Michael Reed Dorrough (Zaharibu) was falsely arrested and convicted in 1985. Now, at age 61, he is still imprisoned, held a prisoner at the California State Prison – Solano. Michael spent more than 25 years in solitary confinement for his political convictions. With this website we, friends of Zaharibu, show our support for his case for innocence. Zaharibu.org – MichaelReedDorrough.org
Update from Michael Zaharibu Dorrough D-83611, from Nov 6th, 2014, from the prison hospital:
“Wanted to let you know that I was (finally) taken out to see the neuro-surgeon (doctor Rahimifar, he has a practice in Bakersfield). He decided against surgery for now. I must continue to wear the neck brace for another 2 weeks and another follow-up appointment in 2 weeks by tele-conference.
The doctor was surprized to see me, and that was the best proof of me not being taken out to the follow-up appointment last month was intentional. I am now just waiting to see what kind of treatment plan they will develop for me. Naturally I have no faith in them (or even honoring the follow-up tele-conference). Love to all.”
Last October, following emergency 602s (grievances) and a short hunger strike for medical care, Zaharibu was moved to the prison hospital at Corcoran. He was being treated for his spine, for which he was sent to an outside hospital Mercy Hospital) to have an MRI scan. This scan showed that surgery may be necessary.
For almost 3 years Zaharibu was told that nothing is wrong with his back… And now the MRI scan shows a different story. There was supposed to be a follow-up appointment with the doctor at Mercy Hospital, within 10 days. The 10 days ended on October 19th without Zah having spoken to the doctor… Zah has also submitted a medical appeal requesting that he be taken out to the hospital, or provided with an explanation why he has not been taken to see the doctor again.
Please write to Michael (Zaharibu) while he is in hospital! He can do with some mail!
Michael Zaharibu Dorrough was moved last week from his cell which he shared with his comrade and who helped him with the medical issues, to a single cell, because of his CPAP-Machine (to help against sleep apnea). It was a move against his will.
The Assistant Wardens did not allow him to use his extension cord, which he has had since a year without any danger, and the rules are such that he IS ALLOWED to have it. Still, the AW’s took the cord and moved him to a single cell where they think he can use his CPAP-machine. But the cord is STILL too short!
They have not done anything to ensure Mr Dorrough can use the CPAP Machine properly. They do not care. In fact, one of the Assistant Wardens is supposed to help Prisoners with Disabilities. She allegedly went out of her way to have the extension cord taken away. Why?
Please help ensure better quality of medical care for Mr Dorrough and hundreds, maybe thousands more prisoners held indefinitely in dark, dirty cells 23/24 hours a day 7 days a week. Please write in protest to: Medical Receiver Kelso, at CPHCSCCUWeb@cdcr.ca.gov:
Zaharibu’s support suggests sending emails to the CSP-Corcoran SHU Ombudsman Cherita Wofford to let her know prisoners held in CSP-Corcoran SHU unit 4B-1L (maybe in other units also but this is what we know) are NOT receiving their rightful property that was ordered via vendors by their family, and they are receiving paper trays of food, which means a smaller portion every day. Also they routinely get NO YARDTIME. ACTION: Email of the Ombudsman: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc it to: email@example.com. Here is what Zaharibu wrote: “We routinely get beat out of everything that we have coming: – Yard – Personal property items that we are allowed to have (there is a new property matrix out since January and Zaharibu was denied boxer shorts sent in by his parents via a vendor!). – We are fed on paper trays almost daily. I have personally spoken to an associate warden here, and the guy who is in charge of implementing the SDP (step down program), both agree that we should get everything that we are entitled to, but neither of them will do anything, nothing at all, to enforce policy and ensure that we are issued those items that we have coming: receive our yard, and receive our full portion of food (something that is not possible on paper trays).” (from a letter dated Feb 13, 2014).