Incarceration Nation

Mumia Abu-Jamal Health Update

By Carole Seligman

After Mumia Abu-Jamal was sickened with Covid-19 he developed blockage of arteries causing him to require open-heart surgery on April 19. A campaign ensued to stop the barbaric practice of shackling Mumia to his hospital bed while recovering from the operation. Mumia’s life is on the line. He is 67-years-old. His immune system is compromised because of liver cirrhosis from years of untreated hepatitis C, and, congestive heart failure, worsened by the coronavirus.

In 2017, an international campaign succeeded in getting a judicial order that Mumia was deprived of essential healthcare and be treated with lifesaving Harvoni treatment. That has compelled the Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide the medication to Mumia and other prisoners infected with hepatitis C.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said it best, “The refusal of healthcare reminds us of the conditions we were put in under Apartheid prisons where sick detainees were allowed to die in very deplorable lonely conditions in solitary as part of the punishment for their role in the struggle.”

We, in the Free Mumia movement, call on all to ACT NOW! Mumia must not die in prison from COVID-19 and heart disease! He should be released, now! “Freedom is the only treatment. Free Mumia now!” is the call of activists around the world. You can join this call by emailing Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf,; John Wetzel, Secretary Pennsylvania Department Of Corrections, and

Demand: Mumia Abu-Jamal Must be Released from Prison! No State Execution by COVID-19! Prisoners 50-Years and Older Should be Released from Prison to Protect them from COVID-19!