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Emergency protests: ‘Free Mumia!’
Published Apr 3, 2008 1:04 AM
Emergency protests took place in a number of cities March 28, the day after a 2
to 1 court ruling March 27 made by the 3rd Circuit of Appeals that upheld the
guilty verdict in the case of death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and
called for a resentencing hearing due to flawed jury instructions in the
Left to right:
Amiri Baraka &
in Harlem, N.Y.,
WW photo: Anne Pruden
In New York, hundreds of Mumia supporters marched following a
rally from the Harlem State Office Building to St. Mary’s Church for an
organizing meeting that called for an April 19 mobilization in Philadelphia to
demand freedom for Mumia. Delegations from the MOVE organization, December 12
Movement, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Harlem
Tenants Council, Latinos for Mumia, International Action Center, FIST, ANSWER,
New Black Panther Party, SDS and others came out in support of the protest
called by the New York Free Mumia Coalition.
In San Francisco, activists rallied outside the federal
courthouse downtown to demand freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Kiilu Nyasha, a
longtime activist in support of U.S. political prisoners, compared the
injustice against Mumia with the local case of the San Francisco 8, a group of
former Black Panther Party members unfairly rounded up and charged with
conspiracy and murder of a San Francisco policeman. Nyasha noted that two of
the SF8, Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaquin, like Mumia are serving life sentences
for their participation in the Black liberation movement. The protest was
organized by the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Members of the San Diego Mumia Coalition gathered at a busy
central city intersection at Friday evening rush hour to draw community
attention to the 3rd Circuit Court’s decision and to Mumia’s
continuing struggle for justice.
In Houston, the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement called
an emergency protest in front of Harris County Courthouse. Harris County has
sent more people to death row than any county in the U.S. and has executed more
than 100 people. Activists from National Black United Front, the Harris County
Green Party and the Anarchist Black Cross organized and spoke at a rally.
Contributors to this article are Judy Greenspan, Bob McCubbin, Anne Pruden
and Gloria Rubac.
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