Twitterstorm for Mumia Abu-Jamal & other prisoners

Nieuws, gepost door: nn op 14/04/2020 04:09:09

Wanneer: 15/04/2020 - 19:59

Wednesday 15 april Twitter-STORM for Mumia Abu-Jamal & other prisoners.
Please, make it Stormy.

Prison Radio amplifies the call by
The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home

None of us are free until we are all free. Mumia's powerful and compassionate voice has helped us make sense of the injustices of our world, and to see through the veil of power. Now, more than ever we need to bring him and thousands of other prisoners home. COVID-19 will be another death sentence for our aging political prisoners. Mumia is no exception - we need to rally and get them home. We will not stand by so that the state can ignore the 8th Amendment and treat them and the community as disposable. We will not stand by silent while wholesale medical neglect takes place.

The Campaign to Bring Mumia home is calling for an action campaign:

1. NOW: Please share by email immediately to contacts & orgs, but Save Social Media posts and Phone Calls to the Target Contacts until 4/15 for the International Twitter/Media Storm and Phone Zap!

2. On 4/15: Share the four pics below to Twitter and other social media platforms, using the hashtags in the first pic (the one with Mumia’s pic)
3. On 4/15: Keep posting all day, with the hashtags in pic one. You can supplement your posts with the sample tweets below, or create your own, using the demands in pic two.

4. On 4/15: Make the calls to the Target Contacts in pic four, using the Phone Script in pic three. Report the results of your calls on your social media post.

5. On 4/15: Send emails to the Target Contacts, using the phone script and demands for the basis of your email

Target names & contact info:
PA Governor Tom Wolf - @GovernorTomWolf

PA DOC Secretary John Wetzel - @CorrectionsPA; 717-728-4109
SCI Mahanoy Superintendent Bernadette Mason

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner; @PhilaDAO;

Locked Up and Locked Down (audio, 2:38 minutes) by #Mumia Abu-Jamal

When We Fight, We Win!


Hundreds Join Philly Car Caravan to Demand Decarceration
With protest and interfaith pray-in, protestors call on Judges and the
Mayor to act

With protest and interfaith pray-in, protestors call on Judges and the
Mayor to act

PHILADELPHIA PA (April 10, 2020) Today at 1:30pm, a caravan of cars will
converge at City Hall in Philadelphia to demand that Mayor Kenney and
the First Judicial District take action to immediately release people
from the city’s jails in the face of COVID-19.

“It is completely unacceptable that our Mayor and judges have not taken
sufficient steps to release people quickly,” said Cara Tratner of the
Philadelphia Community Bail Fund. “Judges Patrick Dugan, Leon Tucker,
and Idee Fox have the power to save lives -- instead they are putting
thousands of incarcerated people, workers, and their family members at
extreme and unnecessary risk. If they do not act now, these jails are
going to become death camps.”

The protest is timed to take place during the Mayor’s press briefing,
and will include cars covered with banners and signs and amplified
recordings of people currently in the city jails. After the rally at
City Hall, the car caravan will travel to the jails for an interfaith
pray-in led by Reverend Mark Tyler and Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg.

In honor of Good Friday and Passover, faith leaders will speak about how
their religions demand action in the face of injustice. They will lead
prayers for all those incarcerated and their loved ones, and lead the
car caravan in honking loud enough for those
behind bars to hear. Many people incarcerated in the city jails also
know about the action and plan to listen in from their windows.

“I don’t think we should die in jail like animals die in cages,” said
Luz Acevedo, who will speak at the rally after being bailed out by the
Philadelphia Community Bail Fund just days ago. “There’s nothing we can
do in there, we are locked in. Our rights are
taken totally away. If this epidemic hits RCF, a lot of us are going to
be dead. And I don’t know what the government is planning to do. We need
a voice.”

Protestors are demanding the Mayor take executive action to release
people and calling on the First Judicial District leadership to release
the vast majority of people by granting parole, lifting detainers,
ending cash bail, reviewing everyone in detention for possible
release, and prioritizing release for youth, elderly people, and people
who are medically vulnerable.

“Jails are particularly ill-equipped to handle a pandemic,” said Jon
Cioschi of LILAC. “The nature of confinement makes it impossible for
people to practice social distancing, and inadequate healthcare and
limited sanitation supplies will help the virus spread. We
are taking the streets today to say we will not leave our loved ones

As of Wednesday, there were 62 confirmed COVID cases in the county
jails, not including staff. While .03% of Philadelphians have been
confirmed positive for COVID, 1.5% of those living in jail have the
virus -- a rate that’s five times higher. Municipalities
across the country, including Pittsburgh, have taken significant steps
to decrease the population of their jails, but Philadelphia officials
have not.

“Philly’s large incarcerated population is overwhelmingly Black, brown,
and low-income,” said Councilmember Kendra Brooks.

“A high number of people behind bars have serious health conditions,
putting them at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19, where social
distancing measures are near impossible. Their lives are not disposable.
These are human beings who have the right to be kept safe and healthy
just like everyone else. We have a collective responsibility to protect
all of our community members during this pandemic, especially our most
vulnerable populations. I’m here today because I believe as a City we
must move quicker to decrease the number of people behind bars in order
to keep everyone safe. Each day we delay puts more lives at risk that we
will never get back. Let’s work together to bring them home.”

On Thursday, community organizers held a press briefing to release audio
recordings of people held at Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF) as
they expressed fears for their lives, concern for their families, and a
lack of adequate health information and sanitation
supplies. Some of that audio is available here:

“I’m a grandmother of five and a mother of four, and I already have
[medical] complications. I don’t want to die in here,” one woman at RCF
explains during a recorded phone call.

Follow the action online at or by following
the hashtag #FreeOurPeople

This action is cosponsored by: #No215Jail Coalition, ACLU-PA,
Decarcerate PA, Frontline Dads, Movement Alliance Project (formerly
Media Mobilizing Project), Philadelphia Bail Fund, Philadelphia
Community Bail Fund, the Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project,
Vietlead, Philadelphia Domestic Workers Alliance, Juntos, DIsabled in
Action of PA, Philly ADAPT, PA ADAPT, and Partnership for Inclusive
Disaster Strategies

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