Call & Fax in for Robert Seth Hayes: April 27-30

From POW Medical Justice:

r_s_hayes2005-150x150Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is 66 years old and suffers from multiple chronic and concerning medical problems. As many of you know, we recently waged a medical campaign for him a few months ago regarding rapid and concerning weight loss as well as poorly controlled diabetes. Neither of these concerns have been addressed to date. NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, so please help demand that Seth be provided with proper care.

***Please join our phone and fax campaign!***
Talking points and sample letter below.

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

1) On Monday, 4/27 and Tuesday, 4/28 please call:

***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (518) 457-8134

***Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at (518)-457-7073

***Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services, at (518) 445-6176

2) On Wednesday, 4/29 and Thursday 4/30, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com if needed):

***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at Fax: (518) 457-0076

***Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D. at Fax: (518) 457-2115

***Nancy A. Lyng, MS at Fax: (518) 445-6157

 

Suggested talking points:

-> State who you are calling about and include his prisoner #: Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A- 2280 at Sullivan Correctional Facility;

-> Say that you are requesting:
1) an assessment and modification of his insulin treatment,
2) that he is given a full work-up to have potential malignancies been ruled out considering his weight loss, and,
3) that he is finally prescribed a diabetic diet.

-> Please email nycjericho@gmail.com and let us know what response you receive.

 

Sample letter for faxing or mailing:

Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Fax: 518-457-2115

Dear Dr. Koenigsmann,

I am writing on behalf of Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, DOB 10-15-48, who is currently a prisoner at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY.

Mr. Hayes suffers from poorly controlled diabetes mellitus with frequent bouts of hypoglycemia, as well as weight loss of 40 pounds (22% of his original body weight) in a short time. These health concerns have not been addressed by medical staff at Sullivan Correctional Institute despite numerous requests by the patient, family, concerned medical providers, and the general public. He has not even been prescribed a diabetic diet.

I am writing to register my grave concern about the health of Mr. Hayes and to request that he receive appropriate follow-up and treatment immediately for:

1) poorly controlled diabetes with multiple episodes of hypoglycemia and lack of access to the DOCC diabetic diet; and
2) significant and alarming weight loss, the etiology of which is currently unknown and should be assessed for potential malignancies

I thank you for your prompt attention to these medical matters.
Sincerely,

______________________

cc: Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner at Fax: (518) 457-0076,
Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services at Fax: (518) 445-6157

Support Needed for Anarchist Facing Federal Trial

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Fundraiser can be viewed here
Eric G. King, a 28-year-old vegan anarchist, was arrested and charged with an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, MO in September 2014. Eric is being charged with throwing a hammer through a window of the building, followed by two lit Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint states that both alleged incendiary devices failed to ignite. Scheduled to go to trial in July 2015, he is facing up to 30 years in federal prison.

Eric was identified as a suspect by local police because he had previously come under suspicion for anti-government and anti-police graffiti. He is currently being held in the Corrections Corporation of America’s Leavenworth Detention Center.

Since his arrest last September, he has been extremely isolated from his loved ones and has repeatedly been targeted by the guards, who have repeatedly put his safety in jeopardy. Despite these struggles, he continues to maintain his good spirits and his resolve to see his legal situation through to the end. He is also maintaining his dedication to
struggling for a world free of domination and oppression.

We are asking for funds to help us support our comrade as he continues to weather the deplorable jail conditions. His trial may get pushed back yet again before it actually happens, which would mean more time for him to sit in the private jail awaiting his day in court. The funds collected through this campaign will go towards:

* phone calls with friends and supporters to prevent him from being isolated
* the costs of books and shipping to help him pass the time inside (much
of which has been in solitary confinement)
* commissary to help him purchase toiletry items and vegan food

*helping folks be able to come support him and pack the courtroom for Eric’s trial

These funds will not be used for legal defense or bail. He is being represented by the federal public defender and thus does not have any pending legal fees.

Every donation helps us support Eric that much better, which will help keep him stronger and more able to fight back against this state repression!

In solidarity,

The Eric King Defense Committee

http://supportericking.wordpress.com/

Hey Denver, join us next week for a radical series of events!

We’re inviting everyone to join Denver ABC and friends for three very special events on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. Please spread the word and bring your neighbors, friends, and families. We’ll see you there!

Monday April 27th,
Black Flags and Windmills

https://www.facebook.com/events/1576721502591867/
NOTE EXACT LOCATION: Science Building Room 1067 University of Colorado Auraria Campus 80204
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This visual and engaging presentation will show what ordinary people can do to change their own worlds and create power from below without coercion. How the ideas of anarchism have shaped and influenced modern political movements from the post-Seattle alternative globalization movements to the Common Ground Collective after Hurricane Katrina, the Occupy uprisings and beyond. It will also cover the rise of the surveillance state and the implications of activism being labeled ‘terrorism’ .The presentation which is equal parts personal story, radical history and organizing philosophies asks questions about how we engage in social change, the real and perceived challenges presented by the state and power and dares us to rethink how we engage in creating our futures.

Organized by CU Denver’s Social Justice Minor with co-sponsorship from Auraria Climate Justice Coalition

scott crow is an international speaker and author. He has spent his varied life as a coop business owner, political organizer and educator, strategist, and underground musician who is a proponent of the philosophy and practices of anarchism.
He is the author of the acclaimed book Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy and the Common Ground Collective (PM Press). He’s a contributor to the books Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab (AK Press), The Black Bloc Papers (LBC), Witness to Betrayal (AK Press /Emergency Hearts) and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation(South End Press) as well as within radical and alternative publications He appears frequently in international media including the New York Times, Democracy Now, CNN, NPR, RT News, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Der Spiegel and Vice as well as in the political documentaries and Informant (Music Box), Better this World (PBS)and Welcome to New Orleans (Fridthjof Films). . He was under surveillance by the FBI as an alleged domestic terrorist threat for a decade without charges being brought. The New York Times characterized him as “anarchist, veteran organizer and an aficionado of civil disobedience”, the FBI noted in a memo “…crow is a puppet master involved in direct action. “ and NPR’s This American Life called him “a living legend among anarchists”. He can be found at www.scottcrow.org

Tuesday April 28th,
Political Prisoners and the Perpetual Amerikan Conquest

https://www.facebook.com/events/820648224692843/
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From three former revolutionaries, an illuminating analysis of the current Amerikan police state, and how to fight it. Three former political prisoners and longtime activists, Ashanti Alston, Sekou Kambui, and Ricardo Romero, will share their perspectives on the ongoing repression in the U.S. in relation to political prisoner support and mass incarceration, and will take a look towards the future, at what is needed in the fight for a free society.

What has been done to free Amerikan political prisoners in the past that can be repeated? How can those tactics be adapted and added to in the fight against mass incarceration? What are the psychological, emotional, and spiritual demands on a revolutionary? How can we, in short, work to free our political prisoners first and foremost, and realize the revolutionary potential in ourselves and our communities? Three experienced activists and former prisoners speak out.

Organized by Denver ABC and Auraria Climate Justice Coalition.
Endorsed by Denver Community Defense Committee.

Wednesday April 29th,
Anarchist Movie Night: Historic Denver Protest Footage

https://www.facebook.com/events/1577277932555801/
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Wednesday 4/29, at 8pm we will be showing footage from Denver actions of the past:

-1992 MLK protests against against the Klan
-Riots following the murder of Marvin Booker
-2006 Columbus Day protests
-2011 O22 March Against Police Brutality
-Various footage from current day Denver actions

Hosted by Denver ABC at the Mutiny Information Cafe on Broadway and Ellsworth(2 S. Broadway).

Join the MOVE family and friends for May 13th!

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Denver ABC now accepts Bitcoin donations!

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Greetings all, this is a brief post to let everyone know that the Denver Anarchist Black Cross has finally joined the 21st century, and we now accept Bitcoin donations!

Our Bitcoin address is: 1D1MA28TtpdQwwTHQdYNqTHqqPPP5QUm6M

We will now feature our Bitcoin address under the donate section to the right of this post.

Brent Betterly is out of prison. Release fund almost there!

brentbetterlyBrent Betterly of the NATO 3 was paroled according to the Illinois DOC. Please take a minute to donate to his post release fund. The $1500 goal is almost met!

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On May 16th, 2012, just prior to the NATO summit in Chicago, three Occupy activists were arrested and eventually charged with 11 felony counts, including four under the never-before-used Illinois terrorism statute. Brian “Jacob” Church, Brent Betterly, and Maya Chase (formerly Jared Chase) came to be known as the NATO 3. The case went to trial in January of 2014, and the NATO 3 were acquitted of all of the terrorism charges. Unfortunately, the jury found them guilty of two felonies each—possession of an incendiary device with the intent to commit arson and possession of an incendiary device with the knowledge that another intended to commit arson. They were given sentences ranging from 5 to 8 years.

Brent Betterly is the second of the three to be released. He is scheduled to rejoin us on April 16th. Please donate to his release fund to help ease the transition after 3 years behind bars. Donations are needed to help pay for Brent’s living expenses while he works to get back on his feet during the immediate aftermath of his incarceration. Brent is also the father of a small child who lives several states away and needs funds to help remain in contact with him.

If you’d like to write to Maya, whose release date is scheduled for May of 2016, please address letters to Maya Chase and address envelopes to:
Jared Chase
M44710
2600 N. Brinton Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

For more information,
freethenato3@gmail.com
http://freethenato3.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-the-NATO-3/172345546229824
http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/prison-release-fund-for-brent-betterly/308054

Mumia Abu Jamal – updated phone campaign

From the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC):

Sisters and brothers, all of you who have shown such concern and love for Mumia:

I saw Mumia yesterday (Monday) in the visiting room at Mahanoy for a little over an hour.  He wheeled himself in in a manually controlled wheel chair.  This was not easy for him.  I then wheeled him to the front desk and where we sat.  He looked better than he did in those widely disseminated photos taken a week ago and, similarly, seemed a little better than Wadiya’s description when she saw him on Thursday.  As I noted in an intro to Wadiya’€™s report, the different descriptions may reflect some differences in the eyes of the beholders, but mostly I think reflect the fluctuations in the diabetic condition he is suffering from.

To clarify some differences in reports.  Mumia repeated that he had lost over 80 pounds.  This enormous weight loss in such a short period of time causes him pain when he sits, apparently especially in the wheel chair.  I suggested a pillow, which obviously should have been provided with the wheel chair, and he said he would get one.  His skin continued to look motley, multi-colored, and very flaky.  It felt dry.  He said it did not hurt but itched badly, and he has to cover his body with the anti-itching cream he uses repeatedly, as he did before coming out for his visit. He is still shaking.  Perhaps one of the doctors we are consulting can explain what the shaking is from. His speech was clear and not at all slurred.  He says he does not have pneumonia, one of the conditions that has been referred to several times, and that his lungs are clear.  The confusion was that one technician confused the scar from his gunshot wound obtained at the time of his original arrest and incarceration in 1981 with possible lung damage from pneumonia.  His diet has changed significantly:  he is getting a lot of fruit and vegetables and his calorie intake is being monitored. It was just increased to 2500 calories a day.  This diet improvement was certainly one of the victories of our campaign, as we expressed outrage at the diet he was being given (pasta for dinner and cake along with oatmeal for breakfast) following a blood sugar level that was so dangerously close to diabetic coma.  The authorities must have been embarrassed by being caught in their wanton neglect of Mumia’€™s needs, whether coming from malpractice or malevolence.

Mumia was very alert and deep, as usual filled with extensive historical knowledge, as we discussed some of the same kinds of political issues we generally discuss when I visit.  He was occasionally even humorous.  His spirit and intellect remain unquestionably Mumia. But he is concerned about some loss in his ability to retrieve words, aphasia like symptoms, and he sometimes experiences fugue states.  He apparently did not experience any of these symptoms while I was there. Very notable to me was the trauma all this has imposed on Mumia, major, major, major physical and emotional trauma.  He feels the steroids given him for his initial skin problem brought on the diabetes, and now the life threatening diabetic picture, not to mention the pain, the itching, the shaking, and the memory issues he described.  ALL DONE TO HIM, IMPOSED ON HIM.

Mumia is deeply grateful to the movement for its love and has great faith in its power. When I asked if he had any suggestions for what we should be doing, he said “€œKeep doing what you’€™re doing.”  So let’s keep those calls, emails, faxes and educational meetings going.

Below is Noelle Hanrahan’s summary of what the doctors in the case say they will need.  Please request these when you write or call the individuals listed at the end.

1) Mumia’s chosen private physician has immediate regular phone access to Mumia in the infirmary. Phone access is limited in the infirmary, and Mumia and his physician need to be in conversation throughout each week.

2) His doctor be allowed to communicate freely and regularly with the prison infirmary physicians who are currently overseeing Mumia’€™s care.

3) The PA Department of Corrections (DOC) allow Mumia’€™s doctor to schedule an immediate Independent Medical Examination in an examination room with a table and medical instruments.

4) The PA DOC develop a diagnostic and treatment plan adequate to understand any underlying conditions that have contributed to his current ongoing crisis, and that consultation with appropriate specialists be arranged in a timely fashion and be used to assist in this effort.

We need a mass mobilization of calls and letters to:

Tom Wolf, PA Governor
717-787-2500
governor@PA.gov
508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg PA 17120

John Wetzel, PA Department of Corrections
717-728-4109
1920 Technology Pkwy, Mechanicsburg PA 17050

John Kerestes, Superintendent-Â SCI Mahanoy
570-773-2158 x8102
Fax: 570-783-2008

ONA MOVE!

Suzanne Ross
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, NYC
P.O. Box 16, College Station, NY, NY 10030
212-330-8029, www.FreeMumia.com, info@FreeMumia.com

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