[Ppnews] Pam Africa on the Supreme Court ruling against Mumia
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January 20, 2010
Africa on the Supreme Court ruling against Mumia
by Minister of Information JR
Pam Africa, chairwoman of International Concerned
Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, was a key
organizer of the large demonstration outside the
3rd Circuit Court of Appeals when Mumias case
was heard there on May 17, 2007. Now the Supreme
Court has ordered the case back to that court.
Photo: Minister of Information JR
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled
against political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal and
granted the Philadelphia DAs petition for a writ
of certiorari. Basically, the Supreme Court went
against the lower federal circuit courts 2001
and 2008 rulings, which granted a new sentencing
phase jury trial if the death penalty was to be
reinstated in Jamals case. Now the case goes
back down to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals,
who will decide whether they will re-impose the
death penalty without the jury trial.
In a recent interview with the Block Report,
Mumia spoke about the Spisak case, in which the
death penalty has since been reinstated for the
white supremacist murderer Frank Spisak. The
question is how this will affect Mumias case
since they both dealt with the Mills issue, which
addresses confusing jury instructions.
We are now at the highest level of Code Red in
the case of Mumia Abu Jamal. The people must come
to this tireless souljahs defense.
I interviewed Pam Africa, the chairwoman of the
International Concerned Family and Friends of
Mumia Abu Jamal, about the direction of the Free
Mumia movement at this critical time
M.O.I. JR: Now that we have this information on
how the Supreme Court wants to move on Mumias
case, how is the International Concerned Family
and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal moving? And what do they need from the people?
Pam Africa: One thing that people need to
understand is that this is a very crucial time.
What were doing today, were having a press
conference in front of the District Attorneys Office here in Philadelphia.
This is the first Black DA in the city of
Philadelphia. His name is Seth Williams, who ran
on the platform that when he became district
attorney, he would execute Mumia. Thats why
were having the demonstration there, because it
eventually will end up in the hands of the district attorney.
The district attorney are the ones that are
applying for this death sentence on Mumia. I know
that they are battling Mills (the case concerning
jury instructions) and everything else, but
people must stay focused. The time is very short
in dealing with the case of Mumia.
People must organize around the world. There are
two petitions that are happening: One is by a
group of people over in Germany with Mumias
attorney, Robert Bryan, calling on President
Obama to get involved in the case and get Mumia a
new case, because he never had a trial, really.
But were calling on the attorney general. When I
say we, Im saying there are several groups and
organizations that is spearheaded by the New York
(Free Mumia Abu-Jamal) Coalition that is calling
on the attorney general, because what were
pointing out is that Mumia cannot get any fairness whatsoever.
Brewing right here is another example of what it
is were talking about. Mumia cannot get any
fairness in this court system, so were calling
on the U.S. attorney general to do a civil rights
investigation into this case, because Mumias
civil rights from the beginning to the end, and
our civil rights as citizens of this United
States who have pointed out the evidence very
clearly (are threatened). That nobody can get
around: Mumia is innocent. He is factually innocent.
And what were asking people to do is to sign
both of the petitions on behalf of Mumia. The one
that the attorney is putting out there, because
when he petitions and all, Obama, Obamas next
move is that he has to go to the U.S. attorney
general. And when he comes to the U.S. attorney
general, he will fully know that our last person
who signed the petition for the civil rights
investigation was Skip Gates, who sat down and
had a beer after he was beat up by the police,
you know, at the White House. Im saying, he
signed the petition. We have people that are
right in the ear of Obama and the attorney general.
And I want to point out very clearly, we have no
hope whatsoever in the system. Our faith, Mumias
faith, is in the people. Will the people rise up
and do what is right? Shaka Sankofa is dead
because the people didnt consistently stay on
top of these people when they did wrong.
Tookie Williams, when they executed him, when
they murdered him in cold-blood when the movement
was moving, it shouldve continued to move that
way. There are magnificent things that are
happening in California around the death penalty,
but everybody must unite together and move as one
up against this government for the sake of Brotha
(Troy) Davis, for the sake of all the brothas thats on death row right now.
Again there is Academics for Mumia, who are at
Princeton University, who is having a meeting
pulling academics together, and were asking the
academics to sign both of these petitions while
they educate people. Im telling you people, we
are not without the evidence. If you go to the
Mumia, if you go into the
<http://www.sfbayview.com>Bay View, you will find
all of the evidence that you need to bring the system down to its knees.
Once again, do not be duped by time; time is
running out. And I know that when this next step
is made, as I understand, things might be like
six months and then it will go to the DA. The
time might be a little bit off, but we dont have
much time. Its time for them people to get into
them churches, make them ministers get up, make
these politicians get up, you know, make the
people rise up, as they did in 1999, when we did
Millions for Mumia. The time is now for
organizing, organizing with all of the strength that you have.
And I just want to thank people like the Partisan
Defense Committee, Labor for Mumia, the
Mobilization for Mumia, Millions for Mumia. These
people have stayed steadfast, and if I havent
mentioned the names of other people, there is a
lot of individuals JR and the Bay View for
keeping this issue up front in the peoples eye.
The time is now for organizing, organizing with
all of the strength that you have. People must
pull together to abolish the death penalty. Save
this brotha who has been on the front lines, from
deathrow, on every issue of social justice that there is.
And I will be down (in the Bay) on Feb. 18. Ill
be in California, from the 18th to the 23rd. Im
coming down there for the brotha of the San
Francisco 8 (Francisco Torres) hearing. Im
coming down there for Brotha JRs hearing, and I
wish I could be in LA when they bring this
murderous cop (who murdered) Oscar Grant there,
but Im going to be pushing for people to get there everybody who can.
This death sentence that was handed out to this
brotha; we cant allow it, people. And Im saying
yall have been an example to all of the people
around the world of resistance (of what can be
done) when people be consistent at what they do.
Yall have had something done here when yall had
that murderous monster arrested. It must
continue. This dude must sit on deathrow. That is
where he needs to sit with all of the other
people. And let people fight to get his behind off of deathrow.
You know, it cant be enough said: People must
pull together. You must abolish the death penalty
because it is wrong, all the way across the
board. We must support JR and all of the brothas
and sistas that was arrested. This is what Mumia
is pushing for; this is what were pushing for.
When we come to California, well be having more
information about Mumia. The movement is moving
real fast, so please while you are organizing for
everything, tell people that they must get into
the streets in order to save this brotha who has
been on the front lines, from deathrow, on every
issue of social justice that there is.
Email POCC Minister of Information JR, Bay View
associate editor, at
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and visit <http://www.blockreportradio.com>www.blockreportradio.com.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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