TAKE ACTION for Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoner Jaan Laaman

May 8, 2017
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This is from the Break the Chains list.
, Locked in Solitary Confinement and Facing Repression for Speaking Out for Human Rights
Jaan K. Laaman, long-time anti-imperialist political prisoner, is currently solitary confinement (“the hole”). Jaan has been in solitary confinement since his birthday on March 21, 2017 simply for issuing two political statements, a clear violation of free speech and human rights. [More details below.]
How you can support Jaan:
Write to Jaan and let him know he’s in our hearts and on our minds.
Jaan has no access to news and almost no access to phone calls. It’s important we send him some letters right now. Send him articles, so that he gets some world news.
Jaan Karl Laaman #10372-016
USP Tucson
P.O. Box 24550
Tucson, AZ 85734
Write and call the Warden and ask him to end the repression against Jaan.
Please write and call the Warden at USP Tucson and ask that Jaan be released from solitary confinement and that he not be punished for expressing his support for women’s rights and for writing a statement mourning the passing of his friend, Lynne Stewart. Remind the Warden that Jaan is an elder prisoner, and you’re concerned about his health in solitary confinement and you would be concerned about his safety if he is moved to another prison.
Warden
USP – Tucson
9300 South Wilmot Road
Tucson, AZ 85756
1email#c TCP/ExecAssistant@bop.gov
Phone: 520-663-5000
Fax: 520-663-5024
You can also contact:
Mary M. Mitchell, Regional Director
BOP Regional Office
7338 Shoreline Drive
Stockton, CA 95219
Regional email: wxro/execassistant@bop.gov
Thomas R. Kane, Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Central Office HQ
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Background Information
Jaan is imprisoned at United States Penitentiary (USP) Tucson in Arizona, and is one of the last two remaining Ohio-7 political prisoners still locked up. The Ohio-7 were convicted in 1986 of direct actions to protest U.S. support for the white-supremacist apartheid regime in South Africa, illegal U.S. attacks on Nicaragua, and repression against advocates for Puerto Rican self-determination.
Jaan was placed into solitary confinement because of two short messages: one in support of the “Day Without a Woman Strike” (International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017) which was printed in the NYC Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) update, and his “Farewell Thoughts to My Friend, Lynne Stewart” which was broadcast on Prison Radio. Lynne Stewart, revolutionary peoples’ lawyer passed away on March 8, 2017. When the NYC ABC magazine arrived by mail to the prison, Jaan was promptly placed in solitary confinement. Prison officials charged Jaan with “threatening the security of the prison” because of these First Amendment protected statements.
No one should be punished for exercising their First Amendment Rights. The United States District Court in Pennsylvania recently ruled in a case involving efforts to censure Mumia Abu-Jamal: “A past criminal offense does not extinguish a person’s constitutional right to free expression. The First Amendment does not disappear at the prison gate.”
Pattern of Increasing Repression
Being placed in solitary confinement is the latest act of repression by the prison administration, following increasing actions against Jaan. Over a year ago, the prison shut down Jaan’s access to email, and they have been censoring him in various ways since then, including withholding his mail and limiting access to his lawyer.
Jaan was placed in solitary confinement on his birthday and has been there ever since. There is a growing consensus as to the psychological harm caused by solitary confinement. In 2011 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture concluded that solitary confinement for more than 15 days constitutes torture and can cause irreversible harmful psychological effects.
Jaan previously wrote about the increasing censorship he has been facing, here. Jaan has been writing reflections about global events since he was first captured in 1984, so this level of censorship is certainly something new and different.
This update was written by friends of Jaan Laaman.
Facebook: Free Jaan Laaman

court victory for mumia

May 4, 2017
Important court victory for Mumia Abu-jamal.
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Here’s a very important report from Rachel Wolkenstein on a critical victory for Mumia based on a decision a few days ago of the Post Conviction Relief Act  Judge Leon Tucker. Tucker heard Mumia’s request for a new hearing on April 24. A few days later he concurred with a courtroom motion by Mumia’s attorney for discovery of critical evidence that could lead to a new trial.
 
In solidarity, Jeff Mackler, Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
First Legal Step Won in Mumia’s New Challenge to his Conviction!
By Rachel Wolkenstein
Just days after the DA’s office argued Mumia’s new legal challenge should be dismissed for not being “timely” and that the precedent setting case of Williams v Pennsylvania, that it is a violation of due process for a judge to rule in a case that he had previously had a significant personal involvement in a critical prosecutorial decision, does not apply to Mumia’s case, Judge Leon Tucker ruled in favor of Mumia’s demand for discovery of the DA’s files.
On April 24, Mumia’s 63rd birthday, the courtroom was filled with Mumia’s supporters and demonstrators rallied outside and all day and into the evening  demanding Mumia’s freedom. The DA’s office argued there was no evidence that PA Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille, who ruled on all of Mumia’s appeals from 1998-2008, had been involved in Mumia’s case while he was the District Attorney from 1986-1991 or as a senior district attorney during Mumia’s 1982 trial. Mumia’s attorney, Christina Swarns of the the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) spoke to the exceptional circumstances of Mumia’s case and that the Motion for Discovery should be granted to determine the particulars of Castille’s personal involvement in Mumia’s prosecution, including his appeals.
Judge Tucker did not rule for the prosecution and dismiss Mumia’s petition. He granted discovery and ordered the DA’s office to produce and turn over all records and memos regarding Castille’s involvement in Mumia’s case; pre-trial, trial, post-trial and direct appeal proceedings; communications between Castille and his staff and any public statements Castille made about Mumia’s case during or after his tenure as District Attorney of Philadelphia. These records are to be turned over to Mumia’s attorneys within 30 days, by May 30, 2017, and Mumia has fifteen days to file amendments to his post-conviction petition.
This is an unquestionable win for Mumia in the PA courts. It opens the prosecution files on Mumia’s case to him, for the first time, ever. The DA’s office will likely stall and appeal and we should be prepared for protestations that the records do not exist. This new legal proceeding is a path towards Mumia’s freedom; we can win Mumia’s freedom with mass international protest and publicity.

Uprising Prisoners Censored, Respond with Hunger Strike

March 8, 2017

Contact: www.FreeOhioMovement.org and 330-366-6838. .

Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan began refusing food on Monday February 27th to protest a 90 day restriction on their access to phone, email and video visit communication. Ohio State Penitentiary issued this restriction to silence and prevent them from pleading their innocence to the public. Both Hasan and Robb appeared on video in a recent episode of the Netflix documentary series, Captives.

The Captives documentary told the story of the Lucasville Uprising and hostage situation. The film-makers intended an unbiased 360 degree view of the uprising and hostage situation, but their final product consisted almost entirely of interviews with then Warden Arthur Tate, multiple guards, and state-cooperating prisoners. It gave far more screen time to the state’s side of the story, yet the injustice, negligence, dishonesty and hypocrisy of the state’s conduct during the uprising became abundantly clear even from their own words.

Hasan and Jason’s interviews were given a few scant minutes of screen time, for which the Ohio prison system is currently punishing and censoring them, because its position on the uprising, and on their guilt depends greatly on restricting their speech, controlling the narrative, and keeping the public ignorant. Hasan and Robb are two of many plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) for restricting media requests to uprising prisoners.

They have been condemned to death and held in solitary confinement since the uprising in 1993. Their actual participation in the uprising was to negotiate a peaceful surrender and prevent greater loss of life. The ODRC and State of Ohio promised not to go after specific individuals in the negotiation of that surrender, and then immediately targeted the negotiators, painting them as leaders and orchestrators of a spontaneous riot that, without their intervention and cooperation across race and gang lines, could easily have escalated.

Please contact Warden Ed Sheldon and demand that he rescind the communication restriction for Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan.

Phone: 330-743-0700
Fax: 330-743-0841
Email: drc.osp@odrc.state.oh.us
Address: 878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road Youngstown, OH 44505

Please also write letters of support to Jason and Hasan. Getting mail boosts their spirits, and prevents staff from retaliating against them.

Jason Robb 308-919
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Youngstown, OH 44505

Siddique Abdullah Hasan R130-559
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Youngstown, OH 44505

Also please contact: www.FreeOhioMovement.org and 330-366-6838.

lynne steward died on 8th of march

March 8, 2017
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Lynne Stewart Died Today 
Dear Friends,
A few minutes ago my dear friend and comrade, Ralph Poynter, called to say that his lifelong companion, Lynne Stewart, passed away. She was 77, of Irish origin, and a born fighter who unswervingly devoted herself to humanity’s cause.
Just a few weeks earlier Lynne pledged to meet me in NY in a couple of months, over dinner to be sure, when we would dance once again to demonstrate that her life still had some time to go…  and for joy.
A few years earlier, when prospects looked bleak to win her freedom based on “compassionate release” Lynne insisted that she would prevail and that she would celebrate with us in San Francisco to the tunes of a brass band. Sure enough, a brass band did appear at Lynne’s welcome home San Francisco rally, and she and Ralph, surrounded by her loving friends, danced in the streets at 15th and Valencia. It was a victory well worth the effort, allowing Lynne a couple of more years to fight on against all that is evil in this barbarous capitalist world, and to smile at every inch we collectively gained as we fought back.  
Lynne was always surrounded by family and loved ones, with children from her first marriage, and Ralph’s too, as well kids together, and grandkids – all filled with admiration for Grandma Lynne – all the recipient of Lynne’s warmth, dedication, mindfulness and love.
Lynne was fond of saying, including to the New York Times reporter who interviewed her at her home a few weeks before her death, that she had no intention of leaving this earth quietly. Quoting Dillon Thomas she told The Times, whose reporter, followed the next day with a contemptuous hate piece  recounting his corporate master’s ire for everything wonderful in Lynne life and struggles, that she had no intention of “going gently into that good night.”
That was Lynne’s credo, her detractors notwithstanding. Always the poet’s words in mind, Lynne insisted,
“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Funds are urgently needed to cover final family expenses. Give generously comrades and friends. We are honoring Lynne’s gift to us all and to all who rage against injustice everywhere.
In solidarity,  Jeff Mackler
 Lynne Stewart Organization
1070 Dean St.
 Brooklyn, NY 11216-1st floor
 (make checks payable to Lynne Stewart Org.)
Fund appeal:
On Lynne Stewart’s final days…
 
Dear Friends,
 
This morning I spoke with Lynne Stewart’s husband, Ralph Poynter, at their home in Brooklyn, NY. We managed to do the call via video camera where Ralph and the family were surrounding Lynne, who had just had a second series of mini-strokes that rendered her unable to speak but able to hear what were perhaps my last  words of love and solidarity. Lynne opened her eyes in acknowledgment, bravely trying to muster a smile.
 
Lynne’s cancer has now spread throughout her body, including her brain. Ralph explained that her days are numbered and she is unlikely to make it to her next scheduled medical appointment on March 16.
 
Lynne and I go back some 63 years, to 1954-58 when we were students at Jamaica High School in Queens, NY. We relished singing the Jamaica High school song together at many a solidarity meeting. Decades later, we taught school in NYC and were union activists in the late 1960’s when we opposed the 1968 racist school strike led by the AFT’s reactionary leader, Albert Shanker. In those days, young Lynne, now 77, was often seen unconventionally riding on the back of Ralph’s motorcycle, on her way to this or that protest. 
Another several decades later, when Lynne faced frame-up charges of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism stemming from her issuing a press release on behalf of her client, the famous blind Sheik Omar Abdel Rachman, we engaged once again to try to win her freedom. After a long legal battle, where I headed Lynne’s defense committee on the West Coast, Lynne was cruelly sentenced to ten years in a Texas prison, after vindictive federal prosecutors appealed a federal Court judge’s sentence of some 18 months. After serving three years in prison, we mounted a campaign that won the support of 70,000 social activists across the country. Lynne, cancer ridden, was finally granted “compassionate release” following her prison doctors’ diagnosis that she had less then a year to live. Lynne beat the odds and spent almost three years in freedom, continuing her lifelong commitment to defending all those victims of capitalist injustice. 
Lynne was among Mumia Abu-Jamal’s most ardent supporters. Lynne’s court cases included some of the seminal Weatherrman cases in the 1970s as well as an amazing victory on behalf of Larry Davis, who defended himself against a multiple cop shooting invasion of his house where a number of the shoot-first police were killed. 
Pilloried by the corporate media, who mocked her every success in the rigged criminal “justice” system, Lynne never bent to her accusers’ contempt for an attorney for those on the other side of the class line, as Lynne aptly described it, no matter how unpopular her client.
 
Lynne’s life was one of dedication to all the people’s causes. I valued her friendship, her humor, her sparkle and her hatred for all that is evil and yet love for all that is beautiful. Only Lynne began or ended her speeches by reading from one of the world’s great poets, whose universal appeal to what is best in all of us, rang true.
 
No doubt we will remember Lynne well when we in the Bay Area plan to memorialize her lifelong achievements.
 
Meanwhile, her family is in dire need of financial support as these last days painfully proceed and the months before. Here’s an appeal by Ralph and the family’s longterm friend, Betty Davis.
 
Please send your generous contribution as per the information below.
 
In solidarity and with the greatest admiration for a comrade and friend whose life set the bar high for all of us who cherish human freedom and dignity.
 
Jeff Mackler, Past West Coast Coodinator, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee and Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jam; 
 
 
From Ralph and Betty: See photo below.

Once again the clock is ticking for Lynne Stewart. She has been in a state of medical crisis for a week and  all of the expenses are mounting.  We urgently need her supporters and all concerned ‘spirit warriors’ of ‘good will’ to  check out the INDIEGOGO Appeal or send a donation  ASAP to the:
Lynne Stewart  Organization
1070 Dean St.
Brooklyn, NY 11216-1st fl.
(make checks payable to Lynne Stewart Org.)

Incarcerated Prison Strike Leader’s Life Endangered by Hostile and Negligent Prison Officials

February 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Incarcerated Prison Strike Leader’s Life Endangered by Hostile and
Negligent Prison Officials

(Harvest, AL) – February 22, 2017 – Aggressive actions and negligence
over the past three months by Alabama prison officials have led to a
rapid decline in the health of Kinetik Justice.

Robert Earl Council, a.k.a. Kinetik Justice, is a leading prison
organizer with the Free Alabama Movement. He was convicted of capital
murder by an all white jury for killing a man in self-defense in the
early 90s. He has been highly politically active, and played crucial
leadership roles in several acts of resistance in the last two years,
most notably the nationwide prison strike that began on September 9th,
2016.

Kinetik’s most recent ordeal began with the “suicide” of Robert Deangelo
Carter at Alabama’s Holman Correctional Facility on October 10, 2016. On
that date Kinetik appears to have tweeted about the incident, “WE
SCREAMED, WE KICKED, WE BANGED BUT NO ONE EVER CAME- in spite of telling
the CERT TEAM4 times- He just HANGED.” Immediately after this, Kinetik
was moved 100 miles away, to Kilby Correctional Institute, a facility
notoriously referred to by prisoners and their supporters as a “bully
unit.” Monique Gillum, policy strategist at the Southern Poverty Law
Center, went to Kilby on October 12, 2016 to meet with Kinetik as part
of her investigation of what the Alabama Department of Corrections
referred to as Carter’s “apparent suicide.” Kilby staff simply told
Gillum that Kinetik was not there.

Kinetik was moved again on October 21, 200 miles further, to Limestone
Correctional Facility. In protest of his unsafe conditions, Kinetik
commenced a hunger strike: “I made it explicitly clear to officers at
Limestone CF that due to exigent circumstances, I felt my life was  in
danger… Due to my expressed fear and my inability to see if my food was
being tampered with, I began a ‘Hunger Strike Protest’ in order to bring
attention to Limestone CF’s disregard for my safety and well being,” he
says, in a letter dated November 5.

Kinetik notified Pastor Kenneth Glasgow (FAM spokesperson and founder of
“The Ordinary People Society”) that on October 27th, he informed a Nurse
Haynes that the medical staff was failing or refusing to comply with the
federally mandated policy regarding Hunger Strikes. Bureau of Prisons
Program Statement P5562.05 requires, among other things, checking the
health vitals and psychological state of persons on hunger strike. Nurse
Haynes replied, “You are doing this to yourself, so don’t complain.”

On October 30th, Kinetik was found unconscious and non-responsive in his
cell. Kinetik was taken to the infirmary, where a very low Blood Sugar
Count of 52 was determined to be the cause. Medical staff with Corizon
Correctional Healthcare administered glucose and an Ensure drink in
order to raise his Blood Sugar Count above 96. This forcible feeding
“reset” Kinetik’s hunger strike against his will, whereby according to
the BOP policy he would not have to be checked for another 72 hours. The
next day, Warden Gordee ordered a still severely dehydrated Kinetik to
be placed in a “day cell” for observation. Day cells have no running
water except for that in the toilet, no blanket, clothes, personal
items, or reading material. By the order of a Dr. Robbins he was not to
have his blood sugar checked unless he was “out of it.”

On December 2, at approximately 8:45 p.m., while in handcuffs and on the
way to the showers, Kinetik was shoved to the floor and pushed into a
janitor’s closet by a CO Shoulders. Once inside the closet, Shoulders
began choking Kinetik, while asking (rhetorically), “You gonna tell I&I
on me too?” Then a CO Dozier said, “Hold up Shoulders, hold up,” reached
around him and sprayed over half a can of mace directly into Kinetik’s
eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. The spray was so strong that Shoulders got
up off of Kinetik coughing. Both officers ran out of the closet, leaving
Kinetik laying on his back in a corner choking, and then called for
backup. This entire incident was witnessed by 3 people already in the
showers. Rather than reprimand the 2 officers, their supervisor, a Sgt.
Whitfield, refused to let Kinetik make a phone call or file a complaint
against the CO’s, and again placed him in a “day cell” where he remained
hidden for 5 days.

Despite all this, according to a recent visitor, “He’s quite an
inspiration. Been in isolation for 37 months, has to wear shackles and
belly chain during ‘exercise,’ but still strong and able to smile.”

Kinetik has filed repeated grievances to ensure his health and safety.
FAM and IWOC (the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee) call this
an example of complete lack of regard by prison officials for people’s
safety, and demand that he be relocated from Limestone Correctional
Facility.

ABOUT

The Free Alabama Movement is part of a network of groups whose objective
is to provide online content, educational material, and support to
family members, activists, and other organizations in furtherance of our
efforts to connect the “FREEDOM MOVEMENT”, which is the National
Movement Against Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery, to Alabama,
Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas in the South, and
California and Illinois. We promote legislation that is drafted by the
men and women on the inside in each State in a document we call our
“FREEDOM BILL”, with an emphasis on Education, Rehabilitation and
Re-Entry Preparedness.

The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee supports prisoners’
efforts to build their own labor union and organize for their own
self-defense against inhumane treatment. We function as a liaison,
building bridges between inside and outside to support prisoners
organizing their local chapters. We advocate the abolition of
incarceration, white supremacy, and capitalism.

Contact:
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee
iwoc@iww.org
302-404-IWOC(4962)
http://www.iwoc.noblogs.orgf-a-m-bw

The Campaign To Bring Mumia Home

February 23, 2017

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The Campaign To Bring Mumia Home

By Johanna Fernandez

Dear Friends of Mumia,

I’m writing on behalf of the Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal to ask if you might help us in an emergency. The Committee is the official fundraising venue for Mumia’s legal defense today. It has been raising funds, quietly, since Mumia was facing execution in the ‘90s.

The Committee was initiated and led by Frances Goldin, Mumia’s literary agent. She is 93 years old today and continues to be actively involved in this work. Our letters are reviewed and signed by Angela Davis. Our efforts focus exclusively on Mumia’s legal defense, and on the few occasions when we’ve deemed that raising funds for other projects was critical to Mumia’s safety, our letters have explicitly outlined our thinking.

Since Mumia fell ill, we have been behind on payments to Mumia’s lead health attorney and we need to raise funds – quickly. Would you consider making a donation and identifying one or two others who might do the same?

A Word on Mumia’s Condition

Although the symptoms of his Hep C condition wax and wane, he is much improved since his near death crisis two years ago. That moment was harrowing, and having been in the center of it, I can truly tell you that the movement saved his life.

Heidi Beghosian, former executive director, National Lawyers Guild, and I had been concerned about Mumia’s declining health two years ago, and we happened to visit Mumia the morning that he collapsed in the infirmary. At that moment, we called his family, identified the hospital to which he had been taken, then drove there to make our presence known.

Since Mumia fell ill, we have been behind on payments to Mumia’s lead health attorney and we need to raise funds – quickly. Would you consider making a donation and identifying one or two others who might do the same?

We alerted the movement, and dozens joined us at the hospital that evening. The next day we held a press conference at the hospital to which surprisingly the Philadelphia mainstream media showed up. The conditions under which Mumia was hospitalized were horrendous and we visited the hospital daily.

After these dramatic days, when we realized that Mumia was in danger of dying, we went into emergency mode for several months. This included identifying outside doctors to visit him, taking out an ad in the New York Times, mobilizing the movement and testifying in court about what we saw.

We even took Mumia’s hair sample covertly to be tested at an outside laboratory. It was our doctor, not the hospital physicians, who in the end diagnosed Mumia with Hep C and made the connection that his terrible skin condition was a symptom of that disease. In this moment of crisis, Pam Africa’s experience was indispensable.

The Legal Situation and Our Request for Funds

As you know, his attorneys, primarily Bob Boyle, scored an unprecedented legal victory in Mumia’s Hep C health suit. On Jan. 7, a federal judge, Robert Mariani, in an unprecedented decision, ordered that Mumia be treated with the 95 percent effective cure rate antiviral medicines within 21 days. He condemned the barbarity of the DOC’s (Department of Corrections’) Hep C protocol, and his opinion establishes the groundwork for the treatment of the 7,000 others with Hep C in the Pennsylvania prisons.

The Pennsylvania DOC is fighting this all the way to hell. On the 10th day after the ruling, right before the Martin Luther King holiday, the DOC attorneys filed a stay and a notice of appeal in the 3rd Circuit District Court of Appeals.

Our legal filings are voluminous. Bob Boyle has been working for two years at reduced legal fees, and we are behind on payments. He has literally had to borrow money to stay afloat. We’ve also put in some personal funds, and are sending out another appeal to our members, but we need an infusion of $25,000 in the next week.

His attorneys, primarily Bob Boyle, scored an unprecedented legal victory in Mumia’s Hep C health suit. The Pennsylvania DOC is fighting this all the way to hell.

Thanking you in advance for your consideration.

All the best,

Johanna Fernandez, Ph.D.

Johanna Fernandez, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Baruch College (CUNY,) coordinator of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, member of the Committee to Save Mumia Abu Jamal, and writer and producer of the acclaimed film, “Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.” She can be reached at jfernandez1202@gmail.com.
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Legal Particulars

Federal Judge Robert Mariani presided over Mumia’s health suit. Judge Mariani granted Mumia his claim of deliberate indifference, meaning that Mumia won the preliminary injunction for immediate treatment. The judge ordered that a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) doctor must see Mumia within 14 days of his Jan. 7 ruling and instructed that treatment begin seven days after that – in other words, within 21 days of the ruling.

But on the 10th day after the ruling, right before the Martin Luther King holiday, the DOC lawyers filed a challenge to the judge’s ruling. They filed “a stay,” which essentially asked the judge to halt all legal actions and proceedings. The DOC attorneys also filed a separate notice of appeal that made known their intention to appeal the decision in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the court immediately below the Supreme Court.

Here are the different scenarios that can emerge.

If Judge Mariani denies the stay and upholds his original decision, the DOC can seek a stay from the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. This would happen in advance and separately from the DOC’s full appeal in that court. If the 3rd Circuit grants the stay, the appeal process could take two to three months, even if “expedited.” If the 3rd Circuit denies the DOC’s request for a stay, Mumia basically wins because it would mean that the injunction must be carried out, meaning that MAJ gets the drugs.

If Judge Mariani grants the DOC’s request for a stay, Mumia’s attorneys can ask the 3rd Circuit to vacate (overturn) the stay; however, it would be unlikely that the 3rd Circuit would do so since they would take Judge Mariani granting the stay as an indicator that he feels his ruling would not withstand an appeal. We then would have to litigate the appeal in the 3rd Circuit Court, again a two to three month process.

Profile of the Attorneys Litigating Mumia’s Health Suit

Bret Grote is a young attorney and the founder of the Abolitionist Law Center in Pittsburgh. He was the only lawyer willing to file a preliminary injunction to get Mumia immediate treatment after he fell ill. All the attorneys with whom we consulted argued that the case was impossible to litigate and win. Shortly after Bret Grote filed the motion, the movement recruited Bob Boyle to join Bret Grote.

Bob Boyle is one of the most noted and accomplished attorneys representing political prisoners today. He is comparable to Len Weinglass in his political analysis of these cases. Bob Boyle

  • litigated the Lynne Stewart case, which led to her compassionate release;
  • litigated the case of Black Panther Dhoruba Bin Wahad and secured his freedom;
  • secured the release of Black Panther Marshall Eddie Conway, who spent close to 43 years in prison;
  • overturned in appellate court the 75-year sentence of Mohammed Al-Moayad, who was convicted of providing material support to Hamas.

How to Donate

Please mail your tax-deductible check payable to National Lawyers Guild. On the memo line, be sure to write: “For Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Defense.”

Mail your check directly to Johanna Fernandez, 158-18 Riverside Drive W., Apt. 6C-50, New York, New York 10032.

Please forward this email far and wide and let’s make the raising of $25,000 a reality.

URGENT MEDICAL CAMPAIGN FOR ROBERT SETH HAYES

February 16, 2017

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Political Prisoner Seth Hayes
Needs Us Again!
PLEASE CALL, WRITE AND FAX!
MONDAY, FEB. 13 THRU FRIDAY FEB. 17, 2017
NYC Jericho visited Seth on Sunday, Feb. 12th. We had an excellent visit despite the current dire circumstances. The giant lump on Seth’s head has subsided. The gash above his right eyebrow is butterflied with two or three butterflies. Seth reports that he awoke in the shower in a pool of blood and does not really remember passing out. He was taken to the nearest outside hospital with a possible fractured skull, which was ruled out. Seth did suffer a severe concussion and is still having headaches as a result of this. He was kept in the so-called infirmary at Sullivan for two days for observation. Seth reports that being in the infirmary is like being in SHU, all by himself with two COs constantly present and no witnesses except the nurses, who do everything the COs tell them to.

Seth is also concerned because the medical personnel at Sullivan have told him that, even if he gets the insulin pump, he will still need to be monitored three times a day. This is leading Seth to believe that he will be getting an insulin pump without a monitor, which is not what the endocrinologist at Coxsackie told him back in October. Seth absolutely wants the pump with the monitor, as he can no longer tell when his sugars are high or low. He feels that having an insulin pump without the monitor may actually worsen his current situation. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DEMAND THE INSULIN PUMP/MONITOR AS A LIFE-SAVING MEASURE FOR SETH.

Seth suffered another Diabetic Coma or Code Blue on Feb. 5, 2017! This time he fell so hard he broke a tooth and opened a cut above his eye. He is currently with stabilized sugars in the infirmary with a headache and being monitored and getting X-rays.

Seth has been suffering from uncontrolled diabetes for over 16 years now. His sugars go up to the 400’s, then down so low he falls into a diabetic coma. Each diabetic coma he goes into could end in death if not noticed and treated right away or from a fall such as the one that occurred today.

We are asking that Seth be given an insulin pump/sugar monitor immediately to avert these near fatal incidents. He had consultation with an endocrinologist at Coxsackie in early October 2016 and was told the paperwork to receive a insulin pump would be pushed immediately. On November 20, 2016 Seth wrote a grievance stating he has not heard anything. He has still not received any response to this grievance almost3 months later. Despite the endocrinologist’s recommendation, call in campaigns, and the grievance, it is months later and still no pump.

The NYS DOCCS is completely aware of the situation and is stalling; we cannot afford to have another incident of low sugar. THIS IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH!

Seth’s constant extreme fluctuations in sugar levels have led to him no longer being able to tell when his sugars are high or low. The sugar monitor sends a loud warning if his sugars are beginning to get either too high or too low and the pump allows him to use small dosages of insulin when needed along with his eating schedule and daily activity.

Here is the grievance Seth wrote due to the long delay in approval of the insulin pump/sugar monitor:

In addition, Seth had another incident of low sugar on Monday, November 28, 2016, and was in the infirmary for overnight observation. It really is a matter of life and death that Seth be provided with an insulin pump/sugar monitor as soon as possible.

Seth called on December 4 to state the following:

If Seth’s sugars are high in the morning, he is given a dose of Levamir. If his sugars are still high at 11 a.m., he gets a dose of actual insulin. By the time his sugars are checked at 4 p.m. they are usually in the 30’s, prompting an emergency response.

We therefore urge you to call, write and fax to demand immediate provision of an Insulin Pump/Sugar Monitor to Robert Seth Hayes 74A2280. Seth needs this device immediately!

The Demands

1. Immediate provision of an Insulin Pump/Sugar Monitor to Robert Seth Hayes 74A2280. Seth needs this device immediately!

2. A Diabetic Diet that consists of fresh fruits and vegetables and all the current recommendations for diabetics. Not the false diabetic diet that is currently being issued. A bologna sandwich on white bread at night is NOT A DIABETIC DIET!

We ask people to please remain calm and respectful but to be clear in these demands

PHONE, WRITE, FAX THIS DEMAND TO:

Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Phone: 518-457-7073
Fax: 518-445-7553

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci
NYS Department of Corrections
and Community Supervision
Harriman State Campus, Building 2
1220 Washington Ave
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Phone: 518-457-8134
Fax: 518-457-0076

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Phone: 518-474-8390
Or Email: https://www.governor.ny.gov/ content/governor-contact-form

Thank You for Your Time & Effort. It has and continues to make a difference!

Write to Seth and let him know he is in our hearts and on our minds:

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 116, Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116

To contribute to ongoing efforts supporting Robert Seth Hayes, please donate online at:
https://fundrazr.com/ campaigns/810a58

Urgent! Save Mumia’s life! Please forward widely and donate now!

February 16, 2017

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Dear Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal,

Below is an emergency appeal for funds to cover Mumia’s immediate legal costs. We are seeking to raise $25,000 in the next few weeks. Please act accordingly and generously.

The appeal below is from the NY-based Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jaml, Mumia’s loyal supporters with whom we in the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Northern California have worked closely for decades. The funds raised will go to our dear friend, attorney Bob Boyle, who has diligently carried the burden of Mumia’s medical appears for years. You may recall that Bob was key to winning Lynne Stewart’s freedom. And you might remember that I served as the West Coast Coordinator of Lynne’s defense case.

Please read the information below and mail your tax-deductible check payable to:

National Lawyers Guild. In the memo box be sure to write: “For Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Defense.”

Mail you check directly to:

Johanna Fernandez
158-18 Riverside Drive W. Apt. 6C-50
New York, New York 10032
Please forward this email far and wide and let’s make the raising of $25,000 a reality.
In solidarity,

Jeff Mackler, Director, The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
510-268-9429

Here’s Johanna Fernandez’s letter and all the details you need to know.

Dear Friends of Mumia,

I’m writing on behalf of the Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal to ask if you might help us in an emergency. The Committee is the official fundraising venue for Mumia’s legal defense today. It has been raising funds, quietly, since Mumia was facing execution in the 90s. TheCommittee was initiated and led by Frances Goldin, Mumia’s literary agent. She is 93 years old today and continues to be actively involved in this work. Our letters are reviewed and signed by Angela Davis. Our efforts focus exclusively on Mumia’s legal defense, and on the few occasions when we’ve deemed that raising funds for other projects was critical to Mumia’s safety, our letters have explicitly outlined our thinking.

Since Mumia fell ill we have been behind on payments to Mumia’s lead health attorney and we need to raise funds–quickly. Would you consider making a donation and identifying one or two others who might do the same?

A word on Mumia’s condition. Although the symptoms of his Hep C condition wax and wane, he is much improved since his near death crisis two years ago. That moment was harrowing, and having been in the center of it, I can truly tell you that the movement saved his life. Heidi Beghosian, former Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild, and I had been concerned about Mumia’s declining health two years ago, and we happened to visit Mumia the morning that he collapsed in the infirmary. At that moment we called his family, identified the hospital to which he had been taken, then drove there to make our presence known. We alerted the movement, and dozens joined us at the hospital that evening. The next day we held a press conference at the hospital to which surprisingly the Philadelphia mainstream media showed up. The conditions under which Mumia was hospitalized were horrendous and we visited the hospital daily.

After these dramatic days, when we realized that Mumia was in danger of dying, we went into emergency mode for several months. This included identifying outside doctors to visit him, taking out an add in the New York Times, mobilizing the movement, and testifying in court about what we saw. We even took Mumia’s hair sample covertly to be tested at an outside laboratory. It was our doctor, not the hospital physicians, who in the end diagnosed Mumia with Hep C and made the connection that his terrible skin condition was a symptom of that disease. In this moment of crisis, Pam Africa’s experience was indispensable.

The legal situation and our request for funds: As you know, his attorneys, primarily Bob Boyle, scored an unprecedented legal victory in Mumia’s Hep C health suit. On January 7, a federal judge, Robert Mariani, in an unprecedented decision, ordered that Mumia be treated with the 95 percent effective cure rate antiviral medicines within 21 days. He condemned the barbarity of the DOC’s (Department of Corrections) Hep C protocol his opinion establishes the groundwork for the treatment of the 7,000 others with Hep C in the Pennsylvania prisons. The PA DOC is fighting this all the way to hell. On the 10th day after the ruling, right before the Martin Luther King holiday, the DOC attorneys filed a stay and a notice of appeal in the Third Circuit District Court of Appeals.

Our legal filings are voluminous. Bob Boyle has been working for two years at reduced legal fees, and we are behind on payments. He has literally had to borrow money to stay afloat. We’ve also put in some personal funds, and are sending out another appeal to our members, but we need an infusion of $25,000 in the next week.

Thanking you in advance for your consideration.

All the best,

Johanna Fernandez, Ph.D.
Committee to Save Mumia Abu Jamal
Department of History
Baruch College, City University of New York

Legal particulars

Federal Judge Robert Mariani presided over Mumia’s health suit. Judge Mariani granted Mumia his claim of deliberate indifference (meaning that Mumia won the preliminary injunction for immediate treatment). The judge ordered that a PA Dept of Corrections (DOC) doctor must see Mumia within 14 days of his January 7th ruling and instructed that treatment begin 7 days after that. (In other words within 21 days of the ruling)

But on the 10th day after the ruling, right before the Martin Luther King holiday, the DOC lawyers filed a challenge to the judge’s ruling. They filed “a stay” which essentially asked the judge to halt all legal actions and proceedings. The DOC attorneys also filed a separate notice of appeal that made known their intention to appeal the decision in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the court immediately below the Supreme Court.

Here are the different scenarios that can emerge.

If Judge Mariani denies the stay and upholds his original decision, the DOC can seek a stay from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. This would happen in advance and separately from the DOC’s full appeal in that court. If the Third Circuit grants the stay, the appeal process could take 2-3 months, even if “expedited.” If the Third Circuit denies the DOC’s request for a stay, Mumia basically wins because it would mean that the injunction must be carried out, meaning that MAJ gets the drugs.

If Judge Mariani grants the DOC’s request for a stay, Mumia’s attorneys can ask the Third Circuit to vacate (overturn) the stay; However, it would be unlikely that the Third Circuit would do so since they would take Judge Mariani granting the stay as an indicator that he feels his ruling would not withstand an appeal.. We then would have to litigate the appeal in the Third Circuit Court, again a 2-3 month process.

Profile of the attorneys litigating Mumia’s Health Suit

Bret Grote is a young attorney and the founder of the Abolitionist Law Center in Pittsburgh. He was the only lawyer willing to file a preliminary injunction to get Mumia immediate treatment after he fell ill. All the attorneys with whom we consulted argued that the case was impossible to litigate and win. Shortly after Bret Grote filed the motion, the movement recruited Bob Boyle to join Bret Grote.

Bob Boyle is one of the most noted and accomplished attorneys representing political prisoners today. He is comparable to Len Weinglass in his political analysis of these cases.

Bob Boyle

1) litigated the Lynne Stewart case, which led to her compassionate release
2) Litigated the case ob Black Panther Dhoruba Bin Wahad and secured his freedom
4) Secured the release of Black Panther Marshall Eddie Conway who spent close to 43 years in Prison
5) His appellate work overturned the 75 year sentence of Mohammed Al-Moayad who was convicted of providing material support to Hamas.

TOP ELECTED OFFICIALS, CLERGY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERS TO DELIVER PETITIONS TO WHITE HOUSE TODAY DEMANDING CLEMENCY FOR IMPRISONED PUERTO RICAN ACTIVIST

January 15, 2017

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January 11, 2017, Washington D.C.

Prominent supporters of imprisoned Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who turned 74 years old last week in his thirty-fifth year behind bars, will deliver 100,000 petitions to the White House this afternoon, Wednesday, January 11. Grammy-award winning artist Rene Perez, Illinois Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, Florida Congressman Darren Soto, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto, will lead the delegation demanding that President Obama use his presidential power of pardon to grant López Rivera clemency in the last week of Obama’s tenure in office. “Our deeply profound and moral commitment to Oscar and his freedom,” asserted the group, “once again brings us to the gates of the White House.”

An additional 108,000 digital petitions on the White House website, We, The People, have called for López Rivera’s release, which is also supported by leading international human rights figures including Nobel Peace laureates former President Jimmy Carter and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Connecting Obama’s, Carter’s and Tutu’s Nobel Prizes with that of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (whose birthday is commemorated on Monday, January 16), Tutu – in a special message written to coincide with today’s action – stated that the participants “feel for good reason that all avenues and channels have been exhausted, and that leaving the elder López Rivera to face the coming years behind bars would constitute a grave injustice to all the peoples of Latin America. As a growing number of heads of state throughout that continent are calling him ‘the Mandela of the Americas,’ I am reminded of the prophetic words of Dr. King – who was, after all, also a political prisoner: ‘I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states,’ King wrote. ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”

López Rivera, widely considered to be a political prisoner, is one of the longest held in this hemisphere. He was arrested in 1981 and sentenced to 70 years in prison on charges including seditious conspiracy, despite no evidence or charges of involvement in any act of violence. Twelve of his 35 years behind bars were spent in solitary confinement, and support in Puerto Rico for his release comes from across the political spectrum, including from strong opponents of the independence option advocated by López Rivera, and from the island’s current and former governors.

The January 11 protest follows a video release last Thursday by Our Revolution, the successor to the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, with the former presidential hopeful calling for clemency for Lopez Rivera and urging his supporters to contact the White House. Emails, texts, and tweets continue to flow demanding that President Obama take immediate action, and – in San Juan – a supporter of López Rivera is on hunger strike to draw attention to his cause. United Nations Special Representative and Nobel Peace Prize recipient José Ramos-Horta, the former head of state of the Pacific island of East Timor, sent a message to President Obama and the January 11 organizers noting, “Eight years ago, approaching the Presidency, Barack Obama was heartily welcomed into the community of Nobel Peace laureates with great hope on the horizon. Now, as President Obama approaches civilian life, there can be no better way to demonstrate restorative, peaceful and just practice than by granting full clemency to Oscar Lopez Rivera.”   

Greetings from Frantz Fanon Foundation   2017, a year of resistance and mobilization

January 15, 2017
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The Frantz Fanon Foundation wishes everyone a year 2017 of resistance and mobilization.
The year 2016 has been difficult for all peoples and the damned. It nevertheless ended on a historic decision for the Saharawi people. On December 21, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Morocco and Western Sahara are two distinct territories under separate sovereignty.
Therefore, the economic exploitation of Western Sahara can only be done in the context of self-determination, that is to say, with the consent of the Saharawi people.
2017 begins with an excellent legal decision for Mumia Abu Jamal and all prisoners with chronic hepatitis C. It states that there is an obligation for the prison department to provide appropriate anti-viral treatment to all those who need it. Failure to do so amounts to violating, on the pretext of high cost of treatment, the eighth amendment guaranteeing the obligation of adequate medical care.
Both victories were only possible because of the pugnacious determination of the Saharawi people to have their right to self-determination recognized, on the one hand, and because of the international solidarity movement that is organized around Mumia Abu Jamal and prisoners who are left without care,  and which refuses that they are treated with deliberate indifference, on the other. 
The Frantz Fanon Foundation will continue to be actively involved with those who are fighting against domination under the coloniality of power and knowledge. It will work on the emergence of the decolonial project in which the damned can finally breathe in a world without perpetual war.
2017 will mark also the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Foundation. Let’s join together and move forward!
Together, let’s mobilize for more victories and let’s continue to resist.
The Bureau of the Frantz Fanon Foundation