Books and Buttons

The Labor Action Committee carries DVDs, books and buttons pertaining to Mumia’s case and his defense. Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page to order them.

Free Mumia! buttons$1 or 50 cents for purchases of 50 or more. All proceeds go to Mumia’s legal defense. LACfightbutton
mumia_splash Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (2013)a film by Stephen Vittoria$20 plus shippingThe recent documentary about Mumia’s life from First Run Features. Stephen Vittoria’s new feature documentary is an inspiring portrait of a man whom many consider America’s most famous political prisoner – 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, Dick Gregory, Angela Davis, Amy Goodman 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.”

Also includes the short film Manufacturing Guilt, the single best film for explaining how Mumia was framed up by the Philly police.

New! Veronica and the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal
as told to her sister, Valerie Jones (2012)$10 (our purchase cost) plus $1 shippingSometimes raw, always vivid and forthright, this is the life story of Veronica Jones, a witness in the murder trial of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. She saw two other men run from the scene of the shooting death of police officer Daniel Faulkner—she was a witness for Mumia’s innocence. Unbeknownst to anyone but her younger sister, Veronica’s life was also intimately entwined with Faulkner’s.Before she could testify, police detectives threatened her with 10-15 years in prison and separation from her young children if she did not falsely name Mumia as the shooter. At Mumia’s trial she recanted her original and true witness statement and denied that she saw anyone run from the scene. This gave the prosecution evidence for conviction.
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the-classroom-and-the-cell1 The Classroom and the Cell
by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Marc Lamont Hill (2011)$10 (our purchase cost) plus $1 shipping

This collection of conversations between celebrity intellectual Marc Lamont Hill and famed political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is a shining example of African American men speaking for themselves about the many forces impacting their lives. Covering topics such as race, politics, hip-hop culture, education, mass incarceration, and love, their discussions shine a spotlight on some of the most pressing issues in 21st century African American life.

Jailhouse Lawyers
by Mumia Abu-Jamal (2009)$10 (our purchase cost) plus $1 shippingMumia’s outstanding book about inmate lawyers.In his words, “This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities [but] in the bowels of the slave-ship, in the hidden, dank dungeons of America.  It is law learned in a stew of bitterness, under the constant threat of violence, in places where millions of people live, but millions of others wish to ignore or forget. It is law written with stubs of pencils, or with four-inch-long rubberized flex-pens, with grit, glimmerings of brilliance, and with clear knowledge that retaliation is right outside the cell door. It is a different perspective on the law, written from the bottom, with a faint hope that a right may be wronged, an injustice redressed. It is Hard Law.”
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framingmaj The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal
by crime reporter J. Patrick O’’Connor (2008)$10 (our purchase cost) plus $1 shippingJ.Patrick O’’Connor’’s new book, “The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal,” is the best development this year in the struggle for freedom of this political prisoner. The author is editor and publisher of Crime Magazine, which carefully researches wrongful convictions. While O’’Connor speaks passionately on Mumia’’s innocence, his book is a calm, methodical account of the killing of
Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in Philadelphia December 9, 1981, and the subsequent frame-up of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
On a Move : The Story of Mumia Abu-Jamal
by Terry Bisson (2000)$10 (our purchase cost) plus $1 shippingAcclaimed Hugo and Nebula Award winner Terry Bisson’s classic biography of Mumia.Covering a childhood in the North Philly projects, a turbulent youth in Oakland and New York, a promising career in radio journalism, and a fateful sidewalk altercation that changed everything, Bisson’s colorful sketches tell the story of one of the stormiest periods in American history, and of the young rebel who came of age in its crucible.
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In addition to the titles above, we also recommend We Want Freedom, Mumia’s excellent history of the Black Panther Party. Unfortunately, this book is currently out of print.

The single best overview of Mumia’s case is The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, by the International Bolshevik Tendency. It can be ordered via email at ibt@bolshevik.org.