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Dear Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal,
Believe it or not the Department of Corrections at SCI Mahanoy now argues that Mumia will not be transferred to the general prison population until he agrees to cut off his dreadlocks. He is currently in "the hole" under conditions that are "worse than death row." Please sign the petition below and join the fight to immediately transfer Mumia to the general prison population AND to win his freedom.
Below you will find a new poem for Mumia by Alice Walker and several key articles on his current conditions.
Jeff Mackler and Laura Herrera, Co-coordinators
The Mobilization top Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Sign the petition to transfer Mumia out of the hole into general population:
Also distribute the new flyer: Protest Mumia's torturous isolation - Shut down the RHU [Restricted Housing] units!(palm-sized version attached)
For background, see:
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD & HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCH FUND DEMAND MUMIA'S IMMEDIATE TRANSFER
MUMIA'S CONDITIONS NOW - "More onerous than those of death row"
New Poem For Mumia by Alice Walker
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, NYC
P.O. Box 16, College Station, NY, NY 10030
212-330-8029, http://www.FreeMumia.com, info@FreeMumia.com
Latest news from the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ):
Date: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Subject: [icffmaj] DOC wants Mumia to cut his hair to get out of solitary
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Department of Corrections claims Mumia is in solitary because of his dreadlocks
Mumia and supporters renew request to close torture units in PA prisons
Visit Prison Radio to listen to Mumia's radio commentaries
Visit HRC's website to learn about the reality of solitary confinement torture in PA
In a statement issued late Thursday, January 12, an attorney for Mumia Abu-Jamal reported that he has been given a new reason for his continued solitary confinement - his long dreadlocks.
Prison authorities at SCI Mahanoy claim Abu-Jamal will be held in the Restricted Housing Unit on disciplinary custody until he cuts his hair. This is an old tactic that was used against Mumia when he was a death row prisoner. He spent 8 years on disciplinary status in death row until he was removed from that status--without getting a haircut--in the early 1990s.
It has taken prison officials five weeks to invent this new pretext for continuing the 30-year-long solitary confinement torture of Abu-Jamal. Mumia and his supporters are calling for his immediate release to general population and the shut down of all of the solitary units in PA.
Sign a petition to transfer Mumia out of the hole.
Read and forward this press release from the National Lawyers Guild: "After death row transfer, NLG VP Mumia Abu-Jamal languishes in solitary"
Contact Department of Corrections officials and let them know you are not fooled and will not tolerate efforts to silence and torture Mumia:
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
2) Write, Phone, and email the Superintendent:
John Kerestes, Superintendent
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
and finally, send Mumia a note or a card:
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932