Tuesday, January 12, 2010



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.

The Supreme Court is now set to rule on an appeal by Pennsylvania
prosecutors of that lower court ruling. They will either reinstate his
death sentence, or uphold the lower court in granting him a new
sentencing trial. If the death penalty verdict is upheld, Mumia
Abu-Jamal could be dead within 48 hours. For up to date information
concerning the ruling visit www.breakthechains.info.

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

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. We can not
trust that the very same legal system which trumped up murder charges
against an innocent man because of his political affiliations and the
color of his skin, will preserve his life.

We must treat every day as though it is Mumia Abu-Jamal’s very last.
He is in there for us, and we are out here for him. What will you do
to save his life?


What: Mass gathering in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal
When: The day after the Supreme Court ruling is delivered, 5 PM!
Where: Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, 200 N. Los Angeles St.
(Corner Temple St.)
Why: Bring Mumia’s case to the headlines again, demand a new criminal
and sentencing trial, say NO to the state murder of an innocent man.

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