[Pnews] Act Now to Save Mumia Abu Jamal's Eyesight and to Demand His Release

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Tue Jun 18 15:54:10 EDT 2019


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  ACT NOW TO SAVE MUMIA’S EYESIGHT AND TO DEMAND HIS RELEASE!

Action Network
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        Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, Pennsylvania
        Governor Tom Wolf, PA Department of Corrections Secretary John
        Wetzel, SCI Mahanoy Superintendent Theresa A. Delbalso, Dr.
        Courtney P Rodgers

Mumia’s vision has rapidly deteriorated. It has been confirmed that 
Mumia currently suffers conditions that seriously threaten his eyesight. 
These include glaucoma, a vitreous detachment and cataracts in both 
eyes. This threat seriously jeopardizes his life and well-being, as well 
as his journalistic profession.

An outside eye doctor is recommending surgical procedures to remove the 
cataracts on both eyes, but SCI-Mahanoy Doctor Courtney Rodgers is 
delaying scheduling the needed examinations and surgeries with Mumia's 
outside ophthalmologist. Rodgers works for Correct Care Solutions, a 
notorious for-profit prison and immigration detention medical company 
that, according to the Project on Government Oversight, has been sued at 
least 1,395 times with complaints alleging a range of charges, including 
wrongful death, malpractice and inadequate healthcare.

Meanwhile Mumia faces increasing nerve damage to his eyes. He is unable 
to read or do other things requiring normal vision. This delay echoes 
the years of delays Mumia experienced getting treatment for hepatitis C. 
By the time the DOC was finally forced by Federal Court to treat Mumia 
with the Hep C cure, it was too late to prevent cirrhosis of the liver.

African Americans are 1.5 times more likely to develop cataracts than 
the general population and five times more likely to develop related 
blindness.

Not only is his overall health deteriorating as he is threatened by 
permanent blindness, his failure now to receive the immediate attention 
he requires is cruel and unusual punishment, especially as an innocent 
man who has been unjustly incarcerated for almost four decades.

Furthermore, considering his multiple ailments and the threat of 
blindness, we demand that Pennsylvania officials allow a real and humane 
“compassionate release” now, not the “fake compassionate release” of 
transfers from prison to care facilities that Pennsylvania will only 
grant when a prisoner is within a year of dying. Mumia’s family, friends 
and supporters are ready now to provide the healthcare Mumia requires if 
he were home.

Mumia is not alone in enduring these cruel and unusual assaults on the 
health of those ageing and ill behind prison walls. According to Bureau 
of Justice statistics, over 130,000 of U.S. prisoners are elderly, a 
400% increase between 1993 and 2013. Mumia himself has noted the 
significant number of those confined at his own prison who suffer 
similar life-threatening illnesses that require immediate attention. 
Across the nation elderly prisoners experience a torturous journey 
toward the end of their lives without any “compassionate release.” Once 
again, as we fight for Mumia’s right to treatment and for his release, 
we fight for the freedom of all the imprisoned from mass incarceration’s 
cruel and unusual conditions.

**Mumia Abu-Jamal should receive cataract surgery ****immediately!******

**Mumia should be released now not only because he c****an****receive 
better healthcare outside of prison but also because he is an innocent 
man!**


      _TAKE ACTION_

*1. **Sign the petition*

2. Call: Dr Courtney P Rodgers - 570-773-2150 and SCI Mahanoy 
Superintendent Theresa A. Delbalso - (570) 773-2158

*//**/Tell them to approve Mumia’s cataract surgery immediately./*

3. Call: PA Gov. Tom Wolf - 717-787-2500; PA DOC Secretary John Wetzel - 
717.728.2573; Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner - 215-686-8000

/*//***Tell them to release Mumia Abu-Jamal NOW ****because he ****can 
receive****better healthcare outside of prison ****and****also because 
he is an innocent man!**/*//*

*To: Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, Pennsylvania Governor 
Tom Wolf, PA Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, SCI 
Mahanoy Superintendent Theresa A. Delbalso, Dr. Courtney P Rodgers *
*From: Claude Marks *

Mumia’s vision has rapidly deteriorated. It has been confirmed that 
Mumia currently suffers conditions that seriously threaten his eyesight. 
These include glaucoma, a vitreous detachment and cataracts in both 
eyes. This threat seriously jeopardizes his life and well-being, as well 
as his journalistic profession.

An outside eye doctor is recommending surgical procedures to remove the 
cataracts on both eyes, but SCI-Mahanoy Doctor Courtney Rodgers is 
delaying scheduling the needed examinations and surgeries with Mumia's 
outside ophthalmologist.

Meanwhile Mumia faces increasing nerve damage to his eyes. He is unable 
to read or do other things requiring normal vision. This delay echoes 
the years of delays Mumia experienced getting treatment for Hepatitis C. 
By the time the DOC was finally forced by Federal Court to treat Mumia 
with the Hep C cure, it was too late to prevent cirrhosis of the liver.

African Americans are 1.5 times more likely to develop cataracts than 
the general population and five times more likely to develop related 
blindness.

Not only is his overall health deteriorating as he is threatened by 
permanent blindness, the failure now to receive the immediate attention 
he requires is cruel and unusual punishment, especially as an innocent 
man who has been unjustly incarcerated for almost four decades.

We urge Mumia’s prison doctors to schedule the cataract surgery immediately.

Furthermore, considering his multiple ailments and the threat of 
blindness, we demand that Pennsylvania officials allow a real and humane 
“compassionate release” now, not the “fake compassionate release” of 
transfers from prison to care facilities that Pennsylvania will only 
grant when a prisoner is within a year of dying. Mumia’s family, friends 
and supporters are ready now to provide the healthcare Mumia requires if 
he were home.

Mumia should be released now not only because he can receive better 
healthcare outside of prison, but also because he is an innocent man!

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