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Wed Dec 8 14:09:43 MST 1999
> >>Read this message, see what's happening at Rage concerts around the country!
> >>LeeAnn McNabb
> >>Cincinnati Zapatista Coalition
> >>-----Original Message-----
> >>From: owner-spg-l at xs4all.nl [mailto:owner-spg-l at xs4all.nl]On Behalf Of
> >>Sis. Marpessa
> >>Sent: Sunday, December 05, 1999 11:14 PM
> >>To: Recipient list suppressed
> >>Subject: <spg-l> Mime-Version: 1.0
> >>Warm Greetings, Mumia Supporters,
> >>Talked to Pam Africa a few minutes ago and she just learned
> >>through Rage Against the Machine's manager that they will
> >>*not* be having that press conference tomorrow. Also, as
> >>reported before, the PA Legislative Black Caucus has pushed
> >>back the date for announcing their House Resolution for a new
> >>trial for Mumia to sometime in January. I do apologize
> >>for that confusion and for all those who e-mailed for more info
> >>on that. However, as you all know, we do NOT trust the police
> >>WHATSOEVER and are calling on all who can to PLEASE
> >>show up for the concert tomorrow night. More info on that
> >>below from Bro. Mario. Also, Pam stated that FOP mouthpiece
> >>Mike Smerconish of Philly radio has promised his listeners a
> >>an anti-Mumia "surprise" on his radio program on Dec. 9.
> >>Will put more info out on that if anything comes of it.
> >>FREE MUMIA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
> >>ALL OUT FOR DEC. 11 REGIONAL DEMOS FOR MUMIA!
> >>FREE ALL WTO PROTESTERS IN SEATTLE!
> >>US OUT OF VIEQUES!
> >>ABOLISH THE RACIST, CLASSIST DEATH PENALTY!
> >>From: Marioccco at aol.com
> >>A CALL TO OPPOSE POLICE/FOP INTIMIDATION IN PHILADELPHIA--
> >>FREE MUMIA NOW!!
> >>This coming Monday, December 6, 1999 Rage Against the Machine will be
> >>performing at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. It is well-known by
> >>that Rage Against the Machine are loyal, committed supporters of Mumia
> >>Abu-Jamal. Because of their support for Mumia, racist, kill-crazy cops all
> >>over the country have targeted Rage & their fans, many of whom are Mumia
> >>supporters, with their racist, hate-filled, murderous venom!
> >>It has been reported that in recent stops on their current tour, Rage fans
> >>have been physically assaulted, a girl at a Boston concert sustained various
> >>injuries, they have been attacked with racial slurs, and they have been
> >>targeted and set-up for legal harrassment. In all of these situations, cops,
> >>the FOP, have made it clear through their words & deeds that the reason for
> >>their opposition , ie. their harrassment, attacks, and brutality, is the
> >>support of Rage for Mumia, and the MASSIVE support among their fan base that
> >>Rage has cultivated for our innocent brother!
> >> WHAT WE MUST DO!
> >>--We are issuing a call to Mumia supporters in and around the philadelphia
> >>area to assemble at 6:00pm at the First Union Center at the Sports Complex
> >>in South Philadelphia.
> >>--Bring tape recorders, video camcorders, binoculars, etc.
> >>--Attorneys and Legal Observers are definitely needed!!
> >>For more information contact International Concerned Family & Friends of
> >>Mumia Abu-Jamal at 215-476-8812 or 215-387-4107
> >>ONA MOVE!
> >>LONG LIVE JOHN AFRICA!
> >>Date: Thu, 02 Dec 1999 20:42:30 -0800
> >>From: Michael Novick <part2001 at usa.net>
> >>Mass. cops protest rock band
> >>Associated Press
> >>WORCESTER, Mass. - A Rage Against the Machine concert here attracted an
> >>unusual crowd - 400 off-duty cops.
> >>But they didn't come for the music.
> >>Police circled the Worcester Centrum with protest signs decrying the
> >>group's support for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a death-row inmate convicted of
> >>killing Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.
> >>Carrying American flags and signs saying, "Rage Against The Machine
> >>Supports a Cop Killer," officers from Worcester and about a dozen other
> >>communities marched for nearly two hours before Tuesday night's show.
> >>The popular rock group has donated money to Abu-Jamal's defense fund to
> >>free him from death row. Abu-Jamal, 45, a former Black Panther and radio
> >>journalist, claims that prosecutors manipulated and destroyed critical
> >>evidence in the case.
> >>Following in the footsteps of officers in New York City and Baltimore, Md.,
> >>off-duty Worcester officers also refused to handle traffic and security
> >>details outside the concert. In most cases, off-duty officers take the
> >>shifts for lucrative pay. On-duty officers performed the work instead.
> >>The police picket prompted dozens of young fans to begin a counter-protest,
> >>with signs reading "Free Mumia," and chants of "Brick by brick, wall by
> >>wall, free Mumia Abu-Jamal."
> >>A Brockton teen blamed the police for turning the concert into a political
> >>Thirty-four young people were arrested before the concert on charges that
> >>included public drinking, disorderly behavior, and disturbing the peace.
> >>DECEMBER 11, 1999 - MASS REGIONAL
> >>DEMONSTRATIONS FOR MUMIA!
> >>PHILADELPHIA - RALLY AT BROAD AND OXFORD
> >>STREETS AT 11:00 AM. MARCH THROUGH BLACK
> >>NEIGHBORHOODS PUTTING OUT INFORMATION
> >>ON MUMIA ABU-JAMAL TO THE CHURCH OF THE
> >>ADVOCATE, 19TH & DIAMOND STS. THERE WILL
> >>BE A HISTORIC TOUR OF THE AREAS WHERE THE
> >>BLACK PANTHERS WERE HEADQUARTERED,
> >>WHERE RIZZO'S COPS STRIPPED SEARCHED,
> >>BRUTALIZED AND JAILED BLACK PANTHERS,
> >>ENDING AT THE CHURCH OF THE ADVOCATE
> >>WHERE BLACK PANTHERS WERE GIVEN REFUGE.
> >>JUST YESTERDAY (12/4) SISTAS AMINA BARAKA
> >>& SONIA SANCHEZ STATED THEY WOULD BE
> >>PRESENT TO LEND THEIR SUPPORT TO THIS
> >>IMPORTANT, HISTORIC EVENT.
> >>From: Peter Bret Lamphere <pbl8 at columbia.edu>
> >>Students from Columbia University are mobilizing as well for the December
> >>11th march! If you live in Upper Mannhattan (Morningside Park/Harlem),
> >>please come along!
> >>+ Buses leave 8:30 from 116th & B-way.
> >>+ Please RSVP via e-mail to get a ticket/seat on the bus
> >>+ Tickets are $10 a piece (School buses are cheap :)
> >>The more folks we mobilize, the better our chances our for freeing
> >>Mumia - take a stand and take a seat on the bus!
> >>Peter Lamphere
> >>Campaign to End the Death Penalty - Columbia Chapter
> >>From: "Taylor, Professor Mark" <mark.taylor at ptsem.edu>
> >>(Slightly Amended)
> >>THE NEW YORK TIMES "EDUCATORS FOR MUMIA" FULL PAGE AD
> >>AD TEXT:
> >>WE EDUCATORS . . .
> >>Demand Justice and a New Trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal
> >>Mumia Abu-Jamal is an African- American writer and journalist who has
> >>spent the last 17 years of his life on Pennsylvania's death row. His
> >>demand for justice and a new trial is supported by heads of state from
> >>France to South Africa, by Nobel Laureates, the European Parliament,
> >>city governments from Detroit to San Francisco, scholars, religious
> >>artists, scientists, the Congressional Black Caucus and other members of
> >>U.S. Congress, and by countless thousands who cherish democratic and
> >>human rights the world over.
> >>Working people have expressed their support for Jamal through their
> >>leading regional, national and international trade union bodies. In an
> >>action nearly without precedent in U.S. labor history, the International
> >>Long shore and Warehouse Union closed down West coast ports for the day
> >>of April 24, 1999.
> >>Jamal's two books and over 400 published columns have been adopted as
> >>resource material for the teaching and inspiration of a growing number
> >>of students, youth, and educators who have come to see THEIR futures as
> >>intimately tied to the outcome of this case.
> >>The 1982 trial that convicted Jamal of killing Philadelphia police
> >>officer Daniel Faulkner has been challenged by leading legal analysts and
> >>scholars from Stuart Taylor writing in the prestigious American Lawyer to
> >>Per Walsoe of the Supreme Court of Denmark.
> >>Jamal's attorneys have presented compelling evidence that key witnesses
> >>were intimidated or coerced to provide false testimony, that a purported
> >>"confession" was likely fabricated by police, and that vital evidence
> >>pointing to his innocence was withheld from the defense. A key
> >>eyewitness has now recanted critical court testimony used against Jamal.
> >>Jamal was forced to appeal his conviction before the same judge that
> >>sentenced him to death in 1982. That judge, Albert Sabo, is notorious
> >>for presiding over capital cases resulting in 33 people being sentenced to
> >>death (all but two, people of color), more than twice the number of any
> >>sitting judge in the United States.
> >>We educators unite in saying No to Jamal's execution.
> >>* Jamal has long been a POLITICAL TARGET as a prominent journalist
> >>critic of police brutality and racism in Philadelphia since the days of
> >>Frank Rizzo. Rizzo's police department incurred an unprecedented suit
> >>by the United States Department of Justice for police brutality.
> >>* Jamal is made more vulnerable by TODAY'S FREQUENT USE OF THE DEATH
> >>PENALTY. The American Bar Association has opposed the death penalty as
> >>immensely discriminatory with respect to class and race. The innocent
> >>often find their way onto death row. In Illinois, for example, one
> >>inmate has been exonerated for every inmate executed over the last 12 years.
> >>Teacher and student actions - from Northwestern University in Illinois,
> >>to schools in Oakland, California, to Evergreen State College in
> >>Washington, and to Pennsylvania itself - have played key roles in freeing
> >>some of
> >>those among the 3,500 on death row U.S.A. or in rekindling debate on
> >>the death penalty after a decade of law and order vengeance.
> >>* The risk to Jamal's life is magnified in today's climate of GROWING
> >>POLICE REPRESSION. Brutality and "racial profiling" are epidemic in the
> >>United States, alive on our school campuses, neighborhoods and highways.
> >>The nation's largest police organization has shocked civil liberties
> >>advocates by publishing a list of the names of educators and other
> >>Jamal supporters (reminiscent of the McCarthy witch-hunt era) on its
> >>police-maintained website.
> >>* Jamal, often referred to as the "voice of the voiceless," has
> >>challenged the present political priorities of SPENDING MORE FOR PRISONS
> >>AND PUNISHMENT THAN FOR EDUCATION. The youth who increasingly
> >>rally to Mumia's cause in the name of justice and fair play know that we
> >>jailhouse cell blocks more rapidly than schoolhouse classrooms, that we
> >>more on prisons than on state colleges and universities.
> >>AS EDUCATORS, IN PENNSYLVANIA, ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
> >>AND THE WORLD, WE STRONGLY OPPOSE THE EXECUTION OF
> >>MUMIA ABU-JAMAL. While there are those who believe Mumia is innocent
> >>and should be freed now, and others who have no opinion about his innocence,
> >>we are all united in viewing Mumia's 1982 trial as a travesty of justice,
> >>and affirm
> >>that he MUST have a new trial!
> >>_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
> >>YES, I'LL SUPPORT PUBLICATION OF THE "EDUCATORS FOR MUMIA" AD !
> >>Enclosed is my contribution:
> >>___ $35 ___ $50 ___ $100 ___ $ 500 ____ $ Other _____
> >>___ You can use my name on the published ad ($35 minimum contribution).
> >>Name _______________________________________________________
> >>Telephone ___________________________ Email
> >>Organizational affiliation(s), if any:
> >>Make checks payable to "National Black United Fund" (Memo Line: "NYTimes
> >>Ad"), Send to National Black United Fund, 40 Clinton Street, 5th Floor,
> >>Newark, NJ 07102.
> >>For more information, call (609) 497-7918 Email: mark.taylor at ptsem.edu
> >>From: "Abraham J. Bonowitz" <abe at cuadp.org>
> >>Greetings all,
> >> A new movie, "The Green Mile" opens nationwide on
> >>Friday, December 10, which is also International Human
> >>Rights Day. This film stars Tom Hanks and is based on
> >>the book by the same name by Stephen King. The book was
> >>a very good read, and judging from the previews, I suspect
> >>this will be a hit movie. The film is set on death row,
> >>and if it stays true to the book, it will end with most of
> >>the guards deciding against the death penalty and leaving
> >>their jobs. One of the key issues is that an innocent
> >>person gets executed.
> >> This film presents an excellent opportunity for
> >>activism. Leafletting at theaters as the shows let out may
> >>be possible. If anyone needs a good generic flier which may
> >>be copied and passed out, please drop us a line at
> >><cuadp at cuadp.org>.
> >> IF you decide to try leafletting, some theater managers
> >>may allow you to set up a table, but will appreciate being
> >>asked before you start approaching their patrons. On the
> >>flip side, it's always easier to say "I'm sorry, I didn't
> >>know," and leave if asked then to ask and be told NO. ;-)
> >>Or, skip the crowd and simply leaflet all the cars in the
> >>parking lot - then you get everyone, not only those who
> >>saw The Green Mile.
> >> Other ideas for action include:
> >>GIVE A REPORTER AN 'ANGLE'.
> >>Try contacting local movie critics to get them to plug
> >>your group in their movie review. "Hello Mr. Movie
> >>Critic. My name is Abo Litionist. I am calling because
> >>I'm excited about the upcoming release of "The Green Mile."
> >>Yes, you've seen it? Well, then you know what its about,
> >>and you know that a lot of viewers might want some more
> >>information about the death penalty. My group is local,
> >>and I wanted to invite you to share our contact
> >>information...." See where it goes... If you are
> >>uncomfortable using your local phone number, use our
> >>toll free number instead: 800-973-6548.
> >>BE VISIBLE.
> >>Show up to view the movie wearing your AbolitionWear. One
> >>person in a cool anti-death penalty t-shirt or sweatshirt
> >>gets the message out, but a small group, or a large group,
> >>all wearing a message, also makes quite an impact. Make
> >>a night of it: Dinner before the show, beer or coffee or
> >>dinner after the show continues to spread the message:
> >>BUT only if you are *wearing* the message. Don't have
> >>any AbolitionWear? No problem! Call CUADP at 800-973-6548
> >>or e-mail <AbolitionWear at cuadp.org> for immediate service.
> >>We accept Visa, MasterCard & AMEX!
> >>MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
> >>If you have an innocence case in your state, figure out
> >>a way to incorporate that into your outreach. Be sure
> >>to point out the list of potential cases of wrongful
> >>convictions at http://www.cuadp.org And don't forget
> >>the list of the 80(+) wrongfully convicted who have been
> >>released from U.S. Death Rows since 1972. Visit
> >>WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE?
> >>Issue a press release and/or call your local media to
> >>offer them a "local connection" to the story. (After
> >>all, all news is really "entertainment" these days....)
> >>These are just a few ideas. If you have more ideas,
> >>please share them with us at <cuadp at cuadp.org>> Also,
> >>be sure to let us know how your actions go! Whatever
> >>happens, don't let this oppy for action pass you by!
> >>Abraham J. Bonowitz
> >>Director, CUADP
> >> YES FRIENDS!
> >> There is an Alternative to the Death Penalty
> >> Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
> >> (CUADP) works to end the death penalty in the United
> >>States through aggressive campaigns of public education
> >> and the promotion of tactical grassroots activism.
> >> Visit <http://www.cuadp.org> or call 800-973-6548
> >>International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
> >>P.O. Box 19709 - Philadelphia, PA 19143
> >>Ph: 215-476-8812 / Fax: 215-476-7551
> >>Web: www.mumia.org / E-mail: mumia at webcom.com
> >>Tax deductible contributions to the Organizing Campaign to
> >>Free Mumia Abu-Jamal should be made payable to and sent to:
> >>The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Inc.
> >>P.O. Box 19709
> >>Philadelphia, PA 19143
> >>Tel: (215) 476-8812
> >>Fax: (215) 476-7751
> >>Tax deductible contributions to the Legal defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal should
> >>be made payable to and sent to:
> >>National Black United Fund/MAJ
> >>40 Clinton St., 5th Fl.
> >>Newark, NJ 07102
> >>IT'S RIGHTEOUS TO RESIST!
> >>Thank You for Reading this Update.
> >>Feel free to visit our website at
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