Gov. Paterson; Do The Right Thing

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Although I am still saddened and angered by the fact that Black United Fund has not yet been returned to our people, and Kermit Eady has not yet been compensated for his agony, I am trusting that you may still live up to your word, given at that meeting, that you would help in some way regarding these matters.

[Open Letter To The Editor]


Dear Governor Patterson,

Forgive me for not having congratulated you before now on your meteoric rise to the post of chief executive of the State.

Our last meeting was in your office on 125th Street in 2004 when we discussed the issue of The Black United Fund and what I then asserted, and history has now borne out, was the corruption of, then, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Although I am still saddened and angered by the fact that Black United Fund  has not yet been returned to our people, and Kermit Eady has not yet been compensated for his agony, I am trusting that you may still live up to your word,  given at that meeting, that you would help in some way regarding these matters. 

The subject of my email today, however, is regarding yet another emergent matter, the health of an individual prisoner named Bashir Hameed at Comstock prison. It has been reported to me by his family that he is currently having chest pains, shortness of breath and has a fluid buildup in his legs, feet and abdomen. It has been reported to me that he has not had a check up this year by the surgeon who performed his open-heart surgery.

Mr. Hameed has had a history of chronic and severe renal and cardiac problems.  Based on these new reports, it is my medical opinion that he needs to be transferred to the Albany Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. 

Mr. Hameed is a political prisoner and I believe that he is being denied his treatment by prison officials because of his uncompromising stance on the issue of freedom justice and equality for the descendents of African Slaves in the US.

This is not the first communication that I have had with authorities regarding the mistreatment of Mr. Hameed. However, my past communications were made before you came into the position of power you now hold. Please make your rise to that position meaningful to our people by assisting both Mr. Hameed and Mr. Eady. 

With all sincerity, I pray that God blesses you with the wisdom, strength, courage and integrity to do what is right. If God does that much, you need only have the will.

All the best to you in your new post. Please remember those in the dungeon of the slave ship, for they can never forget you. 
 

Your Brother,
James C. McIntosh, M.D.



 

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