October 2, 2006
We are writing to you as a supporter of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s fight for freedom and someone who has assisted the PDC’s efforts in that cause. Mumia’s case is at a crucial turning point. Last December the Third Circuit Court of Appeals put Mumia’s case on a “fast track” for decision. On October 4, Mumia’s attorneys will submit their final briefs. A decision could come within weeks.
Time is running short. We must mobilize now to revive and expand the movement to make Mumia’s fight once again a rallying cry against racist “legal lynching,” against black oppression, against government repression.
The PDC has committed itself to a stepped-up campaign to make widely known the truth of Mumia’s innocence, the political nature of the frame-up of this former Black Panther Party spokesman, a MOVE supporter and award winning journalist, and the need to mobilize mass protest to free him now. Over five years ago, Arnold Beverly confessed that he, not Mumia, shot and killed police officer Daniel Faulkner. Beverly stated he was hired to kill Faulkner, whose interference with prostitution, gambling and payoffs made him a problem for the mob and corrupt cops. The Beverly evidence makes clear that Mumia’s case consists of a conscious, racist political frame-up of an innocent man.
Essential to revitalizing the movement for Mumia’s freedom is the need to fight against the illusions in the capitalist courts that have demobilized the movement of millions around the world who came out in the streets for Mumia in the past. Shortly after the Court of Appeals’ December decision, we published a four-page brochure Mumia Is an Innocent Man: Free Mumia Abu-Jamal! Abolish the Racist Death Penalty! of which we have printed over a hundred thousand copies in many languages. We also printed thousands of copies of the 48-page pamphlet, The Fight to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal: Mumia Is Innocent! issued in July. Call us to order your copy. These materials are crucial tools for mobilizing urgently needed mass protests for Mumia’s freedom on the basis that he is an innocent man whose case lays bare the workings of the capitalist frame-up system.
The PDC has initiated and is building for rallies to be held this month in New York, Los Angles, Oakland and Chicago to demand freedom now for Mumia. As we say in our motivation: “The only pressure that will impact the rulers and their courts is the fear of the consequences of executing Mumia or entombing him for life. We are building these rallies as a crucial step toward the labor-centered mass united-front mobilizations that can bring that pressure to bear.” We enclose a rally flyer and strongly encourage you to join us in these urgent actions.
We also urge you to join in our efforts and help us build for these rallies and spread the word about Mumia’s innocence and the need to win his freedom now. You can assist by ordering the campaign materials mentioned above, get bundles and distribute them in your unions and organizations and to your coworkers and friends. You can contact the PDC to get stacks of our rally flyers, buttons or to order copies of the newly reissued DVD Live from Death Row, This is Mumia Abu-Jamal which includes the videotaped confession of Arnold Beverly. Call us to set up a video showing and presentation about Mumia’s case to your union or organization.
A PDC-initiated statement demanding Mumia’s freedom has collected more than 300 signatories. Civil rights activists, lawyers, professors are among those signing the statement that points out “the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal exemplifies the race and class bias of the U.S. justice system against workers, black people, the poor and all the oppressed.” Importantly, it includes more than 200 trade unionists and labor organizations representing enormous social power. We invite you to view this constantly expanding list on our Web site: partisandefense.org.
We seek to publish the statement and the list of signatories in selected publications—The Nation, the Chicago Defender and the Amsterdam News—which could play a significant role in publicizing Mumia’s cause and mobilizing in his fight for freedom. This is contingent on our raising $10,000. This expansive work for Mumia is expensive work. Despite our limited means we have spent enormous sums to get the word out as far and wide as possible—the brochure and pamphlets alone cost us nearly $15,000. We have also reproduced thousands of our PDC button demanding freedom and hundreds of our PDC video/DVD which now includes the confession of Arnold Beverly at an outlay over $2,000.
But we need to ask you, our supporters, to help meet these and other significant costs. We are dependent on people like yourself who understand the urgency of our work on behalf of Mumia and all the class-war prisoners we support. We encourage you to make a donation to the PDC and to become a sustainer today. PDC sustainers receive the PDC’s publication, Class Struggle Defense Notes (CSDN), when it is issued. Becoming a PDC sustainer will also ensure that you are kept up-to-date on any developments in the campaign to win Mumia’s freedom and informed about all of the other numerous causes and cases that we champion.
Let me close with a last reminder of how crucial the work of the PDC is to this struggle. As our recent pamphlet makes clear, the PDC was instrumental in not only uncovering the evidence of Mumia's innocence but also disseminating it to the working class public. We turn to you now, in a period when Mumia needs all the help he can get, to help the PDC financially in the political fight to mobilize the social power that can liberate this innocent man. Please make checks out to the Partisan Defense Committee and send them to P.O. Box 99, Canal Street Station, New York, NY 10013.
Thanking you for your support,