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NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO BRING MUMIA HOME LAUNCHED IN EVENTS IN PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK DECEMBER 7-9
PHILADELPHIA, December 9, 2013 - At noon, on Monday, December 9, 2013, on the 32nd year of Mumia Abu-Jamal's wrongful incarceration, his supporters will hold a press conference in front of the District Attorney's Office at 3 South Penn Square (rain location East side of City Hall), to outline the case for Abu-Jamal's innocence, call for his immediate release, and announce the launch of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home which includes an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign, 60 for 60. The press conference will be followed by a 6pm organizing meeting at the Asian Arts Initiative and discussion on the Celebration of Life, a Philadelphia community festival in April that will mark Mumia's 60th birthday.
The December 9th press conference and organizing meeting are the culmination of a weekend of events in Philadelphia and New York. On Saturday, December 7 in Philadelphia, Youth on the Move, a youth-led forum on the intersection between the Abu-Jamal case, mass incarceration, and the school to prison pipeline, will be held at the Asian Arts Initiative from 11 AM-2PM. In New York, the We Want Freedom Forum and Scholarship Launch, will feature a conversation with local artists on art and social change, held at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, Room B-501 from 1-4PM [on Sat., Dec. 7]. On Sunday, December 8th the Free Your Mind, Free Mumia, Free Them All yoga fundraiser will be held at the Black Eye Soup Factory in the Germantown section of Philadelphia from 10am-12pm.
For the last 32 years, the Philadelphia courts, government officials, and local journalists have succumbed to the pressures of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and abandoned the pursuit of truth in the case of this world-renowned journalist who was racially profiled and targeted for his political affiliations by a Philadelphia police department with a long history of brutality and corruption.
On Thursday December 5, Mumia supporters "delivered a package to the Philadelphia DA's office and to Philadelphia's major newspapers on the same day of the passing of Nelson Mandela outlining "crimes against justice by the judge, the prosecutor and the police in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal," said Pam Africa of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
According to Dr. Johanna Fernandez, Professor of History at Baruch College, "those whose careers would be destroyed if the truth surfaced in this case argue that the failure of the appellate process to grant Abu-Jamal relief on his conviction is proof of his guilt. However, as was recently demonstrated in the case of Herman Wallace of the Angola 3 case, the appellate system in the United States very often fails the defendants." "The problem with the appellate process," adds Dr. Mark Taylor, Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, "is that following a series of regressive, states rights laws passed in the 1990s, such as the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty act of 1996, appellate judges are forced to accept as 'fact' tampered evidence collected by the police and established by lower courts."
"Anyone who examines the case will find irrefutable evidence of framing on the part of the police, and a strong indication that an innocent man has been imprisoned for 32 years," say crime investigations reporter Patrick O'Conner, author of The Framing of Mumia Abu Jamal.
"We urge people of conscience in Philadelphia to call on the Philadelphia DA and the Governor of Pennsylvania to release Mumia Abu-Jamal, and bring Philadelphia's native son home," says Dr. Fernandez.
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