Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Mar 14, 2018

Mumia is an award-winning journalist and was one of the founders of the Black Panther Party chapter in Philadelphia, PA. He was a vocal supporter of the MOVE organization and has struggled for justice and human rights for people of color since he was at least 14 years old ~ the age when he joined the Party. He left the party to become a radio journalist where he made waves defending the rights of black and brown people.  In December of 1982, Mumia, who moonlighted by driving a taxi, happened upon police who were beating his brother. During the melee, a police officer was shot and killed. Despite the fact that many people saw someone else shoot and then run away from the scene, Mumia, in what could only be called a kangaroo court, was convicted and sentenced to death. During the summer of 1995, a death warrant was signed by Governor Tom Ridge, which sparked one of the most effective organizing efforts in defense of a political prisoner ever. Since that time, Mumia has had his death sentence overturned but still has a life sentence with no opportunity for parole. While imprisoned he has published multiple works of literature making social commentary on today's conditions. He has remained a regular on the prison broadcasted radio shows as well as teaching class on Georgist economics to fellow prisoners around the globe. HBO also created a documentary about the life, arrest, and struggles with the law of the activist called "Mumia Abu- Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt."

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Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Mumia Abu-Jamal AM-8335
SCI Mahanoy
301 Morea Rd.
Frackville, PA 17932
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