Month: May 2015

In Solidarity with those arressted during the uprising in Baltimore!

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Here is the crowd funding site that was set up to raise money for the many arrestees out in Baltimore, MD who were protesting police terrorism: http://www.crowdrise.com/LegalBailSupportforBaltimore/fundraiser/tremurphy

It was set up by: http://bmoreunited.org/

Here is a description of the campaign:

“The beating and murder of Freddie Gray by 6 police officers have tapped the outrage of the communities of color that have long suffered endless abuse by the Baltimore Police.

The people of Baltimore are protesting the epidemic of police violence in their community. One small way we can support the communities and families of Baltimore is to assert the right of every individual to legal representation. Every American has the right to due process and fair trial, but this has not been the case in Baltimore for too many, for too long. Please donate to this fund to ensure that every person arrested during this crisis, regardless of charges, has access to proper legal representation.”

Guest Speakers and A Letter Writing Night With Sacramento Prisoner Support

Wednesday, May 20th 7:00 – 9:00 pm | The Sol Collective, 2574 21st St, Sacto

the Bay Area Solidarity Committee for Jalil Muntaqim will be here to give

a presentation on the case of the NY 3 and give updates on two political

prisoners, Jalil Muntaqim, and Herman Bell.  Jalil and Herman are

defendants in the NY3 case and are still in prison in upstate NY today.

The case is regarding a BLA (Black Liberation Army) action that occurred

in 1971.

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For more info., check out: freejalil.com and freehermanbell.org

Afterwards, Sacramento Prisoner Support will be giving a presentation on

the Cleveland 4.

The CLE4 are 4 anarchists who were active with Occupy Cleveland and were

eventually arrested in April of 2012 and accused of plotting a series of

bombings, but all 4 were entrapped by someone working for the FBI, and are

now serving lengthy sentences in federal prison.

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For more info., check out: cleveland4solidarity.org

Join us to learn about the cases that led to these political prisoners

imprisonment, who they are, and updates on them that will bring us up to

the current time.

After the two presentations we’ll be signing cards and writing letters to

these 6 individuals who deserve our support.

Hope to see you there!

-Sacramento Prisoner Support

The Campaign To Bring Mumia Home

 

May 18th, 2015

URGENT! EMERGENCY RESPONSE NEEDED! 

Mumia once again taken to hospital outside SCI Mahonoy; held incommunicado from family, attorneys and doctor. We need to act now!

Political prisoner and internationally renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal has once again been taken from the prison infirmary at SCI Mahonoy in Frackville, Pa. this time to Geisinger Medical Center in Dansville, Pa. about 3 hours from Philadelphia.

Having received no phone calls from Mumia, including on Mothers’ Day when he always calls, Mumia’s wife Wadiya Jamal called the prison infirmary on Tuesday, May 12 and learned of the transfer. Since then Mumia has been out of communication with his immediate family and doctor, despite the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ obligation and agreement to keep Mrs. Jamal informed of his medical condition.

State regulations also prohibit prison officials from blocking attorney’s access to their clients however visits by his attorneys have also been denied.

On Wednesday, May 13 Wadiya was told that immediate family visitation was approved by Superintendent John Kerestes and the DOC. This was confirmed by Laura Neal of the DOC Legal Counsel’s office.

Wadiya prepared to visit Mumia at the hospital on Wednesday, May 13, however she was then told by Neal that Geisinger Hospital would not permit the visit because Mumia was not in critical condition and the hospital has a policy of not allowing visits to prisoners.

Mumia’s family and attorneys have been given conflicting reports that updates on his medical condition were released to authorities at SCI Mahonoy. Wadiya was told repeatedly by medical officials at SCI Mahonoy that no medical updates were given to them. However Donald Zaycosky, Litigation Counsel at Geisinger told Rachel Wolkenstein, an attorney representing Wadiya Jamal, that a medical update had been provided to infirmary doctors on Thursday, May 14.

Wolkenstein reported that on Friday May 15, Zaycosky stated that under the circumstances an exception could be made to the hospital’s “no visitors” policy. He explicitly stated that Geisinger did not object to phone calls or family or legal visitation, but wanted to make sure it was OK with the DOC.

On 9:30am Friday, May 15, Wolkenstein forwarded Zaycosky her correspondence with Laura Neal that stated the DOC approved family visitation. Since then, despite phone calls and emails, there has been no communication from either the prison infirmary or the hospital regarding either medical updates on Mumia’s condition or to confirm or deny family visitations.

Mumia’s family, attorneys and supporters are extremely worried about his current medical condition and alarmed that he is being held incommunicado while his wife, legal counsel and his private doctor are being denied any access to him.

When Mumia was first rushed to the emergency room this March in diabetic shock, a global network of supporters sprang into action to inundate phone lines of prison and hospital officials demanding that they allow visitation from his family and attorneys. Once again it’s time to activate that support.

Just last week supporters delivered a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf calling on him to release Mumia’s from prison in order to get the proper medical care he needs. It was signed by numerous world dignitaries, including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Minister Louis Farrakhan, New York Congressman Charles Rangel, Executive Vice President of Local 1199 SEIU, Estel Vasquez, Danny Glover, Alice Walker and many more. (see attached letter) A significant press conference was also held in Harlem on April 30.

Please call the officials below to demand:

Unrestricted hospital visitations by Mumia’s family,
Demand access for his attorneys
Let Mumia call family, supporters and doctors
Stop state’s attempt to murder Mumia by medical mistreatment
Release Mumia from prison to be able to obtain needed health care.

Geisinger Medical Center – 570-271-6211
DOC Secretary John Wetzel – 717-728-2573; ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov
PA Gov. Tom Wolf –717-787-2500; fax: 717-772-8284; governor@pa.gov

Note: The hospital has Mumia on a “confidential” list so the operators will say they have no one named Mumia Abu-Jamal or Wesley Cook at the hospital. People should tell the operator that their call should be reported to the hospital administration.

Issued by: International Concerned Family & Friends for Mumia Abu-Jamal; Free Mumia Coalition (NYC); International Action Center; Campaign to Bring Mumia Home; Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal

For more information:  freemumia.combringmumiahome.comIACenter.orgemajonline.com; 215-724-1618; phillyIAC@gmail.com‪#‎MumiaMustLive‬

-The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home

Seth Hayes’ Health Deteriorates due to Medical Neglect – Call in this week!

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Please forward the campaign below widely and take action for Seth Hayes now.

http://powmedicaljustice.com/seth-hayes-call-in-this-week/

http://www.jerichony.org/sethmedical.html

It only takes a few minutes to make a difference in the life of a political prisoner and we need everyone to call.

The situation is serious.

Seth Hayes’ Health Continues to Deteriorate due to Medical Neglect – Call in this week!

Seth’s medical condition continues to worsen, and he has not been evaluated or treated for potentially life-threatening symptoms despite following formal medical care request procedures within the prison.  Because the medical staff at the prison and Health Services of the Department of Correction continue to neglect his medical needs despite numerous calls from concerned medical providers and other citizens, we urge both Commissioner Annucci and Governor Cuomo to exercise oversight and see to it that Seth finally receives proper medical care.

*Talking points and sample letter below*

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

1) On Tuesday, 5/19 and Wednesday, 5/20 please call:

*Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 x2

*Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (518) 457-8134

2) On Thursday, 5/21 and Friday, 5/22, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com<http://faxzero.com/> if needed):

*Governor Cuomo at Fax: (518) 486-4466

*Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at Fax: (518) 457-0076

***Suggested talking points***

State who you are calling about and include his prisoner #: Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, at Sullivan Correctional Facility;

Say that you are requesting oversight of the medical team at Sullivan and DOCC Health Services as well as:

1) an immediate work-up of his cough and shortness of breath;
2) an assessment of his weight loss to have potential malignancies ruled out;
3) modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent low blood sugars; and
4) a physician’s order for a diabetic diet.

Please email nycjericho@gmail.com and let us know what response you receive so that it can be given to Seth’s legal team.

SAMPLE LETTER to fax, mail or submit online<http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php>:

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Fax: (518) 486-4466

Dear Governor Cuomo,

I am writing in regards to Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, DOB 10-15-48, who
is currently at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY.

Mr. Hayes suffers from poorly controlled diabetes mellitus with frequent
bouts of hypoglycemia, as well as weight loss of 40 pounds (22% of his
original body weight) in a short time. These health concerns have not been
addressed by medical staff at Sullivan Correctional Institute despite
numerous requests by the patient, family, concerned medical providers, and
the general public. He has not even been prescribed a diabetic diet.

In addition, Mr. Hayes’s medical situation has worsened dramatically recently.
He has had a cough with shortness of breath and is coughing up blood tinged mucus.
He needs an evaluation of his cough and shortness of breath urgently.

I am writing to register my grave concern about the health of Mr. Hayes and
to request that he receive the following immediate and appropriate medical care:

1) an urgent evaluation of his cough and shortness of breath;
2) a work-up of his weight loss to assess for potential malignancies;
3) a modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent episodes of hypoglycemia; and
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I thank you for your prompt attention to these medical matters.
Sincerely,

from Jaan Laaman -Thoughts on killer cops and the May 13th, 1985, MOVE massacre

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from: 4strugglemag.org/

Almost every day the news hits us with another case of a man, a youth, sometimes even a woman, shot, choked, or beaten to death by cops.  Almost always the victims are people of color and usually the killer cop is white.  We are hearing a lot more about these cases, and that is probably because the brutality and killings are captured on video.  It is a lot harder for the government and mainstream corporate media to ignore these cases when the images are presented and seen on various social media platforms.

The sad and hard reality is that cops have been injuring and killing people, especially people of color for years and years.  Many of us might remember the names of some decades old victims: Clifford Glover, Eleanor Bumpers, Rodney King, Sean  Bell, so many other.

We are coming up on the 30th anniversary of probably the most horrid modern day police killing of 11 people, including 5 children.  On May 13, 1985, the Philadelphia police surrounded and besieged the home of the Move Family in a Black neighborhood in Philadelphia.  Move was and is a community and revolutionary organization that advocates for issues like natural and healthy nutrition, animal rights, opposition to government repression and corruption, including a long time exposure of and resistance to abuses and killings by the Philadelphia police department.

On that May 13 morning, 30 years ago, the cops surrounded the home.  First they fired tear gas, and soon they began shooting bullets into the house.  Over 10,000 rounds were fired into that house.  Neighbors and live TV media were watching this police siege and assault.  After some hours the police launched an outrageous and horrible escalation of their assault.  A police helicopter swooped down over the house and dropped a bomb on the roof.  The bomb exploded sending pieces of the roof and house flying.  The bomb also set off a fierce fire, which soon spread downward across the whole house.  The fire also spread to the houses on both sides of the Move home.  Although fire trucks were on hand, the cops refused to allow firemen to fight the fire.  Ultimately the entire square block of 61 houses burnt to the ground.  Dozens of families, over 200 people, had their homes and all their possessions completely destroyed.

As the flames were engulfing the Move home, a back door opened and some women and young children tried to run out.  Police opened fire on these women and children, driving most of them back inside.  Ramona Africa, clutching one young boy, Birdie Africa, ran through the bullets and made it out alive.  These were the only two survivors of this police massacre.
Eleven Move family members dead.  A bomb, made by the FBI and given to the Philadelphia police department, is dropped on the roof of a family home.  The bomb explodes and begins a fire.  The fire department is not allowed to put the fire out, and one entire square block of houses is burnt to the ground.
From this entire series of deadly and horrible events, how many people, would you suppose, were held accountable, faced criminal charges or went to prison?  One person, Move member Ramona Africa, who ran through police bullets and saved young Birdie Africa, was the only person who was charged and she went to prison for 9 years.  No police, government officials, fire department personnel, the cop who dropped the bomb or the helicopter pilot, were held accountable or charged with any crime.  11 people dead, 61 houses burnt  and not one cop or government official was held accountable for anything.
Police killings in Philadelphia and across the U.S. have continued.  But the public’s knowledge about such killings and people’s outrage and resistance has also continued, and in this past year has grown into a national movement against killer cops and government repression.
This Movement today is a proper memorial to the Move members and children who died 30 years ago.  We can never forget those who died and we must put an end to cops randomly killing, men, women and children.
This is Jaan Laaman, your political prisoner voice — until next time, remember, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle!

Ramona Africa – MOVE sole survivor: police bombing of MOVE didn’t happen over a neighbor complaint

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MOVE sole survivor: Didn’t happen over neighbor complaint

Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2015 8:00 am

For MOVE member Ramona Africa — the sole surviving member of the catastrophic residential bombing of the MOVE compound on May 13, 1985 — the focus of the group has remained steadfast over the past three decades: the release of her family members, the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu–Jamal.

“From the moment I was released from Muncy State Prison on May 13, 1992, I made the three-hour drive back to Philadelphia,” Africa said. “From that day on, it’s been a whirlwind of putting out information to educate people and correct people’s perceptions, because the government tried to convince people that what happened on May 13, 1985, was because of neighbor complaints.

“This government never cared about neighbors complaining about each other, and they particularly never cared when Black neighbors complained about each other, so to say it happened over neighbor complaints is absolutely ridiculous.”

From the beginning

Chronological events of that fateful 1985 day vary, but the essence of the situation remain.

The 1985 conflict between MOVE and the police department has roots in similar clashes that took place in 1978.

MOVE and the police department engaged in a shootout on August 8, 1978, in which officer James J. Ramp was struck and killed. Africa and MOVE contend that Ramp was not shot by a member, but from one of the police department’s own men.

After that shootout, the MOVE 9 — Chuck, Debbie, Delbert, Eddie, Janet, Janine, Merle, Mike and Phil Arica — were sentenced to 30–plus years for the killing of Ramp.

“The August 8, 1978 police attack on MOVE followed years of police brutality against MOVE and was a major military operation carried out by the Philadelphia police department under orders of then–mayor, Frank Rizzo,” read a portion of the historical account provided on MOVE’s website. “Mayor Rizzo’s reputation for racism and brutality was and is well known — it followed him up through the ranks of the police department to the police commissioner’s office to the mayor’s office.

“The MOVE 9 are innocent men and women who have been in prison since August 8, 1978, following a massive police attack on us at our home in the Powelton Village neighborhood of Philadelphia,” the account continued. “This was seven years before the government dropped a bomb on MOVE, killing 11 people, including five babies.”

MOVE then moved to Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia in 1981, and published reports note that neighbors almost immediately began complaining about the lifestyle of MOVE members. When police tried to clear MOVE from the compound, the confrontation became deadly; the city dropped an incendiary entrance device — a bomb — on the compound, destroying it and virtually an entire neighborhood in the process.

Lone Survivor

Africa was the lone adult to survive; the late Birdie Africa was the only adolescent to live.

“One thing we always made clear to people: the root of the bombing and the murder of MOVE men, women and babies is due to our unrelenting fight for the release of our innocent family members, known as the MOVE 9,” Africa said. “That is what the government is trying to silence and crush, but they have not been able to do that, despite the vicious bombing and murder of our members.

“That is what I have been doing, and what the family has been doing,” Africa continued. “We have been putting out information, literally all over the world, to correct the persona the government has been trying to fool people with.”

Africa said support for MOVE hasn’t waned in 30 years, and the world is coming around to the holistic teachings first espoused by MOVE Founder and Coordinator John Africa.

John Africa founded MOVE in 1972, and died in the May 13, 1985 confrontation.

Indeed, made trendy have been the wearing of hair in locks, natural childbirths and composting are now heralded as elements of a progressive society.

“Back in the 1970s when MOVE first emerged, people criticized and ostracized MOVE all across the board, for everything from wearing our hair naturally in locks, to our natural food diet that John Africa encouraged, to the way we had babies naturally at home and to the way we home–schooled our children and not turning them over to the system to so–call ‘educate,’” Africa said. “And today, people call it composting, but for MOVE, we were simply feeding the earth that fed us. But MOVE was criticized for that, though, with people saying we were nasty and dirty and that we were throwing garbage in our backyard.

“Now, not only is MOVE wearing their hair naturally some 40 years later, celebrities of all kinds are wearing their hair naturally; there are now raw food restaurants from here to New York to California; and now with composting, when we did it, we were called nasty, but now they put a cute name on it and it’s an accepted thing,” Africa added. “People didn’t want to accept [those ideals] from MOVE, but now, system professionals are backing John Africa up — everything the MOVE founder taught was proved to be the right way to live.”

Birdie Africa

Aside from comments regarding the fate of Abu–Jamal and the surviving members of MOVE 9, Africa also shared thoughts on the passing of Birdie Africa, also known as Michael Moses Ward, who drowned in 2013 in a hot tub aboard a cruise ship.

Ramona Africa said Birdie’s death was “very strange” to MOVE, and that his death remained highly suspicious, given that Birdie never drank or took drugs, and was a capable swimmer.

Ramona confirmed Birdie was taught to swim by MOVE at a very early age, and it was extremely difficult to reconcile the events of his death with the Birdie that Ramona and MOVE knew.

“The one thing I’d like to point out is that if Birdie was still with MOVE, he would have not drowned in a hot tub on a cruise, because he would not have been on that cruise ship; it really hurt us to see Birdie go down like that,” Africa said. “But the reality is, Birdie was a grown man, and he had plenty opportunities to come back to MOVE and contact us. One of his aunts made an attempt to contact me and said Birdie wanted to see me and asked how I was doing. I told Birdie’s aunt that we loved Birdie and to contact us at any time.

“I don’t know the types of pressures and influences Birdie was under, but he never did contact me. It is a shame, because Birdie would have been safe with MOVE.”

Moving Forward

In the end, Ramona Africa and the rest of the MOVE organization finds itself in the same position its been since its founding — fighting for “freedom, justice and equality,” protecting their way life and freeing their family from what they see as an unjust confinement from a corrupt system.

“From even 1978 to today, our focus is on the release of our innocent family members who have been in jail for 37 years — despite their innocence and despite being eligible for parole since 2008, when they completed their minimum 30–year mandatory sentences,” Africa said. “The parole board refuses to parole them unless they lie and say they are guilty of the murder of police officer James Ramp.

“Our focus remains on the release of our innocent family members, and we are also fighting for the release of our brother Mumia Abu–Jamal, who is facing a serious health crisis now,” Africa added. “We have been standing with and fighting for Mumia since Dec. 9, 1981, because he is innocent and because we understand that he is not in prison for the accusation of murder…this is witch hunt and a vendetta against MOVE and Mumia.”

Sean Swain’s Communication has been suspended.

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http://seanswain.org/communication-suspended/

Communication Suspended.

May 9, 2015

Last week we received word that Sean’s email and phone access have been suspended, along with his video visitation. This suspension came shortly after Sean asked us to post this story of an incident of arbitrary and unjustified brutality that occurred on his range. Sean is not in the hole and he has not been physically attacked at this time. Sean’s lawyer is investigating to find the pretext the prison officials used to justify denying Sean his basic constitutional rights again, but, in the meantime, Sean has smuggled the following message out through a friend…

“I have NO direct communication with the outside world. Phone, JPay, mail suspended. I’m perfectly silenced forever.
Phone calls, letters to CIIC, court filings, website updates– all of that is Portuguese. It’s the wrong language.
MLK said those who make nonviolent change impossible… make violent change inevitable.* It’s proven useless to keep trying to do the impossible.
Feel free to post.
Freedom,
Sean.”

*We remember this quote being attributed to JFK, not MLK. Not that it makes any difference.

We don’t know what it will take to get Sean’s communication re-instated at this time. It is not hard to conclude that Trevor Clark and friends have taken Judge Benita Pearson decision in the fascists favor regarding video visits as a blank check to do whatever they’d like to Sean, especially since the punitive transfer to Lucasville only led to him emboldening self-defense and resistance among his neighbors at SOCF. Sean clearly doesn’t think that our past tactics of phone calls and emails has much leverage against these fascist fuckweasels, though anyone with the breath and the patience who can’t think of anything else to do, can find all the relevant numbers here.

Meantime, I’m sure Sean can’t wait to hear some reports about creative acts of solidarity, leverage and revenge.

Sean Swain
243-205
P. O. Box 45699
1724 St. Rt. 728
Lucasville, Ohio 45699

Urgent Medical Campaign for political prisoner Robert Seth Hayes

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Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280

Medical Justice Days of Action:
May 5 – 8, 2015

Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is 66 years old and suffers from multiple chronic and concerning medical problems. As many of you know, we recently waged a medical campaign for him a few months ago regarding rapid and concerning weight loss as well as poorly controlled diabetes. Neither of these concerns has been addressed to date.

NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, so please help demand that Seth be provided with proper care.

Since we began our campaign last week, Seth’s medical situation has actually worsened. He has had a cough for over a week with shortness of breath. He is also intermittently coughing up blood tinged mucus. He has not been evaluated or treated for these symptoms.

We must keep the pressure on and be consistent, insistent and persistent to make sure we do not lose yet another of our beloved freedom fighters due to deliberate medical neglect.

***Please join our phone and fax campaign!***
Talking points and sample letter below

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

1) On Tuesday, 5/5 and Wednesday, 5/6 please call:

***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (518) 457-8134

***Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at (518) 457-7073

***Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services, at (518) 445-6176

2) On Thursday, 5/7 and Friday, 5/8, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com if needed):

***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at Fax: (518) 457-0076

***Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D. at Fax: (518) 445-7553

***Nancy A. Lyng, MS at Fax: (518) 445-6157

***Suggested talking points***

State who you are calling about and include his prisoner #: Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280 at Sullivan Correctional Facility;

Say that you are requesting:
1) an immediate work-up of his cough and shortness of breath;
2) an assessment of his weight loss to have potential malignancies ruled out;
3) modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent low blood sugars; and
4) a physician’s order for a diabetic diet.

Please email nycjericho@gmail.com and let us know what response you receive.

HERE IS A SAMPLE LETTER YOU CAN FAX OR MAIL

Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Fax: (518) 445-7553

Dear Dr. Koenigsmann,

I am writing on behalf of Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, DOB 10-15-48, who is currently at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY.

Mr. Hayes suffers from poorly controlled diabetes mellitus with frequent bouts of hypoglycemia, as well as weight loss of 40 pounds (22% of his original body weight) in a short time. These health concerns have not been addressed by medical staff at Sullivan Correctional Institute despite numerous requests by the patient, family, concerned medical providers, and the general public. He has not even been prescribed a diabetic diet.

In addition, Mr. Hayes’s medical situation has worsened in the last week. He has had a cough with shortness of breath and is coughing up blood tinged mucus. He needs an evaluation of his cough and shortness of breath urgently.

I am writing to register my grave concern about the health of Mr. Hayes and to request that he receive the following immediate and appropriate medical care:

1) an urgent evaluation of his cough and shortness of breath;
2) a work-up of his weight loss to assess for potential malignancies;
3) a modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent episodes of hypoglycemia; and
4) a diabetic diet.

Sincerely,


______________________


cc: Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner at Fax: (518) 457-0076,
Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services at Fax: (518) 445-6157

Write to Seth and let him know he is in our hearts and on our minds.

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116

Support The Cleveland 4 by purchasing ‘Manufacturing “Terrorists” – The FBI And Occupy Cleveland’ – $15

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You will receive a copy of “Manufacturing ‘Terrorists’ The FBI’s Entrap & Demonize Strategy” comic book which includes the story of the Cleveland4 and the Newburgh4. It was created by Defending Dissent foundation…..and click here to go to the fundraiser: https://fundrazr.com/perks/e8bS1/ab/746Ym0

The Cleveland 4 were four Occupy Cleveland activists, Brandon, Connor, Doug and Joshua “Skelly.” They were arrested on April 30th, 2012. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. However, the real story is that the FBI, working with an informant, created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced these four into participating.

Connor, Doug, and Brandon took non cooperating plea deals and pled guilty to all charges. The judge applied a “terrorist enhancement” charge to each of them, elongating their sentences as well as subjecting them to harsher prison conditions. Doug is serving 11.5 years, Brandon 9 years 9 months, and Connor 8 years 1 month.

Skelly took his case to trial. He went pro se and acted as his own lawyer. The FBI offered him a non cooperating plea deal with a 3 year sentence, if he would have plead guilty. Josh refused to plead guilty to something he wasn’t guilty of doing. He was found guilty on all counts by his jury and sentenced to 10 years. Even though Skelly had the most minimal role, he got the second longest sentence because he took his case to trial.

Doug, Brandon and Connor plead without an agreement while facing the threat of life in prison. On appeal of there sentencing they were primarily fighting against the life long probation that was handed down at sentencing. Doug also fought against being branded the leader. After months of waiting for a verdict on the appeals, we got word back. The appeal have been denied.

Due to the delay in taking his case to trial pro se, Josh’s initial direct appeal is yet to be heard.

They all continue to fight against the government’s attempt to brand them as terrorists and to expose the techniques of entrapment employed by the FBI and their informants.