[Ppnews] Petition for Mumia & against the death penalty to Obama
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Thu Jan 14 15:29:28 EST 2010
Please help to spread the petition to President Obama against the
death penalty and for Mumia Abu-Jamal:
To: President Barack Obama WE THE UNDERSIGNED petition you to speak
out against the death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal, and all the men,
women and children facing execution around the world. This ultimate
form of punishment is unacceptable in a civilized society and
undermines human dignity. (U.N. General Assembly, Moratorium on the
Use of the Death Penalty, Resolution 62/149, Dec. 18, 2007;
reaffirmed, Resolution 63/168, Dec. 18, 2008.)
Mr. Abu-Jamal, a renowned black journalist and author, has been on
Pennsylvania's death row for nearly three decades. Even though you do
not have direct control over his fate as a state death-row inmate, we
ask that you as a moral leader on the world stage call for a global
moratorium on the death penalty in his and all capital cases. Mr.
Abu-Jamal has become a global symbol, the "Voice of the Voiceless",
in the struggle against capital punishment and human-rights abuses.
There are over 20,000 awaiting execution around the globe, with over
3,000 on death rows in the United States.
The 1982 trial of Mr. Abu-Jamal was tainted by racism, and occurred
in Philadelphia which has a history of police corruption and
discrimination. Amnesty International, winner of the Nobel Peace
Prize, "determined that numerous aspects of this case clearly failed
to meet international standards safeguarding the fairness of legal
proceedings. [T]he interests of justice would best be served by the
granting of a new trial to Mumia Abu-Jamal. The trial should fully
comply with international standards of justice and should not allow
for the reimposition of the death penalty." (A Life In the Balance -
The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, at 34, Amnesty Int'l, 2000; www.
[Note: This petition is approved by Mumia Abu-Jamal and his lead
attorney, Robert R. Bryan, San Francisco (E-mail:
<mailto:MumiaLegalDefense at gmail.com>MumiaLegalDefense at gmail.com;
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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