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ACTION ALERT: Transfer Mumia Abu-Jamal to General Population!

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Last month, following the Philadelphia DA's decision to not hold a new sentencing hearing, Mumia Abu-Jamal was transferred to SCI Mahanoy, in Frackville, PA, where he as since been held in "Administrative Custody." His present conditions are actually worse than they were on death row at SCI Greene. Please join us in our call for Mumia to be immediately transferred into general population.

For more information, please visit prisonradio.org and freemumia.com.

More Coverage: Sadism in the Cell by Linn Washington, Jr., Counterpunch | The Torture of Mumia Abu-Jamal Continues off Death Row by Hans Bennett, Prison Radio

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Call Now! Shut Down Solitary Units. Close Restricted Housing Units. End Torture Blocks.
 
Demand: That Mumia Abu-Jamal be transferred to General Population! And demand the shutdown of RHU (Restricted Housing Unit) Torture Blocks
 
Mumia is being kept in solitary in SCI Mahanoy's dungeon. Its restrictions and conditions belie its modern construction. Mumia just told us on Friday that he wants all of his supporters to broaden this call, to not just focus on his case, but to understand that all torture units must be shut down.
 
The Human Rights Coalition is a group of prisoners, family members, and supporters that have been exposing and challenging state torture in Pennsylvania for years. HRC states "Mumia may be in solitary, but he is not alone. The PA Department of Corrections holds approximately 2,500 people in solitary confinement on any given day, many of them for years at a time." Please visit these websites to learn more: Human Rights Coalition http://www.hrcoalition.org and Solitary Watch http://www.solitarywatch.com

 

Please write, call, and email today! The defeat for the State, having to openly declare that Mumia will live, and the fact that they can no longer legally execute Mumia, has meant a severe backlash. After his transfer off of death row, Mumia was thrown in the hole at SCI Mahanoy.
 
The prison administration excuse that "paperwork" is holding up his transfer to general population in this medium security prison is transparent. The disinformation is part of the strategy to create confusion and disorient. Make no mistake. These conditions are clearly designed torture. They are being enacted to to silence Mumia and us.
 
Mumia Abu-Jamal is being held in extremely repressive conditions. And like thousands of prisoners, residents of solitary confinement and isolation units in every hole in every prison across the country, Mumia is being subject to draconian, dehumanizing and brutal conditions. Solitary confinement. He is shackled whenever he is outside his cell, even to the shower. He is shackled around his ankles, waist and wrist. He is shackled while behind Plexiglas during visits. Subject to strip searches before and after visits. Unable to walk freely. Having bits of paper to write notes on, with a rubber flex pen. No shelves, 4 books. No access to news reports, letters delayed. Restricted visiting. Glaring lights on 24 hours a day. Only one brief phone call to his wife. No access to adequate food or commissary. These conditions are worse than death row.
 
HOW TO TAKE ACTION:
 
1) Write, Phone, and email the Secretary of Corrections: Demand that Mumia be transferred to General Population! And demand the shutdown of RHU (Restricted Housing Unit) Torture Blocks!
 
John Wetzl, Secretary Department of Corrections
2520 Lisburn Road, P.O. Box 598 Camp Hill, PA 17001-0598 (717) 975-4928 Email: ra-contactdoc [at] pa.gov
 
2) Write, Phone, and email the Superintendent:
 
John Kerestes, Superintendent
SCI Mahanoy
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932
(570) 773-2158 Fax: (570) 783-2008
 
3) Write, Phone, and email the Philadelphia DA. Demand that they petition the court to free Mumia, based on suppression of evidence. They have buried evidence and the truth for 30 years. The police corruption and the frame up of Mumia must be exposed.
 
Seth Williams, DA Philadelphia
Three South Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3499
(215) 686-8000 Email: DA_Central [at] phila.gov
 
and finally, send Mumia a note or a card:
 
Mumia Abu-Jamal
AM 8335
SCI Mahanoy
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932

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Sign Online Petition

Please sign the new petition calling for Mumia’s transfer, created by the National Lawyers Guild and the Human Rights Research Fund, here: https://www.change.org/petitions/transfer-and-assign-mumia-abu-jamal-to-...

–Below is the full text of the petition:

Greetings,

The National Lawyers Guild and the Human Rights Research Fund call on you to move Mumia Abu-Jamal from Administrative Custody (AC) in the Restrictive Housing Unit at SCI Mahanoy into general population. While we understand that capital inmates in Pennsylvania who have had sentence reductions may be transferred to and held in AC for a brief transition period, Mr. Abu-Jamal has now been in AC for four weeks.

Since Mr. Abu-Jamal’s transfer on December 7, 2011, he has been held in conditions far more restrictive than at SCI Greene. He is now shackled and handcuffed whenever outside his cell, his number of weekly visits has been reduced to one (for one hour), his phone call privileges have been reduced, the number of stamps and envelopes he can use is greatly limited, and his commissary privileges have been revoked. He is also barred from having a television, typewriter or radio in his cell, and access to personal possessions such as books is also severely limited. There is no ethical or rational basis justifying Mr. Abu-Jamal’s confinement in AC under conditions significantly harsher than those on death row. Once the District Attorney announced that its office would not seek a new sentencing trial, Mr. Abu-Jamal should have been transferred into general population. Such a transfer is not dependent on a judge’s formal resentencing to life imprisonment. Given that, and given his exemplary disciplinary record, we can only conclude that Mr. Abu-Jamal’s prolonged detainment in solitary confinement is in retaliation for his highly publicized and internationally-supported efforts to secure a new trial and intended to placate those who have been demanding his execution.

As you may know, for over a century, the United States Supreme Court has recognized the psychological harm caused by solitary confinement (In re Medley, 134 U.S. 160 (1890)). The Commission on Safety and Abuse in America in 2006 found that the increasing use of such segregation is counter-productive and frequently results in violence inside facilities while also contributing to post-release recidivism. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, recently called for a ban on solitary confinement longer than 15 days, reiterating that it can amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The treatment currently afforded to Mr. Abu-Jamal violates the United States’ obligations under the Convention Against Torture.

We urge you to immediately transfer and assign Mr. Abu-Jamal to general population with full visitation, phone and commissary privileges and access to all programs and services.

Sincerely,

National Lawyers Guild
Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director

Human Rights Research Fund
Kathleen Cleaver, Co-Director

Ahhh

who cares....I'm sure the family of the Police Officer he executed would have something to say...OMG...poor Mumia ...but he, Jamal, has to look forward to LIFE in prison...better than DEATH he gave Officer Daniel Faulkner

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner

Who Cares? Anyone with a Conscience Cares!

Millions of people throughout the world care about the fate of Mumia Abu-Jamal -- a brilliant writer, commentator and media critic who was never fairly or conclusively proven guilty of any crime except reporting on police brutality, being a former member of the Black Panther Party and surviving Officer Faulkner's attempt to kill him. And anyone with a conscience should care about the attempted murder, wrongful imprisonment and continuing torture of an innocent man -- but of course, would-be murderers like Pisano and his buddies in the Fraternal Order of Police have no conscience, so Pisano's repetitive lies and blood-lust come as no surprise. Free Mumia -- and jail killer cops!

PLEASE

show us and the world the TRUTH as to Mumia Abu jamal did not execute Officer Faulkner. I guess all the eyewitnesses along with all of the Police and District Attorneys Office as well as all of the State and Federal Judges were in on some "conspiracy to convict Jamal?? Come on...where is your LOGIC and evidence that he, Jamal, did not kill Officer Faulkner. You have NONE but unsubstantiated UNPROVEN or INVALID B.S. And as to those "millions" who demand the release of this PROVEN and Affirmed killer are fools following fools as the JfM poster above. Bring it on....you can't...can you.

"The power of truth is FINAL" who said that???

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner

eye witnesses

Dear Joe Pisano, about the so called eye witnesses who witnessed the shooting of Faulkner:

1. Cynthia White, working girl in Locust Street, gave 4 statements. In the first (if you mind reading the police files and trial transcripts) she stated that the passenger of Billy Cook's car shot the officer and ran away. It took her 3 more interroagtions by the police to come up with the stuff she told in court. Note: officer Giordano, who was the most high ranking on the scene, was her pimp and sentenced for not taxing his income from the red light business shortly after Mumia was convicted.

2. Taxi driver Robert Chobert: he was on probation for an arson attack on his former girl friend's school. His driver's license was revoked for two DWIs. Just a day before he was stopped by Philly police officers driving a taxi without a license. He was looking at 30 years in prison. He said, he parked behind officer Faulkner's car. But neither on the police fotos nor on the fotos taken by a journalist you can see his taxi. Either the crime scene was tempered with or Chobert has nver been there. Both ways his testimony is wrong.

3. Veronica Jones said in the original trial that she did not see anything. In the PCRA hearings in 1997 she came forward saying that she was offered a deal by Philadelphian detectives to blame Abu-Jamal in order to get out of a 5-15 year sentence. She also said that she saw someone other than Abu-Jamal run away from the scene.

4. Robert Harkins told the police that he saw some one other than Abu-Jamal shooting Officer Faulkner and running away afterwards. He was called to testify in court.

5. three different eye-witnesses recognized Kenneth Free man in a police line-up as the shooter of Officer Faulkner a few hours after the murder.

There is a lot more to say about the eyewitnesses. I'm sure you will be able to access the police and court trials yourself. Please do so.

Anton

If ANYTHING you have posted were FACTUAL or had any type of validity, the courts, both State and Federal would have jumped on it as well as the many DEFENCE attorneys and NONE have for what you post is NOT factual as to PROVEN evidence same goes for the Arnold Beverly so called "confession"

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer daniel faulkner.

eye witnesses

Dear Joe Pisano, about the so called eye witnesses who witnessed the shooting of Faulkner:

1. Cynthia White, working girl in Locust Street, gave 4 statements. In the first (if you mind reading the police files and trial transcripts) she stated that the passenger of Billy Cook's car shot the officer and ran away. It took her 3 more interroagtions by the police to come up with the stuff she told in court. Note: officer Giordano, who was the most high ranking on the scene, was her pimp and sentenced for not taxing his income from the red light business shortly after Mumia was convicted.

2. Taxi driver Robert Chobert: he was on probation for an arson attack on his former girl friend's school. His driver's license was revoked for two DWIs. Just a day before he was stopped by Philly police officers driving a taxi without a license. He was looking at 30 years in prison. He said, he parked behind officer Faulkner's car. But neither on the police fotos nor on the fotos taken by a journalist you can see his taxi. Either the crime scene was tempered with or Chobert has nver been there. Both ways his testimony is wrong.

3. Veronica Jones said in the original trial that she did not see anything. In the PCRA hearings in 1997 she came forward saying that she was offered a deal by Philadelphian detectives to blame Abu-Jamal in order to get out of a 5-15 year sentence. She also said that she saw someone other than Abu-Jamal run away from the scene.

4. Robert Harkins told the police that he saw some one other than Abu-Jamal shooting Officer Faulkner and running away afterwards. He was called to testify in court.

5. three different eye-witnesses recognized Kenneth Free man in a police line-up as the shooter of Officer Faulkner a few hours after the murder.

There is a lot more to say about the eyewitnesses. I'm sure you will be able to access the police and court trials yourself. Please do so.

correction on point 4

I'm soory I forgot a small but important word:

4. Robert Harkins told the police that he saw some one other than Abu-Jamal shooting Officer Faulkner and running away afterwards. He was NOT called to testify in court.

WELL

So called Justice for Mumia Abu Jamal...WHAT is your FACTUAL response to my FACTUAL posting??? Let me guess...you have none same as R.W.

Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner

Jon Pisano

eyewitnesses

Dear Joe Pisano,

please have a look at the factual response in the comment above and try to answer factual yourself.

Thank you.

None

of your postings have been accepted as evidence by ANY court...State or Federal...correct? Again, if your postings were factual, don't you think defence attorneys and the Courts, who reviewed this case IN DEPTH, would have jumped on it. Try again

Justice for Officer Daniel Daulkner

Mumia should be released now

Mumia Abu-Jamal has served more than 30 years. Even if he was guilty - which I don't believe he is - he should be released now. The prison terms in most US states are ridicilously high compared to the rest of the world. This is no JUSTICE - this is revenge at best.

Kurt

30 years of life...that's more than Jamal gave Officer Faulkner

Jon Pisano
Daniel Faulkner.com