*So glad to hear about the strong campaign kickoff in Philly on April
24th . I'm sending some news and pics from the Mumia birthday
activities in Mexico City. *
*After a couple of hours of rain, our rally outside the U.S. Embassy in
Mexico City on April 24th started up with dancing and drumming, and we
presented a new banner painted by long-time Mumia supporter, Aurelio.
Right away two busloads of friends from San Salvador Atenco came in with
strong solidarity messages from Ignacio del Valle and others. They
consider Mumia an example and an inspiration and have always appreciated
the fact that he spoke out in their support when the Mexican government
unsuccessfully tried to keep Ignacio and Felipe Álvarez en prison for
112 and 67 years, respectively. *
*A message from political prisoner Alberto Patishtán was also read by
his son Héctor. You may remember that Mumia wrote a piece in his
support last October, "The State and the Schoolteacher". And this is the
second message Alberto has sent in support of Mumia. The first was from
the prisoners in the two collectives he has organized inside Chiapas
prisons, La Voz del Amate and Solidarios de La Voz del Amate, and the
second was his own personal message.*
*Several other solidarity messages were read, and a comrade spoke about
the case of another Mexican political prisoner, Pedro Peralta, in
Eloxochitlán, Oaxaca. *
*Eva Palma sang and spoke about Mumia's life and struggle. She is a
cultural worker and the companion of Kuy Kendall, our comrade who was
shot in the head with a "non-lethal" projectile in the December 1
protests against the inauguration of Mexican president Enrique Peña
Nieto and is still unconscious in the hospital.*
*Jorge Salinas played the guitar and sang corridos, Luisillo and Andrés
played the drums and recited poetry, Revolución Anónima rapped, and the
reggae bands Luna Negra and Ollin Roots closed the event. *
*The night before the rally, the screening of COINTELPRO 101 prompted an
interesting question and answer session with Claude Marks of Freedom
Archives via Skype, organized by the Radio Zapote collective. And the
day after the rally, we had a well-attended birthday party at the Che
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Rally & March 2-6pm
Indoor Campaign Kickoff, 6:30pm- 9:30pm
We demand: District Attorney Seth Williams, Release Mumia Now!
The DA has earned the right to be our focus on Mumia's born-day. The Philadelphia DA's Office has a history of injustice and oppression: Ed Rendell 1978-1986, Ron Castille 1986-1991, Lynne Abraham 1991-2010, and Seth Williams 2010-present
From Mumia's arrest up until now, the Philadelphia DA's office has been a key player in the conspiracy to kill Mumia Abu-Jamal and later to keep him in prison for the rest of his life, despite extensive evidence of his innocence and of police, prosecutorial, and judicial misconduct in the case. Mumia should never have even been arrested, much less found guilty and sentenced to death.
End Solitary Confinement! End the Death Penalty! Reclaim Education!
End Mass Incarceration! Free All Political Prisoners!
Order $10 bus tickets now!
Call the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition NYC Hotline (212) 330-8029
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Purchase bus tickets at:
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In the Philadelphia area, call International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
(215) 921-8914 (Philadelphia Innocence Project)
Return trips to NYC from Philadelphia available for 6pm and 9:30pm
"I am sitting in the visiting area of the SCI Mahanoy prison in
Frackville, Pa., on a rainy, cold Friday morning with Mumia Abu-Jamal,
America's most famous political prisoner and one of its few authentic
revolutionaries. He is hunched forward on the gray plastic table, his
dreadlocks cascading down the sides of his face, in a room that looks
like a high school cafeteria. He is talking intently about the nature of
empire, which he is currently reading voraciously about, and effective
forms of resistance to tyranny throughout history. Small children,
visiting their fathers or brothers, race around the floor, wail or
clamber on the plastic chairs. Abu-Jamal, like the other prisoners in
the room, is wearing a brown jumpsuit bearing the letters DOC-for
Department of Corrections...
OCCUPY FOR JUSTICE: OCCUPY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT -- April 24, 11AM
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC -- at the Dept of Justice (DOJ)
International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal : Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal : New York Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal : Occupy Philly : Occupy DC Now : Occupy DC Criminal Injustice Committee : Occupy the Hood : Decarcerate PA : Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change [SPARC] : Millions for Mumia : Dead Prez (Sticman and M1) : T alib Kweli : Immortal Technique : Angela Davis : Danny Glover : Alice Walker : Francis Pixen : Amiri Baraka : Marc Lamont Hill : Cornell West : Vijay Prashad : Norman Finkelstein
Spread the Word: Bring 2, 5 or 10 Friends
next stop - Mumia's Freedom
Now that the celebrated, radical journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, is off death row, many dare to imagine the next step--his release from prison. On December 9, 2011 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where over 1,100 people gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of Mumia's incarceration, Archbishop Desmond Tutu asked our nation to "rise to the challenge of reconciliation, human rights, and justice" and called for Mumia's "immediate release." And when Frances Goldin--Mumia's literary agent--called on the audience to OCCUPY the Justice Department, the call was met with a roar of excitement.
On April 24, 2012, Mumia's 58th birthday, we will gather at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC. A large-scale, vibrant and colorful rally will amplify our formal request that Eric Holder immediately meet with a delegation to discuss police corruption and civil rights violations in Mumia's case and in the cases of hundreds of other defendants in Philadelphia. Some demonstrators will engage in acts of civil disobedience to draw greater attention to these injustices.
I pledge to occupy the DOJ
On April 24, consider joining a group of renowned citizens in an act of civil disobedience, among them Danny Glover, Frances Fox Piven, Norman Finkelstein, and M1 of Dead Prez. Your pledge to engage in an act of civil disobedience will be critical to reaching our goals of enlisting the participation of other activists and ensuring news coverage of the case and of our broader demands. If you cannot commit to civil disobedience, you can pledge to be at the demonstration.
Because Mumia's removal from death row coincides with the dramatic shift in consciousness brought by the Occupy Wall Stree t movement and the execution of Troy Davis, we now have a unique window of opportunity to fulfill one of the most important moral assignments of our time: to build a movement that will link all of the violations in Mumia's case and his fraudulent trial to the crisis of mass incarceration, so as to win this innocent man's freedom. Short term goal: release Mumia. Long term goal: end mass incarceration.
Attorneys will be available to answer questions and to support this important demonstration.
"there is something in the soul...
...that cries for freedom!" Twenty-first century social movements around the world are illuminating the root ca uses of social crises, class inequality, bigotry, human rights violations, and environmental degradation. Here in the U.S. we have seen how, in the face of the growing OCCUPY movements, the state has intensified its campaign to restrain people and silence dissent. From the incarceration of state critics and whistle blowers (Bradley Manning), the pepper spraying of peacefully protesting students in California and the passage of repressive legislation (HR 347 & NDAA) to the warehousing of millions of poor Black and Latino people in American prisons and the increased scapegoating and detention of immigrants -- the state is ramping up repressive measures.
On April 24, we will breath life into the old labor slogan: "an injury to one, is an injury to all." On that day we will say that we are all Mumia, we are all immigrants, we are all Bradley Manning, we are all poor, we are all Palestinian, and we are all Troy Davis.
For 30 years, in a death row cell, Mumia has offered a radical critique of power and injustice through his regular radio commentaries and seven published books. His defiant voice in the face of state repression has taught us all something about courage and the human spirit's inclination toward freedom. His message articulates our highest aspirations as a society. On April 24, make a placard and write on it all of your grievances. They will be welcomed. Above all, on that day, bring your fighting spirit and your desire to live in and create a decent and different world.
why the DOJ
The police who shot, brutalized, and arrested Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1980 -- for the shooting death of Officer Daniel Faulkner -- were under scrutiny by a Department of Justice investigation of the Philadelphia Police Department. The probe, which began in 1979, marked the first time in United States' history that the federal government sued a police department for civil rights violations and charged an entire police department, rather than individual officers, with police brutality. The DOJ suit maintained that the Philadelphia police's practices of "shooting nonviolent suspects, abusing handcuffed prisoners, suppressing dissension within its ranks, and engaging in a pattern of brutal behavior `shocks the conscience.'" Only days after the end of Mumia's fraudulent trial and conviction, 15 of the 35 police officers involved in collecting evidence in his case would be convicted and jailed, as a result of this federal investigation, on charges which included graft, corruption, and tampering with evidence to obtain a conviction. Chief among these officers was Alfonzo Giordano, the police inspector who led the crime scene investigation in Mumia's case. The DOJ investigation remains unfinished: it did not provide relief for defendants like Mumia who were convicted by the testimonies and work of these corrupt an d convicted cops.
I visited Mumia yesterday, December 15, in the new prison that houses
him, SCI Mahanoy. Even though he has been released from death row, he
remains in Administrative Custody while he awaits transfer to general
population. Because he is still in Administrative Custody and not yet in
general population, visits still take place behind the plexiglass
barrier characteristic of the no-contact visits to prisoners on death
Mumia boarded a vehicle to SCI- Mahanoy in the early morning hours of
December 14th at 4AM. Despite the dehumanizing character of the heavily
armored vehicle that transported him from SCI Greene to SCI Mahanoy,
Mumia delighted in the opportunity to see cows, horses, and
Pennsylvania's beautiful landscape during the 7 hour ride to Frackville,
He described the last number of days as a "crazy whirlwind." Last
Friday alone, he spent 6 hours packing up books, letters, and other
belongings in preparation for what he believed was a move into general
population at SCI Greene. But the Department of Corrections had other
plans in mind. As you know, that same day, December 9, his call came
through at the National Constitution Center. At the prompting of Pam
Africa, the last 30 seconds of that call turned into a rousing ovation
to Mumia by the 1,100 people in attendance. This is was he wrote in a
letter about his experience that very same night on December 9, "It's
been minutes since I've hung up the phone, and I'm still buzzing from
the loving vibes zapping through the phone. It's really electric!"
While in Administrative Custody at Mahanoy, Mumia is technically in
"the hole." This means that he has absolutely no human contact;
absolutely no belongings in his cell other than a rubber pen, 8 sheets
of paper and 8 envelopes (4 of which he has used to write letters to
family and friends); he gets only one hour in the yard and one visitor
a week; and at night the lights in his small cell are dimmed only
slightly, and otherwise remain on all day.
Mumia noted that he missed the knock of his next door neighbor on the
Row at SCI Greene, Sugarbear, who called for him through a knocked on
the wall "at least 20 times a day."
Mumia noted that as he was being escorted to his cell at Mahanoy, the
majority of prisoners he saw in "the hole" were black and he immediately
thought of Michelle Alexander's evocative analysis and descriptions of
mass black imprisonment nationwide.
Mumia is committed to remaining mindful of the challenges of this new
period. He remains strong and hopeful about the possibilities of this
next phase of struggle, both in his personal day-to-day life, and in
the movement. He welcomes and is prepared for the change. Below please
also note a special note he dictated to OWS.
Mumia reiterated that despite his isolation and the alienating
character of his transfer to Mahanoy, he feels vibrations of love around
We await, impatiently, Mumia's transfer to general population and call
on the DA's office to complete the transfer immediately. PLEASE NOTE:
The DA's number and address below.
Let us remind the DA that Mumia should have been in general population
since 2001 when Judge Yohn overturned the death penalty in his case; but
the DA's office held him on death row for a decade while it filed losing
appeals. By law, Mumia should be in general population, not in "the
hole." We demand his immediate transfer.
Dear activists for the freedom of Mumia Abu Jamal!
On December 9th, 2011 the Committee for the Freedom of Mumia Abu
Jamal/Vienna organized a rally on the busy Mariahilfer Street. In the
Christmas hurly-burly we announced our message that we are pleased with
the repurchase of the death penalty on the one hand but we vehemently
fight "against the creeping death" of Mumia Abu Jamal (Desmond Tutu) of
"life imprisonment" on the other hand. So we demanded again and again the
freedom for Mumia Abu Jamal! 75 persons signed our petition for freedom
for Mumia Abu Jamal. Three of them want to cooperate with our committee!
Please add our video report to your other reports on the international
actions on December 9th, 2011:
For Interview Contact
Dr. Johanna Fernandez, 917.930.0804
Dr. Suzanne Ross, 917.584.2135
Dr. Mark Taylor, 609.638.0806
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Calls for Mumia Abu-Jamal's Release
"Now that it is clear that Mumia should never have been on death row in the first place, justice will not be served by relegating him to prison for the rest of his life" yet another form of death sentence. Based on even a minimal following of international human rights standards, Mumia must now be released. I therefore join the call, and ask others to follow, asking District Attorney Seth Williams to rise to the challenge of reconciliation, human rights, and justice: drop this case now, and allow Mumia Abu-Jamal to be immediately released, with full time served."
The news that the DA's Office of Philadelphia is no longer seeking the death penalty for Mumia is no news to supporters of the nearly 30 year Pennsylvania Death Row prisoner. However, because Mumia has for thirty years been subjected to torture on death row and because he is innocent, justice for Mumia will not be served by life imprisonment, but by his release from prison.
Mumia's case is like thousands of other cases in Philadelphia in which the prosecutor, the judge, and the police conspired to obtain a conviction. One of the most important and least known facts of this case is the existence of a fourth person at the crime scene, Kenneth Freeman. Within hours of the shooting, a driver's license application found in Officer Faulkner's shirt pocket led the police to Freeman, who was identified as the shooter in a line-up. Yet Freeman's presence at the scene was concealed, first by Inspector Alfonso Giordano and later, at trial, by Prosecutor Joe McGill. Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice asserted that withholding evidence of innocence by the prosecutor warrants the overturning of a conviction.
The police investigation that led to Mumia's conviction was also riddled with corruption and tampering with evidence. The recently discovered Polokoff photographs that were taken at the crime scene, reveal that officer James Forbes, who testified in court that he had properly handled the guns allegedly retrieved at the crime scene, appears holding the guns with his bare hands. The photos also discredit cabdriver Robert Chobert as a witness; his taxi, contrary to his testimony, is pictured facing away from the fallen officer's car. This evidence hasn't been reviewed by any court.
Our call to Seth Williams is that he honor DA Lynn Abraham's 1995 promise to the city of Philadelphia that she would discard any cases where evidence surfaces that even one of the officers involved in an investigation lied in court or in written reports.
The D.A. may think that the case can be laid to rest by sending Mumia off to life in prison. But an aroused public, with the Supreme Court ruling the death sentence to be unconstitutional, is ready to challenge anew the entire trial. The same judge, jury, and DA that were involved in the unlawful sentencing process committed equally egregious violations in the conviction. This is not an ending, it is a new beginning for the movement supporting Abu-Jamal's quest for release.
The December 9 forum at the National Constitutional Center, featuring Prof. Cornel West, will be preceded by an 11:30 a.m. Press Conference, at the American Friends Service Committee building, 1501 Cherry Street. Then the following day there will be a full-day of organizing and fundraising activities, Saturday December 10, at the Germantown Event Center, 5245 Germantown Avenue, beginning at 12 Noon.
Mumia Abu-Jamal's 1982 Death Sentence is Again Declared Unconstitutional
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has unanimously declared that Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence is unconstitutional. In today's decision, the Court of Appeals reaffirmed its 2008 finding that Mr. Abu-Jamal's sentencing jury was misled about the process for considering evidence supporting a life sentence. The Court found that, in violation of the United States Supreme Court's 1988 decision in Mills v. Maryland, the jury was improperly led to believe that that it could only consider unanimously agreed upon evidence favoring a life verdict. This mistake rendered Mr. Abu-Jamal's death sentence fundamentally unfair. The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and Professor Judy Ritter of Widener Law School represent Mr. Abu-Jamal in this appeal of his 1982 conviction and death sentence for the murder of a police officer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"This decision marks an important step forward in the struggle to correct the mistakes of an unfortunate chapter in Pennsylvania history," said John Payton, Director-Counsel of LDF. "Again acknowledging the existence of clear constitutional error in Mr. Abu-Jamal's trial, the Court of Appeals' decision enhances confidence in the criminal justice system and helps to relegate the kind of unfairness on which this death sentence rested to the distant past."
Prof. Ritter noted that, "Pennsylvania long ago abandoned the confusing and misleading instructions and verdict slip that were relied on in Mr. Abu-Jamal's trial in order to prevent unfair and unjust death sentences. Courts now use clear and unambiguous language to advise sentencing juries about their ability to consider evidence that favors a life verdict. Mr. Abu-Jamal is entitled to no less constitutional protection."
Mr. Abu-Jamal he has been on death row in Pennsylvania for 29 years.
To speak with counsel for Mr. Abu-Jamal, please contact Melquiades Gagarin, email@example.com, 212-965-2783.
(Harlem, NYC) Mumia Abu-Jamal's legal defense gained strength a couple
of weeks ago, when the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) officially joined
his defense. Although lawyers of the LDF have been members of the team
for several years already they now take on the leading role in the legal
struggle to free Mumia Abu-Jamal. On April 3 the newly formed defense
team presented themselves to an audience of 150 in Riverside Church in
What does the USA have in common with China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and
North Korea? You would hardly guess, but the European Parliament stated loud
and all too clear on October 2nd; those are the countries which put lots of
people to death. In a long, detailed resolution, approved almost unanimously
by 574 members (only 25 opposed and 39 abstained), the members from all over
Europe named people on death row and threatened with execution in several
countries and right there between those in Iran and Iraq were two Americans:
Mumia Abu-Jamal in Pennsylvania and Troy Davis in Georgia. The delegates
also voiced regret at the recent executions of Holly Wood in Alabama and
Teresa Lewis in Virginia, although both were mentally retarded.
True, as the resolution pointed out, the USA cannot match China, which
killed about 5000 inmates last year, but it is was still near the top behind
Iran, with 402, Iraq at least 77 and Saudi Arabia with at least 69. In the
USA the number was 52.
It was noted that 154 countries have abolished the death penalty completely
or almost completely (with occasional exceptions such as for wartime
treason). In Europe only Belarus has failed to do so, while the new
constitution of far-off Kyrgyzstan just joined the ranks of those who
generally agree, as the resolution points out, that "the death penalty is
the ultimate cruel and inhuman and degrading punishment, which violates the
right to life as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights",
and "detention conditions created by the death penalty decision amount to
torture that is unacceptable to states respecting human rights." It reports
that "various studies have shown that the death penalty has no effect on
trends in violent crime.whereas evidence shows that the death penalty
affects first and foremost underprivileged people."
After listing cases in other countries where pressure is needed, the
delegates noted that "35 states in the USA still have the death penalty,
although 4 of them have not held executions since 1976" and while executions
increased to 52 in 2009 "some states have moved against the death penalty
through measures including a moratorium on executions or its abolition".
Mentioning Mumia Abu-Jamal twice in the resolution indicated how people in
many European countries are worried about his case, considered typical for
many others, and currently nearing some kind of decision, possibly a fatal
A delegate of Germany's LEFT party, Sabine Loesing, who was particularly
active in getting this resolution passed, told how happy she was that so
many from a wide range of political parties had voted for the resolution and
added that she would see to it that the pressure on Catherine Ashton,
foreign minister of the European body, would not let up so that she raises
the position of the resolution whenever she meets with leaders of states
where capital punishment still prevails.
On Tuesday, September 21, around 150 people gathered at the Hemiciclo a
Juárez in Mexico City to demand life and freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal,
recognized internationally as a political prisoner. People expressed
their support for him in spoken messages, song, dance and graphic art.
The event was energized by the arrival of a large group of bicyclists
riding in defense of the air we breathe and of all political prisoners.
A number of Mexico's ex political prisoners were present, including
Jacobo Silva Nogales, Gloria Arenas, Mariana Selvas and Edith Rosales,
along with the family of Victor Herrera Govea, who has been locked up
for an entire year for marching against government repression.
Speaking for himself and Gloria, Jacobo Silva said: "We were asked if we
could be here today to stand by Mumia. And how could we not be here
when there is so much that moves us to stand by Mumia? We're on his
side…because we're on the side of life itself, because we're on the side
of all social activists, because we're against racism, because we're for
justice, because we're with all political prisoners, because we're with
all those people who never give up. That's why we stand by Mumia, that's
why we stand up for Mumia. When people shout Viva Mumia Abu-Jamal! it's
not just one more joyous chant. It's a shout for the life of someone who
must live, for someone whose life is in danger. Viva Mumia Abu-Jamal!"
Among those who participated in the event were human rights observers
from the Collective against Torture and Impunity (CCTI), along with
individuals and collectives from the Other Campaign, Anarchist Black
Cross, student groups, and collectives from the Ché Guevara Auditorium
–especially the kitchen, which contributed a delicious vegetarian
ceviche. Among the supportive free and independent media collectives
were Cronopios, Ke Huelga Radio, CML, Regeneración Radio, Radio Okupa,
Noticias de la Rebelión and Radio Zapote.
The event was lively with music by Emexce, Zona Norte and Kukulkan
Sonido Anti-sistema, who presented their new song in support of Mumia,
and by the b-boys and b-girls of Twisted Flavors and guests. We
listened to the blues sound of La Otra Cultura Inlakech, and the
original song in support of Mumia by La Otra Cultura del DF, who sing
out for him wherever they go.
A representative of Amig@s de Mumia de México stated that it's clear
that the government of the United States is not satisfied with the
recent Supreme Court decisions leading to the death of Mumia Abu-Jamal;
it's necessary to build up public animosity against him in order to
justify his execution. It's clear from the trailers that the new
documentary Barrel of a Gun (El cañón del fusil) by the supposedly
independent filmmaker Tigre Hill, with backing from the Fraternal Order
of Police, is nothing but an exercise in defamation. It both a personal
attack against Mumia, and an attack against groups that have been
important in his life history.
The comrade said: "We're here today to say NO to the criminalization of
Mumia Abu-Jamal and of his struggle. Just as Mumia writes in defense of
the efforts of the Black Panthers and the MOVE organization to make
necessary and positive changes in the world, we…recognize these efforts
as valuable experiences. "The Mumia Abu-Jamal that we know through his
weekly essays and the six books he's written from death row…is a brave
and righteous man committed to social change. He's a writer who knows
how to put any one of today's events in a historical context and
untangle all that we're going through. We especially appreciate his
solidarity with the struggles here in Mexico and in the world".
During the event, different people read Mumia's essays out loud,
including one on the death penalty as a modern form of lynching and
others on BP, Arizona, the MOVE organization, and the nature of the State.
People also read fragments of a report written by Michael Schiffman and
Anton Reiner, published in Abu-Jamal News, of their recent visit with
Mumia in which they were accompanied by Linn Washington. They talk about
his contagious energy, clear thinking and love of life, even in the hell
he lives in, surrounded by steel and razor wire with the lights always
on, no physical contact with friends and loved ones, no fresh fruits and
vegetables in a small cell with no color. He never leaves his cell
without being chained hand and foot. Now he doesn't even have a
typewriter; once again, he must write everything seated on his bed with
the inner cartridge of a ball-point pen. One of the things he likes most
is getting brightly-colored cards. The comrades say that during their
visit, "Mumia repeatedly insists that the really important thing is to
organize. `Nobody should underestimate what even a small number of
organized people can achieve. My own survival is concrete proof for what
organized action is capable of.'"
The event at the Hemiciclo reflected many of the current struggles in
Mexico. As people expressed their support for Mumia, some urged
everyone to join in the mobilizations against COP16 in Cancún this
coming November and December and others called for support for the
displaced Zapatista communities under attack, and for support of the
autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala, where people are living a
day to day massacre. Some of those who spoke are resisting the
destruction of the urban zones of Magdalena Contreras and Tlahuac on the
edges of Mexico City, and others are resisting attacks on students by
hired thugs at CCH Vallejo. People were urged to defend the indigenous
land recoveries in Ostula, Michoacán, and to support the community
police there and in Guerrero, where these groups practice the organized
self defense of their communities.
A number of people expressed their support for the political prisoners
of Mexico, and especially for young Victor Herrera Govea. His sister
Mary said: "…Unjust trials… Yes, we know about them. Down here and up
there, they're an everyday thing. They're one of the arms of the
government against those bothersome people who never shut up in the face
of all the absurd things going on in this unequal, devastating world. In
addition to Mumia's case and many others in the world, we have the case
of Víctor Herrera Govea, locked up since October 2, 2009 for the crime
of going out to march in repudiation of a massacre committed 41 years
ago, one that is still going on at this very moment in every corner of
the Mexican territory… His trial is also marked by many irregularities…
And through all this, we've come to understand that these trials aren't
judicial. They're the desperate response of a tyrant whose interests
are threatened. They're the smack of a Goliath defending itself against
an upstart David … Mumia's vitality and the consistent denunciations
that he makes from death row, along with his refusal to fall down or
fall back during the last 29 years, is maddening to the United States
government. Mumia's struggle is our struggle. His death is our death.
His life is our life. His freedom is our freedom. Victor's freedom is
Mexico's political prisoners include the indigenous comrades Alberto
Patishtán in Chiapas, Abraham Ramírez Vazquez en Oaxaca, the Loxicha
prisoners in Oaxaca, and the anarchists and eco-anarchists arrested in
recent months. Support was expressed for international political
prisoners, including Leonard Peltier, the MOVE 9, the Angola 3, the 5
Cubans jailed in the United States, the Palestinian prisoners, the
Mapuche prisoners on hunger strike in Chile, and the anarchists recently
arrested in Chile.
The representative of Amig@s de Mumia said: "We're here today to say NO
to the death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal and to demand the abolition of
the death penalty in the world. We also oppose long sentences, and
especially life sentences. Now it is plain to see that the Mexican
authorities intend to duplicate these aspects of the United States
judicial system, which have only resulted in tremendous injustices and
human suffering. We're here today because we want to live in a world
without prisons. We are wholeheartedly opposed to the imposition in
Mexico of the United States prison system, which has resulted in the
massive construction of prisons, the privatization of prisons, and a
tremendous explosion in the prison population. We're here today to
demand freedom for all political prisoners in Mexico and the world. The
recent triumph of the liberation of all the Atenco prisoners shows that
it is possible to free all the rest".
It's reported that as the cyclists resumed their ride along Reforma,
they didn't have it in them to pass by the United States Embassy without
blocking the street for a little while and shouting ¡Free Mumia! again
New Test Shows Key Witnesses Lied at Abu-Jamal Trial; Sidewalk Murder Scene Should Have Displayed Bullet Impacts
by Dave Lindorff and Linn Washington
During the contentious 1982 murder trial of Philadelphia radio-journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, a central argument of the prosecution in making its case for the conviction and for imposition of a death penalty was the trial testimony of two key eyewitnesses who claimed to have actually seen Abu-Jamal fire his pistol repeatedly, at virtually point-blank range, into the prone Officer Daniel Faulkner.
This testimony about Abu-Jamal’s shooting at the defenseless policeman execution-style solidified the prosecution’s portrayal of Abu-Jamal as a cold-blooded assassin.
There was however, always the lingering question, never raised at trial, or even during the subsequent nearly three-decades-long appeals process, of why, if Abu-Jamal had fired four bullets downward at Faulkner, only hitting him once with a bullet between the eyes on the morning of December 9, 1981, there was no evidence in the surface of the sidewalk around the officer’s body of the bullets that missed.
Now two independent journalists have raised further questions about that troubling lack of any evidence of missed shots by doing something that neither defense nor prosecution ever bothered to do, namely conducting a gun test using a similar gun and similar bullets fired from a similar distance into a slab of old concrete sidewalk similar to the sidewalk at the scene of the original shooting on the south side of Locust Street just east of 13th Street in Center City, Philadelphia.
A new film, entitled The Barrel of a Gun, will be unveiled in Philadelphia on Sept. 21. The film is officially endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and Murdered by Mumia authors Michael Smerconish and Maureen Faulkner, and based on the two trailers that have been released and public statements by the film-maker, Tigre Hill, that he believes death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal is unequivocally guilty, we can safely expect that the film will be biased against Abu-Jamal, as is the case with the majority of mainstream media coverage about Abu-Jamal, particularly so in Philadelphia.
Supporters of Abu-Jamal are mobilizing to confront Tigre Hill’s film. This film can be particularly dangerous now because of Abu-Jamal’s current legal situation, where the death penalty may be reinstated by the US Third Circuit Court. In response, Journalists for Mumia has just published the latest issue of our newspaper, where we confront Tigre Hill by laying out evidence of innocence and why Mumia’s trial was unfair.