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EMERGENCY MEDICAL CAMPAIGN FOR ROBERT SETH HAYES!

October 22, 2017 UPDATE

NYC Jericho visted Seth on Oct. 21, and we have the following report:

Seth was taken to Catskill Regional Medical on Wednesday, Oct. 18, on an emergency basis. He was feeling wobbly and woozy and had difficulty breathing. While he was at Catskill, they checked his heart, did chest x-rays, drew 4 tubes of blood and put him on an IV for 4 hours. Seth does not know what medication was in the IV, but reported feeling "much better" on Wednesday night. Jalil happened to be in the clinic at Sullivan when Seth was wheeled out on the gurney, and he is very concerned.

Seth also reports that his A1C level is currently 11.6, which is very high. He has been told that he has a high level of proteins in his urine and may soon need dialysis. All of this is because the pump is not working properly, and his sugars have been running very high.

On a positive note, Seth reports that he saw Dr. Wolf, the facility doctor, for his diabetic ulcers. She prescribed an antibiotic and a topical corticosteroid, and this is helping the ulcers to dry up and heal. Seth showed me several on his arms, and they are definitely healing.

On Friday, Oct. 20, Seth was taken to Albany Medical Center for a check on his pacemaker, which is working properly. Seth reports that his sugars were very high again on Friday. Sugar level was 267 in the morning, but soared to the high 500 range in the afternoon. On Friday evening, Seth's sugar was 357. Fortunately, on both Saturday and Sunday, Seth's sugar was in the high 200's, still high, but certainly out of diabetic coma range.

We must keep up the phone calls, letters, faxes and emails to Koenigsmann, Annucci, Cuomo and Sullivan Superintendent Keyser to ensure that Seth be taken to Albany Medical Center as soon as possible for a complete workup of the pump and demand that he also receive the monitor. (See below)

October 16, 2017

We saw Seth yesterday for his 69th birthday. We had a good visit. However, Seth's sugars were at 535 in the morning and at 585 at 4 p.m. These high sugar levels can lead to Seth going into a diabetic coma!

Seth is very frustrated, since medical staff at Sullivan keep saying they are going to send him to Albany Medical Center for an investigation of the pump, but this has not happened. They claim it has a "glitch"; however, they are continuing to use it. Also, the pump has somehow become locked and the data in it cannot be accessed by the endocrinologist at Coxsackie, so there is no record of his daily sugar fluctuations. All of this could easily be resolved by a simple phone call to technical support at Medtronic, who would then send an expert to Sullivan to examine and reprogram the pump. We can only speculate as to why medical staff at Sullivan has not made this phone call.

The sensor that enables the monitor to work was not even ordered until recently and is expected to arrive at the end of October. Seth has been told for several months now that the monitor, which enables him to see whether his sugars are high or low, will be "phased in". It has been more than a year since the insulin pump/monitor was recommended by the DOCCS endocrinologist at Coxsackie and Seth STILL DOES NOT HAVE THE MONITOR!

Seth now has diabetic neuropathy in his legs. He fell again this past week. In addition, he says his legs are swollen in his calves. However, his feet and ankles are not swollen. He also has sores all over his body, which are not being treated. Seth has a medical callout scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17.

We need people to call Dr. Carl Koenigsmann, Commissioner Annucci, Governor Cuomo and the Superintendent Keyser at Sullivan to demand there be a full investigation of the pump at Albany Medical Center and that Seth be given the monitor as soon as possible.

Also, that the problem with his legs be investigated and resolved to the fullest extent possible.

Please write, call, fax and email the following people and insist that Robert Seth Hayes, DIN No. 74-A-2280, be taken to Albany Medical Center as soon as possible for a full investigation of the insulin pump and a complete workup for the problems with his legs and the sores all over his body.

We the people must prevent the medical murder of our captured freedom fighter, who has been in prison since September 17, 1973! Despite Seth's excellent prison record, he has been unfairly turned down for parole 10 times. Seth should have been released in 1998!

If you are a doctor, nurse, or any other kind of medical personnel, please use your letterhead. Please email nycjericho@gmail.com and let us know what response you receive. Also, if you are able to find out any additional phone or fax numbers, we will be grateful for the information.

While we have provided emails for some of the individuals we need to contact, we do NOT encourage people to use email, which is very easy to ignore. If you do email, please copy the text into a letter format and mail and fax in addition to emailing.

Superintendent Keyser at Sullivan: 845-434-2080

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
Phone: 518-457-7073
Fax: 518-445-7553

Carl.Koenigsmann@doccs.ny.gov

Anthony J. Annucci
Acting Commissioner
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050

Phone: (518) 457-8126
commissioner@doccs.ny.gov

Division of Health Services
Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services
Operations and Management
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Phone: (518) 445-6176
Nancy.Lyng@doccs.ny.gov

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
NYS Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Phone:
(518) 474-8390
https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

Write to Seth:

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan C.F.
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116

Send him a card or write him a letter. Seth loves corresponding with people, and it also shows the prison that people are paying attention.

Anne Lamb
NYC Jericho Movement

To contribute to ongoing efforts supporting Robert Seth Hayes, please donate online at: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/810a58

NYC Jericho received word on May 9, 2017 from Seth's lawyer, Eve Rosahn, that his Article 78 appeal of his parole denial was also denied. You can read the decision here.

TAKE ACTION for Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoner
Jaan Laaman, Locked in Solitary Confinement and
Facing Repression for Speaking Out for Human Rights

How you can support Jaan:

Write/call/email the Bureau of Prisons and ask them to end the repression against Jaan!

Please write and call the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) officials below and ask that Jaan:

1. Be released from segregation & placed back into general population immediately.
2. That he not be moved to a Communication Management Unit or punished further for exercising free speech.
3. Have his phone and email privileges be restored immediately.

Please remind them that Jaan is an elder prisoner, and you are concerned about his health in segregation and you would be concerned about his safety if he is moved to a Communication Management Unit.

Mary M. Mitchell, Regional Director
BOP Regional Office
7338 Shoreline Dr
Stockton, CA 95219
Regional email: wxro/execassistant@bop.gov
Phone: 209-956-9700
Fax: 209-956-9793

Thomas R. Kane, Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Central Office HQ
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Phone: 202-307-3198

Send a message through the Bureau of Prison (BOP) website here: https://www.bop.gov/inmates/concerns.jsp

– Select ‘USP Tucson’
– Send a message that includes his name and number: Jaan Laaman #10372-016

Please be polite but firm in your letters and send the responses you get to jaanlaaman@gmail.com.

Write to Jaan and let him know he’s in our hearts and on our minds.

Jaan has no access to news or phone calls. It’s important we send him some letters right now. Send him articles, so that he gets some world news and messages of solidarity and support. Let the jailers see that Jaan has support from the community and cannot just be left in segregation or silenced.

Jaan Karl Laaman #10372-016
USP Tucson
P.O. Box 24550
Tucson, AZ 85734

Background Information

Jaan is imprisoned at United States Penitentiary (USP) Tucson in Arizona, and is one of the last two remaining Ohio-7 political prisoners still locked up. The Ohio-7 were convicted in 1986 of direct actions to protest U.S. support for the white-supremacist apartheid regime in South Africa, illegal U.S. attacks on Nicaragua and El Salvador, and repression against advocates for Puerto Rican self-determination.

Jaan was placed into solitary confinement because of two short messages: one in support of the “Day Without a Woman Strike” (International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017) which was printed in the NYC Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) update, and his “Farewell Thoughts to My Friend, Lynne Stewart” which was broadcast on Prison Radio. Lynne Stewart, revolutionary peoples’ lawyer passed away on March 8, 2017. When the NYC ABC magazine arrived by mail to the prison, Jaan was promptly placed in solitary confinement. Prison officials charged Jaan with “threatening the security of the prison” because of these First Amendment protected statements.

No one should be punished for exercising their First Amendment Rights. The United States District Court in Pennsylvania recently ruled in a case involving efforts to censure Mumia Abu-Jamal: “A past criminal offense does not extinguish a person’s constitutional right to free expression. The First Amendment does not disappear at the prison gate.”

Pattern of Increasing Repression

Being placed in solitary confinement is the latest act of repression by the prison administration, following increasing actions against Jaan. Over a year ago, the prison shut down Jaan’s access to email, and they have been censoring him in various ways since then, including withholding his mail and limiting access to his lawyer.

Jaan was placed in solitary confinement on his birthday and has been there ever since. There is a growing consensus as to the psychological harm caused by solitary confinement. In 2011 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture concluded that solitary confinement for ore than 15 days constitutes torture and can cause irreversible harmful psychological effects.

Jaan previously wrote about the increasing censorship he has been facing, here. Jaan has been writing reflections about global events since he was first captured in 1984, so this level of censorship is certainly something new and different.

This update was written by friends of Jaan Laaman.
Email: jaanlaaman@gmail.com
Facebook: Free Jaan Laaman
Twitter: @4StruggleMag.


Jericho is a movement with the defined goal of gaining recognition of the fact that political prisoners and prisoners of war exist inside of the United States, despite the United States’ government’s continued denial ... and winning amnesty and freedom for these political prisoners.

Background

The Jericho Movement grew out of a call for a national march on the White House during Spring Break of 1998 by political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim. The call was made in October of 1996 through the Provisional Government–RepubIic of New Afrika and the New Afrikan Liberation Front, but the organizers decided to use this opportunity to jumpstart a much needed movement to build a national support organization for political prisoners in general.

The Jericho March

Jericho98 was the collective work of over 50 organizations, defense committees and groups, 64 Jericho Organizing Committees and Students for Jericho, making the issue of Recognition and Amnesty for U.S.-held political prisoners and prisoners of war a national one with its successful demonstration and rally at the White House.

The organizers who made up the Jericho Organizing Committees were/are just as diverse as the demonstrators who came from all across the United States, crossing the spectrum. The Jericho Movement was clear that we had to build a movement that left no political prisoner out there on his or her own again if we were to succeed in winning this struggle against racism, classism, and all forms of oppression.

The Beginning of a New Commitment

The March 27, 1998 demonstration was just the beginning of a whole new commitment to support these political prisoners and demand recognition and amnesty for them. There are hundreds of people who went to prison as a result of their work on the streets against oppressive conditions like indecent housing and inadequate or complete lack of medical care, lack of quality education, police brutality and the murder of people organizing for independence and liberation. These people belonged to organizations like the Black Panther Party, La Raza Unida, FALN, Los Macheteros, North American Anti-Imperialist Movement, May 19th, AIM, the Black Liberation Army, etc., and were incarcerated because of their political beliefs and acts in support of and/or in defense of freedom.

There is Work to be Done

Once the demonstration was over, the real work began. The Jericho Organizing Committees that came into being around this work continue educating people about the existence of these political prisoners. The original structure designed to mobilize people to go to the White House and serve notice that we will no longer allow our political prisoners to be behind prison walls with no support, and that work is being done to free them, has been transformed into a mass- based organizing tool.

At the present time there are Jericho Organizing Committees operating in Chicago, IL, Iowa City, IA, Oakland, CA, Maryland, New England, New York, NY, Portland, OR, Richmond VA, Washington DC and Italy, and regional committees functioning across the country. Then, too, Jericho is working with local defense committees to bring the cases of IndivIdual political prisoners to the public. Building a bond across organizational lines is what Jericho is about ... that’s where our strength lies.

To find out more about The Jericho Movement check out our website:
www.thejerichomovement.com • richmondjericho@gmail.com
or call us at: (718) 325-4407


The Jericho Movement addresses four principal issues:

1. Building the Amnesty Campaign
A big part of this work is locating political prisoners, compiling dossiers on them, and building the case for amnesty.

2. Continuing the Educational Campaign
About the Existence of Political Prisoners inside the U.S.

3. The Jericho Legal Defense Fund.
Providing supportive expenses for lawyers and law students etc. to provide legal defense for political prisoners.

4. The Jericho Medical Project
Fighting for adequate and quality medical care for political prisoners.

How Can You Help?

Organize speaking engagements about political prisoners in your church, school, community.

Volunteer to work on one of the projects of the Jericho Movement.

Organize a Jericho Committee in your area.

Make a financial contribution to Jericho.
Make all checks or money orders payable to: Jericho and mail them to:
The Jericho Movement, P.O. Box 2164, Chesterfield, VA 23832

If you want your contribution to be tax-deductible, please make checks payable to IFCO/Jericho.


NYC Jericho Movement, P.O. Box 670927, Bronx, NY 10467