Action Alert- Elderly man thrown in solitary and denied medication for helping another prisoner

Major Tillery



Call now to protest retaliation against state prisoner Major Tillery at SCI Frackville!

Major Tillery is a PA lifer who in March 2015 confronted SCI Mahanoy Superintendent John Kerestes over Mumia Abu-Abu-Jamal’s deteriorating health – spreading skin problems, lesions and scabbing over his whole body, rapid loss of weight, disorientation. Tillery told the Superintendent point blank to get Mumia to the hospital, stating, “Mumia is dying.” Kerestes told Major Tillery to “take care of himself.” Major answered back, “taking care of Mumia is taking care of myself. " Days later Mumia went into diabetic shock and was put into a hospital ICU on an insulin drip. He had a life-threatening sugar glucose level of 779.

In retaliation for aiding Mumia and filing his own grievances about a skin rash affecting himself and half the inmates on his block, Major Tillery was transferred from SCI Mahanoy to SCI Frackville without notice and without his property. Now in further retaliation, he was put into the RHU (Restricted Housing Unit, or the "hole") on false charges of receiving a letter with stamps concealing drugs. Major, who turns 65 this year, has been denied medication he needs for his failing liver and high blood pressure. SCI Frackville has denied him even a legal phone call.

Major Tillery's daughter, Kamillah, received a letter from her father saying, "This is more retaliation for helping Mumia. They transferred me from Mahanoy, now set me up with this stamp with drugs. They take the stamps off all the mail, so who would even do this? I don't even know the return address on the letter. They are denying me my meds and messing with my food. I knew they would retaliate, but didn't expect this one."

Major Tillery risked his health and safety to stand up for another man when it counted-now it's our turn to stand up for him! His family is calling on all human rights defenders to protest this retaliation- call now!
SCI Frackville Superintendent Brenda Tritt (570) 874-4516
DOC Secretary John Wetzel (717) 728-4109
Talking Points
-State that you are calling about Major Tillery #AM9786, who is being held in solitary at SCI Frackville
-Inform them that you aware that he is in the hole and being denied medication in retaliation for speaking up for another prisoner
-Demand that he be released from the RHU and back into general population
-Inform them that you have already contacted or will be contacting your state legislators (find your PA legislators here)

Movement #26: Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the bombing of the MOVE house by the City of Philadelphia



From this issue:

..As a young boy living in the southwest section of West Philly, my homeboys and I knew very little about Move. We only knew that Move members lived naturally, wore their hair in “locks”, last names were Africa, and that they all were “good peoples”. Although my friends and I were just a group of scruffy little 9 to 12 year old boys, when we heard on the news of the police siege of Move’s house, we knew the police were up to no good..

Bro Shakaboona

.. I'm not saying that prison is a free ride or a easy place, I've been there, I know. But what I'm saying is, they try to threaten prisoners with things like taking their TV or no commissary or putting you in the hole.  They tried to do that with Move, but that didn't stop us. We were like "Take our TV, take commissary, you think we care about that more than we care about our freedom and standing up to you?"  And that disarmed them, because they had nothing to come at us with..

Ramona Africa







Movement #25: Prisoners Won't Be Silenced! HRC fights the Silencing Law in court and prisoners speak out



From this issue:

..the last thing the system wants is prisoners who
are conscious and can challenge authority, corruption, bru-
tality , injustice on the merits of fairness, justice, empathy,
and equality..

..We political prisoners are motivated by the words of David
Icke’s book ‘Human Race’, we must demand our right to
freedom of expression, yes, but we must also demand with
equal vigor the same rights for those we disagree with. If
one person does not have the freedom to voice their views
than no one has. The rest don’t have freedom of speech,
only the “right” to say things acceptable to the state and
public opinion. Where is the freedom in that?
We prisoners must not be denied the right to expression or
be punish for exercising that right which is available to
prisoners under the 9th and 10th Amendment of the US

Muwsa Green  #HV5362

SCI Fayette







What Have You Done For Us Lately? * PA Politicians and Mass Incarceration * Sat Oct 25, 2pm 1901 W.Girard

10/25/2014 14:00


Report finds disturbing pattern of illnesses at Southwestern PA prison surrounded by coal ash dump

Abolitionist Law Center and Human Rights Coalition release report detailing health problems at SCI Fayette

Contact: Ben Fiorillo                                        412-482-0041

No Escape: Exposure to Toxic Coal Waste at State Correctional Institution Fayette


September 2, 2014: Pittsburgh, PA – Abolitionist Law Center and the Human Rights Coalition have released a report entitled, No Escape: Exposure to Toxic Coal Waste at State Correctional Institution Fayette, based on a year-long investigation into the health impacts of exposure to coal waste at the state prison in Fayette County, PA. The report reveals alarming rates of illnesses consistent with exposure to coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal in power plants.

Surrounded by “about 40 million tons of waste, two coal slurry ponds, and millions of cubic yards of coal combustion waste,” SCI Fayette is inescapably situated in the midst of a massive toxic waste dump. The prison was built on part of a Coal Refuse Deposit Area owned by Matt Canestrale Contracting, which currently operates a coal ash dump directly adjacent to the prison. Before Matt Canestrale Contracting took it over, the land was a dumping ground for coal waste from one of the world’s largest coal processing plants.                                  more



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