Mumia Abu-Jamal’s birthday April 24
Celebrate & build resistance
Published Apr 22, 2009 1:38 PM
Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal will be 55 on April 24. His family, friends
and supporters are observing the day with a worldwide “Honk for
Mumia” and other displays of resistance to demand freedom for this
world-famous African-American journalist held on Pennsylvania’s death
International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal is calling on
people everywhere to pick a public site in their area to go to at noon or after
work with signs and banners saying “Honk for Mumia” to get the word
out that the struggle for justice continues after the U.S. Supreme Court
refused to hear his appeal for a new trial.
The week leading up to April 24 is being organized as a Revolutionary Week,
around the theme: “We who believe in freedom cannot wait—we
educate!” Programs will be held every night featuring information on
In Philadelphia members of the original Black Panther Party will speak on April
20; Robert Hillary King of the Angola 3 will speak on April 22; and former
political prisoner Adolfo Matos will be a keynote speaker at the National
Boricua Human Rights Network on April 25.
The focus of the week is a celebration of jailhouse lawyers on April 24, with
the official release of Mumia’s new book, “Jailhouse Lawyers:
Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A.,” published by City Lights.
This “more than a book party” event at the Church of the Advocate
in North Philadelphia will be held simultaneously with other, similar events
around the U.S.
In Philadelphia, speakers will include Pam Africa of the International
Concerned Family and Friends; Paul Wright, editor of Prison Legal News; Amin,
formerly “Harold Wilson,” the 122nd person freed from death row in
the U.S.; Minister of Communication Ramona Africa for the MOVE organization;
NAACP Executive Vice President Steven Hawkins; and more. There will also be a
program in New York City’s Riverside Church on April 25 celebrating
Mumia’s book, organized by the New York Free Mumia Coalition and
An important international petition campaign has been launched directed to U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that he immediately initiate a civil
rights investigation addressing the 27-year history of prosecutorial and
judicial violations of Abu-Jamal’s constitutional and international
rights. Go to www.iacenter.org/mumiapetition.
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision, ABC’s “Inside
Story” engaged in a Mumia bashing session on April 12. Not one person on
the program offered a differing opinion. One viewer described it as a
“hit and run” on Mumia.
Challenged by Pam Africa to allow an alternative view to be aired, the editor
and producer of “Inside Story” responded, “It’s not a
news program. They’re a private studio and it’s an opinion program
where people can express their opinions.” Africa responded, “When
you’re expressing opinions that could result in a man being killed,
it’s only responsible to allow those with evidence of his innocence equal
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