As readers of the Northern Worker know, despite the fact that efforts to get the death sentence re-instated on Mumia Abu-Jamal have failed, prison officials continued to hold him in solitary confinement. Last week we put out a call for our readers to contact Pennsylvania prison officials to sign a petition demanding that Mumia be let out of solitary confinement. We are happy to report that we won! Below is a statement from the freemumia.com website announcing the victory. Thanks to everyone who raised their voice on this issue. Now, lets keep up the fight and get Mumia out of prison all together!
As of 1/27/12, Mumia Abu-Jamal has officially been transferred to General Prison Population after being held in Administrative Custody (“The Hole” or Solitary Confinement) at SCI Mahanoy, Frackville, PA for seven weeks. This is the first time Mumia has been in General Population since his arrest in 1981.
This comes within hours of the of delivery of over 5,500 signed petitions to Department of Corrections headquarters in Camp Hill, PA and a compliant filed with the support of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez.
PLEASE NOTE that while this is a victory in transferring Mumia out of the torturous Restricted Housing Unit (RHU), we call upon the closure of ALL RHU’s! Furthermore, we call upon the IMMEDIATE RELEASE of Mumia Abu-Jamal and are not disillusioned by this transfer. Free Mumia!
Mumia’s Message to Supporters in call from General Population, SCI Mahanoy to his wife, Wadiya Jamal:
My dear friends, brothers and sisters — I want to thank you for your real hard work and support. I am no longer on death row, no longer in the hole, I’m in population. This is only part one and I thank you all for the work you’ve done. But the struggle is for freedom! From Mumia and Wadiya, Ona Move. Long Live John Africa!
Write to Mumia to send him some love!
MAILING ADDRESS FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL:
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932