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Friday, May 28, 2010
Freedom for Mumia!
PROTESTERS stood outside the US embassy in London last Wednesday to demonstrate their support for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther, who has spent nearly 30 years in jail for a crime he did not commit.
New Worker supporters joined the picket held on 19th May – the birthday of Malcolm X, the American Black Muslim leader assassinated in 1965 – to raise public awareness about this monstrous miscarriage of justice and demand his immediate and unconditional release.
International support for Mumia has grown over the years including world leaders like Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela, members of the Westminster, European and Japanese parliaments and Hollywood celebrities as well as unions and social justice groups representing millions across the globe.
Mumia Abu-Jamal is a renowned journalist from Philadelphia who has been in prison since 1981 for the alleged killing of a police officer. Mumia is known as the “Voice of the Voiceless” for his award-winning reporting on police brutality and other social and racial epidemics in the United States and the rest of the world. He has always protested his innocence but Mumia remains on death row despite the fact that another man admitted in 1999 that he was responsible for the shooting.
From his cell Mumia has continued to speak out for all who are oppressed through his journalism. He has published four books, and his weekly columns are published throughout the world. His case is one of the most important social justice fights of our time