The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home
Because our world would be a better place with Mumia Abu-Jamal walking amongst us, we are urging you to financially support The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. The Campaign is a united front effort bringing together a new generation of activists alongside of Pam Africa and the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the various currents within the movement to Free Mumia.
This grassroots movement of local, national, and international activists is waging one of its largest battles yet. We are building an international public awareness campaign to introduce a new generation of activists and organizers to one of the most important freedom fighters of our time. We are organizing events led by and oriented around the issues that concern young black and brown youth and connecting the struggle to Free Mumia with the project of building a better world.
We are in need of funds to finance our boots-on-the-ground approach to organizing, which includes a strong and savvy viral media strategy and a newspaper-ads campaign to publish our new petition in high profile venues in Philadelphia, around the country and the world as we strive to meet our goal of gathering one million signatures worldwide.
Our current petition is on Change.org and it calls on Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and recommend that Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania immediately release Abu-Jamal from prison. We need your help to gather one million signatures to Bring Mumia Home. Please sign and distribute broadly. http://www.change.org/petitions/release-mumia-abu-jamalWe also need funding to produce political awareness events and teach-ins, materials such as banners, murals and t-shirts to enhance the visual presence of Mumia in local communities across the country, and funds to rent venues for our national and community workshops linking Mumia’s fight for freedom to broader struggles.
Our goal is to bring Mumia home as we work to end mass and political imprisonment in the United States. Because Mumia is known the world-over for his radical commentaries and writings on inequality and because he has spent so much of his time in prison offering a radical critique and analysis of the crisis of mass incarceration, a victory in Mumia’s case would open up a much larger conversation in the mainstream about the crisis of mass incarceration and political imprisonment in the U.S.
Our strategic plan is focused on changing the perception of Mumia in Philadelphia, establishing the facts of Mumia’s innocence, and raising his profile in key cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and especially Washington DC. Raising Mumia's profile among a new generation of young people is an important prerequisite to the civil disobedience actions that will be necessary to bring him home.
We have also begun to plan a weekend of actions and activities in Philadelphia honoring the life, work and spirit of Mumia on his 60th birthday, April 24-26, 2014. We have high hopes for what we are calling the Celebration of Life Festival. This weekend-long cultural and political resource fair will feature the booths of social justice oriented organizations and local businesses; a block party with socially conscious artists; panel discussions on a wide-range of topics from war, education and health to mass incarceration; organizing workshops; children’s activities and film screenings. The purpose of this event is threefold: to celebrate Mumia’s 60th birthday, engage the Philadelphia community in activities to bring Mumia home and raise awareness about pertinent community issues.
We hope that you will donate generously and join us in our efforts as we build the movement that will bring Mumia home and usher in a new world.
What We Need & What You Get
$60K for Mumia’s 60th Birthday
Our goal is to raise 60K in the next 60 days
If 1000 donors gave $10 = $10,000
Incentive: thank you message from Mumia Abu Jamal
If 500 donors gave $60 = $30,000
Incentive: Mumia is Innocent sticker, Message to the Movement by Mumia Abu-Jamal, name listed on commemorative program for Mumia's 60th birthday celebration and thank you message from Mumia Abu-Jamal
If 100 donors gave $100 = $10,000
Incentive: Mumia is Innocent T-shirt, Message to the Movement by Mumia Abu-Jamal,name listed on commemorative program for Mumia's 60th birthday celebration, and thank you message from Mumia Abu-Jamal
If 20 donors gave $500 = $10,000
Incentive: Copies of films Long Distance Revolutionary & Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Mumia is Innocent T-shirt, Message to the Movement by Mumia Abu-Jamal,name listed on commemorative program for Mumia's 60th birthday celebration, and thank you message from Mumia Abu-Jamal
If 10 donors gave $1,000 = $10,000
Incentive: Signed copy of We Want Freedom by Mumia Abu Jamal, copies of films Long Distance Revolutionary & Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Mumia is Innocent T-shirt, Message to the Movement by Mumia Abu-Jamal,name listed on commemorative program for Mumia's 60th birthday celebration, and thank you message from Mumia Abu-Jamal
A Movement of Movements
The movement to free political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal spans 32-years. With its untiring and persistent grassroots approach and under the leadership of Pam Africa and the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, the movement to Free Mumia has, on a number of occasions, delivered a crippling blow to the US judicial system. In the 1990s, the political pressure produced by the millions of people that the movement brought into the streets stopped the scheduled execution of Mumia – twice!
Most recently, this international movement won Mumia's release from death row. In October 2011, the Supreme Court allowed to stand the decisions of four federal judges who as early as 2001 had declared Mumia’s death sentence unconstitutional. In response, the Philadelphia DA, Seth Williams, decided not to pursue the death penalty once again. He feared that doing so might galvanize an international movement that would descend on his city and expose the manner in which the courts, politicians, and the police conspired to silence and imprison this radical journalist who is arguable, the Nelson Mandela of our time. So it was that in December 2011, Mumia’s original death sentence was commuted to life in prison without parole. Our victory in getting Mumia out of death row coincided with a shift in consciousness in the US occasioned by the economic crisis that began in 2008, the execution of Troy Davis, the emergence of the Occupy Movement, the murder of Trayvon Martin, and the emergence of a new, embryonic but growing movement against mass incarceration.
Given this shift, we believe that it makes more sense than ever to focus our efforts and begin to imagine winning Mumia’s freedom. For this reason we are hard at work building a strategic grassroots movement that takes the streets and shifts the current media representation of this case, nationally and especially in Philadelphia.
Educate yourself on Mumia's Innocence
The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Miscarriage of Justice
In 1981, Mumia was convicted for allegedly murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Despite clear evidence of police perjury and evidence tampering to obtain a conviction, and in spite of compelling evidence of innocence, for 32 years, the courts have denied Mumia relief on his conviction. In 2000, Amnesty International found that the case “was irredeemably tainted by politics and race and failed to meet international fair trial standards.”
Because for 28 years Mumia was wrongly subjected to inhumane conditions on death row, because he has been denied his Fifth Amendment right to a fair trial, and because of the uninterrupted history of police corruption and conspiracy in this case, we call on the Department of Justice to recommend that Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania immediately release Mumia Abu-Jamal from prison.
Judicial and Prosecutorial Misconduct
• The prosecution's case is built on the erroneous assumption that only three people were present at the time of the shooting, but a fourth person – the probable perpetrator – was seen fleeing the scene after Officer Faulkner was shot. The police, prosecutor Joe McGill, and the trial judge suppressed this from both the defense and jury.
• Mumia was convicted in the absence of material evidence. The bullet that killed Officer Faulkner could not be matched to Abu-Jamal’s gun. The police also failed to perform routine tests on Mumia’s hands, which would have determined that he had not shot a gun that night.
• A freelance journalist’s photographs of the crime scene – which also disprove key points of the state’s case theory – were never made available to the defense or the jury.
• A court stenographer testified in an affidavit that during the trial she heard the presiding judge, Albert Sabo, say, “I’m going to help them fry the nigger.”
• In 1979, the Department of Justice filed an unprecedented lawsuit against Philadelphia’s mayor and 21 top city and police officials. Its conclusions? That the police department’s behavior – which included shooting nonviolent suspects, abusing handcuffed prisoners, and tampering with evidence – “shocks the conscience.”
• The officers who arrested and later brutalized Mumia came from the 6th District, which was under yet another federal investigation for police corruption by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, with the approval of the U.S. Department of Justice under Ronald Reagan.
• As a result, fully a third of the 35 officers involved in this case, including the top officer at the crime scene, Inspector Alfonzo Giordano, were subsequently convicted of rank corruption, extortion and tampering with evidence to obtain convictions.
We urge people of conscience to call on the Philadelphia DA, the Governor of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Attorney General to release Mumia Abu-Jamal, and bring Philadelphia’s native son home. Sign the petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/release-mumia-abu-jamal
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