Rainbow Flags for Mumia
Call to Action for May 17th
Inspired by the AIDS Movement and now chanted at every Mumia demonstration since 1999.
“Our Brother Mumia is Under Attack!”
“What We Do?
Dear Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Activists & Organizations.
May 17 2007 will be an absolutely crucial day for African-American journalist, social justice activist and U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. Mumia's lawyers will present an oral argument in Federal Appeals Court in Philadelphia on why Mumia deserves the right to a new trial. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals will make a decision after May 17 on whether or not Mumia will be granted a new trial, life in prison without parole or execution.
2007 marks 25 years of unjust imprisonment on death row, of this innocent man, whose political activism as a journalist deemed him, the title as 'The Voice of the Voiceless." Even from behind prison walls, Mumia has continued to speak truth to power, writing several books and articles against the prison industrial complex and against U.S. imperialist wars.
The oppression of LGBTGNC peoples has been no exception. Mumia has come out against the violence and discrimination that we as lesbian, gay and bi and trans people face.
In 1999, in an article, Mumia denounced the anti-gay murders, including the killing of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., Billy Jack Gaither in Sylacauga, Ala., and Henry Edward Northington in Richmond, Va. Mumia wrote, " The sickening attacks on gay people in cities across the nation recently is a reflection of the sickness that simmers at the core of the American soul. It is here that a truly perverse hatred is bred, and, from here that all attacks are launched against all who are seen as Other."
Historically, since the early 80's LGBTGNC activists and groups have been integral to the Mumia solidarity movement world-wide. We have mobilized 1000+ strong Rainbow Flags for Mumia contingents in Philadelphia, led feeder marches through the Castro in San Francisco and organized highly successful fundraising campaigns for his defense.
Again, we as LGBTGNC peoples are calling on our movements and communities to be in Philadelphia to stand with Mumia Abu-Jamal on May 17th 2007. It is crucial that the court and other officials see the strongest possible support and a broad, united movement in front of the federal courthouse building (6th & Market Streets) at 9 a.m.
Please circulate this urgent call to action to your community base. Please send to your internet and phone lists. But most importantly, come out with your banners, signs and solidarity to Philadelphia on May 17th!
For more information on Mumia Abu-Jamal, transportation to Philadelphia and more ways to demand his freedom see: millions4mumia.org or mumia.org. For more info on Rainbow Flags for Mumia email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in Solidarity! Free Mumia!
FIERCE! Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment
Jesse Lokahi Heiwa
Rev. Pat Bumgardner
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Yoseñio V. Lewis
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