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  This is nothing but torture on our brother!! fatirah     URGENT MESSAGE RE: MUMIA ABU JAMAL   from ICFFMAJ & The MOVE Organization   As most of you already know, Mumia was transferred to SCI-Mahanoy in upstate PA. more than a month ago, directly after Phila. prosecutor Seth Williams announced that he wasn’t pursuing the death penalty in Mumia’s case.  This meant that Mumia’s se...
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Mummers and "Ebonics" by Jah Free I(www.dreadtimes.com)         Every New Year's Eve when I buy the Philadelphia Daily News, I immediately throw away the special wrap-around section on the Mummers. I join the legions of Black and Brown folks in the city who avoid everything associated with Philadelphia's Mummers Day Parade, religiously held every New Year's Day. In case you didn't know, every...
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**Due to mis-direction by the U.S. Postal Service, I ask readers to please forgive the lateness of this commentary by Brother Mumia. In service Fatirah [col. writ. 11/9/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal The disappearance of 43 students in Mexico, made possible by the deep corruption of politicians and police, has rocked the nation in ways not seen since 1968. Then, as now, students protesting the fai...
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  [col. writ. 1/19/15] © ’15 Mumia Abu-Jamal His name is known to millions, but few know of his trials and tribulations, how the nation’s federal policing agency (the FBI) hounded him and tormented him until his dying day. He is loved today, and a majestic statue stands in the capitol, less than a mile from a building named for his nemesis J. Edgar Hoover, who loathed him and taped his hotel roo...
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  [col. writ. 1/7/15] ©’15 Mumia Abu-Jamal It’s been over a decade since the U.S. launched it’s ‘crusade’ against the Forces of Evil in the East, and it has only succeeded in creating disaster after disaster, and more enemies than we could count.   It has consistently backed governments in the Arab world that could double as the Mafia that rule by repression, torture and the ‘divine right of kin...
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  [col. writ. 12/29/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal With the passing of flags and banners, an era ends in the life of Afghanistan, and in the U.S., as well. With the recently announced end to combat, 13 years of imperial war comes to a close. What began in bombast and braggadocio ends with virtual silence, the promises of politicians, the predictions of military domination, naught but wind.   Afghan...
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  [col. writ. 12 / 15/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal The demands and voices of protest are raised across America, voices of men and women, of children even, voices of rage, voices of hope, and voices of deep, mass discontent. These voices, as anguished as they are insistent, are voices of a generation that has been largely silent in the public square. Only through their poets and rappers have their...
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  [col. writ. 12/10/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal As demonstrations erupt in city after city in protest against the Ferguson (Missouri) grand jury’s failure to return an indictment against a local cop there, I can’t help but be amazed, by the paucity of reporting or commentary on how the local DAs instructed –or should I say, mis-instructed? – the grand jury on the law to use to determine if a crime...
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  [Book Review. 11/23/14] © ’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal [Book Review: Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary, by Dennis Childs {University of Minnesota Press: forthcoming spring, 2015}] Ask any historian, activist or scholar about the origins of the American prison system and they’ll confidently reply the Walnut Street Jail, nineteenth century, Philadelphia. On...
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  [col. writ. 12/2/14] ©’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal The flames of Ferguson have eaten their fill, and its eerie glow has cast light on how impotent are the Black political class, who cannot solve a problem that is a bane of Black existence. Usually, when they speak, they seem to be ventriloquists, who mouth the words of white politicians, drowning the deep concerns of their constituents in an ocean of e...
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