Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Continuing the fight for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Socialist Worker, July 15, 2010

At the World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Geneva, Switzerland, members of U.S. anti-death penalty organizations walked out of a session because it was being addressed, via speakerphone, by Pennsylvania death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has unjustly spent more than a quarter century behind bars. The Campaign to End the Death Penalty issued this open letter to the abolitionist community in defense of Mumia.

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal

THE CAMPAIGN to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) is appalled by the news that several individuals of leading anti-death penalty organizations have signed a confidential memorandum stating that the “involvement of Mumia Abu-Jamal endangers the U.S. coalition for abolition of the death penalty.” The memo further argues that the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty should not highlight Mumia’s case because doing so “unnecessarily attracts our strongest opponents and alienates coalition partners at a time when we need to build alliances, not foster hatred and enmity.”

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