San Francisco Millions for Mumia/International Action Center
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e-mail: iac@actionsf.org

Help build the protests for Mumia
at the Republican & Democratic Conventions

Dear Friends,

We stand at a critical crossroads in the fight to save the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal and bring an end to the racist, anti-poor death penalty. In the next five weeks, there will be two mass demonstrations for which we need to mobilize in full force: at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia on August 1, and the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 13. The International Action Center/Millions for Mumia is playing a key role in organizing for these crucial activities.

We urgently need your participation and financial support to make the August actions as successful as possible! Please take a few moments to read this letter.

On the West Coast, the focus will be on the Los Angeles march and rally, which will take place on Sunday, August 13, the day before the Democratic convention opens. It will be the first of many activities that are scheduled for that week. August 13th will be the main protest supporting a new trial for Mumia and opposing the racist and anti-poor death penalty. While the Republican Bush has executed more than 135 people during his reign as governor of Texas, the Democrat Gore is also a staunch proponent of the death penalty. And presiding over the LA convention will be Ed Rendell, the Democratic Partyís national chairman, who was the District Attorney in Philadelphia when Mumia was railroaded onto death row in 1982.

As you probably know, the IAC/Millions for Mumia has been going all-out in recent months on these issues. On May 7, we held A Day for Mumia at Madison Square Garden in New York attended by more than 6,000 people; the sold-out event has helped to bring Mumia's case into broader public view. IAC organizer Gloria La Riva spoke about Mumia to over a million Cubans at the May 1st march in Havana, and a campaign has been launched by Cuba to defend Mumia and fight against his execution. There was also a national TV roundtable in Cuba about the cases of Mumia and Shaka Sankofa, in which IAC organizers Gloria Rubac, Gloria La Riva and Monica Moorehead, as well as Pam Africa, Leonard Weinglass and others, participated.

On April 15, we held a march against the Prison-Industrial Complex and for Mumia in Washington, D.C., as part of actions against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which the police broke up, arresting 678 people.

Between June 16-22, the IAC organized several protests against the execution of Shaka Sankofa (Gary Graham) and our New York and San Francisco offices became mobilizing centers against this atrocity. Over 500,000 people visited the IAC website within a matter of days. IAC press releases were used by many activists around the country. The IAC sent activists to Houston and Huntsville, Texas, with thousands of signs and flyers in support of the activists there and to protest against this terrible execution.

In New York the IAC organized 1,000 people to protest at the New York Republican Headquarters. In Palo Alto and Los Angeles, IAC activists infiltrated $1,000-per-person Bush fundraisers, raising signs and voices demanding that the execution be stopped, while hundreds more protested outside. These actions received worldwide media coverage, including CNN, ABC, CBS, the New York and L.A Times. More than 50 IAC activists were arrested participating in civil disobedience actions against the execution. Now is the time to intensify the campaign against the death penalty and to demand a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal. In recent weeks, there has been more attention and opposition to the death penalty than has been seen in many decades. The Illinois moratorium, the Columbia University study showing that 68% of all death sentences were reversed between 1973-95, and the fierce though tragically unsuccessful struggle to save Shaka Sankofa, have contributed to a major shift in public opinion on the death penalty.

In Mumiaís case, a federal judge, Stephen Yohn, is currently reviewing Mumia Abu-Jamal's case. Now could be the turning point.Thousands must go to Philadelphia and Los Angeles to support Mumia Abu-Jamaland demand an end to the death penalty.

Madison Square Garden, Washington and the struggle to save the life of Shaka Sankofa have seriously depleted the IAC/Millions for Mumia resources. Now, we need to print hundreds of thousands of flyers and posters, send out mass mailings, pay phone bills, and still keep paying our rent. We have organizers —young and not-so-young —who are willing to go to Los Angeles and Philadelphia to build the mobilization there. But all this costs money, money we donít presently have.

San Francisco Millions for Mumia/International Action Center
For more information or to get involved call 415.821.6545
www.actionsf.org
e-mail: iac@actionsf.org