INDYMEDIA FOR MUMIA!
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25th anniversary of Mumia’s Arrest
Published on 7 Dec 2006 at 10:05 am.
GUEST: Hans Bennett, Philadelphia based photo-journalist who has been documenting the free-Mumia movement
Nearly 25 years ago, on December 9th, 1981, a young journalist named Mumia Abu-Jamal was arrested in Philadelphia in connection with the murder of a police officer. Abu-Jamal was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death a year later, in a trial that Amnesty International recently declared, was a “violation of minimum international standards that govern fair trial procedures and the use of the death penalty.” Mumia Abu Jamal is widely considered to be a political prisoner and his supporters include the Japanese Diet, the European Parliament, and members of the British and German Parliaments. In 2003, he was declared an honorary citizen of Paris, the first since Pablo Picasso was similarly honored in the 1970s. And in April of this year, the Paris suburb of St. Denis named a major street after Abu-Jamal. Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution denouncing the street naming. Supporters of Mumia are organizing for December 9th of this year to mark the 25th anniversary of his arrest in Philadelphia.
Website Feature on Mumia
An excellent resource with several links to information about where Mumia's case stands right now.
World-renowned black death-row prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in a 1982 trial that Amnesty International has deemed unfair (see report). Supported internationally by a variety of activists, workers, and educators, his books and radio essays challenging injustice everywhere have earned the former Black Panther the nickname "The Voice of the Voiceless."
His court case has now hit the fast track with oral arguments beginning any month. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals is considering four issues in regards to granting Abu-Jamal a new trial. Supported by the NAACP, NLG, UK Lawyers, and The German Parliament, Philly Journalists Linn Washington and Dave Lindorff have optimistically written of Abu-Jamal's chances for a new trial.
In April, longtime French support (2005 photos) continued when the Paris suburb of St. Denis named a major street after Mumia (see video) and was quickly condemned with government resolutions in the US (pdf booklet), while local media continued a long history of bias. In November, Philadelphia Republicans (radio interview) filed criminal charges against St. Denis and Paris for allegedly "glorifying" a "cop-killer". In response, Abu-Jamal and his lawyer wrote to Paris.
Abu-Jamal's support network is organizing a ,mass demonstration at Philadelphia City Hall on December 9--the 25th anniversary of Abu-Jamal's arrest. Also, German author Michael Schiffmann has just released a new book on Abu-Jamal's case, revealing new evidence and original ballistics analysis.
For more information, visit www.mumia.org, and www.freemumia.org.
Hans Bennett’s article on Mumia Abu Jamal appeared in the November 2006 issue of Z Magazine. His current series on Mumia leading up to the 25th anniversary is at:
All work by photojournalist Hans Bennett