[Pnews] Mumia Abu Jamal - updated phone campaign

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Wed Apr 15 10:23:30 EDT 2015

 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 

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 flakey.  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 wonton 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 

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*
governor at PA.gov
508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg PA 17120

*John Wetzel, PA Department of Corrections*
1920 Technology Pkwy, Mechanicsburg PA 17050

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


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


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