Breaking News Mumia’s Open Heart Surgery

Originally published on 4/20/2021

Dear Friend,

Tuesday April 20 9:34am:  Mumia’s medical attorney’s have received word from the Open Heart ICU doctors.  Mumia’s surgery was successful.  There were no complications.  He is receiving minimal oxygen and has one IV. 

Mumia’s wife Wadiya was waiting all day yesterday, and all night for word and only heard this news this morning at 9:30 am.   

Wadiya Jamal says  “I won’t know he is ok until I hear from him directly.” 

We are demanding that the hospital officials and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections do the following immediately:

1) Mumia must not be shackled to his hospital bed during his recovery.
2) Let Mumia speak with his Family.
3) Let Mumia speak directly with his physician Dr. Ricardo Alvarez
4) Let Mumia speak with his spiritual advisor Dr. Mark Taylor
5) Provide the appropriate rehabilitation plan for his recovery

The next days, weeks, and months will be critical in Mumia’s recovery.
The conditions of his confinement contributed to his heart disease. He was held in isolation solitary for over a year, never able to exercise.  Limited to walking in his very small cell.  He was allowed off his block rarely. These were due to the covid restrictions. 

As he recovers he MUST have access to his physician, exercise and a heart health diet.  

Please continue to call and write to the PADOC and let them know we are watching and that “Freedom is the only treatment”: 

Head of PA DOC, John Wetzel
717-728-2573 *** EMAIL:  J.Wetzel@state.pa.us , ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov
twitter: @johnewetzel, @DOCSecretary 

PA DOC, Deputy Secretary for Administration of Healthcare, Christopher Oppman 
717-728-4122 or 717-728-2573 Ext 5

SCI Mahanoy Superintendent, Bernadette Mason
570-773-2158 

Governor of PA, Tom Wolf
717-787-2500 ext. 3. *** FAX 717-772-8284 *** EMAIL:  Brunelle.Michael@gmail.com  
facebook: @governorwolf, @TomWolfPA  instagram: @governortomwolf

(c) Menira Gilden Seth Tobocman   

And every letter of encouragement and support goes such a long way for Mumia. Send him your blessings: 

Mumia Abu-Jamal
Smart Communications/PADOC
Mumia Abu-Jamal, AM 8335
SCI Mahanoy
c/o PO Box 33028

St Petersburg, FL 33733 (Florida is not a misprint, letters to Mumia are sent to the mail contractor in Florida and then scanned and printed and given to him).  He will receive these in the infirmary and in his cell.  Every prayer and letter matters. 

When We Fight, We Win. 

Noelle Hanrahan, P.I., J.D.
Prison Radio 
Redwood Justice Fund

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Professorial With a Touch of Pirate

Originally published on 4/17/2021

Dear Friend,

It is hard to write while crying.  But let me try.   

Mumia Abu-Jamal is awkward and funny. He walks slowly, slew foot. Deliberately. Lumbering.

He has a big broad and warm and an open smile. His hug is thick and solid, it is like you are hugging a giant grandpa, but can reach only halfway up, as he leans over. 

His beard is scraggly and gray, neat but consciously, deliberately, unconforming. Always his own. Dreads were rare in America when he first wore them. He flips his locks from his face with the back of his hand. He is professorial with a touch of pirate, half glasses resting on the bridge of his nose, as he leans forward to read. Every piece of paper a treasure.  

When he is shocked or surprised, he leans back, crooks his head and narrows his eyes and gives a penetrating and quizzical look.  Open. Questioning. Searching.  Not quite vulnerable, but open. “Really, why?” he might ask.  He loves chocolate, pastry and cheesecake, and hoagies. He will choose salad if available.  He drinks water or a ginger tea, never soda. When he laughs, his whole body laughs, hearty, loud, and he snorts. He can be sonorous, radio preachy, in a way even when talking.  It is easier to report, than be the story.  That is why he so rarely talks about himself in his public work.  He loves to listen.  His observations are his way of being in the world with us.  He is consciously building a bridge with us, by sharing himself on the airwaves. 

He is guarded with all emotions except love and concern for others.

He recognizes how much he has lost.  When he lets himself realize, the years have turned to decades of loss, he has a resolute fierceness born of a love of himself and his family and ancestors.  Instinctually he cannot compromise his and their principals and integrity.  He cannot be polite and allow false promises, or white lies.  Some men might be consumed by anger.  But I have never seen him hold onto anger, or act from anger in person, or personally. Never. 

I have seen him be deliberate in writing, pushing, or pulling away, by retreating to his internal world, or defending others by trying to shield them from harm.  He loves fiercely and unconditionally.  

His loyalty to his family is all encompassing. His greatest sorrow is that all of his efforts to be there for his grandchildren, and great grandchildren, cannot match what he would give if he were able to live with them.  

Mumia loves with an enormous and unfailing and gigantic heart.

Mumia, as you begin your journey to recover from your heart surgery, we will be with you.  We will send love and letters.  We will scale the mountain of freedom and bring you back home with us. 

I will write you today.  

Mumia Abu-Jamal
Smart Communications/PADOC
Mumia Abu-Jamal, AM 8335
SCI Mahanoy
c/o PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733

(Florida is not a misprint, letters to Mumia are sent to the mail contractor in Florida and then scanned and printed and given to him).  He will receive these in the infirmary and in his cell.  Every prayer and letter matters. 

When We Fight, We Win. 

Noelle Hanrahan 
Prison Radio

Follow these organizations for continuous Mumia updates:
https://jamaljournal-movement.blogspot.com
https://bringmumiahome.com
http://www.freemumia.com
https://letmumiaout.com

http://mumiabujamal.com/v2/category/actualite/
https://www.prisonradio.org/

(c) Melissa Jones

 

Urgent: Mumia to Undergo Heart Surgery

Originally published on 4/14/2021

We could not save Malcolm X, but we can save Mumia.  We can save him, and we must save him, because we love our Brother, and we need our Brother to help us fight for our freedom.” Assata Shakur 

Dear Friend,

This call to action was put together by the international movement to free Mumia. 

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL (AM8335) TO UNDERGO HEART SURGERY

Mumia Abu-Jamal, the world renowned veteran Black Panther, political prisoner and radio journalist, had heart pain over the weekend. He was rushed to the hospital, and is expected to undergo heart surgery tomorrow, April 15, 2021.

We demand that:
1. Before surgery, Mumia be allowed to call his wife, Wadiya Jamal; his longtime supporter Pam Africa; his chosen doctor, Dr. Ricardo Alvarez; and his Spiritual Advisor, Mark Taylor.
2. Mumia not be shackled to his hospital bed, as is the rule in Pennsylvania and across the United States. 
3. Mumia, an innocent man, be immediately released from prison.
 
We need not look far to see the mortal danger that the shackling of a patient represents: our dear Ancestor, political prisoner Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald was chained and shackled to his hospital bed in his last days —while he was hardly conscious— and before making his final transition, just over 2 weeks ago on March 28, after 52 years in prison.

According to Dr. Ricardo Alvarez, Mumia’s chosen doctor, “Any evidence of shackling will be seen as a deliberate harm to Mumia and a perpetuation of the court documented trauma he has already suffered.” Loud and clear are the echoes of slavery, which —as Eric Williams shows in Capitalism and Slavery — for the first time in human history produced the global distribution and mass use of handcuffs, shackles and fetters to bring enslaved Africans to heel. 
 
Dr. Alvarez continues, “There is significant evidence, both legal and medical, that Mumia has suffered severe harm because medical, legal, law enforcement, and judicial professionals have not met proper standards. Mumia has been recently hospitalized for COVID and Congestive Heart Failure and he already suffers from hypertension as well as liver cirrhosis and diabetes, both induced by court documented medical neglect. Freedom is the only treatment.”  
 
Please call, tweet, email and fax the following offices to make these demands: that Mumia be immediately allowed to call his wife, Pam Africa, his doctor, and spiritual advisor; that he not be shackled to his hospital bed, and that he be immediately released.

Head of PA DOC, John Wetzel
717-728-2573 *** EMAIL:  J.Wetzel@state.pa.us , ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov
twitter: @johnewetzel, @DOCSecretary 

PA DOC, Deputy Secretary for Administration of Healthcare, Christopher Oppman 
717-728-4122 or 717-728-2573 Ext 5

SCI Mahanoy Superintendent, Bernadette Mason
570-773-2158 

Governor of PA, Tom Wolf
717-787-2500 ext. 3. *** FAX 717-772-8284 *** EMAIL:  Brunelle.Michael@gmail.com  

facebook: @governorwolf, @TomWolfPA  instagram: @governortomwolf

https://jamaljournal-movement.blogspot.com
https://bringmumiahome.com
http://www.freemumia.com
https://letmumiaout.com

http://mumiabujamal.com/v2/category/actualite/

When We Fight, We Win. 

Noelle Hanrahan 
Prison Radio