04-03-2006, 03:58 PM
If you have thoughts on Mumia or on his legal status please drop a line in this discussion.
Mumia on Louis Farakhan visit:
06-07-2006, 10:26 AM
The State of Pennsylvania has recently filed its appeal seeking to
reinstate the order to execute Mumia. If their appeal is upheld by the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Governor Ed Rendell has
pledged to sign the third warrant for Mumia's execution. Barring the
unlikely intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, Mumia will have 90 days
Pennsylvania authorities are dead set on winning. They, along with the
Fraternal Order of Police, are campaigning to bring the matter to
Two Pennsylvania Congresspeople are introducing legislation to demand
that the Parisian suburb of Saint Denis reverse its decision to name a
major street after Mumia. The new street, leading to the largest sports
stadium in Europe, the Nelson Mandela Stadium, has been formally named
Rue Mumia Abu-Jamal.
The proposed U.S. legislation proposes to sanction St. Denis or call for
a U.S. boycott of the city, should the Saint Denis Mayor and City
Council refuse to reverse their vote. Both have refused to do so.
Philadelphia newspapers are joining the reactionary chorus damning the
Saint Denis decision, while the Philadelphia City Council prepares to
take similar action as that proposed in the U.S. Congress.
Mumia's racist detractors know full well that a final decision is
coming, one that could lead to Mumia's execution or to a new trial and
The Mobilization held very successful events celebrating Mumia's
Birthday in April and a public forum on May 11th featuring Pam Africa
from the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
in Philadelphia, Robert Bryan, Mumia's attorney and Michael Schifferman,
an activist from Germany who wrote his Ph.D. thesis on Mumia's case.
Over $2,300 was raised for ICFFMAJ.
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06-24-2006, 12:17 AM
People should pay attention to these folks who make votes like this... start to identify enemies. Anyone who can't even agree that Mumia at the very least deserves a new trial due to the obvious obstruction and deciet in his previous one, is no friend of mine.
Senate vote reflects Abu-Jamal debate
Members, split 44-4 racially, chastised a French city for honoring Daniel Faulkner's convicted killer.
By Amy Worden
Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Nearly 25 years after the slaying of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, the racial divide over his killer's conviction was reflected yesterday in a vote on a State Senate resolution.
The Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure condemning the French city of St.-Denis for naming a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sentenced to death in 1982 for shooting Faulkner during a traffic stop.
But the resolution prompted rare debate and ended in a 44-4 vote split along racial lines. The only "no" votes came from African American senators, all Philadelphia Democrats.
Sen. Vincent Hughes said he could not support the resolution because he did not believe that Abu-Jamal had received a fair trial.
The other three were Sens. Shirley M. Kitchen, Anthony H. Williams and LeAnna M. Washington.
During the last two decades, Abu-Jamal, 53, a former Philadelphia journalist and activist, has become a symbol for death-penalty opponents around the world.
The city of St.-Denis, a multiethnic suburb of Paris, dedicated a street in his honor in April.
The resolution's sponsor, President Pro Tempore Robert C. Jubelirer (R., Blair), called the street-naming "the most offensive thing he had ever seen," and said it was an "affront to the system of justice."
A similar resolution introduced by House Speaker John M. Perzel (R., Phila.) passed unanimously Monday with no debate.
Rep. Harold James (D., Phila.), a retired police officer, voted for the resolution, but agrees with Hughes that Abu-Jamal did not get a fair trial.
James said he didn't raise any opposition because he believed the resolution was meaningless.
"I just didn't think that Pennsylvania trying to tell France what to do was going to go anywhere," he said.
Both resolutions ask the French government to "take appropriate action" if the city fails to act.
Faulkner's widow, Maureen, has urged a tourist boycott of Paris, and U.S. Reps. Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) and Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.) have sponsored a resolution demanding that the name be changed.
Last year, a federal appeals court agreed to consider Abu-Jamal's appeal of his conviction on ground that jury selection was racially biased.
Contact staff writer Amy Worden at 717-783-2584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
06-24-2006, 12:36 AM
Amy Goodman interviews Julia Wright about Mumia Abu-Jamal
Richard Wright's daughter, Julia Wright speaks about Mumia's case...if the link doesn't work, just go to
Actually the whole show is interesting, but here interview is the relevant piece to Mumia's case.
06-30-2006, 01:36 PM
This shouldnt be a surprise anyhow. with bush raising a bounty on Assata's head to 1 million, and random ignorant things that these white folks do to use that undermine the civil rights movement altogether go unchecked cuz we aint checking them NIGGAS-and i mean nigga in the most universally disrespectful to all ignoramuses way possible.
we should be making the phone calls, drawing up petitions, I am actually going to phily this summer just to take the city in for myself, but i dont wanna leave that plae without feeling like i have done something!
its because most of us know somethign needs to be done but what do we do? and that is not rhetorical, im really wondering?
07-01-2006, 05:56 PM
just like with the indian mascot thing... it just seems like people are so USED to this stuff... i mean after mumia got an extension for his death sentence it was like people thought he had won almost... like that was victory enough.
the images of success have become so dominant... bet awards, essence awards, naacp awards... the image of "progress" is sold so tactfully that people have bought it and have been subdued it seems.
so what do you tell folks who feel like that to do? i think you have to reveal the roots of this system to them and make them choose... you are either for an oppressive/exploitive system or against it. and if you are against it, it's up to us to come up with creative ways to resisit it in our everday lives.
like mumia is not lost, but even he wants us to fight so that no one will ever have to go through what he is going through more than he wants us to save his life.
like how do we enable people who work fulll time, have kids, and are stressed to the bone... how do we enable them to resist the system in little ways?
08-04-2006, 09:47 AM
There was a very active Mumia Defense Committee here in Minneapolis from about 1995 until the last few years (when most of the members have concentrated more on local police brutality). As a death penalty abolitionist, I;ve been involved in other such committees since early '80s (perviously in Texas--where one is kept buys) and I was on Mumia's committee. We did rallies, education events about his case(there's a wonderful documentary), fundraisers from cultural events to yard sales for his legal defense. All of this organizing required being out in the community & postering/leafelting.
The responses I MOST regular;y got from Black people of all ages was:
1."WHY do YOU care about a Black man on Death Row?" (I'm white)
2."They ain't killed that n-----r yet?"
Subsequent discussion after such comments generallly came down to "What's it going to do FOR ME to be involved?"
Given the discussion around recent violence in the Blackcommunity and what to do about it, culminating in organzing the Aug. 19th Community Forum, I think these attitudes are wqorth pondering. In the past the Afreican-American community honored and fought for its heroes and fought for them--Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis, the Black Panther Party, Malcom, King, etc Dare I say to do so is to honor and fight for one's self. The attitudes observed in relation to Mumia indicate(i feel) PART of what's responsible for the violence of young Black men against other Black men.
To answer the #2 question:
Call me old fashioned but I think the old Panther saying"If you';re not part of the solution., you're part of the problem" still holds true. Also I continue to be inspired by Mumia as an activist, a journalist and simply as a human being---in all those aspects, he is part of my 'compass' for defininng my own work and life. I'd think he ought to be even more inspiring for Black youth.
Finally, as for current genereations' rejection of politics due to the violence and incarcreaton visited upon activists of the 1960s/70s, I'm not sure I totally buy that---since some youth are quite willing to accept the significant risk of death or prison to join gangs. Rather, I think current generations have been impacted by the SYSTEMATIC FORCES of DE-politicalization, worship of money & celebrity and atomized individualism (as opposed to authentic individuality--NOT the same thing!) that the dominant culture has been pushing for 25 years.
Mumia is a counterwight. to all these corrupting values...and no people who refuse to defend their heroes can hope to prevail in their own liberation.
You can regularly hear Mumia's commentaries on my show "catalyst" Tue. 11am on KFAI Radio.
09-09-2006, 12:53 PM
Legal update in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Thursday, September 7, 2006
By: Robert Bryan
The struggle for freedom continues
Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has been on Pennsylvania’s death row since 1982 on charges of shooting a Philadelphia cop. He has always proclaimed his innocence. Supporters charge that he was railroaded for his revolutionary journalism and for his role as a youth organizer of the Philadelphia branch of the Black Panther Party.
Abu-Jamal’s case is under review by a federal appeals court after mass mobilizations and legal efforts stopped his execution. Abu-Jamal’s attorney, Robert Bryan, sent out a legal update on Sept. 6, portions of which are set forth below.
On Oct. 4, 2006, our Reply Brief in response to the briefs submitted by the district attorney will be filed on behalf of
Mumia Abu-Jamal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia. This is pursuant to a Sept. 1 court order.
We continue to aggressively pursue relief for Mr. Abu-Jamal. On July 20, Professor Judith L. Ritter, associate counsel, and I filed a lengthy opening brief supported by voluminous exhibits. A week later NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., through Christine Swarns, filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief.
A separate amicus curiae brief was filed for the National Lawyers Guild by Jill Soffiyah Elijah of the Harvard Law School, Professor Zachary Wolfe of George Washington University Law School, and Heidi Boghosian, its Executive Director. They were joined by the National Conference of Black Lawyers, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice of Harvard Law School, Southern Center for Human Rights, and the National Jury Project. These amicus briefs greatly strengthen our quest to protect the constitutional rights of Mr. Abu-Jamal and secure a reversal.
This case concerns my client's right to a fair trial, and the struggle against the death penalty and the political repression of an outspoken journalist. Racism and politics are threads that have run through this case since his 1981 arrest. The issues under consideration by the court are complex and of great significance under the United States Constitution. They include:
Whether Mr. Abu-Jamal was denied the right to due process of law and a fair trial under the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments because of the prosecutor's "appeal after appeal" argument that called upon the jurors to disregard the right to the presumption of innocence and reasonable doubt, and err on the side of guilt.
Whether the prosecutor's use of peremptory challenges to exclude African Americans from sitting on the jury violated Mr. Abu-Jamal's right to due process and equal protection of the law under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments and contravened the prohibition against racism in jury selection held in Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986).
Whether the verdict form and jury instructions that resulted in the death penalty deprived Mr. Abu-Jamal of rights guaranteed by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to due process of law, equal protection of the law, and not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, and violated Mills v. Maryland, 486 U.S. 367 (1988), since the judge precluded jurors from considering any mitigating evidence unless they all agreed on the existence of a particular special circumstance.
Whether Mr. Abu-Jamal was denied due process and equal protection of the law under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments during post-conviction proceedings as a result of the bias of Judge Albert F. Sabo which included the statement that he was going to "help ’em fry the n****r."
The case continues to move rapidly. Once the briefing phase is complete, we will present oral argument before a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Our purpose is to win this life-and-death struggle, gain a new and fair trial, and see our client walk out of jail a free person. However, Mr. Abu-Jamal remains in great danger. We must redouble our efforts to prevent his execution.
Thank you for your concern in this campaign for justice.
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