4.13.2015

Houston Press Conference to Focus on the Extreme Health Care Crisis of Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

April 12, 2015

Contact:  Gloria Rubac      713-503-2633
                Liliana Noonan  281-732 7106 (español)             

MEDIA ADVISORY

Houston Press Conference to Focus on the Extreme Health Care Crisis of Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal; Activists Demand No Execution by Medical Neglect

Houstonians will gather at the Mickey Leland Federal Building, 1919 Smith Street, for a press conference at 5:00 p.m. on Monday April 13, to highlight the critical health crisis of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Abu-Jamal is an internationally celebrated African American writer and radio journalist. He is the author of six books and hundreds of columns and articles. He is a former member of the Black Panther Party and a supporter of the MOVE organization who has spent the last 30 years in prison, almost all of it in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s death row.

Abu-Jamal was tried, convicted and sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, an incident which took place on December 9, 1981. Following the October, 2011 Supreme Court ruling that vacated his death sentence, Abu-Jamal was put into the general prison population in January 2012.

In January of this year, Abu-Jamal asked for treatment for an increasingly serious skin problem that spread over his entire body. He was treated with antibiotics and steroids which caused a severe allergic reaction. He was admitted to the infirmary.

On February 17 Mumia weighed 268 pounds. When he was discharged from the infirmary a week later he had lost over twenty pounds. On March 30, when he was taken to the hospital in a diabetic shock with his blood sugar at almost 800, his weight had dropped to 184 pounds.

“Like his wife, children and supporters around the world, we believe that the prison is killing Mumia by medical neglect. We will not stand by while they murder him,” said activist Joanne Gavin with the Abolition Movement. “We will make phone calls to the prison head and to the Pennsylvania governor. We will protest and notify the media. We will raise money for his family to make the trips necessary to visit Mumia and monitor his condition. And we demand Mumia be allowed the private doctors of his choice.”

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