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Reportback: June Call-in Action for Oso Blanco

December 10, 2013

Editor’s note: At the time of publication, Oso had been transferred to USP Atlanta but it was unknown whether he would be kept there or transferred again.

“I want to thank you all for calling Florence USP, in Colorado. This unity has motivated Ms. McDermott to relent and give me medical attention” – Oso Blanco

Greeting friends, comrades and supporters,

The call in days went well! Oso Blanco says we all did an awesome job and he would like to thank everyone for their support. On June 12, USP Florence-High was slammed with in-coming calls from all over the country! The phones started ringing first thing in the morning, and by afternoon the staff members were exhausted. Others who were not present on this day returned to find their message boxes flooded.

Early the next morning, our comrade was taken from his cell and given another blood test, and round two of calls and emails rolled in. USP Florence-High, with its already existing reputation of medical neglect, experienced the strength of our solidarity. They can no longer brush off Oso Blanco’s request for medical attention. Staff members confirmed to some callers that all our information is accurate, so whether intentional or not, they can no longer deny that he needs the care requested. So great job everyone!

He still has yet to receive an actual ultrasound, and still needs one, but has gotten something smaller and similar. Which he is very happy about and excited to see progress being made for the first time, since he arrived at Florence on January 9, 2013.

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