Sunday, April 04, 2010

Writers for Mumia Event on April 24, Mumia's Birthday, Build Up for April 26 in DC

Readings and Testimonials
by poets, playwrights, journalists,
book authors, wordsmiths, & activists

List in formation
Loretta Campbell
David Lindorff
Susan E. Davis
Sister Lupe
Shelley Ettinger
Edwuare X. Osayande
Jose Angel Figueroa Ndigo
Robert Gibbons
Louis Reyes Rivera
Rashidah Ismaili
Yusef Salaam
Atiba Kwabena
Nana Soul

Saturday, April 24
2:30 - 6:00 pm
Program starts promptly at 3

St. Mary's Church
512 West 126th Street
(between Old Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.)

Mumia Abu-Jamal now faces a most critical moment in his decades-long struggle to be granted a new trial based on solid, incontrovertible evidence of prosecutorial misconduct during the criminal court trial that led to his conviction on charges of killing a Philadelphia police officer. This past January, the Supreme Court overturned the Third Circuit Court of Appeals' 2008 decision to set aside the death penalty based on improper instructions given to the jurors. Instead, the high court has instructed the circuit court to "reconsider" its earlier decision, particularly reinstitution of the death penalty.

To celebrate Mumia's birthdate (April 24, 1954), the New York Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and the National Writers Union (NWU/New York Chapter) are organizing Writers for Mumia, an afternoon of readings and testimonials in Harlem. The event immediately precedes a rally scheduled for Monday, April 26, in front of the Justice Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. to demand a civil rights investigation of Mumia's case.

For more information contact Writers for Mumia through the International Action Center, 212-633-6646; or the New York Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, 212-330-8029.