Mumia is a Yogi

January 25, 2014
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By Jamila K. Wilson Breathe…Breathe.  Deep breaths.  Allow your inhale to expand your belly, and intentionally press your bellybutton back into your body.  Use this breath to center yourself in this moment.  You are where you are supposed to be.  The external environment might feel harsh and oppressive; but let this breath ground you in the knowledge that you are free and content. You are not your body.  You are...
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Mumia Abu-Jamal and My Survival

January 25, 2014
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By Gabriel Teodros A distant father figure who I’ve never once met. A living hero who’s words written from a prison cell had a deeper effect and helped raise me more than most teachers I’ve ever had. Mumia let me know with every offering that I wasn’t alone, and he did it from a place of isolation that I can’t even fathom. I hear his voice via collect phone calls...
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Remember

January 25, 2014
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By Micol Seigel In the winter of 2001-2002, the dust of the Twin Towers continued to settle, it seemed to me, along with the snow.  I spent that year teaching eager young minds in an elite liberal arts college in Maine.  From a chilly office in the gothic stone building of the History department, I mourned, filed my dissertation, and hoped for an academic career.  Many nights I spent...
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My North Star: How Mumia Abu-Jamal Led Me To Activism

January 24, 2014
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By Walidah Imarisha In high school in a small town in Oregon, I found guidance in the most unlikely of places. Mrs. Borrevick wore bright lipstick drawn around her actual lips. To make her mouth appear bigger. She didn’t have to do the same with her heart. She was the guidance counselor, took in the misfits and rejects. Mrs. Borrevick became my AP History Independent Study teacher after I...
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From Mumia to Rasmea: Political incarceration in the belly of the beast- from Black Liberation to Arab Freedom

January 24, 2014
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By Layli Kristy Feghali Coming of age as a young US-born Arab woman in the post 9/11 era, Mumia’s case drew clear attention to the connective threads of imperial oppression that threatened my own people and homelands within a larger system of oppression operating globally.  From Mumia and Assata Shakur to Leonard Peltier and the recent case of Rasmea Yousef Odeh, I have seen how political detainment and torture...
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Assata Shakur is Welcome Here: Bringing Political Prisoners Back Into the Fold

January 24, 2014
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By Meron Wondwosen Every generation honors its live conformists and its dead trouble makers—Mignon McLaughlin It was November 5th 2005 and my first cousin was charged with treason by the Ethiopian government—a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment. Daniel and I share the same family features—same forehead. We have the same large eyes. We are in the same profession—the law. And much to our chagrin, because it’s painful...
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*Pretty Sparkly Things: A Black Girl’s Encounter with the Prison Industrial Complex

January 23, 2014
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I love clothes. I always have. As a black girl coming of age in the early 1990s, I was up on all the adornment trends: from asymmetrical haircuts and Cross Colours jeans to neckties and button down shirts (a la Boyz II Men). As any person who went to a predominantly black school knows, you had to come to school CLEAN! Even as twelve-year-old kids, style was our form...
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Mumia: Vulnerability and Hope

January 23, 2014
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By Jessica Millward     I began writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal in December 2011 while he was in the liminal space between Death Row at SCI Greene and his release into the general population at Mahanoy Prison.  During the seven weeks that he was in “the hole,” we communicated in a series of hand-written notes back and forth. I am not part of the “Campaign to Bring Mumia Home.”...
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Sunny Days?: Sesame Street, Prisons and the Politics of Justice

January 23, 2014
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With Nelson Mandela’s funeral on the television, Sammy, who is 6, turned to me with a question that quickly grabbed my attention.  Having already discussed his death, his activism, and apartheid, Sammy was very aware of Madiba’s struggles for justice.  Listening to the commentators praise Mandela for his courage and beautiful spirit, he asked, “if he was so good, why would they put him in jail.” Inundated with messages...
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Ona Move!: A Conversation With Pam Africa and Ramona Africa

January 22, 2014
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By Jamila K. Wilson   As an activist in Philadelphia, I have been mentored by Pam and Ramona Africa of the MOVE family. They are two women whose love of truth supersedes their acceptance of the status quo.  Over the years, I have heard them speak about their lives as members of MOVE. The MOVE family is a radical black liberation group started by John Africa in 1972. MOVE...
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Long Distance Revolutionary: An Intergenerational Conversation

January 22, 2014
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By Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Clyde Gumbs and Jared Gumbs This summer I attended a screening of Prison Radio’s film about Mumia Abu-Jamal, Long Distance Revolutionary.  Mumia Abu-Jamal has been in prison for my entire lifetime, and I have learned on many occasions about his unjust incarceration, his participation in the Black Panther Party and his continued radio activism.  You can usually see a “Free Mumia” pin or t-shirt somewhere at...
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