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Wed Mar 24 2021 (Updated 03/31/21)
After Health Scare, Call Remains to Free Abu-Jamal
Flooding Prison and "Progressive" DA with Calls Gets Mumia Emergency Care He Needed
In 1982, radio journalist, political activist, and former Black Panther Party member Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of the murder of Philadephia police officer Daniel Faulkner in a trial that excluded evidence which would have proved his innocence. He was sentenced to death. Mumia's death sentence was overturned by a Federal court in 2001 and he was re-sentenced to life in prison in 2011. His case and continued incarceration have received worldwide attention and been the subject of countless protests for decades. Throughout his time in prison, Abu-Jamal has published multiple books and regularly comments on contemporary social and political issues through audio recordings. Inspired by the abolitionist politics of past UC Santa Cruz students and faculty such as Angela Davis and Huey P. Newton, Mumia enrolled as a PhD student in UCSC's History of Consciousness program in the Fall of 2019.

As Mumia has aged behind bars, inadequate medical care has led to several scares when his health deteriorated rapidly. In 2015, Mumia suffered diabetic shock and was diagnosed with active Hepatitis C. In late February, believing Mumia was infected with COVID-19 and suffering skin lesions, his supporters demanded proper medical care for him once again. After an outpouring of public pressure, authorities transferred Mumia to a hospital outside of the prison for emergency treatment, and he was indeed diagnosed as having contracted coronavirus as well as congestive heart disease. While Mumia's health issues still remain a concern, he is stable now and has been returned to general population at the Mahanoy State Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.

Separately, all appeals filed by Mumia's attorneys between 1998 and 2012 were reopened by a new judge in 2018 and are currently being litigated.

photo Prof. Johanna Fernandez's account of Mumia Abu-Jamal's Health Emergency (from Verso Blog) | photo The Ballistics Evidence Used To Convict Mumia Abu-Jamal | audio Mumia Abu-Jamal's Thank You Message to Supporters | photo March 20 Mumia Abu-Jamal Health Update from Dr. Ricardo Alvarez | pdf Legal update from Mumia Abu-Jamal's attorneys Judith Ritter and Sam Spital | photo What Larry Krasner the District Attorney of Philadelphia needs to do! | photo Pam Africa asks DA Krasner: Do You Oppose Lynchings? | photo Mumia Abu-Jamal's Health Emergency: An interview with Dr. Ricardo Alvarez | photo It is now freedom or death for Mumia! | photo Photos: March 12 Mumia Protest at Philly DA Larry Krasner's Office | photo Urgent: Mumia Health Update and New Ways to Take Action! | calendar Emergency Action: Mumia has Covid-19! | photo Mumia Health Update / March 6 Global Virtual Street Meeting | photo Urgent: Demand the immediate release of imprisoned activist journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal! | photo Pam Africa on Black Agenda Radio: Mumia thinks he has COVID | pdf The Jamal Journal issue #1 is now published online, Please help us print it! | external

Solidarity Statements: | pdf International Dockworkers Council letter for Mumia Abu-Jamal to PA Gov Tom Wolf | photo International Workers Committe says Free Mumia and All Elders | photo The Angola 3 support Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Color of Change petition | photo The International Federation of Journalists calls for Mumia Abu-Jamal's release | photo Support Mumia! Please Sign the French Petition to PA Gov. Tom Wolf! | video Francia Márquez: A Very Warm Ancestral Greeting from Colombia to Mumia Abu-Jamal | photo Palestinian Mobilization for Mumia Abu Jamal calls for Mumia's Release | photo NUMSA demands the immediate release of American political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal | photo National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa writes to PA Gov. Tom Wolf for Mumia

Petitions: | photo Mumia's Health Crisis Now Cited in the Color of Change Petition to DA Krasner | photo Color of Change petition to PA Gov. Wolf: Release Our Loved Ones | pdf Pam Africa's Message to the Movement: Sign Our Petition! | pdf Please sign the Color of Change petition for Mumia Abu-Jamal |

See Also: | photo Philly Police, Proud Boys & 1/6/21 seditious insurrection | photo Pacifica CRD 3/22/21 Covid, Amazon Billions and Workers' Rights

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