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TAKE ACTION: Big Media must NOT ignore new Mumia Abu-Jamal crime scene photos!
In conjunction with Educators for Mumia, we have just released 21 FAQs about the Polakoff Photos.

Until the Dec. 4 Reuters article and Dec.6 Today Show, the mainstream media had completely ignored the new photos. This new mainstream credibilty can now be used to inspire further media investigation and coverage. Citing Reuters, The Today Show, and press-releases from May, October, and December, please contact the media.

"The newly discovered photographs reveal the fact that the police were actively manipulating evidence at the homicide scene." - Lead Attorney Robert R. Bryan

Photo 1: Mishandling the Guns - Officer James Forbes holds both Abu-Jamal's and Faulkner's guns in his bare hand and touches the metal parts. This contradicts his later court testimony that he had preserved the ballistics evidence.

Photos 2 & 3: The Moving Hat - Faulkner's hat is moved from the top of Billy Cook's VW, and placed on the sidewalk for the official police photo.

Photo 4: The Missing Taxi - Robert Chobert testified that he was parked directly behind Faulkner's car, but the space is empty in the photo.

The Missing Divots - On the sidewalk, where Faulkner was found, there are no large bullet divots, or destroyed chunks of cement, which should be visible in the pavement if the prosecution scenario was accurate, according to which Abu-Jamal shot down at Faulkner - and allegedly missed several times - while Faulkner was on his back. Dr. Michael Schiffmann writes: "It is thus no question any more whether the scenario presented by the prosecution at Abu-Jamal's trial is true. It is clearly not, because it is physically and ballistically impossible." This observation is supported by the new photos, as well as the official police photo.

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Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal
Inter Press Service Agency (Italy), Feb 14, 2008
A Christmas Cage
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Znet, Dec. 25, 2007
MURDERED BY MUMIA: How Not to Build One's Case for Justice
Mark L.Taylor, The Daily Scare, Dec. 20, 2007
Struggle to free Mumia gets media, legal boost
Gloria La Riva, PSL, Dec. 14, 2007
NBC airs suppressed evidence in Mumia case
Betsey Piette, Workers World, Dec. 13, 2007
Abu-Jamal case goes beyond weeping widow
Linn Washington, Jr, The Philadelphia Tribune, Dec. 12, 2007
Hannity Hates Hollywood
News Hounds, Dec. 12, 2007
US Corporate Broadcaster Airs New Mumia Abu-Jamal Crime Scene Photos, Breaking Mainstream Media Blackout
Global IMC Feature, Dec. 11, 2007
The Mumia case: What Is True Justice?
Mary Shaw, CounterCurrents.org, Dec.10, 2007
Brick-by-Brick, Wall-by-Wall...
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Fotos der Mumia Abu Jamal Demo am 08.12.07 in Bern
Indymedia.org, Dec. 9, 2007
Spotlight on Death Row: A Flurry of New Projects on Mumia Abu-Jamal's Case
Linn Washington Jr, Counterpunch, Dec.8/9, 2007
"Murdered By Mumia?" press conference featured by Reuters
Infoshop.org, Dec. 5, 2007
Media Bias In The Case Of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Betsey Piette, Media Channel / Workers World, Dec. 5, 2007
Breaking The Chains
Jamal Hart, SF Bay View, Dec. 5, 2007
Maureen Faulkner and Mumia: Vengeance Isn't Sweet
Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Dec. 3, 2007
Unedited Jack McMahon Philadelphia DA Training Video Now Online
Daily Scare, Nov. 30, 2007
Journalists Decry Racism in Media Coverage of Mumia
Uprising Radio / KPFK Los Angeles, Nov. 29, 2007
A History of Racist Media Bias: ABC's 20/20 Report on Mumia Abu-Jamal
Daily Scare, Nov. 28, 2007
Veronica Jones' letter to The Today Show
Nov. 26, 2007
Guinness Records: Massacre or Suicide?
Mumia Abu-Jamal, OpEdNews.com, Nov. 25, 2007
New Photos Raise Questions about Evidence in Mumia Abu-Jamal Case
Media Mouse, Nov. 21, 2007
ACTION ALERT: Ensure Fairness For Mumia on NBC's The Today Show!
Philly IMC, Nov. 20, 2007
Suicide or State-sanctioned Murder? MOVE's Battle with Guinness
Kevin Price, Philly IMC, Nov. 7, 2007
I Spend My Days Preparing For Life, Not Death
Laura Smith, UK Guardian, Oct. 25, 2007
Interview With Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald: 38 Years Locked Down
Riva Love, Santa Cruz IMC, Oct.22, 2007.
Mumia: doing the movement's work from inside
Selma James, Global Women's Strike, Oct. 22, 2007
For the love of Huey P. Newton
Mumia Abu-Jamal, SF Bay View, Oct. 17, 2007
TAKE ACTION! Big Media Must Not Ignore New Mumia Abu-Jamal Crime Scene Photos
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The Death of the Dream and the Continuing Nightmare
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My Day With Mumia
Fatirah, Philly IMC, Sept. 20, 2007
Los Cinco: Another Try For Justice
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Prensa Latina, Sept.15, 2007
Abu-Jamal Decision Expected Soon; Supporters Hold Protest Highlighting Prison-Journalist's Comrades
Hans Bennett, Philly IMC, Sept. 13, 2007
Leonard Peltier: Silence Screams
Carolina Saldaña, Dissident Voice, Sept. 12, 2007
Mumia Court Decision Expected Anytime!
Philly IMC, Sept.11, 2007
Haramia KiNassor / Kenneth Foster Jr.'s Death Sentence Commuted!
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Aug. 8--Again
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The War Against Ward Churchill
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Aug. 12, 2007
Kenneth Foster Appeal Denied
Democracy Now, Aug.9, 2007
Free The San Francisco 8:former Black Panthers in prison need your support
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Conversation with Mumia Abu-Jamal
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Troy Anthony Davis: When Witnesses Lie
by Mumia Abu-Jamal, July 29, 2007
Of White Trees, Black Boys, and Jena, Louisiana
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Ramona Africa Speaks in Harrisburg
Prison Radio, July 14, 2007
Dispatches From Abu-Jamal-News.com
Philadelphia IMC, July 14, 2007
Legal Appeal Exposes Police Frame-up of Mumia
Betsey Piette, Workers World, July 12, 2007
Mumia Legal Update
Philly IMC, July 5, 2007
The Disturbing Case of Kenneth Foster: Texas wants to kill another man, the law be damned
Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, July 4, 2007
Kenneth Foster and the Texas Death House
Liliana Segura, The Brooklyn Rail, July, 2007
AUDIO: Ramona Africa Tours the UK
Indymedia UK, June 29, 2007
New Evidence of Mumia Abu-Jamal Frame-Up: Explosive crime scene photos unveiled for the first time in the US
Hans Bennett, Dissident Voice, May 31, 2007
AUDIO & PRESS RELEASE: New Mumia Crime Scene Photos Unveiled for First Time in the US!
OpEdNews.com, May 24, 2007
Solidarity For Mumia in 6 U.S. Cities, 8 Countries
Workers World, May 24, 2007
Berkeley Commencement Supports Mumia
Brenda Ryan, Workers World, May 23, 2007
Like it or not, Mumia may get a new trial
Dave Lindorff, Philadelphia City Paper, May 23, 2007
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Interview by Hans Bennett, May 23, 2007
Mumia Abu-Jamal's Fate
Chris Stevenson, Black Star News, May 22nd, 2007
RADIO INTERVIEW: Interview with Hans Bennett following Mumia's May 17 oral arguments
REGI Radio, May 20, 2007
Appellate Judges Deliberate: Mumia Case on Hold
Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, May 19, 2007
AUDIO OF PRESS CONFERENCE: Audio recording of press conference outside courthouse immediately after May 17 oral arguments
Stephen Filgueira, Philadelphia IMC, May 18, 2007
Courtroom packed as 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Abu Jamal's Case
Philadelphia IMC feature, May 18, 2007
Citing Racist Bias, Attorneys for Mumia Abu-Jamal Urge a Federal Appeals Court to Grant the Former Black Panther a New Trial, Lead Attorney Robert R. Bryan interviewed by Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman
May 18, 2007
RADIO INTERVIEW: Observers of Mumia's May 17 hearing speak outside courthouse (Ward Churchill, Volker Ratzmann, Ramona Africa, and Mark Taylor)
Interviews by Hans Bennett, May 17, 2007
Judge Bias Fuels Appeal for Mumia Abu-Jamal
Linn Washington Jr, Philadelphia Tribune / New American Media, May 17, 2007
RADIO INTERVIEW: 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Abu Jamal's Case, interview with Hans Bennett
Uprising Radio / KPFK Los Angeles, May 17, 2007
The Final Showdown: Mumia Case Reaches Its Climax
Linn Washington Jr and Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, May 15, 2007
Philadelphia Court Hearing Could Decide Fate of Imprisoned Journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal
Linn Washington Jr on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, May 15, 2007
Global Mobilization for Mumia Abu-Jamal's May 17 Showdown in Court
Philadelphia IMC feature, May 15, 2007
RADIO INTERVIEW: Linn Washington Jr. on Mumia, MOVE, and the Philly Media; Dissecting May 13, 1985, Mumia's May 17 oral arguments, the FOP, racism, police brutality, and mainstream media bias
Interview by Hans Bennett, May 11, 2007
Support for Mumia
Marilyn Kai Jewett - Black Star News, May 6, 2007
Death Row Inmate Finds Freedom in France: The Long Ordeal of Harold Wilson
Linn Washington Jr, Counterpunch, May 5, 2007
'Free Mumia' rally overcomes police intimidation
Betsey Piette, Workers World May 3, 2007
Social justice at stake in Mumia Abu-Jamal case
Rosita Johnson, People's Weekly World, May 3, 2007
Mumia supporters expose police terror
Workers World, April 26, 2007
Mumia concert shut down by NYPD
Leslie Ann Murray, Amsterdam News, April 26, 2007
Mumia Abu-Jamal Rally on April 24 Spotlights May 17 Oral Arguments
Philly IMC, April 25, 2007
KAOS Radio program on Mumia
Interview with Hans Bennett, April 19, 2007
Mumia Abu-Jamal Oral Arguments Set For May 17: Pam Africa Calls for Mass-Demonstration in Philadelphia, and Holding Corporate Media Accountable
Hans Bennett, Dissident Voice, April 2, 2007
Third Circuit Appeals Court Sets Date for Oral Arguments in Mumia Case
Dave Lindorff, OpEd News, March 23, 2007
"Death Row is a Web That Catches only the Poor." Mumia Addresses the World Death Penalty Conference
Linn Washington Jr., February 17, 2007
A Life Still in the Balance: Amnesty International, the Fight Against the Death Penalty, and the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Interview with Piers Bannister, Paris, Opera Bastille, by Michael Schiffman, February 3, 2007
Meeting Mumia and Getting to Know Him, Seeing Him Disappear in Hell for 25 Years, and the Hope for a New Trial
Interview with Linn Washington, Paris, place Denfert Rochereau, by Michael Schiffmann, February 2, 2007
NAACP Legal Defense Fund Files Brief Supporting Mumia Abu-Jamal: Condemns racism in black death-row prisoner's original trial
Hans Bennett, Jan. 6, 2007
New Reports of Abu-Jamal Confession after 25 years
Hans Bennett, Toward Freedom, December, 2006
Abu-Jamal Guilty Until Given a Fair Trial,
Linn Washington Jr., The Philadelphia Tribune, Dec. 12, 2006
Moral Cowards on the Hill: A Congress of Hucksters and Pipsqueaks
Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Dec. 9, 2006
25 Years Later, Mumia Abu-Jamal's Best and Last Chance, as French Supporters Face Charges
Global IMC feature, Dec. 8, 2006
Abu-Jamal's Agony: 25-Years and Counting
Linn Washington Jr., The Black World Today, Dec. 8, 2006
Prosecutor Admits Mumia Had No "True Defense": Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Goes to Third Circuit
Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Dec. 7, 2006
25th Anniversary of Mumia's Arrest
Interview with Hans Bennett, Uprising Radio, Dec. 7, 2006
The Mumia Abu-Jamal Case After 25 Years: Still More Keystone Kops Antics
Linn Washington Jr., Counterpunch, Dec.1, 2006
RADIO INTERVIEW: Is Honoring Mumia a Crime?
Hans Bennett, Nov.30, 2006
Freiheit fur Mumia Abu-Jamal! German book reveals new evidence in death-row case
Hans Bennett, Alternative Press Review, Nov. 25, 2006
Rue Mumia Abu-Jamal: Revisiting the case and organizing for a December rally
Hans Bennett, Z Magazine, November, 2006
Mumia: More Lies Fuel Movement for Freedom
Linn Washington Jr., 2006
When They Don't Bash, They Ignore: The Philly Media and Mumia Abu-Jamal
Linn Washington Jr., Counterpunch, December 10, 2005
A Tainted Trial? A Stunning Win for Mumia Abu-Jamal
Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Dec.7, 2005
Mumia Is Still The Issue: Philadelphia Court Judge Dembe's May 27/June 17, 2005, Decision on Mumia Abu-Jamal
Michael Schiffmann, Znet, Aug. 25, 2005
"The Heat Is On in Mumia's Case"
Kiilu Nyasha Interviews Robert R. Bryan, Lead Attorney of Mumia Abu-Jamal, KPFA, July 25, 2005
NAACP Approves Resolution Supporting Abu-Jamal
Linn Washington Jr., The Black World Today, July 19, 2004

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Fry Mumia
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The Name in the Title
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Mumia's Raw Deal
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Mumia's case isn't as simple as people like to make it seem
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Maureen Faulkner Overdrive: Scenes From The Murdered By Mumia Book Tour
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Don't 'Free Mumia'
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Mumia Abu-Jamal: Murderer and Darling of the Left
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Slain officer's widow plugs book
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A Silver Lining in the Faulkner Case
Michael Smerconish, Philadelphia Daily News, Dec. 6, 2007
Mumia Memory Lane
Edward Morrissey, Captain's Quarters Blog, Dec. 5, 2007
Celebrities rush to embrace Abu-Jamal
Maureen Faulkner and Michael Smerconish, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 5, 2007
Abu Jamal backers say new evidence merits retrial
John Hurdle, Reuters, Dec. 4, 2007
Challenging the cult of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Michelle Malkin, Dec. 4, 2007
Cop Killer's Pals Plan Protest
NY Post, Dec.3, 2007
A Widow Speaks
Maureen Faulkner and Michael Smerconish, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 2, 2007
Those ridiculous Mumia 'theories'
Rus Slawter and Mike Lawler, Letters, Philadelphia Daily News, Dec. 1, 2007
Maybe It's Time To Bring Back 'Old Sparky'
Michael Bickings, Letters, Philadelphia Daily News, Nov. 12, 2007
Michael Smerconish's anti-Mumia monologue featured as "Smerconish Wishes Mumia Would Just Die Already"
Philadelphia City Paper, July 12 / Nov 1, 2007
Bell Curve gives the upcoming Smerconish/Faulkner book a "minus 1" and equates it with "WHITE POWER"
Philadelphia City Paper, Oct 24, 2007
Cop-killing thug linked to 'Arabic' School
Spero News, Sept. 20, 2007
Group Publishes Guide to Protesters
Nashua Telegraph, Aug. 30, 2007
Death-Row Reversals of Fortune: In 7 years, 50 Pa. inmates awaiting execution were spared by the courts
Emilie Lounsberry, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 2007
On Mumia, What Will the Next DA Bring?
Michael Smerconish, Philadelphia Daily News, May 24, 2007
End the Mumia Fiasco
Michael Smerconish, The Huffington Post, May 20, 2007
Spectators Pack Courtroom as 3rd Circuit Hears Appeal in Mumia Abu-Jamal Case
Shannon P. Duffy, The Legal Intelligencer, May 18, 2007
Race Bias Charged in 1982 Mumia Trial
Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press, Courier Post Online, May 18, 2007
Mumia opponents, supporters out in full force
KYW / CBS 3 (watch video), April 25, 2007
FOP, Mumia supporters go head-to-head
The Evening Bulletin, April 25, 2007
Widow of cop killed by Mumia Abu-Jamal to speak in Dover
Delaware Online, April 25, 2007
Appeals court will hear Abu-Jamal case
Associated Press, April 20, 2007
Abu-Jamal Opposes Request for Appeals Court to Step Down
Associated Press, April 16
Stop Celebrating Mumia
Dom Giordano, The Evening Bulletin, April 11, 2007
Mumia Conflict of Interest Concerns Prosecutors
CBS 3 / Assoc. Press, April 6
Snoop Dogg Denied UK Visa - "With people like me being involved with this doc, we can help reconnect Mumia to the people."
Metro (UK), and Yahoo News, March 30, 2007
Mumia Inspires Eagles-Like Insanity
Philadelphia Weekly, Dec 28 2006
Kill Him Already!
Northeast Times (Philadelphia), Dec 14 2006
Two more people say Mumia confessed?
NBC10.com, Dec 8 2006
Mumia at 25
City Paper, Dec 6 2006
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Faith Of Our Fathers: An Examination Of The Spiritual Life Of African And African-American People (2004)
Death Blossoms (2003)
All Things Censored (2000)
Live From Death Row (1996)
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Race for Justice: Mumia Abu-Jamal's Fight Against the Death Penalty
Leonard Weinglass, 1995
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Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, 2002
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Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas
The Huey P. Newton Reader
Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Panthers and Their Legacy
Kathleen Cleaver and George Katsiaficas, 2001
Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
Jack Olsen
The Black Panthers Speak
Philip S. Foner, 2002
Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton
Bobby Seale, 1970
Blood in My Eye
George L. Jackson, 1972
Angela Davis: An Autobiography
Assata: An Autobiography
Conversations With James Baldwin
A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story
Attention, MOVE! This is America
Margot Harry, 1987
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J. Patrick O'Connor, author of "The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal" in Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 25, 7pm, at The A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue.

**Also featuring Pam Africa, coordinator of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia!**
(Parking nearby and also accessible via the #34 Trolley). O'Connor will talk and sign copies of his new book for the audience. This fundraiser is for printing the next issue of our newspaper, to be released on July 4. There will be books available for purchase, from which all proceeds will go towards the fund-raiser.

Featured News Articles

VIDEO interview with J. Patrick O'Connor
Author of the new book, The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Just Released in May!

(WATCH PARTS 1, 2, and 3)

On May 1, the day of the book's release, AJN interviewed O'Connor at Philadelphia City Hall. The next day, The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal was featured in The NY Times: "Book Asserts Black Reporter Didn't Kill White Officer in '81."

Read our exclusive interview from April, focusing on the frame-up, Kenneth Freeman, the March 27 court ruling, and Frank Rizzo's legacy.

O'Connor argues that the actual shooter was Kenneth Freeman and he criticizes the media, who "bought into the prosecution's story line early on and has never been able to see this case for what it is: a framing of an innocent and peace loving man." For more on "The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal" we are featuring an excerpt, a previous interview, O'Connor's review of "Murdered By Mumia," and his response to the March 27 ruling.

April 19 Phila. Demo a Huge Success!

(Also Watch our video from the March 31 demo)

Outraged by the March 27 denial of a new guilt phase trial for Mumia, 500-1000 people gathered at the Federal Courthouse, circled the Liberty Bell, and marched to City Hall, where speakers included Cynthia McKinney, Julia Wright, and Harold Wilson. VIEW the PHOTOS and VIDEO, featuring an exclusive interview with Veronica Jones about her new book.

We released our newspaper (see PDF) on April 19, and passed out over 2,600 copies.

SEE: Free Speech Radio News II People's Video Network II Demo at US Embassy in Mexico City II POCC Block Report Radio Show II Betsey Piette's A19 report II Alternet report II Leonard Peltier for Mumia II FIST Statement II LGBT Rainbow Flags for Mumia II Imani Henry's Podcast II Cynthia McKinney Speech II Photos of KSS Racists at Geno's II Call to Pressure Officials II Michael Schiffmann's new articles on Judge Sabo, The Batson Ruling, and Billy Cook's Trial

Third Circuit Court denies Mumia a new Guilt-Phase Trial

While ruling against the three issues that could have led to a new guilt-phase trial, the court affirmed Judge Yohn's 2001 decision overturning the death sentence. If the District Attorney wants to re-instate the death sentence, the DA must call for a new penalty-phase jury trial that would be limited to the question of life in prison without a chance of parole or a death sentence. See responses from Pam Africa, lead attorney Robert R. Bryan (on Democracy Now! and Free Radio Santa Cruz), the full text of the court decision (including Judge Ambro's dissenting opinion regarding the Batson issue), The Natiional Lawyers Guild and the articles by the Philadelphia Inquirer (w/ special archive page), Dave Lindorff (also in the Philadelphia Inquirer) , Linn Washington Jr., Jeff Mackler on NPR with Maureen Faulkner Michael Schiffmann's statement on behalf of The German Network Against the Death Penalty and to Free Mumia, and from Mexico.

Journalists for Mumia is extremely dissappointed and outraged by this decision. There were emergency demonstrations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.

MUMIA RESPONDS TO THE COURT RULING in a new interview with the POCC's Minister of Information JR and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr on The Block Report Radio Show and in The SF Bay View Newspaper. Click here to LISTEN or READ it.

DOWNLOAD the Press Pack from the March 31 Press Conference at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia as a pdf or a word file. Read Betsey Piette's report, as well as The Philadelphia Inquirer article covering the event!

MOVE 9 Parole Hearings

Watch the AJN videos of the May 10 protest, Harrisburg State Capitol press conference, Ramona Africa, Mike Africa Jr, How MOVE met Mumia, Mike Africa Jr: May 13, 1985, and Ramona Africa remembers the MOVE 9 Trial

This week, MOVE was informed that Delbert and Phil's parole interview is "postponed indefinitely". On May 10, Mike and Eddie were denied parole, which followed the April 22 denial of parole for the three women: Debbie, Janine, Janet. Chuck will be eligible six months later than the others. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that parole was denied to the women on grounds that they minimized or denied the "nature and circumstances" of the offense, "refused to accept responsibility" and lacked remorse, and the "negative recommendation" by the prosecutor. Read responses from both MOVE, Journalists for Mumia, and Linn Washington Jr.

Background on the Parole Hearings

30 years after the Aug. 8, 1978 police siege on MOVE's West Philadelphia home, the remaining eight prisoners are eligible for parole (see Philadelphia Inquirer, Black Commentator, and Metro articles). Please contact the Parole Board and sign the online petition (already signed by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky) .

In a recent interview, veteran Philadelphia journalist Linn Washington Jr. cites his sources in the police department who told him that Officer James Ramp was actually shot by police gunfire, and not MOVE. Audio Clips: Was Officer Ramp Killed By Police Gunfire?; The Illegal Destruction of MOVE's House; Manipulation of Evidence and Media Bias; Ed Rendell and Prison Guard Violence Against MOVE; Unfair Parole Stipulations; and May 13, 1985.

See our MOVE 9 Parole blog for updates, and be sure to watch the 2004 MOVE documentary narrated by Howard Zinn.

PA Supreme Court Rejects PCRA Appeal
On Feb. 19, in a ruling unrelated to the pending US Third Circuit Court decision, the PA Supreme Court rejected Mumia's appeal of a 2005 ruling, which had rejected his PCRA petition(AP and Philadelphia Inquirer).

Pam Africa, Robert R. Bryan, Dave Lindorff, Michael Schiffmann, and Linn Washington Jr. respond here.

With the pending federal ruling now more crucial than ever, "day after" demonstrations are planned.

Presentation Videos Online
Dec. 8 Crime Scene Photo Presentation
Dec. 4 "Murdered by Mumia?" Press Conference

"Murdered by Mumia?" Press Conference

Our recent slideshow presentation of the Polakoff photos is now available on You Tube and Google Video.

The "Murdered by Mumia?" press conference has just been made into a short video: "This government, using corporate media, is laying the groundwork for a murder." (VIEW PARTS ONE AND TWO)

This is also available UNEDITED in two parts on Google Video (1/2, 2/2) and in 11 parts on You Tube: Hans Bennett, David A. Love, Dave Lindorff (1/2, 2/2), Linn Washington, Jr. (1/2, 2/2), Pam Africa (1/2, 2/2), and questions about The Polakoff Photos (1/2, 2/2), Media Bias, and The May 17 Oral Arguments.

Along with The SF Bay View, the photos have now been spotlighted by Reuters, NBC's Today Show, National Public Radio, Indymedia.org, Counterpunch, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Black Commentator, Dissident Voice, Media Channel, Workers World, and The Philadelphia Weekly.

WHYY Asks Maureen Faulkner about the Photos
When asked about PO Forbes' handling of the guns, Faulkner said: "I don't know if his hands are actually on the grip of the gun, it seems like he has his finger holding the gun through the actual trigger part, but not on the handle of the gun. At that time, I'm sure the evidence was somewhat contaminated."

Read Abu-Jamal-News.com's response

Listen to interview via Real Player

Listen to the next day's debate between Dave Lindorff and John Hayden via Real Player or MP3.

NBC Today Show Spotlights Crime Scene Photos!

Watch the Dec. 6 Today Show feature online
(also at YouTube)
Read Abu-Jamal-News.com's Analysis of the Dec.6 show, including Michael Schiffmann's response to Maureen Faulkner's criticism of the new photos.

Listen to the Dec. 6 WBAI Show reflecting on The Today Show featuring Suzanne Ross, Orie Lumumba, Hans Bennett, Linn Washington Jr, and Pam Africa.

Reuters Spotlights Crime Scene Photos!
More big media coverage to come?

Read the Reuters article!

At the "Murdered By Mumia?" press conference, journalists and activists present evidence of an unfair trial and Mumia's innocence.

Listen to the Press Conference audio

Download / View "Murdered by Mumia?" flyer

The video footage will be available (and posted here) very soon!

The press conference featured a presentation of the new crime scene photos. Guest speakers at the conference included David A. Love, Dave Lindorff, Linn Washington Jr, and Pam Africa of ICFFMAJ.

Also check out David A. Love's Black Commentator report on the press conference.

MySpace and YouTube Videos

We have just started our own YouTube and MySpace pages, with online videos like the McMahon Phila DA Training Video and Framing an Execution (about 20/20).

Also check out: Dynamax feat. Chuck.D: "Get It Started", April 24, LGBT Forces, Mumia Abu Jamal; Justice Denied, "Behind These Walls", Meditation on Mumia, Phila FOP hq, Harry Belafonte, Pam Africa, Kathleen Cleaver, Sonia Sanchez, and more.

Photos Bolster Claims of Mumia's Innocence and Unfair Trial
by David A. Love, The Black Commentator

"A group of journalists is determined to seek a fair retrial of death row prisoner, noted journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, and they point to evidence they say provides further proof of his innocence: photos from the crime scene that the jury never had the chance to see."

David Love's article is featured in the SF Bay View Newspaper, which is now the first publication in the US (besides Abu-Jamal News) to publish Polakoff's photo of Officer Forbes mishandling the guns.

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The FBI's War on Black Liberation:
COINTELPRO and the Panthers
By Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, October 20 / 21, 2007

While also spotlighting the cases of The SF 8, Veronza Bowers, Jr., and Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown), Ron Jacobs writes that the new Mumia Abu-Jamal crime scene photos in German author Michael Schiffmann's book:

"cast more doubt on the state's case by apparently disproving the prosecution's statements that Mumia stood over Officer Faulkner and fired at him several times. The photos show no marks from the bullets that were supposedly fired in this fashion. In fact, the sidewalk was not damaged in any way. Schiffmann goes on to write: 'it is thus no question anymore whether the scenario presented by the prosecution at Abu-Jamal's trial is true. It is clearly not, because it is physically and ballistically impossible.' The remainder of the photos show a scenario that constantly contradicts the testimony of officers and witnesses (apparently coerced) and the nature of the scene they described in Mumia's original trial."

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In Prison My Whole Life
This new British documentary about Mumia premiered at the London Film Festival and at Rome's International Film Festival on October 25 (ScreenDaily.com review). Read our exclusive interview with William Francome, who reveals for the first time that In Prison My Whole Life prominently showcases the newly discovered crime scene photos, featuring interviews with German author Michael Schiffmann and Philadelphia photographer Pedro P. Polakoff.

Read the Amnesty International UK report

Watch the trailer

Courtroom Audio: May 17 Oral Arguments
Journalists for Mumia Abu-Jamal presents the courtroom audio from Mumia Abu-Jamal's May 17 oral arguments before the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals .

Listen to the unedited, complete 2 hr. 15 min MP3 file or listen to the short excerpts selected by Abu-Jamal-News.com:

Marching Up San Juan Hill?
You Don't Deny That McGill's Statements Were Inappropriate?
A Violation of the Bill of Rights?
Jenny Dawley
Peremptory Strikes
McMahon Videotape
Robert R. Bryan's Closing Arguments
and more
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Racism and Injustice:
The Trials of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Read Prescod's interview with Mumia

By Margaret Prescod, Pacifica Radio National Special, August, 2007. Features Danny Glover, Linn Washington, Jr., Dave Lindorff, Robert R. Bryan, Michael Schiffmann, and Mumia himself.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: On the Road to Freedom?
By Jeff Mackler

It is difficult to imagine that the systematic race and class bias that permeate America's criminal "justice" system could be set aside and that the nation's most famed and innocent death row inmate and political prisoner of 25 years, Mumia Abu-Jamal, could win a new trial and freedom.

But that is precisely what appeared to be unfolding on May 17 in the packed Ceremonial Courtroom of the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia as a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in full view of 200 riveted Mumia supporters and others from across the country and around the world, mercilessly queried Pennsylvania's lead prosecutor and persecutor, Hugh Burns.

In contrast, Mumia's three-person legal team of Robert R. Bryan, Judith Ritter, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund amicus curiae (friend of the court) counsel Christina Swarns appeared to have the rapt, if not sympathetic, attention of the three judges during most the two-and-a-half-hour proceeding.

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Attention, MOVE: This is America!
The MOVE 9 prisoners were sentenced 30-100 years for the death of Philadelphia Police Officer James Ramp during the August 8, 1978 police assault on MOVE's headquarters. The remaining MOVE 9 prisoners (Merle Africa suspiciously died in 1998) are still in prison despite (1) extensive destruction of evidence by the police and (2) powerful evidence that Officer Ramp was actually killed by police "friendly fire."

The eight remaining MOVE prisoners will be eligible for parole in 2008, and MOVE has begun to organize around the upcoming hearings.

Mumia Abu-Jamal was one of the few journalists who reported fairly on MOVE. The frightening examples of illegality and fraud used to convict the MOVE 9 provide a proper historical context for Abu-Jamal's 1982 trial.

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The Forgotten Trial: Spurious Witnesses, Impossible Events
What the "eyewitness" testimony from Billy Cook's March 29, 1982 trial for aggravated assault reveals, by Michael Schiffmann

There was no credible evidence that Billy Cook ever struck at Officer Faulkner. The stories the witnesses claiming this told were unbelievable. With regard to the quarrel between Cook and Faulkner, the only undisputable and proven fact was that Cook was beaten bloody, almost certainly by the very same officer who was killed only a couple of seconds later shot not in the line of duty, but while engaged in an ordinary act of police brutality.

What the March 29, 1982 assault trial also showed was the abominable quality of the evidence against Mumia Abu-Jamal. Already there, two of the three key eyewitnesses at his later murder trial emerged as totally incredible, recounting events that could never have happened the way they described them. Here, too, with regard to what happened between Abu-Jamal and Faulkner, only one fact was undisputable, namely that Abu-Jamal was shot and nearly killed by Officer Faulkner's gun.

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Interview with lead attorney Robert R. Bryan
As reported in two recent Associated Press articles, the Philadelphia District Attorney has filed a motion asking the entire 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to recuse itself from black death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal's case on grounds that Gov. Ed Rendell, whose wife serves on the court, was district attorney during Abu-Jamal's 1982 trial. The DA argues that if the court rules unfavorably for Abu-Jamal, the defendant could then argue that the ruling was a result of bias from the court, and as the Associated Press wrote, the DA allegedly "wants to leave Abu-Jamal no grounds for any future appeal."

This request followed the March 22 announcement that Abu-Jamal will have oral arguments in Philadelphia on May 17, where the court will consider four different issues that have already been certified for appeal. Supporters have already begun organizing a mass-demonstration in Philadelphia on May 17, and many feel that the DA's request is actually designed 1) to delay the oral arguments and 2) to move Abu-Jamal's case to a more conservative circuit that will be less sympathetic to the issues being presented for a new trial.

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German Book Reveals New Evidence
The history of the criminal case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, which is by now almost 25 years old, has been characterized by bias right from the start: against a black man whom the court denied a jury of his peers, against a member of the economic underclass who did not have a real claim to a qualified defense, and against a radical, whose allegedly dangerous militancy obliged the state to eliminate him from the ranks of society."

So writes German author Michael Schiffmann in his new book Race Against Death. Mumia Abu-Jamal: a Black Revolutionary in White America (an expansion of Schiffmann's PhD dissertation at the University of Heidelberg), just released in Germany this past month.

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Mumia's Battle in the Courtroom : The Four Main Issues Made Simple
In December, 2001 Federal District Court Judge William Yohn affirmed Mumia Abu-Jamal's guilt but overturned the death sentence. Citing the 1988 Mills v. Maryland precedent, Yohn ruled that sentencing forms used by jurors and Judge Sabo's instructions to the jury were confusing. Subsequently, jurors mistakenly believed that they had to unanimously agree on any mitigating circumstances in order to consider them as weighing against a death sentence.

Mumia's case is now in the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals, with oral arguments set for May 17. District Attorney Lynne Abraham is appealing the death penalty ruling while Mumia is appealing the guilty verdict.

If the penalty ruling is overturned, a new execution date will be set for Mumia. If Yohn's ruling is upheld, the DA can still impanel a new jury to rehear the penalty phase, which could then sentence Mumia to death—regardless of the 3rd Circuit ruling.

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Imus isn't the Only Issue to Address
Animals! Piece of Trash! Scum bag!

These venomous words are some of the verbal vomit hurled recently at Philadelphia's Clef Club expressing outrage toward a program scheduled for next Tuesday at the jazz venue on South Broad Street featuring famed actor/activist Danny Glover.

A centerpiece of this program was the planned showing of a documentary video narrated by Glover examining the controversial case of Philadelphia born, death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Because this program examines the case of Abu-Jamal and is scheduled to take place on Abu-Jamal's birthday, it immediately sparked the ire Philadelphia's police union (the FOP) and local radio personalities supportive of Abu-Jamal's execution for the December 1981 death of Policeman Daniel Faulkner.

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