London demonstration against death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal

This 2013 video from the USA is called MANUFACTURING GUILT – A Short Film About Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Case.

From Judith Amanthis in England:

This is a crucial appeal to help MUMIA ABU-JAMAL!

He has been imprisoned on death row for a quarter of a century, convicted of a crime he did not commit.

He was framed for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer because of his history of political activism, including membership of the Black Panther Party, and his record as a journalist who was not afraid to speak out for the oppressed.

On Thursday 17 May Mumia‘s lawyers are appealing against his conviction.

This may be Mumia’s LAST CHANCE!

If his appeal fails, it is very likely he will be EXECUTED.

We need to demand his immediate release. That means MOBILISING NOW!

Please come and show your support for Mumia and attend a PROTEST AT THE U.S. EMBASSY.

Grosvenor Square, London W1A
6.30pm, Thursday 17 May 2007

For further information:, 07722 044 710


April 20, 2007

Dear Friends,

Just an hour ago, Abu-Jamal News (the new news format just hot off the press edited by the equally new outfit “Journalists for Mumia”) was informed by Mumia’s lead attorney Robert R. Bryan that the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has

1) ruled against the prosecution’s motion that the court recuse itself and

2) given the opposing sides each an extra half hour for their arguments, meaning that both defense and prosecution will have one hour instead of only 30 minutes at the May 17 hearing.

On April 20, 2007, Robert told us via e-mail: “We won on both of my motions [i.e., the defense motion opposing the recusal and the defense motion for more time for arguments at the hearing, MS]. In denying the disqualification of the Third Circuit, the court adopted my argument. Even though I will try to get out more detail over the weekend, you may send out the news.”

This doesn’t tell us yet whether the court’s final decision re Mumia will indeed be just, but it’s great news all the same.
So let’s continue our struggle for life, liberty, and justice for Mumia – and all the many others who are still denied their basic human rights.

With best greetings from AJN,

Hans Bennett & Michael Schiffman J4M (Journalists for Mumia)

Leonard Peltier‘s letter to Mumia Abu-Jamal: here.

Death penalty and media in the USA: here.

9 thoughts on “London demonstration against death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal

  1. All Out for Mumia Abu-Jamal! Join Danny Glover, Cynthia McKinney and many others in Philadelphia!

    Thurs • May 17
    9:00 a.m. in front of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    6th and Market Streets

    What you can do to help get the word out:

    We are asking everyone to contact the media and ask them to cover the events of May 17 — don’t let them ignore Mumia Abu-Jamal on this important day.

    Below is a list of email addresses and a sample letter, which you can cut and paste, modify, and send to as many outlets as possible:

    ** Sample Letter **

    Dear Editor:

    In just a few days, lawyers for journalist and political activist Mumia Abu-Jamal will present oral arguments in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on why Mumia, who has now spent almost 25 years on death row, deserves the right to a new trial. The court will decide after May 17 whether Mumia will be given a fair trial, life in prison, or execution. This case concerns, not only Mumia Abu-Jamal’s right to a fair trial, but the struggle against the death penalty and the racist political repression of an outspoken journalist.

    Mumia Abu-Jamal is recognized internationally as a political prisoner whose Constitutional rights have been consistently violated in the state’s mad dash to railroad him to execution. Mumia has been declared an honorary citizen of Paris, Palermo, the Central District of Copenhagen. Mumia was awarded the coveted Solhvervfonden Foundation Award in Copenhagen, Denmark for his services to humanity as a voice of conscience. Amnesty International has called for a new trial “on the basis that his original trial was deeply flawed.” (see the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal website for more information: )

    On May 17, activists from all over the world will assemble in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to support Mumia Abu-Jamal’s right to a fair trial. I urge you to cover this historic event.


    PHILADELPHIA Newspapers


    NewsTips @


    NATIONAL & International Print

    NATIONAL & International Television


    Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
    By Ruth Wilson Gilmore
    GOLDEN GULAG: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, By Ruth Wilson Gilmore

    Since 1980, the number of people in U.S. prisons has increased more than 450%. Despite a “crime rate” that has been falling steadily for decades, California has led the way in this explosion, with what a state analyst called “the biggest prison building project in the history of the world.”

    Golden Gulag provides the first detailed explanation for that build-up by looking at how political and economic forces, ranging from global to local, conjoined to produce the prison boom.

    In an informed and impassioned account, Ruth Wilson Gilmore examines this issue through statewide, rural, and urban perspectives to explain how the expansion developed from surpluses of finance capital, labor, land, and state capacity. Detailing crises that hit California’s economy with particular ferocity, she argues that defeats of radical struggles, weakening of labor, and shifting patterns of capital investment have been key conditions for prison growth. The results—a vast and expensive prison system, a huge number of incarcerated young people of color, and the increase in punitive justice such as the “three strikes” law—pose profound and troubling questions for the future of California, the United States, and the world.

    Golden Gulag provides a rich context for this complex dilemma, and at the same time challenges many cherished assumptions about who benefits and who suffers from the state’s commitment to prison expansion.

    Paperback, Graphs, Bibliography, Index, 388 pp


  3. DVD: Legacy of Torture
    The War Against the Black Liberation Movement
    DVD: Legacy of Torture – The War Against the Black Liberation Movement

    On Jan. 23, 2007, after a two-year witch hunt by local, state and federal police, six former Bay Area Black Panther Party organizers were arrested: Richard Brown, Richard O’Neal, Francisco Torres, Ray Boudreaux, Hank Jones and Harold Taylor.

    Two well-known political prisoners, Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqin (Anthony Bottom), part of the New York Three who were falsely accused and convicted of killing two New York City policemen, have also been accused and indicted. John Bowman, the ninth target of the two-year-long grand jury witch hunt, died in December.

    This Freedom Archives DVD documents the torture of several of the arrested activists—Bowman, Jones, and Taylor—at the hands of the New Orleans Police Department in 1973. The video also captures the level of police brutality, assassinations and abuse suffered by the Black community during the 1960s and 1970s.

    The Freedom Archives, 28 minutes


  4. Marxism, Reparations
    and the Black Freedom Struggle
    Edited by Monica Moorehead
    Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle

    Writings by political activists including Larry Holmes, Monica Moorehead, Pat Chin, Saladin Muhammad, Mumia Abu-Jamal, LeiLani Dowell, Sam Marcy, John Parker, Larry Hales, Imani Henry and Minnie Bruce Pratt.

    This is an expanded edition of the pamphlet published by World View Forum by the same title. Many of the essays and articles are reprinted from Workers World newspaper.

    The horrendous Trans-Atlantic slave trade left a legacy of brutal racism and discrimination which can be seen all over the United States today—from the daily instances of police brutality and racial profiling to the government’s callous disregard of poor, mainly African American people, in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina.

    This remarkable book illuminates much of this often forgotten history and the continuing struggles for justice and against racism, national oppression, and economic, political, and social discrimination. The struggle for reparations is also discussed here within the world context as peoples of Africa and the Caribbean struggle with U.S. economic exploitation and political intervention.

    World View Forum, soft cover, 197 pp, 138 b/w photos

    Assata: An Autobiography
    By Assata Shakur

    Assata: An Autobiography,By Assata Shakur

    “A deftly written book… a spellbinding tale.” -New York Times Book Review

    On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizers and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder.

    This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her life to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and white revolutionary groups at the hands of government officials. The result is a contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken place along sideThe Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

    Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.

    1987, Forward by Angela Davis, 2001, softcover, 247pp


  5. Forwarded on behalf of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

    URGENT! Leonard Peltier‘s Safety in Jeopardy!
    Call Canaan Federal Prison

    Dear LP Supporters,

    I am so OUTRAGED! My brother Leonard was severely beaten upon his arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. When he went into population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him. The severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows to his head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possibly a concussion, and numerous bruises. Also, one of his fingers is swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest and ribcage. There was blood everywhere from his injuries.

    We feel that prison authorities at the prompting of the FBI orchestrated this attack and thus, we are greatly concerned about his safety. It may be that the attackers, whom Leonard did not even know, were offered reduced sentences for carrying out this heinous assault. Since Leonard is up for parole soon, this could be a conspiracy to discredit a model prisoner. He was placed in solitary confinement and only given one meal, this is generally done when you won’t name your attackers; incidentally being only given one meal seriously jeopardizes his health because of his diabetes. Prison officials refuse to release any info to the family, but they need to hear from his supporters to protect his safety, as does President Obama. His attorneys are trying to get calls into him now.

    This attack on LP comes on the heels of the FBI’s recent letter, prompting this attack by FBI supporters as an attempt to discredit LP as a model prisoner. Anyone who has been in the prison system knows well that if you refuse to name your attackers or file charges against them, then you lose your status as a victim and/or given points against your possible parole and labeled as a perpetrator. It is not uncommon, in fact is quite common for the government to use Indian against Indian and they still operate under the old adage “it takes an Indian to catch an Indian”. In 1978, they made an attempt to assassinate him through another Indian man who was also at Marion prison with LP. But Standing Deer chose to reveal the plot to him instead of taking his life in exchange FOR A CHANCE AT FREEDOM. When Standing Deer was released in 2001, he joined the former Leonard Peltier Defense Committee as a board member. He also began to speak on Leonard’s behalf until his murder six years ago today. Prior to his murder, Standing Deer confided with close friends and associates that the same man who visited him in Marion to assassinate Peltier, had came to Houston, TX and told him that he had better stay away from Peltier and anything to do with him.

    We are aware that currently, the FBI is actively seeking support for his continued imprisonment of Leonard Peltier and also also seeking support from Native People. So please be aware, and keep Leonard in your prayers. The FBI is apparently afraid of the impact we are having. If they will set him up to blemish his record just before a parole hearing, what will they do when it looks like his freedom will become a reality? We need to make sure that nothing happens to him again!

    Please write the President, send it priority or registered mail. Email to or email President Obama. Call your congressional representatives and write letters, not email, to them. Do what you can to get the word out to insure that LP is receiving adequate medical attention for his injuries.

    I am asking you, supporters of Leonard and advocates of justice at this time to help. I don’t know what else to do. Please Help!

    Thank you Betty Peltier-Solano Executive Coordinator Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

    Also call and request Leonard be treated with dignity and respect.
    Canaan Federal Prison

    Leonard’s prisoner number is 89637-132.

    Warden Ronnie R. Holt, Warden
    U.S. Penitentiary
    3057 Easton Turnpike
    Waymart, PA 18472
    Phone: 570-488-8000
    Fax: 570-488-8130

    D. Scott Dodrill, Director
    Northeast Regional Office
    Federal Bureau of Prisons
    2nd & Chesnut Streets., 7th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Phone: 215-521-7301

    Harley G. Lappin, Director
    Bureau of Prisons
    U.S. Department of Justice
    320 First Street, NW, Room 654
    Washington, DC 20534
    Phone: 202-307-3250
    Fax: 202-514-6878

    Ask President Obama to investigate this incident:

    The Honorable Barack H. Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500
    Comments: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414
    Fax: 202-456-2461


    Time to set him free… Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

    Friends of Peltier


  6. Leonard Peltier: Emergency health crisis needs response

    The following alert was released on July 19 by the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee.

    Kari Ann Cowan, Peltier’s niece, reported on July 19 from the prison at Lewisburg that Leonard may have suffered a heart attack. She stated, “He had a hard time breathing. He was in his cell and had an ache in his chest. He was kinda scared he was having a heart attack. He raised his hands, breathed slowly and finally felt better.”

    We need to call the prison and ask them to get Leonard to the hospital in Rochester (MN) as soon as possible for a check up.

    Be polite and courteous and express your concern for his health and welfare. We gotta step up. Make reference to Leonard Peltier #89637-132. Call Warden Scott Dodrill at (570) 523-1251.

    Fax numbers: (570) 522-7745 and (570) 522-7519. E-mail address: LEW/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Wanbli, Co-Support Group Coordinator and LP-DOC Spokesperson Time to set him free. Because it is the RIGHT thing to do. Go to

    ** Leonard Peltier has expressed thanks for all of those who have already called and asks for the calls to continue to him the medical treatment he needs.
    get him to the Prison Hospital in Rochester.


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