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» Passive Resister for Civil Rights, Murtari’s Health Deteriorating Again

August 25, 2006

by Teri Stoddard

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Dennis with 101UsesForBabyWipes sent me this link to the audio version of John’s interview on News10Now. I’m not sure how long the video will be on their website, but Dennis said he’ll keep the audio link online as long as we need it. Please send the audioandvideo and links to everyone you can think of who might help with our cause.
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Doctors removed John’s feeding tube Monday so his throat could heal and he could get some sleep. Wednesday the plan to reinsert it was changed because he was no longer dehydrated. They wanted him to eat on his own, or at least to just be on a liquid diet. John declined, saying he’s starting over, no food or water at all, except a small amount of water to keep his mouth dry. His health was expected to decline more rapidly than the first time since he’s starting out in poor health, and it is.
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When John called me this morning it was obvious he’s already feeling the effects of dehydration. He lost his train-of-thought a couple of times. At least this time he remembered after a moment. A few days ago John weighed around 145 lbs. Today he weighs 136. His blood sugar is 60, which is borderline. He plans on conserving his energy over the weekend. I don’t expect to hear from him again until Monday, which concerns me considering how quickly his health is declining. He asked one of the doctors if he can be on a schedule: using the tube for a few days, then off for a couple of days to heal. After the administrator is consulted he’ll find out their answer. Personally, as much as I would like that, I don’t expect them to agree.
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First and foremost he wants me to thank all of you for your support. It means so much to him. John is praying at least 3 times a day and says it’s his faith that gives him the courage to follow his convictions. He says he appreciates your prayers and letters very much. (Please keep the letters coming.) He also wants me to remind everyone to be kind when acting on his behalf. He wants us to criticize the system, not individuals.
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John’s address in jail changes, you can get updates here. Today it’s:
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John Murtari
POD 5A-9
555 South State Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

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John’s attorney, Charles Keller, visited him in jail today. He told John that Judge Hedges made it clear he would not allow John to appear in front of him again, that John’s only choices were to accept probation or do the time. Mr. Keller expects to appear in front of an appellate judge early next week. He’s going to ask for a stay which would get John out of jail. John would appreciate donations to cover the paperwork. Mr. Keller has received over $300, but we need $400. Thank you to those who’ve donated!
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Mr. Charles Keller Esq.
Att: Murtari Legal Defense
9416 Carousel Center Drive
Syracuse, New York 13290

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John is happy about the coverage we’ve gotten. He’d like you to thank the reporters, editors and/or producers:
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Krights
Internet Radio, 8/3/06
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Glenn Sacks Enewsletter
8/8/06
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Jailed Activist Refusing Food
Post Standard – August 10 –
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Lyons Man Refuses Food, Water
Finger Lake Times – August 10 –
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Inmate: I don’t recommend…this.
Protesting child custody laws, John Murtari stopped eating 10 days ago

Post Standard, 8/12/06
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Inmate from Lyons gets feeding tube
Finger Lakes Times, 8/15/06
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101UsesForBabyWipes
Podcast (33 mins in), 8/17/06
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Michael McManus Syndicated Column
August 19
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Letters in Support printed
Post Standard, August 22
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Glenn Sacks Enewsletter
8/22/06
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A Question of Mack or Murtari
Mens News Daily, August 23
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Syracuse inmate on hunger strike
News10Now, August 23
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Numerous Blogs
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John would also like you to call the news outlets that haven’t run a story yet, especially the television stations:
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WHEC TV (NBC) –

Main Number: 585-546-5670

News Hot Line: 585-232-1010,

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WHAM TV (ABC) –
Newsroom: 585-222-1313
Newsroom Hotline: 585-334-8743,

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WROC TV (CBS) – News Tip Line: 585-224-8888,

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WUHF (FOX) –
News Hotline: (585) 262-FOX1
News Fax: (585) 232-3005

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WIXT/WSYR (ABC 9) –
315-446-9900

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WSTM (NBC 3/UPN 6) –
Newsroom: 315-477-9446
News Tips Line: 315-426-TIPS

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WTVH (CBS 5) –
Main number: 315-425-5555

WCNY (PBS 24) –

Main number: 315-453-2424

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Times of Wayne County – They did a story on John previously.

Phone: (315) 986-4300
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Calling is the best, but if you can only afford to email, the links are here.
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One idea to get people talking about this is for each of you to call in to your local talk radio stations and start the discussion. Remember, controversy is good, just remember to stay positive. John doesn’t want blame put on any human being; it’s the system we’re fighting.
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Please feel free to repost my blog updates about John and his newsletters on other sites, especially those on spirituality, religion and civil rights. Does your church have a newsletter you can send them to?
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