[Pnews] Mumia Abu Jamal has congestive heart failure and has tested positive for COVID 19 - Act Now

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Thu Mar 4 10:41:35 EST 2021


*/A new update released Wed. night by Prison Radio is reprinted at the 
bottom of this article

/**Wednesday, March 3 update:� *As reported by� WHYY 
<https://whyy.org/articles/mumia-abu-jamal-supporters-say-he-has-covid-call-on-pa-to-release-all-vulnerable-incarcerated-people/> and� 
the Philadelphia Tribune 
during today's press conference at DA Krasner's office, supporters 
received a call confirming that Mumia Abu-Jamal has now tested positive 
for COVID (watch the full video from the March 3 event here 
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DNUn2x0qBI> or embedded above). We 
await direct communication from Mumia to further update his supporters.

/Read the entire March 2 press release, which announced the 11am, 
Wednesday Feb. 3 press conference at DA Krasner's office./ 

--Listen to Pam Africa on Black Agenda Radio:� Mumia says he has Covid. 
"His breathing feels like an elephant sitting on his lungs.” 
<https://blackagendareport.com/jamal-journal-mumia-says-he-has-covid> � 
*II*� Read� the Philadelphia Inquirer article 
<https://www.inquirer.com/news/mumia-abu-jamal-covid-coronavirus-20210227.html> � 
*II*� Dave Lindorff article,� "Urgent news: Demand the immediate release 
of imprisoned activist journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal" 

*URGENT! Please call these 4 phone numbers now:*
*SCI Mahanoy Prison:� *
(570) 773-2158
*PA DOC Secretary, John Wetzel:� *
(717) 728-2573
*Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner:� *
(267) 456-1000; @DA_LarryKrasner
*Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf:� *
(717) 787 2500


*My name is _____ and I demand:
1. The immediate and unconditional release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has 
congestive heart failure & has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is 
2. The immediate release of all political prisoners.
3. The immediate release of all elders, aging prisoners over the age of 
50, people who have contracted COVID, and all others who are especially 
vulnerable to death through COVID-19.

Write Mumia a personal note:
Smart Communications/PADOC
Mumia Abu-Jamal AM 8335
SCI Mahanoy �
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733
*Alert released March 3, 2021 by Prison Radio:

*On Saturday Mumia Abu-Jamal was hospitalized.  When he put in a sick 
call slip and was seen by the SCI Mahanoy medical staff he was taken 
immediately to the hospital suffering chest pain and shortness of 
breath. Diagnosed with congestive heart failure he was given a battery 
of tests.  It is unclear how long Mumia was hospitalized, but by 
Wednesday he was in isolation in the prison's infirmary.  This 
diagnosis of a weakened heart requires careful monitoring and treatment.

At the hospital his seriology blood test was positive for Covid-19. This 
followed three negative, or false negative COVID-19, tests  and a 
negative antigen test administered recently by the medical staff at SCI 

After initial treatment for fluid build up in his body, he was 
discharged from the local private hospital and put in isolation in the 
prison infirmary.   On Wednesday he was able to reach his supporters 
who were gathering in Philadelphia at 3 Penn Sq. outside the DA's 
office, demanding that he receive appropriate medical attention.  He 
expressed his gratitude for the world wide support and attention to his 
and other elders with life threatening conditions in prison.

We must remember that the prison infirmary at SCI Mahanoy is the very 
same place that in 2014 diagnosed Mumia as having critically low blood 
sugar, ie a diabetic episode or reaction to a topical steroid he was 
taking for a raging skin condition.  The infirmary then ignored the 
notation in his chart to monitor his blood sugar levels for three 
weeks.  It was not until  he fainted and went into renal failure that 
he was rushed to the hospital.  His lawsuit in that case Abu-Jamal v. 
Wetzel is still pending.  It took a federal civil rights lawsuit, the 
order of a preliminary injunction, and world wide protests for Mumia to 
receive the fast acting anti viral cure to his belatedly diagnosed 
Hepatitis C.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has repeatedly failed to 
provide adequate care for our family members.

We. the people, must toss aside our fears.  It is not the time to 
hesitate and we cannot give into despair. Decarceration is not a dream; 
it is a necessity.  �

We need to take action now!
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