Emergency Call to Action for Mumia Abu-Jamal


Jan Slakov

From: "Viviane Lerner" <•••@••.•••>

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Subject: Emergency Call to Action for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Emergency Call to Action
*this message contains details of "day after" demonstrations for Mumia

Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Ridge is about to issue a warrant for the
execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His order will set a specific date for
Mumia's execution by lethal injection

Mumia will be immediately placed under 24-hour surveillance in a special
cell under Phase II conditions, or "Suicide Watch."

Governor Ridge and the death-seeking forces that stand behind him will have
issued an unprecedented challenge to our movement and to all those who
cherish democratic and human rights. The Governor's heinous deed will
demand of us a united response that must be heard in every quarter of our

Mumia's fight for life will be placed at center stage of U.S. politics.
With unshakable confidence, we will now take the next critical steps
toward the building of a nationally coordinated, broadly-based,  mass
movement to weigh in on Mumia's behalf.

We are pledged to make the contemplated murder of Mumia Abu-Jamal a
political price that is unquestionably too high to pay on the part of the
powerbrokers who currently oversee the unfolding battle. They will learn
that Mumia's case represents an irresistible challenge to the credibility
of their "criminal justice system."

The National Coordinators of Mumia's defense issue this call for emergency
protests in the U.S. and internationally for "The Day After" a warrant is
signed in as many cities as possible.  (See below for additional details
regarding regional actions in Philadelphia and San Francisco.)

The death warrant is doubly outrageous because Governor Ridge knows full
well that within days Mumia's legal team, headed by Leonard Weinglass, will
be filing for a writ of habeas corpus in the Federal District Court. This
will initiate the federal appeal's process and, at the same time, secure a
stay of the Governor's warrant for Mumia's execution.

The defense team will request an evidentiary hearing in order to present to
the Federal District Court vital material that was banned from the State
court records by the actions of Judge Albert Sabo.

Mumia's case has now entered a qualitatively new phase. While it is
impossible to predict a time line, all agree that the legal proceedings
have entered the "fast track." At the extreme, the Federal District Court
may invoke the "presumption of correctness" standard of the 1996 Effective
Death Penalty Act and refuse both an evidentiary hearing and a Federal
District Court review. Such an action would restart the countdown on
Mumia's life.

There are a number of legal options available in this eventuality,
including an additional appeal to the Federal District Court for a
three-judge hearing, and, if, necessary, subsequent appeals to the Federal
Circuit Court of Appeals, and finally to the U.S. Supreme Court. The time
period for these appeals could be collapsed into a matter of months. A
longer scenario, however, is certainly not excluded.

The immediate mobilization of Mumia's supporters in the days ahead is our
top priority. Based on the major achievements of Mumia's freedom struggle
over the past years, we will then proceed with a comprehensive and united
plan of action designed to bring to bear the full power and influence of
all those who seek justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Stop the Execution!
For a New Trial Now!

Pam Africa, Internat'l Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Safiya Bukhari, New York Free Mumia Coalition
Herman Ferguson, New African Liberation Front
Clark Kissinger, Refuse and Resist
Jeff Mackler, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Monica Moorehead, National People's Campaign
Joan Parkin, Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Marcus Rediker, Western PA. Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mark Taylor, Academics for Mumia Abu-jamal
Steve Weiser, The Bruderhoff

Philadelphia Regional Protest: If a warrant is signed on Monday - Thursday
the "Day After" demonstration will be that Saturday in Philadelphia. If a
warrant is signed on Friday, the demonstration will be on the second
"Saturday After" (eight days) in Philadelphia, assembling at: Pennsylvania
State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets, 11 am. People are
riding the train down and there will be buses from NYC.  Call the
Hotline 212-330-8029 and the In'tl Action Center 212-633-6646 for more
info. For Philadelphia information: International Concerned Family and
Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal: 215-476-8812.

San Francisco: If the warrant is signed on Friday, October 8, the "Day
After:" rally is set for Saturday, October 9, 12:00 Noon, Powell and Market
Streets followed by 12 Noon regional march and rally on Saturday, October
16 assembling at Powell and Market. Call: The Mobilization to Free Mumia
Abu-Jamal: 415-695-7745.

If a death warrant is signed, there will be
(1) local demonstrations on the next day
(2) regional (Philadelphia and San Francisco) demonstrations on the next
Saturday (unless it is signed on a Friday, then it's 8 days later)

In New York City:
(1) The next business day, gather in front of the PBA, 40 Fulton St., 1-2
at 2 pm, march to Times Square; at 4:30 pm, demonstrate in Times
(2) The next Saturday, travel to Philadelphia.


If you're involved in a Mumia coalition, let us know what your local demo
details are so we can publicize them.

Call, email, or check the web sites for details in your city.

Call or email to get on the Emergency Response Netowork.

If there is nothing planned in your city for the day after, call something

Organize transportation to Philadelphia or San Francisco for the regional
Saturday demonstrations.

Stay in Touch!  For more information, contact
In Philadelphia, call International Concerned Family and Friends at 215-
476-8812.  In New York City, call the IAC at 212-633-6646 or email
•••@••.•••, or call the Free Mumia Coalition hotline at 212-

National Peoples Campaign/Millions for Mumia
39 West 14th Street, #206
New York, NY 10011
212 633-6646 212 633-2889 FAX
email: •••@••.•••