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Urgent call for medical needs of Imam Jamil Al-Amin

W.A.T.E.R. 17 | 7/24/2014, 11:36 a.m.

Supporters of political prisoner of war Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, are demanding that he receive immediate proper medical care, followed by a compassionate release from the “slow death row” of ADX Florence supermax prison in Colorado, where he has been held since Oct. 21, 2007. They want him transferred to a local facility, where his declining health can be better tended to in an efficient manner. They urge supporters to contact the office of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal at 404-656-1776 and request that al-Amin be transferred to a medical facility for humanitarian and health reasons.

His wife, Sister Karima Al-Amin, has circulated a letter and petition with an update on his condition and numbers to call. Al-Amin’s supporters are asking people of conscience to consider the following steps.

  • Contact the ADX at 719-784-9464.
  • Send emails to FLM/execassistant@bop.gov.
  • Voice concerns on www.bop.gov by selecting Florence ADMAX USP and entering Jamil Al-Amin #99974-555.
  • Contact their congressional reps.
  • Contact the medical director in Washington, D.C., at nkendig@bop.gov.
  • Contact the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Charles Samuels, in Washington, D.C.
  • Sign petitions.

There also is an effort underway to contact Eric Holder.

Karima Al-Amin wrote a letter to update the community, stating, “Imam Jamil has had a dental problem for more than a year, which resulted in swollen jaws, broken teeth and the inability to swallow. He lost 29 pounds over a three-week period. His legs, feet and ankles have been swollen, and he went through a two-week period during which he could not get out of his bed, except for two times a day.

“He attempted to see a physician at ADX, but instead saw a physician’s assistant who gave him water pills and antibiotics weeks after his second extraction. Based on people calling and inquiries from two congressional reps, ADX finally took blood and urine tests. Results were shared with Imam Jamil on June 23, a day after attorney Ramsey Clark completed his visit with him at the ADX.

“The regional medical director discussed the preliminary findings with Imam Jamil and said the findings suggested that he may have multiple myeloma–cancer of the plasma cells—and the stage would be confirmed once he had a bone marrow biopsy. If he has not reached stage 1 of the condition, then it would suggest that he has MGUS, which is a pre-multiple myeloma condition. Imam Jamil’s take on the discussion was that he had cancer, and the stage would be confirmed once he has the biopsy.

“Based on this information, his age (70 years) and the symptoms, we are calling for his immediate transfer to a federal medical center in Butner, N.C., or Rochester, Minn., where he could receive the appropriate monitoring and medical care.”

To sign the petition, visit www.causes.com/posts