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.
KPFA’s Up Front interviewed Rachel Wolkenstein on Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner’s decision to appeal Judge Tucker’s ruling that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ron Castille violated the Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct as well as Mumia’s due process rights. Castille did this by serving as Philadelphia’s District Attorney, responsible for prosecuting Mumia’s direct appeals (and seeking to execute Mumia), and then afterwards presiding as PA Supreme Court Chief Justice over Mumia’s subsequent collateral (PCRA) appeals.
Wolkenstein also discusses the “discovery” of additional boxes of files in the Philadelphia DA’s office which were not disclosed to Judge Tucker during the hearings.
Film serves as ‘opportunity to remind people of the real
heroes of the Black Panthers’, says former party leader
When he was released from prison in 2014, Sekou Odinga felt like he was
falling from the sky into a foreign land. After 33 years behind bars, the
former Black Panther party leader was released into a United States he didn’t
recognize – with strange technology and grandchildren he had never hugged.
Though he celebrated with family and supporters, Odinga, 73, also remained
mindful of the many other civil rights activists who weren’t so lucky: “You
always feel like you don’t want to leave nobody behind.”