‘Free Mumia” is more than a chant heard at rallies in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal. There’s a renewed logic to the refrain. After almost 30 years on Pennsylvania’s death row, and after Philadelphia prosecutors last week backed away from pursuing a death sentence and seek now to leave Abu-Jamal in prison for life, it makes good sense to release him.
Why now? Why were hundreds, including authors Cornel West of Princeton University and Vijay Prashad of Trinity College, expected to gather at the National Constitution Center on Friday to affirm, as Desmond Tutu said by video message, “Mumia must now be released”?
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