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(en) US Direct action for Mumia

From Iyaluua@aol.com
Date Tue, 8 Feb 2000 16:09:58 -0500


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> +  ACTION IN SUPPORT OF MUMIA AND AGAINST           
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> +  THE DEATH PENALTY AT THE SUPREME COURT; SEE BELOW
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> (Apologies for duplicate postings. If you have
> already seen this
> message only WITHOUT the above header, please REPLY
> to this copy.
> It's been updated. SEE FORM AT END.
> 
> Please distribute this widely, including posting to
> any LISTSERVs
> and/or NEWSGROUPs. For contact information in the
> Washington, DC
> area, or information/contacts on the West Coast
> action, see the end.
> Regional transportation being coordinated, please
> REPLY with any
> specific inquiries or requests.)
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> NYC Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal * Civil
> Disobedience Committee
> PO Box 650, New York, NY 10009
> 212-330-8029 or (914) 353-5032 (ask for Liz)
> <mumiacd@hotmail.com>
> www.brechtforum.org/mumiacd.shtml
> 
> February 4, 2000
> 
> Dear Friend and Fellow Activist,
> 
> As you are aware, the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal is
> currently in the
> final, most critical phase of the appeal process.
> Two court decisions
> will be key in determining his fate. Federal
> District Court Judge
> William Yohn is reviewing Mumia's petition for
> habeas corpus, and
> will decide whether or not Mumia will receive an
> "evidentiary
> hearing" to reopen the factual record in his case.
> This is Mumia's
> final legal avenue to determine whether he is
> granted a new and fair
> trial. It is anticipated that Yohn's decision will
> be handed down in
> either March or April. If he loses at this level, it
> will be
> infinitely harder to win in the federal appeals
> courts where no new
> evidence will be permitted and Judge Albert Sabo's
> findings will
> stand.
> 
> Simultaneously, the U.S. Supreme Court will be
> ruling on the
> constitutionality of the "Effective Death Penalty
> Act," a law that
> strips prisoners (like Mumia) of their right to
> introduce new
> evidence in the federal appeals process. If they
> permit the law to
> stand, Judge Yohn's hands may be tied. After this
> stage, the appeals
> process is rapid and could result in a new execution
> date before the
> end of this year.
> 
> Our intention here is not to scare you or present
> ourselves as
> alarmists. But history reflects that courts are
> greatly affected by
> the voices and actions of the people. Witness: The
> Montgomery bus
> boycott forced the courts to rule against
> segregation. Witness: The
> power of the people forced the court to overturn the
> conviction of
> Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton. Without
> question, the growing
> movement to free Mumia has achieved a lot within the
> last few years.
> Witness: In August 1995 an international outcry
> resulted in saving
> Mumia's life after his first death warrant was
> signed. Witness: Last
> year the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled
> that Mumia's rights
> had been violated when prison officials read his
> legal mail and the
> court then issued an injunction prohibiting further
> spying by the
> officials. However, we still have much more work to
> do! Now more than
> ever, our energies and efforts must be
> intensified...
> 
> To this end, we are writing with some specific
> requests:
> 
> 1) JOIN US AT A MASS NONVIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
> AND SIMULTANEOUS
> LEGAL RALLY ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2000 AT THE U.S.
> SUPREME COURT IN
> WASHINGTON, D.C. ( 1st Street NE and East Capital
> Street) This action
> will generate national and international media
> attention and will
> express our support for Mumia and our outrage at the
> death penalty
> and the 1996 Effective Death Penalty Act, which
> denies prisoners the
> right to present new evidence that may exonerate
> them. The action
> will occur on the very day arguments begin on
> Williams vs Taylor, a
> case that may determine the constitutionality of the
> Effective Death
> Penalty act. The legal demonstration and action will
> be happening
> between 9 am and 11 am on February 28th. There will
> also be a short
> interfaith prayer service at the United Methodist
> Building (next door
> to the court) before the demonstration at a time to
> be announced.
> People planning only to attend the demonstration and
> not risk arrest
> can arrive on the morning of the 28th. Buses are
> available leaving
> the NYC area,  call (212) 330-8029 and leave a
> message for times and
> ticket information (call now, supplies of
> inexpensive tickets are
> limited).
> 
> 2) IF YOU ARE PART OF AN ORGANIZATION, PLEASE
> ENDORSE THIS ACTION AND
> COMMIT TO FORMING AN AFFINITY GROUP.  If you are
> non-affiliated, form
> an affinity group of friends and/or family. If you
> would like to risk
> arrest, but cannot form an affinity group, contact
> the CD
> Sub-Committee so that we can connect you with an
> affinity group.
> Those risking arrest who have been trained can
> expand or form
> affinity groups at our NY Affinity Group Building
> Event  Feb. 17 at 7
> pm.  Call Liz at 914 353-5032 for details. All
> people risking arrest
> must be trained in nonviolent civil disobedience. A
> New York City
> area training is scheduled for Sunday, February 13th
> from 1-6pm, call
> (914) 353-5032 for the exact location. We are also
> holding a training
> in D.C.on February 27th in which case you may want
> to arrive in D.C.
> on Saturday night, February 26th. Alternatively, you
> can be trained
> in your area--just let us know of what the training
> consisted. All
> arrestees MUST attend a pre-action meeting on the
> evening of February
> 27th in D.C. Please let us know how many people you
> are coming with,
> and when you are arriving so that we can arrange
> housing.  Do
> advanced media work with local papers/stations,
> saying what you are
> doing and why. We can send you a model press release
> if you need one.
> 
> 3) HELP WITH THE PLANNING AND OUTREACH FOR THE CIVIL
> DISOBEDIENCE AND
> LEGAL RALLY.  Organizer's packets are available.
> Simply contact us at
> the numbers above so that we can get material to you
> ASAP. Do
> advanced fundraising in your community to help with
> costs/bail/fines
> that may be incurred.
> 
> 4) IF YOU'RE TOO FAR FROM D.C. OR OTHER REGIONAL
> SOLIDARITY ACTIONS
> (we can connect you with these) then plan your own
> demonstration/civil disobedience or vigil. Hold a
> press conference.
> Call your local TV, radio stations and newspapers to
> cover your
> action. Let us know what you are planning. Please
> send us clippings
> of articles, copies of press releases etc. so we can
> include your
> action as part of a national day of action for
> Mumia. Pressure your
> local/city/regional media to cover the mass actions
> in D.C. and San
> Francisco.
> 
> 5) DONATE $25 (more if you can, less if you can't)
> to assist with the
> costs of fines, transportation, housing, food,
> copying, postage,
> etc., etc., etc. Let us not be fooled. Organizing
> costs. At present,
> we are coming out of pocket money, beggin',
> borrowin' and liberatin',
> but we need help!!! Despite the media's assertions,
> Mumia work is not
> a well-funded machine. It is a grassroots movement
> (which makes it
> all the better.)  Checks and Money Orders can be
> made out to the NYC
> Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, marked CD
> Sub-Committee, and sent
> to PO Box 650, New York, NY 10009.
> 
> And please join our email list and check our
>
website-<www.brechtforum.org/mumiacd.shtml>-regularly
> to stay abreast
> of new developments.
> 
> Thank you for your work and sacrifices. Perhaps we
> do not say it
> enough, but we truly need and appreciate every
> effort that is made to
> free Mumia and fight against injustice.
> 
> Please fill out the form below and either send it in
> with your check,
> or return it to <mumiacd@hotmail.com>. Make checks
> payable to NYC
> Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal * write Civil
> Disobedience
> Committee in the note section of the check and mail
> it to us at:
> PO Box 650, New York, NY 10009. Thanks,  Free Mumia!
> 
> For the NYC Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal/Civil
> Disobedience Sub-Committee
> Kai Lumumba Barrow
> Toby Emmer
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> PLEASE NOTE: If you send this to the
> <mumiacd@hotmail.com> address,
> PLEASE DELETE THE LETTER PART OF THE MESSAGE. (Send
> ONLY the FORM
> part. It makes it easier for us to process your
> reply.) You may also
> fax your response to 212-645-7280
> 
> ____________________________
> 
> Supreme Court Action Response Form
> 
> If you have already filled out a FORM with the
> requested information,
> please indicate this and e-mail or fax the form to
> the following fax
> line: 212-645-7280
> 
> Name:  
>
__________________________________________________________
> 
> (____) I have already filled out a similar form with
> my name and address.)
> 
> Address:    :
>
__________________________________________________________
> 
> City, State,
>
ZIP:__________________________________________________________
> 
> Phone:______________________________________
> 
> Email:  : _____________________________________
> 
> FAX:    : _____________________________________
> 
> PLEASE CHECK ALL THAT APPLY.
> 
> ___Yes! I look forward to risking arrest and will
> form an affinity group.
> 
> ___Yes! I look forward to risking arrest, but need
> help finding an
> affinity group.
> 
> ___Yes! I look forward to attending the legal rally,
> but cannot risk arrest.
> 
> ___Yes! I am part of an organization that wishes to
> endorse this action.
> 
> ___Yes! I want to stay abreast of events, so please
> add me to your email list.
> 
> Organization:_____________________________________
> Address:    _____________________________________
> Phone:  _____________________________________
> FAX:    :   _____________________________________
> Email:  :   _____________________________________
> 
> ___Yes! I look forward to helping plan the action.
> Send me an
> Organizer's Packet.
> 
> ___Yes! I look forward to sharing all my worldly
> possessions with the
> movement; however, at this time I am sending a
> check/m.o. for ________
> 
> ___Yes! I look forward to passing this message on
> and helping raise $
> and participation.
> 
> ___Yes! I can't make it to Washington, but will plan
> solidarity
> action(s) or other support work in my area, and send
> to you the
> relevant information!
> 
> Make checks payable to NYC Coalition to Free Mumia
> Abu-Jamal * write
> Civil Disobedience Committee in the note section of
> the check and
> mail it to us at:
> PO Box 650, New York, NY 10009.
> 
> Contacts in the Washington area:
> FEBRUARY 28 COALITION FOR MUMIA (202) 722-4783
> <coalition_for_mumia@hotmail.com>
> 
> West Coast contacts:
> Joint Action for Mumia
> P.O. Box 3585 Oakland, CA 94609 (510) 389-2377
> <jerichosfbay@hotmail.com>
> 
> 
>
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