superintendent at Elmira Correctional Facility and demand that Abdullah Majid get immediate and proper medical attention.

Please call:
Superintendent Paul Chappius
607-734-3901
Regarding the prison’s negligence as concerns the health and well-being of
Abdullah Majid
DIN # 83-A-0483

You can also write the Warden:
Elmira Correctional Facility
1879 Davis St
P.O. Box 500
Elmira, New York 14901-0500

Please also call and write the DOCCS Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
The Division of Health Services
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
The Harriman State Campus–Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12226-2050
Tel.: 518-457-7073

And, of course, write to Abdullah Majid and let him know he has your support
Abdullah Majid #83-A-0483
Elmira Correctional Facility
PO Box 500, 1879 Davis St
Elmira, New York 14902-0500

BOP denies Lynne Stewart’s compassionate release

From Justice for Lynne Stewart:

URGENT ALERT – LYNNE STEWART DENIED COMPASSIONATE RELEASE BY FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS DIRECTOR

Lynne Stewart’ husband Ralph Poynter was informed by Lynne this morning that she received a three-paragraph letter from Kathleen Kenney, General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C.:

Compassionate Release has been denied on the grounds that Lynne’s “health is improving.”

This claim is at once cynical and false. Lynne Stewart’s cancer continues to spread in her lungs. She remains in isolation as her white blood cell count remains so low that she is at risk for generalized infection. She weakens daily.

A message from Lynne will be released imminently.

We call upon all committed to the effort to secure Lynne Stewart’s release and to save her life to stand by for further notice of the response from Lynne, her husband Ralph Poynter, and her family and her lawyers – announcing the next actions that we, her supporters, will launch in response to this appalling betrayal of compassion and justice.

Medical Alert: Leonard Peltier Must Be Transferred

At this time, Mr. Peltier’s most pressing need is proper medical care.  His only hope of being seen by qualified physicians and receiving care that complies with standard medical protocols is to be immediately transferred to another facility.  For background information on this current crisis, read our November 2010 press release at http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/pressrelease20101115.htm.

You can help.  Please print this letter (PDF format):  http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/download/LappinLtr.pdf. Sign the letter; write your name and mailing address; and mail or fax your letter today.

Mail to:  Federal Bureau of Prisons
Address:  320 1st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20534
Fax: (202) 514-6620

Sample Text

Often a handwritten heartfelt letter is quite effective.  Remember to always employ a respectful tone and keep your comments brief and to the point.  If you wish, you may adapt the following text.

[BEGIN]

Harley G. Lappin, Director
U.S. Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534

Dear Mr. Lappin:

It has come to my attention that Leonard Peltier #89637-132, an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is in dire need of medical attention.

I believe that Mr. Peltier’s medical needs are urgent. He needs to be seen by proper medical staff. Therefore, I respectfully request that Leonard Peltier be transferred to FCI-Oxford in Wisconsin or FMC-Rochester in Minnesota. Either of these facilities can adequately accommodate Mr. Peltier’s medical needs.

Thank you in advance for transferring Leonard Peltier and immediately addressing his medical needs!

Sincerely,

Signature

[END]

Thank you for all you do on Mr. Peltier’s behalf.

Launched into cyberspace by the
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND  58106
www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

Action Alert: Demand Medical Treatment for Anarchist Prisoner Jerome White-Bey

55 year old Jerome White-Bey continues to be unjustly confined in Ad Seg (the hole), denied medical treatment for liver disease. A prison doctor prescribed interferon treatment for Jerome’s liver disease, however the Regional Medical Director Dr. Conley and the Director Mr. George A. Lombardi has refused to transfer him. Denying such treatment could prove deadly.  Denial of medical care is one of the many ways that the prison system abuses political and politicized prisons.

Jerome is reaching out to those on the outside to pressure officials to provide him with the treatment he deserves.

People are encouraged to write letters and make phone calls to:
1.        George A. Lombardi  (Director)
2.        Ms. Lisa Jones
3.        Dr. Conley (Regional Medical Director)
4.        Ms. Gloria Perry  (MD Chief Medical Officer)

Missouri Department of Corrections
2729 Plaza Drive
P.O. Box 236
Jefferson City, MO. 65102

Phone number is: 573-751-2389

Sample letter:

Dear Director Lombardi,

I write to you out of deep concern for prison inmate Jerome White-Bey #37479 who is suffering from liver disease.  The visiting doctor prescribed interferon treatment for him, but he continues to be denied this treatment.  If gone untreated, his condition could worsen.

I am asking that you immediately grant Mr. White-Bey the interferon treatment he needs to protect his health and to remove him from administrative segregation.  Under the Eigth Amendment prisoners are entitled to adequate medical care.  I hope that you take immediate action to uphold Mr White-Bey’s rights and health.

I and all who share concern would be gratified by a reply from you as soon as possible. Thank you for your time on this important matter.
Respectfully yours,

[Your Name]

Demand Leonard Peltier’s Immediate Transfer to the Mayo Clinic!

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee urgently calls upon all supporters to consistently and constantly contact USPLewisburg to demand Leonard Peltier be immediately transferred to the Mayo Clinic for a full medical evaluation and appropriate treatment. As many of you know, Leonard has exhibited symptoms of prostate cancer for over a year.  After months of pressure by attorneys, Leonard underwent blood tests in June of 2010. Those results were not made available until early November 2010. A biopsy was indicated which was ordered by a physician and approved by the prison.  However, the biopsy has not been performed.  The delay in testing, diagnosis, and treatment is unacceptable and constitutes medical neglect.

Please, in contacting USP Lewisburg, refrain from speaking out of anger.  Your outrage, disgust and frustration can and should be expressed in a respectful yet forceful manner.

To be clear, we still need to keep the pressure on the White House, so keep making those calls and writing those letters to President Obama.

Contacts:

The White House

President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC  20500
Comment Line:  202-456-1111
Switchboard:  202-456-1414
Fax:  202-456-2461
Web Form:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Bureau of Prisons (Be certain to always reference “Leonard Peltier #89637-132″ when contacting the BOP)

Warden Bledsoe
USP Lewisburg
U.S. Penitentiary
2400 Robert F. Miller Drive
Lewisburg, PA  17837
Phone: 570-523-1251
Fax: 570-522-7745
E-mail address: LEW/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

BOP may start blocking e-mail addresses and phone numbers, so you may want to use several different e-mail addresses and phone numbers to make your point.

FREE LEONARD PELTIER!

Thank you for all you do on Leonard’s behalf.

Launched into cyberspace by the
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106
(701) 235-2206 (Phone)
Web:  www.whoisleonardpeltier.info
E-mail:  contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info

Anarchist Jerome White-Bey Put in Solitary Again, Denied Adequate Medical Treatment

Anarchist prisoner and founder of the Missouri Prison Labor Union, Jerome White-Bey, has been put in solitary confinement for reasons still unclear.  He is also suffering from Hep-C liver damage and is not responding well to his Thyroid medication.  Prison officials have yet to grant him a doctor’s visit and his placement into solitary confinement can only make his situation worse.

People are encouraged to write a short letter to the following address.

MDOC Regional Medical Director Dr. Conley,
2729 Plaza Drive,
P.O. Box 236,
Jefferson City, MO. 65102

Jerome’s birthday is also on December 28th.  Letters and cards would be especially encouraging for him at this time.

Jerome White-Bey #37479
5A-118
ERDCC
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628

Leonard Peltier Continues to Be Denied Medical Treatment

Leonard Peltier, American Indian activist serving two consecutive life sentences for FBI frame-up, is continuing to be denied medical care.  This follows a long history of such denial.

In the early 1990s Leonard started suffering the effects of tetanus, which include lockjaw.   He wasn’t able to see an oral surgeon until 1995.  It took three surgeries for him to be able to chew again and even then he was sent back to Leavenworth before his jaw even healed up.

He also battled to receive adequate care for his diabetes.  Even though a diabetes kit is less reliable when used by more than one person, Leonard and many other prisoners are forced to share kits.  Supporters called in demanding he have his own, going as far as offering to pay for the kit themselves.  The BOP finally relented after countless phone calls and other actions taken by supporters of Leonard.

Now Leonard is battling to get tests done to determine whether or not he has prostate cancer.  Dr. Norma Bowe of Kean University has stated that “Delaying these tests is nothing short of negligence.”  Leonard and supporters continue for his protection against cruel and unusual punishment and ultimately for his freedom.

Peltier Family Accuses U.S. Government of Medical Neglect

Native American activist and political prisoner Leonard Peltier has been exhibiting symptoms commonly attributed to prostate cancer for over a year now.  Prison officials have been slow to respond with adequate medical care the entire team.  Pressured bby Peltier’s lawyers, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ran standard blood tests.  Only after four months did a physician finally say a biopsy is needed to make a diagnosis.

Prostate cancer is extremely common, affecting 1 in 6 men in the United States.  It’s cure rate is also high, but only if detected early.  The unnecessarily slow response by prison authorities is jeopardizing Peltier’s life and chances of survival if he does indeed have cancer.  Even if Peltier doesn’t have cancer, the symptoms indicate a serious medical condition and one that could lead to serious complications if left untreated.

A physician who conducted an independent review of Peltier’s medical records in 2000 concluded that Peltier’s overall medical treatment is below a reasonable standard of care.  Decades ago, Peltier suffered a stroke which left him nearly blind in one eye—damage physicians say could have been prevented had he been treated sooner.  In the 1990s, there was international outrage after the BOP botched surgeries to correct a jaw problem.  Only then was Peltier transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for treatment.  Subsequent procedures were recommended by a specialist, but never performed by the BOP.

“Last week, at the United Nations, the United States claimed that it is unequivocally committed to the humane treatment of all individuals in detention, including criminal detention.  Delaying tests, avoiding a diagnosis, and preventing proper medical treatment for a potentially life threatening disease is not humane by anyone’s definition,” a spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee said.

Unfortunately, this situation isn’t unique to Mr. Peltier.  Many U.S. prisoners die prematurely because treatment is delayed or denied.  This is especially true of political prisoners.  Just recently, political prisoner Marilyn Buck was released from prison only to die shortly after from cancer she developed in prison.

Family members want the government to release Peltier who was denied parole in 2009.  His North Dakota tribe has twice passed a resolution asking the government to transfer Peltier into their custody.  Peltier’s many supporters believe his release from prison is the only way Peltier will receive humane treatment.

More info on Leonard Peltier can be found at
http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

Emergency Campaign for Avelino Gonzalez Claudio

The National Boricua Human Rights Network joins the friends and family of Avelino Gonzalez Claudio in the campaign to protect Avelino’s health. presently, he is in isolation and with no medication for his Parkinson’s disease at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center (address and phone number below). Please take a moment to call the Brooklyn MDC and demand that he be taken out of isolation and his medication be given to him.

Our Puerto Rican Political Prisioner Avelino González Claudio is at Brooklyn MDC, in solitary confinement, without Parkinson disease medicines.

We urgently need:
-everyone call the prison at 718-840-4200, to demand that he be provided his medicines; &
-solidarity lawyers in NY to visit him & demand he be provided his Parkinson disease medicines

Avelino’s information:
Avelino González-Claudio, #09873-000
MDC BROOKLYN
METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER
P.O. BOX 329002
BROOKLYN, NY  11232

DOB: OCT 8, 1942

Alejandro Luis Molina
alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org
Skype: alejandromann

Coordinating Committee
National Boricua Human Rights Network
2739 W. Division Street
Chicago IL 60622
www.boricuahumanrights.org
twitter: olrcat

Comité Pro-Derechos Humanos
www.presospoliticospuertorriquenos.org

Anarchist Prisoner and MPLU Founder Jerome White-Bey Needs Medical Treatment

Anarchist prisoner Jerome White-Bey is the founder and president of the Missouri Prisoner Labour Union, an organization of Missouri prisoners and their outside supporters who are organizing around labour and other prison conditions. Since the founding of the MPLU, Jerome has been subject to administrative harassment and retaliation. He was in the “hole” (administrative segregation) for two years following the formation of the MPLU and has constantly been moved in and out of segregation since.

Jerome is now appealing for help with a letter campaign. He has diabetes which has caused a kidney infection that has lasted for several months now. Despite several requests made by him to the doctors there the prison officials are denying him any medical treatment for the kidney infection. He has had no treatment, no tests, no medication and he is very worried about his health and the effect the long lasting infection will have on him. In his own words:

“There is a plot against my well being. It is clear to me now, so the only sure way to protect myself from ill willed people is to build a wall of security around me, because when people on the outside show an overwhelming concern about our well being, then that stills the hand of the evil doers. So anyone that would like to write, call the prison or visit me is welcome to do so.”

Please write letters of complaint to:

The Governor
ERDCC
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
USA
+001 573 358-5516

Write letters of support to:

Jerome White-Bey
#37479
ERDCC
5A-118
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
USA

Sample letter:

Your name and address here:

Dear Governor of ERDCC,

I am writing to you to express my extreme concern for a prisoner currently held in your prison. His name is Jerome White-Bey #37479. Mr White-Bey has diabetes which has caused a kidney infection that has lasted for several months now.

Despite several attempts by himself to get his condition treated he has had no treatment, no tests, no medication and is now very worried about his health and the effect such a long term untreated infection will have upon it.

I am writing to you in the hope that you can look into this matter and ensure that Mr White-Bey gets the treatment that a prison has the duty of care to provide for the prisoners held with-in it.

Yours faithfully

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