At a protest outside District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office in Philadelphia on March 12, Pam Africa compares photos of Mumia a few years ago with ones taken recently showing his deteriorating medical condition. Photo: / Joe Piette

Supporters and advocates for imprisoned journalist, activist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal are increasing their efforts to win his freedom and get him the much-needed medical care they say he desperately needs.

According to Pam Africa of International Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal, he finally received some medical treatment after expressing concern he contracted Covid-19 in addition to other ailments he has suffered.

Ms. Africa recently provided an update of Mr. Abu-Jamal’s dire health conditions and issued a call to action regarding his current health challenges and for his long sought-after freedom.

Mumia, 66, was convicted of killing a police officer in 1981 but has maintained his innocence. He has served 40 years in the Mahanoy State Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania. According to, in early March Johanna Fernandez, with the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home


“received word from Mumia’s medical attorney Robert Boyle confirming a diagnosis all had feared. Abu-Jamal, who had been hospitalized to remove excessive fluid from his lungs, was also diagnosed with congestive heart disease.”

Mumia has also suffered from Hepatitis C for several years and a skin condition that leave open and bleeding sores on his skin. There have been calls from Mumia’s supporters from the U.S. and abroad to release him from prison. A recent protest was held by Mumia’s supporters March 12 outside District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office in Philadelphia.

 A “STAND UP/SPEAK OUT” Rally is scheduled for April 10, 12:00 noon EDT at City Hall in downtown Philadelphia to push to free Mumia and all elder political prisoners. 

For more info contact: [email protected] or [email protected] or text: 267-636-3802. For additional information, call 215-724-1618 or email [email protected]; The Campaign to bring Mumia Home at [email protected] and The Prison Radio Project at 415-648-4505, [email protected].