Mumia Abu-Jamal Transferred Out of Solitary Confinement, Into General Population

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections tells Democracy Now! it has transferred Mumia Abu-Jamal out of solitary confinement and into general population. The move comes seven weeks after Philadelphia prosecutor Seth Williams announced he would not pursue the death penalty against the imprisoned journalist. Abu-Jamal’s legal team confirmed the move in an email from attorney, Judy Ritter. “This is a very important moment for him, his family and all of his supporters,” Ritter wrote.

Supporters of Abu-Jamal note prison officials just received more than 5,000 petitions calling for his transfer and release. Superintendent John Kerestes has previously said Abu-Jamal would have to cut short his dreadlocks, and meet several other conditions, before a transfer would be allowed.

While on death row at SCI Green, Abu-Jamal made regular phone calls to Prison Radio in order to record his columns and essays, but prison officials revoked his phone privileges after he was moved to SCI Mahanoy, the Frackville, PA prison in which he’s currently being held. Prison Radio has since announced it will continue to record and distribute Abu-Jamal’s essays as read by his well-known supporters.

Click here to listen to Noam Chomsky read Of Idiots and Sages.

See all of Democracy Now’s coverage of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Justice Denied – Kevin Cooper Book Tour, February 5-12, 2012

Justice Denied – Kevin Cooper, the Death Penalty, and the Failure of US Criminal Justice System

Speaker: J. Patrick O’Connor, author of “Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper” and “The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal” and a message from Kevin Cooper from San Quentin’s death row

2/5, 6pm – Oakland, CA
Dinner/reception with O’Connor and friends
Home of Jeff Mackler, $15
Reservations: 510-268-9429

2/6, 10:30am – Laney College, Oakland, CA
900 Fallon Bldg., Room G209

2/7, 12pm-1pm – Santa Clara Law School
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA
(enter on Palm Dr. and tell them you are going to the law school for free parking pass)

2/7, 7pm – Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
(Cable TV show/public forum)
Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Rd., Palo Alto, CA

2/8, 5:30pm – KPFA Radio, Flashpoints
Tune in: 94.1 FM – Interview with Dennis Bernstein

2/8, 7pm – Laney College public meeting
Student Center, Fourth Floor, 900 Fallon, Oakland, CA

2/9, 10am – Sacramento, CA
Tune in: 90.9 FM – Capital Public Radio’s “Insight”

2/9 – McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA
Info: 510-268-9429

2/9 – UC Davis Law School, Davis, CA
Info: 510-268-9429

2/9, 7pm – Public forum with Patrick O’Connor and Norman Hile, attorney for Kevin Cooper
WILPF and Sacramento Area Peace Council
909 12th St., Sacramento, CA

2/10, 7pm – UC Berkeley public forum
Info: 510-268-9429

2/11, 7:30pm – Peace and Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
1924 Cedar St. at Bonita, Berkeley, CA

2/12, 2pm – San Jose Peace and Justice Center
48 S. Seventh St., Suite 101, San Jose, CA

Release Party for ‘The Classroom and the Cell’

Release Party for The Classroom and the Cell the new book by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Marc Lamont Hill
Sunday, February 5th, 5:00-7:30 pm, Dowling’s Palace – 1310 N. Broad St.
Marc Lamont Hill
Ramona Africa
Tony Montero
Michael Coard
Mumia’s daughter, Goldi
A Legal Update
A Movement Report-back
Free jazz begins after this event. If you enter after 7pm the jazz show is $5
Come celebrate this profound work from the brilliant minds of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Marc Lamont Hill.  The DA’s office has been lying about Mumia’s character for decades.  Come meet the real Mumia in his own words. Join the movement to free this innocent man and oppose the “New Jim Crow” – the Prison Industrial Complex!
To read a review of “The Classroom and the Cell,” go HERE
Sponsored by International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the MOVE Organization, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC), Educators for Mumia, the International Action Center        267-760-7344
Marc Lamont Hill’s powerful speech at the December 9th Mumia event

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