Monday, March 23, 2009

A new book from Mumia Abu-Jamal

Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal's new book Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A. has just been published and is available from City Lights. Here's how he characterizes it:
This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar-endowed universities, but in the bowels of the slave ship, in the hidden, dank dungeons of America.
Mumia, for anyone who doesn't know, is a lifelong political activist and journalist who was framed by the Philadelphia police for the 1981 killing of one of their own and who was tried, convicted and sentenced to death in 1982 in one of the most notoriously unjust court cases of the 20th century. Evidence of his innocence was not allowed. The jury was stacked. The judge used the "n" word. Ever since, living on Death Row for 26 years now, Mumia has fought to get his conviction and sentence overturned, backed up by an ever-growing international movement. At the same time he has continued to write sharp political commentary, in articles as well as several previous books.

Angela Davis, who was herself the victim of a police frame-up back in the 1970s, wrote the introduction to the new book and you can read it here. There will be a New York City celebration of the book's release, characterized as "More Than a Book Party," on Saturday, April 25, 4:00, at Riverside Church. It looks like a splendid program.