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May 17th: Court Date and Protests for Mumia

On Thursday, May 17th, oral arguments will be heard in federal
court in Philadelphia on what could be the last appeal of death-row
journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is known as the "Voice of the
Voiceless."

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.
San Francisco to Stand With Mumia Outside of Federal Courthouse on
May 17th

On Thursday, May 17th, oral arguments will be heard in federal
court in Philadelphia on what could be the last appeal of death-row
journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is known as the "Voice of the
Voiceless."

Bay Area supporters of Mumia have organized a rally that will be held
outside of the 7th U.S. Court of Appeal building, at 7th and Mission
Streets in San Francisco, from 4pm to 6pm on May 17th.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been on death row in Pennsylvania for 25
years, is the victim of a police and prosecutorial frame-up and a
racist judge. He continues to serve the movement for human rights as
a journalist writing and broadcasting from prison.

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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:  http://www.mumia.org )

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.

Sincerely,