Abu Jamal EP Single by RICANSTRUCTION cover design by Sam Lahoz

A Song Of Resistance For Mumia

Abu Jamal EP Single by RICANSTRUCTION cover design by Sam Lahoz
Abu Jamal EP Single by RICANSTRUCTION cover design by Sam Lahoz

“People say they don’t care about politics, they’re not involved or don’t get involved, but they are. Their involvement just masquerades as indifference or inattention. It is the silent acquiescence of the millions that supports the system. When you don’t oppose a system, you silence becomes your approval, for it does nothing to interrupt the system. People use all sorts of excuses for their indifference. They even appeal to God as shorthand route for supporting the status quo. They talk about law and order. But look at the system, look at the present social “order” of society. Do you see God? Do you see law and order? There is nothing but disorder, and instead of law there is the illusion of security. It is an illusion because it is built on a long history of injustices: racism, criminality, and the enslavement and genocide of millions. Many people say it is insane to resist the system, but actually it is insane not to.” – Mumia Abu Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award winning journalist who spent 29 years of his life on death row for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. It’s a crime Mumia didn’t commit. Mumia was a journalist who used his journalism as a voice for the downtrodden and the oppressed, for those without a voice. And the real reason that Mumia was framed for the murder of Daniel Faulkner is because those in power, those who do the oppressing needed to find a way to silence him. It’s been difficult silencing Mumia. People all over the world speak on his behalf. People like Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Danny Glover, TalibKwali, Mos Def, Dead Prez, Chuck D Angela Davis, Ward Churchill, the European Parliament, Amnesty International, the NAACP, the Black Caucus of the US Congress, and millions of other people who have fought and continue to fight for Mumia. Those who want Mumia silent have even found it difficult to silence Mumia himself. He has continued to be a journalist from prison, writing articles and recording commentaries on current events.

In December the movement to free Mumia garnered a victory over the state of Pennsylvania which chose not to seek the death penalty but wants Mumia in prison for the rest of his life. Although Mumia’s life no longer hangs in the balance his freedom is something that we still need to work towards. To join in that campaign and to see what you can do visit www.freemumia.com.

Today is Mumia’s birthday. He is 58 years old. In 1995 the NYC based Puerto Rican Hardcore Punk, Reggae, Be-bop, Salsa, Hip-hop band RICANSTRUCTION wrote a protest song for Mumia. It’s called Abu Jamal… the song was released as a single from their first album Liberation Day. Abu Jamal also features three other tracks only available on the Abu Jamal single EP – Slavery Daze, Asesino (Assassin) and a blistering rendition of Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit… Do you see a connection between these songs? Abu Jamal, Asesino (Assassin), Slavery Daze and Strange Fruit? If you don’t you aren’t looking…

Abu Jamal
freedom’s bound in the underground in his martyr’s rags and thorny crown
in the stinking hell of a death row cell
where the loudest voice never makes a sound
and he waking indecision in a pennsylvania prison
and he wailing through the silence
where corruption speaks throughout the tongue of violence

Mumia Abu Jamal come to you alive from death row

freedom sits on the precipice as injustice chews and dishonor spits
in the rotting shell of the liberty bell
where the law consumes and his honor shits
still the voiceless scream stop it
never kill another prophet
pick your choice of constitution
you can die this way or begin revolution

lyrics by Not4Prophet

You can get Abu Jamal at iTunes… and other online stores and use it as a tool, use it to start a conversation, use it to help free Mumia…

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