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."
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
NYC,More Than a Book Party: A Tribute to Jailhouse Lawyers
Where: Riverside Church, 120th St. & Claremont Ave.
APRIL 24, MUMIA'S BIRTHDAY NATIONALLY COORDINATED "MORE THAN A BOOK PARTY" EVENTS
Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A.
"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:
-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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