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US, Emergency Campaign For Black Political Prisoner Of War

I have recently learned that Black Anarchist Political POW, Ali Khallid Abdullah, has been diagnosed with
throat cancer, and that Michigan prison officials are
refusing to give him medical treatment. Throat cancer
is life threatening and it's very painful to even
swallow. Every day that goes by his condition gets worse.
EMERGENCY CAMPAIGN FOR ALI KHALLID ABDULLAH

I have recently learned that Black Anarchist Political
POW, Ali Khallid Abdullah, has been diagnosed with
throat cancer, and that Michigan prison officials are
refusing to give him medical treatment. Throat cancer
is life threatening and it's very painful to even
swallow. Every day that goes by his condition gets
worse. The drugs that had been ordered for him by a
prison medic have apparently been deemed to be "too
expensive", and are now being denied by the warden and
his medical staff at Thumb Correctional facility in
Lapeer, MI. When Ali asked for resupply he was told
that his prescription would not be refilled unless he
was willing to "co-pay" for it himself, and that the
prison medical assistant who ordered it for him had
been fired or transferred to another facility!

This is happening to Ali because he is a political
activist in the American prison system, having founded
the Political Prisoner of War Coalition, which has
chapters in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and
several other countries. This organization gives a
voice to prisoners, educates them into positive views
of fighting for a new society, fights racism and
sexism in prisons, and reeducates the community about
the *real reasons* for prisons, crime, police and
authority. (for more information on PPWC, please go to
their URL at  http://linkesite.de/Texte/ppwc/0001.htm,
or at http//squat.net/infopool/msg02062.html). He is
constantly harrassed by racist guards, and now he is
being left to quietly die alone!

Ali is in prison because he took direct action against
a drug dealer in his neighborhood, who had taken an
11-year old girl as "payment" for her mother's drug
addiction. He was given a lengthy sentence and thrown
into the infamous Michigan prison system. He is thus a
political prisoner, a person in prison for an
injustice perpetrated by the State, who have made an
"example" out of him. It is the government which is
responsible for the crack cocaine trade, but people
like Ali who try to stop dealers are made into
criminals.

Now he is in fear of dying in prison, just as Black
Liberarion Army PPOW Albert Nuh Washington died last
year of cancer. We cannot allow yet another political
prisoner to die because we did nothing. We need to
help this brother, who is being allowed to die of
medical neglect.

I have been exactly in the situation that Ali is in;
in 1974 federal prison officials intentionally exposed
me to a Tuberculosis-infected prisoner, and then threw
me on a TB ward in a prison hospital where I was
supposed to die. But because of protests by a number
of prison support, Black radical, and community
groups, they were forced to take me out to the MAYO
clinic and give me drugs which nursed me back to
health. Only the protest movement saved my life, so I
am the living proof of what we must do now to help Ali
in his own hour of need.

Persons from his own organization [PPWC], the Black
Autonomy Network of Community Organizers, the
Anarchist Black Cross, students, youth and other
activists have formed the INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO
SUPPORT ALI KHALLID ABDULLAH, to make prison officials
give him the medicines and treatment he needs to save
his life, and to fight for his release from from
prison. We ask you to please support us in helping
this brother.

s/ Lorenzo Komboa Ervin

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1. Spread the word about Ali's case, and get your
organization to endorse the campaign to save Ali from
medical neglect,and to fight to free him from prison.

2. Send protest letters to the warden and MDOC
officials: Bill Martin, Michigan Dept. of
Corrections,P.O. Box 3003, Lansing, MI. 48909


3. Join the International Committee to Support Ali
Khallid Abdullah, c/o BANCO, P.O. Box 19962,
Kalamazoo, MI. 49019-0962 (USA)  komboa@yahoo.com, or
contact Cynthia Ritsher, PPWC Information Center, P.O.
Box 554, Lincoln, MA. 01773 (USA)  cwritsher@aol.com

4. Send letters of support and donations to Ali at
Ali Khallid Abdullah, #148130, Thumb Correctional
Facility, 3225 John Conley Drive, Lapeer, MI. 48446
(USA) or at either of the support addresses above.