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Drum Her in solidarity with Mumia 

On Sunday 19th November, the Brixton 4 Mumia collective held a benefit gig for Mumia Abu Jamal raising £350 for his legal defence. Artists and writers, Ceri Buck, Anjan Saha, Tony Pryce, Drum Her, and various capoeira players, performed in support of Mumia. Thanks to all for coming and showing solidarity!

Background to case

Mumia Abu-Jamal has been on death row for 24 years, convicted in 1982 for the murder of a policeman. Jamal is innocent and mountains of evidence prove this. As a radio journalist known as the ‘voice of the voiceless’, Mumia’s impassioned defence of black rights and his excellent written and spoken communication skills brought him to the attention of the FBI.  His conviction was carried because of his membership of the Black Panther party. 

In 2001, US District Judge Yohn overturned the death sentence but upheld every aspect of Jamal’s frame-up conviction. Both he and the prosecutors are appealing this 2001 decision. Jamal has never been off death row in this time.  Jamal’s case is now at a critical juncture.  In December 2005, the federal appeals court put his case on a ‘fast track’ for decision, which means he’s entering the last stages of the legal proceedings.  By the end of 2006, the court could decide what is next for Mumia: death, life in prison or more legal proceedings. 

The Lambeth Band of Solidarity is solid with the Partisan Defence Committee in their defence of Mumia Abu-Jamal. The PDC will pursue every legal avenue on Jamal’s behalf with no illusions that justice can be found through the courts.  Let’s start talking about Mumia Abu-Jamal again, showing our support, informing ourselves about what really happened and why.  We don’t stand for the waste of a beautiful life. This man must be FREE NOW!  If you need any further reminder of the desperation of the situation in the
US, just remember the inhumane & brutal neglect by the
US state when thousands of black and poor people were left to die in
New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Join us in our solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal and black and working class people everywhere! 

We will be showing the film From Death Row, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal soon. Get in touch with us for more info.  Email for PDC is partisandefense@earthlink.net