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A visit with Mumia Abu-Jamal

Published Sep 17, 2009 11:35 PM

Monica Moorehead and Larry Holmes, Workers World Party secretariat members, and Larry Hales, a national leader of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST), traveled to Waynesburg, Pa., Sept. 13 to visit political prisoner and revolutionary journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is on death row at the State Correctional Institution-Greene Unit.

Abu-Jamal’s spirits were very high. It is the first time Party members met with him without him having to wear handcuffs.

The four-hour meeting with Abu-Jamal, known as “the voice of the voiceless,” included such topics as the racist, right-wing attacks on the Obama administration; the growing capitalist economic crisis here and worldwide; the role of Black culture in the struggle; and the current letter and petition campaign to demand that the U.S. Department of Justice conduct a federal investigation into civil rights violations against Abu-Jamal. These gross violations have led to Abu-Jamal being unjustly sentenced to death row for the past 27 years.

A lively exchange of information and analysis was had with Abu-Jamal regarding the upcoming Bail Out the People Movement March for Jobs and Tent City for the unemployed, leading up to the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh from Sept. 20 to 25. A program on Abu-Jamal’s case is scheduled during the Tent City, which is being held in “The Hill,” an historic section of Pittsburgh’s Black community. For more information, go to www.bailoutpeople.org. To listen to Abu-Jamal’s audio commentaries, go to www.prisonradio.org.