Monday, March 30, 2015

Mumia is Hospitalized, no information given to family


UPDATE 03/31/2015: Mumia is awake and was able to speak with his wife and brother. He is still in ICU and is very sick. Keep calling and demand Mumia get proper health care.

UPDATE 03/31/2015: Authorities have relented due to overwhelming international pressure. Visitation has been granted to family and friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. A press conference scheduled for 11:00 this morning has been pushed back.

Release: Mumia is Hospitalized, no information given to family
Contact: Betsey Piette
International Action Center

Mumia is hospitalized without visitation or contact
For Immediate Release
Who: Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal #AM 8335
What: Mumia is held in Hospital with no information given nor visitation for family
Where: Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA
When: Since 1pm, March 30, 2015

At 1pm EST today, political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal had a medical emergency and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA.

Weary of events such as the recent death of MOVE leader Phil Africa, who passed away under suspicious circumstances at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA in January, supporters of Mumia immediately travelled to the hospital to learn more about his condition. Mumia’s brother Keith Cook, who was part of a delegation to the PA Capitol today to challenge the Revictimization Relief Act, denying First Amendment rights to PA prisoners, was not allowed to visit his brother. Even Mumia’s wife has received almost no information and has not been allowed to visit Mumia.

In an attempt to learn more about Mumia’s condition, around 15 supporters of Mumia are feet away from Mumia’s hospital door at the Schuykill Medical Center, yet four police officers are standing in their way from answers. Hundreds of supporters have called SCI Mahanoy Superintendent John Kerestes, which led his office to turn off his phone line, forcing concerned people to leave messages.

Mumia’s life is in danger. We encourage media and people concerned with Mumia’s health to contact the following individuals and institutions responsible for the health care of PA prisoners and demand answers and family visitation rights in this urgent case.

Call SCI Mahonoy Superintendent John Kerestes (570-773-2158) and DEMAND that Mumia Abu-Jamal’s family be able to see him. Take care to refer to Mumia by his legal name – Wesley Cook, #AM 8335.

Richard Ellers
Director, PA Department of Corrections Health Care Services
(717) 728-5311

John Wetzel
Secretary, PA Department of Corrections
(717) 728-4109

Schuylkill Medical Center
700 E Norwegian St, Pottsville, PA
(570) 621-4000


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