Mumia Abu-Jamal, an innocent man on death row, could be one court decision away from the needle of death. Framed for a crime he didn’t commit because of his Black Panther background, and his bold stand against police brutality and racism as a Philadelphia journalist in the 1970’s, Mumia has been on death row for nearly 30 years. Now the Supreme Court has an appeal before it, filed by Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s first black District Attorney, to reinstate Mumia’s death sentence. His sentence was vacated by a federal judge in 2001 because of faulty instructions to the jury, but the Supreme Court has signaled that it wants to weaken that precedent. A negative ruling will lead to an immediate date with death, under Governor Ed Rendell, who is himself complicit in Mumia’s frame-up!
Another lynching has happened. Troy Anthony Davis was an innocent victim of a corrupt and racist criminal justice system. Witnesses who recanted, lack of physical evidence, new witnesses who identified the real killer — none of this was enough for the capitalist “rule of law.” Tyranny prevailed, this time. Next time, us!
Black, brown and white working people: unite to end the racist death penalty, and Fight To Free Mumia and All Innocent Death Row Prisoners!