Emergency alert!
Court administrator orders Mumia Abu-Jamal not to appear in court on Friday, August 17th! National fax and phone blitz campaign being launched to demand that Mumia's constitutional rights not be violated once again!

Please contact and demand that Mumia be in court:

Joseph j. Diprimio, Court Administrator
Phone: (215) 686-2547
Fax: (215) 686-7485
City Hall, Room 336

John Street, Mayor of Philadelphia
Phone: (215) 686-2181
Fax: (215) 686-2180
City hall, Room 215

In a stunning but not surprising move, Mumia Abu-Jamal has been ordered to be kept away from his upcoming August 17th court hearing. During his original trial in 1982, Mumia was physically removed from his trial when he attempted to legally represent himself.

On July 27, 2001, Judge Pamela Dembe ordered Mumia to appear in the Pennsylvania State Court of Common Pleas. Yet, yesterday, on August 13, the Court Administrator of the First Judicial District, Joseph J. Diprimio, of the same court stated that Mumia should not be transported down to Philadelphia. His "rationale" is there will not be any room in the Philadelphia prisons to house Mumia. How absurd! During Mumia's 1995-96 post conviction hearing in Philadelphia, Mumia was actually housed in a prison outside of Philadelphia. Judge Dembe has not responded to this order by Diprimio as of yet.

The real reason for this illegal and unconstitutional order is that thousands of supporters, who want to see Mumia free, are mobilizing in Philadelphia as well as around the country and the world to stand with Mumia on August 17th. The courts, the Fraternal Order of Police and the prisons are desperate to stop the momentum that Mumia's court date has created.

We fully expect that Mumia will appear in court this Friday. We must protest loud and clear this outrageous maneuver to keep Mumia from coming to court. He has the right to hear firsthand the oral arguments regarding whether he will be granted a new post conviction hearing because his very life is at stake. Also we must double and triple all efforts to be in Philadelphia on August 17th. We want Mumia to hear our chants and feel our support inside and outside the court on the 17th.

International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, International Action Center, NY free Mumia Coalition and others are initiating this campaign here and around the world. Please pass along this important information to others asap.

Free Mumia!

International Action Center
39 West 14th Street, Room 206
New York, NY 10011
email: iacenter@iacenter.org
fax: 212 633-2889

web: www.iacenter.org

phone: 212 633-6646



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