Medical Neglect nearly killed Abu-Jamal in March; Now the DOC refusez lifesaving treatment

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 afederal court order to ensure that prison medical staff provide immediate life- saving hepatitis C treatment toMumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal is incarcerated at SCI Mahanoy in Frackville PA. Please see today’s filings here aswell as the first amended complaint here.   Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) medical staff and DOC counsel have refused Abu-Jamal’s demandfor treatment and denied letters from his lawyers and independent doctors documenting the critical need forimmediate 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 consultingdoctors have confirmed that Abu-Jamal has active hepatitis C, which is most likely the underlying cause of hisyear-long, escalating health crisis.   Mumia Abu-Jamal remains weak and sick in the prison infirmary. He is currently not receiving treatment for apersistent and debilitating skin condition that is itchy and painful. Mr. Abu-Jamal has already suffered twohospitalizations, one a near fatal episode after SCI Mahanoy’s medical staff refused to treat or even monitor hisdramatic and dangerously excessive blood glucose level, leading to diabetic shock. Every day that medically indicatedtreatment is denied carries the significant risk of continued and irreversible injury.   Background: On March 30, 2015, Abu-Jamal was rushed to the hospital after losing consciousness and going into diabetic shock.Although prison medical staff was aware that Abu-Jamal had a dangerously high blood glucose level of 419 onMarch 6, they failed to treat, monitor, or even inform Abu-Jamal of his condition. Glucose levels like those that Abu-Jamal had can result in diabetic shock, diabetic coma, and death.   Abu-Jamal’s diabetic shock came in the midst of an escalating year-long health crisis that began with a rash in August 2014. The skin condition grew in intensity over the course of the next several months, eventually coveringmost of his body with a painful, severe rash that is resistant to conventional treatments. The skin condition isabnormal in its duration and intensity, and has led to lesions, open wounds, and swelling.   Hepatitis C:   Advances in Hepatitis C treatment in recent years have revolutionized the way the disease is treated, with new direct-acting anti-viral medications that have had over 95% success rates in curing the illness in clinical trials. Themedications, however, are extraordinarily expensive in the United States due to monopoly pricing practices by thepharmaceutical companies that have patented them.   The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has yet to promulgate a new protocol for treating Hepatitis C with thenew medications, meaning that the estimated 10,000-plus people in DOC custody who have Hepatitis C are notreceiving any treatment.   This issue is the subject of a  class action lawsuit  filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court in June2015. Please see the 1st amended complaint Abu-Jamal vs. Kerestes here.   Abu-Jamal is represented by Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and Robert J. Boyle of New York    City. Legal Director Bret Grote  412-654-9070

Messin With Major Tillery – An Unsung Hero In Solitary Confinement–an-unsung-hero-in-solitary-confinement Major Tillery stood up to the prison administration: he confronted them in no uncertain terms, noting that Mumia must get to the hospital in time – before he dies. SCI Mahanory Superintendent Kerestes told Major to mind his own business, to which Major replied ‘Mumia is my business’. Please join us in standing in […]

Prison Radio Kommentariez

“Messin’ with Major” (3:10) by Mumia Abu-Jamal“Mumia’s Message To The Movement” (1:20) by Mumia Abu-Jamal “Trump and the Politics of Resentment” (2:53) by Mumia Abu-Jamal “Murderers of the World Arrive in the Americas” (Murder Inc.) (12:02) by Mumia Abu-Jamal “Death and Life of Hugo Pinell” (4:21) by Jaan Laaman “Black August” (2:34) by Jaan Laaman “Lethal […]

Rhyme Sayerz for Komrade George Jackson and Black August

Aired Aug 6 2015 1. “Rhyme Sayers for George Jackson” 58:07 Mama Laini Mataka, Face and Tim Hicks of The Cornel West Theory joined us this week to pay tribute to George Jackson and Black August.  We also called PA state authorities on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal who needs medical help now! Remember the […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Mumia Abu-Jamal filez suit over prison’z refusal to provide necessary medical care

August 3, 2015 · by abolitionismo · Untreated Diabetes nearly killed Abu-Jamal in March, and the DOC is refusing to treat his active Hepatitis C August 3, 2015: Attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed an amended lawsuit today in the Middle District of Pennsylvania federal court to challenge prison medical staff’s denial of necessary […]

Mumia Abu-Jamal Health Update

Our brother Mumia, with the love and support of his family, his lawyers, and independent doctors and very importantly you, is fighting to return to wellness.   He remains ill and in need of immediate diagnostic testing and treatment.   We continue working around the clock to demand that Mumia Abu-Jamal receive diagnostic testing and […]

Prison Radio Kommentariez

“Democracy, Dictatorships & Empire” (5:10) by Mumia Abu-Jamal“Silence of the Lambs” (4:25) by Mumia Abu-Jamal “Inadequate Medical Treatment in PA DOC” (2:28) by Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall “The Conversation’s Started” (2:51) by Kenneth Hartman “Sandra Bland and White Supremacy“ (1:19) by Shaka Zulu “Get Out of the Car Or I’ll Light You Up“ (1:17) by Shaka Zulu

When Police Decide What Teacherz Can Teach

Photo by Bob Bob by David Love As the nascent #BlackLivesMatter movement seeks reform of a criminal justice system that preys upon communities of color, law enforcement are increasingly attempting to quell protest and political dissent. Exhibit A: The case of Marylin Zuniga. Zuniga, a public school teacher at Forest Street Elementary School in Orange […]

Beyond Innocence: US Politikal Prisonerz n the Fight Against Mass Incarceration

by Dan Berger (Photo: Barbed Wire via Shutterstock) source: President Obama’s recent statements about mass incarceration, together with his decision to commute the sentences of 46 people serving lengthy and life sentences in federal prison on drug charges, treat “nonviolent drug offenders” as the symbolic figureheads of America’s prison problem. This framing seems to […]