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(Prison Radio) Freedom is Now in Sight (September 17, 2019)

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PRESS RELEASE - New Evidence of Innocence Spurs 2 Court Filings for Mumia

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From Mobilization4Mumia

Contact: Pam Africa 001 - 267-760-7344
Joe Piette 001 - 610-931-2615

PRESS RELEASE

NEW EVIDENCE OF INNOCENCE SPURS TWO COURT FILINGS FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

September 9, Philadelphia - The struggle to free unfairly-convicted Mumia Abu-Jamal took a significant step forward on Sep. 3 when his attorneys submitted two documents to PA Superior Court .

Judith L Ritter, Widener University-Delaware Law School, and Samuel Spital, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. released this statement: "This week, Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a brief in PA Superior Court to support his claim that his 1982 trial was fundamentally unfair in violation of the Constitution. For example, he argues that the prosecution failed to disclose evidence as required and discriminated against African Americans when selecting the jury. And, his lawyer did not adequately challenge the State's witnesses.

Mr. Abu-Jamal also filed a motion containing new evidence of constitutional violations such as promises by the prosecutor to pay or give leniency to two witnesses. There is also new evidence of racial discrimination in jury selection."

Abu-Jamal has always said he is innocent and the new documents go a long way in supporting his case, undermining police and prosecution claims of how Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner was killed.

The filings are in response to the Dec 27, 2018 decision by Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker reinstating Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) petitions for the defendant. Tucker ruled Justice Ronald Castille unconstitutionally participated in deciding the appeals in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after denying Mr. Abu-Jamal's motions asking for his recusal, creating an appearance of judicial bias.

The "BRIEF FOR APPELLANT" in support of his struggle to gain his freedom after 37 years in PA prisons re-opens the PCRA petitions as ordered by Tucker.. The "APPELLANT'S MOTION FOR REMAND TO THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TO CONSIDER NEWLY DISCOVERED EVIDENCE" ask the Superior Court that the case be sent back to the Court of Common Pleas "so that he may present newly discovered evidence."

Among the arguments resubmitted in the "BRIEF FOR APPELLANT":

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel -- Failure to make right argument because counsel did not know the law.

Brady Violation -- DA Withheld Evidence. Namely that Prosecutor said that he would look into reinstating the driver's license of key witness, Robert Chobert;

Rights Violation of 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments -- DA manipulated key witness to falsely identify Abu-Jamal as the shooter.

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel -- Failure to retain ballistics expert when the trial counsel knew Officer Faulkner was killed by a .44 caliber bullet even though it was known Abu-Jamal's firearm was not a .44 weapon.

Batson -- Discrimination in jury selection that kept Black jurors from being sworn in.

Juror Misconduct - Several jurors violated court rules by conducting premature discussions, creating potential for prejudgment of evidence.

Basym Hassan, Philadelphia political activist, said: "The district attorney clearly violated Mumia's constitutional rights by withholding clear evidence that should have been exposed from the beginning. Throughout the entire process of Mumia's approaching the scene up until today's current developments, the law has not been applied as it was created - to get to the truth of a matter. Hopefully, Mumia will get a re-trial and the truth will finally get told. We await his release from hell."

Cindy Miller, Food Not Bombs - Solidarity and Mobilization for Mumia reminds us: "Does everybody remember on December 28, when current Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and his staff happened to find six boxes of evidence that had not beforehand been shown? That evidence is partly the reason for this new motion."

The "APPELLANT'S MOTION FOR REMAND TO THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TO CONSIDER NEWLY DISCOVERED EVIDENCE"

Miller refers to includes the suppression of evidence of improper prosecutorial interactions with the state's main two witnesses that were instrumental in ensuring Abu-Jamal's conviction. The motion charges that "Abu-Jamal's capital trial was fundamentally unfair and tainted by serious constitutional violations. Mr. Abu-Jamal respectfully requests that this Court remand the case to the Court of Common Pleas so that Mr. Abu-Jamal may litigate the claims arising from this new evidence."

Pam Africa: "Here's another example of why Mumia shoulda been home - an example of police and prosecutorial misconduct. That evidence has been there for years. It shoulda been in trial records but it was hidden. What else is hidden besides the few things that we have right here."

MOVE 9 member Eddie Africa said: "If they deal with this issue honestly, they'll have to release him because they know what they did was wrong."

Mumia, 65 years old, remains in SCI Mahanoy in poor health, suffering from severe itching and cirrhosis of the liver. He recently had cataract surgery in his left eye and is awaiting surgery in his right eye. He also has glaucoma.

Janine Africa, from the MOVE 9, said: "I just got released from prison after 41 years in May. I want to say everyone work hard to bring Mumia home so he can be taken care of and get proper medical care, and he don't deserve to be in jail from the beginning."

Mike Africa Jr added: "The pressure of the people, and of the power of the people is squeezing the evidence of Mumia's innocence out. We shall win."anfang

(PennLive) Protestors come to central Pa. to demand medical care for inmate convicted of killing police officer (Jul 24, 2019)

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Brief Medical Update on Mumia Abu Jamal

Artikel auf Deutsch (Übersetzung)...

"Like a Cheesecloth over both my eyes"

Mumia's visual impairment has rapidly progressed.

I reviewed Mumia's chart and saw the patient for a regular monthly f/u on Memorial Day 5/27/19

Mumia's suffers from multiple medical conditions including Glaucoma, (Open Angle) as well as Vitreous Detachment and Cataracts. This in addition to Cirrhosis, Hypertension, NIDDM, (Type 2 diabetes), Hepatitis C.

The patient reports being unable to read or write anything for over 5 weeks in March and April and although reporting improvement over the last 3-4 weeks given the over all clinical context:

  1. Several Severe risk factors-positive family history, NIDDM, poorly controlled hypertension, Hx of Cirrhosis, as well as the demands of his profession as a journalist (incessant reading under conditons of poor lighting) and the increased stress typical of the correctional envirionment, it is nearly certain that Mumia Abu-Jamal will progressto near- total if not total Blindness within 2-4 years.
  2. Immediate release on a Medical and Compassionate basis to his community and family would be the standard of care in this situation. The has indicated an extensive social network that would assist him in th of his release.
  3. If a question of Public Safety is posed home confinement would be an acceptable alternative.

Full report to follow.

The patient Mumia Abu-Jamal gave permission to discuss his medical case publicly.

I will seek to personally visit District Attorney this week to discuss this medical need.

Best,
Peace,
Joseph Harris MD

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Richter Tucker kritisiert Bezirksstaatsanwalt für Berufung gegen Mumia

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Under Pressure, Yale Reblaw Conf Rescinds Keynote Ofer To Philly D.A. Larry Krasner

Community Letter to Krasner

Instead Invites Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

Signator attorney Anneke Dunbar-Gronke noted, "Krasner will go down in history as the well-meaning, "progressive" DA who opposed justice in the case of the Nelson Mandela of our time."

Contact: Felipe Hernández - Anneke Dunbar-Gronke - Nyle Fort
felipe.dhernandez@gmail.com - onnieg@gmail.com - nylefort@gmail.com
562-298-6712 314-255-4327 - 973-985-9038

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Feb.1, 2019

Under Pressure, Yale Reblaw Conf Rescinds Keynote Ofer To Philly D.A. Larry Krasner

Instead Invites Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

Cambridge. Organizers of the Rebellious Lawyering (RebLaw) conference at Yale Law School rescinded a speaking invitation to Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner (see RebLaw letter below). The celebrated "progressive" DA was scheduled to be one of the keynote speakers at the 25-year-old conference on the weekend of Feb. 15-16, 2019. But earlier this week, a coalition of Harvard law students and lawyers wrote to conference organizers saying that Philadelphia prosecutors could not be counted in the tradition of rebellious lawyers. Their impassioned letter condemned DA Krasner's decision to appeal a recent court order that granted Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to re-appeal his conviction. The letter also challenged the notion that a prosecutor could hold that title.

In their letter to RebLaw, they said, "The so-called progressive Larry Krasner is hell-bent on keeping [Mumia's case] out of the appellate process. Larry Krasner was voted into office by the Black, working-class people of Philadelphia, but in the hour of truth, he has upheld the rulings of racist judges (in this case) and is doing the bidding of one of the country's most corrupt and homicidal police forces."

The signers added: "Prosecutors, those managers of the oppressive state, regardless of the rhetoric they may espouse during a campaign, should not be invited to speak at a conference for Rebellious Lawyering."

Signator attorney Anneke Dunbar-Gronke noted, "Krasner will go down in history as the well-meaning, "progressive" DA who opposed justice in the case of the Nelson Mandela of our time."

Harvard Law Student Felipe Hernández concluded, "The lesson here is that in the mind of a progressive DA, justice is doled out selectively and only when there is no real political risk involved. Thankfully the conference participants will hear from Mumia, an actual jailhouse lawyer-and pinnacle of rebellious lawyering."

Dear RebLaw attendees and comrades,

RebLaw 25 centers on a question: how can rebellious lawyers engage with our existing institutions and government? In other words, are there just and effective ways that grassroots movements can wield power through electoral politics?

In this spirit, we invited Larry Krasner, the District Attorney for Philadelphia, to serve as one of our keynote speakers. We invited a prosecutor to a Rebellious Lawyering conference hoping to foster a critical conversation about what place, if any, prosecutors should have in rebellious lawyering. Larry Krasner has spent the majority of his career as a defense attorney and civil rights lawyer, building solidarity with communities he has served. He has consistently challenged the power and credibility of law enforcement. Inevitably, prosecutors are implicated in the deep injustices of the system they serve. But as a DA, Larry Krasner has largely shown an admirable, if imperfect, new approach by using his office to challenge the morality and logic of incarceration and to divert police resources away from the project of controlling communities of color.

Given this record, we were disturbed to hear that DA Krasner will challenge the court decision giving Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to re-appeal his conviction of the 1981 death of a white Philadelphia police officer. Mumia, a longtime political activist and writer who has always maintained his innocence, spent decades on death row and is now serving a life sentence without parole. Mumia's case is marred by injustices, including clear evidence of systematic racial bias, political targeting, conflicts of interest, and police corruption. In short, Mumia's case illustrates many of the pervasive injustices that Krasner campaigned against.

Like many of you, we were immediately troubled by DA Krasner's decision when it was announced. Because this issue is so important-and because as RebLaw directors we strive to make decisions together, incorporating the voices of our communities-we waited to release this letter until we has a chance to reflect, discuss, and determine how to best advance the goals and values that RebLaw embodies.

We cannot understand how DA Krasner's decision in this case serves justice or the transformative vision that he ran on. We also hear and deeply appreciate the voices of the law students and activists calling on us to take action in response.

We have rescinded Larry Krasner's invitation to serve as a keynote speaker at RebLaw, and we strongly urged him to drop his appeal. We asked the DA, instead, to join activists in a conversation about the promise and perils of "progressive prosecution," including directly discussing his decision to appeal Mumia's court decision. The DA declined to take part in such a conversation.

It was communities of color who lifted up Larry Krasner to a position of power. He is obligated to respond to those same movements as he wields the power the community has vested in him. We are working with activists to craft programming that examines both Mumia's case and the successes and limitations of DA Krasner's regime.

We look forward to coming together with all of you at RebLaw.

In solidarity,
RebLaw 25 Directors


Here you can listen to it "Rebel Lawyers Speech by Mumia Abu-Jamal" (10:05)

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Labor Action Committee to free Mumia Abu-Jamal

P.O. Box 16222
Oakland, CA 94610
February 11, 2019

The Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal congratulates the Rebellious Lawyering ("RebLaw") Conference on making the principled decision to disinvite Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner from making the 2019 RebLaw keynote address.

The Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (LAC) was founded in 1998. We have defended Mumia for twenty years since Mumia was represented by his second appellate team (Eliot Grossman, Marlene Kamish and Nick Brown), and a number of our founding members have defended Mumia from the very beginnings of his case. We base ourselves on the principle that Mumia was framed by a racist, capitalist legal system, and that militant class struggle action, through the labor unions and the mass mobilization of the working class, is necessary to win Mumia's freedom.

Examples of such class struggle action include the Oakland Education Association's (OEA's) city-wide teach-in for Mumia in 1999, which two LAC members initiated and coordinated against the opposition of the OEA leadership and the local NAACP. We also helped to organize the West Coast port shutdown for Mumia on April 24, 1999. The resolution for that action, which included a march of 25,000 through the streets of San Francisco, was introduced by LAC member and then-ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) Local 10 Executive Board member, Jack Heyman.

In 2016, as part of the successful international campaign to save Mumia's life when he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, we worked with the OASIS Clinic here in Oakland to organize demonstrations at J.P. Morgan's annual biotech conference at the St. Francis Hotel, as well as at Gilead Sciences in Union City. As NUMSA (National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa) General Secretary Irvin Jim noted in a solidarity statement, on behalf of a membership of 340,000:

"The refusal of health-care [to Mumia] reminds us of the conditions we were put in under Apartheid prisons where sick detainees were allowed to die in very deplorable lonely conditions in solitary as part of the punishment for their role in the struggle."

We commend the students from Harvard University for their initiative and courage in calling to disinvite Krasner. However, given the critical importance of this present moment to Mumia's freedom, we have some additional remarks to add to theirs.

While we stand with all organizations who defend Mumia - including RebLaw - the LAC defends Mumia on the only position which is consistent with the evidence: that Mumia Abu-Jamal, just like Angela Davis and Huey Newton, was factually innocent of the murder of Daniel Faulkner, and was, in fact, framed. We do not say that Mumia deserves a new trial because he was denied "due process", or because of any procedural problems in his original trial. Instead, we say "Free Mumia!"

The argument that Mumia deserves freedom only because of procedural violations (whether committed by Judge Sabo, Justice Castille, or others) has existed in the Mumia movement for a long time. It has sometimes allowed organizations to softpedal criticism of the police, as well as prosecutors like Krasner. It has also resulted in excluding or sidelining Mumia from so-called "progressive" events and spaces.

The Fourth World Congress Against the Death Penalty, in 2010, comes to mind. At that conference, a memo was circulated calling for the exclusion of Mumia from the event, which was signed by representatives from, among others, Death Penalty Focus and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. That memo read, in part:

"The Abu-Jamal case, regardless of its merits, acts as a lightning rod that galvanizes opponents of abolition and neutralizes key constituencies in the cause of abolition. Continuing to give Abu-Jamal focused attention unnecessarily attracts our strongest opponents and alienates coalition partners at a time when we need to build alliances, not foster hatred and enmity."

The authors of that memo specifically wrote that the "alliances" and "key constituencies" they had in mind were "police, prosecutors and law enforcement experts".

Why is Mumia, then, a "lightning rod"? It is not just because he is accused of shooting a cop. Rather, it is because he is a self-proclaimed revolutionary.

Mumia first came around the Black Panther Party in Philadelphia in 1967, at the age of 13, and joined two years later. He says that he was "beaten into the Black Panther Party" by the police, because of their repression of black youth at events such as the student-led mobilization to rename Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia for Malcolm X. Mumia also attended, in 1968, a demonstration in South Philadelphia to protest George Wallace, at which all the protesters were severely beaten by the Philadelphia police. Later, after the Panthers, he joined the MOVE organization.

Mumia's politics are not confined to the struggle for black liberation, though that is obviously important to him. A casual examination of his commentaries on fascism, the internal divisions in the British Labour Party, monopoly capital, or his seminal history of the Black Panther Party, "We Want Freedom," reveals a powerful, explicitly class-centered critique of international capitalism. Mumia is a thinker in the tradition of W.E.B. Du Bois or C.L.R. James - one who also has the power to move the masses.

The power of Mumia's voice, as a representative of a strata of the working class segregated at the bottom rungs of American society, is undeniable. And it is precisely because of that voice that those layers of society whose interests are represented by the police - and the prosecutors - will never permit his freedom. The only road to Mumia's freedom - and, in point of fact, the only reason he is even alive today - is mass organization.

In this particular moment in American history, there is a pronounced political polarization, with growth on both the Left and the Right. This has been expressed, on "our" side, in movements such as Occupy, Black Lives Matter and the emergence of "socialist" electoral candidates. This is a positive development, and it has resulted in progressives such as Krasner being propelled into positions of power with a mandate to "reform" the criminal justice system.

We criticize politics, not personalities. It is important to assess what role Krasner plays structurally. In the 1970s, in the heyday of the New Left, there were also "progressive" prosecutors and even "progressive" police chiefs. Such efforts, as we are already beginning to see, always eventually run afoul of the fundamental contradiction that a "progressive" prosecutor or police chief presides over that arm of the state apparatus which is tasked with social and political repression.

The same police who framed Mumia also clear homeless encampments, break strikes, disperse rallies and demonstrations and destroy social movements. Such institutions cannot, in the final analysis, be reformed.

We look forward to working alongside you and all groups and individuals who are struggling for Mumia's freedom.

In solidarity,
Jack Heyman, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10 (ret.)
Bob Mandel, Oakland Teachers for Mumia
Gerald Smith, former Black Panther
for the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal


Here you can listen to it "Rebel Lawyers Speech by Mumia Abu-Jamal" (10:05)

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DO YOUR PART TO FREE MUMIA

EVERY TUESDAY, CALL 001-215-686-8000 BETWEEN 12-2PM
AND TELL PHILLY DA KRASNER:

(Choose the one you prefer)
"Many people who worked tirelessly for your election feel betrayed. We knocked on doors, held fundraisers and gave our own money to support a "Just DA". We disagree strongly with your decision to appeal the Mumia ruling, in fact we condemn it. Retract the appeal! Release Mumia now!"

Or

"Your appeal of Black Judge Leon Tucker's ruling in favor of Mumia defends racist Judge Albert Sabo, who said: 'I'm going to help them fry the N-word'. He also put more Black and Brown men on death row than anyone else in the US. Retract the appeal! Release Mumia now!"

Or

"Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted because the police tampered with and 'lost' key pieces of evidence; the prosecution manufactured evidence of guilt, suppressed proof of innocence and selected a Jim Crow jury, among other due-process violations. Krasner, your appeal of Judge Tucker's ruling defends those unjust practices. That's not what you were elected to do. Retract the appeal! Release Mumia now!"

Or

"Krasner, Black Lives Matter! Stop siding with the FOP and racist corrupt judges like Sabo & Castille and against a Black Judge, Leon Tucker. When you appealed Tucker's decision, you betrayed us and your own rhetoric about ending mass incarceration and wrongful incarceration. Retract the appeal! Release Mumia now!"

You can also flood the DAs office by Email: justice@phila.gov and Tweets: @philaDAO

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On-line petition to Pressure Krasner not to appeal re Mumia Abu-Jamal

Here's an online petition to sign and share widely.

Don't Stand in the Way of Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal! Don't AppealJudge Tucker's Decision!

Mumia Abu-Jamal has always maintained his innocence in the 1981 fatal shooting of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. His prosecution was politically-motivated because of his Black Panther Party membership, his support of the MOVE organization and as a radical journalist. His 1982 trial and subsequent 1995 PCRA appeals were racially biased: the prosecution excluded African Americans from the jury; and PCRA trial Judge Albert Sabo, the same judge in Abu-Jamal's initial trial, declared, "I'm gonna help them fry the n----r."

On Dec. 27, Mumia Abu-Jamal won a significant case before Judge Leon Tucker in a decision granting him new rights of appeal.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner: We call on you to do the right thing. Do not stand in the way of justice. Do not appeal Judge Tucker's decision.

As a progressive attorney you ran for Philadelphia District Attorney on a platform that included standing "for justice, not just for convictions." You promoted reviewing past convictions and freeing the wrongfully convicted. In Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal's frame-up stands out as the city's most notorious wrongful conviction.

We call on you to cease defending former Philadelphia DA and later PA Supreme Court Judge Ron Castille's now-discredited claim of impartiality. It was a people's movement that paved the way for your election – not the financial backing of the FOP or the establishment including judges like Castille.

Show your supporters that your campaign promises meant something. That your concern for justice extends to controversial cases your predecessors held untouchable. Allow Abu-Jamal to go forward with re-arguing his appeals, which Judge Tucker states "would best serve the appearance of justice."

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JAN4 Twitter Storm for Mumia: #KrasnerDoRightByMumia

Join in to pressure so-called "progressive" Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner not to appeal a judicial decision just won by Mumia Abu-Jamal, so that he can finally proceed with his appeals.

Anyone with a twitter account just has to click on these links and it will take you to your own Twitter account with the wording already there, all you have to do is click Tweet. Both of these linked Tweets have a picture linked to them as well. The first has a pic of Mumia, the 2nd has a pic of a flyer for a rally to pressure Krasner in Philly on the 5th.

Please do this on Friday, January 4th. We need the numbers all on the same day to create the Twitter storm. These links can also be posted on your Facebook pages, web sites, etc. Just headline it "Twitter Storm for Mumia on Friday, January 4 - Click To Tweet"

Click to Tweet link #1: https://ctt.ac/cY4TC

#KrasnerDoRightByMumia @philaDAO Don't stand in the way of justice. Don't appeal Judge's decision allowing ex Panther Abu-Jamal to re-appeal! Judge says re-arguing Mumia's appeals “would best serve the appearance of justice”

Click to Tweet link #2: https://ctt.ac/cY4TC

#KrasnerDoRightByMumia @philaDAO Don't appeal Judge's decision allowing ex Panther Abu-Jamal to re-appeal. You campaigned on freeing the wrongfully convicted. Mumia's case Is Philly's most notorious Wrongful Conviction!

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Philadelphia: You can lock up prisoners but you can't silence them

You can lock up prisoners but you can't silence them

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