Mumia Abu-Jamal, an innocent man on death row, could be one court decision away from the needle of death. Framed for a crime he didnt commit because of his Black Panther background, and his bold stand against police brutality and racism as a Philadelphia journalist in the 1970s, Mumia has been on death row for nearly 30 years. Now the Supreme Court has an appeal before it, filed by Seth Williams, Philadelphias first black District Attorney, to reinstate Mumias death sentence. His sentence was vacated by a federal judge in 2001 because of faulty instructions to the jury, but the Supreme Court has signaled that it wants to weaken that precedent. A negative ruling will lead to an immediate date with death, under Governor Ed Rendell, who is himself complicit in Mumias frame-up!
In issue after issue, the courts have shown for decades that the fix is in against Mumia. Courts, corrupt politicians and the Fraternal Order of Police, all want him dead. Mountains of evidence, including witness recantations, physical evidence, and the confession of another man, show that Mumia is innocent. But hes an outspoken, uncompromising black revolutionary journalist, and the US Jim Crow justice system just wants another lynching.
The Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal has no confidence in the capitalist courts to free Mumia. This is the job of the working class, black, brown and white, through labor actions and mass mobilizations. In 1995, mass actions stopped a death order against Mumia, and in 1999, longshore workers shut down ports on the entire West Coast to free him. Teachers in Rio de Janeiro, Oakland, and other cities also conducted work actions.
Mumia Abu-Jamal –
Guilty? Or Innocent?
You Be the Judge
“The Great Debate”
Mumia’s supporters take two of his key opponents to the cleaners,
in a November 2010 debate, now on dvd.
Friday, 23 September 2011
Centro del Pueblo
474 Valencia, btwn 15 & 16th, San Francisco
BART: exit 16th St.
INFO: 510 763-2347
On the night before Mumia’s Third Circuit Court hearing last November, filmmaker Johanna Fernandez (Justice On Trial, the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal), and lawyer Michael Coard, debated Mumia’s opponents. Seth Williams, the new Philadelphia District Attorney, and Tigre Hill, a pro-police filmmaker, were roundly defeated in a forum in Philadelphia. Hill left his chair, and DA Williams repeatedly refused to consider any new evidence in the case.
DVD Showing, and Question, Answer & Discussion,
with the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Speaker: Cristina Gutierrez,
Labor, Black, and Brown People United Against Police Brutality and State Repression