November 6, 2007

Mumia Who?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 4:11 pm by berniexltd

“I’m gonna’ help em’ fry the nigger.” These words spewed from the mouth of Judge Albert Sabo, a man who over the course of his career had sentenced more men to death than any other judge in U.S. history (33 in total, 2 of which were white) during the trial of Mumia-Abu Jamal – one of the most celebrated and controversial political prisoners in the world. A renowned journalist from Philadelphia who has been on Pennsylvania’s death row for over 25 years, Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner on December 9, 1981 and sentenced to death in a trial that Amnesty International has declared a “violation of minimum international standards that govern fair trial procedures and the use of the death penalty.”

What motivated this entry was a result of my astonishment that many people, especially young adults in Philadelphia, do not know who Mumia Abu-Jamal is; one of the most celebrated and controversial political prisoners renowned for his vigilant activism. It is all too easy to conform to a sense of apathy and disinterest in the problems of the world as a result of alienation and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. It’s rather inspiring that for more than a quarter century, Mumia Abu-Jamal has produced some of the most potent and intoxicating sociopolitical commentaries available from a cell about the size of your average bathroom. If Mumia still persists as a thorn in the side of oppression in the face of so much adversity, let alone from a life in prison that would drive many into despair, how is it so difficult for us to educate ourselves and others? To talk about it and make a difference in our own way, to instill a sense of compassion instead of indifference?

It is not my intention to write a diatribe or synopsis of this case’s history or to expel my beliefs of Mumia’s innocence. The evidence and circumstances are so lengthy and astounding, that I feel it would be more prudent to offer a head start for someone who is unaware or skeptical about the case. The fusion of journalism and filmmaking is an incredible tool for understanding. Through literary and visual devices a message can appeal to the senses in a way that when isolated, may or may not be as effective as when combined. This is why I have enclosed several clips from a documentary “Mumia: A Case for Reasonable Doubt.” Although somewhat outdated, it still defines the basics of Mumia’s case and its injustice in a way that is not sensationalized, but in a rather sober and focused approach.

The extent of information regarding the case is so huge that I feel I’d have to write a term paper in order to explain the circumstances in a thorough and convincing context. Rather, I am merely trying to provide those of you who are unaware of Mumia’s case with a template for further research so that maybe it inspires you to be more active, compassionate, and aware. With three police officers murdered in Philadelphia just last week, do we really consider the ramifications which plague our city? The dimensions of society that motivate violence and depravity in Philadelphia are the very things Mumia Abu-Jamal fights against. Learn for yourself. Speak for yourself. Peep it, people.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is currently appealing his conviction before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on the account of racism and corruption handling his case. If he is granted a new trial, Mumia will have the chance to prove his innocence and attain his freedom. If not, he will be sentenced to die. It is vital to educate yourself and others about the facts of this case, all of which stem from the city whose streets we walk on everyday.




There are a total of 5 parts which make up the documentary in its entirety on Youtube. I recommend watching all of them – there’s no point in only getting some of the facts. If you would like a copy of the dvd, feel free to contact me. Additionaly, I have posted the first segment of another documentary which may provide a more concise yet still informative window into the climate of racism in America which influenced Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Black Liberation movement.



  1. bldowney said,

    While standing on Broad Street today off of Temple University’s campus, I overheard two white males discussing that the suppossed murderer of Officer Charles Cassidy was caught. My ears and eyes perked up intently as they went on. I was hopeful that the guilty assailant was captured.

    According to the America’s Most Wanted website “…through photo identification, cops say they pinpointed a 21-year-old Philadelphia man named John “Jordan” Lewis as the gunman who shot Officer Cassidy in the head on October 31, 2007. An intense manhunt for the accused cop killer has taken over the city — but cops say they have new information leading them to believe Lewis may have fled Philadelphia on a bus heading South.

    Additionally, cops say they found two guns in the neighborhood where Lewis lives — and one of them was the same weapon stolen from Officer Cassidy by his attacker immediately after the officer’s murder.”

    The two men momentarily stopped to grab their orders from a food truck. As they began to walk away, one said to the other “Yeah, and it’s about fuckin’ time they fry that nigger cop killer Mumia.”

    My blood turned cold as they walked off into the distance. I could imagine how the conversation digressed. A deep sense of melancholy supplimented my outrage that rankled my bones to the core as I stared at their backs, their heads and arms moving wildly as they continued their diatribe as the cold November wind slithered up my sleeves.

    It may seem incredibley untimely and inopportune to write an expose calling for support of Mumia Abu-Jamal and his last appeal to overturn his conviction in the aftermath of Charles Cassidy’s murder. I knew that in light of three cops being killed, the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal would inevitably be referenced by those that wish to silence and kill him. It is pertinent in this regard, to provide information which attempts to negate an unfair characterization with other murders, simply because people will look for any excuse to demonize Mumia. After carefully considering the facts, whether you agree with Mumia’s politics or not, at the very least he deserves a new trial.

  2. WhyWhyWicki said,

    If the cop had been black, no one would know Wesley Cook existed.

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