Free Mumia! Your Help is Needed!
International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Free Mumia Coalition International Action Center
Free Mumia and all political prisoners! You Have Made a Difference!
We need your support for the next step!
Dear Friends and Supporters of Mumia,
Congratulations on being part of the historic victory which got Mumia off death row! The amazing 30-year-old international movement to free Mumia did it. Despite great efforts to kill Mumia by the state of Pennsylvania and all its backers -- the courts, the police, the corporate institutions and the politicians who hate him for telling the truth about who runs America -- we stopped them from killing our brother.
Professor Anthony Monteiro of Temple University has called this removal of Mumia from death row one of the greatest civil rights victories of our era. Seeing Mumia walk into the general population visiting room with no handcuffs or shackles, with his fist raised and then eating with us, only strengthened our commitment to see him walk out of prison altogether.
It is in that spirit that we return to you to ask, once again, for your political and financial support to free Mumia and all that such a victory would represent for justice in this country.
Immediately following the inspiring celebration at Philadelphia’s Constitution Center last December 9, three different task forces were formed to work simultaneously on winning Mumia’s complete release from prison
Philadelphia Campaign to Pressure the District Attorney
The first is a campaign to pressure Seth Williams, the District Attorney of Philadelphia who campaigned for Mumia’s execution and now wants him to spend the rest of his life in prison. Our goal is to have him see a conscious and mobilized community so that perhaps he will change his tune to remain in office.
Occupy the DoJ on April 24
The second task force is to Occupy the Department of Justice on April 24, Mumia’s birthday. This will be a day of action, including civil disobedience by Danny Glover, M1 of Dead Prez, Frances Fox Piven, Norman Finkelstein and others. People will challenge DoJ for refusing to examine the case of Mumia and other political prisoners; police terrorism and racism; the targeting, jailing, and disappearance of Muslims and immigrants; participating in the mass incarceration of Black and Latino people and the subjection of hundreds of prisoners to solitary confinement.
Petition International Human Rights Bodies to Address Mumia’s and other Political Prisoners’ Cases; Oppose Solitary Confinement
The third task force is petitioning international human rights bodies to hold the U.S. accountable for its violations of human rights in Mumia’s case. Last week, on April 11, we filed a lengthy petition detailing the violations of Mumia’s and his family’s human rights campaigns over these last 30 years and continuing to this day, with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. If these bodies find the U.S. has violated international human rights standards in its treatment of Mumia, they can embarrass the U.S. and isolate it still more in the international arena. Although the U.S. doesn’t admit it, this kind of pressure has had an impact on policy in the past.
Additionally, looking forward, we are already planning a major event at Riverside Church on Friday, September 14, with Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Mark Lamont Hill, Cornel West, and U.S. Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Mendez. On the anniversary of the day following the massacre at Attica on September 13, 1971 we will call for the shutting down of Attica, as horrific today as it was more than 40 years ago.
We need funding for all of these activities: Buses for the April 24 demonstration in Washington, DC; air travel expenses and housing for speakers at the September 14 Riverside Church event; organizers’ travel expenses to Washington, DC to meet with representatives of the appropriate international bodies for our international human rights campaigns; producing appropriate educational and outreach material and more.
You can make a difference! Please give what you can for these campaigns!
To make a tax-deductible contribution, write a check or money order to FMAJC/IFCO and send it to: FMAJC, Box 16, College Station, New York, NY 10030.
To contribute online (non tax-deductible), follow the link here … www.iacenter.org/prisoners/mumia/donate_to_free_mumia
With deep appreciation for your contributions and support in the past, we remain
Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Suzanne Ross, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC)
P.S. All funds will be shared by ICFFMAJ and FMAJC to carry out these campaigns successfully. Check out www.freemumia.com, where there are fliers, press releases and a lot more about these efforts and how to participate. You can also donate there.
Donate here …www.iacenter.org/prisoners/mumia/donate_to_free_mumia