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NYC Jericho received a phone call from Seth on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. He called to inform us that DOCCS is finally beginning to train him and Sullivan medical staff in the use of the insulin pump/monitor.

He would have begun training today, but the technician had only brought the pump, not the monitor, so training has been delayed until the entire apparatus is present.

On Friday, April 21, 2017, the technician returned to Sullivan with the pump/monitor to instruct Seth on its use.

Nurse Brown said that Seth can't have the monitor because it is a security risk. The technician then put the monitor away. None of the other medical personnel present (other nurses) said anything.

Seth has been having consistently low sugars, so the pump/monitor is essential. The endocrinologist at Coxsackie recommended the pump/monitor on October 12, 2016 as a life-saving measure for Seth. After a long campaign to Dr. Koenigsmann, DOCCS Chief Medical Officer, the pump/monitor was finally approved by Albany in March, 2017.

On Monday, April 24, 2017, Seth was called in to a consultation with Dr. Wolf, the facility doctor. During this meeting, Dr. Wolf, who had previously approved the pump/monitor, stated that Seth should have just the pump for six to eight weeks, and then phase in the monitor. Seth feels that Dr. Wolf believes that he is incapable of using the pump and monitor together. He was very insulted by this cavalier attitude.

Seth also stated that he is tired of being used as a guinea pig by NYS DOCCS. He had been assured at one point that the insulin he is currently being given would never cause his sugars to go below 80, and he has had sugars in the 40s, 30s and even 20s consistently.

Since he did not want to appear to be refusing medical treatment, Seth stated that he had to get in touch with his outside doctors and that he wants a second opinion of this (mis)use of the insulin pump/monitor.

Seth is concerned because his sugars are consistently low and the pump would be giving him small doses of insulin once an hour. This could actually cause his sugars to drop so low that he could die in his sleep.

Of course, all of this is occurring at the same time as Seth's parole appeal, which he feels positive about. Since we know the depth of hatred the state has for all our political prisoners, we certainly cannot discount Seth's concern that this misuse of the insulin pump/monitor could lead to his demise.

Write to Seth and let him know he is in our hearts and on our minds:

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 116, Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116

CHECK BACK SOON, AS WE ARE BRAINSTORMING RIGHT NOW AS TO WHAT OUR NEXT STEPS WILL BE!

To contribute to ongoing efforts supporting Robert Seth Hayes, please donate online at:
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Jericho is a movement with the defined goal of gaining recognition of the fact that political prisoners and prisoners of war exist inside of the United States, despite the United States’ government’s continued denial ... and winning amnesty and freedom for these political prisoners.

Background

The Jericho Movement grew out of a call for a national march on the White House during Spring Break of 1998 by political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim. The call was made in October of 1996 through the Provisional Government–RepubIic of New Afrika and the New Afrikan Liberation Front, but the organizers decided to use this opportunity to jumpstart a much needed movement to build a national support organization for political prisoners in general.

The Jericho March

Jericho98 was the collective work of over 50 organizations, defense committees and groups, 64 Jericho Organizing Committees and Students for Jericho, making the issue of Recognition and Amnesty for U.S.-held political prisoners and prisoners of war a national one with its successful demonstration and rally at the White House.

The organizers who made up the Jericho Organizing Committees were/are just as diverse as the demonstrators who came from all across the United States, crossing the spectrum. The Jericho Movement was clear that we had to build a movement that left no political prisoner out there on his or her own again if we were to succeed in winning this struggle against racism, classism, and all forms of oppression.

The Beginning of a New Commitment

The March 27, 1998 demonstration was just the beginning of a whole new commitment to support these political prisoners and demand recognition and amnesty for them. There are hundreds of people who went to prison as a result of their work on the streets against oppressive conditions like indecent housing and inadequate or complete lack of medical care, lack of quality education, police brutality and the murder of people organizing for independence and liberation. These people belonged to organizations like the Black Panther Party, La Raza Unida, FALN, Los Macheteros, North American Anti-Imperialist Movement, May 19th, AIM, the Black Liberation Army, etc., and were incarcerated because of their political beliefs and acts in support of and/or in defense of freedom.

There is Work to be Done

Once the demonstration was over, the real work began. The Jericho Organizing Committees that came into being around this work continue educating people about the existence of these political prisoners. The original structure designed to mobilize people to go to the White House and serve notice that we will no longer allow our political prisoners to be behind prison walls with no support, and that work is being done to free them, has been transformed into a mass- based organizing tool.

At the present time there are Jericho Organizing Committees operating in Chicago, IL, Iowa City, IA, Oakland, CA, Maryland, New England, New York, NY, Portland, OR, Richmond VA, Washington DC and Italy, and regional committees functioning across the country. Then, too, Jericho is working with local defense committees to bring the cases of IndivIdual political prisoners to the public. Building a bond across organizational lines is what Jericho is about ... that’s where our strength lies.

To find out more about The Jericho Movement check out our website:
www.thejerichomovement.com • richmondjericho@gmail.com
or call us at: (718) 325-4407


The Jericho Movement addresses four principal issues:

1. Building the Amnesty Campaign
A big part of this work is locating political prisoners, compiling dossiers on them, and building the case for amnesty.

2. Continuing the Educational Campaign
About the Existence of Political Prisoners inside the U.S.

3. The Jericho Legal Defense Fund.
Providing supportive expenses for lawyers and law students etc. to provide legal defense for political prisoners.

4. The Jericho Medical Project
Fighting for adequate and quality medical care for political prisoners.

How Can You Help?

Organize speaking engagements about political prisoners in your church, school, community.

Volunteer to work on one of the projects of the Jericho Movement.

Organize a Jericho Committee in your area.

Make a financial contribution to Jericho.
Make all checks or money orders payable to: Jericho and mail them to:
The Jericho Movement, P.O. Box 2164, Chesterfield, VA 23832

If you want your contribution to be tax-deductible, please make checks payable to IFCO/Jericho.


NYC Jericho Movement, P.O. Box 670927, Bronx, NY 10467