These articles from the Phoenix New Times and AZCentral show the rampant medical mistreatment in the Arizona prison system for Hepatitis C. Five death row inmates since 2014 in the Arizona prison system have died from Hepatitis C-related issues.
Mumia narrowly escaped death a few years ago from a Hepatitis C infection, which the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections refused to diagnose and treat. The Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia participated in the international campaign to save Mumia’s life, organizing demonstrations at the JP Morgan’s annual biotech conference at the Westin St. Francis, as well as Gilead Sciences’ headquarters in Union City in January 2016. Gilead manufactures Harvoni, which cures Hepatitis C. The company charges upwards of $ 10,000 for each pill ($95,000 for a 12-week course of treatment).
Arizona Prisoner Dies After Writing ‘I Am Being Killed’ in Court Document
FEBRUARY 7, 2019 | 12:12PM
An Arizona state inmate died of health complications six weeks after he filed a court document claiming that he was “being killed” due to inadequate medical care.
Richard Washington died on January 31 in the prison infirmary, according to a spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Corrections. He died of complications related to diabetes, hypertension, and hepatitis C, according to an investigator with the Pinal County Medical Examiner’s office.
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