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Hundreds in Philly Demand: Free Mumia!

The Most Revolutionary Act

By JEFF MACKLER

Three hundred activists mobilized on July 4 at Philadelphia’s City Hall to demand “Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and All Political Prisoners.” Pam Africa, chair of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, addressed the rally and welcomed the outpouring of a new generation of anti-racist activists. Africa noted that July 4th protests for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom had been organized annually for decades to mark the racist admonitions to the jury in 1982 by the presiding judge to hurry their deliberations so that they could go home to celebrate the holiday. They did so and found Abu-Jamal guilty on July 2 and imposed the death penalty a day later. The July 4th rally was initiated by a broad range of organizations supporting Abu-Jamal’s freedom struggle.

Imprisoned since 1981 on frame-up murder charges of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, Mumia, as he is known by friends and supporters…

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