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Mumia Abu-Jamal- Free Mumia Now!

8 Nov

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a political prisoner who has been incarcerated for over 25 years on death row because he was framed for the murder of a Philly cop. Essentially all aspects of his case have been blatantly mishandled and corrupt. From the failure to perform gun powder residue tests, keep evidence untainted, document with photos the scene etc. to the money accepted by judges of his case from the Fraternal Order of Police, to the racist jury selection, to the rampant police brutality and corruption Philly is famous for, Mumia has never had a fair trial. Mumia was a previous member of the BLack Panther Party, and obviously makes a good target for this reason. He is a person of color with dread locks- someone that the police are very interested in marketing as a bad guy. The Fraternal Order of Police has a lot of power in the judicial system and they campaign heavily to have Mumia executed.

I highly encourage you to watch Justice on Trial, a recent documentary on the case. Trailer:  http://bignoisefilms.org/films/tactical-media/114-justice-on-trial

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/justiceontrialthemovie

To host a screening of the film, email: justiceontrialthemovie@gmail.com

Mumia’s court date is tomorrow, November 9th. I am going to Philly to stand in solidarity with Mumia outside of the 3rd Circuit Court Building. At this court, Mumia will likely either be sentenced to life with no parole or execution. Neither of these are good options. Mumia’s life is on the line. An entirely injust system has kept him locked up for decades, constantly threatening his life and emotional health. Mumia has grandchildren he has never been allowed to touch.

EAST COAST — PHILADELPHIA: Demonstrate to Free Mumia Now!  Come to the Third Circuit Court, 6th and Market, Philadelphia, at 12 Noon on Tuesday November 9th. (The hearing starts at 2 PM.) Continue reading

Thanksgiving- What a Terrible Holiday

8 Nov

Thanksgiving is a terrible Holiday. It is no surprise it comes so close to Columbus day. Both of these holidays perpetuate the myths around the colonization of North America by Europeans. These myths suggest that the land was not occupied, the people living here did not have their own societies, the people here did not mind the Europeans invasion, the Europeans were kind or gentle people, the Europeans were victims, the Europeans were not racist and cruel, etc.

Thanksgiving needs to be transformed into a day of rememberance for the millions of indigenous people in North America who suffered and still suffer from  genocide, rape, pillaging, theft, oppression, torture, degradation, cheating, cultural appropriation and more at the hands of whites. Solidarity with all indigenous peoples struggling for autonomy.

Christopher Columbus was a terrible person, who deserves no holiday. Next year we are pushing to celebrate Columbus day as Harriet Tubman day instead. The kids in our neighborhood suggested she might be a much more worthwhile person to celebrate.

As for Thanksgiving, I know of 2 people who are planning to fast on Thanksgiving, so as to avoid any participation in the gluttonous celebration of genocide.  Someone else I know bakes vegan baked goods every year and hands them out and gets people to make hand turkeys and pledge not to eat turkey this Thanksgiving. I’m going to help him again this year, and probably hand out the food in front of the North Avenue Library.

Thanksgiving needs to be dismantled. Continue reading