Statements from Mobilization4Mumia in Philladelphia USA on the occation of the anniversary of his arrest 35 years ago and his birthday
Today, April 24, 2017, Mumia’s Abu-Jamal’s 63rd birthday, there is a court hearing on his PCRA (Post-Conviction Relief Act) petition in the Pennsylvania courts. This is a new legal action to overturn State Supreme Court decisions from 1995-2008 that denied him freedom despite his innocence. Mumia’s appeals asserted the police and prosecution manufactured the proof of his guilt and suppressed evidence of his innocence. Abu-Jamal was scheduled for execution in 1995 and 1999 but was saved by mass international protests. In 2012 he was re-sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
This new legal action can open the door to Abu-Jamal’s freedom, overturning the denials of his appeals. A dozen other men who were prosecuted by Castille and then denied appeals, will also be heard in court. We need to show the courts of injustice that Mumia and other prisoners should not spend another day on “slow death row.” All of these unjustly-incarcerated men should be immediately released from prison!
Yesterday, Federal Judge Robert Mariani ordered the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to immediately give Mumia Abu-Jamal the life-saving latest direct-acting antiviral medications that have a 95% cure rate!
After a year and a half of constant legal battling, near death hospitalization, and agonizing chronic sickness, Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and attorney Robert Boyle, and thousands of activists, on behalf of Mumia, have prevailed.
Abu-Jamal v. Wetzel – Court orders hepatitis C treatment for Mumia!
Victory – late this afternoon Judge Robert Mariani of the federal court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ordered officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to treat Mumia Abu-Jamal’s chronic hepatitis C with the latest direct-acting antiviral medications that have a 95% cure rate.
This is the first case in the country in which a federal court has ordered prison officials to provide an incarcerated patient with the new medications that came on the market in 2013.
We expect an appeal, but for now this is a major victory.
Very honored to represent Mumia along with the impeccable Robert Boyle.
Mumia Abu-Jamal was seen today by his wife and his condition has worsened. He, is gravely ill. We are asking everyone to call the prison. Right now. It may be late, but call whenever you get this.
Mumia needs 24 hour care and supervision. He can not be in this condition in general population. In this state he may not be able ask for help, he may lose consciousness. He is too weak. (He was released from the infirmary two days ago).
Mumia Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther Party spokesman, a supporter of the MOVE organization and an award-winning journalist known internationally as “the voice of the voiceless.” In Germany he was voted an honorary member of the journalists union IG Medien, now part of Ver.di, and has written on issues of racism from the 1992 Rostock Pogrom to the burning to death of Oury Jalloh in a Dresden jail. Mumia is internationally known as America’s death row political prisoner, framed up for the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer despite massive evidence of his innocence, Mumia was sentenced to death explicitly for his political views. International protests have saved Mumia from state legal lynching. Now Mumia is seriously ill, just three months after the death of his comrade Phil Africa, a leader of MOVE, who was also framed for killing a Philadelphia police officer, died in prison of sudden illness. The MOVE organization and all Mumia supporters are calling for international support to Free Mumia and save his live once again.
Below is a recent call distributed to supporters; and two of Mumia’s articles: Outrage in Rostock/ Greueltaten in Rostock on the 1992 Rostock Pogrom which accompanied the first slashing of Asylum rights, and, Death in Cell #5/Tod in Zelle Nr.5, about the Burning death of Oury Jalloh “
SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015
The Move Organization and International Concerned Family and Friends Statement On The Current Situation At Hand With Mumia
MUMIA’S LIFE IN DANGER: FROM ICFFMAJ AND MOVE
This government has been trying to murder Mumia for 34 years. The power of this movement stopped his execution in 1995 and 1999, and got him off of death row. Now they’re deliberately trying to murder him through medical neglect and intentional torture. This situation is urgent and couldn’t be more serious. Mumia is currently in a wheelchair, two days ago he couldn’t stand up, his speech is slurred, and he can barely hold a bottle of water. This isn’t just medical neglect, this is a continuation of the premeditated murder that was set in place when Mumia was shot in the chest, was rammed headfirst into a steel pole, and was then railroaded through the courts and onto death row. Just two months ago Phil Africa died under similar suspicious circumstances. We have absolutely no time to waste.
People must treat this as if Mumia’s death warrant has been signed and the execution date is tomorrow, because that’s their intention. They have absolutely no intention of freeing Mumia, and they have no interest in letting him live a long life in prison continuing to be an example of resistance for the world. They want Mumia dead, and if they can do it by medical neglect they will. The only reason Mumia wasn’t executed in 1995, the only reason he was moved off of death row is because the pressure for justice for Mumia was too strong. The only way Mumia is going to live through this attack on his life is if all people step up and immediately demand healthier diet for Mumia and the ability to have outside medical care. We aren’t asking for anything here that hasn’t been done in Pennsylvania prisons before. There are diets in place for people dealing with health problems and they aren’t even giving him that. Since he was prematurely taken from the hospital and put back in the prison where these problems started his blood sugar levels have been rising because they are only giving him foods like pasta that are dangerous with diabetes.