UPDATE (as of June 19th):
The call in days went well! Oso Blanco says we all did an awesome job and he would like to thank everyone for their support. On June 12th, USP Florence-High was slammed with in-coming calls from all over the country! The phones started ringing first thing in the morning, and by afternoon the staff members were exhausted. Others who weren’t present on this day, returned to find their message boxes flooded.
Early the next morning, our comrade was taken from his cell and given another blood test, and round 2 of calls and emails rolled in. USP Florence-High with it’s already existing reputation of medical neglect, experienced, the strength of our solidarity. And they can no longer brush off Oso Blanco’s request for medical attention. Staff members confirmed to some callers that all our information is accurate, so whether intentional or not, they can no longer deny that he needs the care requested. So great job everyone!
He still has yet to receive an actual ultrasound, and still needs one, but has gotten something smaller and similar. Which he is very happy about and excited to see progress being made for the first time, since he arrived at Florence on January 9th 2013. He is also in need of a liver biopsy. At this moment we are waiting on updates. We’ll be sure to let everyone know the progress and any additional actions to be taken.
From TTW and Denver ABC
Help a Captive Indigenous Warrior Survive! Fight Medical Neglect in U.S. Prisons!
Byron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck is an Indigenous rights activist serving 80 years for bank robbery, aggravated assault on the FBI, escape and firearms charges. A confidential informant reported that Oso was robbing banks in order to acquire funds to support the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico throughout 1998-99.
Since his transfer in January 2013, Oso has been struggling with medical neglect at USP Florence-High. He is suffering from an undetermined potentially cancerous mass in his liver, and needs an ultrasound to determine the problem. He has been requesting this care since he first arrived at Florence, and his condition continues to get worse. Oso Blanco urgently needs our help.
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