From the Global Women's Strike
On Tuesday November 9, an oral hearing in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia will decide whether award-winning journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal will face execution, despite compelling evidence of his innocence, or be given life without parole. Demonstrations and other events in support of Mumia are being organized across the US and in other countries (see list below). The Global Women's Strike (GWS), Women of Color in the GWS, and Payday men’s network who have worked with Mumia for a new trial will be attending the rally and hearing in Philadelphia, as well as participating in a protest outside the US Embassy in London England. We urge you to show your support.
Mumia, as he is known to millions, was wrongly convicted in 1982 of killing a policeman in a trial steeped in racism. He has spent the last 29 years on Pennsylvania’s death row. In 2008, a crucial appeal on the grounds of racism in jury selection was rejected. In January 2010 progress on his case was again blocked by the US Supreme Court which sent a decision on the death penalty back to the lower courts, where his case will be heard this Tuesday. According to his attorneys, Mumia is now 'in the greatest danger since his 1981 arrest.’
Mumia's fight for a new trial has won the support of tens of thousands around the world, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Sister Helen Prejean, Danny Glover, Amnesty International . . . In 2008 over 150 UK lawyers wrote highlighting the shocking racism of the case and asking the US courts for redress.
Mumia inspires determined and dedicated support because he is a distinguished and remarkable man. He uses his talents and energy to strengthen struggles for justice all over the world. The fate of many others hangs in the balance.
· Known as the “Voice of the Voiceless”, Mumia is at the forefront of a growing movement against the death penalty. If Mumia is executed despite compelling evidence of his innocence, this will be a precedent for many thousands to pay with their lives. This will start with the murder by US authorities of the 3370 people on death row, most of whom are Black and other people of color.
· Issues in his case, such as racism in jury selection (RJS), are central to thousands of other legal cases. RJS is a crucial aspect of US racism: if you’re Black you can be president, but unless you’re president, racism can still keep you off a jury; and if you’re accused of a crime, racism can impose a jury likely to convict whatever the evidence. The policeman who was caught on video shooting Oscar Grant in the back was sentenced to just two years in prison.
· Mumia’s case is a key test of judicial killing. The efforts of police, prosecution and courts to deny him a fair trial and execute him show that this outstanding journalist is being tried for exposing racism, police brutality and corruption, and for his opposition to US government policies and practices. To allow the US to dispose of its critics in this way endangers us all.
For these reasons and more, on November 9, thousands of people around the world will be supporting Mumia’s right to be heard and for justice.
Rallies and events in support of Mumia
Tues, Nov 9, 4:30pm
Federal Court Bldg., W. Lafayette at Washington Blvd., Downtown Detroit,
Mon, Nov 8 Teach-in
Tues, Nov 9 March
Tues, Nov 9, 12pm
14th and Broadway, 510-763-2347
San Francisco, CA
Tues, Nov 9, 7pm
Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia Street, SF, CA, 510-268-9429
Protests scheduled at US consulates in France on Nov 9 in:
Paris, 6 PM, Place de la Concorde
London , UK
Tues, Nov 9, 5-7PM
Demonstration Outside the US Embassy, 24 Grosvenor Sq, London W1
Contact: ThePanAfrikanVoice@gmail.com 07597078221/07949738851
Jailhouse Lawyers, Prisoners Defending Prisoners v the USA, Mumia’s most recent groundbreaking publication, already published in the US and due out soon in the UK, illustrates the courageous efforts of fellow prisoners who learn the law to win justice for themselves and others. The UK introduction by its editor Selma James (GWS) who urged Mumia to write the book, presents the parallel universe of UK jailhouse lawyers who, like their US counterparts, are leading a justice movement inside prisons.
Global Women’s Strike is an international network of women whose strategy for change is Invest in Caring not Killing.
In Philadelphia firstname.lastname@example.org 215-848-1120
In San Francisco email@example.com 415-626-4114
In Los Angeles firstname.lastname@example.org 323-276-9833
Women of Color in the Global Women's Strike is an autonomous network within the Global Women’s Strike. email@example.com 323-276-9833
Payday Men’s Network campaigns with those who refuse to kill as part of militaries anywhere, and those on death row who refuse to be killed by repressive governments such as the US. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-848-1120