Monday, April 20, 2009

Pittsburg 4/24 Film Showing + Honk for Mumia Info

WHAT: Film Screening of In Prison My Whole Life, documentary on the life and case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, political prisoner and journalist who has spent 27 years on Pennsylvania's Death Row after being framed for the murder of a police officer.

WHEN: 7:00PM Tuesday, April 21st

WHERE: The Shadow Lounge, Blue Room, 5972 Baum Boulevard, East Liberty

WHY: The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied Mumia's request to rule on his appeal in a decision that makes a mockery of the constitution, due process, and racial equity. View the film and get involved in the movement to free Mumia in Pittsburgh.

WHO: Pgh. Commmittee to Free Mumia

Attention: On Friday, April 24, Mumia's 55th birthday, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal are calling for worldwide "Honk for Mumia" celebrations of resistance. Pick as many sites as you can in your local area at 12 noon or after work with signs and banners at intersections saying "Honk for Mumia"!

Here are some suggestions for your local Honk:
  • If findable, use that foam-core poster board material. Easy to paint or use Markers on, and it's light, won't get bent easily in the wind, and water resistant. Collect that foam core from behind stores that throw it out after using it for displays, etc.
  • Acrylic paint, often findable in half-used cans in the trash, is best. Dries very quickly. Easy water clean-up of brushes etc.
  • Remember not to put lettering up to edges too much. Leave room for your hand to hold the sign without covering the words.
  • Using tape to mount signs can ruin the sign when tape peeled off. Careful.
  • Signs can be Two-Sides...different slogan on each side if wanted.
  • Some signs ought announce Mumia Support Web Sites.
  • Don't overlook that this is about ALL Political Prisoners. Some signs need to mention that.
  • For balance, Signs ought be not only FOR Justice for MAJ and Others...but AGAINST the InJustice System.
  • Best to aim the signs at drivers as they approach....instead of just holding them facing the street in one direction.
  • Eye contact with the drivers is important. Interact. YOU are asking them to support. It can be quite personal.
  • Some drivers have been persuaded that Mumia activists are bad news. They may be afraid. Don't push them. Let them go.
  • Hold signs high, if possible. Motion is good.
  • Spread 'em out. Not all in one cluster. Cover all corners of intersections.
  • If drivers honk....salute them or thank them any way you think of. Acknowledge them.
  • Accompanying banners and waving tassels and pom-poms and drums really complete the scene.
  • Keep fliers handy for those who look receptive.
  • Do not give fingers back to the "fry Mumia" types. They don't know any better.
  • Don't cause accidents or get run over.
Result can well be a Symphony of Horns, with sign holders as Leaders of the drivers are much more prone to honking in support if they are among others. Result can be intensified curiosity by passers-by who want to know what the heck is going on. Result is that many find that they are not alone in support for Mumia and other political prisoners.

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