Displaying all posts for Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

The meaning of Ferguson

By September 27, 2014

Aug. 31 — Before recent days, who among us had ever heard of Ferguson, Missouri? Because of what happened there, the brief but intense experience of state repression, its name will be transmitted by millions of Black mouths to millions of Black ears, and it will become a watchword for resistance, like Watts, like Newark, […]



By September 6, 2014

Taken from an Aug. 25 audio column at prisonradio.org As the body of Michael “Mike” Brown is consigned to the earth, network newscasters and broadcasters are packing their gear, canceling their hotel rooms and setting their sights on new wonders, new images and new stories. That the tragic saga in Ferguson struck national newscasters is […]


Night of pain — night of rage

By August 21, 2014
Durham, N.C. Photo: Meeko Elliott

Once again, a Black unarmed youth has been killed by a cop. And while the facts surrounding the shooting are presently unclear, what is clear is that a cop shot 18-year-old Michael Brown eight times. According to at least one eyewitness, Brown was shot as he stood with his hands up in the air. To […]


Mumia on Israel: settler, colonialist, apartheid state

By August 15, 2014

This occurred under George W. Bush, with the U.S. neocon administration winking, nodding and blowing kisses of approval. Today, under neoliberal rule, we see that something indeed has changed under President Barack Obama: It has gotten worse. For this time, Israel may double the death toll from July 2008. It’s already close, with 1,350 deaths […]


When children are ‘the enemy’

By July 28, 2014

Printed from a July 13 audio column aired by Prison Radio at prisonradio.org. I’ve been watching for days now, as media reports display the growing hatreds at the arrival of Central American children across the Mexican-U.S. border. American voices crackle with bile as they begin the drumbeat for their immediate deportation. Vile names are called […]


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 […]