Mumia's voice has been silenced. The Prison on Friday July 28th instituted a 15 day ban! on using the phone. His crime using the phone to call a WURD in Philadelphia!.
We need you to take action protest:
Mumia's statement on being deprived phone calls -- June 1, 2013
Isn't it ironic that I got my first write-up for writing (literally, Live From Death Row), and my next one for speaking? Both were for communicating--for getting in touch with the People. If you believed that the government really believes in freedom of speech, this should disabuse you of that notion. When you are punished for speech, there is no freedom. After Live from Death Row, I kept on writing. I bet you, I'll keep on speaking. From imprisoned nation, Mumia Abu-Jamal 7/1/13
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Rachel Wolkenstein, Esq., (917) 689-4009
PA Department of Corrections Harassment of Mumia:
Mumia Denied Phone Calls for Two Weeks;
Refused Contact Visits with his Son, Jamal Hart
June 29, 2013--Just days after Mumia’s appeal argument challenging the state’s “secret sentencing” of him to life imprisonment without parole the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections cut-off Mumia’s phone calls for two weeks.
Late Thursday evening, June 27, Mumia called his wife, Wadiya Jamal, and told her he was “written up” for a phone interview with Philadelphia attorney Michael Coard, on his WURD program, “Radio Courtroom” and didn’t know when he would be able to call next. The next day Mumia’s phone calls were stopped for two weeks.
This is the first time since 1995 with the infamous Department of Corrrection (DOC) attempt to stop Mumia’s radio commentaries and punish him for the publication of his book, Live From Death Row, that Mumia received any prison disciplinary action. Punishing Mumia for his speech and writing was found unconstitutional by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, as a violation of his First Amendment right to freedom of speech. See, Abu-Jamal v. Price, 154 F3d 122 (3rdCirc. 1998).
In another act of harassment, the DOC refuses to process contact visitation between Mumia and his son, Jamal Hart. In August 2012, Hart had a 4-hour contact visit without incident with his father, the first contact visit between father and son in thirty years. But the DOC is refusing to grant additional contact visits.
These are attacks on Mumia — in an attempt to isolate Mumia from his family and supporters and to silence him. These harassments and restrictions of Mumia’s rights to speech and communication and his human right to have contact with his family must be fought – immediately and loudly. The state was defeated in its three decades long vendetta to “legally lynch” Mumia. But the state has not stopped in trying to silence him. In general population since January 26, 2012, Mumia has continued recording his incisive indictments of U.S. imperialism. His journalism and political commitment since his youth is publicized in the acclaimed new film Long Distance Revolutionary. His innocence and frame-up conviction is exposed in the new short film Manufacturing Guilt.
Mumia will not be silenced. We will not tolerate him being harassed. We need to fight to keep his voice in the public and to have contact with his family. We need to insure Mumia has contact visitation with his family.
Write, call, email and fax the central offices of the Pennylvania Department of Corrections:
John E. Wetzel, Secretary, PA Department of Corrections, 1920 Technology Pkwy, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone: (717) 728-2573
Fax: (717) 728-0312
Demand: “Stop the Harassment of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Reinstate Mumia’s phone privileges. Grant contact visitation to Mumia’s son, Jamal Hart.”