Mumia was arrested and first tried by city and state authorities through scare tactics, which made his actual trial a foregone conclusion when he was found guilty and given the death penalty. In the past 34 years, evidence through different appeals and investigations have revealed that Mumia’s trial was a farce.
Supporters of Mumia’s release range from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Amnesty International, who released a report stating that Mumia’s trial was “in violation of minimum international standards that govern fair trial procedures and the use of the death penalty.” However, Mumia is currently serving life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Now, he is under further attack from the Pennsylvania State legislature – which has introduced Senate Bill 508 in response to Mumia’s Goddard College Commencement Address in October of 2014. SB508 would ban prisoners from making public statements under the pretense of their journalism causing “mental anguish.” The bill comes as another clear violation of Mumia’s and other incarcerated peoples’ constitutional, civil and human rights.
In the face of this political repression, Mumia has continued to advocate for comprehensive social justice. He has authored nine books, penned numerous articles, and continued his investigative journalistic work on www.prisonradio.org.
His political imprisonment has led to world leaders and well known figures calling for his release. Archbishop Desmond Tutu states: “Based on even a minimal following of international human rights standards, Mumia should be released. I ask District Attorney Seth Williams to rise to the challenge of reconciliation, human rights and justice. Allow Mumia Abu-Jamal to be released immediately.”
As a non-world leader and not well known figure I join the cry. Please go to defend free speech to contribute to Mumia’s defense campaign and learn more about his case.