Mumia 101: An Urgent Appeal

An Urgent Appeal from a long-time friend of
Mumia Abu-Jamal

A message from the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
03 September 2010


     The letter below, from Frances Goldin, Mumia's literary agent and long-time friend and supporter, is an urgent call for help which we hope you will look at closely.

     The life of the world's best known death row prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal, is under threat from many sides.  One is the courts, which have refused to hear mountains of evidence of Mumia's innocence, and have denied him the benefit of established law and precedent on many occasions.  Mumia's 1982 kangaroo court conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court last year.  And now, the reinstatement of his death sentence, which was put on hold in 2001, is the likely outcome at the Third Circuit Court.

     Another threat is the so-called police "union," the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which has a full-blown vendetta out against Mumia, aimed at executing him for a crime that he did not commit. And why does the FOP froth at the mouth over the prospect of killing Mumia? Perhaps it's because corrupt police are thought to be the real perpetrators of the crime, since the victim was a cop who was talking to the feds about corruption!

     Another is the media, which systematically blanks out positive reports and letters about Mumia.  Instead they publish lies about his case, which are actively promoted by the FOP.  A good example is the movie "The Barrel Of A Gun," which is a re-hash of the police frame-up of Mumia, due to be released very soon, in September 2010.

     As the letter below indicates, now there is an answer to these lies, in the form of another video documentary which tells the truth about Mumia's case: Mumia 101.  But it needs your support.

     We hope you will read the letter below and contribute generously, so that this project can go forward.

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This note is from Mumia's literary agent, and close friend, Frances Goldin:

Dear friends:

I hope you will dig deep in response to the letter below.  I have given them $6,000. At this time we have to awaken the people’s conscience, particularly in light of the upcoming lying film by Tigre Hill.

I don’t make this type of request often, but Mumia’s very life is at stake.

Make checks payable to:

National Lawyers Guild Foundation and write “Mumia 101” in the memo line.

Mail to:

Frances Goldin
305 East 11th Street, #3F
New York, NY  10003

Thanks so much- Frances

LETTER SHE ENCLOSED:

As we write, Mumia Abu-Jamal and his attorneys are using their last legal resorts to save him from the fate he now faces: life in solitary confinement or even execution, which, after being overturned in 2001, is on the table once again. Mumia's case has always been highly politicized, but today as his legal battle comes to its final stage, the court of public opinion matters more than ever. Those intent on ending Mumia's life like the highly vocal Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police understand this, and have intensified their activity. Those of us who want to save Mumia's life need to intensify ours as well.

In September, a dangerous new film, which parrots the prosecution and police claim--that Abu-Jamal shot and killed Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in a cold-blooded act of premeditated murder--will premiere in Philadelphia, before it tours nationally. Directed by filmmaker Tigre Hill and provocatively titled The Barrel Of A Gun, the film is a work of propaganda posing as documentary, thin on facts and thick with emotional manipulation.

Luckily, a fine documentary, “Mumia 101”, which could challenge Hill's film with information and historical insights, and new and potentially exculpatory evidence, is almost completed. We have seen the rough cut and it's clear that director Kouross Esmaeli (Big Noise Films) and producer Johanna Fernandez (Baruch College of History and Educators for Mumia) have made every effort to make “Mumia 101” fair and balanced, giving both sides time to talk and letting facts, not emotionalism, point to the police, prosecutorial, and judicial misconduct that led to Mumia's 1982 conviction.

Mumia 101 must be completed by September when The Barrel of a Gun premieres. In order for that to happen the filmmakers (who have undertaken the work as a labor of love) will have to hire a film editor full-time for two months of final editing. I have written them a check, and I am writing to ask you to write one too, for whatever you can manage. They need $100,000 to finish the film.

The filmmakers are preparing an interactive website to complement the documentary, to review the known facts of the case and serve as its major information clearinghouse. They are available to answer any questions you may have at:

kouross@bignoisefilms.org and johanna.fernandez@baruch.cuny.edu.

Here are links to articles that review some of the basics of the case along with the new evidence:
http://www.emajonline.com/index.php?action=O&extra=&cat id=2l

Please make out your checks for your tax-deductible contribution to the National Lawyers Guild Foundation and write "Mumia 101" in the memo line.

Mail your check to:

Frances Goldin
305 East 11th Street, #3F
New York, NY  10003

 

Thank you for your attention to this urgent request.
-The Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.
See our website for information on Mumia's Innocence, at: www.laboractionmumia.org.