Friday, May 11, 2007

All Out For Mumia Abu-Jamal on May 17

All Out for Mumia Abu-Jamal! Join Danny Glover, Cynthia

McKinney and many others in Philadelphia!

Thurs • May 17
9:00 a.m. in front of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
6th and Market Streets

What you can do to help get the word out:

We are asking everyone to contact the media and ask them to cover the events of May 17 -- don't let them ignore Mumia Abu-Jamal on this important day.

Below is a list of email addresses and a sample letter, which you can cut and paste, modify, and send to as many outlets as possible:

** Sample Letter **

Dear Editor:

In just a few days, lawyers for journalist and political activist Mumia Abu-Jamal will present oral arguments in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on why Mumia, who has now spent almost 25 years on death row, deserves the right to a new trial. The court will decide after May 17 whether Mumia will be given a fair trial, life in prison, or execution. This case concerns, not only Mumia Abu-Jamal's right to a fair trial, but the struggle against the death penalty and the racist political repression of an outspoken journalist.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is recognized internationally as a political prisoner whose Constitutional rights have been consistently violated in the state's mad dash to railroad him to execution. Mumia has been declared an honorary citizen of Paris, Palermo, the Central District of Copenhagen. Mumia was awarded the coveted Solhvervfonden Foundation Award in Copenhagen, Denmark for his services to humanity as a voice of conscience. Amnesty International has called for a new trial "on the basis that his original trial was deeply flawed." (see the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal website for more information: )

On May 17, activists from all over the world will assemble in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to support Mumia Abu-Jamal's right to a fair trial. I urge you to cover this historic event.




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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I was just reading about this over at Highbrid Nation. one of the writers over there and a very interesting look at the Mumia situation. Personally I have mixed feeling on it all. I would hate to see any man lose his life even a man who may or may not be guilty. But I don't understand why we rally behind this guy instead of focusing our energy into making sure other inner city young men are able to avoid getting into place like Mumia is in right now.