Forwarded from Dr. Ricardo Alvarez, Saturday, February 25, 2023. Thanks to all who have signed on! Please share widely and sign on ASAP – Letter will be sent to the judge shortly!

Greetings Colleagues,

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an author, journalist, thought leader, and movement elder who has been incarcerated in the Pennsylvania system since 1981. His case has been recognized the world over as emblematic of the racist collusion of courts, police, and prosecution in the U.S. criminal punishment system. On March 16, 2023, Judge Lucretia Clemons will make a decision on Mumia’s last legal road to freedom.

I write to you as Mumia’s physician consultant, defending the physical integrity of Mumia’s body while he lives in a state of unjust and violent captivity. The Mumia Health Committee has written an open letter to Judge Clemons, calling on her to free Mumia on March 16, and I am asking you to sign your name on the letter and add your voice to the growing coalition organizing to bring Mumia home. 

To view the letter and add your name, click here or paste this link into your browser: https://forms.gle/hc4DWkQV3SifweLr5 

Mumia teaches a message of “Love Not Phear” (Phear = Philadelphia + Fear) and invites us to find compassion in the face of cruel systems designed to dehumanize us. In this love letter to Judge Clemons, we ask her to make a decision that will help liberate Mumia from decades of violent judicial oppression. Our previous advocacy led to Judge Clemons’ decision to delay her formerly stated “intent to dismiss” on December 16, 2022. We are now reaching out across diverse professional disciplines—including medical, legal, social work, theological, and other spaces—to unite in this powerful historical moment. Please join our growing movement of abolitionist professionals who are building on the work of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to free our incarcerated elders—the first step in a larger movement to free ourselves and our communities. 

Please consider signing on to our letter, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Love Not Phear,

Ricardo Alvarez, MD

Member, Mumia Health Committee


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