Displaying all posts for Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

Operation restore trust?

By December 12, 2014

Dec. 2 — The flames of Ferguson have eaten their fill, and its eerie glow has cast light on how impotent is the Black political class, who cannot solve a problem that is a bane of Black existence. Usually, when they speak, they seem to be ventriloquists, who mouth the words of white politicians, drowning […]


The disappeared ones

By November 14, 2014

Taken from an Oct. 31 audio column from prisonradio.org In Mexico, fires are burning. I mean this metaphorically and literally. For thousands of youth feel the heated indignation against their corrupt government, as shown by their Oct. 13 protest and the firing of government buildings in Chilpancingo, Guerrero State, Mexico. Why did they set the […]


Ebola and the real health crisis

By November 11, 2014

Taken from an Oct. 15 audio column at prisonradio.org With the death of Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan shortly after his arrival from Liberia, West Africa, the Ebola crisis has burst onto millions of news screens, generating deep levels of fear and xenophobia. To be sure, Ebola is a serious health concern, for it has a […]


A nation in fear

By October 31, 2014

Look at the United States. Really. Look at it. From north to south, east to west; from “sea to shining sea,” you’ll see the frenzy of fear. Fear of Ebola. Fear of ISIS. Fear of “crime.” Fear of — fear. The reason? Well, fear sells. It sells papers, attracts viewers and pulls listeners. The national […]


Herman Ferguson, ¡Presente!

By October 17, 2014
Herman Ferguson

His name was Herman Ferguson, and if you’re not dialed into the Black Nationalist Movement, the name may not ring a bell of recognition. But to those aware of the Black Power Movement of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Herman Ferguson’s life, role and commitment ring like a bell in the night. For Ferguson — […]


A tale of two oppressed communities


Taken from an Oct. 7 audio recording at prisonradio.org. At first glance, the communities of Ferguson, in Missouri, and of Gaza, in the Israeli occupied territories, share virtually nothing in common. One is situated in the richest country on earth.  The other sits on ancient lands, lands that are constantly shrinking under the occupation. One […]


Ferguson & the failure of Black politics

By October 13, 2014

Transcript of Sept. 29 Prison Radio broadcast. The stark and moving images arising from the violence, repression and resistance of Ferguson, Mo., continue to percolate throughout national and global consciousness. If, as the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” the thousands of images radiating from Ferguson must be worth millions of […]


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 […]