Statement for Mumia Abu-Jamal from San Romero de Las Américas Church

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Check out this new statement from Pastor Claudia De la Cruz of the San Romero de Las Américas Church –UCC in New York City. If you're in NYC, go to FreeMumia.com for more information about taking a bus to Philly for the Dec. 6 protest.

The Political Prisoner Ministry of Iglesia San Romero held a fundraiser for December 6th (see photos below), to help those who can't afford it get to Philly for the major demonstration supporting Mumia, with a revolutionary costume contest, hip hop performances, dance, and love. Enough money was raised to commit to two buses from NYC.

Statement from Pastor Claudia De la Cruz

San Romero de Las Américas Church –UCC –UCC

An Open and Affirming Church

P.O. Box 879
New York, NY 10040
October 2008


San Romero de Las Américas Church-UCC, based on the theological, ethical and moral principles of justice, solidarity and love which characterized Jesus' ministry, and which we are called to embody and promote as a community of faith, denounces the unjust, criminal and immoral incarceration of our brother and comrade, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Furthermore, we stand in solidarity in the movement to free him and the struggle to restore justice for our communities that continue to be brutalized and victimized by the Police Departments across the nation and the Court Systems.

As a Christian community, we understand the conditions that create political prisoners. When structures of oppression and repression are created and imposed on our working class communities by the ruling class; when our people suffer marginalization due to race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, age; when our communities are being deprived of basic human rights as is the right to access quality education, access health care, have affordable housing, employment opportunities amongst other things, there are those prophets who raise their voices with courage and have the willingness to sacrifice all to reach justice, to gain freedom and the basic human rights for our people. These prophets are persecuted, tortured, incarcerated and many times assassinated. This has been the tactic of imperialist forces for thousands of years.

Jesus, our brother and comrade, was persecuted, captured, ridiculed, tortured, incarcerated and crucified by the Roman Empire. Jesus was a political prisoner! And, what was his “crime”? Preaching, ministering and teaching liberation, building resistance, elevating the consciousness of his people to stand against imperialism, and transforming oppressive realities into liberating experiences. This, has also been the “crime” of Mumia, and of many brothers and sisters who have raised their voices and have given their lives in defense of people’s right to self-determination and the to access basic human rights that have been privatized. Mumia is a people’s prophet and a freedom fighter!

We stand in solidarity with our brother, Mumia in our struggle against the domestic and international crimes committed by the United States government, the Empire of our time. We condemn the racist and classist death penalty, which is used as another mechanism to continue the crucifixion of people, in particular of the persons of color and the poor. We condemn the arbitrary and immoral punishment of an innocent man. We demand the immediate release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, now!

Pastor Claudia De la Cruz


“A church that walks and feels with the people.”


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It appears my post earlier has "disappeared". My question was, could y'all please post as to why you believe Mumia Abu Jamal did not kill officer Faulkner. Please, in your findings, include the affirmed facts void of rhetoric and propaganda. It also appears NYC has to import demonstrators to Phila due to the fact most of Philadelphians know the facts and support is very low for Mumia.

Thank you

You have no interest in honest dialogue

You are one of those folks in Philly that is certain that Mumia deserves execution, and will not change their mind regardless of what information is presented to them...ie a waste of time.

This is well evidenced in this exchange posted previously:



Really...do YOU believe I want this affirmed murderer executed? If the JURY verdict is upheld...so be it. If not, he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Tell me WHAT TRUE evidence has been presented that will change the verdict? No speculation, no "what ifs"...just the true evidence...not what you or O'Connor THINK happened. You may present "information" as you state...but is it FACTUAL? Also the pacifica site you posted only shows your inappitude to debate the FACTS of this case. Thanks for posting it and I hope people read it .

jon pisano
Try me..I will snow you with FACTS

I pray for you man. Lots of

I pray for you man. Lots of hope from this part of world.

Like I said previously...

...you have shown yourself to be close-minded and NOT interested in any meaningful exchange, as is well evidenced in that link I posted.


Now WHO is REALLY close minded here? The link you posted shows you and your group have not and could not counter the proven and affirmed facts. All you and company post is nothing but speculation and what if's. Let's have some hard FACTUAL evidence. Chew on this...if there were any "evidence" of innocence, don't you think the murderers attorneys, over the years, would have jumped on it? Come on Hans...lets have a TRUTHFUL MEANINGFUL FACTUAL exchange

jon pisano


Notice the silence to my above post. What does that tell you Mumia supporters at Journalists for Mumia.com

jon pisano

There is plenty of evidence

There is plenty of evidence of Mumia's innocence.

This is a good summary: http://partisandefense.org/pubs/mumiabr/english.html

Of course, in the U.S. people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, so it's up to those who assert his guilt to prove their case.

I think that he is innocent.

I think that he is innocent. I loved the video and photos of you.


That's just ridiculous its a group a song and a band no one is supporting the murder of a police officer.