Activists Mobilize to Defend Mumia

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The case of the world’s most well-known death row political prisoner and innocent man, Mumia Abu-Jamal, was an integral part of the mass antiwar mobilizations on April 20 in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

Taped messages from Mumia opposing U.S. moves in the Middle East were played at both demonstrations.

Speakers for Mumia’s defense addressed the massive crowds, while banners and placards brought his freedom struggle to the attention of new layers of social activists.

In Berkeley, Calif., the evening of April 20 saw 900 supporters attend a fundraising rally for Mumia’s defense, initiated by the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Howard Zinn and Alice Walker addressed a standing-room-only crowd that raised $20,000 for Mumia’s freedom struggle and for the Middle East Children’s Alliance and Friends of Free Speech Radio.

On the weekend of April 6, Mumia supporters mobilized in Philadelphia at a rally of 800 launched by the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The May 11 mass demonstration in San Francisco, organized by the Mobilization to Free Mumia, is expected to draw additional thousands.

Assemble 11 a.m. at the Embarcadero and march to a 1 p.m. rally at the Civic Center. Call (415) 695-7745 for information.

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