by Martin Luther
King III, President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference
compels me to unite with Nelson Mandela, Catholic Bishop Thomas
Gumbelton, elected representatives of the European Parliament,
the Congressional Black Caucus, Amnesty International, Harry Belafonte,
Paul Newman, Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu,
and millions of others around the globe to fight for the life
of our brother in "the struggle," Mumia Abu-Jamal.
commitment to justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal, dates back over a decade.
We thank God for the energy of Ralph Schoenman, our board member
Dick Gregory, and others, who have made today's international
witness a reality.
of all, at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference we are
unequivocally opposed to capital punishment. The conductors of
the evil system of injustice made Abu-Jamal a political prisoner
and now they have planned his execution. As "conscious-raising
members" of the global society, we cannot afford to sit back and
let an innocent man die.
world must know that the judge purposely withheld "crucial evidence"
from Abu-Jamal's case. Experts say this evidence alone could have
brought an acquittal. We can no longer afford to allow bias in
the criminal justice system to continue.
We must stand by Abu-Jamal's side just as we stood by the sides
of Nelson Mandela, Angela Davis, Ben Chavis, and Joann Little.
do not believe it is incidental that I find myself protesting
for the life of this innocent man, one month after my family and
I received the verdict from a multicultural jury that said my
father's assassination was part of a conspiracy. Martin Luther
King, Jr. was brutally murdered because he spoke out against social
almost thirty-three years after he was killed, we must unite together
in the name of justice to stop the execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal,
a young man who was respected in the community for reporting stories
about economic and social injustices. My family was able to find
out who killed my father because my brother, Dexter never gave
up. He persevered in his search for the truth and our family let
our faith sustain us until we found out who killed my father.
must come together as a family in the spirit of my father who
said, "the arc of the universe is long but is bent towards justice,"
and never give up until we save the life of our brother, Mumia
should know that the world is watching to see if she will do the
right thing. Under the system of government dictated by our Constitution,
the judicial system is the final repository of public power. It
should be held inviolate from racism and other prejudices, which
plague our society. We demand that, all those with the power to
intervene, do so now in the name of justice, do
so now in the name of all that America holds, claims to hold,
true and fair, do so now in the name of humanity, do so now, in
the name of all those who have already died to force America to
live up to its motto of liberty and justice for all.