NEW YORK, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A broad coalition of community organizers, activists, artists, students, scholars, celebrities, and concerned individuals will hold a national rally and protest at the US Department of Justice on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:00 am in Washington, DC (located at 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). The purpose of the protest is to call for the release of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on the day that is his 58th birthday. Renowned activists Frances Fox Piven and Norman Finkelstein; actor Danny Glover; hip hop artist M-1 (of the duo dead prez); and others will engage in acts of civil disobedience at the protest. Organizers hope that the activity will dramatize their formal request that US Attorney General Eric Holder meet with a delegation to discuss systemic police corruption and civil rights violations in Abu-Jamal's case and in the cases of hundreds of others nationwide.
- Release Mumia Abu-Jamal
- End mass incarceration and the criminalization of Black and Latino Youth
- Create jobs, education, and health care, not jails
- End solitary confinement and stop torture
- End the racist death penalty
- Hands off immigrants
- Free all political prisoners
Attorneys will be at the protest.
Johanna Fernandez, a professor of history at Baruch College and the filmmaker of Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, announces that for April 24th, "Our immediate goal is to have Mumia Abu-Jamal released from prison. His recent release from death row was only a half victory. Our long-term goal is to end mass incarceration."
ENDORSED BY: International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal * Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal * Coalition to Free Mumia (NYC) * Occupy Philly * OCCUPY General Assembly (NYC) * Occupy DC Now * Occupy DC Criminal Injustice Committee * Occupy the Hood * Decarcerate PA * Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change [SPARC] * Millions for Mumia/Int'l Action Center * dead prez * John Carlos * Talib Kweli * Immortal Technique * Angela Davis * Danny Glover * Alice Walker * Francis Pixen * Amiri Baraka * Marc Lamont Hill * Cornell West * Vijay Prashad * Norman Finkelstein * ANSWER Coalition * Prison Radio
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