Speakers included Cephus Johnson, Oscar Grant’s “Uncle Bobby”; Eliot Grossman, former lawyer for Mumia; and Keith Cook, brother of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Funds were raised to support the struggle against the Pennsylvania “gag” law. Continue reading
In a meeting held at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley on Friday the 5th, the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, together with Oakland Teachers for Mumia and Prison Radio, held a successful public event which netted $611 to fight the Pennsylvania “gag” law, which targets Mumia and the free speech rights of all convicts.
Thanks to everyone who attended and donated to this important effort!
Most of the proceeds were pledged directly to the web site on computers provided at the event by Prison Radio, the non-profit organization which publishes Mumia’s commentaries, and which organized the legal challenge to the “gag” law. If you haven’t yet contributed to this effort, the site to go to is:
Speakers and Film: “Manufacturing Guilt”
Save the Date!
7 pm, Friday 05 December 2014
at the La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
(just below Ashby Avenue)
Everyone, from black and Latino youth, anti-war activists, labor militants and rap artists can be in their cross-hairs. Join the the Labor Action To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Prison Radio and Teachers For Mumia to hear how police are targeting political enemies with attempts to restrict free speech.
• “Manufacturing Guilt” will be shown — the riveting documentary of the frame-up of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
• Keith Cook, brother of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and
• Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant,
20 November 2014 — In an unexpected announcement, the new Superintendent of Oakland Schools, Antwan Wilson, announced yesterday that the Urban Dreams website, taken down in April of this year by Oakland School officials, would be restored. This teacher-generated, social issues site had been singled out by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and Fox News as a target, because it included a curriculum which focussed on a comparison between Martin Luther King and Mumia Abu-Jamal. Mumia has been a target of the FOP ever since police and prosecutors framed him up for the shooting death of a police officer in 1981 in Philadelphia.
The Oakland School Board could have defied this police attack on free speech and academic freedom months ago, but chose instead to capitulate under a Fox News onslaught without a whimper. Now, let’s make sure they stick to their word to restore the site!
Join Teachers For Mumia
at the Oakland School Board Meeting
Wednesday, the 19th of November,
at 5 p.m.
the Great Room, across from the old OUSD HQ
on 2nd Ave., just up 10th from Laney College
(near Lake Merritt BART Station)
Teachers for Mumia will have small signs reading:
“Repost Urban Dreams Now!