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Event Marking Mumia Abu-Jamal's New Book to be Held at Historic Church of the Advocate

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On April 24, 2009, from 6-10 pm, at The Church of the Advocate (1801 W Diamond St.) in Philadelphia, a "More Than A Book Party" event will he held simultaneously with similar events around the US, marking the release of death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal's new book Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A published by City Lights Books. In Mumia's words, "This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities, but in the bowels of the slave-ship, in the hidden, dank dungeons of America."

Solidarity events will be held in the US around April 24, to mark Mumia's birthday and the release of Jailhouse Lawyers. **Read the foreword by former political prisoner Angela Y. Davis and an interview with Mumia about his new book.** Also read the previous PhillyIMC feature.

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Featured speakers at the April 24 event in Philadelphia will include:

-- Paul Wright, editor of Prison Legal News

-- Amin, formerly "Harold Wilson," the 122nd person freed from death row in the US.

-- Ramona Africa, Minister of Communication for the MOVE Organization.

--Steven Hawkins, Executive Vice President of the NAACP, formerly with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

--Linn Washington Jr., Philadelphia Tribune Columnist, Temple University Professor of Journalism, author of Black Judges on Justice: Perspectives from the Bench

--I Abdul Jon, longtime supporter of MOVE and Mumia, featured in "Prison Lawyers."

--Sonia Sanchez, poet and poltiical activist.

--Fred Hampton Jr,, Chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee, and son of assassinated Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton Sr.

The week surrounding the big April 24 event for Mumia will feature many other events relating to issues of police brutality and political prisoners.

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The 2 flyers can also be downloaded here:

http://abu-jamal-news.com/docs/a24philaflyer.jpg

http://abu-jamal-news.com/docs/fw2009.pdf

 

Revolutionary Week: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Wait—We Educate!

 
Saturday 4/18, Uhuru Earthday Celebration
                        Where: Clark Park, 43rd at Baltimore Ave, West Philadelphia, PA 19104
When: 9-5, Come and visit the ICFFMAJ table, help us flyer, and hear one of the keynote speakers: Pam Africa
Contact: Uhuru Solidarity Movement, philly@uhurusolidarity.org, 215-387-0919
 
Sunday 4/19,  Black and Blue Film Showing and Q & A
Where: The A-Space Anarchist Community Space
4722
Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143
When: 5:30 pm
Contact: 215-727-0882 leave msg
a-space@defenestrator.org
www.the-aspace.org
 
Monday 4/20,  Retro on the Black Panther Party with members of the original
 Philadelphia BPP
                        Where: Treehouse Books, 1430 Susquehanna Ave.
                        When: 6-8 pm
                       
Tuesday 4/21,  “We Will Return in the Whirlwind: Black Radical Organizations from
1960-1975” by Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell Stanford Jr.) book release party.
Where: Black & Noble Bookstore, 2nd Floor
1436 Erie Ave.
When: 6-8 pm
 
Wednesday 4/22,  Robert Hillary King of the Angola 3 speaks
                        Where: University of Pennsylvania (exact location TBA)
                        When: 7 pm
                        Contact: 770-845-6179 / g.grigoriev036@gmail.com
 
Thursday 4/23,  Diane Block presents, “On the Spirit: A Woman’s Journey
 Underground and Back”
                        Where: Wooden Shoe Bookstore, 508 S. 5th Street
                        When: Time TBA
                        Contact: sabot@woodenshoebooks.com • (215) 413-0999
 
Friday 4/24,  MORE THAN A BOOK RELEASE! A CELEBRATION OF JAILHOUSE
 LAWYERS! Featuring all the authors from throughout the week as well as
Paul Wright, editor of Prison Legal News, Amin, formerly "Harold Wilson," - freed from death row in the US,  Ramona Africa of the MOVE Organization, Steven Hawkins, Executive Vice President of the NAACP,  Linn Washington Jr., Philadelphia Tribune Columnist, Temple U Professor of Journalism,  I Abdul Jon, longtime supporter of MOVE and Mumia, featured in "Prison Lawyers,"  Sonia Sanchez, renowned poet and activist,  Goldi, daughter of Wadiya and Mumia,  Seeds of Wisdom, MOVE’s Revolutionary hip hop group, and many more!
Where: Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St.
When: 6 pm
 
Saturday 4/25, Philadelphia:  Adolfo Matos, keynote speaker of the National Boricua
                        Human Rights Network
                        Where: 6th & Diamond Sts
                        When: TBA
                       
            NYC,  More Than a Book Party: A Tribute to Jailhouse Lawyers
                        Where: Riverside Church, 120th St. & Claremont Ave.
                        Room 411, MLK Wing
                        When: 4 pm
                        Contact: 212 330 8029 or www.freemumia.com
 
Sunday, 4/26, NYC, CEMOTAP 5th Great Debate on “The Death Penalty and Mumia
                        Abu Jamal”
                        Where: Salem United Methodist Church, 129th and Adam Clayton Powell
 Jr. Blvd.
When: 3 pm
 
VERY IMPORTANT EVENT COMING UP:
Saturday, 5/16, Philadelphia: RALLY TO FREE THE MOVE 9!
                        Where: 11th & Market St.
                        When: 12-3

                        Contact: onamovellja@aol.com, 215 387 4107

 

From FreeMumia.com:

APRIL 24, MUMIA'S BIRTHDAY NATIONALLY COORDINATED "MORE THAN A BOOK PARTY" EVENTS

Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A.

Mumia writes:

"This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities but in the bowels of the slave-ship, in the hidden, dank dungeons of America .. It is law learned in a stew of bitterness, under the constant threat of violence, in places where millions of people live, buy millions of others wish to ignore or forget"

Let's use the opportunity of the publication of this brilliant and moving, vintage Mumia book to build the momentum for his case, to raise the money we desperately need in these challenging economic times, to get the word out – to produce literature, flyers, posters, videos, DVD's; to send organizers out to help build new chapters and strengthen old ones, TO GET THE PEOPLE OUT IN THE STREETS … all the work that we must do in order to FREE MUMIA as he faces LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE OR EXECUTION!

In the spirit of Mumia's book, we dedicate these "More Than a Book Party" events to the thousands and thousands of jailhouse lawyers who practice their craft in their own and their brothers' (and sisters') struggle for justice, against all odds and with the high risk of being subjected to the venom, punishment, and brutality of the prison system that is directed against them more than to any other sector of the prison population. THESE ARE THE HEROES AND SHEROES WE WILL HONOR. INVITE SOME OF THEM WHO ARE FORMER PRISONERS TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR "MORE THAN A BOOK PARTY EVENTS!!!

MUMIA BIRTHDAY "MORE THAN A BOOK PARTY" APRIL 24TH EVENTS ALREADY SCHEDULED IN:

-PHILADELPHIA

-NEW YORK (NOTE: SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY APRIL 25TH BY THE FREE MUMIA COALITION TO AVOID CONFLICT WITH OTHER EVENTS)

-SAN FRANCISCO
-PITTSBURGH
-PORTLAND
-BOSTON
-WOODSTOCK
AND OTHERS !

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
215 476-8812
212-330-8029
TO ORDER BOOKS CONTACT: STACEY@CITYLIGHTS.COM
OR CALL (415) 362-1901
FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GRASSROOTS WORK: (FUNDS WILL GO TO BOTH INTERNATIONAL CONCERNED FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL AND THE FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL COALITION (NYC)) ONLINE GO TO:
WWW.FREEMUMIA.COM
OR MAIL CHECKS TO:
FREE MUMIA ABU JAMAL COALITION, PO BOX 16, NEW YORK, NY 10030 (CHECKS FOR BOTH ORGANIZATIONS PAYABLE TO: FMAJC/IFCO)

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Comments

It's really a shame

there are people who celebrate the life of this convicted and affirmed murder of another human being using yellow "journalism" and distorted fictional " evidence' to twist the FACT this book writer is a killer...proven and affirmed. He, Mumia, is where he should be, unlike his victim. I suggest he ,Jamal & Co. present any monies received from his publishing's be donated to the Daniel Faulkner Scholarship Fund to be used toward the education of children who's parent or parents were the victims of murder.

"It's God's job to forgive Mumia...it's the Job of Justice to arrange their meeting"

jon pisano
Justice for Daniel Faulkner
DanielFaulkner.com for the truth

What happened

to the other posters comments. I have read them and I would say one appeared to be..well hard, but it's their opinion. The second poster also gave their opinion . I did not read anything that was against this site. There are times...not VERY often...I agree with you but, as you know, this book thing is not one of them and, in my opinion, rightfully so.

You know from my postings, I am deeply into dispelling misinformation posted by Jamal's support groups especially the "political prisoner" persona. I have questioned many things on the J4M Hans Bennett site only to have my postings deleted without rebuttal or response and I can understand the second deleted posters comments. At least you have challenged me and I welcome that.

jon pisano

jon pisano

Book/Bennett

Apparently some assume ,if you ignore a rebuttal comment to a "journalistic" posting, the person asking hard questions will just go away due to lack of response from the posting "journalist". To ignore is to accept defeat either from the posting "journalist" or his co- "journalist" in Germany . Their support and championing for the book writings/selling of convicted and affirmed murderer Mumia Abu jamal is, in my opinion, a slap in the face to any family who has lost someone to a proven convicted murderer

jon pisano

Actually, Jon...

...I've concluded that you're a complete waste of my time, since the few times I have sincerely engaged you, you've shown yourself to be outright dishonest in your facts, as well as close-minded. One thing is certain: No fact I present will ever penetrate that close-minded mantra of yours that "mumia is guilty and he had a fair trial".

http://phillyimc.org/en/mumia-abu-jamal-faces-us-supreme-court-supporters-mobilize-globally

For example, the above link is a good example of this behavior on your part, when I did take some time to engage you, not to mention all the time I spend writing detailed articles.

If anyone reading this sincerely wants to read more about the case, check out the new book by J. Patrick O'Connor (which, by the way has yet to be even acknowledged by the local mainstream Philly media), which is a smooth, quick read that lays out a fairly complex case in a clear and understandable way. There is more about that book here:

http://abu-jamal-news.com/article?name=vidframe

Facts

Exactly what proven FACTS did you or your group present Hans? None. All you posted is speculation especially where the cab was on the 9th. Your posted photo septics the cab on the 10th as testified by Det. Thomas. Here's something for you to chew on. IF mumia's cab was parked where you say it was, on 13th st. on the 9th and you were behind the wheel, and you heard screams, looked in your rear view mirror, would you be able to see EAST on locust st thru that mirror if you were parked on the west side of the street and your vehicle was facing north.? Think not.

The same if the cab was parked in the lot on the 9th as in the official documented crime scene. If Mumia was behind the wheel and the cab was facing west and he heard screams and looked into his mirror he would have seen a 4 story brick wall. I know the area well Hans. What do you thing of the Beverly video? Fact or fiction.

You don't want to engague me for I know the truth and not speculation as the Oconnor book not receiving any feedback by the local media.

jon pisano

Mumia/Books/Oconnor/Hans

First, thank you for the limited response and excuse my typos. As to o"connors Book not receiving a review by the Phila press...what does that tell you. I have not read the book and would not purchase it but if you want to comp me this book, I will read it and give my opinion as to FACTUAL admitted evidence...not speculation.

Hans...do you believe the past attorneys, Williams and company, were good for the "defence" of Jamal? If they couldn't do it...I mean the release of a proven killer, what do you think Bryan's chances are and those of you who champion the release of this murderer?

I really don't mean to seem confrontational but I know the FACTS and it's really disturbing there are those who will not accept the truth which has been reviewed over and over and over by those learned in the law and ALL have stated one thing...GUILTY. So Hans..who is closed minded here...show FACTS not what if's or speculation. If there was an OUNCE of truth in what you post don't you think the very liberal Phila. Newspapers would jump on it?

jon pisano

Mumia

I stand by my above post and if the article poster had an ounce of "journalistic" credibility he or his co "journalists" in Germany OR Phila.(L.W. comes to mind) would respond with proven facts, not speculation.

jon pisano

OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO ALL 100,000 INNOCENT US PRISON INMATES !

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS ONLY A WWW VOLUNTEER LOBBY GROUP,BUT FOR THOSE NAIVE ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THAT OUR COUNTRY
DOES NOT HAVE AT LEAST 100,000 INNOCENT US PRISON INMATES BEING HELD CAPTIVE BEHIND THOSE HIGH SILENT WALLS,
NEEDS TO BEGIN READING WWW STORIES REPORTED BY ALL OUR MAJOR MEDIA NEWSPAPERS.****THE VERY TRAGIC AND SAD REALITY IS THAT MUMIA MAY VERY WELL BE JUST ONE MORE OF OUR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FORGOTTEN INNOCENT AMERICAN PRISON INMATES !!

OUR WWW VOLUNTEER LOBBY FIGHTS FOR PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR ALL OUR POOR US PRISON INMATES WHO ARE BEING FORCED TO WRITE THEIR OWN FEDERAL APPEAL LEGAL CASES.

GOD MUST HAVE A VERY SPECIAL PURPOSE FOR MUMIA,AND OUR BELIEF IS THAT HIS NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOK WILL SHED A VERY POSITIVE AND NEEDED LIGHT ON A UNIQUE PORTION OF OUR AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM THAT CONTINUES TO INFLICT CRIMES
AGAINST HUMANITY ON OUR 100,000 POORER INNOCENT PRISON INMATES NATIONWIDE.

Lawyers/Mumia

First, do you believe convicted criminals here in the U.S. have it much better than those..say in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Columbia etc.? As to the 100k innocent prisoners..BS...of course they are all innocent,just ask them. The Innocence project is a great tool in getting those accused of rape free with DNA comparison. A majority of rape cases rely on victim I.D. Now as to Mumia, he HAS had the BEST attorneys in the country and he is NOT just one more of your forgotten prisoners. Guilty, affirmed, over and over and over again. As to this case, speak not of which you know little.

Jon Pisano
DanielFaulkner.com

BLACK AMERICANS HAVE A DIFFERENT TAKE ON JUSTICE IN AMERICA !!!

KNOWING THE HORRIFIC WAY WHITE AMERICA HAS TREATED OUR BLACK AMERICAN CITIZENS THROUGH OUR SHORT HISTORY TOGETHER,
IT MAKES ONE LAUGH WHEN OTHERS ARE SO UNABLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW EASY IT WAS IN THE PAST FOR ANYONE BLACK TO BE SET UP FOR A CRIME THEY NEVER WERE INVOLVED WITH.

I HAVE NO IDEA THE GUILT OR INNOCENCE OF MUMIA,BUT WE ALL KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF DOUBT THAT MANY HUNDREDS OF AMERICAN'S HAVE ALREADY BEEN FOUND INNOCENT AFTER SPENDING DECADES IN OUR U.S. PRISONS(MANY EVEN ON DEATH ROW).

TROY DAVIS IS ANOTHER PERFECT EXAMPLE OF OUR AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN GEORGIA NOT WANTING TO ADMIT A POSSIBLE TRAGIC MISTAKE AND EVEN OFFER A NEW TRIAL TO A MAN WHO VERY LIKELY MIGHT ALSO BE INNOCENT.

THE REAL HORROR IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE IN AMERICA IS ATTEMPTING TO PROVE ONES INNOCENCE WHEN PLANTED DNA IS FOUND AT A CRIME SCENE ??? WE HAVE QUICKLY GONE FROM PLANTED DRUGS AND WEAPONS TO PLANTED DNA !!!

JUSTICE IS FOUND IN MANY WAYS TODAY IN AMERICA,BUT IT STILL
MOSTLY COMES DOWN TO THE BOTTOM LINE.AFFORDING A PROPER LEGAL AND INVESTIGATIVE DEFENSE IS IMPERATIVE FOR ANY DEFENDANT IN BEING ABLE TO HAVE ANY CHANCE OF PROVING ONES NON ~ GUILT.

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS A WWW LOBBY MADE UP OF VOLUNTEERS FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES WHO BELIEVE THAT ALL POORER AMERICANS SHOULD ALSO HAVE PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN OUR U.S. CIVIL,CRIMINAL AND FAMILY COURTS OF LAW.

The Real Facts

For your information: Crime Scene Investigators, respond to major crime scenes to photograph, video tape, and collect evidence,so that people like you Mr. Field can't say that DNA evidence was "planted" Don't confuse the public with your lack of the facts.

PLANTING DNA AT CRIMES SCENES IS EASILY ACHIEVABLE !!

ANYONE WITH A LAB SCIENCE BACKROUND KNOWS THE REAL FACTS ABOUT HOW EASY IT IS TO PLANT DNA EVIDENCE AT A CRIME SCENE! I NEVER SAID A CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATOR OR MEN IN BLUE WOULD BE THE GUILTY PARTY INVOLVED IN PLANTING DNA.THE TRAGIC REALITY ABOUT THIS CURRENT
AND DEVIOUS METHOD TO INCRIMINATE CERTAIN INNOCENT AMERICANS IS A VERY REAL AND TROUBLING SITUATION THAT POORER AMERICANS WITHOUT PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO DEFEND WITH PUBLIC DEFENDERS.

**THE BEST OUR IVORY TOWER U.S.CONGRESS HAS TO OFFER POORER AMERICANS
IN OUR AMERICAN COURTS(CIVIL,CRIMINAL AND FAMILY)IS A very small PITTANCE OF FINANCING FOR PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION !!

SOMEHOW OUR IVORY TOWER U.S.CONGRESS COULD CARE LESS ABOUT OUR POORER AMERICANS (MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR)NOT EVEN HAVING HEALTH ~ CARE
UNLESS THEY WANT TO SELL THEIR CARS OR HOMES.

IT SHOULD BE VERY OBVIOUS TO MOST OF US BY NOW THAT THERE ARE TWO SEPERATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND TWO JUDICIAL SYSTEMS IN AMERICA !
WEALTHY AMERICANS HAVE BEEN VERY VERY FORTUNATE THAT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICA'S POORER CITIZENS RESPECT LAW AND ORDER IN OUR SOCIETY AND ARE HOPING A BLACK MAN IN OUR WHITE~HOUSE CAN MAKE OUR COUNTRY A MORE PLEASANT SOCIETY FOR THE MILLIONS OF OUR POORER CITIZENS IN OUR FUTURE 8 YRS.OF POSITIVE C*H*A*N*G*E !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is a pity

Here is a very interesting movie about Mumia Abu Jamals: http://www.videorolls.com/watch/Framing-An-Execution-Mumia-Abu-Jamal-and-the-Media . After watching it everything becomes clear and nobody can remain indifferent.

For your information: Crime

For your information: Crime Scene Investigators, respond to major crime scenes to photograph, video tape, and collect evidence,so that people like you Mr. Field can't say that DNA evidence was "planted" Don't confuse the public with your lack of the facts.