of bailing Out Mega Corporations that have sucked the life blood
from the community, endorsed slavery, raided pensions, decimated
savings, created the perfect environment for scams and put home
owners, renters and their families out on the street - FREE MUMIA!
Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, handed George W. Bush
the election despite the democratic popular vote to the contrary
and as a direct result of that court's decision we witnessed the
erosion of civil liberties, scandals, torture and illegal wars that
have killed hundreds of thousands. The world suffered greatly. Today
this same court will not hear the case of Mumia Abu Jamal, an innocent
man who has served over 25 years in prison on death row- in effect
letting his conviction stand. This is not surprising! But this IS
outrageous! This is disrespectful not only to Justice everywhere
but to the Black Community in particular. What are we going to do
about it? Um...here’s a thought:
The Free Mumia Five Point Plan:
1. Tell Your Mama AND Obama: To all the supporters of the Obama
Administration: make this a central issue. If he's unwilling FORCE
him to use every ounce of his reach and influence from presidential
pardons to civil and human rights investigations to demand justice.
Challenge his position and prepare to expose to the world where
the real power is.
2. Shame Weak Leadership: Those in “leadership” in the Black community
who do not step up to fight, speak, write, divest, protest, ignite,
bite, spit and curse, throw stares and misbehave on behalf of
our brother should be shown the door. Forever!
3. The Symbol: To my friends and family connected to street tribes:
Let Mumia be your flag and symbol for a real political, social
and positive movement that turns necessary attention back to Mumia's
4. One Hour Pledge: If every justice-loving, peace-seeking , freedom-fighting,
consciousness-bringing individual pledges and dedicates at least
one hour every day to fight, speak, write, divest, protest, ignite,
bite, spit and curse, throw stares and misbehave, we can shake
up this world and shake Mumia free from those cold white walls,
steel doors and shackles.
5. Promise to never Say "I’ve done enough": It’s not
enough that in every Ghetto Chronicles episode that I direct that
I place a promo about the Mumia coalition.
It’s not enough that every year I put his name on my Birthday cake
because we share the same birthday.
It’s not enough that after every film I place a FREE MUMIA TAG!
not enough that I wrote this article.
It’s not enough to say I wrote, visited or listen to Mumia on Prison
Never say we’ve done enough or we’ve done all we could until our
true symbol of hope, change and justice is where we want him to
be. Home, with us!
not forget that Mumia Abu Jamal has done more work from death row
than many “inactivists”, movement folk and “webolutionaries” to
bringing attention and clarity to our struggle than those outside
of prison. Mumia was an activist, photographer and writer dedicated
to real justice before being arrested and charged with the murder
of a Philadelphia policeman. Mumia Abu Jamal like so many other
political prisoners deserves our commitment. If we don’t take care
of the best of us right here and right now it will send the wrong
signal to activist all over the world. The fight for Mumia’s Justice
and Freedom is a fight for our very own and a Fight we must win.
IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
Revolution, then peace!
On The Move!
BlackCommentator.com Guest Commentator, U-Savior Washington, was born
in Harlem and raised in East New York Brooklyn. U-Savior Washington
is an author, video journalist and film director. He is the executive
producer of The Ghetto Chronicles hosted by Nana Soul and the director
of the documentary film “Confessions of a Liberal Actor-vist” which is distributed by Black Waxx Multimedia. Click
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