Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays

By Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning journalist who chronicles the human condition. He has been a resident of Pennsylvania's death row for twenty-five years. Writing from his solitary confinement cell his essays have reached a worldwide audience. His books "Live From Death Row", "Death Blossoms", "All Things Censored", "Faith of Our Fathers" and "We Want Freedom" have sold over 150,000 copies and been translated into nine languages. His 1982-murder trial and subsequent conviction have been the subject of great debate. Major issues in the trial have led to a worldwide campaign to gain Mumia a new trial and, ultimately, to gain his freedom.

Episode Date
When A Child Dies
01:47
Dec 29, 2015
Badge of the Rapist Racist
02:40
Dec 17, 2015
Muslims Not Welcome
03:04
Dec 17, 2015
The Wages of Fear
01:55
Dec 08, 2015
None of Your Business
01:46
Dec 08, 2015
A Tale of Two Men
02:04
Dec 04, 2015
And Now Laquan
02:34
Nov 29, 2015
Politicians = Corporate Whores of Babylon
02:14
Nov 24, 2015
States of Fear
02:12
Nov 21, 2015
Political Masters, Financial Servants
02:37
Nov 21, 2015
To Serve & Protect or Ravish & Wreck
03:12
Nov 21, 2015
Disturbing the Peace
02:23
Oct 30, 2015
Electing Enemies
02:11
Oct 30, 2015
Mumia's Message to the Movement
01:45
Oct 22, 2015
Tamir
01:51
Oct 22, 2015
The Chair
01:48
Oct 22, 2015
Centuries of Struggle Big House Prison Blues
09:55
Oct 22, 2015
Mumia's Condition & his Reaction to DOC lies and Stonewalling
02:31
Oct 22, 2015
The Representative or the Represented?
02:22
Oct 22, 2015
Short Excerpt of "Big House Blues" for American Studies Conference Toronto Canada 10/10/15
44
Oct 22, 2015
Message for Red Emma's Book Fair - Saturday 9-26-2015 Baltimore
02:41
Sep 24, 2015
Beating Bin Wahad
02:41
Sep 24, 2015
The Movement For Justice Against Police Violence
04:28
Sep 24, 2015
Politicians Servants of the Wealthy
02:45
Politicians: Servants of the Wealthy It is impossible to look at the current crop of political presidential aspirants and not be struck by their level of subservience to the wants and needs of the owner class. Like Puppies panting in the presence of their masters, the politicians, emboldened by the unconscionable Citizens United decision, are at the feet of the billionaires for scraps to better serve their betters. Now, one billionaire can field half-dozen pols, and by so doing, can determine not just who runs, but who wins - and what laws will be passed. Why not?  They own them, don’t they? But still, that is not enough. For witness the emergence of New York real estate executive Donald Trump. Trump brags, at every opportunity, of his enormous wealth. By so doing, he intimidates his potential rivals, who are used to bending their knees to such men. But he also represents the distrust of his class, for rather than hiring politicians, he runs himself, to lock in his class dominance. Nor is this solely a Republican affair, for Democrats, who run on emotional appeals to labor unions and working people, once in power lead to the interests of Wall Street – the source of the lion’s share of their donations. Their strategy, of talk labor, while pleasing capital was seen in the destructive NAFTA pact, which decimated manufacturing jobs in the U.S. by the millions. Bill Clinton hustled NAFTA like a street dealer sold crack, selling dreams that turned to dust. Now, the Clintons return, posing as the saviors of the working class, when their treasured NAFTA ripped away tens of thousands of jobs annually, undermined unions, and transferred vast wealth to Wall St. When Texas businessman and 1992-96 presidential candidate, H.Ross Perot predicted NAFTA would produce a “giant sucking sound” of lost jobs, the media pundits laughed at him, making him sound like a fool. History proves his words were true. Politicians –servants of capital; promisers of progress, but bringers of disaster. Written 9/9/15© ’15 Mumia Abu-Jamal
Sep 24, 2015
From Katrina to Ferguson
02:56
Sep 04, 2015
Murderers of the World Arrive in the Americas" (Murder Inc.)
12:37
Aug 21, 2015
Messin' with Major
03:11
His name is Major - (his real name); Major Tillery of West Philadelphia.Although he had a reputation as a gangster, in prison such things matter little. It’s as a jailhouse lawyer that he shook the prison walls in the case known as Tillery v. Owens, a ground-breaking prison conditions case where double-dealing (or the placement of four men in a cell) was declared unconstitutional. The prison medical department was declared unconstitutional and living conditions in part of the prison were declared a violation of the constitution.Shortly after his glorious win, Major Tillery was sent to a prison in another state; Retaliation?  Sure looks like it.Several months ago, Major saw me in the library, and expressed shock at my appearance, my carriage, and my level of wakefulness. He argued with me, insisting I go to the prison infirmary.I resisted, saying I was ok, or would be in a few days. Major said, “Dude - I’m looking at you - your skin is shedding; you are so tired you can’t stay awake. You ain’t cool, Mu!”He went further. He walked up to the prison superintendent, warning him that if Jamal wasn’t hospitalized immediately, he might die.The warden responded, “I suggest you worry less about another prisoner, and more about yourself.”Major responded immediately: “That’s what I’m doing, cuz that’s my brother - and I want for my brother what I want for myself!”From that day forward, Tillery was hit by daily harassments, daily shakedowns, and he was removed from his job of Peer Facilitator.He was transferred - first to the other side of the prison, and soon thereafter, to nearby SCI- Frackville. Once there, he got another surprise: he received a misconduct for drug-trafficking (of suboxone), using stamps. He was given 6 months in the hole!Here’s the only problem with such a charge. At Frackville (as in Mahanoy), all stamps are ripped off of envelopes by the mailroom before prisoners receive their mail.Tillery demanded he be charged by the State Police to prove the falsity of the charge. The prison refused to do so.Retaliation?Sure looks like it.To make matters worse, Major Tillery, and dozens of other men, are also suffering from skin rashes and getting little relief. Major is in the hole not because of drugs, but because of something prison administrators hate and fear above all things: prisoner unity; prisoner solidarity.On Sept. 5, 2015, Tillery will turn 65 years old, in the hole for blatant retaliation.© [column written 8/14/15] © ’15 Mumia Abu-Jamal
Aug 21, 2015
Trump: And the Politics of Resentment
02:54
Trump: And the Politics of Resentment[col. writ. 7/31/15] © ’15 Mumia Abu-JamalWhen New York billionaire and GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump launched into his anti-immigrant tirade against Mexicans crossing the border, he was using a long known political technique of plugging into the live wire of American resentment of the other.Today, it’s Latinos, of course; more precisely, those from the Southern borders: Mexicans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, and the like.But, since the 19th century, politicians have used these currents of fear to fuel movements against those who came from abroad. In these days though, the targets of nativist’s ire were the Irish, Russian Jews, Italians and other European sites.These forces gave birth to the American Party, a fierce anti-immigrant group that became known popularly as the Know Nothings. They formed a third party during the 1850s, and ran former U.S. President Millard Fillmore as their unsuccessful candidate.U.S. historian Richard Hofstadter (1910-70), in his classic work, ‘The Paranoid Style in American Politics’, argued that much of the energy in the anti-immigrant forces, stemmed from what might be called ‘status anxiety’, or the intense insecurities of people unsure of their place in U.S. society, but who could point to others - immigrants - who held weaker positions in society. Furthermore, these anxiety-ridden groups often have mixed feelings of fear and admiration of social elites; and who is more elite then the super-rich?Witness the spectacle of Donald Trump, who, without question, is perhaps the richest man ever to run for president - and is a billionaire populist, no less!I wouldn’t get too excited about his place in the polls right now. In 2012 the toast of both press and polls was a pizza exec named Herman Cain. We know how that worked out.But most candidates, especially of the GOP, worship at the throne of the wealthy, for they are the ones they serve.The thousands and millions who rage at Latino immigrants also worship the rich.In Donald Trump they have found their voice. And he has found the energies of resentment undeniable fuel for failure.© ‘15maj
Aug 10, 2015
Democracy, Dictatorships & Empire (from Writing on the Wall)
05:11
Jul 22, 2015
40 Years in the Wilderness(from Writing on the Wall)
05:30
Jul 22, 2015
Silence of the Lambs (from Writing on the Wall)
04:25
Jul 22, 2015
Gangsters in Blue (from Writing on the Wall)
03:25
Jul 22, 2015
Flags & Rags
02:29
Jul 10, 2015
What to a Prisoner is the 4th of July?
04:21
Jul 10, 2015
Black & Blue in America
19:25
Jul 10, 2015
Charleston
02:20
Jun 22, 2015
NSA Anyway
02:12
Jun 17, 2015
Dynasty: The Politics of Spectacle
02:12
Jun 17, 2015
Waco
02:12
May 22, 2015
Message to the Movement
01:21
Apr 28, 2015
Of Punks, Predators, & Pigs
01:38
Action Alert: Demand that Mumia see a diabetes specialist On Monday, March 30, Mumia Abu-Jamal lost consciousness at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Mahanoy and had to be rushed to the hospital. He was admitted with a blood sugar level of 779, suffering from diabetic shock, and a dangerously high sodium level of 160.  Mumia must see a diabetes specialist (endocrinologist) in order to be properly diagnosed and provided with an individual treatment plan specific to him. Prison officials have a constitutional obligation to treat serious medical needs, and that includes providing specialist care when it is medically indicated. Newly onset diabetes with fluctuating blood sugar levels and a range of potentially related health problems requires specialist care. Inadequate treatment of diabetes is deadly and can lead to loss of kidney function, nerve neuropathy and amputation of feet and hands. Take action now – demand that the Department of Corrections permit Mumia to have a diabetes specialist of his choosing: Call: SCI MahanoySuperintendent John Kerestes(570) 773-2158  SCI MahanoyChief Health Care Administrator Steinhardt(570) 773-2158  Christopher OpppmanDirector, PA Department of Corrections Health Care Services(717) 728-5309John WetzelSecretary, PA Department of Corrections(717) 728-4109
Apr 10, 2015
Justifiable
01:53
Mar 23, 2015
Words Vs. Deeds
03:02
Mar 23, 2015
Unsaid at Selma
02:48
Mar 09, 2015
Ferguson USA
02:26
Mar 09, 2015
International Hutzpah
02:11
Mar 09, 2015
Feeding on Fear
01:48
Mar 02, 2015
Ode to Butter (Terrence Williams)
01:59
Feb 26, 2015
Frankenstein's Monster
02:26
Feb 20, 2015
Obama & Black History Month 2015
02:06
Feb 20, 2015
Bullies Abroad and Bullies At Home
03:08
Feb 20, 2015
Yemen Resignations of State
02:16
Jan 26, 2015
Mike Who
01:50
Jan 24, 2015
Martin's Days of Pain
01:53
Jan 24, 2015
Message to University of Baltimore Law Students
02:49
Jan 24, 2015
A World A Mess
01:57
Jan 09, 2015
A Serious Time (A PSA for the Prison Radio Defense Fund )
58
Dec 31, 2014
With the Passing of Flags and Banners
02:41
Dec 31, 2014
Nestora Salgado Garcia's Statement
03:08
Dec 27, 2014
Intro To Nestora Salgado Garcia's Message
02:58
Dec 27, 2014
Demonstrating Respect
03:07
Dec 27, 2014
Samiya Abullah Makes Transition
04:46
Dec 22, 2014
Goldi's Visit (A Song)
02:06
Dec 20, 2014
Torture by Another Name
02:14
Dec 17, 2014
Why We Can't Breathe
02:14
Dec 17, 2014
Making Torture Legal
02:35
Dec 12, 2014
Beyond Rotten Apples & Broken Windows
02:59
Dec 08, 2014
Death for a Cigarette
02:24
Dec 04, 2014
Operation Restore Trust
03:09
Dec 03, 2014
Slaves of the State
03:01
Book
Dec 02, 2014
What has Prisoner Solidarity Meant?
01:11
Dec 02, 2014
The Glory of Youth
01:14
Dec 02, 2014
Rule of Law
02:54
Nov 30, 2014
Ferguson's Fall Out
02:04
Nov 30, 2014
Ferguson
01:49
Nov 26, 2014
The Not So Grand Jury
01:52
Nov 19, 2014
The Dallas Six
02:39
Nov 06, 2014
Midterms in America
02:24
Nov 06, 2014
Pennsylvania & The Constitution
02:13
Nov 05, 2014
Who Wins and Who Loses
01:40
Nov 05, 2014
Texas Anti Death Penalty Movement
01:42
Nov 05, 2014
The Missing Ones
03:01
Nov 05, 2014
Fear Nation
03:05
Nov 05, 2014
What is Palestine to the U.S.?
03:00
Oct 30, 2014
Justice Suspended
01:55
Oct 26, 2014
Another Mumia Law
03:18
Oct 26, 2014
A Nation in Fear
02:24
Oct 20, 2014
CCNY Center Shuttered: War Against 60's
01:16
Oct 17, 2014
Mumia's response to PA Legislature Trying to Silence Him
59
Oct 17, 2014
Ebola & The Real Health Crisis in America
03:33
Oct 16, 2014
The Troy Davis Tragedy
03:16
Oct 16, 2014
A Tale of Two Oppressed Communities
05:13
Oct 16, 2014
INTERVIEW: Goddard, The Constitution, & Corporate Media
06:33
Oct 06, 2014
Mumia Comment on Goddard Commencement
02:15
Oct 06, 2014
Now The German Way
02:03
Oct 06, 2014
Baba Herman Ferguson: Life Long Freedom Fighter Presente!
02:51
Sep 30, 2014
Ferguson: The Failure of Black Politics
02:52
Sep 30, 2014
The Isis Crisis: A U.S. Creation
02:44
Sep 26, 2014
Lost Opportunities re Ferguson
02:52
Sep 25, 2014
The Transmogrification of Barack Hussain Obama
02:17
Sep 23, 2014
The Lure of War
02:30
Sep 18, 2014
Facing Facts (Speech to Imam Jamil Al Alim event in NYC on Friday 9/12/2014)
01:52
Sep 16, 2014
No Escape (Toxic Exposure at SCI Fayette)
03:07
Sep 16, 2014
War by Another Name
02:25
Sep 10, 2014
The Meaning of Ferguson
02:28
Sep 02, 2014
Labor Days
01:19
Sep 02, 2014
Post Ferguson
02:41
Aug 29, 2014
Salute to the Fergusons
01:09
Aug 26, 2014
PSA for Imam Jamil
01:01
Aug 26, 2014
The Real Outside Agitators
02:43
Aug 26, 2014
Bad Massacres & Good Massacres
02:24
Aug 22, 2014
War and False Peace
03:00
Aug 19, 2014
Night of Pain Night of Rage
02:08
Aug 19, 2014
One, Two, Three Fergusons
02:12
Aug 19, 2014
With Mediators Like These
02:37
Aug 07, 2014
Fear of the World Outside
02:21
Aug 05, 2014
Israel: Settler Colonial Apartheid State
02:51
Jul 31, 2014
Journalism: Activism or Profession
04:43
Jul 30, 2014
Eulogy for Eddie Ellis: A Prisoner Scholar
02:19
Jul 30, 2014
August 8th Again 2014
02:37
Jul 29, 2014
Rogue States and Broken Nations
02:38
Jul 25, 2014
Yuri's Struggle for Freedom
08:47
Jul 25, 2014
Malaysia Air and Mistakes
02:01
Jul 22, 2014
California Death Row: No More?
02:01
Jul 22, 2014
When Children Are the Enemy
02:12
Jul 15, 2014
David Vs. Goliath
02:02
Jul 10, 2014
Beatings
02:06
Jul 10, 2014
Hobby Lobby: Son of Citizens United
02:03
Jul 04, 2014
Lessons Unlearned: From History
02:07
Jul 01, 2014
The Perils of Empire
01:21
Jun 27, 2014
War Changes Everything
01:21
Jun 24, 2014
Military Advisors? The Way Back into Iraq
03:06
Jun 22, 2014
Imam Jamil Al-Amin Ailing
02:54
Jun 22, 2014
Cantor's Fall
01:46
Jun 17, 2014
Chained as Children
01:50
Jun 17, 2014
Mumia Interview with Noelle Hanrahan re Upcoming Contact Visit with Frances Goldin
05:01
Jun 17, 2014
The Divine Ruby Dee
02:31
Jun 13, 2014
Iraq: Recipe for Disaster
01:33
Jun 12, 2014
The Shiving of Shinseki
02:30
Jun 07, 2014
Bird Dogging Bergdahl
02:05
Jun 07, 2014
Yuri Kochiyama
03:23
Jun 04, 2014
Dr. Vincent Harding: A Griot Falls
02:54
May 30, 2014
A Woman Called Maya 1928-2014
02:57
May 30, 2014
Wild In the Streets
03:47
May 28, 2014
Elombe Brath Presente
02:15
May 28, 2014
Pain and Rage in Chiapas
01:54
May 22, 2014
Brown at 60
02:25
May 19, 2014
The Racist Rich
02:13
May 17, 2014
The War Within (Nigeria)
01:26
May 13, 2014
May 13th 1985: Meaning
01:38
May 10, 2014
Boko Loco
02:16
May 08, 2014
Execution In Oklahoma
02:02
May 05, 2014
May Day 2014
01:48
May 01, 2014
Neo Cons Equal Neo Liberals
02:43
Apr 26, 2014
Hurricane: Rubin Carter
01:59
Apr 26, 2014
Celebration and Resistance: A Message to Events during the week of April 24th 2014
02:05
Apr 26, 2014
Celebrating Civil Rights at Fifty
02:02
Apr 11, 2014
DeSean Dismissed
01:37
Apr 07, 2014
Death Row Record (re Egypt)
02:30
Mar 28, 2014
March Media Madness (Malaysian Airliner)
01:50
Mar 27, 2014
Venezuela: Coup Part Two
02:29
Mar 22, 2014
Working for Change
03:14
Mar 22, 2014
Land Grab
03:05
Mar 22, 2014
Anti-MOVE Propoganda
03:17
Mar 11, 2014
Close Schools
01:18
Mar 11, 2014
Bullies of Babylon
02:48
Mar 07, 2014
Chokwe Lumumba, Presente!
01:52
Mar 06, 2014
Hungry for War
01:28
Mar 06, 2014
The Latest Outrage
01:25
Feb 28, 2014
Dr. Anthony Monteiro: Reinstate A Great
02:41
Feb 22, 2014
Black History Three
02:52
Feb 20, 2014
Black History Two
03:03
Feb 20, 2014
Black History One
02:02
Feb 20, 2014
On Reconstruction Lecture by Mumia Abu-Jamal
06:37
Feb 14, 2014
Indispensable Nation
02:06
Feb 14, 2014
Black History One
Feb 14, 2014
For Lynne
01:29
Feb 09, 2014
Olympics of Fear
02:22
Feb 09, 2014
North Carolina Burning
02:17
Feb 08, 2014
Unfree in America
02:07
Feb 05, 2014
State of Disunion 2014
02:18
Jan 30, 2014
Owning The World
02:13
Jan 30, 2014
Martin, Women, and the Movement
14:49
Jan 23, 2014
Martin's Song
02:48
Jan 20, 2014
Obama's Surveillance State
03:11
Jan 20, 2014
Dennis
01:50
Jan 17, 2014
Amiri Baraka: Poet On Fire
05:06
Jan 12, 2014
The Dallas Five: Fighting for Their Lives
02:12
Jan 11, 2014
Lynne Stewart is Free!
01:32
Jan 07, 2014
For The Love of Winnie
02:53
Jan 02, 2014
The Wages of Life
03:19
Jan 02, 2014
The Outrageous American Norm
02:30
Dec 21, 2013
Empire of Ears
0
Dec 19, 2013
Schools of Death
01:40
Dec 17, 2013
Mandela Sanitized
06:00
Dec 10, 2013
Detroit: Night of the Wolves
01:38
Dec 06, 2013
Health For the People
03:36
Dec 03, 2013
Too Soon (Presidential Speculation)
02:08
Dec 03, 2013
Other Brothers in Angola
01:42
Dec 03, 2013
Scottsboro Boys
01:25
Nov 27, 2013
Republic of Surveillance
02:34
Nov 12, 2013
The Meaning of Malcolm
02:35
Nov 06, 2013
Children of Forever
02:20
Nov 06, 2013
Media Matters
02:19
Nov 01, 2013
The Fletcher Rule
02:29
Oct 31, 2013
Music of the Soul
04:47
Oct 29, 2013
Jessica Huntley: A Woman of the Word
02:28
Oct 29, 2013
Assata: Guilty of Survival
03:46
Oct 29, 2013
Allies Like These
02:24
Oct 29, 2013
The Radical Press
01:49
Prepared for Student Government Association-BMC
Oct 26, 2013
Puerto Rico Under US/Colonial Control
04:22
Prepared for the National Lawyers Guild Convention in Puerto Rico
Oct 26, 2013
Cat's Cries
02:33
Oct 26, 2013
The Walking Dead
02:31
Oct 21, 2013
War for Power
02:30
Oct 15, 2013
Shooting Crazy
02:06
Oct 08, 2013
Shutdown Method to the Madness
02:19
Oct 03, 2013
Long Live Lynne: A Birthday Message
02:06
Sep 29, 2013
Bienvenido Nicolas Maduro
02:52
Sep 29, 2013
Teachers War in Mexico
03:17
Sep 29, 2013
Boots and Brutes on the Ground
02:32
Sep 25, 2013
America the Mad
02:04
Sep 25, 2013
International Law vs. International Outlaw
02:09
Sep 16, 2013
Shorty Takes a Giant Step
02:44
Sep 13, 2013
Paul Robeson: Here I Stand Award for Chuck D
02:30
Sep 13, 2013
Cat Back in Court
02:37
Sep 13, 2013
Bombs Over Damascus
03:26
Sep 02, 2013
The Compassion of Empire: Herman and Lynne Await
03:01
Aug 30, 2013
The Praise March
02:29
Aug 29, 2013
Celebrating?
03:37
Aug 25, 2013
Fire on the Nile
01:43
Aug 18, 2013
Mensaje a Mexico (Zapatista School)
01:44
Aug 14, 2013
Trayvon Who?
02:45
Aug 14, 2013
In The Name of Al Qaeda
02:21
Aug 14, 2013
The Re-Education of Lauryn Hill
02:35
Aug 07, 2013
Another Juror Speaks
02:05
Jul 27, 2013
Rapper in Chief
02:25
Jul 26, 2013
Henry Alleg 1921-2013
02:44
Jul 23, 2013
Beyond Trayvon: When the Personal Ain't Political
02:25
Jul 23, 2013
The Verdict
02:11
Jul 22, 2013
Flight From Babylon
01:48
Jul 22, 2013
The Case of Edward Snowden
01:44
Jul 21, 2013
Egypt: Back To Square One
01:55
Jul 15, 2013
The Coming Acquittal
01:53
Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded this commentary at 7:45 on Saturday night.   This is what he recorded, with his first phone call after 15 days of being blocked by the prison from calling anyone.  His first radio essay since his phone was taken away for calling a Philly radio station. 
Jul 14, 2013
The Court Giveth and The Court Taketh
02:52
Jun 29, 2013
Lynne Stewart: Fighting for Life
01:59
Jun 25, 2013
Edward Snowden: Traitor Hater
02:10
Jun 20, 2013
Don't Worry Be Happy
02:21
Jun 14, 2013
Big Brother (Surveillance)
01:52
Jun 08, 2013
American Dreams American Nightmares
03:08
Jun 01, 2013
Guantanamo: Fear and Hunger
02:30
May 30, 2013
Nature's War
01:19
May 24, 2013
Malcolm Two (the passing of Malcolm Shabazz)
01:58
May 21, 2013
Rape Culture
02:21
May 11, 2013
Cat Returns to The Cage
03:49
May 07, 2013
Richie Havens
01:33
May 04, 2013
Solitary Confinement
01:03
May 04, 2013
Another April 24th
01:59
Apr 25, 2013
Freedom of Movement for Free People
03:04
Apr 25, 2013
Palestine Prison
03:17
Apr 25, 2013
The Lessons of Temple U
02:23
Apr 25, 2013
Mumia's comment on the Censorship of Long Distance Revolutionary film in Newark
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NEWARK DENIED AGAIN BY WEALTHY ELITESDateline Los Angeles 4-13-2013On Thursday we found out Newark's only movie theater, Cityplex-12, the ownership of which includes Shaquille O'Neal and Boraie Development, a theater that symbolizes the redevelopment of Newark and which has been championed by Mayor Cory Booker, suddenly CANCELLED our film about Mumia Abu-Jamal, pulling it from their schedule. With this act they have effectively blocked Newark citizens from seeing the film and witnessing Mumia's powerful story. After an attempt today to get a comment from Boraie Development on this decision, we were simply deferred to the theater manager, who has been unavailable and likely had no role in the matter regardless. We have yet to get an official statement on why the film was cancelled. But, as we know well, the history of attempts to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal, his voice, his writings, and now his life story, has long been motivated by a narrow political ideology. And these narrow minds, who refuse to consider Mumia beyond the scope of his case and conviction, who further refuse to acknowledge the gross injustice behind that conviction, seem incapable of allowing the screening of a film that their own customers, the people of Newark, may wish to see... a story that speaks to racial and class injustice... a story that speaks to the positions of power that seek to silence those voices who criticize power. And therein may be the answer. Because our film does not deal with the controversy of Mumia's case. But it does deal with the efforts that have been made to silence his powerful voice, which we see repeated today in this decision made by the ownership of Newark's Cityplex-12. But Mumia Abu-Jamal has never kept quiet. And neither will we. Stephen Vittoria, DirectorStreet Legal Cinema / deepimage8265 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 200Los Angeles, CA 90046
Apr 19, 2013
Censorship State and Corporate
02:42
Apr 19, 2013
Beyond Central Park
02:23
Apr 19, 2013
Good for the Goose
01:29
Apr 19, 2013
War of Words
01:36
Apr 08, 2013
Martin in Memory and In Life
04:05
Apr 02, 2013
Russel Maroon Shoatz: Transferred
02:31
Apr 01, 2013
The Wages of Solitary
02:08
Mar 26, 2013
Imperial Exception in Israel
02:37
Mar 26, 2013
A Jailhouse Environmentalist?
03:59
Mar 21, 2013
Ghosts of Rehnquist
02:52
Mar 21, 2013
Hugo Chavez Frias Presente
02:14
Mar 06, 2013
Supreme Justice?
01:06
Mar 05, 2013
Frozen in Stone: Frozen in Time
02:57
Mar 05, 2013
Quvenzhane and a Hard Place
Mar 02, 2013
The Dorner Manifesto
02:38
Feb 27, 2013
A Death Sentence for Defending Her Client? Lynne Stewart.
01:58
Feb 23, 2013
The Dorner Dilemma
02:07
Feb 19, 2013
The Last Day
02:31
Feb 19, 2013
French CP (In French)
01:42
Feb 11, 2013
Whose Empire
02:07
Feb 11, 2013
Education Reclamation
01:54
Feb 11, 2013
Christopher Mbewe (in Spanish)
03:34
Feb 11, 2013
Education. Incarceration?
04:53
Feb 04, 2013
Sister Marpessa
01:01
Feb 04, 2013
Crowding More Into Chowchilla
02:10
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is converting Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) into a men’s prison in response to a U.S. Supreme Court order to reduce overcrowding. Instead of releasing people and closing VSPW, they are squeezing over 1,000 women and transgender people into the two remaining women’s prisons. The population of the other women’s prison in Chowchilla, Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) is dangerously close to 4,000 even though its maximum capacity is 2,000. The conversion has aggravated overcrowding, created dangerous conditions, and health care is already getting much worse. What’s more, they have added yet another men’s prison to their inhumane system. We’ve had enough! Come show support for all people locked up in Chowchilla’s prisons and tell the Federal Judges that overcrowding must stop now!CHOWCHILLA FREEDOM RALLYSaturday, January 26, 2013Rides available by bus and carpool.Contact chowchilla.rally@gmail.com or 415-255-7036 x 314Caravans leaving from MacArthur BART in Oakland at 10:30AM and Chuco’s Justice Center in Inglewood at 8:30AM. We will gather at 2PM at SE corner of Ave. 24 and Fairmead Blvd off Highway 99 in Chowchilla.Rally begins at 3PM at VSPW.OVERCROWDING = DEATHBRING OUR LOVED ONES HOME!COMMUNITY RELEASE PROGRAMS * PAROLE FOR ELDERS * RELEASE FOR MEDICAL REASONS * END LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE (LWOP)Solidarity actions encouraged! If you cannot make the rally or do not live in California, we encourage you to organize a solidarity action on the same day in your community. Hold a demonstration in front of the DOC offices or the county jail, organize a speak-out against prisons in a public space, stand in solidarity the Chowchilla Freedom Rally! Please let us know how we can support you! Contact info@womenprisoners.org.Interested in helping organize this event? Join our coalition! Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 2, 2013 from 6 – 8PM at the CCWP offices. 1540 Market Street, Suite 490, San Francisco. Or contact adrienne@womenpriosoners.org.
Jan 21, 2013
Martin's World
02:43
Jan 17, 2013
David Wycoff Esq. Passes Suddenly
01:56
Jan 14, 2013
Fiscal Bull Chips
02:01
Jan 09, 2013
20th Anniversary Of IAC and Ramsey Clark 85th Birthday
05:33
Jan 09, 2013
Beyond Newtown
02:07
Jan 09, 2013
Now We Love Teachers
01:57
Dec 24, 2012
Ruth 'Ma' Ballard
03:12
Dec 24, 2012
It Can't Happen Here
01:54
Dec 17, 2012
What Fiscal Cliff?
02:28
Dec 17, 2012
Whores Of Babylon
01:26
Dec 10, 2012
Message from Mumia Abu-Jamal: 'Long Distance Revolutionary' in Philadelphia
02:37
Dec 10, 2012
Egypt: Revolutionary Still?
01:58
Dec 04, 2012
Art And Incarceration
04:00
Dec 04, 2012
Stateless State
02:43
Dec 04, 2012
Dismantling The Empire' by Chalmers Johnson: A Book Review
01:41
Nov 27, 2012
The Best And Worst Of Times
01:58
Nov 27, 2012
Attack Dogs Of War
02:21
Nov 21, 2012
Veterans Of Empire
01:12
Nov 12, 2012
From Management To Mastery
02:00
Nov 12, 2012
A New Day
02:38
Nov 09, 2012
Sandy
01:28
Nov 05, 2012
The State and the Teacher: Alberto Patishtan
01:43
Nov 05, 2012
Tears of Sorrow and Rage
02:10
Nov 05, 2012
Caging The Young
01:32
Oct 29, 2012
Interview with Corey and Eric of the Liberation Frequency Collective
15:10
Oct 25, 2012
Brothers Under The Skin
02:05
Oct 22, 2012
Feeding The Beast
02:58
Oct 15, 2012
The Politics Of Style
01:31
Oct 15, 2012
Mumia Abu-Jamal: ''Butter and Jerry: The Nexus
02:17
Oct 12, 2012
Butter (Terry Williams) Gets to Breathe
01:34
Oct 01, 2012
From Hope to Fear
02:02
Sep 28, 2012
Ode to Butter (Terry Williams)
01:59
Sep 25, 2012
Teachers As Thugs
01:03
Sep 17, 2012
Arab Summer
02:22
Sep 16, 2012
Return of Clinton
02:41
Sep 10, 2012
Dying For A Raise
02:16
Sep 03, 2012
Attica: 41 Years Later
02:02
Aug 28, 2012
Marcus Garvey - 1887-1940
01:56
Aug 25, 2012
The Real John Carter
03:16
Aug 21, 2012
Children of the Wind
01:46
Aug 12, 2012
The Hour of the Wolf
02:47
Aug 09, 2012
Massacre at the Temple
01:06
Aug 06, 2012
Of Presidents and Praetorians
02:45
Jul 30, 2012
Wars For Wealth
01:47
Jul 30, 2012
The American Way... Of Massacres
01:55
Jul 23, 2012
The China Syndrome?
01:58
Jul 21, 2012
A Question Of Torture
03:43
Jul 15, 2012
Champions Again
01:44
Jul 10, 2012
The State As Murderers
04:46
Jul 10, 2012
Immigration Nation
02:11
Jun 30, 2012
LeBron's Rise
01:55
Jun 24, 2012
Trayvon and the War Against Us
02:44
Jun 22, 2012
Rodney King 1965-2012
01:27
Jun 18, 2012
Chris' Legal Nightmare
01:55
Jun 13, 2012
Donna Summer: Disco Queen
01:38
May 26, 2012
Chicago Again
01:25
May 21, 2012
Panther Baby
02:22
May 21, 2012
Election of Opposites
02:09
May 18, 2012
Captain Reggie Schell: Black panther, 1941-2012
03:11
May 12, 2012
May Day, Our Day
01:18
May 05, 2012
A conversation with Mumia Abu-Jamal and Noelle Hanrahan
03:02
May 05, 2012
The Creation Of A Race
02:13
Apr 29, 2012
A short PSA from Mumia about the upcoming Manning Marable Conference April 26, 2012
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Apr 23, 2012
Message to the Movement
02:01
Apr 22, 2012
Beyond Trayvon
02:33
Apr 16, 2012
Children of the Hole
01:53
Apr 12, 2012
Death Penalty Dies... In Connecticut
01:41
Apr 07, 2012
The Health Of Nations
02:17
Apr 02, 2012
Everybody's Child
01:56
Mar 27, 2012
Primary Colors
02:14
Mar 24, 2012
The Politics Of Mean
01:42
Mar 19, 2012
Son Of Haditha
01:47
Mar 12, 2012
Wars for Votes
02:10
Mar 10, 2012
Racism Without Racists
01:45
Mar 06, 2012
Banneker's Peace Department
02:42
Mar 03, 2012
Bullies
02:43
Mar 01, 2012
Fanon: Revolutionary
01:55
Feb 25, 2012
Whitney Houston 1963-2012
01:32
Feb 15, 2012
National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners
03:23
Feb 13, 2012
For a Revolutionary Black History Month
04:21
Feb 13, 2012
Of Love and Struggle
04:20
Feb 13, 2012
Memories of Maroon
03:04
Feb 13, 2012
Peace Equals War
02:40
Feb 08, 2012
Comments from Mumia, Part 2
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From Sunday evening 1/29/2012Question 2: What is next?Prison RadioProduced by Noelle Hanrahan.
Jan 31, 2012
Comments from Mumia, Part 1
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From Sunday evening 1/29/2012 Question 1: What is General Population like? Prison RadioProduced by Noelle Hanrahan.
Jan 31, 2012
Of Idiots and Sages (Read by Noam Chomsky)
03:40
Jan 31, 2012
Of Idiots and Sages (Read by Mumia Abu-Jamal)
02:13
Jan 31, 2012
Rosa Our Rosa
06:57
'Rosa Our Rosa', a new commentary by Mumia Abu-Jamal read by Goldie (Mumia's daughter) and Frances Goldin. You can also watch the video at http://prisonradio.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/rosa-our-rosa-by-mumia-read-by-goldie-and-frances-goldin/ “We gather today over 140 years after the birthday of Rosa Luxemburg – The brilliant thinker, writer, activist and revolutionary who’s memory still burns bright around the world.” Prison and government officials are trying to censor and silence Mumia Abu-Jamal. We stand with the many Americans who believe that there is tremendous value in his voice being heard. We will fight to make sure that both his voice and his body are free. For updates on Mumia's current condition go to www.prisonradio.org Solidarity,Prison Radio
Jan 16, 2012
'Toy Soldiers' Read by Ron Kovic
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For Mumia Abu-Jamal, I am Ron Kovic author of Born on the Fourth of July.According to recent news accounts, shattered and shredded body parts and remains of U.S. servicemen were found in a landfill.Despite political spins, this sobering image is a telling, true-life metaphor for what those in power really think of soldiers, many of whom are but boys and girls freshly loosed from High School.In recent years, politicians, especially when on TV or radio talk shows, are apt to say, when addressing a vet, "I thank you for your service." In truth, this is robot-talk, kind of like when a parrot is trained to say, "Hello!", and about as meaningful.The American poet, e.e. cummings once said, “A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat, except a man."John Africa said, "A politician will tell you he wasn't born of a woman, if it'll get you to vote for him."In these passing years, since 9/11, wars have been fought that have devastated countries, economies, and world peace. Untold thousands have died, many for nothing more, nor less, than American paranoia. Thousands of U.S. soldiers have died defending American lies.And tens of thousands have returned, bodies, minds, souls shattered by political calculations driven by arrogance, greed and sheer stupidity. Thousands of marriages have ended in divorce because of forced years apart, and families have been broken asunder because some greasy politician wanted to play 'War-President' (or Senator, or Representative.)In a real sense, military body parts tossed into landfills as trash is more than metaphor.It is truth.(c) '11 maj Prison and government officials are trying to censor and silence Mumia Abu-Jamal. I stand as one of many Americans who believe that there is tremendous value in his voice being heard. I am others will fight to make sure that both his voice and his body are free. Ron Kovic. For Mumia Abu-Jamal.Ron Kovic. For Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Jan 11, 2012
Slow Death Row
01:36
Jan. 1st 2012 Prison Radio announces that it will continue to record and distribute Mumia Abu-Jamal's radio essays in the face of State censorship and State sponsored torture. Mumia is being kept in solitary in SCI Mahanoy's dungeon. Its restrictions and conditions belie its modern construction.The defeat for the State, having to openly declare that Mumia will live, and the fact that they can no longer legally execute Mumia, has meant a severe backlash. After his transfer off of death row, Mumia was thrown in the hole at SCI Mahanoy.The prison administration excuse that "paperwork" is holding up his transfer to general population in this medium security prison is transparent.The disinformation is part of the strategy to create confusion and disorient.Make no mistake. These conditions are clearly designed torture. They are being enacted to elicit Mumia and our silence. Mumia Abu-Jamal is being held in extremely repressive conditions. And like thousands of prisoners, residents of solitary confinement and isolation units in every hole in every prison across the country, Mumia is being subject to draconian, dehumanizing and brutal conditions. He is chained in leg, waist and wrist irons, behind Plexiglas during visits. Subject to strip searches before and after visits. Unable to walk freely. Having bits of paper to write notes on, with a rubber flex pen. No shelves, no books. Limited access to new reports, letters delayed. Resitricted visiting. Lights on 24hrs a day. Only one brief phone call to his wife. No access to adequate food or commissary.Please stay in touch as we bring you more updated information.contactNoelle Hanrahan for more information.info@prisonradio.org
Jan 02, 2012
The Prison (The Prison Nation)
02:37
Dec 29, 2011
Madame Danielle Mitterrand - Presente
01:26
Dec 14, 2011
Beyond Penn State
02:06
Nov 29, 2011
Tahrir Square Part 2
01:45
Nov 29, 2011
Whom Do They Represent?
02:15
Nov 22, 2011
From State Pens To Penn State
03:05
Nov 16, 2011
The Managers Of Money
03:02
Nov 14, 2011
Joe Frazier: 1944 -2011
02:26
Nov 14, 2011
What Do They Want?
02:35
Nov 07, 2011
The Life of John Carlos... Who?
02:43
Nov 01, 2011
Interruptus In Iraq
02:40
Oct 25, 2011
Tea Parties And Protests
02:52
Oct 24, 2011
Sylvia Robinson: Rap's Mama Passes
02:23
Oct 17, 2011
Lydia Barashango - Presente!
01:49
Oct 11, 2011
The Occupation
02:39
Oct 11, 2011
Rape Blocks
02:42
Oct 11, 2011
Troy Davis: Movement Lessons
02:30
Sep 26, 2011
Why Jobs Bill Ain't Enough
02:06
Sep 19, 2011
The World Weeps
01:46
Sep 19, 2011
Palestine At The U.N.: Nationhood
02:16
Sep 19, 2011
911 Plus 10
03:03
Sep 06, 2011
Nick Ashford 1941-2011
01:29
Sep 01, 2011
Who's King?
02:22
Aug 29, 2011
Mumia Abu-Jamal speaks to the Grass Roots Radio Conference
06:03
Aug 22, 2011
With Leaders Like These
02:19
Aug 22, 2011
What 'Jobs' Really Means
01:43
Aug 22, 2011
London Afire
01:44
Aug 15, 2011
A Grand Bargain... For Surrender
02:21
Aug 08, 2011
Mubarak In The Dock
01:32
Aug 05, 2011
National Debts
02:25
Aug 05, 2011
Against Japan's Nuclear Dangers
13:37
Jul 28, 2011
Amy Winehouse: 1983-2011
01:16
Jul 26, 2011
Dying For Sunlight (Pelican Bay Hunger Strike)
01:57
Jul 18, 2011
When Media Is Master
02:23
Jul 18, 2011
The Media And The Medea Complex
02:43
Jul 11, 2011
Teachers: On The Frontlines Of Class War
02:27
Jul 09, 2011
Good Night, Afghanistan
03:19
Jun 30, 2011
Drugs And Taxes
02:41
Jun 20, 2011
Wars And Revolutions
03:07
Jun 20, 2011
Mad In The Middle East
03:31
Jun 14, 2011
Geronimo, Born Elmer G. Pratt, Returns To His Ancestors
02:29
Jun 06, 2011
Gil Scott Heron: Radical Poet 1949-2011
01:43
Jun 03, 2011
Neo-Neocolonialism?
02:31
Jun 03, 2011
American Corrections
02:00
May 23, 2011
Echoes Of Empire
02:36
May 23, 2011
The Spoils Of War
01:52
May 16, 2011
From Kent To Kal-El
02:20
May 16, 2011
The Lesson From The Osama Hit
02:23
May 11, 2011
What Osama's Killing Means
02:23
May 05, 2011
The Fate Of Kings
02:18
May 02, 2011
The Method Of Their Madness
02:53
Apr 25, 2011
Manning's Malcolm... And Ours
03:29
Apr 22, 2011
Message For Anti-War Rallies
02:47
Apr 13, 2011
The War That Never Ended
02:19
Apr 13, 2011
Did You Vote For This?
01:49
Apr 07, 2011
Reading Fanon
08:52
Fanon's action is within the context of post-war marked by the ideological struggle between the Western bloc led by the United States and the socialist bloc led by the Soviet Union. The division is clear between the capitalist and the socialist bloc, a third world emerging in the years 1950-1960: it is the third world that also claimed his place in international relations and its share in the wealth sharing the planet. Third World states for the first time its political existence in 1955 at the Bandung Conference, proclaiming his refusal of the bipolar world. Many Third World leaders appear simultaneously with the movements of national liberation struggle and lead a more radical in Africa, Asia, Latin America. The 1960s were marked by violent repression and assassinations of politicians representing the struggle of oppressed peoples: bloody crackdown in Indonesia in 1965 (500,000 dead), assassination of Patrice Lumumba in the Congo, murder of Che Guevara in Bolivia, killing Malcolm X, Martin Luther King in the U.S., assassination of Mehdi Ben Barka in Morocco, the Rivonia trial in South Africa where Nelson Mandela and his companions were sentenced to life imprisonment ... Fanon, FLN activist, editor of the newspaper El-Mujahid, will represent the Provisional Government of the Republic of Algeria, without, knowing the victory achieved this dream in which he contributed so much. He said that the release by the killing of the colonial system and the opening of another channel. Fanon, whether the madness, racism or the "universalism" confiscated by the powerful, do not stop, basically, trying to put "living together", like a transformation acts in situations where dominant and dominated each have everything to lose the perpetuation of existing orders and disorders. Fanon, this rebel, a rebel who fight tenaciously and flawless against domination by the powerful over the weak, enlightens us today about the relationship between fundamental one hand, the right to rebellion before a system social, political and economic plunges the world into disorder and secondly, a colonization of a new type. This, the relevance of the ideas of Fanon, which is currently enjoying a boom in many countries around the world, although France remains curiously aloof from this movement. The necessity of creation, liberation, the denial of a historical determinism that trace each time, before the colonized past and the "globalized" of today, forced to submit to market demands , determinism imposed by market forces and the rulers. This alternative was presented yesterday, between the capitalist and the socialist system, Fanon, calling for the opening of another channel. And today, the same alternative choice may be between a universalism recovered by the powerful in the context of the capitalist system is also said globalization and the struggle to build an international society based on solidarity, cooperation and friendship between peoples. It is this political aspect of Fanon-known - and which now turns to a news indisputable. Foundation Frantz Fanon, open structure and network, makes sense in this series of questions but also from the question posed by events and reading the world: What happens now at work Fanon, what about his presence and what he thought of building a "new humanity," a universal plural? The Foundation positioned networks (Caribbean, U.S. and Latin America, France-Europe, Middle East, West Africa and East Africa and Asia), working across the board, must ensure the presence of labor to and from Fanon and the world today. The peculiarity of the thought of Fanon, through the various lands he himself has invested, is to have them connected places that seemed distant from each other geographically (France, the Caribbean, the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa) or institutionally (the psychiatric hospital and politics). This work transversal networks should be used to connect places and compare his thoughts to the experiences, problems and issues of this and show the news because one of the dimensions of Fanon's thought is the "globality. " Mireille Fanon-Mendès France, Foundation President Frantz Fanon www.frantzfanonfoundation-fondationfrantzfanon.com
Apr 07, 2011
The Enemies We Don't Know
02:27
Mar 31, 2011
And Like That, Blink, A New War
01:43
Mar 22, 2011
Two Panthers Die
02:14
Mar 22, 2011
Japanese Winter
01:38
Mar 15, 2011
Teachers Baaad
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Mar 12, 2011
Message to Jack Heyman Retirement Celebration 2/25/11
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Long Live John Africa! On a Move! Greetings to all assembled in honor of Jack Heyman, the longtime ILWU organizer and organizer for a half dozen other causes besides. Jack represents the best of the labor tradition, one not bounded by national borders or the other lines we create to keep us corralled into spaces approved by the state. I think the last time I saw him on the tube he was in London before about a million people protesting maybe the stupidest war in generations -- Iraq. Jack knows, as do we all, that our borders are a lot like prison walls that keep us divided and isolated. So he spent a lot of time and a lot of energy with his sledgehammer knocking holes in the walls. Oh, by the way, I KNOW, I KNOW that Wisconsin has him chomping at the bit. Anyway, congratulations on his retirement and, On a Move. This is Mumia Abu-Jamal. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has defended Mumia Abu-Jamal for nearly 25 years, since 1985, including an action in 1999 which closed down all the U.S. West Coast ports demanding freedom for Mumia. This was the first port shutdown in defense of a political prisoner in the United States. Although the union did take a position to free Angela Davis in 1972 no port action was taken. And, the relationship has been mutual. Mumia has supported every strike and action of the ILWU including defense of the Charleston longshore union, support for the Inland Boatmen's Union organizing rallies at the Hornblower Ferry terminal on the S.F. Embarcadero, defense of the two young Black longshoremen victimized by police and security goons in the Port of Sacramento under the guise of Homeland Security. This is a message from Mumia in honor of retiring longshore member, Jack Heyman, who has been an ILWU organizer mobilizing support of death row and political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Kevin Cooper, the S.F. 8 and Troy Anthony Davis; a leader in the struggles against U.S. wars on Iraq and Afghanistan and in support of Palestinian rights (shutting down the Israeli Zim Line ship in 2010 in the Port of Oakland); and international labor solidarity for the Liverpool Dockers and against South African apartheid. Jack Heyman is also a member of the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal which organized a labor conference in 2000 that brought many union members, including a delegation of the Charleston longshoremen, into the struggle in defense of Mumia. Jack was honored on Feb. 25th for his leadership in the union and its struggles for social justice at an event which included many rank and file ILWU members, Angela Davis, Brian McWilliams, Leo Robinson, Howard Keylor, many leaders and rank and file members in the Bay Area labor movement, and activists in the causes of Mumia defense, immigrant rights, civil liberties, and Black liberation and against imperialist wars.
Mar 07, 2011
What The Arab Rebellions Mean
02:40
Mar 07, 2011
Bombing His Own People?
02:56
Mar 07, 2011
Revolutions To Come
02:34
Feb 28, 2011
Cracks In The Empire
02:05
Feb 21, 2011
Egypt: A Good Beginning
02:40
Feb 16, 2011
Cointelpros Then And Now
04:36
Feb 16, 2011
The Set Up Or The Sell Out
02:47
Feb 12, 2011
Allies Of Empire?
02:29
Feb 05, 2011
Mumia's Address To The Rosa Luxemburg Conference
04:40
The Rosa Luxemburg Conference took place on January 8, 2011 in Berlin. The main slogan was: "Learning how we have to fight". It is part of a quote by Rosa Luxemburg in her book about the Russian Revolution. The whole quote: "Amidst history, amidst the development, amidst the struggle, we learn how we have to fight."
Feb 03, 2011
The Wikileaks Effect
01:57
Feb 03, 2011
When Puppets Fall?
02:29
Feb 03, 2011
Jay-Z: The Roots Of Rap
02:45
For a rapper to write a book, a straight-ahead prose text, is unusual. For they think in rhymes, couplets, metaphors and beats. When books do appear, they are often those dreadful 'as told to' pieces, less written than dictated, more hustle than work of art or deep thought. Jay-Z has produced the former. An MC of almost legendary skills and reputation in the rap world, his work traditionally mines the urban streets for tales of hustling, of survival, and often, wild parties. They can mime the highly polished art of braggadocio, of wealth and hedonism for which rap is renowned. But Jay-Z's new book, DECODED, is an honest, sober, well written and surprisingly political work which chillingly recalls the era of rap's birth in Brooklyn and his struggle to find a place in it. Remarkably, his attempts to get signed by label after label were repeatedly rebuffed, a measure of just how clueless record companies were in rap's crib days. But he really soars when he writes of his generation's need to pick through the refuse of the past, to fill the aching spaces of fatherlessness, made worse by the ravages of the Reagan era and the drug scourge. He writes: I feel like we-rappers, DJs, producers -- were able to smuggle some of the magic of that dying civilization out in our music and use it to build a new world. We were kids without fathers, so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history, and in a way, that was a gift; we got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves. That was part of the ethos of that time and place, and it got built into the culture we created. Our fathers were gone, usually because they just bounced, but we took their old records and used them to build something new. {p.255} The book is richly supplemented with lyrics from Jay-Z's most famous raps, and even several collaborations. It is thus a treasure trove for rap and hip-hop heads. DECODED is a map of an era that gave birth to one of the most influential musics of the 20th century. Jay-Z has contributed something remarkable as an historical document of the period. --(c) 1/17/11 Mumia Abu-Jamal [Source: Jay-Z, Decoded, {Spiegel & Grau: New York, 2010]
Jan 28, 2011
Cities For Sale
02:50
Jan 17, 2011
When 'Nut' Ain't Enough
02:54
Jan 13, 2011
Bullets Or Bucks
02:43
Jan 11, 2011
Campaign To End The Death Penalty Interview With Mumia
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The following is the print version of the original written exchange as it appeared in the October 2010 issue of THE NEW ABOLITIONIST which is the newsletter of The Campaign To End the Death Penalty. www.nodeathpenalty.org Mumia’s voice should be included By Marlene Martin Mumia Abu-Jamal is probably the best-known death-row prisoner in the United States—both because of the powerful campaign to prove innocence and win his freedom, and because of his own role in speaking out from death row for justice, whether the issue is capital punishment or racism or unjust wars. But some abolitionists in the U.S. feel that Mumia’s voice “endangers” our chance to win abolition of the death penalty, and so they attempted to have that voice barred from addressing a gathering of abolitionists at the Fourth World Congress Against the Death Penalty, held in December 2009 in Geneva Switzerland. U.S. members on the steering committee of the World Congress sent a “secret memo” to Congress organizers urging them to exclude Mumia from speaking via a planned telephone address, because, they claimed, “involvement of Mumia Abu-Jamal endangers the U.S. coalition for abolition of the death penalty. When Mumia did speak, a group of U.S. attendees stood up and walked out of the room. In a nutshell, their memo argues that Mumia is attracting too much negative attention from the likes of the Fraternal Order of Police, and as a result is threatening the “delicate balance” to be achieved with law enforcement and prosecutors that they claim is essential to win an end to the death penalty. According to the memo, “The voices of the innocent, the voices of victims, and voices of law enforcement are the most persuasive factors in changing public opinion and the views of decision-makers (politicians) and opinion leaders (media). Continuing to shine a spotlight on Abu-Jamal, who has had so much public exposure for so many years, threatens to alienate these three most important partnership groups.” Signers to the memo include: Elizabeth Zitrin, Death Penalty Focus; Renny Cushing and Kate Lowenstein, Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights; Speedy Rice, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Kirstin Houle, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; and Juan Matos de Juan, Puerto Rico Bar Association. Soon after learning of the “secret memo,” the Campaign to End the Death Penalty issued an open letter to the abolitionist community in defense of Mumia. (You can read it at nodeathpenalty.org.) We condemn any attempt to exclude Mumia’s voice from our movement, a voice that has been so sharp, so insightful and so important in helping to build and shape that movement. As of now, not a word has been written about this incident by any of the individual signers or the groups they belong to—no retraction, no clarification, no explanation. And none of the groups these individuals belong to would sign onto the Stand with Mumia statement that other groups and individuals have endorsed (see page 7). I wrote to Mumia to get his reaction. Our exchange follows: ********************** I thank the Campaign to End the Death Penalty for your wondrous support. When the letter was read to me, I felt an odd mix of rage and disbelief. It speaks volumes of the movement and why it is so moribund. Once again, a white elite “polices” (pun intended) the movement, making sure it’s not too “radical” and is acceptable to the system. That ain’t a movement; it’s a regression! When you heard that a group of abolitionists walked out of a meeting to protest your speaking, what was your reaction? Well, I didn’t know these people, so it didn’t make any sense to me. I remember thinking that it was somehow political—but again it didn’t make any sense; had the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) infiltrated the anti-death penalty movement? That’s crazy. Should abolitionists partner with law enforcement? If you recall, in one of my earliest communications with you and the newsletter, I noted how the role of abolitionists was not to be taken lightly. They were revolutionaries fighting against one of the wealthiest and most powerful institutions in American society: Slavery. You know the one group that abolitionists never bothered to recruit? Slave-owners. They knew that this was a waste of time. The current movement that uses that name clearly hasn’t used that lesson from history. We forget how Lincoln hated abolitionists with a passion, and demeaned them in his speeches. Cops as abolitionists is just as nutty as the idea of slave-owners turning against the source of their wealth and status. One of the sentences in the memo reads, “The support of law enforcement officials is essential to achieving abolition in the United States.” Abolitionists should deeply study the history of their forbears—and learn these lessons of history. That history is struggle—sometimes unpopular, always controversial, but socially transformative. They can’t make deals with the devil and expect anything other than hell. In order to win abolition, do we need to be more practical and less radical? That is the implication of the memo. The abolitionist movement is, unfortunately, echoing history here, for after the Union triumphed in the Civil War, they put away their placards, silenced their songs and declared victory. When they walked away, they allowed Reconstruction to be a half-hearted failure. Their departure from the field allowed politicians to betray millions of newly freed Africans to the tender mercies of the former Confederates—who launched a campaign of terror that lasted for a century. Frederick Douglass said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” There was no struggle—and guess what? There was no progress! What should abolitionists do? Let us become that which we revere and remember. Let us BE abolitionists, strengthened by the positive contributions of our ancestors, Black and white. Let us STRUGGLE—to make progress. Let us build the movement by making it Blacker, more Latino, and more working class. Let us understand that social movements change history. Have you received any apologies from anyone of the folks that walked out? No apologies (unless like the memo, they kept it a secret).
Jan 07, 2011
War Crimes And Wikileaks
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Jan 05, 2011
Teena Marie
01:41
Dec 30, 2010
Out Of Georgia
02:11
Dec 30, 2010
Rumblings In The Distance
02:23
Dec 28, 2010
Allies In Lies
01:56
Dec 21, 2010
Ask, Now Tell?
01:39
Dec 21, 2010
News Flash: Nixon Was Racist
02:03
Dec 17, 2010
Obama: Clinton With A Tan
02:49
Dec 13, 2010
Selling Out Softly
02:37
Dec 13, 2010
'Chalmers Johnson: 1931-2010 - The Death Of A Right Wing Anti-Imperialist
02:48
Dec 06, 2010
The Prison Industrial Complex
01:06
Nov 29, 2010
Wars Against Ourselves
02:59
Nov 29, 2010
Kanye's Comments
02:30
Nov 22, 2010
The Way Of Zinn
02:03
Nov 15, 2010
Gregory Isaacs: Love Reggae
01:51
Nov 11, 2010
When Murder Ain't Murder
01:17
Nov 08, 2010
Swing And Counter Swing
02:59
Nov 08, 2010
The Dirty Game: Politics
01:49
Nov 01, 2010
The Politics Of Fear
02:18
Nov 01, 2010
Justice Denied Film Premiere Phone Broadcast
15:12
Nov 01, 2010
Firing Words
03:25
Oct 25, 2010
Oscar Grant Rally Address
01:17
Oct 25, 2010
The State And Repression
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German Conference On Political Repression Discusses Mumia Abu-Jamal From October 8 - 10 people gathered in the German city of Hamburg for an international congress on political repression. "New Roads of Solidarity": http://www.antirepkongresshh2010.tk/ In two events Mumia Abu-Jamal was discussed. In the first one, different activists gave reports on experiences with political repression. Among them Dr. Michael Schiffmann from Heidelberg, who spoke on long time political prisoners in the US, especially from the Black Panther Party, the BLA or the MOVE 9. He introduced some prisoners to the audience and highlighted the common thread in all of their prison sentences: no evidence at all, combined with a political agenda was enough to get these activists in prison for most of their life. Afterwards someone from the Berlin Free Mumia coalition gave a report on the prison industrial complex and the death penalty in the US. While the audience seemed to be very much aware of the immense human rights violations regarding both subjects they were stunned by the fact, that the US is "the jailer" of the planet, who according to the UN, imprisons more than 20% of all prisoners worldwide. The obvious tradition from slavery to the prison industry was well understood. In Europe various states are just beginning to establish a similar industry, such as the UK, Poland and Germany. Afterwards both described the urgent situation of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who's life is on the line again in a November 9th U.S. Court of Appeals hearing. The need to increase the solidarity with Mumia now was pointed out. About 80 people from all over Germany signed a letter to Mumia, took info material and discussed practical steps. One of them will be a FREE MUMIA demonstration in Berlin on December 11, 2010 marching from the borough of Kreuzberg to the US Embassy in the city centre. In the closing event of the conference Mumia's recorded message was played to an audience of appr. 350 people. Michael Schiffmann introduced Mumia's speech. Afterwards loud applause arouse and the audience seemed to be very moved that someone in the isolation of death row was able to address them especially.
Oct 25, 2010
Lost Opportunities
02:06
Oct 18, 2010
Party Fever
03:20
Oct 14, 2010
The Politics Of Culture
02:40
Oct 11, 2010
The Media And The Boogeyman Syndrome
02:55
Sep 27, 2010
Tea Parties: The Politics Of Fear
02:41
Sep 20, 2010
The Already Forgotten War
02:33
Sep 14, 2010
Jobless On Labor Day
02:09
Sep 06, 2010
From Fanon To Africa, With Love Part 2
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Sep 02, 2010
From Fanon To Africa, With Love Part 1
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Sep 02, 2010
Honor Rallies After War
02:04
Aug 30, 2010
Mad Nation
01:34
Aug 30, 2010
From Shock And Awe To Aw, Shucks
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Aug 23, 2010
A Matter Of The Mosque
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Aug 23, 2010
George Jackson
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Aug 19, 2010
Looney Laura
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Aug 19, 2010
Marilyn Buck Presente!
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Black August by Marilyn Buck Would you hang on a cliff’s edge sword-sharp, slashing fingers while jackboot screws stomp heels on peeled-flesh bones and laugh “let go! die, damn you, die!” could you hang on 20 years, 30 years? 20 years, 30 years and more brave Black brothers buried in US koncentration kamps they hang on Black light shining in torture chambers Ruchell, Yogi, Sundiata, Sekou, Warren, Chip, Seth, Herman, Jalil, and more and more they resist: Black August Nat Turner insurrection chief executed: Black August Jonathan, George dead in battle’s light: Black August Fred Hampton, Black Panthers, African Brotherhood murdered: Black August Kuwasi Balagoon, Nuh Abdul Quyyam captured warriors dead: Black August Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ella Baker, Ida B. Wells Queen Mother Moore – their last breaths drawn fighting death: Black August Black August: watchword for Black liberation for human liberation sword to sever the shackles light to lead children of every nation to safety Black August remembrance resist the amerikkan nightmare for life Marilyn Buck wrote this poem for Black August 2000. She was released July 15, 2010, after 25 years as an anti-imperialist political prisoner. Then suddenly, only 19 days later, she was gone. Her comrade and fellow former political prisoner Linda Evans broke the sad news: “Our dear comrade Marilyn Buck made her transition yesterday (Aug. 3, 2010) at 1 p.m. EST peacefully and surrounded by friends.” Sister Marpessa Kupendua wrote: “Former political prisoner Marilyn Buck made her transition. Peace and blessings be upon her revolutionary soul! Let her passing motivate us to be on point for all those denied medical care within the walls. Serious illnesses ARE death sentences! Much respect to her struggle on our collective behalf and all those who loved her so strong in her final days!”
Aug 12, 2010
Wikileaks And The Imperial Press
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Aug 02, 2010
Malcolm Shabazz In Coversation with Mumia Abu-Jamal
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Jul 31, 2010
Selling Out Shirley Sherrod or The Beck Effect
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Jul 26, 2010
Brother Charles: 1951-2010
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Jul 26, 2010
When Massacre Is No Crime
02:08
Jul 26, 2010
Punishing Lynne
02:42
Jul 19, 2010
The Mehserle Trial
02:07
Jul 12, 2010
From Hero To Zero In 60 Seconds
02:12
Jul 12, 2010
The Man Called Robert C. Byrd
03:15
Jul 05, 2010
Is Steele Too Real?
02:24
Jul 05, 2010
What to a Slave is the Fourth of July written by Mumia read by Bernadette Devlin McAliskey
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Jul 04, 2010
The New Jim Crow: Book Review
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Jul 01, 2010
For Lynne Stewart
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Jun 28, 2010
Message to the U.S. Social Forum
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Ona Move! Dear Friends at the Social Forum, As I write this, it has just been announced that the petro-multinational, BP, has failed at its "Top Kill" plan, and the Gulf of Mexico is being more fouled by the hour. If ever there were a time to honestly question the madness at the heart of capitalism, it is now, as people are repulsed by what they are seeing, week after week, and now month after month, of environmental wreckage, corporate greed, and government subservience. Because, in truth, this is what capitalism, unbridled, unregulated, looks like: the spoilage of the natural world for private gain. Just a few weeks ago, we saw the Supreme Court essentially write off the damages awarded to the devastated native population of Alaska, who suffered from the Exxon Valdez disaster. Their award was cut by over 90%, making it a windfall for Exxon. It's no wonder their bottom line is looking so good. Again - that's capitalism! If folks at this Forum don’t grasp this moment, to build the Movement, then this moment will pass, and the era of crony capitalism will give us all nightmarish dystopias that will make these days look like the good old days. To quote the late, great Kwame Ture, "Organize! Organize! Organize!" This is written, by necessity, several weeks before the Forum, but I'm willing to bet that even as these words are heard, either the leak will not have been fixed; or, even if it is, then the Gulf waters are still as foul, still as toxic, still as ugly: if not worse. If the struggle isn't to make such environmental crimes such as these unthinkable, then it is for nothing. Thank you all! Ona Move! Long Live John Africa! Mumia Abu-Jama
Jun 23, 2010
The Good Empire
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Jun 22, 2010
Message in Support of Sekou Odinga
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Jun 17, 2010
From the Spiritual to the Profane
02:10
Jun 17, 2010
Gaza Prison
01:47
Jun 14, 2010
Helen's Forbidden Opinions
02:29
Jun 10, 2010
Soul Music
01:38
Jun 10, 2010
Before BP (British Petroleum)
01:56
Jun 09, 2010
Ecocide
02:40
Jun 01, 2010
John Africa on Water and Pollution
02:27
May 29, 2010
Lessons Lost (re Iraq and Vietnam)
02:11
May 24, 2010
State Against People
02:57
May 16, 2010
The Fall of the House of Labor
03:15
May 12, 2010
May 13th at 25 Years
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May 10, 2010
This Time, Time Squared
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May 09, 2010
Arizona
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May 07, 2010
Union Busting Rio Tinto Style
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May 07, 2010
Oil on the Waters
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May 05, 2010
Teaparties and the Fear of the Future
02:11
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Apr 29, 2010
Message for Civil Rights Rally 4-26-2010 WDC
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Apr 26, 2010
Message to April 24th Birthday Events
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April 24th: Philadelphia Events in Support of Mumia! Join The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Pam and Ramona Africa for the: RISE UP AND GET READY TO WORK FUNDRAISER!!! FEATURING: UMAR BIN HASSAN OF THE LAST POETS, SONIA SANCHEZ, MAMA CHARLOTTE O'NEAL, MRS. BETTY'S SON, LINN WASHINGTON, ATTORNEY LEON WILLIAMS, ATTORNEY MICHAEL COARD, SUNDIATA SADIQ, UNIVERSAL AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUM ENSEMBLE! Benefit for THE CIVIL RIGHTS CAMPAIGN to release Mumia Abu-Jamal and rally at the Justice Department in Washington, DC on APRIL 26TH!! The Justice Department has stated that if we can show there is evidence of an ongoing conspiracy to stop Mumia from having a fair trial, they will intervene. We have the proof. See freemumia.com and STAND WITH US on 4/26 in D.C. SATURDAY APRIL 24, 2010 12:00-5:00 PM AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE CENTER 1501 CHERRY ST., PHILADELPHIA, PA $15.00 DONATION (Your donation will go toward transportation to Washington, D.C. on April 26th and the on-going campaign to release Mumia!)
Apr 25, 2010
Lynching Then and Now Message for Nationwide Tour
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Friends, Brothers, Sisters: Ona Move! The anti-death penalty movement is an offshoot of the global human rights movement, as expressed by private associations, and later, by a variety of governments. It is noteworthy, then, for us to cite the state abolition of the death penalty in Kenya, in 2009. We should also note the fact that the rate of juries meting out death sentences has fallen to its lowest in 30 years. And finally, several months ago, the group that was perhaps most instrumental in fashioning the present death penalty, The American Law Institute, announced it would no longer participate in formulating laws governing the death penalty. The ALI, a distinguished group of 4,000 judges, law professors, and lawyers, were the people who initially proposed the aggravating and mitigating circumstances that the U.S. Supreme Court adopted in 1976 when it reinstated the death penalty. And yet, despite this, the death penalty is alive and well in America. Why? It makes no economic sense, but politicians are wedded to it. That’s because at its core, the death penalty derives from, and thus replaces, lynch law. Is it mere coincidence that the states which are most active in capital punishment are Southern ones? This is also generally true when we examine the establishment and expansion of the American prison system. After the Civil War, when slavery was abolished by law, states in the former confederacy established the convict lease system, where prisoners worked, without pay, for the state. One man, observing the dreadful loss of life and health for such people, called it “worse than slavery.” In essence, these states made a private institution a public one – and both Black men and women became “slaves of the state.” The U.S. death penalty system performs a similar function. It socialized, or made public, that which had been heretofore the province of individuals – lynchings. MAJ c ’10
Apr 24, 2010
Ticking Time Bombs
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Apr 21, 2010
CELEBRATION OF THE LIVES OF DENNIS BRUTUS AND HOWARD ZINN - Mumia's Comment on the passing of Dennis Brutus
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CELEBRATION OF THE LIVES OF DENNIS BRUTUS AND HOWARD ZINN Sunday, April 18, 2010, 1-3pm Clapp Hall, 4249 5th Ave. Across from Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel Friends, So many of us in Pittsburgh have had the great fortune to know, learn from and stand together with Dennis Brutus and Howard Zinn on many issues and in many struggles. Through their writings, films and examples they can still inspire young people to take action and help seasoned activists to keep on working for social justice and peace for the rest of our lives. Please join us at this tribute to our wonderful teachers, friends and fellow activists. The program will include speakers, who were their dear friends and collaborators, including Staughton Lynd, "The People Speak" co-producer Lisa Smith, Celeste Taylor, Paul LeBlanc and Marcus Rediker, Chair of the Pitt History Department. In addition, Howard and Dennis will be present through videos. We'll have an open mike for people to speak out or share a favorite poem or excerpt. Their books will be on sale. Spread the word widely and help make this an afternoon of celebration and inspiration. For more info 412-241-6087.
Apr 19, 2010
CELEBRATION OF THE LIVES OF DENNIS BRUTUS AND HOWARD ZINN - Mumia's Comment on the passing of Howard Zinn
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CELEBRATION OF THE LIVES OF DENNIS BRUTUS AND HOWARD ZINN Sunday, April 18, 2010, 1-3pm Clapp Hall, 4249 5th Ave. Across from Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel Friends, So many of us in Pittsburgh have had the great fortune to know, learn from and stand together with Dennis Brutus and Howard Zinn on many issues and in many struggles. Through their writings, films and examples they can still inspire young people to take action and help seasoned activists to keep on working for social justice and peace for the rest of our lives. Please join us at this tribute to our wonderful teachers, friends and fellow activists. The program will include speakers, who were their dear friends and collaborators, including Staughton Lynd, "The People Speak" co-producer Lisa Smith, Celeste Taylor, Paul LeBlanc and Marcus Rediker, Chair of the Pitt History Department. In addition, Howard and Dennis will be present through videos. We'll have an open mike for people to speak out or share a favorite poem or excerpt. Their books will be on sale. Spread the word widely and help make this an afternoon of celebration and inspiration. For more info 412-241-6087.
Apr 19, 2010
Storm Over Kyrgyzstan
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Apr 14, 2010
4-8-10 Cornel West in Conversation With Mumia Abu-Jamal
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Apr 10, 2010
When Empires End
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Apr 05, 2010
Message for April 3rd Educators for Mumia Event NYC
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Apr 04, 2010
May Day Admist Global Mayhem
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Apr 04, 2010
Address to Live From Death Row
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Apr 03, 2010
When There is No Precedent
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Mar 28, 2010
A Glitch Without a Hitch
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Mar 22, 2010
Judges Judge Judges
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Mar 22, 2010
Apartheid Schools
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Mar 16, 2010
Educational Industrial Complex
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Mar 14, 2010
Earthquake
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Mar 07, 2010
Democracy of Puppets
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Mar 07, 2010
Democracy Without Democracy
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Mar 01, 2010
Against War for Ever More
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Mar 01, 2010
The Haiti Response Guns or Doctors?
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Feb 18, 2010
Corporate Supremacy --Still!
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The recent Supreme Court decision on corporate personhood, The Citizen's United case, has evoked considerable comment, and even some indignation: "Corporations have the right to spend unlimited amounts of money on politicians?!" - "outrageous!" Really? While people have every right to be outraged, we should inform our outrage, for, in truth, corporate interests have owned the political process -- and politicians -- for the better part of a century. In the classic history book, The Robber Barons, by Matthew Josephson (Harcourt: 1969), one encounters scenes of major industrialists buying politicians outright with satchels of money - on the floor of State Senates!! The buying is not so overt now, but politicians are still being bought like hot dogs. What is a modern congressional, presidential or judicial campaign today - but a race for the money? For the man (or woman) who gets money can buy media - and the media decides races. In a real sense, all the court did was open up the spigot for more dough from corporate coffers. In essence, the court said, it's not enough to rent politicians; now you can own them. And they will own them. And where will much of this money go, but into the pockets of corporate media? And what is this but a corporate media stimulus package? What makes this case remarkable isn't so much the result (for this was politically predictable), but the court's reliance on precedent that actually wasn't precedential. For, in the case Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Co. (1886), used as the foundation for the principle of corporate personhood, that principle appears nowhere - but the court clerk wrote it into the head notes of the case, which is not legally part of the case - and 124 years later an error became law, which became precedent, which guides decisions today, which favors corporate wealth and power over democracy. In the 1880's, during the age of the captains of industry who came to be known as the "robber barons", multi-millionaire Andrew Carnegie, threatened with legal action to restrain his corporate excesses, remarked: "What do I care about the law? Ain't I got the power?" (Josephson 15) Thanks to the Supreme Court, they've got even more. (c) 2010 Mumia Abu-Jamal
Feb 14, 2010
When Young People are the Enemy
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Feb 07, 2010
Interview of Mumia by POCC Minister of Information JR
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Feb 07, 2010
Paying The Costs: SF8
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As the once front page story of the San Francisco 8 case winds down, bills are becoming due. The San Francisco 8 refers to 8 former members of the Black Panther Party, charged with involvement in a 1971 homicide. There is little doubt now that the case was initiated more for political reasons than legal ones. The San Francisco District Attorney's office thought so little of the case that it declined to prosecute. California's attorney general opted to try it instead. Almost from day one, the case began unraveling. A few guys took plea bargains to relatively minor charges, resulting in probation. Within months, charges against 5 of the men were dismissed. Only one still has charges pending. The men - Herman Bell, Ray Boudreaux, Henry Jones, Jalil Muntaqim, Richard O' Neal, Harold Taylor, and Francisco Torres - now middle aged and older, stood firm with each other, and refused to flip on each other. Some of them were tortured back in 1973, when charges were originally dismissed. (One man, John Bowman, died before trial) Why this case? Initially, it is the extraordinary resources and papers made available to local jurisdictions by the federal government in the aftermath of 9/11; secondly, California's Attorney General (Edmund 'Jerry" Brown) was anxious to run for governor, and thought this case would prove the right vehicle. But what was sensational in 1971 loses some of it's punch in 2007. The newest headlines from the case isn't what the cash strapped stated wants to hear. San Francisco's Public Defenders office has filed for $2 million in reimbursements owed by the City for its defenses of the men. They are seeking that sum because the State, not San Francisco County, took up the prosecution of the 36 year old case. (c) 2010 Mumia Abu-Jamal
Feb 07, 2010
Black History Month
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Feb 06, 2010
A Year In: More Same Than Change
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Feb 05, 2010
Howard Zinn, Master Historian
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It should surprise no one when a man, nearly 90, dies. It is as natural as moonlight, as regular as a rainbow after a summer shower. And yet, the passing of Howard Zinn surprises. He was a few months shy of 90, true, but he was still a bright eyed and brilliant lecturer, whose sense of humor gave a wondrous sparkle to his speeches and humanized his writing. He is perhaps best known for his masterwork, A People's History of the United States; 1492 - Present, (Harper Collins, 1980/2003. which sold millions of copies. Zinn was an adherent of the 'history from below' school of history, and wrote from the perspective of the bottoms of societies, not the top. He wrote about Black slaves fighting for freedom, Native folks fighting for sovereignty, poor white workers fighting for the right to unionize, women fighting for the right to work and vote, soldiers, gay folks, prisoners, and students struggling to learn about the history of their country. And while Zinn was indeed a brilliant, ground-breaking historian, he didn't write about the poor from a scholars distance; he grew up desperately poor in New York, joined the Air Force during World War II, and became a bombardier. Like many young service members, he read incessantly. When he left the service, he used the G. I. Bill to study at Columbia where he earned his Ph.D. And while he earned an advanced degree, he learned things he hadn't planned on when he taught at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, for his teaching took place during the eruption of the Civil Rights movement, and student protests against the U.S. apartheid system of segregation. Spelman, a Black women's college, had its share of activists, who, when they tried to leaflet, were stopped, threatened and prevented from leafleting by the cops. Zinn, teaching legal history and constitutional law to many of these students, learned that what the law books and cases said meant nothing in the real-life world of Georgian apartheid. In his 1990 book, Declarations of Independence, Zinn wrote: The law was plain. A series of Supreme Court decisions made the right to distribute leaflets on a public street absolute. It would be hard to find something in the Bill of Rights that was more clear cut than this. I told my students this. But I knew immediately that I must tell them something else; that the law didn't much matter. If they began handing out leaflets on Peachtree street and a white policeman (all police were white in Atlanta at the time), came along and said "Move!" what could they do? Cite the relevant Supreme Court cases to the policeman. {p.198} This was Atlanta: 1961, and the Movement taught Zinn many realities about America. Howard Zinn. Historian. Activist. Playwright. Prodigious writer. Father of the People's History movement. Friend. --(c) 1/28/10 Mumia Abu-Jamal
Jan 28, 2010
Alice Walker, If I Was President
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Jan 27, 2010
Haiti's Suffering
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Jan 26, 2010
Haiti on Our Minds
03:57
Jan 18, 2010
More Bad Intel
03:23
Jan 11, 2010
From How to Why
02:59
Jan 04, 2010
Obama Post Imperial?
02:04
Dec 27, 2009
The Limits of Our Politics
02:01
Dec 21, 2009
Just War? or Just War
02:37
Dec 18, 2009
Wealth Care
02:52
Dec 18, 2009
Solidarity Statement for 12-12-09, Oakland Event
01:04
Dec 13, 2009
Mumia Interview by Noelle Hanrahan on 29th Anniversary
06:02
Dec 09, 2009
Wars to Come
02:50
Dec 08, 2009
Ghosts of Vietnam
02:37
Nov 30, 2009
Babies Behind Bars
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Nov 30, 2009
Children of the Torn
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Several months ago, a commentary was written on the children of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, where judges sold their very freedom for private profit. Two prominent county judges (Messrs. Mark A. Ciavarella and Michael T. Conahan) allegedly made millions of dollars by sending kids to a private facility (Pa Child Care) in which they had a financial interest, as opposed to state institutions from which they would've received nothing. How could such a thing happen? How could it have happened for years? It happened because, in part, people both allowed it to happen, and they wanted it to happen. Children were sent to juvenile joints -- for months! -- for playing hooky, for being late, for breaking curfew, and the like. And most people said nothing, did nothing and some even praised this judicial example of "zero tolerance." One woman, Sandra Brulo, the former chief of the county's juvenile probation department, asked about the increasing detentions, told a county commission looking into the scandal, "The judge is the final say", adding that most folks simply didn't want "to question the judge." And so they didn't, while dozens, then hundreds and then thousands of kids were sent to detention. Nobody wanted to rock the boat. It's enough to say it was illegal for judges to privately profit from the juvie prison system, but the PA Juvenile Act (the statute governing this area) made what these judges did illegal as well. That's because most of these transfers to detention took place without legal representation, and the code [§6337] states lawyers "must" be provided for kids, unless a parent or guardian affirmatively waives such counsel -- in court. According to Brulo, in many cases, orders for detention were signed by the judges before the hearings even began! Moreover, in 1966, in Kent v. U.S., the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of juveniles to have counsel, just like adults. For years, in Pennsylvania, this meant nothing. What use is the constitution when there's money to be made? col. writ. 11/18/09] (c) '09 Mumia Abu-Jamal [Sources: Strupczewski, Leo, "I Had 'Nowhere Else to Go', Official Tells Luzerne Pane," Legal Intelligencer, 11/11/09, pp.1 10.; Tit. 42 Pa. Consolidated Statutes § 6301 et seq., § 6325: Detention of Child; § 6337: Right to Counsel; § 6311: Guardian Ad Litem for child in court proceedings; Kent v. U.S., 541 (D.C.) 1996.]
Nov 29, 2009
Colony Still?
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Nov 16, 2009
Carnage at Fort Hood Texas
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Nov 08, 2009
The Pendulum Effect
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Nov 01, 2009
The Good Occupation?
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Oct 27, 2009
The Dow Says Wow: The People Say Ouch
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Oct 22, 2009
Obama Nobel Laureate
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