WATER IS LIFE
FROM FLINT TO STANDING ROCK TO PENNSYLVANIA PRISONS
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
DEMANDING CLEAN WATER IN PA PRISON’S
MARCH 1, 2017
09:00 AM – NOON
GOVERNOR TOM WOLF
(Phone) (717) 787-2500
(FAX) (717) 772-8284
01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
SECRETARY JOHN WETZEL
UNSAFE WATER CRISIS IN THE PRISON
DOC REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDER TO
SUPPLY MUMIA WITH HEPATITIS C MEDICATION
Since August of 2016, Mumia Abu-Jamal and other Inmates at the State Correctional Facility in Mahanoy, Pennsylvania, have been plagued with unsafe drinking and bath water.
For several months now, inmates have complained about brown, oily water in both the showers and the faucets of their cells. This has been an on-and-off problem from August 2016 to this very day. One of the inmates at SCI Mahonoy, Lorenzo Cat Johnson, when asked of the matter, stated that one week the water seems good and another week, when run, the water seems to go from the color gray to the color brown.
As recently as last week in a conversation with MOVE Political Prisoner Edward Africa, Eddie was asked what he did for water and he stated that he obtained his water from a hot water filter that was on his cellblock. So other than the alternative to obtain a little water from a hot water filter, men are being forced to shower and wash in brown water. Eddie stated that the only time inmates can get bottled water is when they are on a visit in the visiting room. All the while, prison staff are being provided bottled water at SCI Mahanoy and are being told not to drink the water because it’s unsafe.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is suffering from a very serious skin condition due to Hepatitis C, is required to take specialized baths in the prison infirmary, but has not been able to take these baths due to the water hazard. Grievances have been filed on this matter, but to no avail–the water situation has not been resolved.