The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Nov 23, 2009

The campaign on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal asks all supporters to send protest messages to Attorney General Eric Holder.

The defenders of this black militant who has been imprisoned since 1982 are reacting to the Supreme Court decision blocking all attempts to get him a new trial. It refused to take into account the racism involved in jury selection in 1982, as well as all the evidence police had hidden showing his innocence.

Mumia’s defenders demand a civil rights commission to investigate all procedural violations and the many racist occurrences marking his 1982 trial and subsequent appeals.

Mumia’s defenders point out that Attorney General Holder decided to drop all charges against U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, accused of corruption. In the Senator’s case, Holder said that the prosecution withheld information crucial to the defense. The same argument applies to Mumia’s case to a much greater degree.

Mumia Abu Jamal was condemned for killing a cop. The courts refused to hear testimony and evidence that would have led to an acquittal. The verdict was sullied by racial prejudice on the part of Judge Sabo as well as Philadelphia police. These cops have a reputation of falsifying evidence when they want to get someone. A court reporter swore under oath she heard the judge say, “I’m going to help them fry the nigger.”

For 27 years, Mumia Abu-Jamal has rotted in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. And he continues to face either the death penalty or life in prison.

From the beginning, this case has been a travesty of justice. The “justice system” has ignored everything that could clear him.

A letter or email to the Attorney General can help build support for his case. Freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal!

Write: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20530