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  You may all recall our urgent request to help Honorio Montanez receive eye surgery, - well your letters, faxes and phone calls worked. I applaud all those who chipped in to help.
Here is the letter I just received from our friend, Montanez.
I cannot stress my appreciation enough to all of you who helped this man regain his eyesight.
This proves that your activism is effective.
The more we all work together, the sooner the INjustice System will fall.
Blessings, Taoss

At the top right corner of his letter, Montanez has made a logo, it is of an eagle holding the Bill of Rights.
The slogan above the eagle is "For Justice I Fight" and below "P.O.I. of Ala."

Friday, September 24, 1999
PATRICK CRUSADE
Mrs. Sherry Swiney
Executive Director
Post Office Box 1891
Alabaster, Alabama 35007
Re: Update on Medical Care

Dear Spiritual Sister:
First let me express my gratitude to PATRICK CRUSADE and every body that in one way or the other assisted me to get the surgery of the left eye.
It was performed monday September 14, 1999 and since that date, they have taken me to two (2) more visits with the ophthalmologist.
I'm already recovering the sight.
I can see the shadows/silhouettes of the people moving around me and the buildings, halls showers and even the food with the left eye.
Thus, that clearly establish[es] that there is and there was NO justification for the delay in taking me to receive adequate medical care.
That is what the law calls "UNNECESSARY AND WANTON INFLICTION OF PAIN".

Let me tell you about the "NON CONSENSUAL TREATMENT PROVIDED ON JANUARY 14, 1999".
As a result of that treatment where unreasonable force was used, last week the psychiastrist placed me on the psychologist's list to receive psychotherapy for what is called "POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER".
He said that it appears that I'm still angry over the humiliated and degraded action I was forced to endure, to provide the unneeded treatment for a disease I cannot contract.
Will let you go for now, but will keep you posted about my and other's abuses here at the Easterling Concentration Camp.
PLEASE know that I am forever grateful and that I will always, will!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope this finds you doing well.
The same for my brother Patrick. FREEDOM IS A HOLY WORK!

HONORIO MONTANEZ
Prisoner of Injustice
P.O.I. #144343
Easterling Prison 9/A
Clio, Alabama 36017-00010

S.R. Honorio Montanez
P.O.I. #144343
Easterling Prison - 9/A
Clio, AL 36107-0010

~~~~~~Honorio's letters for all to read~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Please write to Montanez to find out how to best help him receive the medical care he needs; we can't let this wonderful man lose his eyesight when it can be prevented!

September 8, 1999
PATRICK CRUSADE
Mrs. Sherry Swiney
Executive Director
Post Office Box 1891
Alabaster, AL 35007-1891

Dear Spiritual Sister:
Since I'm writing this in a rush to place it in the mail by noon time, I wouldn't write much.
Just a short letter to let you know that I appreciate everything Patrick Crusade is doing to make my voice be heard!

Hope this finds you doing well.
The same for my brother Patrick.
You are all included in my daily prayers.
I received your correspondence with the letter from governor Siegelman.
Don't worry if he and the rest don't do anything now.
At the later date, the letters and answers, will destitute them all, of any immunity they might try to raise.
Enclosed find a copy of my letter to governor Siegelman.
I am mailing it certified return receipt requested.
It is self explanatory.
In the letter you can appreciate what we are going through in this concentration camp.
America is, walking backwards!!!!

PLEASE know that you can use this letter in any way you see it fit, and further please know that I would like to express my gratitude and support for Patrick Crusade's efforts to raise awareness and educate all persons and for your courageous willingness to voice the legal complaints about abuses and corruption within the penal system and other governmental agencies.

Freedom is a Holy Work!

======letter to Governor======

September 8, 1999 OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Honorable Don Siegelman
Governor
600 Dexter Avenue, Room N-104
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
RE: HONORIO MONTANEZ P.O.I. #144343

Dear Governor Siegelman:
The purpose of this letter is to see if you or your designee would inquire and advise me as to the unreasonable delay in either approving or taking me to have the eye surgery.
On August 25, 1999, the eye surgeon recommended the surgery to seal the blood vessels that leaked into the vitreos causing the loss of the vision sight of my left eye.
I signed the pertinent papers and up to this date, Correctional Medical Services, Inc., has not ether approved or made the proper arrangement to have the surgery performed.

This situation or the loss of the sight was caused by the delay in taking me to see the ophtalmologist, rather than the optometrist, at Kilby Prison.
I believe that Ms. Sherry Swiney, the Executive Director for Patrick Crusade wrote a letter to you, or served you with a copy of her letter to Warden Gwendolyn C. Mosely.
Since regardless who the ADOC entrusted its prisoners to provide adequate, meaningful and sound medical care, it is the responsibility of the warden to ensure that her prisoners receive the medical care.
Would you please advise warden Mosely of that fact??

Further, let me take the opportunity here, to bring to your attention the problem we have here at Easterling prison, Clio, Alabama.
Sir, since June 30, 1999, CMS is operating this prison without a daily physician's service.
We are at the mercy of the well intentioned nurses, but there is a limited medical care, they can provide, without the adequate supervision of a physician.
When the nurses schedule a prisoner to see the physician, the nurse tells you that since there is no physician, whenever one comes, they will call you.

Sir, I would like to bring to your attention that CMS is, enforcing a policy known as "Life Threatening Medical Condition Only".
In other words, all other non-emergency medical problems are either ignored or delayed.
Due to the lack of an on site physician's services on daily basis, only emergency situations are receiving prompt medical service because they are transported to the free-world hospitals via ambulance or DOC vehicles.

I believe that you would agree that medical care delayed is, medical care, denied.
The saving of money at the expense of your prisoners is per se, absurd.
The unreasonable delay to provide adequate and responsible eye medical care (Laser Surgery) could or would lead to permanent injury.
In 1997 when I lost the vision sight of the same eye (left) (due to a deliberate indifference) I had to declare a hunger strike for forty (40) days before they agreed to send me or take me to see the ophtalmologist and it was not even two (2) weeks after the ophtalmologist recommended the eye surgery, that it was performed.

Today I have been suffering the loss of the vision sight since June 2, 1999.
On August 25, 1999, I was taken to the same ophtalmologist that did the surgery in 1997 and he explained to me all the pro's and con's of the surgery and I signed the pertinent papers for the surgery and he advised me to talk to the medical staff to see when they wanted to do it.
Well, up to this date, the CMS's staff have failed or refused to either approve the services and/or taking me to the surgery that will restore my vision sight (partially), if it is not too late.

Apparently, to CMS the loss of the vision sight is not categorized as an emergency.
That conclusion is based on the mentality that they can't see anything wrong with the left eye because they don't see blood inside or coming out of the left eye.

What I need is, your intervention because I can't count with the warden of this prison, to obtain the adequate medical (surgery) care necessary to correct and prevent the complete loss of the vision sight.
When I wrote the warden, her answer was evasive and nothing has been done by her and/or her designee, to see if the necessary medical care for my vision.
She was also contacted by the executive director from Patrick Crusade, Mrs. Sherry Swiney without success.
That is the reason for me to address this plea to you.

Hope everything is not lost!
PLEASE know that I will appreciate your cooperation in this matter of mutual concern and awaiting for prompt reply, I shall remain
Very truly yours,
Honorio Montanez
P.O.I. # 144343
Easterling Prison 9/A
Clio, Alabama 36017-0010
cc: Mrs. Sherry Swiney
Janet Findley [note from Sherry: Janet Findley is the administrative assistant to the Commissioner of Alabama Department of Corrections]


June 27, 1999
Syphilis City, AL
My dear Spiritual Sister,
Just a short note to let you know that up to this date, prison officials haven't taken me to the free-world ophthalmologist!
Dr. Bradford, the eye doctor, advised me on the 14th of June that I would go to see the ophthalmologist real sòòn.

Since that date, anoter prisoner was taken and had the laser surgery done, yet your brother remains without the vision sight of the left eye!!
I believe they are waiting until (or to see if) I lose the sight of the right eye so they can declare me blind and move me to Hamilton Age and Infirmary, but I got a nasty surprise for them all!
Appears that the people in our country think that we don't have a man that will immolate himself IN PROTEST for the violation of his rights and the abusive behavior of the governmental officials, they have me wrong!
I already requested information from both Alabama and Washington Archives and their response is that their records do not show that any American has done so.
The Alabama Archives forwarded to me copies of the Alabama Habeas Corpus to show me the remedy provided by Alabama to situations like mine but, what the Archives fail to understand is, that the corruption and prostitution of the Alabama Legal System at state and federal levels, surpass/violates all canons of decency!
Justice delayed, equals justice denied!

Today the federal courts are turning their face because the courts are afraid of what they may see!
That's just great!
I don't say I'm going to do it at this time, but it is in the agenda, in case I lose my vision sight completely because of the gross inadequate medical care.
I wrote to Amnesty International a certified letter, but no answer!!
Let me let you go for now.
My best wishes for all,
Honorio Montanez
POI #144343
Easterling Prison
Clio, Alabama 36107-0010


You all saw the letter we received from Montanez a few days ago.
If you need a copy as a reminder or did not received it, please let me know.
The following letter goes out to all listed below.
Please bombard the prison with letters demanding that Montanez be taken to see a free-world eye doctor now.

Saturday, July 10, 1999
Gwendolyn C. Mosely, Warden
Easterling Prison
P.O. Box 10
Clio, AL 36017
Tel: 334/397-4471
. RE: S.R. Honorio Montanez, P.O.I. #144343
Easterling Prison - 8/B, Clio, AL 36107-0010

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It has come to the attention of The PATRICK CRUSADE - a national and international human rights organization with affiliates in almost every state across the nation and several countries around the world - that Inmate Honorio Montanez has been in need of medical care, and is being refused this care by prison officials.
Mr. Montanez needs to be taken to see a free-world ophthalmologist immediately.
Dr. Bradford, the eye doctor at the prison, advised Mr. Montanez on the 14th of June that he would go to see the ophthalmologist real sòòn.
As of this date, Mr. Montanez's serious condition has not been attended to.

The PATRICK CRUSADE watchdogs situations of prisoner abuse.
Lack of proper medical care falls into the category of abusive treatment to an inmate.
Our members around the world will watch closely to see what you do with Mr. Montanez.
The Statutes in the State of Alabama mandate that inmates be afforded "appropriate" medical care while they are incarcerated.

The PATRICK CRUSADE hereby puts all caretakers of this prisoner on notice.
Should this lack of medical attention be the cause of Mr. Montanez losing his eye sight and becoming blind.
You will be held legally and financially responsible for damages to Mr. Montanez and his family.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely yours,

The PATRICK CRUSADE
Sherry Swiney
Executive Director
ALABAMA HEADQUARTERS
P.O. Box 1891
Alabaster, AL 35007

Copies to:
1. Don Seigleman, Alabama Governor,
600 Dexter Avenue,
Montgomery, AL 36130.
Tel: 334/242-7994.

2. Michael W. Haley, ADOC Commissioner,
101 So. Union Street,
Montgomery, AL 36130-1501.
Tel: 334/353-3883

. 3. Joseph Ellington, III, Program Manager,
Department of Public Health
Houston County Health Department,
P.O. Box 2087
Dothan, AL 36302
Tel: 334/678-2800

4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Donna Shalala
Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W
Washington, D.C. 20201
(202) 619-0257
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775.

5. Stan Bailey
Birmingham News
423 So. Hull St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Tel: 334/264-2773

6. The Jeff-Dicks Medical Foundation


Governor Don Siegelman
State Capitol Room N-104
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130

Dear Governor Siegelman,
Please allow HONORIO MONTANEZ P.O.I. #144343 at Easterling prison, Clio, Alabama to have the eye surgery that was recommended by an eye surgeon on August 25, 1999,to seal blood vessels which leaked into the vitreos causing loss of vision in his left eye.
He has signed the pertinent papers and Correctional Medical Services, Inc. has not approved or made arrangements to have the surgery performed.

Furthermore, since June 30, 1999, CMS is operating without a daily physician's service.
They are at the mercy of well intentioned nurses, but the medical they can provide without a physician's supervision is limited.

When the nurses schedule a prisoner to see the physician, the nurse tells the prisoner that since there is no physician, whenever one comes, that he will be called.

We would also like to bring to your attention that CMS is enforcing a policy known as "Life Threatening Medical Condition Only".
In other words, all other non-emergency medical problems are either ignored or delayed.

Due to the lack of an on site physician's services on daily basis, only emergency situations are receiving prompt medical service because they are transported to the free-world hospitals via ambulance or DOC vehicles.
We ask you to look into these situations and to recognize that medical needs are not currently being met in Easterling prison, and to immediately remedy the situation, by sending HONORIO MONTANEZ P.O.I. #144343 for his eye surgery and by having physicians available daily on-site at the prison.
The PATRICK CRUSADE has written to you about this situation before.

Sherry Swiney is the Executive Director and can be reached at Post Office Box 1891 Alabaster, AL 35007-1891 for comment.
The Jeff Dicks Medical Coalition has also now been alerted to this situation and can be reached either through Sherry Swiney or through Shirley Dicks.
Or you can contact John Hammar or Heather Guillen with your response.
We are members of both the Patrick Crusade and the Jeff Dicks Medical Coalition.
Thank you for your time and attention in this important matter.
I look forward to hearing your solution to this problem.
Sincerely, Heather Guillen and John Hammar

On Montanez' envelope he writes:

FREEDOM IS A HOLY WAR!!!! ~~~ POI - Prisoner of INjustice of Alabama!

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