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Mumia Abu-Jamal

Persecution in Philly

Since Swarthmore is in Philly, I have been hearing about Mumia Abu-Jamal for many months now. I looked into his case after I saw spraypainted on a Philly slum wall, "If Mumia burns, Philly burns."

Mumia Abu-Jamal

To be executed August 17, 1995
Mumia first became involved with Black Nationalism when he was 14, as a founding member of the the Black Panther Party in Philly. During the seventies and eighties, he wrote extensively to uncover brutaility and corruption by city officials.

In 1981, driving his taxi, he interrupted a cop beating his brother. A struggle ensued, Mumia and the cop were both shot, the cop fatally.

Before, during, and after this event, police displayed extreme animosity and prejudice towards this rabble-rousing author. There is no doubt they have it in for this guy.

He tells a powerful, important story, after the anti-system rhetoric. Extremely compelling.

The more I read about him, and after spending my own time in jail, I'm inclined to believe he is being unjustly held. They should at least allow him another trial, with a different judge, a different jury.

This is my problem with the death penalty - how can we sleep knowing an innocent man might be executed by our government for his political beliefs?


Mumia Protest
Refuse & Resist!
pages on Mumia Abu-Jamal
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!
Piles of information, some of which you might see elsewhere. Over seventy documents about Mumia, including his interview with Bob Marley, as well as reports on FBI tracking, and the demonstrations since his conviction.
Minnesota had a similar event.
IGC Prison Desk
has a Mumia page
Arm the Spirit's ftp-page on Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia pages on MediaFilter
Prison Pages made by Ed Mead covers Mumia Abu-Jamal.
pages on Mumia include a his writings for them
The story of the Prison-related Resources
This is a good starting point for protecting yourself - whatcha gonna do when they come for you, as well as political prisoner info.
Arm the Spirit
gopher and ftp
Refuse & Resist!
description of this event
culled eyewitness reports from alt.activism.death-penalty
San Francisco Examiner
Most are held for arson, resisting arrest from June 27th is a bit sensationalist, contrast the first paragraph with the fourth.
Arson charges follow protest from the 28th quotes yours truly.
San Francisco Chronicle
UNITED NATIONS NOTEBOOK -- 200 ARRESTED from June 27th gets the numbers wrong, but demonstrates the diversity of dissent.
Almost 300 Arrested At Fiery S.F. Protest / Demonstration for death row convict in June 28th.
S.F. Protesters Released -- Arrests Questioned, June 29
Many of the attendants allied themselves with Food Not Bombs.

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