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Mumia Abu Jamal Needs Your Support


On Monday March 30, Dr. Johanna Fernández was scheduled to visit political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal because he sounded sick when they spoke the week before. That is when she discovered he had been transferred from prison to the hospital and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Schukylkill Medical Center Monday morning after losing consciousness due to diabetic shock.

When his family and supporters tried to visit Mumia in hospital, they were denied access. Only after twenty hours of vigil and national and international pressure through a mass phone-in, were Mumia’s wife Wadiya and his brother Keith given thirty minutes each to see him. Pam Africa, his emergency medical contact, and his lawyer were denied access.

On Wednesday, his brother Bill and son Jamal were allowed to visit him, and reported that his condition was distressing: his breathing was labored, he was in pain, shaking and thirsty and remained chained with one hand to the rail of his hospital bed. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced the same day that immediate family members would only be permitted to visit once a week, meaning that he would have no further visits until next Wednesday. Mumia’s medical emergency could have been prevented if authorities had taken seriously his declining medical condition since January and not denied him access to details about three blood tests he had done in February that might have indicated he was suffering from diabetes.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a journalist and former Black Panther who was convicted and sentenced to death in July 1982 for the alleged murder of a police officer. Activists, celebrities, and political organizations criticized the lack of fairness of his trial, widely considered a frame up. In 2011, Mumia was finally taken off death row after 30 years though he is still incarcerated for life without parole despite being recognized by international human rights organizations as a political prisoner.

Mumia was transferred back to prison from the Intensive Care Unit at 7pm on Wednesday. His potassium level is still dangerously high and he is not being allowed visitors because, despite transferring him out of hospital, the prison is saying his health condition is sensitive.

mumia-2013-300x199Today Friday, April 3rd, the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home is asking supporters to organize caravans to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to rally at 11am. For those unable to go to PA, the campaign encourages supporters to put forth their own demands and to air their grievances concerning prison conditions and prisoner health care at their local Attorney General’s Office.

It is time to bring Mumia home! Follow @BringMumiaHome and hashtag #MumiaMustLive to join the conversation. To read more about Mumia Abu Jamal’s work and significance, visit The Feminist Wire’s Forum on Mumia and Mass Incarceration published in January 2014 (links below). For more information and latest updates on his case, health situation and the campaign for Mumia’s release, visit and

  1. “Fire in the Skies”: Introduction to Mumia and Mass Incarceration Forum by Tanisha C. Ford
  2. Martin Luther King, Women and the Movement by Mumia Abu-Jamal
  3. Alternatives to the Present System of Capitalist Injustice by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Angela Y. Davis
  4. 10 Facts About the Mumia Abu-Jamal Case by Johanna Fernandez
  5. How Anti-violence Activism Taught Me to Become a Prison Abolitionist by Beth E. Richie
  6. How I Use Pinterest To Explore the Difficulties of Violence Against Black Women and Girls by Sonya Donaldson
  7. Until the Last One… by Olivia Jones
  8. Long Distance Revolutionary: An Intergenerational Conversation by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Clyde Glumbs, and Jared Gumbs
  9. Ona Move!: A Conversation With Pam and Ramona Africa by Jamila Wilson
  10. How to Build a Prison (a poem) by Quincy Scott Jones
  11. Mumia: Vulnerability and Hope by Jessica Millward
  12. Sunny Days?: Sesame Street and the Politics of Justice by David J. Leonard
  13. Pretty Sparkly Things: A Black Girl’s Encounter with the Prison Industrial Complex by Tanisha C. Ford
  14. Feminists We Love: Andrea J. Ritchie by Tanisha C. Ford
  15. From Mumia to Rasmea: Political incarceration in the belly of the beast- from Black Liberation to Arab Freedom by Layla Kristi Feghali
  16. Assata Shakur is Welcome Here: Bringing Political Prisoners Back Into the Fold by Meron Wondwosen
  17. My North Star: How Mumia Abu-Jamal Led Me To Activism by Waldiah Imarisha
  18. Remember by Micol Siegel
  19. Mumia Abu Jamal and My Survival by Gabriel Teodros
  20. Mumia is a Yogi by Jamila Wilson
  21. Trayvon Triptych (a poem) by Qunicy Scott Jones
  22. Silencing the Record: Misrepresentation and Truth in the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal by Johanna Fernandez
  23. Confined Writers and Their Criminal Writings by Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell
  24. K.O.S. (Determination): Black Communities Keeping It Real and Right by Liz Derias
  25. Re-Imagining Black Power by Nyle Fort
  26. Mumia an Ironic Icon by Soffiyah Elijah
  27. Schooling the Generations: Education and the Relevance of Mumia Abu-Jamal in Times of Crisis by Christopher M. Tinson
  28. Mumia on Religion, Empire, and Gender by Mark Lewis Taylor
  29. Afterword: A Love Letter to Mumia by Hakima Abbas


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