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Stand up for Prisoners - Press Conference - Lawsuit to be filed Mon. end Medical Neglect

by B. Cayenne Bird (rightor1 [at]
The UNION press conference will be held at 1 pm, Monday Sept. 13 (this coming Monday) in front of the Hall of Justice in Fairfield.

Hall of Justice is at 600 Union Avenue.

Our attorney, Mark Ravis, MD, JD will file a lawsuit on Monday in the Eastern District Federal court against CMF and individuals responsible for the medical neglect of Donald Swisher, a mentally ill inmate at CMF Vacaville. Swisher leaves behind five children who live in Merced, CA.

He died in April from pneumonia at the age of 34. In this day and age a young man should not die from pneumonia! Swisher's mother is flying from Indiana to describe how she begged the prison to help her son and nothing was done. Reverend Shumake is doing his best to present at the press conference as his nephew Anthony also died from medical neglect in late June.

We are still unable to find the family of Ursel Ware whom the inmates report was also denied medical care.

He died on August 19, 2004. I would like to have them present as well as this is the third death at CMF/CSP Solano THAT WE KNOW ABOUT just since April. Media folks who will attend and/or cover this story, please email me so I can keep you in the loop, give you statements and hook you up with Dr. Ravis.

A press conference sponsored by United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect, will be held on Monday, September 13 at 1 pm in front of the Hall of Justice, 600 Union Ave., in Fairfield, CA.

A lawsuit is being filed Monday morning by Beverly Hills Attorney Mark Ravis in the Federal Eastern District Court in Sacramento against California Medical Facility and all parties responsible for the death of Inmate Donald Swisher on April 4, 2004.

Swisher, a mentally ill inmate, was 34 years old and leaves behind five children who live in Merced. His mother, Beverly Bittner, has flown out here from Indiana and will describe how she and his cellmates begged the prison to give Donald simple medical treatment and they refused.

The cause of Swisher's death was pneumonia. Families of other inmates who have died under suspicious circumstances will also be present including Rev. Andre Shumake whose nephew died at CSP Solano in June. The body of yet another deceased inmate, Ursel Ware, is in the coroner's office undergoing "autopsy" since Aug. 19 and next of kin information has been closed down by CDC on this case, so we've had no way to get in touch with the family.

The UNION Coalition of doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, members of the clergy from every denomination and families of prisoners are standing up to rail against State Murder by Medical Neglect.

Three deaths since April in Solano County alone THAT WE KNOW ABOUT.

At issue here also is bills on the Governor's desk for Media Access, Medical Neglect Reform and compassionate release.

In spite of all these deaths flying under the radar of the media, the Governor is not expect to sign the medical neglect reform bill by Mountjoy.

email rightor1 [at] for press release

Contact B. Cayenne Bird, UNION Director

parking is bad, because the new county facility is currently under construction and the parking structure hasn't opened yet. So you'll have to have everyone park on the far end of Union Avenue, where it dead-ends, because that's where everyone parks. It's a little bit of a hike (three or four blocks.) If you're coming in on Interstate 80 from the Bay Area, you want to take the West Texas Street exit toward Fairfield/Suisun City. Stay straight to go onto West Texas Street.Turn right on Union Avenue.
600 UNION is the address

If you're coming in on Interstate 80 from Sacramento, you want to take Travis Blvd. East. Turn left onto Travis Blvd. Turn right onto Pennsylvania. Turn left onto West Texas, and then right onto Union.

Hall of Justice
600 Union Avenue
Fairfield, CA 94533
Map and Directions

Try to arrive at 12:45 if possible. Front steps, I will have a small sign that reads UNION Press Conference, will be dressed in black, red hair, stick out like a sore thumb.
These are a few of the people who have confirmed so far.

Beverly Bittner, mother of Donald Swisher who has flown out from Indiana for the press conference. She literally begged and begged for medical treatment for her son and was ignored.
The five children of Donald Swisher from Merced.

Mark Ravis, MD, JD who will file the lawsuit on Monday.

UNION Director B. Cayenne Bird

Reverend Andre Shumake, whose nephew Anthony also died of medical neglect in June. Possibly other members of his family

Judy A. , mother of a mentally ill inmate currently being tortured in prison and prosecuted simply for being mentally ill and acting out through writing a simple letter

Linda G., mother of a mentally ill inmate currently being released from EOP to general population where his life is in mortal danger.

Harvey and Lettie Baker whose son has endured medical neglect at Salinas Valley Prison and who has been denied water and treatment for a kidney condition for many months.

Debbie O. and her mother whose son is a juvenile placed in danger in adult prison

Possibly two representatives of the SEIU Nurses Union representing CDC registered nurses

Ron Petersen, videographer for our show Cayenne Common Sense

The Reporter will be sending a photographer and possibly a journalist to the event

I will put this out on the wire soon but am still waiting for confirmation from families that we have still been able to locate of other deceased inmates.

Senator Mountjoy has been invited no confirmation yet.

We may have other groups, other clergy in attendance as well - let me know whom you have invited, how many you are bringing

and especially

family contact information on inmates who have died suspicious deaths within the past year. CDC really has the information hidden away from the press but with our network of families in the UNION, we should be able to track them down.

Let's all hold hands now and take a stand at this rare moment in time when we are able to show intelligence and teeth and file a lawsuit.
B. Bird
P.O.Box 85
Garden Valley,Ca. 95633

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