Contact: Abayomi Azikiwe, MECAWI
E-mail: ac6123@wayne.edu
URL: Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
Tel: 313.671.3715

APPEAL FOR CO-SPONSORSHIP OF A DETROIT PUBLIC MEETING IN SUPPORT OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL &THE MOVE 9 ON SATURDAY, 2 AUGUST 2008


Dear Friends and Social Justice Advocates,

There have been new developments in the case of award-winning journalist and death row inmate MUMIA ABU-JAMAL in the state of Pennsylvania. A recent Federal Appeals Court decision in the Third Circuit, overturned the death penalty against Mumia, however, the three judge panel upheld his conviction for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.

Consequently, Mumia was automatically re-sentenced to life in prison without parole. Mumia Abu-Jamal has maintained his innocence in the death of Philadelphia rookie police officer Daniel Faulkner. In defiance of a well-financed campaign directed by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), supporters of Mumia throughout the world have built a movement that is strongly committed to bringing about his total exoneration and release from prison.

Also the MOVE 9 political prisoners, who have been incarcerated for nearly 30 years, are up for parole during 2008. Already the three women inmates have been turned down for release after a hearing in April. A decision on the male inmates is expected soon. All have maintained their innocence since the attack on the MOVE residence by the Philadelphia police on August 8, 1978.

On Saturday, August 2, the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War &Injustice (MECAWI) will host a public meeting designed to provide an update on these important cases. The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ), represented by Pam Africa of MOVE along with Ramona Africa, the Minister of Information for MOVE, and the only adult survivor of the May 13, 1985 massacre of 11 MOVE members by the Philadephia police, will be visiting the city of Detroit to participate in this important public educational forum.

This event will be held at the Dr. Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in the Orientation Theater between 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The cost of this event will be approximately $1,000.00. This includes the price of plane tickets for both Pam Africa and Ramona Africa. Included in this amount are also the expenses related to the printing of flyers and other publicity to ensure that significant numbers of people in this area are aware of this important event.

We are requesting that other social justice, civil rights, peace, anti-death penalty and prison rights organizations and individuals support this effort by becoming co-sponsors.
Donations of any amount will be accepted to specifically cover the expenses related to this event on August 2 in Detroit.

Please send donations by check or money order to the following address with specific reference to the Aug. 2 meeting on Mumia Abu-Jamal and the MOVE 9:

The Michigan Emergency Committee Against War &Injustice
5922 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

In Solidarity,

Abayomi Azikiwe, MECAWI
URL: Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
Tel: 313.671.3715
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