I am writing to you as a Member of the UK Parliament for 26 years with reference the sustained injustice that has plagued the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal who has been spent many decades incarcerated.
This is a case I have followed closely and raised in the UK Parliament for decades, first under the Presidency of Bill Clinton, supporting an Early Day Motion asking the President “to intervene to prevent the execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal and to guarantee him the conditions for a fair trial.”
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest union in South Africa, with approximately 340,000 members, marched to the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria to demand the immediate release of Mumia Abu-Jamal on March 10, 2023.
On Feb. 16, ILWU Local 10 shut down the Ports of Oakland and San Francisco to demand freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal and justice for Tyre Nichols. Now the union is hosting a live stream program, “Bearing Witness in the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal” featuring Rev. Judge Wendell Griffen, retired state Court Trial Judge, Arkansas. Judge Griffen states flatly that current law requires that Abu-Jamal be released. “The prosecution messed up, the investigation messed up, and Mumia Abu-Jamal was wrongfully prosecuted, wrongfully convicted, wrongfully sentenced and is now wrongfully incarcerated,” says Griffen.
On February 16, 2023, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 shut down the Ports of San Francisco and Oakland to demand freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Local 10, with supporters of Mumia, marched down the Embarcadero in San Francisco to Harry Bridges Plaza and rallied for Mumia.