[Pnews] New appeal to free Mumia! Endorse today!

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*New appeal to free Mumia! Endorse today!*

January 17, 2018

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*To: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe and Philadelphia District Attorney 
Larry Krasner*

*From: Concerned Members of the International Community*

*A Call to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal*

We, the undersigned individual and organizational members of the 
international community concerned with issues of human rights, call your 
attention to an egregious example of human rights violations in your 
respective jurisdictions: the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Specifically, we 
call on you both, key officials with the power to determine Abu-Jamal’s 
fate, to:

 1. Assure that all the district attorney and police files relevant to
    Abu-Jamal’s case be released publicly as the Philadelphia Court of
    Common Pleas is reviewing the potential involvement of retired
    Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille in a conflict of interest when
    he reviewed Abu-Jamal’s case as a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice.
 2. Release Abu-Jamal now from his incarceration. Given the mounds of
    evidence of Abu-Jamal’s innocence and even more evidence of police,
    prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, his unjust incarceration,
    including almost 30 years on death row, his twice near-executions,
    his prison-induced illness which brought him to the brink of death,
    and the lack of timely treatment for his hepatitis-C, which has left
    him with a condition, cirrhosis of the liver, which poses a
    potential threat to his life … we call for the freedom of Mumia
    Abu-Jamal now.

Below is the summary of the case, and an update on recent events:

At the age of 15, Mumia was named minister of information for the 
Philadelphia chapter of the Black Panther Party – and has been a target 
of local, state and federal law enforcement ever since. This photo 
appeared in Philadelphia’s leading daily newspaper, the Inquirer, in 
1970. – Photo: Philadelphia Inquirer

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an internationally renowned U.S. political prisoner, 
widely honored – with streets and cities named after him, and including 
the award of Honorary Citizenship of Paris – for his piercing 
indictments of the racial inequities and brutal imperial powers of the 
United States.

Abu-Jamal was originally targeted for “surveillance” and 
“neutralization,” that is, assassination, when he was a 15-year-old 
spokesman for the Black Panther Party, by the U.S. Federal Bureau of 
Investigation (FBI) and its notorious Counterintelligence Program, 
designed and implemented by J. Edgar Hoover. By the age of 26, he was an 
award-winning radio journalist with a wide following, known as the 
“voice of the voiceless” and outspoken in his defense of the MOVE 
organization and other targeted individuals and organizations.

On Dec. 9, 1981, in the middle of a street altercation, Abu-Jamal was 
critically shot and brutally beaten by police and then framed for the 
murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner and sentenced to death. 
Abu-Jamal is innocent of those charges. The Fraternal Order of Police 
(FOP) and those who support the organization politically and financially 
have continued to clamor for Abu-Jamal’s death and consider it a crime 
that he has survived.

The legal challenges to Abu-Jamal’s conviction expose the systemic 
injustice of the U.S. criminal injustice system. The police and 
prosecution manufactured the evidence of Mumia’s guilt – the ballistics 
evidence was false, the witnesses were coerced to lie, the so-called 
confession was fabricated. The evidence of Abu-Jamal’s innocence was 
known to police on the scene.

Mumia was already a family man when he was imprisoned. Here, he holds 
his little daughter Samiya, better known as Goldii, in Graterford Prison 
as he awaited trial in 1981. Goldii, one of Mumia’s most effective 
advocates, tragically died of breast cancer at the age of 36 in 2015.

The police knew that Officer Faulkner was shot and killed by someone 
other than Abu-Jamal. Numerous witnesses saw the likely shooter run from 
the crime scene. Rights to due process and a fair trial were denied: 
These included the right to a jury selected without racial 
discrimination, the right to counsel of the defendant’s choice, the 
right to self-representation, the right to resources to challenge the 
prosecution’s case and hold the prosecution to its burden of proof 
beyond a reasonable doubt.

Abu-Jamal’s frame-up did not begin or stop with the police and 
prosecution. The American judicial system and its judges are 
increasingly recognized as racially and class biased and largely 
accounting for the mass incarceration we see in the U.S.

The trial and post-conviction judge was the infamous Judge Albert Sabo, 
known as the “king of death row” for sentencing to execution more people 
than any other judge in the entire U.S. As both the trial and 
post-conviction appeal judge, despite international denunciations by 
legal experts of his biased practice and rulings in the courtroom, Sabo 
denied every single challenge to Abu-Jamal’s conviction from 1982 to 1997!

Mumia sits in his tiny death row cell at Graterford Prison in 1995. From 
this cramped and gloomy space, Mumia wrote books and countless 
commentaries that enlightened the world – and after 36 years in prison, 
now sentenced to life without parole, he still does. – Photo: April 
Saul, Philadelphia Inquirer

In 2002 a court reporter disclosed that at the start of the 1982 trial, 
she overheard Judge Sabo telling another judge that he was going “to 
help them fry the n—-r.” Judge Sabo’s clear exposure of his gross racism 
was deemed not relevant Philadelphia Judge Pamela Dembe, who agreed that 
Sabo’s language was heinous, but that he had nonetheless been fair 
during the trial and had shown no racial bias.

Dembe also ruled that the confession of a man who swore he, and not 
Abu-Jamal, shot and killed police officer Faulkner, should not be heard 
in the court. In 2003 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld these 
rulings and denied Abu-Jamal a new trial.

Defeating two death warrants in 1995 and 1999, because of massive 
international protest, now imprisoned for 36 years, almost 30 of those 
years on death row, Abu-Jamal continues to fight his conviction in the 
courts and with grassroots support internationally that extends from the 
U.S. to Europe, Latin America, Japan and South Africa.

On Mumia’s birthday, April 24, 1999, Ernesto Faria School students in 
Rio de Janeiro join their teachers’ union in a work stoppage to protest 
his execution, then scheduled for Dec. 2, 1999. Mumia’s supporters had 
called for worldwide work stoppages on his birthday, and the enormous 
response succeeded in stopping the execution. – Photo: Vanguarda Operaria

In December 2001 a federal court judge ruled that Abu-Jamal’s death 
sentence was illegal. But Abu-Jamal remained locked in solitary 
confinement on death row for ten more years while the prosecutor 
appealed twice to the federal appeals court and twice to the U.S. 
Supreme Court.

After the DA lost in the courts in the attempt to reinstate the death 
penalty, Abu-Jamal was transferred out of death row in December 2011. 
The Philadelphia prosecutor peremptorily sentenced Abu-Jamal to life 
imprisonment without the possibility of parole. A sentence of life 
imprisonment without the possibility of parole is a sentence of slow 
death in prison.

In one of the most dramatic events of the worldwide work strike called 
for Mumia’s 45th birthday to stop his then impending execution, the 
International Longshore Workers Union risk their livelihoods to shut 
down all the ports on the West Coast on April 24, 1999.

Subsequently, the FOP initiated various efforts to stop Abu-Mumia’s 
publications but were defeated by a powerful legal and grassroots 
battle. Yet the persecution of Abu-Jamal continued, including the 
medical malfeasance that resulted in near death from diabetic shock, a 
mistreated painful and debilitating skin condition, and the prolonged 
refusal to treat Abu-Jamal’s hepatitis C that has left him with 
cirrhosis of the liver.

Cirrhosis of the liver can certainly develop into cancer and surely 
imposes a high risk of a much shorter life span. It took sustained 
international protest and the judge’s order that Abu-Jamal be given the 
hep C cure – and that denying him that cure was cruel and inhumane 
punishment – for Abu-Jamal to finally be treated appropriately.

Now, Abu-Jamal has a new legal challenge in the Pennsylvania courts on 
the grounds that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille had 
a conflict of interest when he denied Abu-Jamal’s appeals from 1998 to 
2014. This new action is based on a precedent-setting 2016 U.S. Supreme 
Court decision, Williams v. Pennsylvania, that a judge who had been 
personally involved in a critical prosecutorial decision violates the 
defendant’s right to an impartial judicial review if he then gets to 
rule on the case as a state Supreme Court justice.

Castille was the Philadelphia elected district attorney during 
Abu-Jamal’s first appeal process, after his conviction and death 
sentence, from 1986 to 1991. He was a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice 
from 1994 to 2014, during which time Abu-Jamal’s case came before him 
multiple times.

Castille was elected DA and then judge with the support of the FOP. He 
ran for Supreme Court judge bragging that he put 45 men on death row. 
Given his pro-police and pro-death penalty positions, there is no doubt 
that Castille had a significant personal interest in upholding 
Abu-Jamal’s conviction and death sentence. Abu-Jamal made applications 
to Judge Castille to recuse (remove) himself from deciding on his 
appeals in 1996, and in 2012. Castille denied both requests insisting 
that he could be fair.

*Castille was elected DA and then judge with the support of the FOP. He 
ran for Supreme Court judge bragging that he put 45 men on death row.*

Mumia Solidarity Week introduces more people to Mumia in Mexico City 
every year around the anniversary of his incarceration. Here, on Dec. 9, 
2008, a group called Performakrata performs.

The Williams decision began a new legal fight for Abu-Jamal’s freedom. 
Since August 2016, demands have been made for the DA’s office to open 
its files and release the documents that show Castille’s personal 
interest in Abu-Jamal’s case. The DA has alternately stalled, denied the 
existence of memos and files, and now reluctantly released evidence of 
Castille’s actions to get execution warrants signed against convicted 
“cop killers.” But to date, the DA argues that this is not proof of 
Castille’s direct involvement in Abu-Jamal’s case.

We demand the full public disclosure of the police and prosecution 
files. If Abu-Jamal wins this new challenge, there will be a new appeal, 
opening the door for a reversal of his conviction.

Abu-Jamal’s fight for hepatitis-C treatment resulted in his medical 
treatment through a federal court ruling that now serves as precedent 
for prisoners in Pennsylvania and around the U.S. to obtain treatment. 
Abu-Jamal’s legal challenge against the judicial bias in his case is an 
attack on the prevalence of such bias by criminal court judges. The 
public release of the state’s files prosecuting Abu-Jamal will expose 
the frame-up against this innocent man and, potentially, of others.

We demand: Public disclosure of the police and DA files! Free Mumia 
Abu-Jamal Now!

* * * * *

ENDORSEMENT COUPON

[  ] Please add my name to the list of endorsers of this new appeal to 
free Mumia.

NAME

ORGANIZATION & TITLE (list if for identification only)

CITY

STATE / DEPARTMENT

COUNTRY

EMAIL

Please fill out and return to <infomumia at gmail.com 
<mailto:infomumia at gmail.com>> with copies to <owcmumbai2016 at gmail.com 
<mailto:owcmumbai2016 at gmail.com>> and <theorganizer at earthlink.net 
<mailto:theorganizer at earthlink.net>>.

*Partial list of initial endorsers*

– Angela Davis

– Danny Glover

– Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, President, Frantz Fanon Foundation; 
Former Chair, U.N. Human Rights Council Working Group on People of 
African Descent

– Sabine Lösing, Member, European Parliament (MEP)

– Patrick Braouezec, Honorary Member, French Parliament

– Daniel Gluckstein, National Secretary, Democratic Independent Workers 
Party, France; Member, Continuation Committee, International Workers 
Committee Against War and Exploitation

– Nambiath Vasudevan, Trade Union Solidarity Committee, Mumbai, India; 
Continuation Committee of the International Workers Committee

– Vanessa Brown, Pennsylvania State Assembly Representative, 190th District

– Nikolaj Villumsen, Member, Danish Parliament

– Søren Søndergaard, Member, Danish Parliament; former Member, European 
Parliament

– Nikolaj Villumsen, Member, Danish Parliament

– Christian Juhl, Member, Danish Parliament

– Eva Flyvholm, Member, Danish Parliament

– Finn Sørensen, Member, Danish Parliament

– Henning Hyllested, Member, Danish Parliament

– Jakob Sølvhøj, Member, Danish Parliament

– Jesper Kiel, Member, Danish Parliament

– Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen, Member, Danish Parliament

– Maria Reumert Gjerding, Member, Danish Parliament

– Pelle Dragsted, Member, Danish Parliament

– Rune Lund, Member, Danish Parliament

– Stine Maiken Brix, Member, Danish Parliament

– Søren Egge Rasmussen, Member, Danish Parliament

– Alan Benjamin, Member, Continuations Committee of the Mumbai 
Conference, U.S.

– Estela Vazquez, First Vice President, Local 1199 SEIU, U.S.

– Workers World Party, U.S.

– Dr. Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Historian, Author, Professor Emerita, 
California State University

– Marc Lamont Hill, Author, Professor, Temple University

– Dhoruba Bin-Wahad, Long-time Freedom Fighter, Former Political Prisoner

– James Baldwin Collective, Paris, France

– Bettina Wegner, Singer-Songwriter, Berlin, Germany

– Amina Baraka, Artist, Activist

– Diane Fujino, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara*

– James Early, Board Member, Institute for Policy Studies

– Don Rojas, Journalist, Institute of the Black World

– Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World, Professor, York 
College, CUNY

– Helmer Eduardo Quinones, Consejo Nacional de Paz Afrocolombiano

– Lionel Jean Baptiste, Congress to Fortify Haiti

– Yvette Modestin, Afro-Panamanian

– Mya Shone and Ralph Schoenman, Taking Aim

– Kamm Howard, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America 
(N’COBRA)

– J. Curtis McIntosh, M.D., Co-chair, CEMOTAP (Committee to Eliminate 
Media Offensive to African People)

– Esperanza Martell, 36 Mujeres Para Oscar Lopez Rivera*

– Harold Wilson, 120th Exonerated Pennsylvania Death Row Survivor

– Mathilda Legitimus, Pan African Working Group, Munich, Germany

– Food Not Bombs Solidarity

– Greg Ruggiero, Editor, City Lights Books

– Mimi Rosenberg, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society; 
Radio Producer, WBAI

– Robyn Spencer, Associate Professor, History, Lehman College, City 
University of NY

– Aleta Alston Toure, New Jim Crow Movement, Jacksonville, Savannah

– Amadou Gueye, Molecular Biology Applications Specialist, France

– Zaliya Adamu, Student, California State University, East Bay

– Colin “Papa Bear” Neiburger, Peace Day, Asheville, NC

– Jonathan Keller, Peace Now

– Margaret L Seely, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

– Zorobabel-Laplagne Loïc, Designer, France

– Djigui Diarra, Actor, Director, Journalist, France

– Nordine Saidi, Activist, Decolonize Belgium, Bruxelles Pantheres, Belgium

– Joan Gibbs, Esq.

– Cinque Brath, President, Elombe Brath Foundation

– Toby Emmer, Director, UAW, Worker-Family Education Program*

– Linda M Thurston, War Resisters League

– Ellen Barfield, War Resisters League

– John M Miller, War Resisters League

– Susan Kingsland, War Resisters League

– Tara Tabassi, War Resisters League

– Pancho Valdez, Workers World Party

– Ratsamy Siamnouay, Teacher, The Netherlands

– Peter Terryn, Coordinator, Solidarity for All, Belgium

– Judith Arnold, R.N., Ph.D.

– Kara Lynch, Associate Professor, Video and Critical Studies, Hampshire 
College

– Eseibio Halliday, Black Panther Party Volunteer Committee

– Ana Vasquez, Potrero Hill Projects Tenant & Family Advocate, San Francisco

– Jai D. Hudson, President, Of Royalty Art Collective

– Staajabu Staajabu, Writer, Poet, Straight Out Scribes, Sacramento

– Thomas Dublin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, SUNY Binghampton

– Geoff Hagopian, Professor of Math and Computer Science, College of the 
Desert

– Julian Kunnie, First Nations Enforcement Agency

– Havard Winant, Distinguished Professor, Sociology, University of 
California, Santa Barbara

– Les Gottesman, Professor Emeritus, Golden State University, San 
Francisco, California

– Marta Guthenberg, M.D.

– Myrna Cherkoss Donahoe, Professor Emeritus, California State 
University, Dominguez Hills, Chair of Mumia’s M.A. Thesis; South West 
Labor Association

– Mechthild Nagel, Ph.D., United Voices of Cortland, N.Y.

– Ira Gladnick, University of California, Santa Barbara

– Evan M Fales, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, University of Iowa

– Sally Jane Gellert, Occupy Bergen County, N.J., Committees of 
Correspondence

– Diarapha H. Diallo, Just Justice Tours, France

– Dr. Jay Hanes, Associate Professor, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

– Jean Halley, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, College of Staten Island, 
CUNY; Women and Gender Studies, Graduate Center, CUNY

– Noah De Lissovoy, Associate Professor, Culture Studies in Education, 
University of Texas, Austin

– Demitrus Evans, Esq., The Evans Exoneration Project

– Don Schweitzer, St. Andrews College, Saskatoon, Canada

– Jeffrey L. Edison, Esq., National Conference of Black Lawyers, 
Michigan Chapter

– Julie Davis Carran, Westchester Martin Luther King Institute for 
Nonviolence

– Johnnie Stevens, Community Labor, United for Postal Jobs and Services

– Socialist Azanian Youth Revolutionary Organization, South Africa

– Lynne Stewart Organization

– Ralph Poynter, Co-founder with Betty Davis of New Abolitionist 
Organization

– Laura Whitehorn, Former Political Prisoner

– National Jericho Movement

– International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu- Jamal

– The MOVE Organization

– Educators for Mumia

– International Action Center

– Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, NYC

– Campaign to Free Mumia,
Mobilization to Free Mumia, California

– Teachers for Mumia, Oakland

– Committee to Save Mumia,
Free Mumia Network: Free Mumia Berlin, Free 
Mumia Frankfurt, Free Mumia Heidelberg and Free Mumia Nurnberg

– French Collective Libérons Mumia, encompassing 100 organizations and 
municipalities including Paris

– Saint-Denis Mumia Committee

– Amig at s de Mumia de México

– Bangladesh Jatiyo Sramik Federation; BJSF Trade Union Center

– Gonotantrik Mazdoor Party, Democratic Workers Party of Bangladesh

– Yury Hlushakou, Activist, Razam, Belarus

– Mark Vassilev, Historian, Russia

– Mafa Kwanisai Mafa, OCRFI Zimbabwe section

– Memory Mpandawana, OCRFI Zimbabwe section

– Simbarashe Gwenzi, Zimbabwe Movement of Pan African Socialists

– Takesure Pambuka, OCRFI Zimbabwe Section

– Tafirenyika Shoko, Zimbabwe Movement of Pan African Socialists

– Chenai Mpandawana, OCRFI Zimbabwe Section

– Prince Gapara, Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union

– Tapiwanashe Chikwinho, OCRFI Zimbabwe Section

– Diana Nkomo, Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union

– Shadreck Sorojena Matindike, Zimbabwe Movement of Pan African Socialists

– Kudakwashe Shambare, OCRFI Zimbabwe Section

– Samson Chuma, Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union

– Enock Nherera, OCRFI Zimbabwe Section

– Caleb Kuranga, OCRFI Zimbabwe Section

– Brian Konzo, Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union

– Runesu Gumbo, Zimbabwe Movement of Pan African Socialists

– Farai Kalubi, Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions

– San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper

– Claude Marks, Freedom Archives

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