Mumia Abu-Jamal made a speech to the Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale Law School on February 15, 2019. Audio of the speech is available at Prison Radio.
A transcript of Mumia’s remarks is below.
Click here for a PDF of the transcript
Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Speech to the RebLaw Conference – “Rebel Lawyers”
February 15, 2019
Dear friends at Yale Law School, dear Rebel Lawyers – On a Move!
I greet you all, as I attempt 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.
PLEASE JOIN ILWU LOCAL 10 IN HONORING HOWARD KEYLOR, LONGTIME FIGHTER FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL, ON HIS 93RD BIRTHDAY:
Sunday, December 9th 2018, 2 – 4pm
ILWU Local 10, Henry Schmidt Room
400 North Point St, San Francisco (near Fisherman’s Wharf)
Click here for a PDF Announcement (Shortened Biography)
Local 10 Bulletin: Honoring Howard Keylor’s Contributions to ILWU and the Labor Movement
Letter from the MUA (Maritime Union of Australia)
Letter from the IDC (International Dockworkers Council)
Remarks by Henry Johnson, December 9, 2018
Letter from the Holt Labor Library
Letter from Labor Historian, Peter Cole
Letter from the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
ILWU Local 10 Pays Tribute to Howard Keylor
Longshore Veteran of Bay Area Labor Struggles
Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in San Francisco is holding a public event to honor Howard Keylor. A veteran of the Battle of Okinawa, Howard opposed the atomic bombing of Japan, an experience that led him to become anti-militarist, anti-racist and anti-imperialist. He quit college to support Filipino farm workers in the 1948 asparagus strike and became a labor activist during the McCarthy period, joining the longshore union in Stockton in 1953.
The Free Mumia Coalition held a forum on “Government Repression, the National Prisoners Strike, and the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal” on the 25th of October 2018, just days prior to the latest court hearing in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
At this up-coming court hearing, the question of throwing out all the tainted appeals rulings against Mumia in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was to be posed. These appeals rulings were tainted by the participation of Ronald Castille.
As a prosecutor, Castille aggressively fought (and prevailed) in getting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to uphold Mumia’s conviction and death sentence in 1989. Then, as a Justice on the Pennsylvania (PA) Supreme Court, Castille participated in the PA Supreme Court’s deliberations, agreed with the arguments he had previously made as Philadelphia District Attorney, and denied the legal challenges raised in Mumia’s appeals from 1998-2012.
• 7 pm, Thursday, October 25th 2018 •
ANSWER Coalition Meeting Room
2969 Mission St. San Francisco
near 26th St., 2 blocks from 24th St. BART.
Tune In To Hard Knock Radio, KPFA, 94.1 FM
4 – 5 PM Wednesday 24th October!
Hear Jack Heyman and Clarence Thomas, both ILWU Activists (Retired)
Gloria La Riva, ANSWER Coalition
Yvette Felarca, BAMN
Gerald Smith, Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, former Black Panther
Clarence Thomas, former Black Panther, ILWU Local 10 Sec.-Treas. retired
Bilal Mafundi Ali, Leader of Bay Area National Prison Strike Solidarity Committee; Poor Magazine.
Click here for a PDF flyer
Join us to –
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
& Stop Police Terror!
* * * A Teach-In * * *
4 PM – Monday 26 March 2018
Room D-200 – Laney College – Oakland CA
Sponsored by: Laney College Ethnic Studies Department
and the Free Mumia Coalition