NEWS:

4.21.19

Detroit Conference:

Freedom for the Unjustly Incarcerated

A "Freedom for the Unjustly Incarcerated" conference was held on Sat. April 20, 2019 at the Cass Commons in the Midtown District of Detroit. The program featured MOVE member and leader of the International Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Pam Africa from Philadelphia. Rev. Edward Pinkney, former political prisoner of Benton Harbor, also spoke on the situation in southwest Michigan and the plight of the unjustly imprisoned throughout the state. Other speakers included Debra Simmons of Moratorium NOW! Coalition; Jeanetta Lewis of the Detroit People's Task Force; Charles and Sandra Simmons of the Hush House; Elena Herrada of 910 AM talk radio; Siwato-Salema Ra, an environmental justice organizer who is out on appeal for an unjust conviction; Kimberly A. Woodson of Redeeming Kimberly, a former juvenile lifer in Michigan; among others. Pam Africa reported on the history and current situation of longtime political prisoner and former Black Panther Party member Muma Abu-Jamal of Philadelphia. A recent legal decision has granted Mumia the right to appeal his initial conviction from 1982. The gathering was sponsored by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Cass Commons.

Press conference celebrates new legal opportunities for Mumia

Workers World Article:

“While applauding Krasner for bowing to public demands to drop his appeal, speaker after speaker raised that Abu-Jamal, unjustly imprisoned since 1981 because of police, judicial and prosecutorial misconduct, should be released now!

… We didn’t vote for Krasner to make things better — that’s our job. We put him in office to do the right thing. Either Krasner lets Mumia out or he should get out of office. “

4.20.19

Why Philly’s Reformist Prosecutor Finally Supports Letting Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Appeal Go Forward

Intercept article

Excellent well-researched article by Natasha Lennard includes:

“The specifics aside, the mere fact that Abu-Jamal will be able to argue his appeal again in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is, at the very least, a tacit recognition that his treatment by the criminal justice system was colored by bias and an ideology of deference to the police…

Krasner’s office noted in its statement that, in withdrawing its opposition and allowing Abu-Jamal new appeal hearings, it is “effectively setting the clock back to where it was in the past,” before the appeals heard by Castille. But, for Abu-Jamal, those two decades — half spent on death row — cannot be taken back. Like so many long-term victims of the carceral system, the chance for eventual freedom does not add up to the deliverance of justice…

DA Krasner can and should take the lead on ensuring justice applies to Abu Jamal, reopen his case, decide that the prosecution was racially and politically motivated and support his release from prison.”

Mumia supporter responds to Christine Flowers April 20 hit piece on Mumia

Christine Flowers,

It is clear to me, from this article, that you and others with the same mindset (Kill Mumia Abu Jamal), care little or nothing about "justice".  It's clear you care nothing about the coerced witness testimonies involved in Mumia's case, the "indicted" corrupt police involvement, 15 of which were tried and CONVICTED of falsifying and tampering with evidence to obtain convictions, the racist judge Sabo who presided over Mumia's case, and promised to "help them FRY the Nigger", judicial and prosecutorial misconduct, recently "discovered" boxes of hidden evidence.....etc, etc, etc.  

I could go on and on, educating you, on the many gross violations and injustices that brought about Mumia's conviction. 

District Attorney Larry Krasner, finally, did the right thing by withdrawing his appeal...and not standing in the way of justice.

Thank God for Judge Tucker, who reviewed Mumia's case, reviewed the evidence...APPLIED THE LAW and made his ruling. A just ruling.

Mumia is INNOCENT...Mumia is NOT a "cop killer".  

What Mumia Abu Jamal is...is a well known Philadelphia radio journalist, an author of 10 books, the winner of the coveted Columbia University, Edward Howard Armstrong award, former President of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Black Journalists and in 1981, was regaled by Philadelphia Magazine as "a person to watch" for his talents as a radio journalist.

To quote Dr. Johanna Fernandez (Professor of History, Baruch College), 

"Abu-Jamal's demand for freedom is supported by heads of state from France to South Africa, by the European Parliament, by distinguished human rights organizations, like Amnesty International, city governments from Detroit to San Francisco to Paris, and by Nobel Laureates Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, and Desmond Tutu.  Two streets are named after Mumia Abu-Jamal in France.

It's people like you, Ms. Flowers, who refuse to accept the gross injustices of Mumia's case that resulted in his conviction.  You and others like you, remind me of the phrase..."My mind is made up, don't confuse me with the FACTS".        

Linda Ragin

Krasner ends appeal of Tucker ruling

Fighting Words article

4.19.19

Three documents to read and use to understand Mumia’s case:

Mumia’s life story:

Page 1, Page 2

Mumia Timeline:

Page 1, Page 2

Habeas Corpus Violations in Mumia’s case

Twenty Issues of Habeas Corpus in Mumia’s case

4.18.19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Community activists welcome Tucker, Krasner decisions but Mumia Abu-Jamal needs to be freed now!

Philadelphia, April 18, 2019 -- Community activists and leaders from the Philadelphia region held a news conference today at the Octavius V. Catto Statue at Philadelphia City Hall in response to District Attorney Larry Krasner’s decision to finally relent to Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker’s ground-breaking December 27 decision awarding political prisoner/journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to reopen his appeals. Abu-Jamal, who turns 65 this month, has been imprisoned since 1981.

Speakers repeatedly said Krasner and Tucker may have done the right thing in their recent decisions, but Abu-Jamal is imprisoned because of police, judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and he must be released now!

Local and national community, political and religious leaders who spoke included Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Rachel Wolkenstein, former attorney for Abu-Jamal; Imam Al-Hajj Talib, Muslim Alliance of North America/ National Jericho Movement; Brother Gregory Muhammad, NOI Mosque #12; Matt Myers, War Resistors League; Bill Bachman American Postal Workers Union; Johanna Fernandez, Campaign to Bring Mumia Home; Mike Africa Jr., MOVE Organization; Megan Malachi and Ant Smith, REAL Justice.

Supporters have been reinvigorated in demanding charges against Abu-Jamal be dropped and that he be freed because he’s factually innocent. “We have been demonstrating against Krasner because he wasn’t telling the truth about Tucker’s ruling,” said Pam Africa. “Now the judge’s latest document has made his ruling perfectly clear. In fact, we call for Mumia’s release after 37 years because police, judicial and prosecutorial misconduct imprisoned him. Such practices permeate the whole injustice system. They are the major causes of mass incarceration of Black, Brown and poor people in the U. S.”

When Krasner filed notice April 17 that he was rescinding the appeal against Tucker’s decision granting Abu-Jamal new appellate rights, a major hurdle was cleared for the political prisoner to win a new trial and freedom. Krasner previously contested Tucker’s ruling, claiming it was too broad, would over-burden the court system if thousands of defendants used the decision as precedent, and that it was too much justice!

Immediately after Tucker’s Dec. 27 ruling Krasner suddenly announced that his staff had “discovered” more file boxes pertaining to Abu-Jamal’s case hidden away in a remote storage room. Because of public pressure and scrutiny of the case at that time, Abu-Jamal’s attorneys were given access to review these files.

Krasner’s latest announcement follows Tucker’s momentous ruling that former Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Justice Ron Castille should have recused himself when the defendant’s appeals were being heard before the state Supreme Court. Tucker shattered Krasner’s argument in his March 26 filing, explaining Castille gave the appearance of bias not only because of his prior role as district attorney. In Castille’s case, his pro-death penalty statements, ties to the Fraternal Order of Police and his lobbying for speedy death penalties in capital cases involving the murder of police officers, all combined to reveal his bias. Hence, Tucker ruled [Mumia’s] “appeal has established by a preponderance of the evidence that there was an unconstitutional potential for bias. [His] claims should be reviewed in the interest of justice.”

Tucker’s decision, further clarified and reinforced in his Form 1925 document of March 26, confirms what Abu-Jamal’s attorneys have argued for over 20 years – that the innocent journalist didn’t get a fair hearing before the state Supreme Court, and at least deserves a new hearing.

Krasner’s decision opens the door for Abu-Jamal’s attorneys Judith Ritter and Sam Spital, of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to proceed with filing to have previously denied Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) appeals re-heard before a new panel of the commonwealth’s Supreme Court justices. Now that Tucker’s decision has been accepted by the

DA’s office, the next step is re-opening the appeals filed between 1995 and 2012.

The constitutional violations that Abu-Jamal’s attorneys will argue against, and Krasner as DA will have to defend, includes racial bias in jury selection to such an extent it produced an inherently-biased jury and an unfair trial; ineffective assistance of counsel; witness intimidation; and more.

One significant appeal will be the unacceptable overt bias in the conduct of Common Pleas Court Judge Albert Sabo, who presided over both the 1982 trial and the post-conviction review hearings in 1995-1996. Terri Maurer-Carter, a court stenographer, testified that she heard Sabo say in a court anteroom, “Yeah, and I’m going to help them fry the n _ _ _ _r,” regarding his role in the case.

Once Abu-Jamal wins just one of these arguments, he gains the right to a new trial where he can present evidence of his innocence and expose the police and prosecution’s manufacture of guilt -- false hospital confession, phony ballistics evidence, lying witnesses and suppression of evidence.

Abu-Jamal’s supporters put pressure on Krasner to do the right thing and rescind the appeal. The movement gained momentum in early February when Yale Law School students publicly withdrew their invitation to Krasner to deliver a keynote address at their annual Rebellious Lawyering (Reb/Law) conference. Hundreds of letters against his appeal were sent to Krasner from political and community activists worldwide. In Philadelphia, activists confronted Krasner whenever he spoke in public with signs calling on him to drop his appeal. On Jan 13, thousands of “Drop the Appeal” petitions were delivered to Krasner’s office. On Feb 6, activists delivered a letter signed by over a dozen organizations whose members supported or voted for Krasner’s election expressing dismay at his appeal of Tucker’s ruling.

Noelle Hanrahan, who broadcasts Abu-Jamal’s editorials worldwide through Prison Radio (prisonradio.org), recently wrote, “While Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner might not feel a sense of urgency, we need to. Mumia Abu-Jamal will be 65 years old in a few weeks. His eyesight has been severely compromised, making it hard for him to read, because he is suffering from as-yet untreated cataracts and serious glaucoma. He is recovering from life-threatening complications of Hepatitis C and diabetic shock caused by a reaction to treatment for debilitating skin rash conditions.”

An innocent man, in poor health, Abu-Jamal’s supporters feel he should be released immediately. The worldwide movement to free the political prisoner/journalist will continue full steam ahead until he is released.

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Video of April 18 Mumia Press Conference:

Pt 1 Livestream ,

Pt 2 livestream

Johanna Fernandez on Krasner’s decision to drop the Tucker Appeal

Hear the April 18 WURD radio interview here

Breaking news: Philly DA withdraws appeal in Mumia Abu-Jamal case

Workers World article here.

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Supporters, FOP react to Krasner dropping appeal

Philadelphia Tribune article here.

Mumia Abu-Jamal wins rehearing, as D.A. Krasner drops appeal

San Francisco BayView article here.

Abu-Jamal supporters applaud DA's decision not to move forward with appeal

KYW News Radio article here.

Ex-Black Panther gets new hearing in 1981 death of police officer

PA Penn Live article here.

4.17.19

MEDIA ADVISORY: PRESS CONFERENCE APRIL 18

Krasner ends appeal of Tucker ruling: Mumia Abu-Jamal wins right to re-open appeals

CONTACT: Marilyn Kai Jewett 215-379-1163   or Joe Piette 610-931-2615

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        

PHILADELPHIA, April 17, 2019 -- Community activists and leaders from the Philadelphia region will hold a news conference 12 noon, Thursday, April 18 at the Octavius V. Catto Statue on the south side of Philadelphia City Hall to discuss today’s decision by District Attorney Larry Krasner to finally relent to Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker’s ground-breaking decision which gives political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to reopen his appeals.

By rescinding his appeal, Krasner has removed a major hurdle for Abu-Jamal to eventually be released after 37 years in prison. This is a significant development in Abu-Jamal’s quest for freedom.

Public pressure on Krasner’s office to do the right thing and rescind the appeal gained momentum in early February when Yale Law School students publicly withdrew their invitation to Krasner to deliver a keynote address to their Rebellious Lawyering (Reb/Law) conference. In Philadelphia, activists often confronted Krasner whenever he spoke in public with signs calling on him to “Drop the Appeal.”

The next step is re-opening Abu-Jamal’s appeals filed between 1995 and 2012 before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Abu-Jamal’s attorneys will argue against the constitutional violations that unfairly convicted the imprisoned journalist who is suffering from the ravages of Hepatitis C and glaucoma. As Philadelphia’s DA, Krasner will be in the position of defending police, judicial and prosecutorial misconduct.

 Your coverage is encouraged.

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4.16.19

Audio of Pam Africa's Speech (18:22) at Mumia Freedom Rally 4-6-19

Pam Africa, famed for her fearlessness, inspires the crowd to deepen and broaden support for Mumia, as Jeff Mackler listens. – Photo: Wanda Sabir , SF BayView

Pam Africa, famed for her fearlessness, inspires the crowd to deepen and broaden support for Mumia, as Jeff Mackler listens. – Photo: Wanda Sabir , SF BayView

4.10.19

San Francisco Bay View:

Mumia Abu-Jamal: An Evening for Justice and Freedom unites movement leaders

Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Pam Africa and others headlined a packed event in Oakland on April 6 to support Mumia Abu-Jamal’s struggle for freedom after 37 years of being unjustly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Read the full article here.

4.9.19

Workers World:

Philly judge challenges “liberal” DA over Mumia’s appeal rights

Judge Tucker, in reply to DA Krasner’s appeal, wrote in a March 26 document: “Justice is being conformable, human, divine, fair, impartial, honest … no matter what.  Not sometimes or most of the time, but at all times, be it at trial or on appeal. [Mumia’s] appeal has established by a preponderance of the evidence that … there was an unconstitutional potential for bias. [His] claims should be reviewed in the interest of justice.”

Read the full article here.

4.2.19

Judge Tucker answers DA Krasner opposing filing on Mumia Decision

The appeals process involves numerous filings including 

1. a letter from the DA's office to the judge explaining the rationale of its challenge

2. the right of the judge to respond to the arguments filed against his/her decision. 

This is known as the 1925 statement/s.

Here are 

1. the 1925 statement below from the DA's office to Judge Tuckers 

2. Judge Tucker's response and supplement to his original opinion.  (Full document is on right side of this page)

In it, Judge Tucker upholds and clarifies his ruling-- the one which granted Mumia relief on judicial bias and ordered his appeals to the PA Supreme Court reopened.

WHYY reported on these developments in an April 1 article: Judge in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case blasts Krasner for trying to block latest appeal

DA Krasner files statement against Judge Tucker’s ruling

February 15, 2019 Via Electronic Filing Honorable Leon W. Tucker Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas 1301 Filbert Street, Suite 1201 Philadelphia, PA 19107 Re: Commonwealth v. Wesley Cook, a/k/a Mumia Abu-Jamal No. CP-51-CR-0113571-1982

Dear Judge Tucker:

The Commonwealth’s appeal from this Court's December 27, 2018 Order and Opinion is founded on its concern with the breadth of some aspects of the Opinion, and therefore its potential ramifications for an untold number of other cases. In particular, language to the effect that an appellate judge’s merely having been a chief prosecutor at a time when a case passed through the office requires recusal is problematic. The Commonwealth files the attached Rule 1925(b) Statement both in accordance with the Court’s January 28, 2019 Order and also to advise the Court of its specific concerns regarding the scope and potential impact of the Court’s Opinion (see attached 1925(b) Statement, at paragraphs 1, 2, 3).

In the event the Court were to modify its opinion, the Commonwealth would re-evaluate its appellate options at that time.

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF PHILADELPHIA COUNTY COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA :

: v. : CP-51-CR-0113571-1982 : WESLEY COOK, a/k/a MUMIA ABU-JAMAL : STATEMENT OF ERRORS COMPLAINED OF ON APPEAL

Pursuant to this Court’s January 28, 2019 order and Rule 1925(b) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Commonwealth identifies the following appellate issues:

1. Whether the PCRA court erred to the extent it reached an overly broad conclusion that recusal was necessary based on the simple fact alone that a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was District Attorney when defendant’s case was on appeal, thereby potentially requiring any lead prosecutor who becomes a judge to recuse in every case that was pending in that person’s office when the now-judge was the lead prosecutor (see Op. at 33);

2. Whether the PCRA court erred to the extent it reached an overly broad conclusion that a judge must recuse himself merely because—as inevitably will happen to many or even all judges at some point—he is presented with a case that is similar to other cases on which he expressed views during his prior time as an attorney (see Op. at 31-32);

3. Whether, to the extent the PCRA court based its decision on a perceived violation of the Canons of Judicial Ethics, it erred because the Canons cannot themselves establish a cause of action or provide a basis for a PCRA court to grant relief;

4. Whether the lower court erred in finding a due-process violation where defendant’s evidence failed to establish, as an objective matter, that there was an unconstitutional potential for bias; and 5. Whether the PCRA court acted without jurisdiction where defendant’s most recent petition was untimely filed.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Nancy Winkelman /s/ Peter Carr Nancy Winkelman Peter Carr Attorney I.D. No. 48928 Attorney I.D. No. 88481 Supervisor,

Law Division Assistant District Attorney

Three South Penn Square Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 686-5700 (215) 686-5734

3.29.19

Venezuela - Again

Mumia Abu-Jamal 3/27/19

Several years ago, during the early days of Hugo Chavez’ presidency, US forces supported a coup attempt against him, and the barrios of Caracas exploded in support of the former military officer.  The people of the capital came forward demanding his immediate release - and Chavez was released.

The Americans of course denied involvement but everyone knew otherwise. Latin America has seen the bloody paws of the American Empire, and they’ve seen it for the better part of a century and it has never been pretty.

More recently. The New York Times has reported that the Trump administration has been in contact with Venezuelan generals and tried to get them to betray their country’s  government.  The White House denies it, but everyone knows otherwise.

Madura, Venezuela’s elected president, is at heart a Chavesta, for he admired his old boss, Hugo Chavez and he cherishes his memory.  Don’t believe for a moment claims that the US government cares about the Venezuelan people.  For we need look no further than America’s colony, Puerto Rico, 

After hurricanes and storms ravaged the island, the administration called them ingrates, after they demanded help from their ‘brother’ Americans.  Trump threw paper towels at them.  This is true and he denied them any kind of real support. They were left to swim or drown in the face of a natural catastrophe.  May I remind you that Puerto Ricans are Americans and American citizens, no less. No matter.  

For when they needed help the most, they found that they were on their own. You think they care about Venezuelans when they don’t  give a damn about Puerto Ricans? Does that make sense?  

A leopard they say, cannot change it’s spots.  

And Empire cannot change it’s ways. 

Thank you all,

From Prison Nation

This is Mumia Abu-Jamal

3.25.19

Video: Pam Africa confronting FOP Spokesman on Fox News

Pam Africa (Minister of Confrontation for the MOVE Organization) confronts Rich Costello from the Fraternal Order of Police about Mumia Abu-Jamal on FOX News. Video edited by Leon Entity to fit the dialogues with accompanied footage of Mumia and people from Mumia's case, including Veronica Jones, William Singletary and others.

https://bit.ly/2JAMJ0L

3.12.19

Berkeley Event for Mumia April 6:

An Evening for Justice and Freedom

Community activists on the West Coast can help the struggle to free Mumia Abu-Jamal by encouraging friends and family to participate in an important event on April 6 in Berkeley, California.

Among the impressive list of speakers are Angela Davis, Pam Africa, and Alice Walker. Judith Ritter, lead attorney for Mumia, and Jess Mackler of Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal will also speak. Mumia himself will be calling in.

The gathering will take place in the Bancroft Hotel Main Ballroom, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.

2.25.19

Mumia’s speech at Rebel Lawyers Conference

Mumia Abu-Jamal was invited to speak at the Rebel Lawyers Conference at Yale University on Feb 15, after Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner was disinvited. The following is his transcribed speech:

“Dear Friends at Yale Law School, dear Rebel Lawyers,

On the Move!

I greet you all as I endeavor to address the issue of rebel lawyers. When I think of the term, the first thing that comes to mind are jailhouse lawyers. They are by definition rebels who oppose the prison-industrial complex, especially in the courts. Jailhouse lawyers fight for freedom for themselves and others and sometimes they prevail. Some jailhouse lawyers, like John and Mo Africa of the MOVE Organization, defended themselves at trial and won acquittals.

Because such men and women aren’t trained in the law and do their work using logic and sheer will, they fall under the description of rebel lawyers, I think, but I’ve got a feeling that this isn’t what students at Yale Law think of when they use the term. If you’re really interested in that subject, I urge you to see my book Jailhouse Lawyers.

Let us return to rebel lawyers but with a peculiar twist. That’s because I’m speaking here of two revolutionary leaders who went to law school but found that the law and the systems that they lived under were so corrupt, so biased, so dominated by unjust political elites, that they learned that their very society had to be radically transformed before the law could be functional. I speak of two men who are rarely thought of as lawyers even though both studied law and one even briefly practiced it. I speak of Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela. Castro went to law school under the Cuban dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, a tool of US imperialism and a supporter of the American mafia. Mandela earned his law degree under the racist National Party, which ruled South Africa with brutality and what they called apartheid, Afrikaans for “separateness,” a system of domestic colonialism that deprived all Africans of their most fundamental human rights. Both Castro and Mandela rebelled against such unjust systems and joined revolutionary movements to transform those societies. They are therefore the very epitome of rebel lawyers. But again, unless I’m dead wrong, I don’t think there is a Fidel or a Nelson in this audience, but I’d be glad to be wrong.

The next rebel lawyer is a little closer to the mark. He’s Clarence Darrow, who lived during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a brilliant lawyer, a socialist back when millions of Americans voted for socialists and atheists. In 1902, Darrow went to the Cook County jail in Chicago and spoke to the prisoners there about law. Here’s a little something of what he said. “See what the law is when these men – the rich – get control of things, they make the law. They do not make the laws to protect anybody. Courts are not instruments of justice. When your case gets into court, it’ll make little difference whether you are guilty or innocent but it’s better if you have a smart lawyer and you cannot have a smart lawyer unless you have money. First and last, it’s a question of money. Those people who own the earth make the laws to protect what they have. They fix up a sort of fence or pen around what they have and they fix the law so the fellow on the outside cannot get in. The laws are really organized for the protection of the men who rule the world. They

were never organized or enforced for justice. We have no system for doing justice. Not the slightest in the world.” Those are the words of Clarence Darrow, one of the original rebel lawyers.

In September 1925, Dr. Ossian Sweet of Detroit was charged and convicted of murder after shooting at a mob of whites assembled to attack his home for being a black man who dared to move into a white area. When he was granted a retrial, Clarence Darrow took the defense case and won an acquittal. You, law students, should read the closing arguments, for you will read some of the finest arguments ever made in an American courtroom. I leave that to you if you’re interested.

I use Darrow as a model for rebel lawyers. For reasons you as law students have a wealth of doors open before you. Indeed, some of you will go into prosecutors’ offices and work to help build and strengthen the bulwark of mass incarceration. Why? Because the lure of power is powerful. How do you think mass incarceration came to be? Was it a mistake? No.

Back during the early 1980s, neoliberals took power in major American cities and waged war on black communities, led more often than not by Democrats like Philadelphia’s first black mayor, Wilson Goode, who brought the infamous MOVE bombing into being. Shortly before him, DA Edward Rendell would join with former mayor Frank Rizzo to give his blessing to the August 8, 1978, attack on MOVE. Several years later, Rendell would announce an end to the prevailing prison system by saying that prisons would no longer do rehabilitation. Their job, he said, was incapacitation.

Thus we saw the so-called blood war achieve hyper-status with neoliberals joining conservatives to enact mass incarceration on a scale the nation and world had never seen before. It should not therefore surprise us when we see that Pennsylvania has the highest number of juvenile lifers on earth. Bipartisanship between neoliberals and conservatives built the monster we now call mass incarceration. No so-called progressive prosecutor can or will unbuild it. That’s because it took the entire system – DAs, judges, cops, defense lawyers, and prison administrators, not to mention the media – to collaborate on a monstrous project like mass incarceration. Only mass resistance can abolish mass incarceration. In other words, only a mass movements, movements like Black Lives Matter or, for that matter, RebLaw, movements of law students who stay engaged after they become lawyers and say no to monsters like mass incarceration and its architects.

That’s why it’s important to make note of Darrow’s early days. He began his career as a corporate lawyer and made a pretty penny representing the people he would later call the men who rule the world. But his 1894 meeting with socialist, activist, and leader Eugene Victor Debs was transformative. Darrow resigned from his corporate clients and, at serious financial sacrifice, began representing those who opposed the economic elites. He represented Debs at a federal espionage trial four years later and lost. But Darrow, socialist antiracist, atheist, had begun his long walk as a rebel lawyer. He opposed the death penalty and represented 100 clients facing death and never had a single one go to death row. And speaking of the death penalty, I want you to know that this isn’t my first trip to Yale, for in 1991 the Yale Law Journal published my essay called “Teetering on the Brink Between Life and Death.” It’s in volume 100. One of my lawyers was exalted, saying I made Law

Review. I calmly replied, “Hmph. You’re right, and I didn’t take a class.” I thank you for inviting me back and welcome the work to come to abolish mass incarceration.

From a Prison Nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.”

2.22.19

Eddie Conway Radio Show, Rattling the Bars, features Mumia case

Rachel Wolkenstein, Mumia's former lawyer, talks about DA Larry Krasner, known as a progressive D.A., challenging Mumia's right to appeal, which she deems as a further attempt for a cover-up and more evidence that Mumia's case needs to be dismissed.

https://youtu.be/s0_llqtCr_E

2.21.19

The B/E Note:

Where Meek Overshadowed Mumia

In Philly, the local DA engages in selective criminal justice reform.

“In an exploratory comparison, the DA reveals a tightrope attempt to have it both ways when he, probably, understands that he can’t. There’s safety in selecting Mill as a high profile way to burnish his reformist bona fides as part of a pony show for protesters. Safe since the political ramifications in the Mill case are much less threatening than those in the Mumia case. There is no substance to the Mill case in the way that there is substance and real political depth to Mumia’s current imprisonment.  But, in terms of PR value, the narrative that White DA saved incarcerated Black pop-star is what’s trending. The contours of the Mumia case, however, are much murkier and ugly: Saving the one who could have been victimized by a politically-motivated abdication of justice is a lot more complicated. The other might inspire momentary feelings of euphoria as if justice has been served. But it might show that it has not. And if that former case were ever resolved, there will be demands for a level of structural change that no one – including Krasner himself – can really swallow. “

Complete article: https://bit.ly/2BMLsgM

2.15.19

Mumia's recorded essay for Yale students at the Rebel Lawyers event Feb 15:

https://www.prisonradio.org/media/audio/mumia/rebel-lawyers-speech-mumia-abu-jamal-1005

2.13.19

Current Affairs article

THE EXCUSES OF LARRY KRASNER

“We can’t blindly trust people in power when they refuse to explain themselves… “

Oren Nimni writes in an important Feb 10 article :

“Krasner, then, offers two primary defenses for his decision. First, he asks critics to give him time—they don’t yet know what he will write in the final brief his office files and it could potentially be something good for criminal defendants. He can’t tell us what it is, though, and says that he is limited in what he can say right now regarding ongoing litigation. For his second defense, he says that the case is “complex and nuanced” (a phrase he repeats) and could have wide-ranging implications.

So the arguments here boil down to: “Trust me” and “It’s complicated.”

There is a certain part of me that likes Krasner and wants to give him the benefit of the doubt. In some sense we have very similar legal backgrounds, both having done criminal defense work (particularly for activists) and having sued police departments. His career has earned him a degree of trust, and indicates that he has a commitment to actual justice in the criminal punishment system.

But despite this background, and despite his record so far as Philly DA, Krasner’s defense is unconvincing, and he shouldn’t be granted the kind of deference he’s seeking.”

His article ends with:

“No one should have expected perfection from Krasner, or from any prosecutor. He still remains better than most, but this case is an example of something important. There is a wearingly familiar pattern when exciting reformers are elected to public office: They go in with zeal, then sooner or later they’re doing precisely the thing they said they wouldn’t do, and giving the public patronizing lectures about how we simply don’t understand “complexity and nuance.” It’s true, of course, that wielding power well is tricky and making policy is more difficult than making campaign slogans. But it’s also true that being in office doesn’t just open your eyes to unforeseen constraints—it also cramps your imagination and distances you from those who you promised to serve. The cure for this is a demand for explanations: If it’s complicated and nuanced, explain how. “I operate under limitations you activists are unaware of” is plausible, but we need to know what the limitations actually are. Power does not deserve deference, and real reformers offer explanations, not excuses. “

The full article can be read here: https://tinyurl.com/y64ywz9

2.12.19

Tell Krasner - Drop the Appeal! Release Mumia Abu-Jamal Now!

Sign and share the petition:

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2.11.19

“Krasner - Drop the Appeal”

On Feb 11, Mumia supporters handed out fliers to people entering an event at Philly's Main Library where Krasner was speaking on a "Criminal Justice Reform Panel." They also sat in the audience and held up the poster side of the leaflets which said “Krasner - Drop the Appeal” as he spoke. His answers were unusually short and he looked unhappy. As the moderator began announcing the end of the first half of the agenda. Pam Africa stood up trying to raise a question to Krasner, but he timidly slinked out the back of the stage followed by his cop protector.

The second half of the program featured three former prisoners, Kempis Ghani Songster of the Redemption Project, a juvenile lifer released less than a year ago; Cameron Holmes of Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project and Rueben Jones, Frontline Dads. Their comments on mass incarceration and the injustice system threw water on the "Reform" part of the event's title, as all of them expressed doubt that it could be really reformed, even saying it would take a new system such as socialism to do away with this system's brutal institutions.

https://www.facebook.com/1942562889217412/videos/393704144735695/?t=10

2.10.19

Video of Feb 2 Press Conference on

Law group rescinding of keynote invitation to Philly DA Krasner

On Feb 1st, the Rebellious Lawyering Conference (RebLaw) rescinded its invitation to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to serve as keynote speaker at their 25th annual conference because of his decision to appeal Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tuckers’ December 2018 decision that would give imprisoned journalist/activist Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to re-open his appeal. 

A press conference was held on the morning of Feb 2 to explain its significance: https://youtu.be/Cz5zlA8XlYk

2.9.19

The Intercept Article

LARRY KRASNER RESPONDS TO PROGRESSIVE CRITICS: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL APPEAL IS “INCREDIBLY COMPLEX AND NUANCED”

The Intercept has published articles favorable to Larry Krasner in the past, such as https://tinyurl.com/kejcosa . On Feb 9, the Intercept published an article revealing Krasner’s response to criticism focused on his decision to appeal Judge Leon Tucker’s ruling which allows Mumia Abu-Jamal to re-open his appeal.

“The appeal, argued Krasner, is based on a judge’s decision that has implications that stretch far beyond Abu-Jamal’s case. Once his motion is filed, he said, opponents may view it differently.

“This is a narrow, technical decision in one sense, but incredibly complex and nuanced and affects many other cases,” Krasner said, adding that his previous discovery of six boxes of evidence in the case, which he turned over to the defense, should be evidence of his commitment to a just outcome…

Krasner told The Intercept, the process must play out.

“I hope that the people who are critical take a deep breath and wait and see what it is we actually say in the brief that we file in this matter,” said Krasner…

“The opinion that was written by the court contained language that, potentially, could result in having to rehear possibly thousands of cases,” Krasner said. “Thousands.”

The article also quotes from Mumia supporters:

“Sam Spital, an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who works on the Abu-Jamal case, said that Tucker’s ruling underscored the importance of a lack of bias in a case like Abu-Jamal’s. “This is an incredibly important principle,” said Spital. “The decision-maker, the judge, has to not have actual bias or the appearance of bias.” “

“Rebecca Kavanagh, a New York City based public defender, found Krasner’s decision to have his office fight Abu-Jamal’s appeal baffling…“It is difficult to read this as anything other than District Attorney Krasner bowing to pressure from the police unions, which was something we have not seen him do before,” wrote Kavanagh. “To do it now in this seminal case, to speak the usual spin we hear from district attorneys, but not normally from him, is profoundly disheartening.”

The whole article can be read at:

http://tiny.cc/0x6a3y

2.8.19

Mike Africa Interview on Limits of being a “Progressive Prosecutor”

Philly’s DA shows the limits of being a “progressive prosecutor” by appealing Mumia Abu Jamal’s latest challenge of his conviction. The move saw Krasner disinvited from an activist conference at Yale Law School. To discuss this news, District Sentinel Radio had a conversation with Mike Africa Jr., a Philadelphia organizer, a member of the Move Organization, and the President of the Seed of Wisdom Foundation. Africa is also the son of two political prisoners, also from MOVE. He was born in prison, and Krasner actually helped both his parents get released from jail. District Sentinel Radio discussed all of this Feb 7, when Africa was interviewed.

Audio can be heard here: http://tinyurl.com/y7wjsucy

2.7.19

Fundraising effort initiated to pay for advertising in Philadelphia area newspapers and radio.

The ads would educate readers and listeners on who Mumia Abu-Jamal is - a former Black Panther, the author of many books, a member of the National Writers Union, a father and a grandfather. Ads would also highlight a fact sheet on the unjust conviction, revealing many of the legal points that argue for his innocence.

Go to http://tinyurl.com/y95yh46n to donate.

2.6.19

Community letter delivered to Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner expressing “a sense of betrayal” following his appeal of court decision benefiting Mumia Abu-Jamal and thousands of other prisoners

Mobilization4Mumia, 215-724-1618, Mobilization4Mumia.com, mobilization4mumia@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY

Philadelphia, February 6 - A letter expressing a sense of betrayal signed by over a dozen community groups and individuals who campaigned or voted for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was delivered today to his office.

The letter begins: “We, the signatories of this letter, want to communicate to you our strong disapproval, anger and sense of betrayal regarding your decision to contest the ruling of Judge Tucker which reinstated Mumia Abu-Jamal’s rights of appeal. We demand that the district attorney’s office immediately drop its appeal of the ruling.”

 The signers “applaud the positive changes” Krasner has made. It goes on to say however: “You told us that investigating and righting past legal wrongs was your priority. You strongly disavowed racism. Many of us canvassed and knocked on doors for you, held fund raisers, and built grassroots support for your campaign. Now, many of us feel betrayed.”

 After describing some of the unjust practices during Abu-Jamal’s 1982 trial, the document argues: “By pursuing this appeal — even though you were not the originator of this past injustice — you are legitimizing it, saying it is acceptable. We think it is not.”

 Krasner is appealing the Dec. 27, 2018 Judge Leon Tucker ruling that according to the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Conduct, former PA Supreme Court Judge Ron Castille was biased and should have recused himself from hearing Abu-Jamal’s appeals. Tucker granted relief to Mumia by giving him the right to re-open his appeals.

On Jan 25, Krasner filed an appeal of Judge Tucker’s ruling, in effect defending decades of prosecutorial misconduct by previous DAs. Why? He said “That opinion has sweeping and, in our view, problematic implications for a large volume of cases, in addition to its effect on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal” (https://bit.ly/2HGjyJ1)

The politician who claims to be against mass incarceration and who promotes reviewing past convictions and freeing the wrongfully convicted now opposes a court decision because too many imprisoned men and women might benefit, that it’s too much justice!

The Feb. 6 document was delivered to his office by Cindy Miller (Food Not Bombs-Solidarity), Wayne Cook (Mumia Abu-Jamal's nephew), Linda Ragin (Community and Labor Outreach Committee of Mobilization4Mumia), Pam Africa (International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal) and Joe Piette (International Action Center). 

The letter was delivered just days after the Rebellious Lawyering (RebLaw) conference at Yale Law School rescinded a speaking invitation to Krasner on Feb. 1. The celebrated “progressive” DA was scheduled be one of the keynote speakers at the 25 year-old conference on the weekend of Feb. 15-16, 2019. 

 In announcing their decision to rescind the invitation, the conference organizers said: “The so-called progressive Larry Krasner is hell-bent on keeping [Mumia’s case] out of the appellate process. Larry Krasner was voted into office by the Black, working-class people of Philadelphia, but in the hour of truth he has upheld the rulings of racist judges [in this case] and is doing the bidding of one of the country's most corrupt and homicidal police forces.”

Among the Philadelphia organizations and individuals who signed the Letter to Krasner were Decarcerate PA, Human Rights Coalition, Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI), Books Through Bars, Dr George Ciccariello-Maher (Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics), and Dr Sandra Joy, Professor of Sociology, Rowan University, Ph.D, LCSW.

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2.2.19

Philadelphia Inquirer:

Philly DA Larry Krasner disinvited to speak at Yale Law conference after Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal

http://www.philly.com/news/larry-krasner-yale-law-school-mumia-abu-jamal-philadelphia-district-attorney-20190202.html

2.1.19

Law group rescinds keynote invitation to Philly DA Krasner!

In a letter issued earlier today, the directors of the Rebellious Lawyering Conference (RebLaw) rescinded its invitation to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to serve as keynote speaker at their 25th annual conference because of his decision to appeal Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tuckers’ December 2018 decision that would give imprisoned journalist/activist Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to re-open his appeal. 

See the attached for details >>>>>>>>>

Interviews from RebLaw lawyers are available at 10:00 am, Saturday, Feb 2, at 501 S. 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA.

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Marilyn Kai Jewett 215-379-1163 or Joe Piette 610-931-2615

 MEDIA ADVISORY

UNDER PRESSURE, YALE REBLAW CONF RESCINDS KEYNOTE OFFER TO PHILLY D.A. LARRY KRASNER

Instead Invites Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal 

PHILADELPHIA, February 1, 2019 --   In a letter issued earlier today, the directors of the Rebellious Lawyering Conference (RebLaw) rescinded its invitation to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to serve as keynote speaker at their 25th annual conference because of his decision to appeal Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tuckers’ December 2018 decision that would give convicted journalist/activist Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to re-open his appeal.  

The Rebellious Lawyering Conference (https://www.facebook.com/RebLawCon/) is the largest student-run public interest law conference in the nation. Each year the conference brings together practitioners, law students, and community activists from around the nation to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. The 2019 conference will be held February 15-16 at Yale Law School.

Krasner, who ran on a platform that included standing “for justice, not just for convictions,” announced last week that he will appeal Tucker’s decision. RebLaw was supportive of Krasner as a candidate and his “new approach” as district attorney in an office that has been marked by scandal and corruption for decades.

However, in the letter to Krasner, the group said they are “disturbed to hear that DA Krasner will challenge the court decision giving Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to re-appeal his conviction in the 1981 death of a white Philadelphia police officer...Mumia’s case has been marred by injustices, including clear evidence of systemic racial bias, political targeting, conflicts of interest, and police corruption. In short, Mumia’s case illustrates many of the pervasive injustices that Krasner campaigned against.”

In addition to rescinding the invitation, the directors of RebLaw 25 urged Krasner to “drop the appeal” and join them in conversation about “the promise and perils of progressive prosecution” and his decision to appeal Tucker’s ruling. Krasner declined to join them in conversation.

The letter concluded by saying RebLaw will “work with activists to craft programming that examines both Mumia’s case and the successes and limitations of DA Krasner’s regime.”

Interviews are available at 10:00 am, Saturday, Feb 2, at 501 S. 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

1.28.19

Philadelphia NAACP Takes Issue With DA’s Ruling Against Appeal For Convicted Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

http://tiny.cc/qvzr2y

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Philly District Attorney Statement on decision to appeal ruling in Commonwealth v. Mumia Abu-Jamal

http://tiny.cc/dxzr2y

1.25.19

Krasner caves in to FOP, appeals Tucker ruling

http://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-da-office-appeal-mumia-abu-jamal-judge-leon-tucker-20190125.html

John McNesby, president of the FOP and a frequent Krasner critic, said Friday that the district attorney’s decision to appeal was “the right thing to do.”

The struggle continues:

Philly area supporters of Mumia’s struggle for freedom should come to a public meeting Tuesday, Jan 29 to watch the documentary “Manufacturing Guilt” and hear about next steps.

1.25.19

Mobilization4Mumia

CONTACT: Pam Africa 267-760-7344 or  Joe Piette 610-931-2615 or

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE

 Hundreds of boxes of prisoners’ files recently found in Philly DA’s Office

Files from Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case included

 PHILADELPHIA, January 25 – Just weeks after it was revealed that six previously undisclosed boxes of files labeled “Mumia,” were allegedly “discovered” in an abandoned furniture closet in Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office, hundreds of boxes of prisoner’s files have also been found. A January 18 “supplementary verification” from the DA’s Post-Conviction Relief Act Unit (PCRA) revealed that files from imprisoned journalist/activist Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case were among hundreds of other boxes hidden in a storage room. Supporters of Abu-Jamal say the contents could prove malfeasance and lead to dismissal of charges and the release of Abu-Jamal and other defendants.

 Two years after Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker ordered Krasner to release all files in the Abu-Jamal case, a treasure trove of hidden boxes have surfaced amidst dozens of recent protests nationwide asserting the innocence of the imprisoned radio journalist.

 On January 22, Krasner’s office released a misleading statement, asserting that a search of the newly discovered Abu-Jamal boxes proves Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Judge Ron Castille had no personal involvement in the prosecution of Mumia as Philly District Attorney. However:

 ● The statement failed to acknowledge that Judge Leon Tucker's December 27, 2018 ruling granted relief to Mumia. It showed that according to the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Conduct Judge Castille was biased and should have recused himself from the Abu-Jamal case.

 ● The statement failed to say whether or not Krasner will appeal Tucker’s decision.

 ● The statement failed to mention that given the long history of corruption in the

 Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the contents in the hundreds of other hidden boxes could prove the innocence of many prisoners.

According to Krasner, the contents of the six boxes found on Dec 28 include “police paperwork, discovery materials, cassette tapes, trial preparation and jury selection notes, Internal Affairs files, PCRA preparation notes and materials, newspaper clippings, etc.,” which could reveal exculpatory evidence and the extent of the police, judicial and prosecutorial frame-up of Abu-Jamal.

 News of this possibility even reached prime-time television on January 22, when a character in the popular sitcom Black-ish asked, “Oh, did they just free Mumia?” The current legal battle in Abu-Jamal’s case has now opened the pursuit of justice in his case and that of many others.

 Published investigations of the Abu-Jamal case (by journalist David Lindorff and former TV Guide journalist, Patrick J. O’Connor, respectively) revealed that one-third of the police officers involved in collecting evidence in the 1981 Abu-Jamal case were convicted and jailed for corruption and tampering with evidence to obtain convictions. Countless cases, including that of Hip Hop artist Meek Mill show that these practices continue to this day.

 “We know that upon taking office Krasner was subpoenaed to release a “Do Not Call” list of 29 cops too tainted to testify in court trials,” said Professor/filmmaker Johanna Fernandez in a previous interview. “Former DA Seth Williams had a list of 77 dirty cops. The list of police scandals that disproportionately impact Black and brown communities goes back decades. In 1979, the Department of Justice investigation concluded that the level of tampering with evidence and homicidal violence against Black and brown detainees by Philly Police, ‘shocks the conscience.’ Additionally, Prosecutor Joe McGill hid evidence in the original Abu-Jamal trial: the presence of a 4th person at the crime scene. Why?”

 Abu-Jamal, former president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and a Peabody Award-winning producer/reporter for WUHY FM (now WHYY), the Philadelphia affiliate of National Public Radio, has always maintained his innocence in the fatal shooting of Officer Daniel Faulkner. He has argued in past appeals that the police tampered with and lost key pieces of evidence, that the prosecution manufactured evidence of guilt, suppressed proof of innocence, and selected a Jim Crow jury, among other due-process violations.

 “Mumia has been inside 37 years for a crime he didn’t commit, 28 of those were spent caged on Death Row -- a sentence obtained unconstitutionally, which is why he’s in general population today. We are demanding that the charges be dismissed and he be set free. What is happening to

 Mumia is happening to thousands of people in Pennsylvania’s prisons,” said Pam Africa, spokesperson for International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

 Supporters of Abu-Jamal say justice demands that the contents of all the hidden boxes be fully disclosed to its respective defendants. These discoveries also cry out for an independent people’s investigation into decades of improper practices by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office.

Krasner ran on a platform that included standing “for justice, not just for convictions.” Now he has to decide whether or not to appeal Judge Tucker’s decision. A coalition of activists, many of whom supported his election, are now asking Krasner to keep his promise and do the right thing, not only for Abu-Jamal, but also for every prisoner whose files are in those boxes.

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1.24.19

Mumia Abu-Jamal commentary: Venezuela and presidential legitimacy

By Mumia Abu-Jamal posted on January 24, 2019

The following slightly edited commentary was written by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and is posted on Prison Radio.

Jan. 24 — Now the U.S. President (Donald Trump) has decided that he will determine who is, and who isn’t, the legitimate leader of a foreign country.

He has said that Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was illegitimate, and he supported Maduro’s opponent for national leadership of the country.

What if Maduro declared that Trump, who received some 3 million lessvotes than his opponent, Hillary Clinton, was illegitimate?

Who would listen?

For, in truth, Trump sits in the White House only because of the slavery-era artifact known as the Electoral College — an institution designed to deny democracy to millions of Africans, and to assure Southern hegemony.

Isn’t the so-called Electoral College fundamentally illegitimate? The Electoral College should be immediately abolished!

In a Sept. 9, 2018, edition of the New York Times, Trump officials touched base with Venezuelan military officials to support a coup against President Maduro.

For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, the U.S. decided who should rule in Latin America, based upon such nonsense as the Monroe Doctrine, a pretext for U.S. imperialism.

Lest we miss the play, Monroe is back.

What a shame!

1.22.19

Blackish: “Did they just free Mumia?”

@BringMumiaHome⁩, Mobilization4Mumia and all Mumia supporters send solidarity & many thanks to ⁦⁩ ⁦@blackishabc⁩ for featuring @MumiaAbuJamal⁩ in 1/22 episode, where it was asked “Did They Just Free Mumia?”

1.20.19

Mumia Abu-Jamal:

Remembering Martin King

Thanks to the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and Prison Radio for making this audiotape available:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AkI_-wTuwYVNnE-RNBRtCJPocU8n

Asians for Mumia Committee Letter to DA Krasner

The Asians for Mumia Committee has sent a letter to Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner “to support Judge Tucker’s proclamation that ‘true justice requires patience, integrity, independence, impartiality and propriety.’”

The organization was founded in 1995 at a time when Abu-Jamal was about to be executed. The turnout of thousands of people on the streets of Philadelphia, particularly from Black and Brown communities, to oppose the death penalty forced Pennsylvania’s governor to back down and cancel the execution order.

The Jan 18, 2019 letter calls on the DA and the state of Pennsylvania to uphold “Mr Abu-Jamal’s civil rights, which he has been denied for far too long…”

The complete letter is posted on right side of page >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

1.19.19

Articles about actions for Mumia Abu-Jamal and many of his writings archived

The International Action Center has organized all posts, in reverse chronological order, since around 2015 about and by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Some are posts about events, etc. that include Mumia's case among others: https://iacenter.org/category/Mumia 

A previous iteration of the site lists everything written by Mumia (including radio broadcasts)  since at least 1998 - 2006: https://iacenter.org/polprisoners/majessay.htm 

1.15.19

NEWS RELEASE

Coalition asks Philly DA to not block justice for Mumia: Questions persist about newly-discovered files

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 15 -- The fight for justice and freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal continues. A coalition of community activists and leaders from the Philadelphia region held a news conference Tuesday, to demand Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner not stand in the way of justice for convicted journalist/activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, by not appealing the ground-breaking decision by Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker. The decision would give Abu-Jamal the right to reopen his appeal. The Tucker decision is an important ruling that could impact other prisoners whose appeals were similarly denied.

On January 5, over 200 people demonstrated in the rain in front of Krasner’s office with signs and banners demanding justice for Abu-Jamal. On January 7, over 4,000 petitions were delivered to Krasner’s office demanding he not appeal Tucker’s ruling. Krasner has a January 27 court deadline to decide whether or not he will appeal Tucker's order. If he appeals there could be years of delay before Abu-Jamal, who will be 65 in April, can challenge his criminal conviction.

Speakers included Pam Africa, spokesperson for International Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Rachel Wolkenstein, co-counsel during Abu-Jamal's post-conviction appeal proceedings from 1995-1999; Paula Pebbles, National Action Network Philadelphia Chapter; Michael Africa, Jr., son of MOVE 9 members Debbie and Michael Africa, Sr. recently released from decades in prison; and Sister Empress Phile Chionesu, originator of the Million Woman March.

“After almost four decades in prison suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, Hepatitis C and related ailments, years of court delays will be nothing less than a death sentence and a denial of justice for Mumia,” said Pam Africa. “The evidence is there! Our job is to stop the conspiracy to torture and murder Mumia. After 37 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, we are demanding that the charges be dismissed and he should be freed. What is happening to Mumia is happening to thousands of people in Pennsylvania’s prisons.”

The group also raised questions about the recent “discovery” of six boxes of files on Abu-Jamal’s case in the DA’s Office. The previously undisclosed boxes of files labeled “Mumia,” were allegedly “discovered” in an -MORE- abandoned furniture closet in the District Attorney’s Office on Dec. 28, 2018, after Tucker had already announced his decision. On January 3, Assistant DA Nancy Kavanaugh, notified the court and Abu-Jamal’s attorneys. The discovery was revealed to the public on January 7. All but one of the boxes had Abu-Jamal’s name on them and were labeled in such a way (18/29, 24/29, 29/29 etc.) to suggest that they are part of a larger set.

This surprise “discovery” comes after Tucker demanded full disclosure from the DA. Frustrated by the lack of compliance with his orders, Tucker required that he personally review all of the Abu-Jamal files previously disclosed. It was only after his intervention that relevant material on which the new appeal was won was revealed.

Tucker, today ordered the boxes be submitted for his review. It’s unclear if this will affect the January 27 deadline for Krasner to decide whether to appeal Tucker’s decision.

After decades of scandal, corruption and mismanagement in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, that routinely denied justice to Abu-Jamal and many other Philadelphia residents, the coalition of activists are questioning and are rightfully suspicious about this new “discovery.”

Abu-Jamal has always maintained his innocence in the fatal shooting of Officer Daniel Faulkner. He has argued in past appeals that he was framed by police, that the prosecution manufactured evidence of guilt and suppressed proof of his innocence, in addition to other violations of his right to due process.

Krasner ran on a platform of reform and transparency. He promoted reviewing past convictions and freeing the wrongfully convicted. Tucker ruled that former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille (also a former Philadelphia District Attorney) denied Abu-Jamal fair and impartial hearings by not recusing himself from the defendant’s appeals between 1998 and 2012. Yet, after his election, Krasner appointed Castille to his Transition Team. 

The group, from a wide range of backgrounds, is questioning why the boxes were discovered after Tucker’s decision and want to know what’s in them. Abu-Jamal’s supporters and many others believe that the culture of altering and destroying evidence, hiding witnesses and suspects, and fabricating police paperwork continues to this day.

“There could be nothing of importance in the boxes or there could be evidence that could free Mumia,” said Africa. “Mumia was framed by withheld, suppressed and manufactured evidence, and supposedly lost ballistics tests. The DA’s Office is guilty of suppressing police corruption, prosecutorial misconduct and evidence of Mumia's innocence like witness recantations, exposure of false confessions, and photographic proof of crime scene tampering. The missing smoking gun evidence could be in those boxes. We want to know what’s in those files.”

Krasner ran on a platform that included standing “for justice, not just for convictions.” Now he has to decide whether or not to appeal Tucker’s decision and deny justice in this notorious case of injustice. The alleged “discovery” of these files provides a moral, if not a legal reason, for Krasner to not oppose the reinstatement of all of Abu-Jamal’s state appeal rights.

The coalition of activists, many whom supported his election, are now asking Krasner to keep his promise and do the right thing. Africa said people can support Abu-Jamal by signing a petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/krasner-do-right-by-mumia, or contacting Krasner by email: DA_Central@phila.gov, phone: 215-686-8000 or Twitter: @philaDAO, asking him to not stand in the way of justice for Abu-Jamal and to not appeal Tucker’s decision. 

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Videostream of Jan 15 press conference:

https://www.facebook.com/1942562889217412/videos/2225182394401934/?t=19

KYW News radio: Judge who opened door for partial appeal in Mumia Abu-Jamal case retaining jurisdiction

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/judge-who-opened-door-partial-appeal-mumia-abu-jamal-case-retaining-jurisdiction

METRO: Mumia supporters optimistic over discovery of new boxes

https://www.metro.us/news/local-news/philadelphia/mumia-supporters-optimistic-over-discovery-new-boxes

The Washington Informer: MUHAMMAD: Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and Jamil Al-Amin

https://washingtoninformer.com/muhammad-free-mumia-abu-jamal-and-jamil-al-amin/

1.9.19

Workers World: Global pressure mounts on Philly DA Krasner to do right by Mumia

https://www.workers.org/2019/01/08/global-pressure-mounts-on-philly-da-krasner-to-do-right-by-mumia/

Struggle - La Lucha: Hundreds march in Philadelphia to support Mumia Abu-Jamal

https://www.struggle-la-lucha.org/2019/01/06/hundreds-march-in-philadelphia-to-support-mumia-abu-jamal/

RT Interview video

Mumia Abu-Jamal's Road to Freedom w Rachel Wolkenstein

https://youtu.be/evI6ZqoFjog

1.7.19

For Immediate Release Jan 7, 2019

PRESS CONTACTS: Mike Africa, Jr, 267-456-2880; Joe Piette, 610-931-2615

Thousands of Mumia Abu-Jamal Petitions delivered to DA Krasner

A community delegation delivered thousands of petitions to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner on Jan 7, asking him to not stand in the way of justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal and to not appeal a Dec. 27, 2018 court decision by Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker.

Wayne Alexander Cook (nephew of Mumia Abu-Jamal) handed the 4,227 signed petitions to Krasner’s assistant as they entered the DA’s lobby.  The thick manila envelope also contained letters from Tadashi Seto (Doro-Chiba, Japanese rail workers' union), Edwin R Ferris (International Secretary-Treasurer of International Longshore & Warehouse Union) and other labor statements in support of Abu-Jamal’s quest for freedom after 37 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

The DA refused to talk with the group that also included Michael Africa, Jr (son of MOVE 9 members Debbie and Michael Africa Sr just released from prison), Sandy Joy (Rowen University professor) and other members of the umbrella group Mobilization4Mumia. The DA’s Director of Communications Ben Waxman did meet soon after, but revealed no new information when asked whether or not Krasner will appeal. “That’s above my paygrade,” he said.

The online petitions were gathered in ten days from thousands of people in the US and from around the world by Roots Action and Mobilization4Mumia.

The petitions are part of an effort to persuade Philadelphia DA Krasner to refuse an appeal of Tucker’s ruling.  Such an appeal would lead to years of court proceedings and further postpone Abu-Jamal’s chance to prove his innocence. After almost four decades in prison and suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and related ailments, years of court delays will be nothing less than a death sentence and a denial of justice.

On Jan 5, almost 200 people marched in the rain with signs and banners in front of the DA’s office chanting: “Justice!”,  “Krasner: Don’t Appeal!” and “Free Mumia! ”

Mumia Abu-Jamal won the significant victory before Judge Leon Tucker in a decision granting Abu-Jamal new rights to re-open appeals. The ruling could impact other prisoners whose appeals were similarly denied by biased judges.

Tucker ruled that former PA Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille denied Abu-Jamal fair and impartial hearings by not recusing himself from the defendant’s appeals between 1998 and 2012.  The ruling referenced Castille’s public statements of being a “law and order” prosecutor, responsible for 45 men on death row, the support of the Fraternal Order of Police, and new evidence supporting the claim that Castille singled out men convicted as “police killers.” Tucker cited all the above because they created the appearance of bias and impropriety in the appeal process.

Krasner ran for Philadelphia District Attorney on a platform that included standing “for justice, not just for convictions.”  He promoted reviewing past convictions and freeing the wrongfully convicted. In Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal’s frame-up stands out as the city’s most notorious wrongful conviction. Yet, after his election victory, Krasner appointed Ron Castille to his Transition Team.

Abu-Jamal has always maintained his innocence in the fatal shooting of police officer Daniel Faulkner.   Judge Tucker’s ruling means that Abu-Jamal’s appeals of his 1982 convictions are restored. Abu-Jamal has argued through his past appeals that he was framed by police and that the prosecution manufactured evidence of guilt and suppressed the proof of his innocence, in addition to other violations of his due process rights.

Long time International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal organizer Pam Africa said  “After decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the charges should be dismissed and he should be freed.”


1.6.19

International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba

Writing on behalf of Doro-Chiba, Japanese rail workers' union, and Hoshino Defense Committee, which has been fighting for freedom of Fumiaki Hoshino, the longest held political prisoner in Japan, Tadashi Seto wrote in a letter to DA Larry Krasner: “Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal has been behind bars for nearly four decades; his health conditions are serious. He must be released immediately. At least the retrial is necessary.”

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Jordi Aragunde, the General Co-ordinator of the 100,000 member

International Dockworkers Council based in Spain,

came out in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal in a twitter post Jan 5, urging #KrasnerDoRightByMumia

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Unedited Workers World article covering the Jan 5 “Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom” in Philadelphia:

Global pressure mounts on Philly DA Krasner to do right by Mumia

by Betsey Piette

Nearly two hundred people demonstrated outside the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner on Jan. 5, for the second time in just over a week since Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker issued a ruling that gives political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal the chance to overturn his unjust 1982 conviction.

Billed as a “Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom, the activists, braving steady rain, held a brief rally celebrating Dec. 27 Tucker’s decision before taking to the streets with the message “Tell DA Krasner – don’t stand in the way of justice for Mumia!”

The event was sponsored by the Mobilization4Mumia and endorsed by International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, International Action Center, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (NYC), Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, Educators for Mumia, MOVE, Food Not Bombs Solidarity, Workers World/Mundo Obrero, Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia and others. People attending the event came from New York, Baltimore, Delaware, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Historic ruling opens way for broader appeals

Judge Tucker’s historic Dec. 27 ruling granted Abu-Jamal new rights to appeals earlier convictions stemming from 1995 to 2012 and gave him 30 days to file his appeals. DA Krasner also has 30 days to appeal Tucker’s ruling. Speakers at the rally called on Krasner to cease defending former Philadelphia DA and later PA Supreme Court Judge Ron Castille’s now discredited claim of impartiality.

Tucker whose decision chastised Castille for his obvious bias and lack of impartiality ruled that allowing Abu-Jamal to go forward with re-arguing his appeals “would best serve the appearance of justice.” Tucker’s ground breaking decision not only restored Abu-Jamal’s appeal rights but could impact many other prisoners whose appeals were also denied by clearly biased and often openly pro-cop judges.

A march following the rally stopped at busy intersections, blocking traffic with brief speak outs before ending at the William Way LGBT Community Center for an indoor speak out and organizing meeting. Attendees included a broad spectrum of activists from many who knew Mumia and fought for his freedom for decades to newer and younger people, many of whom were born since Mumia was initially imprisoned.

Long time activists Pam Africa and Ralph Pointer kicked off the indoor event. James Chisolm, Jr. recounted being a high school organizer with Mumia at Benjamin Franklin High School, fighting racism within the school system in the 1970’s. Wayne Alexander Cook, Mumia’s nephew, marched and later spoke about the ways his Uncle Mumia, his aunt and other members

family helped guide him to become more politically aware. The rally was chaired by Johanna Fernandez from the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home.

Megan Malachi, with Philadelphia REAL Justice, described Mumia’s struggle as a key part of the on-going fight against racism and police brutality. REAL Justice has led a two-year long campaign to take down a statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo from its prominent location near City Hall. Malachi noted that the removal of this tribute to one of Philadelphia’s most notorious racist politicians would not just be a symbolic victory.

Palestinian activist Susan Abulhawa brought messages of solidarity from Palestinians struggling against state repression and some of the highest rates of incarceration globally. She recounted attempts by Israeli supporters to label Black activists like Marc Lamont Hill, and more recently Alice Walker as “anti-Semitic” because of their support for Palestine, while she and other Palestinian activists have been attacked for supporting Mumia.

Monica Moorehead, a leader of Millions for Mumia which brought over 25,000 people to Philadelphia in support of Abu-Jamal in the late 1990s urged younger activists to learn the lessons of this struggle to free Mumia and to make it their own.

The final hour of the indoor event was devoted to addressing necessary organizational tasks including media work, social media networking, education, community and labor outreach and fund-raising as the movement to bring Mumia home shifts into higher gear. Plans for a rally in Philadelphia on April 20 were also discussed. There was clearly a buzz of excitement in the hall as nearly everyone in attendance participated in an organizational break-out group.

Still time to sign petition to Krasner

As DA Krasner is clearly under pressure from the Fraternal Order of Police to oppose Tucker’s decision and block efforts to free Mumia, Abu-Jamal supporters have bombarded his office with daily phone calls and emails, plus a twitter storm on Dec. 4, the day before the rally, calling on him to do right by Mumia.

Letters to Krasner in support of Abu-Jamal have come from labor unions including the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in San Francisco, the Oakland Education Association, Philadelphia IWW, Doro-Chiba, Japanese rail workers' union, and the 100,000 member International Dockworkers Council based in Spain.

A petition to Krasner to “do the right thing” continues to gather signatures. Over 500 signed petitions were delivered to Krasner on Jan. 2. Since then RootsAction has picked up on the petition initiated by Mobilization4Mumia via Actionnetwork.org. Collectively over 4,000 more people have signed the on-line challenge and these names will be delivered to Krasner this week. To sign the petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/krasner-do-right-by-mumia?source=email&

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Videos of Jan 5 demonstration,

as it stopped at a busy Broad Street intersection allowing people to hear our message. The first video was produced by Krissy Mahan:  https://youtu.be/h-u6xSY815E

This video by Sue Harris: https://youtu.be/AiDZxGNBDi4

1.5.19

International Secretary-Treasurer of International Longshore & Warehouse Union, to DA Larry Krasner:

Letter from Edwin R Ferris, “…I implore you to afford Mumia Abu-Jaml the ability to move forward with re-arguing his appeals before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.”

1.4.19

For Immediate Release - Friday, January 4, 2019

After a Court ruling that Finally Gives Mumia Abu-Jamal a Chance to Overturn his Unjust Conviction: Petitions, Calls, Letters, a Public Celebration and Protest too!

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WHAT:  Constitutional Rally / March / Protest Party Celebrating Recent Legal Victory and to tell DA Larry Krasner - Don’t stand in the way of justice for Mumia Abu Jamal!

WHEN:  Saturday, January 5, 12:00 - 4:00pm

WHERE: Start — Philadelphia DA’s Office, 3 S. Penn Sq - across from City Hall; End — William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street

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PRESS CONTACTS: Pam Africa, 267-760-7344  ; Joe Piette, 610-931-2615

Community activists will rally, march and then host a public celebration to draw attention to a recent court decision by Judge Leon Tucker that could lead to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom after more than 30 years in prison.

They are also trying to persuade Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to refuse an appeal of that ruling.  An appeal would lead to years of court proceedings that will further postpone Abu-Jamal’s chance to prove his innocence. After 37 years in prison and suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and related ailments, years of court delays will be nothing less than a death sentence and a denial of justice.

Over 1200 people have signed a petition to  Krasner: “Don't Stand in the Way of Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal! Don't Appeal Judge Tucker's Decision!”

Keith Brown, president of the Oakland Education Association, sent a letter to Krasner which said, “As a progressive attorney you ran for Philadelphia District Attorney on a platform that included standing for justice, not just for convictions. You promoted reviewing past convictions and freeing the wrongfully convicted. In Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal’s frame-up stands out as the city’s most notorious wrongful conviction. I urge you to allow Mumia Abu-Jamal to go forward with re-arguing his appeals, which Judge Tucker states would best serve the appearance of justice.”

Mumia Abu-Jamal won the significant victory before Judge Leon Tucker in a decision announced on Dec. 27, granting Abu-Jamal new rights of appeal. The ruling could impact other prisoners whose appeals were also denied.

Judge Tucker’s ruled that former Pa Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille denied Abu-Jamal fair and impartial appeals by not recusing himself from the defendant’s appeals between 1998 and 2012.  The ruling referenced Castille’s public statements of being a “law and order” prosecutor, responsible for 45 men on death row, the support of the Fraternal Order of Police, and the new evidence supporting the claim that Castille singled out men convicted as “police killers.” Tucker’s ruling problematizes all the above because they led to the appearance of bias and impropriety in the appeal process.

Abu-Jamal has always maintained his innocence in the fatal shooting of police officer Daniel Faulkner.   Judge Tucker’s ruling means that Abu-Jamal’s appeals of his 1982 convictions are restored and will be allowed to be reheard in the PA appeals court.  Abu-Jamal has argued through his past appeals that he was framed by police and that the prosecution manufactured evidence of guilt and suppressed the proof of his innocence, in addition to other violations of his due process rights.

After 37 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s supporters are demanding that the charges should be dismissed and he should be freed.

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Workers World article: Court ruling lets Mumia Abu-Jamal renew his appeals

https://www.workers.org/2018/12/28/court-ruling-lets-mumia-abu-jamal-renew-his-appeals/

San Francisco Bay View: Mumia Abu-Jamal granted new rights to appeal

https://sfbayview.com/2018/12/mumia-abu-jamal-granted-new-rights-to-appeal/?fbclid=IwAR0J7wEz5Uei6EY418wyrQdYJml2SjRLc2IdP8_OeqMpxyBoxuttZH8hLMs

Amsterdam News: Judge allow Mumia to re-appeal conviction

http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2019/jan/03/judge-allow-mumia-re-appeal-conviction/

1.3.19

Due to expected rain, Mumia supporters should gather at the DAs office starting at 12 noon on Sat, Jan 5. Participants (bring umbrellas) will then march to the William Way LGBTQ Center at 1315 Spruce for an indoor rally.

The Philadelphia Metro newspaper featured a front page photo of Mumia Abu-Jamal plus a two-page article inside on Jan 3, 2019.

Counterpunch also featured a Jan 3 article on Mumia’s legal victory.

1.2.19

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Pam Africa and other activists fighting for Mumia’s freedom delivered 518 petitions to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office on Wed,. Jan 2, 2019. Ben Waxman, Director of Communications for District Attorney Larry Krasner and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, accepted the signatures gathered in just the last 5 days, commenting the office is getting a lot of phone calls about this from around the world.

You can watch the whole event here:

https://www.facebook.com/100007421162015/videos/2346183412305675/

Please continue sharing the petition. We will deliver more signed petitions again in a few days.

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1.1.19

TWITTER STORM FRIDAY, JAN 4

Here are sharable links which you can copy and paste into emails you are sending to your lists. Anyone with a twitter account just has to click on these links and it will take them to their own Twitter account with the wording already there, all they have to do is click Tweet. Both of these linked Tweets have a picture linked to them as well. The first has a pic of Mumia, the 2nd has a pic of the Philly flyer for the rally on the 5th.

Please when you send the email to your list, ask them to do this on Friday, January 4th. We need the numbers all on the same day to create the Twitter storm. These links can also be posted on your Facebook pages, web sites, etc. Just headline it "Twitter Storm for Mumia on Friday, January 4 - Click To Tweet"

Click to Tweet link #1:
#KrasnerDoRightByMumia @philaDAO Don't stand in the way of justice. Don't appeal Judge’s decision allowing ex Panther Abu-Jamal to re-appeal! Judge says re-arguing Mumia’s appeals “would best serve the appearance of justice”

Click to Tweet link #2:

#KrasnerDoRightByMumia @philaDAO Don't appeal Judge’s decision allowing ex Panther Abu-Jamal to re-appeal. You campaigned on freeing the wrongfully convicted. Mumia’s case Is Philly’s most notorious Wrongful Conviction! 

Statement from President of Oakland Education Association

Dear District Attorney Krasner,

Teachers and educators call on you to do the right thing. Do not stand in the way of justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.  Do not appeal Judge Tucker™s decision. As a progressive attorney you ran for Philadelphia District Attorney on a platform that included standing for justice, not just for convictions. You promoted reviewing past convictions and freeing the wrongfully convicted. In Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal’s frame-up stands out as the city’s most notorious wrongful conviction. I urge you to allow Mumia Abu-Jamal to go forward with re-arguing his appeals, which Judge Tucker states would best serve the appearance of justice. 

 Sincerely,

Keith D. Brown

President, Oakland Education Association

STATEMENT FROM PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER OF IWW:

Mumia Abu-Jamal has always maintained his innocence in the 1981 fatal shooting of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. His prosecution was politically-motivated because of his Black Panther Party membership, his support of the MOVE organization and as a radical journalist. His 1982 trial and subsequent 1995 PCRA appeals were racially biased: the prosecution excluded African Americans from the jury; and PCRA trial Judge Albert Sabo, the same judge in Abu-Jamal's initial trial, declared, “I’m gonna help them fry the n----r.” Abu-Jamal’s frame-up stands out as the city’s most notorious wrongful conviction.

On Dec. 27, Mumia Abu-Jamal won a significant case before Judge Leon Tucker in a decision granting him new rights of appeal.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner: The Philadelphia Chapter of the IWW calls on you to do the right thing. Do not stand in the way of justice. Do not appeal Judge Tucker’s decision.

Cease defending former Philadelphia DA and later PA Supreme Court Judge Ron Castille’s now-discredited claim of impartiality. Justice must extend to controversial cases your predecessors held untouchable. Allow Abu-Jamal to go forward with re-arguing his appeals, which Judge Tucker states “would best serve the appearance of justice."

12.31.18

(This International letter has been circulating for the past few days.  Please share widely, particularly with international organizations and individuals)

INTERNATIONAL CONCERNED FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

December 31, 2018

Dear Comrades and Friends Across the Globe:

On December 27, 2018, in a historic action, Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker granted Mumia’s petition for new appeal rights, over the opposition of “progressive DA” Larry Krasner. 

This is the first Pennsylvania state court decision in Mumia’s favor since he was arrested on December 9, 1981.  The new appeals ordered by Judge Tucker open the door to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom. The legal claims and supporting evidence, previously denied in the PA Supreme Court with Justice Ronald Castille’s participation, warrant a dismissal of the frame-up charges that have kept Mumia imprisoned for 37 years, or, at the very least warrant a new trial. 

It is critical that Mumia can go forward immediately with these appeals. However, DA Larry Krasner has the authority to appeal Judge Tucker’s decision. Krasner’s position, to the surprise of many who had described him as the “new kind” of district attorney, more bent toward justice than mere conviction, with a history of defending dissident activists, has been adamant in his opposition to Mumia’ petition.  His legal filings, court arguments, and his statements on public radio have all argued that there is no evidence of Justice Castille’s bias or the appearance of impropriety when he refused to recuse himself in Mumia’s PA Supreme Court appeals from 1998-2012 (!).

If the prosecution appeals, there will follow years of legal proceedings on the validity of Judge Tucker’s order before Mumia can begin the new appeal process challenging his conviction. .Mumia is now 64 years old. He has cirrhosis of the liver from the years of untreated hepatitis C. He still suffers from continuing itching from the skin ailment which is a secondary symptom of the hep-C. Mumia now has glaucoma and is receiving treatment. He has been imprisoned for almost four decades.  An extended appeals process coming at the age of 64 to a person whose health had already been seriously compromised is the equivalent of a death sentence by continued incarceration.    

We are asking you to join us in demanding that Larry Krasner stop acting in league with the Fraternal Order of Police. Mumia should be freed from prison, now!  We are asking you to call, email or tweet DA Larry Krasner TODAY and tell him: DO NOT Appeal Judge Tucker’s Decision Granting New Rights of Appeal to Mumia Abu-Jamal.

In his decision, Judge Tucker ruled that former PA Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille, who was the District Attorney during Mumia’s first appeal of his frame-up conviction and death sentence, had “created the appearance of bias and impropriety” in the appeal process when he didn’t recuse himself from participating in Mumia’s appeals. Judge Tucker relied heavily on Ronald Castille’s public statements bragging that he would be a “law and order” judge, that he was responsible for putting 45 men on death row, that he had the political and financial support of the Fraternal Order of Police, and in recently discovered new evidence that Castille had particularly campaigned for immediate death warrants of convicted “police killers”.  Judge Tucker states unequivocally that the appearance of bias and lack of “judicial neutrality” exhibited by Castille warranted his recusal. 

Judge Tucker’s order throws out the PA Supreme Court decisions from 1998-2012 that rubber-stamped Mumia’s racially-biased, politically-motivated murder conviction on frame-up charges of the shooting death of police officer Daniel Faulkner. 

Judge Tucker’s decision means that Mumia Abu-Jamal’s post-conviction appeals of his 1982 conviction must be reheard in the PA appeals court. In those appeals Mumia’s lawyers proved that Mumia was framed by police and prosecution who manufactured evidence of guilt and suppressed the proof of his innocence. And, he was tried by a racist, pro-prosecution trial judge, Albert Sabo, who declared to another judge, “I’m gonna help them fry the n----r” and denied Mumia his due process trial rights.

We can win Mumia’s freedom! We have a legal opening. It is our opportunity to push forward to see Mumia walk out of prison! The international campaign for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom has launched a new offensive. At the top of its actions is this call for letters and phone calls to DA Larry Krasner demanding he not appeal Judge Tucker’s order granting new appeal rights to Mumia Abu-Jamal.  Please take this action TODAY!  Krasner can launch his appeal at any moment.  Please send us back your name so we can compile a list of international signers but, most important, contact Krasner immediately.  Also, no matter how many letters for Mumia you have signed in the past year or two, please sign this one as well.  This moment is different, and the demand of Krasner is different. We want all possible supporters included.

CONTACT:    Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Phone: (215) 686-8000; Email: DA_Central@phila.gov; Tweet: @philaDAO

Mail: Phila. DA Larry Krasner, Three South Penn Square, Phila, PA 19107

Tell DA Krasner:     Do Not Appeal Judge Tucker’s Decision Reinstating Appeal Rights

for Mumia Abu-Jamal!

In solidarity and toward Mumia’s freedom,

(Initiated by all the US based Mumia support organizations)

International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; The MOVE Organization; Educators for Mumia; International Action Center; Mobilization for Mumia; Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC); Campaign to Bring Mumia Home; Committee to Save Mumia; Prison Radio, Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Oakland; Oakland Teachers for Mumia; Workers World/Mundo Obrero

12.30.18

PRESS ALERT - Dec. 30, 2018

 Contact: Pam Africa 267-760-7344 ; Joe Piette 610-931-2615

 Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeal rights restored. Emergency Rally Friday to demand DA Krasner Not CHALLENGE Judge’s Ruling

 Mumia Abu-Jamal won a significant case before Judge Leon Tucker in a decision announced on Dec. 27.

 Current DA Larry Krasner should cease defending former Philadelphia DA and later PA Supreme Court Judge Ron Castille’s now-discredited claim of impartiality.  Krasner should not challenge Judge Tucker’s decision and allow Abu-Jamal to go forward with re-arguing his appeals, which Judge Tucker argues “would best serve the appearance of justice.”  

Abu-Jamal’s supporters will rally to demand Krasner not challenge this decision, in front of the DA’s office, 3 S. Penn Sq. across from City Hall, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 12 noon - 2:00pm.

Pam Africa of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal announced, “The people’s movement is responsible for this victory.”

 A new appeal opens the door to Mumia’s freedom – a new trial or dismissal of the charges. If allowed to stand, Tucker’s ruling could also impact many other prisoners whose cases involved state supreme court refusals to recuse themselves.

 The decision by Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker grants Mumia Abu-Jamal new rights of appeal. Tucker ruled former Pa Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille denied Abu-Jamal fair and impartial appeals by not recusing himself from the defendant’s appeals from 1998-2012.  The ruling referenced Castille’s public statements of being a “law and order” prosecutor, responsible for 45 men on death row, the support of the Fraternal Order of Police and the new evidence of Castille’s having singled out men convicted as “police killers”. It all created the appearance of bias and impropriety in the appeal process.

Judge Tucker’s ruling means that Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeals of his 1982 conviction, that he was framed by police and prosecution manufacturing evidence of guilt and suppressing the proof of his innocence as well as other due process trial rights, are re-stored and must be re-heard in the PA appeals court.

Abu-Jamal has always maintained his innocence in the fatal shooting of police officer Daniel Faulkner. His prosecution was politically-motivated because of his Black Panther Party membership, his support of the MOVE organization and as a radical journalist. His trial was racially biased: trial judge Albert Sabo declared, “I’m gonna help them fry the n----r.” and the prosecution excluded African Americans from the jury.

After 37 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the charges should be dismissed and he should be freed.

Dec 28 rally outside DAs office

Dec 28 rally outside DAs office

12.28.18

Truth Out:

Mumia Abu-Jamal Wins Chance to Re-argue Appeal in 1981 Police Killing

https://truthout.org/video/mumia-abu-jamal-wins-chance-to-reargue-appeal-in-1981-police-killing/

WHYY:

https://whyy.org/articles/mumia-abu-jamal-supporters-urge-philly-da-krasner-to-let-appeal-process-proceed/

Ch 6 ABC news:

https://6abc.com/mumia-abu-jamal-can-reargue-appeal-in-1981-police-slaying/4978335/

Philadelphia Tribune:

http://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/mumia-s-backers-urge-da-to-not-fight-appeal/article_cdfc916e-7beb-5c4f-99c1-2539eaf9331c.html

Ch 10 NBC news

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Court-Rules-Appeal-Ruling-Convicted-Cop-Killer-503655231.html

WHYY:

https://whyy.org/articles/judge-mumia-abu-jamal-can-reargue-appeal-in-1981-philly-police-slaying/?mc_cid=c46404d054&mc_eid=3851243347

12.19.18

Sign the pledge today for Emergency Response to Free Mumia

On December 3, Judge Leon Tucker heard final arguments in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s two-year-long appeal case and announced that he would issue a decision at a future date.  

The decision could come down at any time so we are asking everyone to be prepared to respond.  

Pledge to take action as soon as a decision is announced!
Day After A Decision Action:

If Tucker rules in Mumia’s favor, we will rally at DA Krasner’s office to say #FreeMumia!  and to tell Krasner:  DO NOT APPEAL!  If Tucker rules against Mumia, rally at the DA’s office to let them know we will continue the fight in the courts and on the streets.

Either way the initial protest will take place the day after Tucker’s ruling from 4-6pm at the Philly DA’s office, 3 S. Penn Sq. across from City Hall

Following Saturday Action:

A larger protest will take place on the next Saturday at noon same location.

Sign the pledge today to receive urgent action alerts as soon as a decision is announced! You will receive notification by email as soon as any new information becomes available.

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/freemumia/

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12.5.18

Call for Emergency Response Network to free Mumia:

On Dec. 3rd, Judge Leon Tucker heard final arguments in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s two-year-long appeal case and announced that he would issue a decision at a future time.  The decision could come down at any time so we are asking everyone to be prepared to respond.  If Tucker rules in Mumia’s favor, we will rally at DA Krasner’s office to say #FreeMumia!  and to tell Krasner: DO NOT APPEAL!  If Tucker rules against Mumia, rally at the DA’s office to let them know we will continue the fight in the courts and on the streets.

Either way the initial protest will take place the day after Tucker’s ruling from 4-6pm at the Philly DA’s office, 3 S. Penn Sq. across from City Hall)

A larger protest will take place on the next Saturday at noon same location.

This Week for Mumia:

On Fri, Dec. 7th join in a HONK for MUMIA from 4-6pm at 13th & Locust Sts.

On Sat., Dec. 8th – take part in a Community Forum:  You can lock up prisoners but you can’t silence them!  Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!” 

12-4pm, People’s Education Center, 5443 Germantown Ave.  Food will be served.

From the River to the Sea: Philly Stands with Marc Lamont Hill – Rally Dec. 6,

4-6pm Gather at 1801 N. Broad St., Temple Campus

In addition to the events for Mumia we are urging people to participate in an important solidarity rally in Philadelphia on Thurs., Dec. 6th for Temple Professor and Philadelphia activist/author Marc Lamont Hill who has come under attack for his righteous solidarity with the people of Palestine. 

CNN fired Hill for speaking out about the apartheid-like conditions for Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories.  Now forces at Temple are calling for his dismissal. In the wake of increasingly frequent attacks on radical professors and activists, especially those who speak on Palestine, Temple Students for Justice in Palestine and allied organizations are mobilizing in support of Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and calling on the Temple University Board of Trustees to rescind and cease their libelous statements.

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10.29.18

New evidence of Castille’s bias in Mumia Abu-Jamal case

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By Betsey Piette posted on October 30, 2018

As supporters demonstrated in the streets outside Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center on Oct. 29, inside the courthouse attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal presented new arguments of substantive bias by former District Attorney Ronald Castille as grounds for granting Abu-Jamal’s petition.

Abu-Jamal’s initial petition, filed in August 2016, is based on the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Williams v. Pennsylvania that found due process was violated when Castille participated in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s consideration of William’s appeal in a capital postconviction case. Castille, in his previous position as district attorney of Philadelphia, had approved decisions to seek the death penalty. The SCOTUS ruling established that a petitioner is entitled to relief when a reasonable observer could conclude that a judge harbored disqualifying bias against the petitioner.

Representing Abu-Jamal, Judith Ritter and Samuel Spital, asked Common Court of Appeals Judge Leon Tucker to vacate Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decisions that denied Abu-Jamal’s right to appeal his 1983 capital conviction, stemming from the death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The appeal is asking for Abu-Jamal’s right to a new evidentiary hearing.

The petition was first heard on April 24, 2017. Since January 2018, when Philadelphia’s current district attorney, Larry Krasner, took office, six additional hearings have been held. At each the Commonwealth has sought to deny Abu-Jamal’s petition, claiming “no evidence exists” of Castille’s direct involvement in Abu-Jamal’s case while he served as district attorney.

New evidence surfaces

The lawyers’ new amendment is based on two pieces of evidence that came to light during searches of hundreds of boxes of files looking for a letter written by DA Castille in June 1990 to then Gov. Robert P. Casey. An initial search of files in September 2017 uncovered a draft for a letter written on Castille’s behalf by former Deputy DA Gaele Barthold. Her June 1, 1990, memo to Castille states, “As discussed, I have drafted a letter to Governor Casey for your signature, Ron, requesting that death warrants be issued in appropriate Philadelphia County death cases.”

In his June 15, 1990, letter to Casey, Castille used Barthold’s draft but inserted a paragraph urging Casey to sign death warrants to send a message to “all police killers.” At her recent deposition, Barthold confirmed that the paragraph concerning “cop killers” was not in her draft and was not in language she would have used. While the Commonwealth uncovered Barthold’s draft, which refers to a copy of Castille’s letter being attached, they maintain that Castille’s final signed letter to Casey cannot be found.

Castille’s letter referred to a list of capital cases then before Casey. Because he had not exhausted his appeals before the DA’s office, Abu-Jamal’s case was not on the list. However, his attorneys hold that Castille had to have examined the status of Abu-Jamal’s case as of June 15, 1990, to determine that it was not ready for a death warrant. They charge that this reflects substantial, personal involvement in a critical decision in Abu-Jamal’s case.

Support for pro-death penalty legislation

A few days before the Aug. 30 hearing regarding the status of their search for the missing letter, the Commonwealth notified the court that they had also uncovered evidence of communications between DA Castille and former Pennslyvania State Senator Michael Fisher regarding passage of legislation to further restrict state appeals of death penalty convictions.

The evidence was a letter, on letterhead identifying Ron Castille as district attorney, from then Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Kathleen McDonnell sent “pursuant to Sen. Fisher’s request, in order to provide him with, the current status of certain death row inmates.” Abu-Jamal’s name was the first of nine capital defendants.

As with the Barthold memo, the “request” that gave rise to McDonnell’s letter was not provided, and the Commonwealth could not verify to whom Fisher addressed his request. Abu-Jamal’s attorneys charge that if Fisher’s letter was addressed to Castille, it would be additional evidence of his personal significant involvement. The Commonwealth claims that, even after searching more boxes of files, it cannot locate the request letter.

The attorneys further argued that there can be little doubt of Castille’s ardent support for capital punishment and his frustration that it wasn’t being implemented during his term as DA. According to their new amendment, “Fisher had introduced a new death penalty statute designed to bring capital punishment back to Pennsylvania after an earlier statute had been declared unconstitutional.”

The amendment also notes that “on Sept. 23, 1988, DA Castille wrote directly to Fisher urging passage of an amendment to the death penalty law and conveying his fears about the impact of Mills v. Maryland.” Castille feared that “Mills may lead to the vacating of scores of death penalties.” Abu-Jamal’s case not only contained a Mills claim — it became the basis for his eventual sentencing relief.

Failure to secure evidence is grounds for appeal

Abu-Jamal’s attorneys have argued that despite the Commonwealth’s failure to find missing records, “The newly discovered evidence in these proceedings establishes that a reasonable observer could conclude that Justice Castille harbored disqualifying bias against Mr. Abu-Jamal as a person convicted of killing a police officer.”

Speaking in court today, Samuel Spital again raised that the Commonwealth’s proven inability to secure evidence favorable to the defendant constitutes adverse interference that arises under the state court’s spoliation doctrine. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that “spoliation of evidence is the non-preservation or significant alteration of evidence for pending future litigation.”

Noting that Abu-Jamal and the DA’s office have been involved in postconviction litigation for most of the last 30 years, Spital stated that the Commonwealth had the duty to preserve these documents, yet failed to do so. The amendment also notes that, after having obtained a two-month continuance and assigned a paralegal to work full-time to search for it, the Commonwealth has recognized that the missing memo is central to this case. To date the Commonwealth admits that many boxes of files remain unaccounted for.

Abu-Jamal’s case was the most important capital case in Philadelphia’s history. It involved the killing of a police officer, allegedly by a former member of the Black Panther Party. The case remains important, not just to Philadelphia, but to an international liberation movement.

To argue that DA Castille was wholly uninvolved in the decisions around the response to Abu-Jamal’s first appeals lacks credibility. During Castille’s term as DA, his office aggressively fought Abu-Jamal’s initial appeals. As DA in 1988, Castille received a “Man of the Year award” from the Fraternal Order of Police, which has arduously sought Abu-Jamal’s death.

Spital noted that as DA, Castille’s focus on sending a message to “police killers” could be seen as either bias against a particular defendant or a class of cases. Under the Constitution, claims of judicial bias do not require proof of actual bias. The question for the court is whether the judge is likely to be neutral or whether there is unconstitutional potential for bias. The PA Supreme Court has held that recusal is required wherever there is substantial doubt as to the judge’s ability to preside impartially. Castille had denied repeated requests from Abu-Jamal to recuse himself.

FOP intimidation

For the third time in as many hearings, the Faulkner family and dozens of FOP members were given priority seating in the small courtroom, leaving little space for Abu-Jamal’s family and supporters. Former Assistant District Attorney Joseph McGill, who produced a training video for prosecutors to keep Black people off juries, and former police officer Gary Bell, who lied about hearing Abu-Jamal’s confession, were part of today’s FOP contingent — a clear effort to intimidate the court.

Abu-Jamal’s lawyers requested a one-month extension to await the results of their right-to-know request to the Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee for documents. Tucker granted the request and was determining that the court would reconvene on Dec. 3 when Maureen Faulkner, Daniel Fauklner’s spouse, stood up to denounce the extension. When she refused to stop her outburst, Tucker had her ejected from the court.

Tucker ended the session noting, “The court is not going to rush to judgment in this matter. Just to be clear, no matter how long it takes, this court is going to do the right thing.”

10.24.1

                                                          PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: October 24, 2018

Contact:  Pam Africa, 267-760-7344, Dr. Suzanne Ross, 917-584-2135, Joe Piette, 610-931-2615

WHAT:  Press conference

DATE AND TIME:  Thursday, October 25th, 11 AM

WHERE:  DA Krasner’s office, THREE PENN PLAZA

SPEAKERS:  Journalist, Linn Washington; Rev. Renee McKenzie, Church of the Advocate; Attorney Leon Williams;  Basym Hasan, Prison activist, PA Prison Society;  Pam Africa, MOVE Organization and the Uncompromising International Concerned Family and Friends of MAJ, Dr. Anthony Monteiro, Dr. Suzanne Ross  

WHY:   A letter about the legal proceedings in the Court of Common Pleas on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal will be delivered to Krasner during the Press Conference.  Listed among the signers are the NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, NOAM CHOMSKY, CORNEL WEST, NOTED HUMAN RIGHTS ATTORNEYS KATHLEEN CLEAVER and SOFFIYAH ELIJAH, THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK LAWYERS (Michigan Chapter), the INTERNATIONAL DOCKWORKERS COUNCIL, and many others. (Complete list of Signers listed below)

     The letter asserts that Abu-Jamal should be granted a new appeals process.  Abu-Jamal, an internationally renowned Black political prisoner, former writer and activist in the Black Panther Party, award winning journalist and writer who has published 10 books while in prison, and a MOVE supporter who has spent almost 37 years in prison, the majority of them in isolation on death row is being denied that opportunity by DA Larry Krasner.  The signers are demanding that Krasner stop insisting, preposterously, that Ronald Castille was not significantly involved in Abu-Jamal’s case.  Furthermore, the signers demand that Krasner drop his battle to close off the possibility for Abu-Jamal to win a new appeals process in the Court of Common Pleas (CCP).  

LEGAL ARGUMENTS:  The current court battle is based on a new legal action Abu-Jamal filed in the CCP on August 7, 2016 to reopen the appeal of his conviction.  A new appeal could lead to Abu-Jamal’s freedom.  Abu-Jamal’s argument is that Castille should have recused himself when Abu-Jamal’s case came before him in the PA Supreme Court since he had also been involved in the same case as a DA.  Abu-Jamal’s attorneys twice asked for Castille to recuse himself, in 1996 and in 2002, but Castille refused both times claiming he could be fair, had no conflict of interest and, again, absurdly that he had no direct knowledge of Abu-Jama’s case.  Now, however, the recent US Supreme Court ruling in Williams v. Pennsylvania, where like in Mumia’s case, Justice Castille had been both a DA in the case and later a Supreme Court Justice, and did not recuse himself, there has been a US Supreme precedent-setting US Supreme Court ruling that Castille should have recused himself in the Williams’ case.  This obviously provides a strong basis for reopening Abu-Jamal’s case as well since there are many similarities between the cases on this issue.  

     For almost a year, since Larry Krasner became the District Attorney of Philadelphia in January 2018, we have witnessed an unending charade of actions and statements on the part of the DA’s office aimed at creating an image of his office as making an earnest attempt to conduct an assessment of Ronald Castille’s involvement in Abu-Jamal’s case.  With a pretense of regret, the DA’s office keeps claiming they have found nothing that would indicate Castille’s involvement

     It is hard to assess the presence or absence of such documentation as these documents are not open for examination by Abu-Jamal supporters.   It is possible that the potentially incriminating documents are not there, that they may have ‘disappeared’ or been destroyed through the work of Abu-Jamal enemies in the court system.  But regardless of those documents, some documents that are open to everyone have emerged which are clear evidence of Castille’s involvement.  Still, Krasner’s office is doing everything possible to minimize their importance and, therefore, invalidate the argument that they, in addition to all the other logical indications of Castille’s engagement in the conviction and sentence of Abu-Jamal, should call for a new appeals process.

      In October 2017, months before Krasner became the DA, a letter from DA Castille written on June 15, 1990 to Governor Casey urged the governor to issue death warrants in Philadelphia capital cases where the appeals process was complete.  “I urge you to send a clear and dramatic message to all police killers that the death penalty actually means something.”  There were three “police killers” on PA’s death row at the time, with Abu-Jamal being one of them.  This letter clearly points to targeting of Abu-Jamal along with two other “police killers”.  

     Recently, there has been more evidence pointing to Castille’s active involvement in Abu-Jamal’s case.  It has been established that Castille personally added the “police killers” phrase to a draft of the letter written by his assistant.  Also, there is evidence of Castille communicating with a virulently pro-death penalty state legislator pushing for the death warrant.   All this in addition to Castille’s public and virulent advocacy for execution of those convicted of homicide, especially “police killers”, of his support from and to the FOP, and of his frequent bragging of these ‘accomplishments’.    

     Yet, shamelessly, on August 30th Krasner’s office argued as vehemently as his predecessors had, all FOP allies,  in the 90’s, against any iota of justice for Abu-Jamal.  The DA office’s position is that Abu-Jamal’s petition to reopen the appeal process “should be denied without further discovery and without evidentiary hearing”

    The letter signers’ position is that the documentary proof, described above, meets the Williams (v. PA) standard that Abu-Jamal’s state court appeal denials should be vacated because of Judge Castille’s extreme bias, conflict of interest, and lack of any semblance of judicial neutrality.  

LIST OF SIGNERS OF Oct. 15, 2018 LETTER TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY LARRY KRASNER

(LIST IN FORMATION)

 

Pam Africa, Keith Cook (Mumia’s brother), Alice Walker, Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Mark Lamont Hill, Kathleen Cleaver, Basym Hasan (Phila), Razakhan Shaheed (Phila), Glen Ford (Exec. Dir. Black Agenda Report), Eli Domota (Guadeloupe), Mireille Fanon (France), Ed Asner, Selma James (Great Britain), Anthony Monteiro (Phila)

 

LEGAL ENDORSERS

NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK LAWYERS (Michigan Chapter), Kathleen Cleaver (Emory Law School), Soffiyah Elijah, December 12 Movement International Secretariat

 

US ANTI-MASS INCARCERATION ORGANIZATIONS

DECARCERATE PA,  Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, The New Abolitionist Movement, NATION TIME JUDICIAL RESEARCH, NY State Prisoner Justice Network, National Jericho Movement, NYC Jericho Movement, Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition, Lynne Stewart Organization

 

UNIONS

International Dockworkers Council, Communication Workers Alliance (Australia), Union Generale des Travailleurs de la Guadeloupe, Swedish Dockworkers Union, Maritime Union of Australia (Queensland Branch), International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba/Railway Workers Union in Chiba (Japan), The Hoshino Defense Committee (Japan), NJ State Industrial Unions Council

 

MUMIA SUPPORT GROUPS

The Uncompromising International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, The Frantz Fanon Foundation, The MOVE Organization, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC), International Action Center, Mobilization 4 Mumia, Food Not Bombs Solidarity, Amig@s de Mumia de Mexico, Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, Colectif James Baldwin, Liberons Mumia, Comite Mumia de Saint-Denis, German FREE MUMIA Network, FREE MUMIA Berlin, LIBERONS MUMIA (French Collective), Prison Radio, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, The Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Oakland Teachers for Mumia, Educators for Mumia, Writers for Mumia

 

PROGRESSIVE/RADICAL ORGANIZATIONS US AND INTERNATIONAL

People’s Organization for Progress,  War Resisters League, San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People (CEMOTAP), KOMOKODA (Haitian), Black is Back Coalition, Workers World Party,  Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement, Urhuru Solidarity Movement, Universal Zulu Nation, Socialist Azanian Youth Revolutionary Organization (SAYRO), Guillermo Morales – Assata Shakur Community and Student Center, Alliance for Global Justice (Afgj), SOS Racismo (Portugal), Freedom Archives, Communities United Against Police Brutality (Minneapolis), Bruxelles Pantheres (Belgium), Just Justice BKO (Mali), End Solitary Santa Cruz County (CA), The Japan Association for Social Justice and Human Rights, Project Solidarity, Communist Workers League, NY Metro Raging Grannies, Granny Peace Brigade, Resistance in Brooklyn, Oakland Education Association, Popular Resistance, Uptown Progressive Action (NYC), Global Women’s Strike, Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike, and Payday Men’s Network.  

     

08.30.18

 

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Why my brother, Mumia Abu-Jamal, should be set free | Opinion

Updated: APRIL 30, 2018 — 3:15 PM EDT

by Keith Cook, For the Inquirer

I was stationed in Europe 37 years ago when I received the call that all black families dread. My little brother, Mumia Abu-Jamal, had been shot by the police and was fighting for his life.

Mumia was the kindest and gentlest of my five siblings. At the time, he had been working two jobs to support his wife and children and honing his distinctive voice as a radio journalist­. He was a rising star, and the pride of our family.

Dedicated to truth, Mumia used his radio show to expose police brutality, housing discrimination, and City Hall corruption. Philadelphia magazine had just heralded him as one of  “81 People to Watch” and Columbia University had given him the prestigious Major Armstrong Award for his radio editorial on the pope’s visit to Philadelphia.

Contemplating the painful reality of black life in America, I flew home immediately.

I arrived to a bad situation. My brother lay unconscious, handcuffed to a hospital bed, and accused of killing Daniel Faulkner.

Faulkner was a white police officer; my brother a black man on the scene. It seemed that nothing else mattered.

The police labeled him a cop killer. Journalists and politicians buried his humanity. And Judge Albert F. Salbo — who, according to a 1992 Inquirer report, presided over 31 cases  that resulted in the imposition of the death penalty — convicted and sentenced him to death in the absence of material evidence.

The conflicting and recanted testimonies and absence of a motive didn’t matter.

It didn’t matter that four witnesses told police that the shooter fled the scene.

Nor did it matter that a Justice Department investigation had just concluded that the level of police corruption “shocks the conscience.”

Still, Mumia maintained his innocence.

In 1995, an international movement stopped his state execution. In 2011, his death sentence was declared unconstitutional; and now a pending court order demanding that the DA release all the files in his case could open the path to his freedom.

In opposition, the officer’s widow, Maureen Faulkner, has asserted that the police are victims of the legal system and that the appellate process is a gravy train for criminals.

Yet, the incestuous nature of the District Attorney’s Office and appellate judges tells a different story. In Philly, prosecutors who convict defendants often become the judges who deny their appeals.

This miscarriage of justice brings Mumia to court Monday. He seeks relief on the basis of Williams v. Pennsylvania, where the Supreme Court ruled that one person, Ron Castille, should not be both prosecutor and judge in the same case.

I believe Castille double-dipped in Mumia’s case. Before he became a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, he was Philly’s district attorney. As such, Castille helped prosecute Mumia in the city’s most famous case. Later, as a judge, he denied Mumia’s appeal. In the 1990s, Mumia’s lawyers asked for Castille’s recusal. The judge had been funded and named Man of the Year by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), an organization invested in Mumia’s conviction and execution. He refused to recuse himself.

Despite these violations, Mrs. Faulkner is calling on elected officials to turn their backs on the constitution and block Mumia’s due process.

Our family empathizes with Mrs. Faulkner’s pain. But we regret that the police have manipulated her thirst for vengeance all these years in order to conceal the truth about who killed Officer Faulkner.

Photos taken by a freelance photographer, Pedro Polakoff, appear to show police cooking up the crime scene in Mumia’s case. In the photos, Officer James Forbes, who testified in court that he properly handled the two guns allegedly retrieved at the scene, is seen holding the weapons with bare hands.

In 1995, amidst another scandal of police corruption, then-District Attorney Lynne Abraham told the Legal Intelligencer that her office would “discard any cases where evidence surfaces that even one of the officers involved in an investigation lied in court or in written reports.”

We call on District Attorney Larry Krasner to honor his predecessors’ promise and stay true to his own pledge to right the wrongs of his office: Do your part to help free my brother, Mumia.

Keith Cook served 26 years in the Army and retired as a command sergeant major.

04.16.18

FREE MUMIA FILM FESTIVAL  April 17-30

l Who is Mumia Abu-Jamal?

l Why are so many people around the world fighting to win his release from Pennsylvania’s notorious prison system?  

l Why is this case important to young people who were not yet born when Mumia was first incarcerated?

Attend this film festival to answer these and other questions you may have about this innocent Black man.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther and now renowned author of 10 books plus writings in venues as diverse as the Yale Law Review, Forbes, Nation, Prison Radio and street-papers for the homeless.

Despite maintaining his innocence, Abu-Jamal was tried and convicted in 1982 for the murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. He was on death row until 2011, and currently incarcerated for life at SCI Mahanoy. In 2017 Abu-Jamal won the right to life-saving hepatitis C meds for all PA prisoners yet his health remains in jeopardy.

Abu-Jamal legally challenged his incarceration based on a 2016 US Supreme Court ruling that it was unconstitutional for a Judge to rule on a case he played a significant role in as a prosecutor. Appeal hearings began in April 2017 and continue on April 30 (see details under films & special events)

For more information visit  www.mobilization4Mumia.com;   email mobilization4mumia@gmail.com

Schedule of films and Special Events:

Tues. April 17

> 6:30-9PM – Kick off reception for Mumia Film Festival; Stay Woke & Release the Files at Calvary Church, 801 S. 48th St.

Thurs. April 19

> 6:30-9pm – Long Distance Revolutionary;  2226 N. Front St.

Fri. April 20 6-8pm:  Nation Time Judicial Research will host screening of short documentaries on prison health and environmental issues;  30 S. 15th St., Grand  Bldg., featuring Kempis Songester (Ghani), Redemption Project and Ubuntu Philly.  Attendees MUST call 215-316-5891 to RSVP.

Sat., April 21

> 11am-1pm– Framing an Execution & Release the Files; Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st St.

 > 6pm - Long Distance Revolutionary at La Unique Books, 111 N. 6th St., Camden, NJ,

Mon., April 23

> 6:30pm - Framing an Execution- 2026 N. Broad St., Burrows Hall,Temple University

>7pm – A Tribute to Veronica Jones,5011 Wayne Ave

Tues., April 24.6pm:  Celebrate Mumia’s birthday with a Honk for Mumia and an evening of food and films at the Church of the Advocate, 1801 S. Diamond St.

Wed., April 25

 > 5pm– Release the Files & Manufacturing Guilt; El Centro HS, 126 W. Dauphin St.,

> 5:30-8:30:  Dinner & a film at Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Food, 310 S. 48th St, Philadelphia; cost $25, films areJustice on Trial and Release the Files.

Thur. April 26

> 7-9pm– Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation, Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St.

> 6-9pm - In Prison My Whole Life; 501 S. 52nd St.

Fri., April 27

> 12:30-2pm - Release the Files & Stay Woke; Multi-purpose Room, Social Justice office in Hawthorn Hall,Rowan University, NJ

> 7pm: Special event hosted by Marc Lamont Hill and featuring Jasiri X at Impacting Your World Church, 5507 Germantown Ave.

Sat., April 28

> 4pm - Stay Woke,   Manufacturing Guilt & Release the File; 50 N. Broad St. (Arch St UMC)

> 4-6pm A Tribute to Veronica Jones; Culture Works, 1315 Walnut St Suite 320

Monday, April 30. Gather at 8AM:  Fill the streets and pack the courtroom for Mumia at his next scheduled hearing In room 1108, Criminal Justice Building, 1301 Filbert St.;  Court starts at 9AM.

Mobilization4Mumia wishes to thank the following organizations for hosting films and events:

Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Food; Black Lives Matter Philadelphia; Campaign to Bring Mumia Home; Food Not Bombs Solidarity; Global Women’s Strike;  International Action Center;  International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; La Unique Book Store/African American Culture Center; MOVE; Nation Time Judicial Research; Party for Socialism and Liberation; Philly REAL Justice; Philadelphia Student Union; Rowan University Maroon Book Club; Temple Asian Students Association; Tuff Girls; Womanist Working Collective; Wooden Shoe Books; Workers World Party

The films:

Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary:   Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. This film is an inspiring portrait of a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression. Through prison interviews, archival footage, and dramatic readings, and aided by a potent chorus of voices including Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and others, this riveting film explores Mumia's life before, during and after Death Row - revealing, in the words of Angela Davis, "the most eloquent and most powerful opponent of the death penalty in the world...the 21st Century Frederick Douglass." Produced by Stephen Vittoria, 120 min., 2012

&Manufacturing Guilt:  This short film takes on the colossus of Abu-Jamal's contentious case, distilling a mountain of evidence and years of oft-repeated falsehoods to the most fundamental elements of police and prosecutorial misconduct that illustrate a clear and conscious effort to frame Mumia Abu-Jamal for the murder of patrol man Daniel Faulkner. Based on the actual record of investigations and court filings from 1995 to 2003 this film cuts through the years of absurdities and overt racism to produce a clear picture of how Abu-Jamal's guilt was manufactured and his innocence suppressed beginning only moments after he and Faulkner were found shot in the early morning hours of December 9th, 1981.  30 min,. 2013

Justice on Trial - The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal:   navigates the tempest of the Abu-Jamal trial by reviewing the known facts of his case. It demonstrates that the major violations in the Abu-Jamal case - judicial bias, prosecutorial misconduct, racial discrimination in jury selection, police corruption and tampering with evidence to obtain a conviction - are not special to this case. Instead, they are commonly practised within the criminal justice system and account for the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans and Latinos in the United States. The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal is a microcosm of greater problems in the criminal justice system in the United States today. The attention that its many violations have received makes the Abu-Jamal case one of the most important civil rights cases of our time.  By Big Noise films, 68 min., 2010
  

Framing an Execution:  The Media & Mumia Abu-Jamal:  The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal had become by the late 1990s a global symbol of inequities in the U.S. judicial system. The mainstream media could no longer ignore it, but how would they cover such a hotly disputed case and the questions of judicial bias that it raises?

ABC, on its news magazine show "20/20," while characterizing the defence as "passionate" and uninformed, ABC star reporter Sam Donaldson claimed to provide the "facts" based on ABC's "four-month investigation of the case."

Framing an Execution examines how Donaldson's framing of the case stands up to basic journalistic standards of fairness, balance, and accuracy. This video offers some answers, but also raises disturbing questions about media and judicial ethics.

Narrated by actor Danny Glover, the program also features actor Mike Farrell, Professor Angela Davis, FAIR Program Director Janine Jackson, veteran journalist Tom Gardner, Attorney Leonard Weinglass, and Professor John Bracey. (Sam Donaldson did not respond to MEF's invitation to appear). 50 min., Media Education Foundation, 1997

Mumia:  Release the Files:  Short documentary that gives background on the case with up-to-date (March 2018) coverage of Abu-Jamal’s current Post Conviction Relief Act hearings before Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker.  Highlights feature campaign demanding the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office “release the files.” YouTube, 11 min., 2018: 

Let the Fire Burn:  is composed entirely with archival footage yet unfurls with the tension of a thriller. Jason Osder's documentary recounts the steps that led to a horrific tragedy on May 13, 1985, when a long time feud between the city of Philadelphia and the controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax., 1hr, 35 min, 2013,

Angola 3:  Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation:  tells the story of three former members of the Black Panther Party incarcerated at Angola Louisiana State Prison in solitary confinement longer than anyone in modern US history and collectively known as the Angola 3.  2008, Stars: Mumia Abu-JamalRod CoronadoGeronimo Ji Jaga.   Director Jimmy O’Halligan, 1hr, 49 min, 2008

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement:   is an original documentary film that chronicles the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement through the first person accounts of local activists, protesters, scholars, journalists and others. Dubbed the new “civil rights movement”, #BlackLivesMatter launched a transformative grassroots movement that moved from social media to the streets across America. Now these activists face the daunting challenge of turning protest - into lasting change. Directed by Peabody and three time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Laurens Grant, “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement,” chronicles the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement through the first person accounts of local activists, protesters, scholars, journalists and celebrities including Jesse Williams, Nelly, Deray McKesson, Michaela Angela Davis, Wesley Lowery, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Johnetta Elzie, Brittany Packnett and others. 40 min., 2016

A Tribute to Veronica Jones  in which Veronica Jones, one of the main witnesses for the defence in Mumia's trial, speaks out on what she really saw on Locust Street and how the Philadelphia cops humiliated and threatened her to change her testimony. 30 minutes

In Prison my Whole Life:  Will Francome was born on Dec. 9, 1981 in the UK. The same night, in Philadelphia a former member of the Black Panther party was arrested for the murder of a police officer.  While William grew up in a white middle-class suburb, Mumia Abu Jamal became a leader from death row, the voice of the voiceless. When he turned 25 , William decided to investigate Mumia Abu-Jamal’s story. The award winning film witnesses Francome learning about the initial events that led to Abu-Jamal's arrest and conviction, the allegations that the trial itself was unfair, and the city where it all happened. Participants include writer Alice Walker, social activist Noam Chomsky and rapper Snoop Dogg. 2011, 99 min.

03.16.18

NY Protest March 25 part of International Offensive Demanding Freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal

 A protest demanding the release of former Black Panther Party spokesman, journalist, author and human rights activist Mumia Abu-Jamal will start at the US Mission (799 UN Plaza) at 12 noon on Sunday, March 25. Part of world-wide actions March 24-27, the NY march will end in Times Square at 2pm for a final rally.

 Shot and then brutally beaten by police and framed for the death of a Philadelphia cop 36 years ago, Abu-Jamal has always maintained his innocence. The evidence proves he is factually innocent. His conviction was the result of police and presecutorial misconduct and judicial prejudice. The trial and post-conviction “hanging judge” Albert Sabo, stated at the time of Abu-Jamal’s trial, “I’m going to help them fry the n----r.”  Now, there is a new legal action that could lead to overturning his conviction.

The March 25 demonstration begins at the United Nations to point out Abu-Jamal’s support around the world, as evidenced by the number of signers to an open letter to DA Krasner and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf entitled: “International Call to Release the District Attorney and Police Files Relevant to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Case and to Free Him Now,” initiated by the Fanon Foundation. Supporters collected hundreds of signers, including Angela Davis, Danny Glover, Dr. Cornel West, Archbishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa, Puerto Rican Nationalist hero Oscar López Rivera and Len McCluskey, general secretary of UNITE, the largest union in Great Britain. Numerous elected officials and political activists from France, Germany, Great Britain, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Australia, Haiti, Mexico, Canada, the U.S. and other countries also added their names and positions. (www.freemumia.com)

A coalition of Mumia support organizations have created a petition calling for the District Attorney to release all DA & police files on Mumia to the public and to release Mumia because he’s factually innocent. https://mobilization4mumia.com/actions/

A call for solidarity actions March 24-27 to demand freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal and all political prisoners is picking up steam. The March 25th demonstration is the culmination of three days of actions in New York City.   

On Friday, March 23, there will be an indoor program, "Break Down Walls Prison Plantations: Mumia, Migrants and Movements for Liberation", at Holyrood Episcopal Church, 715 West 179th at 7:30PM.  Guest speakers for the evening include Pam Africa, co-founder and Minister of Confrontation of the International Concerned Family & Fiends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Also speaking will be Samuel Spital, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and part of Mumia's legal team; Mariame Kaba, Educator, Prison Abolitionist and organizer; Father Barrios, Minister of Holyrood Church and more.  There will be a community dinner beforehand starting at 6:00PM.  

On March 24, the call for Abu-Jamal’s freedom will be a significant part of the Jericho Amnesty Movement’s 20th Anniversary event, 5 - 9pm, at Holyrood Episcopal Church, 715 W. 179th St, New York.

In Detroit Michigan during a conference to organize resistance to the bank and corporate war on the working class, otherwise known as austerity, audio commentaries from Mumia will be played focusing on prisons and labor rights. The important conference will specifically express solidarity with the movement to free him.  

The Texas Death Penalty Abolitionist Movement will do a banner drop for Mumia over Houston's busiest freeway on Monday, March 26.  

Solidarity actions are also being organized in Oakland, Toronto, Paris, London, Mexico City, Johannesburg and other cities around the world.  For further details about solidarity events focusing on Mumia and other U.S. political prisoners, visit www.freemumia.com and click on March 24- 27 Events. 

Mumia is in ill health due to cirrhosis of the liver, causing unrelenting itching on most of his body, loss of weight, swollen ankles and other symptoms, which make it more urgent that he finally be freed after 36 years in prison.

Ronald Castille is a former PA Supreme Court judge who refused to disqualify himself when Mumia's case came before the court despite having been the Philadelphia District Attorney during Mumia's prior appeals. Judge Leon Tucker has a standing order to the District Attorney’s office to produce evidence in reference to Castille’s role. Despite the evidence already produced proving DA Castille’s personal involvement in insuring Abu-Jamal’s execution, the continuing position of the Philadelphia DA’s office is that that no evidence is yet there to grant Abu-Jamal’s new action. New Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner has asked for continuances to determine what position and policy his office will have to this case. 

On Tuesday, March 27, 9:00 AM at the Philadelphia Court of Commons Pleas (Criminal Justice Center), 1301 Filbert Street, Room 1108, Judge Leon Tucker has ordered a status hearing to determine the status of DA Krasner’s position and the continuing search for documents that point to retired Judge Ronald Castille’s prior involvement in the Abu-Jamal case.  

On April 30, there will be an evidentiary hearing for the Mumia Abu-Jamal. The testimony Judge Leon Tucker hears will determine whether Castille violated Abu-Jamal’s constitutional rights and whether to reinstate Mr. Abu-Jamal’s rights to appeal his conviction to the PA Supreme Court.

03.07.18

Petition To Free Mumia gains signers

In the aftermath of a successful INTERNATIONAL LETTER TO RELEASE THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND POLICE FILES
RELEVANT TO MUMIA ABU-JAMAL’S CASE AND TO FREE ABU-JAMAL NOW
 which gathered over 500 names and organizations, supporters of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal have started a petition campaign with the intention of gathering thousands of signatures.

You can help free Mumia by signing the petition to Philly District Attorney Larry Krasner and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf calling on them to:

- release all DA & police files on Mumia to the public.

- release Mumia because he’s factually innocent.

The petition can be accessed at https://mobilization4mumia.com/actions/

03.01.18

‘Keep up the pressure to free Mumia’

Supporters gather after court hearing for Mumia in Philadelphia, Feb 26.

Philadelphia — Dozens of activists once again filled the courtroom and demonstrated outside the Criminal Justice Center during a Feb. 26 status hearing in the ongoing appeals case for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The hearing before Judge Leon Tucker was supposed to be a report on progress made by the Philadelphia district attorney’s office in locating a March 27, 1990, memo from former Deputy DA Gayle McLaughlin Barthold to former DA Ronald Castille regarding the status of Philadelphia death penalty cases.

However, Tracey Cavanaugh from the DA’s office requested yet another extension, this time for 90 days.

Cavanaugh claimed the DA’s office had been unable to locate Barthold’s memo among hundreds of boxes of records from the 16 death penalty cases similar to Abu-Jamal’s up for appeals based on Williams v. Pennsylvania, a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that a judge was constitutionally required to recuse himself where he was previously involved in the case as prosecutor. The extension, she said, would provide time to search through the files of all 70 capital cases when Castille was district attorney.

Judge Tucker questioned the request for an extension, noting that he was the one to point out the existence of Barthold’s memo from his in-camera review of boxes of files in Abu-Jamal’s case last September. Tucker scheduled another status report for March 27, with a hearing on April 30.

Attorneys for Abu-Jamal, Judith Ritter and Sam Spital of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, agreed to the extension on the ground that the district attorney’s office, now under new DA Larry Krasner, has indicated that it will be reconsidering its position on all the Williams-based appeals.

Gathered outside the court after the hearing, Abu-Jamal’s supporters promised to be back in court in March and April, vowing to keep up the pressure on Krasner to do the right thing — free Mumia Abu-Jamal!  https://www.workers.org/2018/02/26/keep-up-the-pressure-to-free-mumia/

02.27.18

Analysis: Mumia Abu-Jamal’s New Appeal for Freedom
By Raul Fernando Perez, Feb 27, 2018

Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted in 1982 of the murder of police officer Daniel Faulker in Philadelphia. A former member of the Black Panthers party, Mumia was already a prominent journalist and activist at the time of the incident. He claims he's innocent and people around the world have stood in solidarity with him since then, organizing events, spreading information and petitioning authorities.

Last year, Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Leon W. Tucker demanded the District Attorney's office release every document and memo regarding the involvement of former DA Ronald Castille in Mumia's case.

Judge Tucker is requesting the documents because a new Supreme Court's decision found his participation in the case as unconstitutional and potentially biased.

Following the Williams v. Pennsylvania case in 2016, it was ruled that all judges should remove themselves from any case in which they had been previously involved as prosecutors. The legal precedent says “it is a violation of the due process right to an impartial tribunal free of judicial bias if a judge participating in a criminal appeal had ´a significant personal involvement as a prosecutor in a critical decision´ in a defendant’s case.”

Failing to do so would be framed as unconstitutional and allow Mumia’s post-conviction petitions.

Castille was Assistant DA at the time of Abu Jamal's original trial in 1982 and Philadelphia's District Attorney during his endless appeals in the 1990s. He was personally and politically involved in the case until he retired in 2014.

Mumia demanded Castille remove himself from his post-conviction appeals from 1996 to 1998 and again in 2002, but he refused, and the Supreme Court ignored his petition. The new precedent would allow Mumia to appeal again.

After Tucker's request in 2017, the DA office handed in only documents that were already public, failing to deliver all the requested memos, notes and reports regarding Castille's role in the case.

Now, the scenario seems to be a little different, as democrat lawyer Larry Krasner was sworn in as Philadelphia's DA on January 1st, 2018.

Krasner is known mostly for his progressive opinions and acts. In 2011, he represented 52 protesters arrested by the police during the Occupy Philadelphia movement pro bono, suing the city and the police. The case settled when the city agreed to pay US$200,000. He also represented activists from the Black Lives Matter movement and other social issues.

During his campaign, he said he wouldn't prosecute cases of marihuana possession and that he opposes any death penalty case.

It seems like Krasner, who has accused the justice system of being discriminatory, is a very different figure from other attorneys and judges involved in Mumia's original sentence, raising new hopes for him and his supporters.

Judge Albert F. Sabo, who presided over Abu-Jamal's 1982 murder trial, holds the record for most death sentences handed down by a Pennsylvania judge, with 31 convicted murderers sentenced to death, including Mumia himself. In 2000, the stenographer for Abu-Jamal's case signed an affidavit stating she overheard Sabo saying “yeah and I'm gonna help 'em fry the nigger” during the original trial.

Supporters of Mumia think that Krasner's appointment could mean a new, more positive phase in the case after trials they claim have been “racially biased.”

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Judge Tucker held a hearing session about a memo written by Ronald Castille to Assistant DA Gayle McLaughlin Barthold, in which he talks about 18 murder cases including Mumia's. In the hearing, Judge Tucker said he would review all cases to find out what was Castille's role in them.

He then ordered the District Attorney's office again to present documents regarding Castille's involvement in Mumia's case in a status report hearing scheduled for Feb. 26. Supporters of Mumia called to “pack the courtroom” in solidarity, and hope Krasner's policy to be favorable.

The status report hearings were programmed to confirm the DA is doing its job and going through the 31 boxes containing Abu Jamal's records.

Judith Ritter, one of Abu-Jamal's attorneys who filed the petition to Judge Tucker, has expressed a more favorable view of Krasner's team. “We’re glad that they’re going to take a look at their position,” said Ritter on January during Mumia's first hearing in the year, “and possibly take a position on the ultimate result this time around.”

But Krasner's more progressive views don't mean he will support Mumia's case or release.

When Amy Goodman asked Krasner about Mumia's case during his campaign, the soon-to-be district attorney refused to make comments “because it could become a basis for an argument that [he] should not be involved in that case.”

Soon after taking office, Krasner disappointed many of his supporters when he slightly softened his formerly anti-death penalty hard stance. He has declared he keeps his personal view and promise on the death penalty but also said that the District Attorney's office homicide sentencing committee holds the right to recommend the death penalty in some instances. As elected District Attorney, the decision to follow or not the recommendation ultimately falls on him.

Mumia's case and writings have made people question the whole judicial and prison system.

But what worries Mumia's supporters the most are Krasner's choices for his transition team, which includes Ronald Castille himself.

That means Castille, a Republican, is part of the team helping Krasner to handle things at the beginning of his administration, despite having virtually opposite views on the death penalty.

But Krasner says this is precisely why he chose Castille. “What I need is people with experience who are going to tell me honestly where they stand, and he’s reflective of that,” Krasner said.

Krasner may trust the former DA for that, but where will he stand while the DA office is reviewing Castille’s own unconstitutional involvement in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case?

If Mumia’s defense appeal wins, he could at least get a new trial, which would likely be favorable for him. His defense team claims the prosecution has no more evidence to show at court, as the previous eyewitnesses, confessions and ballistic tests have been fiercely questioned and some of them even proven to have been manufactured by the police.

But the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal is too important for the United States’ political establishment. Regardless of whether he’s guilty or innocent, his release would mean and acceptance of the judicial and prisons systems’ racial bias, something that Mumia has claimed since the beginning of his case and imprisonment.

Mumia’s supporters are calling for a wave of actions in his support during a new crucial phase of his incarceration. Several groups across the United States and other countries are organizing protests and information events ahead of the next hearing, which will take place on March 27, 2018.

Who is Mumia Abu-Jamal?

Born as Wesley Crook in 1954, Mumia became a fierce activist involved in black nationalist groups at a very young age. He joined the Black Panther movement briefly and was a supporter of numerous black social causes before pursuing a career in radio broadcasting and journalism.

While he was working at a radio station, Mumia was also driving a taxi to earn extra income and used to carry a legally registered gun for self-defense.

The prosecutors claim that Mumia saw Faulkner stopping and questioning his brother William Cook while driving his taxi. He then ran towards him shooting, himself getting a bullet in the stomach. Then, he stepped over Faulkner, who was lying on the ground and shot him several times in the face.

Police came to the crime scene and found them bleeding. They took Mumia to the hospital and was detained immediately afterward.

Several people have testified against him, claiming he’s the man they saw shooting Faulker. Some have said they saw a third man shooting and running. Others have even confessed they were the shooters themselves acting as hit men for the police, who commissioned them to get rid of Faulker as he was interfering with their corrupt businesses.

Mumia was sentenced to death and sat on death row for three decades before his punishment was changed to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2011.

His emblematic case represents a whole racially biased judicial system that had its peak in 1980s Philadelphia. Police targeted African Americans on the streets, and black jurors were systematically barred from trials. Castille himself endorsed the production of a training videotape on how to keep African Americans from juries during his time as District Attorney.

Little –if any– has changed, and that’s why Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case remains so relevant.

Since the time he was first imprisoned, Mumia has become an outspoken voice against the United State’s judicial and prison system, which he claims has always been racially biased. He consistently publishes books and articles about some topics, including his own life as a political prisoner, the works of authors of African descent and contemporary national and international politics.

He is also regularly interviewed by media and hosts a radio show at the Prison Radio internet broadcasting station.

Now, Mumia is 63 years old and is suffering from cirrhosis due to his mistreated hepatitis C.

02.12.18

International March 24-27 Offensive to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

February 12, 2018   Movement

Dear Comrades, Friends, and Mumia Supporters:

As of today we are happy to announce that the organizations below have agreed to initiate the March 27th Offensive to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal expecting, of course, the many other organizations that signed onto the International Call to join us. Though the court hearing will be on the 27th, it may be more realistic for people in some places to organize an activity on the weekend prior to the 27th. We have set up an event page for the Offensive to Free Mumia which people around the world can now access. We also have a form, below, on which you can submit your activities/ events/ demonstrations so that we can post them.

To date, the French Collective has announced a very important contribution to this campaign initiated by The French syndicate of Journalists of the CGT (the largest and most widely recognized French labor union). The International Federation of Journalists, which has 600,000 members in 140 different countries, is publicly announcing its support for Mumia. Attached is the union’s letter to Governor Wolf..

And, of course, the court hearing will take place on Tuesday March 27 so that all eyes will be on Philadelphia that day. Bus arrangements from New York City are being planned, and people from other cities and countries have begun to let us know that they are planning to come to Philadelphia on that day as well. We have received several commitments regarding people coming from France. Also, we got word that there is some planning for an activity afoot in Senegal.

Please let us know as soon as you can about any plans you may have for events or for coming to Philadelphia on March 27th.

A luta continua, and onto a successful international offensive leading up to and on Tuesday, March 27th!

International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ)
The MOVE Organization
Educators for Mumia
International Action Center
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC)
Campaign to Bring Mumia Home
Mobilization to Free Mumia (California)
Oakland Teachers for Mumia
Committee to Save Mumia
Prison Radio
Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Oakland, CA
Free Mumia Network, GERMANY (Free Mumia Berlin, Free Mumia Frankfurt, Free Mumia Heidelberg, and Free Mumia Nurnberg)
French Collective Libérons Mumia, FRANCE
Saint-Denis Mumia Committee, FRANCE
Amig@s de Mumia de México, MEXICO
Frantz Fanon Foundation
International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation
United Steelworkers, Local 8751, School Bus Drivers Union

01.17.18 

Mumia hearing postponed - next court dates: February 26 & March 27

On Jan. 17, Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center was packed with scores of activists and friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Both outside and inside the courthouse, people from as far away as France gathered to back up the world-renowned political prisoner’s current legal challenge, which could ultimately win his freedom.

Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker had ordered the district attorney’s office to produce testimony regarding a missing memorandum written by former Philadelphia DA Ron Castille. The document could help prove that Castille unconstitutionally played a decisive role when he denied Abu-Jamal’s appeals, both as DA and later as a judge on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

At the hearing, Abu-Jamal was represented by Sam Spital and Judith Ritter of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Tracey Cavanaugh, interim supervisor of the PCRA [Post-Conviction Relief Act] Unit, and Nancy Winkelman, interim supervisor of the Law Department, representing the DA’s office, asked Judge Tucker for a postponement to allow the new DA, Larry Krasner, and his staff to develop a consistent approach to all Williams v. Pennsylvania-related cases.

In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Williams v. Pennsylvania case, found it unconstitutional that Castille was both the DA and the judge hearing Williams’ appeals. Abu-Jamal’s appeal is one of 16 related cases.

Judge Tucker scheduled a status conference for Feb. 26 and postponed Abu-Jamal’s court hearing to March 27, the next major organizing date for his supporters. The jury is out on whether or not Krasner will stand firm with the people in his approach to Abu-Jamal’s internationally condemned incarceration.

After Ritter explained what had happened in court to the waiting crowd outside, participants regathered at the Arch Street Memorial Church around the corner for hot food provided by Food Not Bombs Solidarity. The meeting highlights included impromptu speeches by Estela Vazquez, executive vice president of 1199SEIU, and French activists Claude Guillaumaud-Pujol and Jacky Hortaut, of the Collectif Francais “Liberons Mumia,” and Mireille Fanon-Mendès-France from the Frantz Fanon Foundation.

The Fanon Foundation revealed how extensive Abu-Jamal’s support is around the world by collecting hundreds of signers to an open letter to DA Krasner and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf entitled: “International Call to Release the District Attorney and Police Files Relevant to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Case and to Free Him Now.” Among the signers are Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Danny Glover, Dr. Cornel West, Puerto Rican Nationalist hero Oscar López Rivera, Archbishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa and Len McCluskey, general secretary of UNITE, the largest union in Great Britain.

Numerous elected officials and political activists from Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Australia, Haiti, Mexico, Canada, the U.S. and other countries also added their names and positions.

From jailed Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi to imprisoned rapper Meek Mill to Abu-Jamal, the racist, capitalist, imperialist police and military apparatus exposes itself for what it really is: not an institution of the people, but a reactionary battalion that resorts to attacking and murdering children, artists and heroic activists just to cover the deep contradictions of mainstream society. The local and international solidarity around the hearing and Abu-Jamal’s case shows that the fight for Abu-Jamal’s and all political prisoners’ freedom is as strong and resonant as ever.

01.15.18 MAKE CALLS TO SAVE MUMIA! Pledge to make three calls to get Mumia Abu-Jamal the medical help he needs. In addition to Hep C and cirrhosis of the liver, he has been suffering for two years from a painful full body skin condition, which is only getting worse.

Please call:

SCI Mahanoy Superintendent Theresa DelBalso: 570.773.2158

PA Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel: 717.728.4109

PA Dept. of Health Acting Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine: 717.787.9857 

Download the call to action HERE.

 

01.14.18 Members from the international community, represented by the Frantz Fanon Foundation in France, sent a letter to PA Governor Tom Wolf and New Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner calling on them to release the files that the previous DA's office refused to release in direct opposition to Judge Leon Tucker. Download the letter HERE.  

 

01.13.18 Attorney Rachel Wolkenstein breaks down the current legal struggle in Mumia's case centered around a Supreme Court Decision in the Williams case. Download the article HERE.

 

01.12.18 Members of Mobilization for Mumia, Pam Africa and Joe Piette, hand delivered a letter to new Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner asking him for a meeting ahead of Mumia's impending court date. Download the letter HERE.

10.15.18

                                                          PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: October 24, 2018

Contact:  Pam Africa, 267-760-7344, Dr. Suzanne Ross, 917-584-2135, Joe Piette, 610-931-2615

WHAT:  Press conference

DATE AND TIME:  Thursday, October 25th, 11 AM

WHERE:  DA Krasner’s office, THREE PENN PLAZA

SPEAKERS:  Journalist, Linn Washington; Rev. Renee McKenzie, Church of the Advocate; Attorney Leon Williams;  Basym Hasan, Prison activist, PA Prison Society;  Pam Africa, MOVE Organization and the Uncompromising International Concerned Family and Friends of MAJ, Dr. Anthony Monteiro, Dr. Suzanne Ross  

WHY:   A letter about the legal proceedings in the Court of Common Pleas on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal will be delivered to Krasner during the Press Conference.  Listed among the signers are the NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, NOAM CHOMSKY, CORNEL WEST, NOTED HUMAN RIGHTS ATTORNEYS KATHLEEN CLEAVER and SOFFIYAH ELIJAH, THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK LAWYERS (Michigan Chapter), the INTERNATIONAL DOCKWORKERS COUNCIL, and many others. (Complete list of Signers listed in separate document.)

     The letter asserts that Abu-Jamal should be granted a new appeals process.  Abu-Jamal, an internationally renowned Black political prisoner, former writer and activist in the Black Panther Party, award winning journalist and writer who has published 10 books while in prison, and a MOVE supporter who has spent almost 37 years in prison, the majority of them in isolation on death row is being denied that opportunity by DA Larry Krasner.  The signers are demanding that Krasner stop insisting, preposterously, that Ronald Castille was not significantly involved in Abu-Jamal’s case.  Furthermore, the signers demand that Krasner drop his battle to close off the possibility for Abu-Jamal to win a new appeals process in the Court of Common Pleas (CCP).  

LEGAL ARGUMENTS:  The current court battle is based on a new legal action Abu-Jamal filed in the CCP on August 7, 2016 to reopen the appeal of his conviction.  A new appeal could lead to Abu-Jamal’s freedom.  Abu-Jamal’s argument is that Castille should have recused himself when Abu-Jamal’s case came before him in the PA Supreme Court since he had also been involved in the same case as a DA.  Abu-Jamal’s attorneys twice asked for Castille to recuse himself, in 1996 and in 2002, but Castille refused both times claiming he could be fair, had no conflict of interest and, again, absurdly that he had no direct knowledge of Abu-Jama’s case.  Now, however, the recent US Supreme Court ruling in Williams v. Pennsylvania, where like in Mumia’s case, Justice Castille had been both a DA in the case and later a Supreme Court Justice, and did not recuse himself, there has been a US Supreme precedent-setting US Supreme Court ruling that Castille should have recused himself in the Williams’ case.  This obviously provides a strong basis for reopening Abu-Jamal’s case as well since there are many similarities between the cases on this issue.  

     For almost a year, since Larry Krasner became the District Attorney of Philadelphia in January 2018, we have witnessed an unending charade of actions and statements on the part of the DA’s office aimed at creating an image of his office as making an earnest attempt to conduct an assessment of Ronald Castille’s involvement in Abu-Jamal’s case.  With a pretense of regret, the DA’s office keeps claiming they have found nothing that would indicate Castille’s involvement

     It is hard to assess the presence or absence of such documentation as these documents are not open for examination by Abu-Jamal supporters.   It is possible that the potentially incriminating documents are not there, that they may have ‘disappeared’ or been destroyed through the work of Abu-Jamal enemies in the court system.  But regardless of those documents, some documents that are open to everyone have emerged which are clear evidence of Castille’s involvement.  Still, Krasner’s office is doing everything possible to minimize their importance and, therefore, invalidate the argument that they, in addition to all the other logical indications of Castille’s engagement in the conviction and sentence of Abu-Jamal, should call for a new appeals process.

      In October 2017, months before Krasner became the DA, a letter from DA Castille written on June 15, 1990 to Governor Casey urged the governor to issue death warrants in Philadelphia capital cases where the appeals process was complete.  “I urge you to send a clear and dramatic message to all police killers that the death penalty actually means something.”  There were three “police killers” on PA’s death row at the time, with Abu-Jamal being one of them.  This letter clearly points to targeting of Abu-Jamal along with two other “police killers”.  

     Recently, there has been more evidence pointing to Castille’s active involvement in Abu-Jamal’s case.  It has been established that Castille personally added the “police killers” phrase to a draft of the letter written by his assistant.  Also, there is evidence of Castille communicating with a virulently pro-death penalty state legislator pushing for the death warrant.   All this in addition to Castille’s public and virulent advocacy for execution of those convicted of homicide, especially “police killers”, of his support from and to the FOP, and of his frequent bragging of these ‘accomplishments’.    

     Yet, shamelessly, on August 30th Krasner’s office argued as vehemently as his predecessors had, all FOP allies,  in the 90’s, against any iota of justice for Abu-Jamal.  The DA office’s position is that Abu-Jamal’s petition to reopen the appeal process “should be denied without further discovery and without evidentiary hearing”

    The letter signers’ position is that the documentary proof, described above, meets the Williams (v. PA) standard that Abu-Jamal’s state court appeal denials should be vacated because of Judge Castille’s extreme bias, conflict of interest, and lack of any semblance of judicial neutrality.     

Detroit, April 20 - Pam Africa                        (Photograph taken by Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire)

Detroit, April 20 - Pam Africa (Photograph taken by Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire)

Detroit, April 20 - Rev. Edward Pinkney (Photograph taken by Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire)

Detroit, April 20 - Rev. Edward Pinkney (Photograph taken by Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire)

Detroit, April 20 - "Freedom for the Unjustly Incarcerated" conference.            (Photograph taken by Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire)

Detroit, April 20 - "Freedom for the Unjustly Incarcerated" conference. (Photograph taken by Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire)

Posters at N. Broad and Cecil B Moore advertising April 27 March for Justice for Mumia

Posters at N. Broad and Cecil B Moore advertising April 27 March for Justice for Mumia

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. REAL Justice member Ant Smith leading march from Octavius Catto statue at City Hall to District Attorneys office. (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. REAL Justice member Ant Smith leading march from Octavius Catto statue at City Hall to District Attorneys office. (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Pam Africa (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Pam Africa (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Bill Bachmann, APWU (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Bill Bachmann, APWU (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Nana Njinga with banner. (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Nana Njinga with banner. (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Megan Malachi, REAL Justice (photo credit: Joe Piette)

Philadelphia, Apr 18, 2019 - Press Conference for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Megan Malachi, REAL Justice (photo credit: Joe Piette)

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Poster at Chelten and Germantown for April 27 March for Justice

Poster at Chelten and Germantown for April 27 March for Justice

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Poster at 52nd and Market for April 27 March for Justice

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Feb 23, Darby, PA - (L to R) Robert Saleem Holbrook, Keith Cook, Wayne Cook, Wali Akbar El pose after speaking on a panel at Mumia Day (Darby Community Black History Month Program)

Feb 23, Darby, PA - (L to R) Robert Saleem Holbrook, Keith Cook, Wayne Cook, Wali Akbar El pose after speaking on a panel at Mumia Day (Darby Community Black History Month Program)

(Front) Pam Africa; Back: Keith Cook, his brother Mumia Abu-Jamal, Mike Africa Jr at SCI Mahanoy Feb 22, 2019

(Front) Pam Africa; Back: Keith Cook, his brother Mumia Abu-Jamal, Mike Africa Jr at SCI Mahanoy Feb 22, 2019

From Left - Mumia Abu-Jamal, his brother Keith Cook

From Left - Mumia Abu-Jamal, his brother Keith Cook

Yale University, Feb 15 - Pam Africa (left) alongside REBLAW activists and supporters who dis-invited Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner because of his appeal of Judge Tuckers decision favorable to Mumia Abu-Jamal and thousands of other Pennsylvania prisoners. Photo: Basym Hasan

Yale University, Feb 15 - Pam Africa (left) alongside REBLAW activists and supporters who dis-invited Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner because of his appeal of Judge Tuckers decision favorable to Mumia Abu-Jamal and thousands of other Pennsylvania prisoners. Photo: Basym Hasan

Feb 15 - Yale University - Full house at REBLAW conference listens to speech over phone by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Photo: Linda Randolph-Ragin

Feb 15 - Yale University - Full house at REBLAW conference listens to speech over phone by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Photo: Linda Randolph-Ragin

Feb 15 - Yale University - Full house at REBLAW conference listens to speech over phone by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Photo: Linda Randolph-Ragin

Feb 15 - Yale University - Full house at REBLAW conference listens to speech over phone by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Photo: Linda Randolph-Ragin

Feb 15 - Yale University - Full house at REBLAW conference listens to speech over phone by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Photo: Linda Randolph-Ragin

Feb 15 - Yale University - Full house at REBLAW conference listens to speech over phone by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Photo: Linda Randolph-Ragin

These buttons can be ordered (minimum order of 25) by emailing mobilization4mumia@gmail.com. Button graphic credit: Cindy Miller

These buttons can be ordered (minimum order of 25) by emailing mobilization4mumia@gmail.com. Button graphic credit: Cindy Miller

2.11.19 Philadelphia - Mumia supporters hold up “Krasner, Drop the Appeal” posters as the phila. DA Larry Krasner speaks at a Criminal Justice Reform Panel at the Philadelphia Main Library.

2.11.19 Philadelphia - Mumia supporters hold up “Krasner, Drop the Appeal” posters as the phila. DA Larry Krasner speaks at a Criminal Justice Reform Panel at the Philadelphia Main Library.

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Philadelphia, Feb 6 - A letter to Philly DA Larry Krasner was delivered to his office on Feb 6 by L to R) Cindy Miller, Wayne Cook (Mumia Abu-Jamal's nephew), Linda Ragin, Pam Africa and Joe Piette (behind camera)

Philadelphia, Feb 6 - A letter to Philly DA Larry Krasner was delivered to his office on Feb 6 by L to R) Cindy Miller, Wayne Cook (Mumia Abu-Jamal's nephew), Linda Ragin, Pam Africa and Joe Piette (behind camera)

2.2.19 Philadelphia - Press Conference describes the significance of the Feb 1 dis-invitation of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner by the Rebellious Lawyering (RebLaw) conference at Yale University. Video to be posted soon.  L to R: Mike Africa Jr (MOVE Organization), Pam Africa (International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal), Betsey Piette (Mobilization4Mumia)

2.2.19 Philadelphia - Press Conference describes the significance of the Feb 1 dis-invitation of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner by the Rebellious Lawyering (RebLaw) conference at Yale University. Video to be posted soon.

L to R: Mike Africa Jr (MOVE Organization), Pam Africa (International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal), Betsey Piette (Mobilization4Mumia)

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Stills from 1.22.19 episode of Blackish. Watch  here .

Stills from 1.22.19 episode of Blackish. Watch here.

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Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference  L to R: Mike Africa JR; Rachel Wolkenstein

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference

L to R: Mike Africa JR; Rachel Wolkenstein

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference  R: Pam Africa

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference

R: Pam Africa

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference  L to R: Mike Africa JR; Rachel Wolkenstein

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference

L to R: Mike Africa JR; Rachel Wolkenstein

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference  L to R: Mike Africa Jr, Paula Pebbles, Deacon Matthew Snith

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference

L to R: Mike Africa Jr, Paula Pebbles, Deacon Matthew Snith

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference  L to R: Mike Africa JR; Sandra Joy

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference

L to R: Mike Africa JR; Sandra Joy

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference  L to R: Mike Africa JR; Sister Empress Phile Chionesu

Jan 15, 2019 Press Conference

L to R: Mike Africa JR; Sister Empress Phile Chionesu

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Jan 7, 2019  Thousands of Mumia Abu-Jamal Petitions delivered to DA Krasner    L to R: Linda Ragin, Scott Williams, John Kirkland, Ted Kelly, Wayne Cook

Jan 7, 2019 Thousands of Mumia Abu-Jamal Petitions delivered to DA Krasner

L to R: Linda Ragin, Scott Williams, John Kirkland, Ted Kelly, Wayne Cook

Jan 7, 2019  Thousands of Mumia Abu-Jamal Petitions delivered to DA Krasner   L to R: Sandy Joy, Mike Africa JR, Wayne Cook, John Kirkland, Linda Ragin, Ted Kelly

Jan 7, 2019 Thousands of Mumia Abu-Jamal Petitions delivered to DA Krasner

L to R: Sandy Joy, Mike Africa JR, Wayne Cook, John Kirkland, Linda Ragin, Ted Kelly

Jan 7, 2019  Thousands of Mumia Abu-Jamal Petitions delivered to DA Krasner   DA Larry Krasner walked by delegation, refusing to stop and talk, but has his assistant take the petitions.

Jan 7, 2019 Thousands of Mumia Abu-Jamal Petitions delivered to DA Krasner

DA Larry Krasner walked by delegation, refusing to stop and talk, but has his assistant take the petitions.

Jan 7, 2019  Thousands of Mumia Abu-Jamal Petitions delivered to DA Krasner   L to R: Ben Waxman, Mike Africa Jr, Linda Ragin, Wayne Cook, Sandy Joy

Jan 7, 2019 Thousands of Mumia Abu-Jamal Petitions delivered to DA Krasner

L to R: Ben Waxman, Mike Africa Jr, Linda Ragin, Wayne Cook, Sandy Joy

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom  Wayne Cook with mic

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

Wayne Cook with mic

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom  Kamau Becktemba on mic

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

Kamau Becktemba on mic

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom  James Chisolm, Jr. recounted being a high school organizer with Mumia at Benjamin Franklin High School, fighting racism within the school system in the 1970’s.

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

James Chisolm, Jr. recounted being a high school organizer with Mumia at Benjamin Franklin High School, fighting racism within the school system in the 1970’s.

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom  Susie Abulhawa expressed solidarity with Mumia from the movement to free Palestine.

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

Susie Abulhawa expressed solidarity with Mumia from the movement to free Palestine.

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom  Food Not Bombs Solidarity provided food.

Jan 5 Peoples Constitutional Protest Party for Mumia’s Freedom

Food Not Bombs Solidarity provided food.

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