EMAJ’S JOHANNA FERNANDEZ JOINS LINN WASHINGTON, MONAMI MAULIK, CARLITO RIVERA AT THE LEFT FORUM 2014 

For a Special Workshop  –

DEFEATING THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE (FOP)

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Sponsored by: Socialism and Democracy

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

On SATURDAY 3:20pm – 4:50pm in Room 1.123

This workshop will launch the work of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home against the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the “world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers.” Our task is to expose the role of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in constructing the contemporary Police State. The FOP’s recent power play was the defeat in the Senate of Debo Adegbile’s nomination to lead the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. The FOP succeeded by launching a relentless demonization of Mumia Abu-Jamal in the media through the use of racially coded terms like “notorious cop-killer,” “extremist,” and “thug,” with implications for all imprisoned people. Our task is to launch a campaign that exposes how the FOP got a new lease on life in the mid-1960s, as the storm troopers in the emerging backlash against the gains of the civil rights movement. In 1964, the FOP supported the Law and Order candidacy of Barry Goldwater and insinuated itself in the political structure of the City of Philadelphia. In 1985 it was party to the firebombing on Osage Avenue of the MOVE house, which killed 11 MOVE members and incinerated 60 homes in a black neighborhood. Today the FOP is comparable in its lobbing power to the NRA, and it is responsible for advancing neoliberalism, the criminalization of the poor and black and brown youth, the demonization of immigrant communities, and the project of mass incarceration – all of which have brought us the contemporary police state.

Participants:

Johanna Fernandez, Chair, The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home

Linn Washington, Temple University

Monami Maulik, D.R.U.M. South Asian Organizing Center

Carlito Rovira, Former Young Lord & Campaign to Bring Mumia Home
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MEXICO CITY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR MUMIA – Letters below from Mexico’s political prisoners to Mumia, and more photos of the Mexico City movements.

Hi all,

It’s so good to see reports of the events in other places and especially inspiring to hear about the huge success of the events in Philadelphia . Here’s a brief writeup of our Mumia birthday celebrations in Mexico City, which started on Monday, April 21 and ended on Saturday, April 26. (left photo, Orchestra popular outside U.S. Embassy for Mumia).

The bike ride that started the #FestivalFreeMumia on the national university campus was fairly small, about 20 people, but good because most of those participating were folks we hadn’t known before. At different points along the way, we sent up balloons, passed out flyers and read Mumia’s statements to the movement and a statement of our own, talking about his struggle from the 60s to the present, his innocence, and the ongoing police campaigns to criminalize and silence him in one way or another. (We did this at all the week’s events.)

The march to the North prison the next day was also small, but important because some recently released prisoners  and their family members participated.  These first two activities were mainly organized by people we supported when they themselves were taken prisoner at the Peña Nieto inauguration December 1, 2012. Since then, they’ve been staunch supporters of Mumia. In fact, at one of our organizing meetings, we looked around and almost everybody there had either been a political prisoner or family member.  This year, three current political prisoners wrote letters to Mumia, which we read at our events and are passing on to him . I’ll include the English translations below with a brief intro about who they are.

The most successful event was a well-attended concert at the legendary Bombay cabaret, now a cultural center for hip hop and other underground musicians. After launching a big red balloon, we showed Manufacturing Guilt and then got into the music, interspersed with statements and messages in support of Mumia. A graffiti artist painted an image of Mumia on the wall. The musicians themselves helped with the organization of the event and attracted their own followers, many of whom hadn’t known much about Mumia before.

The next day we showed Justice on Trial and Fruitvale Station to children and young people at a local arts center. In introducing Justice on Trial, I asked them if they knew what a political prisoner was, and a couple of them had a vague idea. One little kid, about 10 years old I guess, googled it on his laptop and shouted out, “Here, I found it! Terrorist!” So that opened up a very interesting discussion.

The week closed with a rally outside the United States Embassy where there was also music and dance. There were quite a few problems including a long delay in the arrival of the sound equipment and heavy rain, but fortunately, no repression. Some local artists painted a banner of Mumia during the event, and the dance was especially good to the song of “Freedom” (from Django Unchained). One of the bands brought along about 20 big plastic containers and drumsticks and encouraged people to accompany them in a “popular orchestra”.

Just before and during the week we were on six radio programs and had articles in Desinformémonos, SubVersiones, Regeneración Radio and other independent media. So all in all, we felt like we made an impact and generated some fresh energy to bring Mumia home.

We are now seeing what we can do to make sure John Kerry hears about Mumia on his visit to Mexico next week—always difficult to organize something because they don’t disclose the itinerary of these officials until the last moment, if at all.

These are the political prisoners’ letters to Mumia:

LETTER FROM ÁLVARO SEBASTIÁN RAMÍREZ TO MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

[This brief letter is from Álvaro Sebastián Ramírez, one of Mexico’s longest held political prisoners. He and six other comrades from the Loxicha region of Oaxaca have been held since 1996 for struggling for better conditions for the Zapoteco indigenous people of his community. They were all arrested in a reign of terror that existed in the area as the army and federal police grabbed long-time activists after  members of the guerrilla group known as the People’s Revolutionary Army (EPR) attacked a police station in the tourist town of Huatulco. Álvaro is sentenced to 29 years in prison under charges of homicide and terrorism for supposedly providing arms to the guerrilla group. He was a schoolteacher for ten years and the Director of Education in the town of San Agustín, Loxicha, where basic services of light, drinking water, health, and classrooms were non-existant. He and others began to organize, town by town, to deal with the problems of injustice, violence, poverty, illiteracy, discrimination, and pillage of their natural resources.

This message is so brief because he was forbidden to write letters in one of Mexico’s new supermax privatized prisons — Federal Prison 13, No.13 in Mengolí de Morelos, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca,  where he and the other Loxicha prisoners were held for ten months. They’ve now been transferred out of there, but they don’t know for how long. He’s denounced the prison as an extermination center, where the prisoners are held in inhuman conditions, three to a small cell, can’t talk to prisoners in other cells, rarely see the light of day, constant strip searches, little food, and very  few no-contact visits with family members. ]

LETTER IN ENGLISH

Federal prison No. 13,  OAXACA

Mengolí de Morelos, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca, México, March 21, 2014.

Dear distinguished and praiseworthy comrade prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal,

North American journalist, writer and political prisoner.

I’m writing to send you warm greetings and a bear hug from yet another friend who stands in unconditional solidarity with you. As a North American Indian once said: “The pain and sorrow of one is the pain and sorrow of all.”

Wherever we may be in prison, Solidarity means a lot between us political prisoners. We continue to wage an untiring struggle for the Freedom that has been unjustly snatched away from us for thinking differently and having a different political vision.

So long, comrade prisoner. Let’s stay in touch.

TO RESIST IS TO WIN!
FREEDOM FOR THE POLITICAL PRISONERS OF THE WORLD!

Álvaro Sebastián Ramírez
Political prisoner and prisoner of conscience from the Loxicha Region of Oaxaca

LETTER TO MUMIA FROM MARIO GONZÁLEZ GARCÍA  [Mario is a young student activist sentenced to 5 years and 9 months on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace BEFORE HE EVER GOT TO the march held every October 2 to commemorate the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. His crime was opposing neoliberal plans to privatize education at his high school. After being arrested with other students, he was beaten and tortured with a stun gun. He has been denied bail on the grounds that he is a “danger to society”, which has more to do with the fact that he’s an anarchist than to participation in any violent act. He gained widespread support both here in Mexico and other parts of the world when he went on a 58-day hunger strike.]

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Happy devil’s day (birthday) Mumia! I hope this letter gets to you, wherever you are. I found out about your case when I was in high school at CCH Naucalpan. A lot of my classmates knew about you and talked about your case. I remember being struck by the fact that you had been a member of the Black Panthers. I was just beginning to hear about subversive movements and was really interested in the Black Panthers.

I think the way you’ve dealt with your situation is really admirable ––causing them to desist in taking your life; being a political prisoner in the home base of yankee imperialism, where life in the prisons is very tough, the tortures highly sophisticated and the racism devastating; withstanding more than three decades as a prisoner in times I know have been hard. Your strength, work, efforts, decision, and valor are really inspiring to me. I’ve only been a prisoner for 7 months and feel like it’s been a harsh punishment. I guess that’s why yours strikes me as abysmal, but also provides a clear example of inspiring strength.

Not long ago I read a letter that Leonard Peltier wrote to you about a year ago. I just recently found out about him when I read a book by Gregorio Selser entitled La violación de los derechos humanos en los Estados Unidos (Human Rights Violations in the United States).  I liked that letter. You two are an important model for what a political prisoner is and all that he or she stands for.

Getting letters has helped me. I’ve gotten them from people I’ve never even met and that cheers me up and motivates me. I hope my words encourage and motivate you in the same way that you encourage and motivate me.

I’m locked up in a prison in what’s called Mexico for defying the established order. I’ve barely gotten a taste of what it is to be a political prisoner. I still don’t understand a lot of things but I want you to know that even though I’m not near you physically, I’m with you because I have you in my thoughts. Take heart, compañero. The years and birthdays you’ve spent as a prisoner will never erase who you are. I hope so much that very soon you’ll be outside those prison walls, which must come down.

Anarchy, health, and social revolution,

Mario

LETTER FOR MUMIA FROM ALEJANDRO BAUTISTA

[Alejandro is a community activist, artist, actor, writer and photographer. He was taking pictures of the extreme police repression during the October 2 march when he was arrested. As was the case in practically all the mass arrests, there is no evidence against him except for contradictory police testimony. Even so, he has been sentenced to 5 years 9 months in prison for supposedly disturbing the peace.]

In antiquity, amor meant actium, to do, He who does nothing does not love… Today we see despots degrading the exercise of “power” by trying to deceive us and make us believe they are “doing” what is necessary for the well-being of the peoples, destroying nature, societies and all that belongs to our pacha mama (Mother Earth) in that duality that we are,  mirror and reflection…

 For the children dodging trash and bullets, for the peoples legally dispossessed, for the freedom of the youth to throw themselves off a bridge, for hope that’s like a rainbow in a bar code, because I love you and even so I’m dying in a four-meter square, for the drowned-out shouts of protest quelled, because we’re many and will be more prisoners who denounce and protest, for Mumia we shout ¡Freedom!

For the heart of things, for the heartbeat of the worlds, because I understand you and am yours, for the spring of 1954, for the spring of 1967, for the spring of 2014 ¡WE CRY FREEDOM!

“The time has come. It’s true that fighting is abominable, but it shouldn’t make us sad to engage in the militant action required today. By connecting our desires to reality, by weaving our rages into action instead of retreating into theoretical or political forms of representation, we give them full force.  (Foucault 1983, xiii).

Alejandro Bautista.

Political prisoners, Reforma, October 2

198 days after my illegal arrest. North prison, Mexico City.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUMIA.

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Mumia narrates new dynamic  video for the CALL TO REINSTATE MONTEIRO.  The Campaign for Monteiro continues to build. Monteiro Teaching

 

 

 

 

 

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MUMIA ACTIVISTS PROTEST THE ATTACKS ON ADEGBILE & MUMIA – AT THE WALL STREET JOURNAL OFFICE, FEB 27, 2014

Read the letter from the movement for Mumia Abu-Jamal, delivered in person today by Johanna Fernandez, Pam Africa, Suzanne Ross and other activists.

 
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bcd60eb298aa070b762e420911165cdf_LPRESS CONFERENCE – National Call to Reinstate Temple University’s Dr. Anthony Monteiro
Feb 12, 2014. 11:00 a.m. At 1199c Union Hall, 1319 Locust Street (btw Broad & 13th)

Associate Professor of African American Studies, Dr. Anthony Monteiro, Ph.D., a  long-time advocate for Mumia Abu-Jamal, distinguished W. E. B. Du Bois scholar and community activist, has been dismissed from his position in Temple University’s African-American Studies Department. It is clearly a case of a “retaliation firing,” even though Temple administrators deem it simply “end of term” for Dr. Monteiro. For one report on the firing see this story at The Philadelphia Tribune.

 The National Call, below, contests the dismissal, protests the retaliatory firing and seeks Dr. Monteiro’s reinstatement.

If you are an educator and wish to sign this Call, send your name to  johanna.fernandez@baruch.cuny.edu AND mark.taylor@ptsem.edu, subject heading: “Signature Monteiro.”  Please give your name as you would like it listed and your institutional affiliation (which will be shown for identification purposes only).

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 A National Call for the Reinstatement of

 Temple University’s Dr. Anthony Monteiro

WE UNITE with Philadelphia faculty members, labor, community and student organizations to call for the immediate reinstatement of Professor Anthony Monteiro as Associate Professor in African-American Studies. After Dr. Monteiro’s 10 years of distinguished service in Temple University’s historic Department, the first to offer a doctorate in African-American Studies, he has been informed that his contract will not be renewed, in a letter of Jan 6, 2014 from Dean Teresa Soufas of Temple’s Liberal Arts College. No reason was given for dismissal of so highly respected a scholar, particularly for his Du Bois scholarship, but also in African American Studies, generally.

WE DENOUNCE AND DEPLORE this apparent violation of Dr. Monteiro’s academic freedom and this disparagement of his dignity as scholar and person. In the absence of any reasons for Dr. Monteiro’s dismissal, this refusal to renew his contract must be labeled a “retaliation firing” based on the following indicators:

  • Retaliatory and threatening moves against faculty by administrators have recent precedent at Temple, especially from this Dean. Professor Monteiro’s dismissal came after he helped spearhead public campaigns that challenged the Dean’s attempt to strip the faculty of autonomy in administering of its department. In particular, Dr. Monteiro helped defend public efforts to secure African American scholars to Chair the African American Studies department, in spite of the Dean’s objection to the department’s own proposed candidates.
  • Scholar, Lewis Gordon, previous holder of Temple’s distinguished Laura Carnell Professorship, resigned protesting racist practices and “a series of retaliatory actions” that he and other Black and Jewish staff experienced from this Dean and other administrators. He recounted these at his website and in Temple’s own Faculty Herald publication.
  • Gordon, who had also served on Temple’s Great Teachers Award Committee, resigned along with his wife, an award-winning scholar and teacher in political science, also reports along with others, that, on at least two occasions the Dean ordered surveillance of Black and/or Jewish faculty in their classes and on campus, and also called the police to campus when another professor mentioned Dean Soufas’ ongoing attacks against black male faculty.
  • Not only was no reason given for Dr. Monteiro’s dismissal, administrators also appear to hold contempt for Dr. Monteiro’s work on community issues of mass incarceration, public education, and police corruption. Following two major events organized by Dr. Monteiro on political prisoners, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Russell Maroon Shoatz, which drew large participation from the local Black community, Temple began to prohibit Dr. Monteiro from reserving campus rooms. As a result, he has been prohibited from continuing to host important gatherings on campus, like his long-standing Free Saturday School for students and community, entitled “Philosophy and Black Liberation. This policy now prohibits his  organizing the W.E.B. Du Bois lectures and symposia, for which he has become known in scholarly circles. This essentially targets Monteiro’s academic freedom as well as his interaction with the community as a scholar, which in fact is called for by African American Studies’ own Mission Statement.  Dean Soufas has said publicly to the Department, “I do not see a Black Community.”
  • Graduate students in the African-American Studies Department have organized with Black Philadelphia groups to protest what they view as a series of attacks on the Department, reporting hostility and a climate of threat designed to intimidate them.
  • At a Department meeting before Dr. Asante had become Chair of African American Studies, the Dean pointed her finger, disparagingly, in Dr. Asante’s face. On at least two other occasions she threatened Dr. Asante with dismissal from his faculty post.

WE RECOGNIZE, CELEBRATE AND WILL NOT SEE DEMEANED DR. MONTEIRO’S SCHOLARSHIP AND SERVICE, in the light of which his recent firing can only appear as an act of flagrant racism and repression of academic freedom. Dr. Monteiro’s eminent record includes:

  • A distinguished publication recordfeaturing over 100 published articles and essays in varied journals. He is among the most frequently cited in his department, not only in African-American and Du Bois Studies, but also in political science, history, urban education, race and feminist studies, to name a few. Already, Monteiro has produced five articles on Nelson Mandela and Amiri Baraka, just since their recent deaths.
  • Ten years of exemplary and creative professional achievements at Temple since 2003serving as Associate Professor without tenure, after having left a tenured position at another institution for a promise of tenure at Temple. He was one key architect of the Center for the Study of Race and Social Thought at Temple, becoming its Associate Director in 2005. Although supporting Dr. Asante’s appointment as Department Chair, Professor Monteiro, along with others, was himself also nominated for that role. Further, he has served on five dissertation committees, and chaired one.
  • National and international renown for conceiving and directing scholarly events on W. E. B. Du Bois at Temple, hosting the annual Du Bois Lectures and Du Bois Symposia. These draw scholars from Columbia, Princeton, Drexel, UPENN and elsewhere. As a leader in Du Bois studies, the University of Pennsylvania selected Monteiro to bestow upon Du Bois its Emeritus Professorship in Africana Studies and Sociology. He is especially respected for his fresh theorization of Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction in America as form of “historical logic.”
  • Unusually strong student respect and support at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Monteiro’s Du Bois seminars are deservedly popular, as also his graduate course in Black Social and Political Thought. These draw students from multiple departments. In 2005 and 2007 he received merit points for scholarship and teaching. Understandably many of his students are in the forefront of today’s struggle for his reinstatement.
  • Innovative Planning of University & Community Relations in Temple’s North Philadelphia community. Dr. Monteiro started the ongoing Free Saturday School, granting Temple students of many disciplines a vibrant interaction with the community. He leads neighborhood studies of Martin Luther King’s work, and consistently shows up at public events, often bringing his sociological expertise to bear on mass incarceration issues. Monteiro thus embodies the Department’s own commitment to linking its discipline to “positive change in our communities” (“Mission,” second paragraph).
  • An embodying for our time of Du Bois’ tradition of political critique and public resistance in the face of systems of domination, whether in society or the academy. In this regard, we note his forming “The Radical Philosophy Circle” for Temple students, his decades of public support for innocent political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal (even hosting campus screenings of the award-winning documentary on Abu-Jamal, and featuring phone conferences with Abu-Jamal in his classes). He hosted at Temple a book party for Maroon the Implacable, a volume of essays by political prisoner, Russell Maroon ShoatzMonteiro also organizes support for the community’s political leaders, as with his conference in 2012, “Pam Africa: Our Revolutionary Daughter of the Dust.”

WE SCHOLARS STAND VIGILANTLY BEHIND DR. MONTEIRO knowing that today, throughout the U.S. academy and nation, programs in African American and Ethnic studies are all too frequently attacked or neglected by small groups of deans, provosts and board members. These often use their power to foster or tolerate misrepresentation, harassment, repression and removal of reputable scholars of color and conscience – those most necessary for equipping us all with knowledge for promoting and guarding a truly just society.

The reinstatement of Dr. Anthony Monteiro is essential for Temple University now to safeguard its historic reputation in African American Studies.

*This National Call is a project of Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal and was drafted by its coordinators.

Signatories (with institutions listed for identification purposes only):

Lewis R. Gordon. Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies, and Judaic Studies at University of Connecticut, Europhilosophy Visiting Chair, Toulouse University, France; Nelson Mandela Distinguished Visiting Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa.

Johanna Fernandez, Ph.D.
Department of History and Department of Black and Latino/a Studies, Baruch College CUNY. EMAJ Coordinator.

Mark Lewis Taylor, Ph.D.
Departments of Theology, Religion & Society, Princeton Theological Seminary. EMAJ Coordinator.
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EVENTS: REMEMBER !

PAM AFRICA DELIVERS LETTER TO PA SENATOR ROBERT P. CASEY, JR.

LETTER PROTESTS F.O.P. & MEDIA ATTACKS ON MUMIA AND ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S DOJ APPOINTEE, DEBO ADEGBILE

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Left, Pam Africa delivering letter to Sen. Casey.

THE LETTER TO U.S. SENATOR ROBERT P. CASEY, JR.

Support The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home

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FEMINIST WIRE UNVEILED ONLINE
“MUMIA & MASS INCARCERATION FORUM” (January 20-28, 2014)

Martin Luther King Day 2014, Monday January 20, inaugurated Feminist Wire’s week-long “Mumia and Mass Incarceration Forum.” Below are the essays posted in the Forum. 

Tanisha C. Ford of University of Massachusetts (Amherst), professor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, writes the inaugural essay treating, among other issues, the notion of “intersectional incarceration studies.” 

-MONDAY’S ESSAYS

On Monday, the first day, Mumia himself weighed-in with a fresh audio essay on the first day of the week. An added resource at the site is Feminist Wire’s exclusive preview of an essay co-authored by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Angela Y. Davis,Alternatives to the Present System of Capitalist Injustice.”

Check out here and at Feminist Wire all the essays, showing the work that  Tanisha Ford, with colleague Hakima Abbas, put into this online presentation. 

TUESDAY’S ESSAYS:

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Art image by Robert King, 2006

by Johanna Fernandez10 Facts About the Mumia Abu-Jamal Case

by Beth E. RichieHow Anti-Violence Activism Taught Me to Become a Prison Activist

by Sonya DonaldsonHow I Use Pinterest to Explore the Difficulties of Violence Against Black Women and Girls

-WEDNESDAY’S ESSAYS:

Wilson-Interview-w_-Pam-Ramona-150x150by Jamila K. Wilson, “Ona Move!: A Conversation with Pam and Ramona Africa.” Photo of Ramona Africa.

by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Clyde Gumbs and Jared Gumbs, Long Distance Revolutionary: An Intergenerational Conversation.”

by Noelle Hanrahan, “The Making of Mumia: The Long Distance Revolutionary.”

 

-THURSDAY’S ESSAYS:

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by Jessica Millward, “Mumia: Vulnerability and Hope  (Photo left from Feminist Wire, “Mumia Abu-Jamal Street” in Saint Denis, France.)

by David J. Leonard, “Sunny Days?: Sesame Street, Prisons and the Politics of Justice”


-FRIDAY’S ESSAYS:

Imarisha-e1390515471565-199x300by Walida Imarisha, “My North Star: How Mumia Abu-Jamal Led Me to Activism” Photo left, Walida Imarisha, at Feminist Wire.

by Layli Kristy Feghali, “From Mumia to Rasmea: Political Incarceration in the Belly of the Beast – From Black Liberation to Arab Freedom”

by Meron Wondhosen, “Assata Shakur is Welcome Here: Bringing Political Prisoners Back Into the Fold”

by Tanisha C. Ford, “Pretty Sparkly Things: A Black Girl’s Encounter with the Prison Industrial Complex”

SATURDAY’S ESSAYS:

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by Gabriel Teodros, “Mumia”
Photo left, Gabriel Teodros, from Feminist Wire

by Micol Seigel, “Remember”

by Jamila K. Wilson, “Mumia is a Yogi
-SUNDAY’S ESSAYS:

dmMePeos5RQme-xnPw4P0e8m_HjDxTYX49AgY8aPft0by Johanna Fernandez, “Silencing the Record: Misrepresentation, Gender Politics and Truth in the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal Photo at left, Johanna Fernandez speaking in Germany.

by Emmahun Raheem Ali Campbell, “Confined Writers and their Criminal Writings”

imagesby Liz Derias, K.O.S. (Determination): Black Communities Keeping It Real and Right”

by Nyle Fort, “Reimagining Black Power”

 -MONDAY’S ESSAYS:

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by Soffiyah Elijah
, “Mumia: An Ironic Icon”
Left, Mumia, age 15, Minister of Information working in Black Panther office.

by Mark Lewis Taylor, “Mumia on Religion, Empire & Gender”

Dr. Christopher Tinsonby Christopher M. Tinson, “Schooling the Generations: Education and the Relevance of Mumia Abu-Jamal in Times of Crisis”
Photo left, Professor Christopher Tinson, Ph.D. Hampshire College


– TUESDAY’S ESSAY – FINAL DAY

by Hakima Abbas, “Afterward: A Love Letter to Mumia”

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PHILLY PRESS CONFERENCE – Jan. 17, 2014 – to contest

Fraternal Order of Police Charges and FOX News Media
Bias against Abu-Jamal.

Pam Africa, Johanna Fernandez, Suzanne Ross and others present.

Letter to President Obama Regarding FOP Letter to Obama

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PROFESSOR JOHANNA FERNANDEZ CHALLENGES FOX NEWS &/ SEAN HANNITY – ON HIS SHOW AND IN THE HUFFINGTON POST. See her very informative and hard-hitting Huff-Po column:

What Fox News and Hannity Blocked Me From Saying: Mumia as Fuel for Right-Wing Agenda

 

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AMIRI BARAKA PASSES TODAY, January 9, 2014

Mumia audio, Poet on Fire

Words can hardly express our sense of loss over Amiri Baraka’s death today. It’s nearly impossible to think of him dying. Presente, Amiri! Here is a video of his poetry reading for Mumia at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Dec. 9, 2011.

And – a special poetic remembrance by Greg Ruggiero (also posted at the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home website):

Whisper

Amiri Baraka

Today we remember

your voice,

your poem,

your song,

your rap,

your jazz,

your walk,

your improv,

your cry

—so dark and tragic/ so old and magic—

your shuffle,

your shine,

your shout,

your line,

your fight back;

your join-us-so-we-win,

your black word and blues voice an insurgent Newark street corner trombone, freeing songs from enslaved lessons of history, a holler from the broken rooftop, a train whistle beneath the moon, hand scrawled path notes Out, a gathering whisper from the fields, from the factories, from the high rise, from the underground, from the classrooms, from the jails and prisons murmuring the Word: rise up, fight back, organize, unite, get it together, fight forward, fight on

and to dig it: sing the deep groove, ride the sparkling cymbal, slide the walking bass, fly the soaring horn, rise with the unexpected surge;

dig it: the unfolding unpredictable sound of people, poetry, lovers, families, school, neighborhoods, movements, rebellions, block by block, community by community, rising up together, singing out, finding our voice, awakening, struggling, resisting, winning, teaching, learning, being.

Today a piano on the ground floor of a home on South 10th Street in Newark has gone silent.

The books of poetry there remain unopened.

Will we sing the piano’s song?

Will we speak the poem’s Word?

Will we carry forward the whisper from the fields?

by Greg Ruggiero

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LYNNE STEWART IS FREE!

Mumia’s audio commentary here, at Prison Radio.

PHOTOS of Lynne’s release here, also from Prison Radio.

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History Prof. Johanna Fernandez’s commentary on “Mumia & Mandela” – and it’s going viral in media & social network venues.

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JOIN US in Philadelphia, April 24-26, 2014 for the festival of resistance for Mumia in celebration of his 60th birthday.

And, today, if you can –

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BECOME 1 OF 1,OOO INDIVIDUALS TO DONATE $60 TO FUND THE ON THE GROUND CAMPAIGN TO BRING MUMIA HOME.  Please click here to support this effort, view the new video at this Indiegogo Crowd Funding site, and then share this message with your friends and family. The first 100 people to donate will be recognized at the Celebration of Life Festival, which begins on April 24, 2014, Mumia’s 60th birthday!

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SIGN THE PETITION to the Department of Justice, which demands the U.S. Attorney General review Mumia’s case.

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