Call-in for Mondo We Langa’s Healthcare

call-inFrom a comrade with Nebraska Jericho:

Some of you know that the Nebraska State Penn has been on lock down for a few months, and that Mondo told the Nebraska Jericho office that he felt the lock down was undermining the heath of the older inmates. For the first time in 30 years he mentioned to me that he had been repeatedly going to the infirmary, and is now in the prison hospital unable to breathe with a breathing disorder called COPD.

Please call and email warden Diane Sabatka-Rine and demand Mondo’s transfer to a regular hospital outside of the prison (the prison is notorious for horrible care).

*402-471-3161, 402-479-3216, or Diane.sabatka-rine@nebraska.gov*

Members of S. Brooklyn ABCF spoke to the warden on November 8th. She assured us that she was aware of his medical condition, however, when we asked that he be transferred to a medical facility outside of the prison she merely said she would “make note” of our call.

KEEP THE CALLS COMING UNTIL SHE DOES MORE THAN MERELY MAKING NOTES!

mondo-we-langaUPDATE from 9/12/12:

*The Jericho Community helped express concern for our brother and made it clear that people across the country are interested in Mondo and co-defendant Ed Poindexter’s case and in their well-being. Thank YOU! Your voices helped. Further correspondence with the prison (diane.sabatka-rine@nebraska.gov) should indicate that the schedule changes and especially the inordinate number of hours in cells with limited opportunities for circulation put undue stress on Mondo and other senior prisoners complicating their health issues. We continue to request that the senior prisoners be given an alternate schedule and special attention to their health needs. The Warden’s number is 402-479-3216.

The Nebraska Jericho met with Mondo We Langa (formerly David Rice) of the Omaha Two on November 4th, 2012. Mondo had been vesting the infirmary for two weeks for breathing treatments. At that time Mondo was too sick and weak to eat in the lunch hall. He was thinner than ever certainly not over 100 lbs. Mondo related: A lockdown began on August 2nd as a result of fighting between some of the younger guys. The administration put the entire prison system (the Penn at Lincoln as well as at Tecumseh) on a modified schedule. Mondo said that means 22 hours per day in the cells with time out only for meals. After a couple of months another hour of out-of-cell time was for day room or recreation. Mondo said he has had several attacks during where he could not get his breath at all. He said that at times the air-condition system did not work and mold grew in his unit. After several trips to the infirmary he was diagnosed with COPD. He said the extremely long lockdown of the prison has either caused or exacerbated his problem breathing.

The next morning the Nebraska Jericho contacted the following persons: Mondo’s local Attorney Tim Ashford who said he would go into the Prison; Nebraska State Senator Chambers who has a long record of defending prisoner’s rights at that institution; James Davis in the State Ombudsman’s office. Davis agreed to go and see Mondo and try and investigate and support Mondo’s request for an outside physician to examine him. Anne Else who acts as a paralegal for Mondo’s long time attorney Lennox Hinds helped create a list of persons who could call in and check on Mondo. Several members of the National Jericho Staff and other activists made calls to the prison last week. These calls are much appreciated and the Prison staff is aware of the concern for Mondo’s health.

On Thursday, November 8, Nebraska Jericho spoke again with the Prison Administration and with public relations officer Win Barber, who wants email communications describing our complaint about the lengthy lockdown and the disproportionate impact upon the older prisoners. This may help to create an alternate schedule for the more senior people and those who are ill. .. We are now told that the situation at the prison is no longer a lockdown but rather “Movement by Unit.” So that units are allowed out in the yard one group at a time. We will follow up to find out what the new conditions are for getting out of the cells…

We were able to speak with the prison physician Dr. Cole (402-479-5931). We learned that Mondo is still be treated for problems breathing and that he will remain in the infirmary this time until his condition improves and stabilizes. He also will take meals there in order to regain his strength. Dr. Cole said that Lennox had requested an outside physician, or second opinion and the institution was awaiting the name of that person. We spoke to Anne today and learned that the University of Nebraska Medical Center or Creighton University Med. Center will likely supply the physician.

To Learn More about the Omaha Two (Mondo and Ed’s Case) See: http://omahatwo.wordpress.com

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