[Pnews] Secret Pandemic: Why All Elderly Blacks Political Prisoners Deserve Immediate Compassionate Release

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Secret
Pandemic: Why All Elderly Blacks Political Prisoners Deserve Immediate
Compassionate Release
4-6 minutes
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The lifetime risk of bone marrow cancer in the U.S. is .8%, less than one
in 100. So why should two of the highest profile Black U.S.-held political
prisoners/prisoners of war, both with histories of having been incarcerated
at the same hell hole, Florence Colorado Super Max Prison, come down with
bone marrow cancer at the same time?

In the case of Jamil Abdullah Al Amin (a.k.a. H. Rap Brown), age 76, news
articles have reported that he is suffering from multiple myeloma. In the
case of Mutulu Shakur, aged 70, news articles have reported that he is
suffering from bone marrow cancer. Word games are being played here; they
are the same thing. Something doesn’t smell right. When you take into the
account the growing list of Black Political Prisoners/P.O.W. s around the
country that have contracted diseases or died under medically suspicious
circumstances, the stench stinkens.

Delbert Africa, age 74, died in 2020 of bone cancer. Phil Africa age 63,
died in 2015, according to The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and
the Luzerne P.A. County coroner, of "natural causes." However, he died
after first going to the prison infirmary on Jan. 4 and then Wilkes-Barre
General Hospital where he was held in total isolation, incommunicado for
five days during a time of no pandemic. He was returned to the prison and
placed in hospice care.

Hospice care generally means that a person is expected to die within six
months. How did anyone know that a 63-year-old man was going to die of
“natural causes” within six months. The phrase “natural causes” means
nothing. Nobody dies of natural causes. Some illness, disease or injury
generally kills everybody but certainly everybody under the age of 100.

Jalil Muntaquim, age 68, has had a stroke with consequent brain damage. He
also has chronic bronchitis and has scarring on his lungs from T.B.

Mumia Abu Jamal, age 66, has hepatitis C that was allowed progress to
cirrhosis because of refusal to treat him with effective drugs. His
supporters actually had to go to court to force the prison system to treat
him. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2019 as did a lower
court prior to that, that Abu Jamal can sue the prison system over their
delay in giving him curative medications.

The few political prisoners or U.S.-held P.O.W.s mentioned in this article
who have either severe and in many cases suspicious illnesses or have died
of same is not comprehensive by any means. The list mentioned here is long
enough, however, to assert that something is wrong with prison medical care
in general and with the care of Political prisoners and P.O.W’s in
particular. It is long enough to support the argument that all elderly and
sick prisoners especially, political prisoners and P.O.W.s should be freed
during this pandemic on compassionate release; Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Imam
Jamil Abdullah Al Amin and Jamil Muntaquim specifically who are all both
elderly and sick and have spent over 100 years between the three of them in
prison should receive immediate compassionate release from prison.

Lastly there is enough evidence for the Medical Associations such as the
American Medical Association, The American Nurses Association and
especially the Black Medical associations such as the Black Nurses
Association, The National Medical association, The Student National Medical
association to demand an objective investigation of prison health in
general, Florence Super Max in particular and the health of U.S. held
political prisoners and P.O.W.s. The Trade Unions such as 1199 and their
healthcare subsidiaries such as S.E.I.U., C.I.R., Doctors Council
representing the medical professions and ancillary services should also be
making the same demands.

If you read this article and are a member or a leader of any of these
unions and medical organizations please request your leadership to address
these humanitarian issues. If you are a Democrat ask Biden and his soon to
be announced running mate to address this issue if they want your vote.

The Author James C. McIntosh, M.D. is the 2 term past president (1984-1986)
the nation’s largest union of salaried physicians, of The Committee of
Interns and Residents, (C.I.R.).

He is also Co-Chair of CEMOTAP, a member of the Black Solidarity Day
Committee and the author of “The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Rudolph
Giuliani,” and “The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald J. Trump.”
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