Saint Mumia by vagabond ©

“Free Mumia” – MLK


Saint Mumia by vagabond ©
Saint Mumia by vagabond ©

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“They don’t just want my death, they want my silence.” – Mumia Abu Jamal

In 1982 while driving a cab to supplement his income in order to support his family, Mumia Abu Jamal came across an altercation that his brother was having with police officer Daniel Faulkner. Mumia got out of his cab and tried to help his brother and in the process someone shot both police officer Daniel Faulkner and Mumia. Not wanting to miss an opportunity, the power elites in Philadelphia moved to frame Mumia for the murder of Daniel Faulkner. They first saw Mumia as a threat when he was 15 and the Minister Of Information for the Black Panther Party. Since then Mumia went on to become an award-winning journalist who often exposed the injustice of the power elites much to their chagrin. To say that Mumia’s case and trial was a travesty of justice is a gross understatement. To give just one example, the judge in Mumia’s case was heard saying ‘let’s fry this nigger’ while the case was still being tried.

Let’s be clear about something. Mumia did not do time on death row (his death sentence was recently commuted to life), and is not doing time in prison for the murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner. Mumia has done time on death row, is doing time in prison for his politics. Mumia Abu Jamal is a political prisoner.

While corporations from Coca-Cola to Chrysler line up to talk about the diversity programs they support in the name of MLK’s dream, in magazine ads and television and radio commercials designed to tug at the heart-strings and bring a single greasy tear to your eye, Mumia Abu Jamal languishes in a prison… And so while those in power are anxious to speak about how far we’ve come now that America is “post-racial” with its Black president, Mumia Abu Jamal continues to languish in a prison cell… Black president or not Mumia Abu Jamal is serving a life sentence in prison not for killing Daniel Faulkner but because Mumia’s politics stand in defiance of the politics that silenced MLK and the politics that are trying to silence him as well as the politics that are trying to silence anyone of us who stand in defiance to injustice…

Mumia didn’t pull any punches when dealing with racism and poverty and the abuses of power by the elites, in much the same way that Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t pull any punches. If MLK were alive today i’m sure he would see a piece of himself in Mumia. If MLK were alive today he would be leading the charge to free Mumia. The campaign to free  Mumia Abu Jamal is strong, among Mumia’s supporters are Bishop Desmond Tutu, Cornel West and Alice Walker. However we could always use more support in getting Mumia free. So instead of listening to snippets of old recordings of MLK speeches in 30 second commercials, join the campaign to free Mumia… It’s what MLK would have wanted… It’s what MLK would be doing if he were alive today…

To find out how to help Free Mumia click here…

To order some of the books Mumia has written click here…

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