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BOP Denies Medical Treatment

Dr. Alan Berkman is currently serving a 12-year sentence for conspiracy to aid and abet possession of weapons and explosives. He is currently facing trial for Seditious Conspiracy. Dr. Berkman has a long history of political activism and putting medicine in the service of the people, including service in Harlem, Wounded Knee, and for the Attica Brothers.

Four years ago Alan diagnosed himself as having cancer of the lymph nodes (Hodgkin's Disease). After a successful pressure campaign, Dr. Berkman was given treatment he needed and the cancer went into remission. He has never had follow up medical care on schedule.

After a long delay and many problems, a CAT scan revealed that Dr. Berkman had a recurrence of the cancer. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) refuses to provide him with the necessary medical treatment. Bith the Mayo Clinic, which has a BOP program, and the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown are appropriate places for this treatment. The BOP wants to instead return Alan to the infamous Marion Prison, and from there to ship him to Springfield's federal medical prison, which is not equipped to deal with this type of illness.

Readers are urged to write to: Micheal Quinlan, Director, Bureau of Prisons, 320 First Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20534. Demand that Dr. Berkman receive the proper medical care and attention.

For more information on the trial of Dr. Berkman and the other Resistance Conspiracy defendants, write to:

Washington Political Prisoners Emergency Committee
PO Box 28191
Washington, D.C. 20038

PLN readers are urged to support Dr. Berkman and the Resistance Conspiracy defendants in any way possible.

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