message from Leslie Feinberg
the Antioch Students
students at Antioch made a courageous stand when they chose a
political prisoner on death row and a lesbian transgender author
and activist who is his supporter to be the twin keynote speakers
at their commencement ceremony on April 29.
inviting Mumia Abu-Jamal to speak on audiotape from his death
row cell, the students showed their solidarity with a world-renown
U.S. political prisoner whose case is truly a defining struggle
of our epoch.
these students showed great courage in asking a leader in the
movement against sexual and gender oppression to share the podium
on April 29 with Mumia. I am proud to share the podium with Mumia
Abu-Jamal at commencement on April 29. And
I will use my allotted time to make the struggle to free Mumia
even more widely known and understood.
one of the founding members of Rainbow Flags for Mumia-a coalition
across the U.S. of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people who
are an integral part of the fight to save Mumia's lifeI
help to organize ever-wider support for Mumia at every university
lecture, movement rally and event at which I speak.
recently new evidence of police misconduct and suppression of
evidence that Mumia was not guilty of shooting a Philadelphia
police officer was revealed. And a federal judge has sitting on
his desk a stack of constitutional violations that occured in
Mumia's original trial.
the moment the Antioch student's decision was picked up nationally
by the media from an Associated Press article in late March the
students began receiving a flood of hate-filled and threatening
e-mail and phone calls by police and their right-wing supporters.
Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police has a history of waging
campaigns to harass and intimidate Mumia's supporters. And the
FOP openly campaigns for Mumia's execution, sometimes using Klan-type
sentence of death for Mumia is meant to silence the African American
revolutionary journalist known as the "voice of the voiceless."
But because public support for Mumia has widened and deepened,
the state has not been able to carry out the execution.
the Philadelphia police are trying to terrorize and silence that
support. But the FOP fear tactics will not succeed. The progressive
movement is bringing Mumia's case to millions more people in the
United States and around the world.
May 7, just a week after Mumia speaks at the Antioch commencement,
thousands of people from around the country will pack the Theater
at Madison Square Garden in support of Mumia. This outpouring
will be another event that brings more attention and support to
Mumia's case. The battle by Antioch students to withstand this
right-wing siege will only galvanize their strength.
I will stand with them, and all progressive people, in demanding
"Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!" Please send e-mail messages of support
to the Antioch students at this address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Millions for Mumia
39 West 14th Street, #206
New York, NY 10011 212 633-6646