Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Is Honoring Mumia a Crime?

Philadelphia Mayoral Reception Room when the French received miniature liberty bells from the mayor's assistant. Africa is holding a picture of the late actor and Mumia supporter Ossie Davis. February 11, 2005.

Hans Bennett begins his new blog, INSUBORDINATION Photo-Journalism, with coverage of efforts by Philadelphia politicians to punish French officials and activists for honoring Mumia:

Philadelphia's 59th Republican Ward Executive Committee files criminal charges against French cities supporting black death-row prisoner.

Is it a crime to publicly honor black death-row prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal (convicted of killing white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in a 1982 trial that Amnesty International has declared a "violation of minimum international standards that govern fair trial procedures and the use of the death penalty")? Future Philadelphia mayoral candidate Peter J. Wirs thinks so. read more