Support Revolutionary Prisoner Cesar Polito!

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Support Revolutionary Prisoner Cesar Polito:Help Cesar Get Psychiatric Care Cesar Polito
A revolutionary prisoner and Colombian immigrant serving a life sentence at SCI Greene in Pennsylvania, is in desperate need of voices of support from the outside. Suffering from depression his whole life and diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in prison years ago, Cesar’s health and well-being are constantly neglected by prison officials. Cesar’s friends and supporters recently held a phone blitz to the prison to demand that Cesar receive the medical treatment he needs for his feet, but before the call-in even started, a guard found Cesar lying on the floor, blood running from self-inflicted razor-blade wounds to his arm. He had been requesting help for his depression for a month prior to the suicide attempt, but received none. Since then, Cesar has been back and forth between the Psychiatric Observation Cells and one of the worst units in the prison, and subjected to harassment and humiliation from certain guards who are making jokes about his situation. To this day he has not received a mental health evaluation. Cesar is currently in Unit Aa, and he wants to be moved next door to Unit Ab/the Special Needs Unit. His health has been neglected, both physical—cuts that required stitches the doctors wouldn’t perform—and mental—he is still struggling to get psychological help. Cesar needs our solidarity. Cesar is a member of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation/Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra, and he is asking for assistance from comrades across the country. Cesar has almost no family in the United States. While he has the support of some of his fellow prisoners and two particularly compassionate guards, it will take action from the outside world to get Cesar into the Special Needs Unit, to stay there until he and qualified and compassionate health professionals deem he is ready to move, and to get him the help he needs to get healthy. The prison has an interest in keeping Cesar’s situation quiet. The Department of Justice has been investigating the conditions at Pennsylvania’s Correctional Institutions, and, as Cesar writes, “they are trying to keep the situation on the down low because they don’t want the outside to know that this place has the highest rate of people trying to commit suicide.” Take Action Let Cesar know he is neither alone nor forgotten. Please call in to the following phone number . Please read from the script below, or speak in your own words but mention these points and facts.
**Call the prison – 724 852 2902** -Ask to speak to Superintendent Gilmore, or his assistant Tracy Shawley. If neither are available, ask to speak to Deputy Superintendent for Facility Management Winfield. Script: Remember, please be kind and courteous, but firm, to the officials with whom you speak. -I’m calling in regards to the health situation of Cesar Polito #CF-7444. I am aware that Mr. Polito made an attempt to end his life, and I am concerned the prison did not provide adequate and timely treatment. -I am requesting your administration launch a full investigation into the situation. -I am also requesting that Mr. Polito be moved to Unit Ab/The Special Needs Unit. -We have already informed Secretary John E. Wetzel, Treatment Services director Shawn Kephart, and Director of Psych Services Bob Marsh. If the situation does not improve, we will bring Mr. Polito’s suicide attempt and lack of proper treatment to the media, and state and federal level politicians, if necessary.
More about Cesar:
An interview with Cesar about his life: http://commonstruggle.org/node/2583 Some of Cesar’s writings: http://commonstruggle.org/taxonomy/term/312
You can write to Cesar or send him literature at:
Cesar Polito #CF-7444 175
Progress Drive Waynesburg, PA 15370
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