Who is Mumia Abu-Jamal?
Mumia is an African-American journalist and author who has spent more than 31 years in the prisons of Pennsylvania, where he has been since December 9, 1901, when he was shot, beaten, arrested and falsely incriminated for the killing of policeman Daniel Faulkner in Philadelphia. In a trial marked by racism and political bias, he was condemned to death on July 3, 1982, despite his steadfast insistence that he is innocent. He spent almost three decades on death row before the death penalty in his case was definitively revoked.
Mumia is one of the most widely recognized political prisoners in the world. He continues to be harshly punished for challenging the power of the United States government in his writings and in his political activism as a former Black Panther and sympathizer of the MOVE organization.
In the 1990’s an international movement took to the streets to oppose the death penalty in his case and to demand Mumia’s freedom. Due to widespread mobilizations he narrowly escaped death twice when execution dates were already set. And in 2001, federal judge William Yohn revoked the death sentence but upheld the verdict of guilt. During an entire decade appeals were filed by both sides until the Supreme Court finally declared the death penalty illegal and unconstitutional on October 11, 2011. And two months later, on December 7, District Attorney Seth Williams decided not to pursue the death penalty.
This defeat suffered by Mumia’s enemies has been celebrated far and wide, but the Fraternal Order of Police and the District Attorney haven’t stopped trying to silence him. Now they plan to keep him in prison without parole for the rest of his life.
From his cell, Mumia Abu-Jamal continues to write books and essays about the prison system, the United States empire and its strategies for domination, resistance struggles, and issues affecting the Black community, among many other subjects. He never fails to speak out in support of other political prisoners and against the torture and slavery that goes on inside the prisons. He’s written eight books and hundreds of radio columns that are heard throughout the world, defying all efforts to silence him. The challenge now is to bring him home.
Listen to Mumia’s weekly writings in his own voice: http://www.prisonradio.org/
Listen to monthly interview with Mumia on Michael Coard’s Radio Prison Show, the first Wednesday of every month at 12 EDT: http://900amwurd.com/index.php?page=radio-courtroom
Help arrange screenings of exciting new film Long Distance Revolutionary. http://www.mumia-themovie.com/
More information about Mumia at the following sites:
International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ): http://mumiaabujamal.com/about-mumia/
New York City Coalition: http://www.freemumia.com
Journalists for Mumia Abu-Jamal: http://journalists4mumia.blogspot.mx/
Educators for Mumia: http://www.emajonline.com/
Mobilization to Free Mumia: http://www.free-mumia.org/
País Vasco: mumiaaske.wordpress.com
Contact: International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ)