IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/21/08
PORTLAND--- Friends for the Freedom of MOVE and Mumia Abu-Jamal Portland Oregon in co-sponsorship with KBOO and Students for Unity will be hosting a Strugglebration for political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal on SATURDAY JANUARY 10th, 2009.
December 9th marks the 27th anniversary of the wrongful arrest of journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Mumia has been on death row since his conviction but has continued his journalism and activism. According to Shaun Carnahan the event is "a night of celebration, struggle and knowledge. A way for people to come together to celebrate his strength and renew the fight for his freedom."
The event will have numerous speakers, including Ruth Kovac of KBOO'S Prison Pipeline and JoAnn Bowman of Oregon Action as well as performances by Hip Hop artists Gabriel Teodros and Drew Slum and Spoken Word artist Blacque Butterfly and many others. Clips of the film "Fighting for Mumia's Freedom" will also be shown. The event will not only focus on Abu-Jamal's struggle, but discussions on prison overpopulation and the impact it has on specific populations such as African Americans.
The Strugglebration is from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at 1825 SW Broadway Portland State University's Multicultural Center in the Smith Memorial Union on the second floor. Donations are encouraged and all donations will go directly to The International Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal. For more information on the event contact Shaun Carnahan at 503-515-9540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Friends for the Freedom of MOVE and Mumia Abu-Jamal Portland Oregon visit http://mumia.justfree.com