by Jack Heyman and Eric Clanton
(Originally published on Counterpunch here).
Could Mumia Abu-Jamal, one of the twentieth century’s most high profile political prisoners, a powerful and renowned author and a former Black Panther, have hope of being released after 34 years in prison, 30 of those years on death row? Could Mumia, unlike the anarchists, Sacco and Vanzetti, or the Communists Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed by the state, finally see the light of day after decades in prison like former Black Panthers Geronimo Pratt, the Angola Three and Eddie Conway?
But Judge Decries State’s Protocol for Hep-C Inmates
04 September 2016 — A federal court has denied innocent political prisoner and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal the life-saving medicine that could cure his Hepatitis-C. Based on a technicality–that Mumia didn’t file the suit against a PA state agency that didn’t even exist at the original time of filing over one year ago–this much-delayed ruling was “disappointing” in the words of Mumia’s lawyers, to say the least.
UNITE, the largest union in the United Kingdom, wrote a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf demanding adequate medical treatment for Mumia. The letter is available below.
Unite Letter to Tom Wolf
The International Dockworkers’ Council, representing 90,000 dockworkers around the world, has added its voice to the chorus protesting Mumia’s medical mistreatment. Their letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is below.
International Dockworkers’ Council Protest Letter to Gov. Wolf