Who is Mumia Abu-Jamal? This was the question I had once I became active in the fight for liberation. Every where I went where politically conscious people were gathered, this name was plastered. I began doing research and not to my surprise amidst the abundance of support there came a flood of propaganda against this man. It’s easy to be influenced by a pained widow’s grief, and many don’t get past that to even research the facts of the case. Once I got passed the “convicted cop killer” slander, and the usual law and order BS about the judge and jury, I realized that for so many people that alone is enough to sell the story. In the future we will post an article breaking down the vicious corruption of the judicial system, but for the sake of Mumia lets just say the overwhelming load of evidence is all around us.
*Photos of the posters were taken during Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition meeting I attended at the Workers World site*
There are some facts about Mumia that are always conveniently left out of the conversation on FOX News… Mumia Abu-Jamal, formerly known as Wesley Cook, is indeed a political prisoner. Before he was convicted for the murder of officer Daniel Faulkner in Philadelphia that took place on December 9, 1981, Mumia, a celebrated journalist, was President of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Black Journalists, and he was even named one of Philadelphia Magazine’s “People to Watch” in 1980. Mumia had also been a member of the Black Panther Party. We know now that the Black Panther Party was specifically targeted by the FBI’s covert counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO which ultimately led to its collapse.
…not to resist is to acquiesce in your own oppression. The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the human spirit. -Mumia Abu-Jamal
So Mumia was an activist seeking to expose the blatant injustice of the government, clearly this would make him a target like so many others. Along with Mumia’s activism, “radical journalism” and growing popularity, the background and political climate at the time of the murder is also neglected by those who insist that Mumia is a “cop killer”. This is probably because knowledge of the extent of racial turmoil at the time would at the very least raise further questions. Mumia Abu-Jamal wouldn’t be the first black man framed for a crime in order to be silenced. You can download Amnesty International’s full analysis of the trial: A Life in Balance: THE CASE OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL.
Fortunately for us, and of course Mumia, his voice could not be silenced. You can actually hear Mumia here: Prison Radio. Perhaps this is why Mumia’s name stands out as a representative of the other political prisoners, sparking a mass movement demanding his release – as well as the release of all political prisoners, decent medical care for prisoners, and finally abolishment of these rotten prisons. This FREE MUMIA movement is responsible for the widespread attention on Mumia’s case, and getting Mumia off death row. Mumia has directed his powerful words into several books while behind the bars inspired his many supporters:
Live from Death Row (1995)
Faith of Our Fathers (1996)
Death Blossoms (1997)
All Things Censored (1998)
We Want Freedom (2004)
Jailhouse Lawyers (2009)
Writing on the Wall (2014)
“Black Lives Matter” is the contemporary movement involving many different organizations and individuals demonstrating against the prison industrial complex, police brutality and murder among the long list of other injustices perpetrated against black people globally. Although we all have our criticisms and the movement is somewhat infiltrated already, the fact of the matter is this outcry of everyday people has put a spotlight back on the issue of police brutality and murder – the most extreme form of police violence. We must remember that not all victims captured by police in this crooked system end up dead, the vast majority are hauled to prisons and experience unrevealed horrors.
Photo taken by Preston Roundtree
People often feel that these types of movements are ineffective, but it is important to note that Mumia would literally be dead if it was not for the FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL movement. This is a fact, and has been acknowledged by Mumia himself. Disruptions and demonstrations are not not thee solution, but they serve a very valuable purpose. The very least we can do is openly resist and spread awareness by doing so! The Department of Corrections and those who profit from this modern form of slavery would love for us to think our actions are meaningless, but the truth is they hate when people show up in large numbers, and they hate when we call and harass them! If they hate it we have to crank it up until they hate it enough to FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL!
What can you do? [CALL TO ACTION]
Mumia needs serious medical attention! They have never stopped seeking Mumia’s death and we have to put an end to this torture – We have to say NO MEDICAL MURDER! Spread the word! Please save and share the “NO TO MEDICAL MURDER OF MUMIA” comic by renowned comic book artist Seth Tobocman at the top of the page. Governor Tom Wolfe has the power to FREE MUMIA! Call the governor (717-787-2500) and PA Department of Corrections (717-728-2573) to demand immediate treatment for Mumia and 10,000 other PA Hep-C prisoners! They will act like it doesn’t matter. They will put you on hold, but trust it is disrupting this machine. You may choose not to identify yourself if you desire. JUST CALL! Stay up to date on what’s happening by contacting Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition at 212-330-8029 or visit FREE MUMIA. Special thank you to the coalition for over 20 years of none stop support and drive to FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL!
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