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(en) CLAMPDOWN-Mumia Reflects & Melb rally 11am 08-12-2001

From Margaret <margaret@rie.net.au>
Date Sat, 24 Nov 2001 03:45:36 -0500 (EST)

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Rally for Mumia Saturday 8 December 11.00am
GPO Bourke Street Melbourne, Victoria Ausfailure.

From:  info@networkingnewsletter.org.uk (Mumia Abu-Jamal)
Subject: CLAMPDOWN-Mumia Reflects on Ongoing detention of 1000 Arab-Americans
[Col. Writ. 11/11/01] Copyright 2001 Mumia Abu-Jamal
What was the most common response heard to
the devastation that struck New York's Twin Towers
and the Pentagon on 11 September, 2001?
For tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of people,
especially those in their 50s or older, the carnage and
destruction of the aerial attack of 11 September brought
to mind the flying squadrons of Imperial Japan when
waves of them struck Pearl Harbor on 7 December, 1941.
Over 2,300 Americans perished during that attack.
As is often the case, people are often right.
While there were obviously dissimilarities (Japan
was a nation, not an organization) the psychological
impact was indeed similar: shock, fear, outrage, and
a massive military and social response.
After the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. declared war
by the next day -- December 8th.
It also embarked on an internal war of sorts, against
Americans of Japanese descent. Within days of the
bombing of Pearl Harbor, the media agitated against
Japanese-Americnas, as did the Los Angeles Times,
which wrote:
"A viper is nonetheless a viper wherever the egg
is hatched - so a Japanese American, born of
Japanese parents - grows up to be a Japanese,
not an American."
Racist editorials such as this paved the way for
people like U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to
issue Executive Order 9066, which removed tens
of thousands of Japanese-Americans from the
West Coast, and placing over 120,000 Japanese
men, women, and children in concentration camps,
over 60% of whom were American citizens.
While there are far more Arab-Americans in the
U.S. then there were Japanese-Americans in the
U.S. in the 1940s, over 1,000 Arab-Americans are
being held in secret, unlimited detention, with no
meaningful access to lawyers. The U.S. Justice
Dept. recently announced that it will monitor
telephone conversations between detainees
and lawyers.
So, that (internment) hasn't happened -- yet.
At the time of World War II, the U.S. government
announced it was fighting totalitarianism, and
demanded hemispheric unity. As a result, some
nations, like Peru, waged virtual war against their
Japanese citizens. The Peruvian government
froze and confiscated Japanese assets, shut
down Japanese businesses and schools, and
black-listed the entire Japanese community.
Under U.S. pressure, the government forced
some of its Japanese citizens to flee back to
Japan; 1771 others were deported to the U.S.,
where they were confined to ugly, dusty
concentration camps, in Texas. *These were
Spanish-speaking Peruvian citizens*, whose
only offenses were having Japanese ancestry!
Can what happened in the 1940s happen
No? Why not?
What if another bombing were to occur?
Who can say?
Copyright 2001 Mumia Abu-Jamal
"We are fighting the last battle to Free Mumia, and need support now
more than ever. We need donations of money, calling cards, copy cards,
etc. and we really need manpower. We need people to be in the streets
every day putting out information, demonstrating, raising money, and doing
whatever you can to help."
"Tell judge pamela dembe to hold an evidentiary hearing and a new
post-conviction relief appeal, to hear the confession of Arnold Beverly
and to let Mumia be at the hearings in his "trial". Tell mayor john
street to keep his promise and do what he can to help Mumia receive a
fair trial and to hold an independent investigation into the case.
pamela dembe: 1417 criminal justice center 1301 Filbert St. philadelphia
pa, 19107 Phone 215 683-7148 Fax 215 683-7150
john street: room 215 city hall philadelphia pa 19107
Phone 215 686-3000 Fax 215 686-2170"
Send our brotha some LOVE and LIGHT at:
Mumia Abu-Jamal
AM 8335
175 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370

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