As a journalist, Mumia Abu Jamal helped expose the atrocities committed by our government to the MOVE organization. As a Black Panther member, he helped create the journalistic environment for people to understand the impetus behind that movement. As a prisoner on death row, Mumia has provided insightful analysis on many important issues we have struggled with throughout these 2+ decades of increasing militarism and oppression.
This movie is an in depth look at the methodology used by corporate media to spin the facts in a way to turn public sympathy against Mumia Abu Jamal, and helps us understand some of the critical questions that are left out when they try and distort facts and mishandle evidence. In the film, Framing an Execution, Danny Glover helps us analyze how 20/20 misrepresented facts and discredited Hollywood personalities who were simply trying to point out that Mumia has never to this date, 22 years after being sentenced to death, received even a semblance of a fair trial. The witnesses admit to being intimidated, and many of their testimony was never allowed to be heard. The judge in the first trial and the subsequent appeal, Judge Capo, is obviously biased toward the Fraternal Order of Police, and is the judge who has dealt out the most death penalty sentences of any judge in Amerikkka. The judicial system has only worsened since that time, with the Reagan and Bush I Administrations continuing the trend of pulling judges from the far right and putting them into District courts and the Supreme court.
It is only through public outcry that Mumia's life has been spared up until this point. But this year his final appeal will either be heard... or not. After 22 years on Death Row, Mumia Abu Jamal will probably either be freed or released. We can make a difference in this case that has received international attention. Mumia is not just fighting for his life to be spared. He is fighting for the abolition of the death penalty because it is wrong, and because it's existence in the U.S. enables other countries to perpetuate this atrocity. He was granted honorary citizenship in France by the Mayor of Paris this past October. He, along with other disenfranchised prisoners has lost his ability to vote and yet his voice is still heard around the world, speaking out against oppression of all forms... His inspiration deserves our support at this critical time.
Come find out how the upcoming mobilizations will help to raise public awareness, and how you can get involved in the struggle to save Mumia's life. For more information and background, go to Freemumia.org
After the movie about Mumia, there will be a powerful movie about life... and death... in the Gaza Strip. It was filmed last year, and contains graphic images. It is important for people to know about the situation over there, because presently internationals are being denied entry into Gaza. We need to be informed so that when we mobilize against U.S. occupation around the globe on March 20th, and the march to save Mumia in San Francisco on April 24th, we will be able to understand the true depth of the oppression the genocidal policies our government and corporations are inflicting.