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Huge Medical Victory for Mumia Abu-Jamal and Cannabis Laws: The New Racial Justice Frontier

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In a major victory, Mumia Abu-Jamal has won an injunction forcing the Pennsylvania prison system to provide him life-saving Hepatitis C medicine. Abu-Jamal is an former Black Panther and radio journalist convicted in 1981 of killing Philadelphia policeman Daniel Faulkner. Bret Grote, an attorney with the Abolitionist Law Center in Pittsburgh said the ruling was the first time “a federal court has ordered prison officials to provide an incarcerated patient with the new [hepatitis C] medications that came on the market in 2013.”

For more on this ground-breaking ruling, we’re joined by Noelle Hanrahan, the executive director of The Prison Radio Project, a San Francisco-based radio and activist project that produces the commentaries of several prisoners considered to be political prisoners, most notably Mumia Abu-Jamal.

 

And later we speak with City Council woman Desley Brooks about new Cannabis laws and racial justice.

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