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Revolutionary Week of Events for Mumia!, April 18-25

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The week surrounding the big April 24 event for Mumia will feature many other events relating to issues of police brutality and political prisoners.

Read the Legal Update for Mumia's case: 'Mumia Abu-Jamal's Last Chance for Justice' by J. Patrick O'Connor

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The 2 flyers can also be downloaded here:

http://abu-jamal-news.com/docs/a24philaflyer.jpg

http://abu-jamal-news.com/docs/fw2009.pdf

 

Revolutionary Week: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Wait—We Educate!

 
Saturday 4/18, Uhuru Earthday Celebration
                        Where: Clark Park, 43rd at Baltimore Ave, West Philadelphia, PA 19104
When: 9-5, Come and visit the ICFFMAJ table, help us flyer, and hear one of the keynote speakers: Pam Africa
Contact: Uhuru Solidarity Movement, philly@uhurusolidarity.org, 215-387-0919
 
Sunday 4/19,  Black and Blue Film Showing and Q & A
Where: The A-Space Anarchist Community Space
4722
Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143
When: 5:30 pm
Contact: 215-727-0882 leave msg
a-space@defenestrator.org
www.the-aspace.org
 
Monday 4/20,  Retro on the Black Panther Party with members of the original
 Philadelphia BPP
                        Where: Treehouse Books, 1430 Susquehanna Ave.
                        When: 6-8 pm
                       
Tuesday 4/21,  “We Will Return in the Whirlwind: Black Radical Organizations from
1960-1975” by Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell Stanford Jr.) book release party.
Where: Black & Noble Bookstore, 2nd Floor
1436 Erie Ave.
When: 6-8 pm
 
Wednesday 4/22,  Robert Hillary King of the Angola 3 speaks
                        Where: University of Pennsylvania (exact location TBA)
                        When: 7 pm
                        Contact: 770-845-6179 / g.grigoriev036@gmail.com
 
Thursday 4/23,  Diane Block presents, “On the Spirit: A Woman’s Journey
 Underground and Back”
                        Where: Wooden Shoe Bookstore, 508 S. 5th Street
                        When: Time TBA
                        Contact: sabot@woodenshoebooks.com • (215) 413-0999
 
Friday 4/24,  MORE THAN A BOOK RELEASE! A CELEBRATION OF JAILHOUSE
 LAWYERS! Featuring all the authors from throughout the week as well as
Paul Wright, editor of Prison Legal News, Amin, formerly "Harold Wilson," - freed from death row in the US,  Ramona Africa of the MOVE Organization, Steven Hawkins, Executive Vice President of the NAACP,  Linn Washington Jr., Philadelphia Tribune Columnist, Temple U Professor of Journalism,  I Abdul Jon, longtime supporter of MOVE and Mumia, featured in "Prison Lawyers,"  Sonia Sanchez, renowned poet and activist,  Goldi, daughter of Wadiya and Mumia,  Seeds of Wisdom, MOVE’s Revolutionary hip hop group, and many more!
Where: Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St.
When: 6 pm
 
Saturday 4/25, Philadelphia:  Adolfo Matos, keynote speaker of the National Boricua
                        Human Rights Network
                        Where: 6th & Diamond Sts
                        When: TBA
                       
            NYC,  More Than a Book Party: A Tribute to Jailhouse Lawyers
                        Where: Riverside Church, 120th St. & Claremont Ave.
                        Room 411, MLK Wing
                        When: 4 pm
                        Contact: 212 330 8029 or www.freemumia.com
 
Sunday, 4/26, NYC, CEMOTAP 5th Great Debate on “The Death Penalty and Mumia
                        Abu Jamal”
                        Where: Salem United Methodist Church, 129th and Adam Clayton Powell
 Jr. Blvd.
When: 3 pm
 
VERY IMPORTANT EVENT COMING UP:
Saturday, 5/16, Philadelphia: RALLY TO FREE THE MOVE 9!
                        Where: 11th & Market St.
                        When: 12-3

                        Contact: onamovellja@aol.com, 215 387 4107

On April 24, 2009, from 6-10 pm, at The Church of the Advocate (1801 W Diamond St.) in Philadelphia, a "More Than A Book Party" event will he held simultaneously with similar events around the US, marking the release of death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal's new book Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A published by City Lights Books. In Mumia's words, "This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities, but in the bowels of the slave-ship, in the hidden, dank dungeons of America."

Solidarity events will be held in the US around April 24, to mark Mumia's birthday and the release of Jailhouse Lawyers. **Read the foreword by former political prisoner Angela Y. Davis and an interview with Mumia about his new book.** Also read the previous PhillyIMC feature.

Read more about events in: Philadelphia, NYC, Oakland, Boston, Portland, Washington, DC, and Baltimore.

Read reviews by: Linn Washington, Jr. and Kiilu Nyasha

Featured speakers at the April 24 event in Philadelphia will include:

-- Paul Wright, editor of Prison Legal News

-- Amin, formerly "Harold Wilson," the 122nd person freed from death row in the US.

-- Ramona Africa, Minister of Communication for the MOVE Organization.

--Steven Hawkins, Executive Vice President of the NAACP, formerly with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

--Linn Washington Jr., Philadelphia Tribune Columnist, Temple University Professor of Journalism, author of Black Judges on Justice: Perspectives from the Bench

--I Abdul Jon, longtime supporter of MOVE and Mumia, featured in "Prison Lawyers."

--Sonia Sanchez, poet and poltiical activist.

--Fred Hampton Jr,, Chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee, and son of assassinated Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton Sr.

Comments

Hans

you should REALLY consider moving back to California where there's a waiting crowd in Berkley who will hang on every word of your radical left wing phoney "journalism".

jon pisano

The Allegation of Phoney Journalism

You sound like one of those people who believes everything the corporate media decides to release. I suppose you also feel that post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans was a hoax that all the people who were living there is abject poverty were hired as actors. Your tongue is probably brown from all the right-wing, conservative asses you've licked, not kissed. It's your kind of thinking that has this country's economy in a shambles and looking to countries like China to bail it out. Here's a great idea, pick up a book and read it from cover to cover, if you have the mental capacity to do so.

That's interesting...

...you'd think folks in Philly might be concerned about the international tarnishing of their image, stemming from the outrageous injustice perpetrated against Mumia (and so many others).

You and your FOP buddies may think it is fine to railroad Mumia without a fair trial, but most of the world sees you guys as a bunch of Klansmen.

This is an article I wrote in April 2007

Do you support this behavior by police?

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Tyrants hate free speech
by Hans Bennett
Wednesday, 09 May 2007

Police intimidate Mumia supporters as May 17 court date looms

"I received nothing less than 10 or 15 death threats over the last four weeks from so-called Philadelphia police officers. I assured them that I would show up today, so they would have an opportunity to kill me. They've intimidated and scared folks. They've done what the Ku Klux Klan has always done in America: terrified Black people, poor people, immigrants and good white people" into stepping down and not confronting racism, declared Sgt. DeLacy Davis, of Black Cops Against Police Brutality.

Davis was speaking at an April 24 event in Philadelphia organized by supporters of Black death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal. Widely considered to be a political prisoner, Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in a 1982 trial that Amnesty International has declared a "violation of minimum international standards that govern fair trial procedures and the use of the death penalty,"

Hundreds had gathered in Philadelphia on April 24 to celebrate Abu-Jamal's birthday and to publicize his upcoming oral argument before the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on May 17.

The event was met by a counter-demonstration of over a hundred plainclothes police officers - a culmination of recent intimidation tactics by the Fraternal Order of Police, who have long been key opponents of a new trial for Abu-Jamal.

Condemning both the police counter-demonstration and the death threats he had reported, Sgt. Davis passionately declared that "the behavior and tactics" he had observed from police outside was "exactly" what he had witnessed from the Ku Klux Klan. "It is that intimidation factor that we have to address and deal with."

Other guest speakers on April 24 criticized the recent FOP intimidation. Emphasizing the long history of resistance to U.S. racism, Philadelphia journalist Linn Washington told the crowd that "this struggle today around Mumia is not new."

Washington then cited the 19th century Black journalist and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, who observed, "Tyrants hate free speech." Pointing to the large police counter-protest outside the building, he asked, "If the evidence against Mumia is as overwhelming as it is claimed to be, why is there such a shrill reaction" to someone questioning the evidence?

In his column written the previous week in the Black Philadelphia Tribune newspaper, Washington documented how the April 24 event had to change locations after police intimidation of the previous Clef Club venue. He wrote that the "anti-Abu-Jamal barrage of emails and telephone calls unleashed on the Clef Club included declarations perilously close to terroristic threats."

Earlier that month, an April 15 hip hop concert and fundraiser for Mumia organized by youth in New York City was also forced to relocate when police intimidated the owner of the Remote Lounge. The Amsterdam News, the venerable Black Harlem-based paper, reported that "after receiving 16 citations, thousands of dollars in fines and allegedly malicious threats, the night club owner canceled the concert, two days before the scheduled event."

Acting as the NYC Free Mumia Coalition's legal representative, attorney Michael Tarif Warren later declared at a press conference outside City Hall that "the police engaged in a conspiracy to close this event to prevent a worthy cause." Quoted by Amsterdam News, Warren called for "a fair hearing to air the legal improprieties" of the NYPD.

Comments posted by police officers on the infamous NYPD "RANT" blog website detailed the intimidation campaign. One post stated, "This f--ker should be dead, we should ruin this event and make life miserable for every f-ing Hollywood liberal scum liker that shows up, fry Mumia."

Other posts threatened to send the violent Hells Angels motorcycle gang into the Remote Lounge, set up road blocks, send in undercover police, lure people with prostitutes, write up tickets, throw citations on the club and more.

After the event was forced to relocate, an April 15 thread on the "RANT" site was titled "NY Mumia Hip Hop Benefit Rally Gets Bitch Slapped." One post under the name "Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol" said: "A sincere thank you to all of my NYPD brothers and sisters. You men and women are truly the best!"

Several other posts continued to boast of their actions with comments like "good job guys , f--k you mumia you dirty savage," "I'm shocked, amazed, and feel a warm glow! Great work. Outstanding!!!," "16 citations - and guess what the hits are gonna keep coming you f--k wad," "Does anyone sell Mumia targets, so I can keep his cause alive in spirit?"

Another wrote: "Everything I know about islam I learned on 9/11."

One post used imagery that explicitly drew the connection to the brutal history of U.S. lynchings, where Black victims of racist white mobs were literally burned alive, stating that "I'm waiting for Mumia to be well done on the rotisserie."

Yet another post used the racist "Sambo" dialect attributed to African Americans for so many years in mainstream culture: "OH SNAP!!! da venue be changed? i hopez publik transpotation be making itz way ova dere fo me!"

Y'all

throw everything in here but the kitchen sink to justify your support of a proven convicted and affirmed murderer...Mumia Abu Jamal. The site and quotes you post mean nothing but by your INFERENCE the posters are Police Officers. As to the Sgt..he states "from so called Police Officers"...really. Hans.. how do YOU know the above postings WERE that of Police Officers or do U just ASSume as you do regarding Mumia's innocence..

Mumia supporters LOST...Mumia will SPEND the REST of his LIFE in prison unless the Supreme Court determines otherwise...hopefully

It's God's job to forgive Mumia...it"s the job of Justice to arrange their meeting

Jon Pisano
DanielFaulkner.com for the truth