I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Friday, January 15, 2010

Set New Standards of Decency. Stop Mumia's Execution.

An update on Mumia's case from the website of the Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

Mobilize and Fight to Save Mumia’s Life

LOS ANGELES — As of January 11, 2010 United States political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is the closest to death he has ever been. In 1981, Mr. Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther as a teenager and a noted radio journalist, was shot by police, arrested and then charged with allegedly killing a Pennsylvania police officer.

He was convicted after a flawed trial and sentenced to death by a jury from which the prosecution had systematically excluded Black people. The judge, notorious for sentencing people to death in great numbers, gave instructions to the jury that have been found to be invalid and incorrect. Although the courts have refused to allow new evidence demonstrating Mumia’s innocence and disproving Police allegations against him, he won an appeal which set aside his death sentence and required a new sentencing phase trial hearing.

The Supreme Court is now set to rule on an appeal by Pennsylvania prosecutors of that lower court ruling. They will either reinstate his death sentence, or uphold the lower court in granting him a new sentencing trial. If the death penalty verdict is upheld, Mumia Abu-Jamal could be dead within 48 hours. For up to date information concerning the ruling visit

In Los Angeles, a group called Mumia: Alive and Free! is working towards getting Mumia Abu-Jamal a new sentencing trial. However, it is our ultimate goal to have this innocent man be free.

We call for a massive gathering outside of the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, 200 N. Los Angeles St. (corner Temple) at 5:00 pm, the day after the Supreme Court ruling. We urge cities throughout the country and the world to act in solidarity for Mumia in any way imaginable.

Please distribute flyers far and wide. Encourage everyone you know to do something to spread the word about Mumia’s case, no matter what they can do. Sign the petition to save his life ( Pressure local media outlets. Initiate public rallies. Engage students, neighbors and co-workers in your area or members of your faith group. If we do not act, every single one of us will share responsibility for his death.

Since Mumia Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death, his life has been in the lethal grip of the United States government. Becoming a symbol of resistance to injustice for political movements throughout the world, the human aspects of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s mortality may have been taken for granted. Many of us have grown up with his case ever present in the political dialogues, media and music. However, due to his 27 year stay on death row, the case has seemingly disappeared from the minds of a once outraged public. The death sentence still hanging over his head has not been taken seriously. We must shift our thinking and return the sense of urgency once attributed to his case. We can not trust that the very same legal system which trumped up murder charges against an innocent man because of his political affiliations and the color of his skin, will preserve his life.

We must treat every day as though it is Mumia Abu-Jamal’s very last. He is in there for us, and we are out here for him. What will you do to save his life?


What: Mass gathering in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal
When: The day after the Supreme Court ruling is delivered, 5 PM!
Where: Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, 200 N. Los Angeles St. (Corner Temple St.)
Why: Bring Mumia’s case to the headlines again, demand a new criminal and sentencing trial, say NO to the state murder of an innocent man.

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