BREAKING: Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalised; family cannot contact him

Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee, PHL

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Renowned Black revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal has been hospitalised, and is being held captive in intensive care at the Schuykill Medical Centre, Pottsville, Pa., since approximately 13:00 today, 30 March.

Sources from the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ) report that Mumia is being held in the ICU incommunicado, and that his wife has not been allowed to contact him. He is reportedly on an insulin drip. The International Action Centre this evening reports that, as they stand “feet away from Mumia’s hospital door,” 15 supporters are confronted with a total police blockade of the room where he is being held.

Significantly, this abduction coincides with the date set for a trial, in Harrisburg, Pa., to overturn the recent law passed by the state of Pennsylvania muzzling the free speech of the state’s prisoners. Comrades and civil rights activists in Pennsylvania call the new law the “Silence Mumia Law,” because the state and…

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Call-In Campaign for SECC Missouri Prisoners

Here is a current and ongoing request for assistance from people in prison in Missouri…

Below is a description of the conditions at SECC prison in Missouri. Please call Warden Ian Wallace at (573) 683-4409 and ask that these conditions below be remedied as soon as possible.
At the end of the letter below, you will find a list of prisoners names and numbers. If you have a PO Box, please write to them and send notes of solidarity. They can all be reached at:

Prisoner Name ‪#‎XXXXXXXX‬
SECC
Pedro Simmons Drive
Charleston, MO 63834

This is the collective letter we received from an IWW member in prison

1/24/15

Unconstitutional prison conditions of Southeast Correctional Center, AKA Charleston, located at, 300 Pedro Simmons Drive/Charleston, MO 63834.

Officials at SECC have an established custom of abuse when it comes to the utilization of their Administrative discretion. While Disciplinary Segregation is a form of confinement imposed upon an inmate for punishment, Administrative Segregation is not punitive in nature (or it is not supposed to be), it is merely for safety and security concerns, meaning, even though those on Ad-Seg status and Dis-Seg status are confined in the same Housing Units/Living Areas/Cells with one another, there is a great distinction to the nature of the two status, however, the only difference in the way they are imposed: if you are on DisSeg. you cant use the phone and you cant go to recreation. Now heres the kicker! Whether on Ad-Seg or DisSeg, neither can use the phone except for once every 30 days, if youve gone 30 days without receiving a misconduct report, so it doesnt matter which status, both are subjected to 30 day phone restrictions.

The so called recreational priviledges are also a joke. Keep in mind, some (most) inmates are on Ad-Seg status, not because they violated any institutional rules (like myself), but for reasons such as: the inmate needing protective custody, or being placed under investigation, or because of a bed not being available in general population due to the always existing problem with over-crowding, or for another reason which Ill try to explain later. What they consider rec is a 3 hours a week inside a 41/2 x 11 feet cage (resembling a dog kennel), two persons to a cage that is smaller than the cells we sleep in, and we are given no exercising equipment, all one can do, is jog in place. This is not rec! This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

Regardless of which status youre on, youre only allowed 2 showers a week thats one 10-minute shower every 3 days, if that ! From 12/18/14 to 1`/16/14, twice we were made to go 4 to 8 days without a shower! During that 30 days, (H.U.2-B-Wing) we were only allowed 8 showers! And we are only given a hotel sized bar of soap once a week and one roll of toilet paper a week, which often run out of before were issued more.
On either status, were restricted to one canteen purchase every 30 days, where we can only buy writing material, deo, t-paste, t-brush, phone-time and a tiny bottle of shampoo, and ONLY 20 stamps! What else? In Housing Unit #1 they have a cell called the rubber-room, a cell with nothing in it but a hole in the floor, yeap, the old Chinese-Toilet, highly unconstitutional!

Most of the time we dont get to clean our cells because, the one time a week that they come around with the cleaning supplies (which is re-used from cell to cell/toilet to toilet, same rags re-dipped in the same solution), it be around 1 or 2 in the a.m. so were mostly asleep, or we dont want it because its too contaminated by the time they reach our cells with it.

Getting medical care is also a major issue here at SECC, in the 10 prisons Ive been in, Ive never seen poorer medical services, if you are having an issue, you have to submit a Health Service Request form. It takes two weeks for a nurse to see you for the problem, and months to see a doctor, same as with the dentist.

This and other problems can be attributed to the problem with Overcrowding, which lead to many cases of false imprisonment, inmates are completing the terms of their sanctions and are being kept in the hole for weeks afterwards on a status called bed space, which means they have to go locking inmates up or wait for transfers for a bed in general populationto become available, while some people (like me) are held (confined to a cell) without any process.

Since I arrived at this institution, Ive been experiencing the same hardships that inmates here resolve to accept as the norm : Months on Ad-Seg status because the Administration says they need to monitor our behavior (in other words; You havent done anything wrong, but were going to confine you to a cell for a month or months to see if you are going to do something wrong in the future. By the way, during this time, all privileges, rec, phone, canteen, visiting, showers and religious programs will be extremely restricted), What!?! They even locked me up for a violation I received over 9 months ago at another prison, after that prison punished me and let me out of the hole! This is what they do! This is why I am currently in the hole on Ad-Seg status. I havent had a violation in 90 days prior to arriving at this camp from a less secured prison, so why does my behavior need to be monitored?

They have metal-slides on our cell doors that slide over our windows so that we cant see out into the wings (living areas) during major shake-downs. This is to keep us from reporting the abuse of other inmates, something we have a right to do if we witness it.

These people are opening and reading our Legal Mail before they bring it to us and they hinder us from the courts by not bringing us notaries when we request them, Ive been requesting a Notary for 21/2 weeks. They dont respond to the Emergency/Distress buttons, if you are having a medical emergency or being attacked by your cellmate, you have to hope the guards come in your unit soon, then kick on your door and holler for help ( and they sometimes mace us for that.)

They got these timers set-up on the toilets that causes the toilets to lock-up (not flush) for 30 minutes if you flush more than twice in 5 minutes, so if my cell-mate takes a number-two, he cant flush as he drops and Im forced to inhale his odors.

If all of this isnt enough, we have mice running in-and-out of our cells every night and an Offender Grievance system that is designed to take 6 months before exhaustion, to discourage us from going to court and so that the damage is already done before they have to come to a final decision in regards to the complaint.

And the complaints go on-and-on, but as long as they intend to keep up the inhumane/unconstitutional injustices (throughout the entire M.D.O.C.), I intend to keep exposing them and suing them too, God-Willing, but we could really use some more outside support, so contact us if you will!! Thank you for caring.

This list is a minimum of us who are being subjected to the ill going-ons of SECC. You have our full permission to publish

Deandre Cothran #1111360
Justin Werneburg #1188247
Craig Coward #1030723
Matthew Whittenburg #1124824
Bobby Bysor #1106202
Mr. Anthony Howell #1031041
Larry Hart #1044353
Mike Smith #185837
Theron Hendricks #1143106
Donald Hutson #528720
Shiekh Alphonso Adams EL #159571
Thaddeus Dumas #1159270