Displaying all posts for Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

Yuri Kochiyama: A life in struggle

By June 14, 2014

Taken from a June 2 audio column posted on prisonradio.org Her name was Yuri, a Japanese woman born in the United States. I hesitate to call her a Japanese-American, for to do so suggests she was a citizen.  In light of how she, her family and her community were treated during World War II, especially […]


The Hurricane: Rubin Carter

By May 3, 2014

From an April 23 audio column posted on prisonradio.org.  Hurricane Carter died from prostate cancer on April 20 at age 76.   He was born in New Jersey 76 years ago as Rubin Carter, but most people knew him as “The Hurricane,” his ring name earned after a dizzying career as a ferocious middleweight boxer […]


‘Land grabs’

By April 4, 2014

Taken from a March 19 audio column at prisonradio.org. With the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation, U.S. politicians have gone coo-coo, raising Cain about it, likening it to Hitler’s seizure of Poland, with Americans snarling about violations of international law, and “land grabs.” Almost immediately, Americans and Europeans, citing threats of “regional destabilization,” […]


Chokwe Lumumba: ¡Presente!

By March 14, 2014

Taken from a March 3 audio column on prisonradio.org. His name was Chokwe: Chokwe Lumumba.  And for over 40 years, he was a people’s lawyer, dedicated to the needs of the Black Nation. As a young lawyer in Detroit, he worked to defend members of the nationalist group, the Republic of New Afrika, after their […]


Bullies of Babylon


Taken from a March 6 audio column at prisonradio.org. The U.S. Senate rejection of U.S. Department of Justice nominee Debo Adegbile for the post of head of the Civil Rights Division is more than anything the triumph of fear and lies over reason and fact. Adegbile by all accounts is an able, skilled litigator who […]


North Carolina burning

By February 15, 2014
Mumia Abu-Jamal

They call it Moral Mondays and in North Carolina this means a movement of civil disobedience led by the Rev. Dr. William Barber, a local head of the NAACP. Why protest? That’s because for the first time since 1870 the Republicans have their hands on all the levers of power there — the governor’s office […]


Amiri Baraka: Poet on Fire (1934-2014)

By January 24, 2014
Left to right: Amina Baraka, Iyaluua Ferguson, Suzanne Ross, Larry Holmes, Amiri Baraka and Herman Ferguson demand freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal, Harlem, 2008.WW photo: Anne Pruden

Jan. 10 — The name Amiri Baraka has been known to me since my teens, when I was a member of the Black Panther Party. His name was often linked with that of Dr. Maulana Karenga (credited with founding Kwanzaa) of the Los Angeles-based US Organization, which began as competition with the L.A. Black Panthers […]


Lynne Stewart: Free

By January 15, 2014
Lynne Stewart

Taken from a Jan. 2, 2014, audio column at prisonradio.org. By the time you read this, Lynne Stewart, New York’s people’s lawyer, will be home, sleeping in her own bed, in the company of her beloved husband, Ralph Poynter, and their children and grandchildren. It has been a long and tortured haul — from judge […]


‘Mandela, sanitized’

By December 21, 2013

Taken from a Dec. 8 audio column recorded by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on prisonradio.org. He was born Rolihlahla in July of 1918 in a nation of which he was not truly a citizen; into a country called the Union of South Africa, a part of the British Empire. The world would come to know […]


Mumia Abu-Jamal: ‘No thanks for Thanksgiving’

By November 30, 2013

Every November, when “Thanksgiving” is scheduled, I think of the People of the First Nations (so-called Native Americans), and wonder about their mixed feelings for a holiday that celebrates their enormous generosity as well as their near total destruction. What do they have to be thankful for? U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared the first such […]