UPDATED! – Mumia Abu-Jamal Needs Medical Care NOW!

In an unstoppable mobilization of solidarity, 414 supporters from around the world joined this Campaign and raised $21,720 in 14 days! When we launched the Campaign, we didn’t think we could raise more than $20,000. But the truth is that we need to raise double that to get Mumia the full medical care and legal assistance that he urgently needs. Please join us to defend Mumia’s life by helping his Medical and Legal fund reach $40,000, now!

Mumia is in a Medical Crisis

On March 30th, Mumia lost consciousness and was moved from SCI Mahanoy to the ICU unit at Schuylkill Medical Center. His blood sugar count was at 779: he was in diabetic shock. His sodium level was 160. Since January, Mumia has received inadequate and detrimental treatment for a severe case of eczema. His life threatening medical crisis continues and has now been labeled late-onset diabetes, which should have been identified and treated months ago.

We need your help to ensure he receives immediate medical care.

What Mumia Urgently Needs

We need to raise $40,000 immediately to:

  • Pay for lifesaving medical care from Mumia’s doctors who he wishes to consult with
  • Increase our legal and medical campaign to ensure Mumia and his family will be given all new information on Mumia’s condition
  • Obtain Mumia’s medical records for review (his records cost $1.50/page)
  • Cover costs for Mumia’s family, friends and core organizers as they travel to the Medical Center in Pottsville, PA and the prison in Frackville, PA
  • Cover legal fees for Mumia’s attorney

Please give $10, $25, $100 or even $1,000 now

Worldwide organizing successfully halted Mumia’s death row execution in 1995. Last October when Pennsylvania legislature passed SB 508 – the « Mumia Gag Law » – we vigorously fought for the right for prisoners to speak, and we presented our final arguments in court on March 30th- the same day Mumia fell dangerously ill. What we are seeing now, as Pam Africa said, is a « clear cut example of an attempted execution through medical neglect. »

If you care about Mumia and the right to medical dignity for prisoners, please contribute now and defend Mumia’s right to live, his family’s right to visit and view his medical records, and his doctors’ rights to provide proper and immediate treatment.

Once You’ve Donated, Please Take Action:

Upon being checked in at Schuylkill’s Intensive Care Unit, Mumia was shackled to the bed and isolated even though his family stood just outside the door. His family was denied medical updates and visitation rights. The movement’s phone-call mobilization successfully pressured prison and hospital officials to allow Mumia’s wife and brother to see him 20 hours later. We need to keep the pressure on to ensure that Mumia receives proper care. Here’s what you can do:

  • Demand Mumia’s immediate family can see him more than once per person per week by calling PA Department of Corrections John Wetzel (717-728-4109) and SCI Mahanoy (570-773-2158).
  • Share this campaign and encourage all of your networks- family, friends, comrades and coworkers to contribute and share
  • Stay updated on Mumia’s condition by checking back here and on Prison Radio’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

We’re asking you to contribute $100 or even $50 to fight for Mumia’s life, well-being and freedom- together. Please give now.

Thank you for being determined to defend Mumia’s life with us,

Wadiya Jamal, Mumia’s wife

Pam Africa, International Concerned Friends & Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Keith Cook, Mumia’s oldest brother

Bret Grote, Mumia’s Attorney (Abolitionist Law Center)

Noelle Hanrahan, Prison Radio

Suzanne Ross, NY Campaign to Bring Mumia Home


http://democracynow.org – Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has been taken to the Intensive Care Unit of Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, after he was removed from prison for a medical emergency without any notification to his family, friends or lawyers. Prison officials told his supporters he is in diabetic shock. We get an update from Abu-Jamal’s longtime friend, Johanna Fernández who first discovered he was in the hospital Monday morning when she went to visit him in prison and was told he had been taken to the intensive care unit. Fernández is a history professor at Baruch College-CUNY, and one of the coordinators of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home.

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