PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY MARCH 31
Location: Outside Emergency Room Entrance,
Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA
700 E Norwegian St, Pottsville, PA
Mumia Abu-Jamal in Medical Crisis
– 20hrs Doctors refuse to talk to lawyers and family
Vigil ICU in Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA.
Literally after 20 hours of torture Mumia remains disappeared. His family and his lawyers have been prevented from receiving any information.
On the morning of Monday March 30th, prison officials at SCI Mahanoy say that Mumia Abu-Jamal had a “medical crisis” and was transported from the prison to the intensive care unit at the Schuylkill Medical Center, in Pottsville. PA.
Shackled to the bed, alone, and prevented from knowing that his family is close by he remains in intensive care. Prison officials and hospital officials when not spreading misinformation are denying Mumia’s family access to visits, while also denying the family and his lawyers any information or records about his condition.
Mumia’s family is keeping vigil in the ICU critical care visiting room.
His supporters and lawyers were at trial challenging the Revictimization Review Act aka the “Mumia Silencing Act” in Harrisburg, PA when they received word that he had been taken to the hospital.
The Abolitionist Law Center’s Bret Grote is in Pottsville and vigorously preparing legal action to gain access to his client for the family and access to his medical records so that independent doctors can intervene.
Mumia Abu-Jamal’s brother Keith Cook stated “The rules that the prisons have are very arcane. They don’t give out any information about prisoners to their families or anyone else. It’s like you have your hands tied because you don’t know how the prisoner is and you have no way of talking to him. I remember a month ago— Phil Africa exercising in the prison, next thing they know they moved him to a hospital and didn’t tell his family where he was, and three days later he was dead.
“It’s scary. This situation needs to change. The prison authorities need to be more humane to the families of prisoners.”
Pam Africa stated “Prison Officials are lying. Mumia is going through torture at the hands of Department of Corrections through medical neglect. It is clear to people that they want to kill Mumia. They gave him the wrong medication which made his condition worse. Inmates on the inside who questioned what was happening have been subjected to direct retaliation by the superintendent. They have been moving concerned inmates out of Mumia’s unit in an effort to both bury and keep this critical information from the public.”
Johanna Fernandez of the New York Campaign to Bring Mumia Home noted “Mumia has been complaining about being ill since January. If he had gotten the proper care he needed originally, he would not be in this situation. This crisis illustrates the problem of health care in American prisons as a basic human rights violation. I am personally concerned because Phil Africa of the MOVE organization was rushed to the hospital not long ago in good health and a few days later he was dead. We need to fight to defend Mumia’s life, and that of all prisoners.”
The Abolitionist Law Center is a public interest law firm inspired by the struggle of political and politicized prisoners, and organized for the purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the United States. 412-654-9070
CALL NOW and demand that Mumia’s family can visit him at the medical center:
301 Morea Rd, Frackville PA
Superindendent John Kerestes
(570) 773-2158 x8102
We do not trust that the prison officials will provide any transparency on Mumia’s medical emergency. They indeed told us Phil Africa was fine, and he passed away the next day.
We need you to help us demand family visitation rights at Schuylkill Medical Center NOW!
We will send a trial update shortly.
Please make the call right now: 570-773-2158 x8102
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Addtionally, make calls to:
Richard Ellers Director, PA Department of Corrections Health Care Services rellers [at] 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