Resolution to Save the Life of Mumia Abu-Jamal

by on September 17, 2015

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New York Chapter of the May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights Resolution to Save the Life of Mumia Abu-Jamal from ”Medical Neglect”

Submitted September 14, 2015 

Whereas Mumia Abu-Jamal,  an African-American, who headed the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and is a long-time supporter of worker and immigrant rights, was railroaded to jail and to the death penalty in 1982 for supposedly killing a white policeman, based on fraudulent court proceedings, including an incompetent lawyer who neglected evidence showing Abu-Jamal’s innocence, an nearly all-white jury (which studies show often produces the same result as an all-white jury with a Black defendant), bought-and-paid-for witnesses, and a biased judge, all of which shows that Abu-Jamal is an innocent man who should never have been in jail in the first place and who is a political prisoner;

Whereas the May 1st Coalition  has unanimously passed a resolution to continue its support for Brother Mumia, whose voice our coalition has raised every May Day at our annual rally at Union Square since 2005,

Whereas the May 1st Coalition  learned that Abu-Jamal suffered a medical emergency in March 2015 when he was on the verge of slipping into a diabetic coma and was suffering from a severe skin disease, which caused discoloration, itching, and bleeding on his arms and legs, which went undiagnosed and untreated for months by the State Correctional Institution of Mahanoy;

Whereas the Coalition,  like other supporters of Abu-Jamal, believe that the Pennsylvania prison system is guilty of “medical neglect,” which could possibly lead to his death, and supports all efforts in the ongoing struggle to secure specialists, a diagnosis, and a treatment regimen needed to restore Abu-Jamal to full health;

Whereas  the Pennsylvania prison system must not be allowed to succeed in killing Abu-Jamal by medical neglect;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Righs  will write letters to (1) SCI Mahanoy, (2) the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, and (3) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf demanding that since these authorities have not complied with the highest standards of health care recommended by the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, and the Department of Justice and are showing no signs of ending the medical neglect that threatens the life of Abu-Jamal, we call for Abu-Jamal’s release to the care of doctors and medical facilities of his choice so that he can get the treatment he is entitled to;

Be it further resolved that, given the extensive evidence of Abu-Jamal’s innocence, wrongful incarceration, now extreme undiagnosed illness after five months and the prison medical system’s failure to diagnose or treat him properly,   we add our voices to the international call for the immediate release of Mumia Abu-Jamal;

Be it further resolved that the   May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights will set up a Mumia Abu-Jamal Watch Committee to monitor his health situation and suggest further support actions that may become necessary, which will be authorized by a vote of the delegates.

Contact Person:  Teresa Gutierrez

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