[Pnews] Fight for Mumia's freedom and for his life
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Mon Apr 13 10:17:39 EDT 2015
*Stop Killing My Husband!!!*
*Free Mumia Nowww!!!*
*Visit with Mumia*
*& Medical Update*
With Great Pride
April 11, 2015
On Thursday April 9, 2015 I visited my husband Mumia Abu-Jamal at SCI
Mahanoy, with Rachel Wolkenstein my lawyer and sister.I had seen Mumia
in the ICU at the hospital, where he was sitting upright, hand cuffed to
a chair. I saw the photos taken of Mumia during the visit on Monday,
April 6 with my sister Pam Africa, Abdul Jon and Johanna Fernandez. I
cried when I saw those photos. But I still wasn’t prepared for how
Mumia looked seeing him in the prison visiting room, he was worse. I
felt my husband is about to die. ...
Later on, after the three-hour visit with Mumia, we were guests on
with Prof. Griff and co-host ZaZa Ali. To you all who love and support
Mumia, here are some edited excerpts and an update on Mumia’s medical
/Co-host ZaZa Ali welcomed me to the program, saying, “We stand on
Mumia’s shoulders for all he has lived through and persevered
through....” She asked me to explain how the medical crisis with Mumia
started and how he is doing./
*Wadiya*: I want to say something about what you just said… that you all
stand on his shoulders. That meant that he is carrying you and all of
US. It’s time for US to carry HIM. You understand? Because my husband,
he is dying. Don’t feel no way if I get emotional, I’m feeling the way
I’m supposed to feel. I’m not coming at you all. But I want to tell you
that I just left that man in a wheelchair, trembling.
Mumia had to bring himself down to the visiting room from the prison
infirmary in an old wheelchair, not motorized, had to use his arms that
were weak and in pain; his breathing was labored.
I was in shock at how he looked. We embraced and kissed. When I saw him
reading legal papers his hands were shaking hard. I put my hands on his
hands and tried to steady him so he could read the information. He was
shivering so hard, my hands were shaking as well. I put my arms around
him and my head to his chest to hear his heart and to bring some warmth
to his body because he said he was freezing. And then the guard comes
and tells us “no hugging.” I was just trying to keep him warm. (Other
couples were sitting close and snuggling.)
My husband is innocent. He killed no one. I’ve said it before and I’ll
say it again, his only crime is he survived a severe gun shot to the
chest and a serious ass-whipping by “Philly’s finest” and then they
attempted to kill him in his hospital bed by stepping on his urine bag
by flushing the poison back on him. And now they are trying to do it again.
The way my husband looks today, it looks like they are going to succeed,
unless we get some real doctors up there to take care of him, I mean for
real… Mumia’s life is at risk. It is execution by medical neglect and
mistreatment… The only way I see that Mumia is going to survive this is
if he is free, because I can’t trust any of them.
/*ZaZa Ali:* Do you think his health condition was provoked or was the
diabetes something he was struggling with …/
*Wadiya*: Absolutely not. Mumia didn’t have a history of diabetes. Did
you see the picture of Mumia, before his illness, how strong he is, how
big he is? You see the difference in him now?!! I’ve never seen him so
weak like this in my life. You have to understand that I am angry. I’m
hurting. I was rubbing his arms and shoulders, he said baby, keep on
rubbing them. I could feel his shoulder blades—that’s how thin he is. I
was rubbing his thighs and I could feel the scabs underneath the jump
suit. Whatever this stuff is, it is killing Mumia….and it’s on purpose…
I’ve never seen eczema look like that before – this beautiful brown
skin, and I know his whole body from his head to his toes, for his body
to be like we saw it today and how thin and weak he is…. [See the
pictures we took of him showing the bumps and scabs on his arms.]
Mumia’s skin was itching and he started scratching and I said to him let
me do it and I started patting and that eased it. I was doing it for him
and talking to him at the same time. But he’s in pain and I’ve had
enough children that I can feel where infection is in your body. I can
touch a certain wound or bruise and I can feel heat – that means
infection is there.
/[See Below for an Updated Summary of Mumia’s Medical Condition]/
/*Prof. Griff:* Is it a farfetched request to push for a medical
specialist to check on him?/
*Rachel:* No. The prison is going to fight this, as they do everything,
especially when it comes to Mumia. But I don’t believe this a farfetched
request and we will get this. It is so necessitated by circumstances
here, there has been an international hew and cry and the world is
watching. We will get a specialist to look at Mumia and make treatment
recommendations But given the way the prison system works, what they
consider to be a decent diet and the standard of medical treatment, goes
way beyond Mumia to the 2.3 million people who are imprisoned in this
country, we need to make this a fight to get Mumia out.
*Wadiya:* They are killing my husband.
*Rachel:* Mumia opened up with Wadiya. He described and shared with her
what he had not been able to say previously. It was extremely painful
and difficult for this strong man, this private man to do. Mumia said
that he thinks of himself as strong and while going through all these
physical problems he couldn’t acknowledge, and be fully conscious of
what was going on with his body.
Mumia said another prisoner, Major Tillery, kept after Mumia, telling
him he was really sick, being damaged physically and emotionally; that
Mumia needed real medical help. Major told Mumia that he was “fucked up”
and “out of it.” Major Tillery filed grievances about the prison
conditions leading to skin rashes. Major Tillery had gone directly to
SCI Mahanoy Superintendent John Kerestes and point blank said he needed
to get Mumia to the hospital. Major Tillery told the Superintendent,
“Mumia is dying.” Kerestes told Major Tillery to “take care of
himself.”Major answered back, “taking care of Mumia is taking care of
myself.” We just learned that yesterday morning Major Tillery was
transferred out of Mahanoy to SCI Frackville, where he had previously
been kept in the hole. This is retaliation for fighting for Mumia.
*Wadiya*: So they sent him to another prison without even letting him
pack up his property. They are trying to shut him up and sent him to
another prison for saying Mumia needs help, he’s dying.
/*Prof Griff:* What is the best way for us here and those who follow our
show to do now and give our support?/
*Wadiya:* Demand his freedom.
*Rachel*: Yes, demand his freedom and also demand the medical treatment
needed. That means not only the essential but short term prospective of
getting him this medical care, because he is threatened every day. This,
as Mumia says is a fight not only for him, but also for all other
prisoners. Mumia writes from imprisoned nation, being a lifer is slow
*Wadiya*: Now that slow death row is speeding up, as we speak.
*Rachel:* Mumia’s ability to live out his life is tied to the struggle
to get him out. That’s something to take seriously. The state wants to
silence Mumia. The fight for his freedom should be understood as the
best way to save his life.
*Wadiya:* There is such a conspiracy against Mumia. People should do
more investigating. People should know the evidence that Mumia is innocent.
*Rachel:* Mumia’s mental condition is good, alert and interested in what
is going on. We just heard he is taping a new commentary tonight with
on the police shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina. That is what
Mumia is like …. And why they want to silence Mumia and continue in
their attempts execute him.
/*Prof Griff:* How do we intercede — how is this overridden?/
*Wadiya*: We need to fight the same people who put him in prison… In a
nutshell – they want to see black men imprisoned for the rest of their
lives or in their graves. They want Mumia dead – sooner than later.
*Rachel:* Legal action is being started on Mumia’s behalf. Attorney Bret
Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center <http://abolitionistlawcenter.org>
will be filing an action in the PA state courts demanding specialist
medical treatment and Mumia’s own doctors and has already filed a demand
with the PA Department of Corrections. We need to continue the public
demands and protests.
/*From Prof. Griff to Wadiya:* You have to stay strong sister./
*Wadiya:* I’m so weak from staying strong. Not only are we dealing with
Mumia’s medical situation, but also we just lost our baby girl. Our baby
girl is dead. In the past year, I’ve lost my mother, lost our baby girl.
Now I’m supposed to see my husband die??? I have a big problem with that…
*Rachel:* I think it will also help to write to Wadiya, as well as Mumia
especially in this very difficult period. Read Wadiya’s Open Letter of
April 5 <http://ymlp.com/zxJIcO> issued after speaking at the hospital
press conference and getting medical reports from the hospital doctors
and prison medical staff.
Most people don’t know that Wadiya was the spokesperson for Mumia at the
very beginning of the international campaign for Mumia in the later
1980s and early 90s. She helped set the international stage for
understanding Mumia’s case, his innocence and the need for us to fight
for Mumia’s freedom. Being able to work through her pain and speak for
Mumia is hugely important. She is Mumia’s wife and the first advocate
Wadiya Jamal, P.O. Box 19404, Kingsessing Station, Philadelphia, PA,
Mumia Abu-Jamal, AM 8335, SCI Mahanoy, 301 Morea Rd., Frackville, PA 17932
*Wadiya:* Please, please, please, I beg of everybody to help my husband
get free, because he is dying in there.
My eyes don’t lie, my touch don’t lie. I know what I see, I know what I
feel. Things that he told us that are personal, I wouldn’t even tell you
all the personal things that he said that’s going on with his body. He
just needs to be home. He should never have been in prison to start off.
Not a day. Thank you all for opening this up for us.
We love you. Ona Move.
/*Prof. Griff:* We appreciate your coming on and we want you back
whenever you can./
*Wadiya:* Love you back.
Wadiya Jamal, with Big Pride
Send your message back to me via Facebook at:
Write to me at: Wadiya Jamal, PO Box 19404, Kingsessing Station,
Philadelphia, Pa. 19143-9998
[There's more about Mumia's medical condition if you go to the link for
/Check Mumia’s Facebook and the websites of organizations fighting for
Mumia: International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
<http://freemumia.com> and the Move <http://onamove.com/> organization,
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.com <http://freemumia.com>, Campaign to Bring Mumia
Home.com <http://www.bringmumiahome.com> for more information. /
*WE NEED TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE.*
Let SCI Mahanoy Superintendent John Kerestes and Secretary of
Corrections John Wetzel know we insist that Mumia have medical
specialists of his own choosing examine and treat him.
Superintendent John Kerestes
(570) 773-2158 <tel:%28570%29%20773-2158>
Chief Health Care Administrator Steinhardt
(570) 773-2158 <tel:%28570%29%20773-2158>
Director, PA Department of Corrections Health Care Services
(717) 728-5309 <tel:%28717%29%20728-5309>
Secretary, PA Department of Corrections
(717) 728-4109 <tel:%28717%29%20728-4109>
Support and Contribute to the Indiegogo online campaign
to raise money to help pay from the legal and medical campaign for
Mumia, including costs for Mumia’s family, friends and core organizers
to travel to see Mumia.
*[Please call the Pennsylvania Governor too. All of these calls take
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