MOBILIZE AND FIGHT TO SAVE MUMIA’S LIFE!!!
As of January 11, 2010 United States political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is the closest to death he has ever been. In 1981, Mr. Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther as a teenager and a noted radio journalist, was shot by police, arrested and then charged with allegedly killing a Pennsylvania police officer. He was convicted after a flawed trial and sentenced to death by a jury from which the prosecution had systematically excluded Black people. The judge, notorious for sentencing people to death in great numbers, gave instructions to the jury that have been found to be invalid and incorrect. Although the courts have refused to allow new evidence demonstrating Mumia’s innocence and disproving Police allegations against him, he won an appeal which set aside his death sentence and required a new sentencing phase trial hearing.
One group working to Free Mumia in California: In Los Angeles, a group called Mumia: Alive and Free! is working towards getting Mumia Abu-Jamal a new sentencing trial. However, it is our ultimate goal to have this innocent man be free.
We call for a massive gathering outside of the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, 200 N. Los Angeles St. (corner Temple) at 5:00 pm, the day after the Supreme Court ruling. We urge cities throughout the country and the world to act in solidarity for Mumia in any way imaginable.
Please distribute flyers far and wide. Encourage everyone you know to do something to spread the word about Mumia’s case, no matter what they can do. Sign the petition to save his life
(http://www.iacenter.org/mumiapetition/). Pressure local media outlets. Initiate public rallies. Engage students, neighbors and co-workers in your area or members of your faith group. If we do not act, every single one of us will share responsibility for his death.
Since Mumia Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death, his life has been in the lethal grip of the United States government. Becoming a symbol of resistance to injustice for political movements throughout the world, the human aspects of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s mortality may have been taken for granted. Many of us have grown up with his case ever present in the political dialogues, media and music. However, due to his 27 year stay on death row, the case has seemingly disappeared from the minds of a once outraged public. The death sentence still hanging over his head has not been taken seriously. We must shift our thinking and return the sense of urgency once attributed to his case.
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