Ona Move!: A Conversation With Pam Africa and Ramona Africa

January 22, 2014
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Wilson-Interview w_ Pam & Ramona

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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Long Distance Revolutionary: An Intergenerational Conversation

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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The Making of Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

January 22, 2014
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The Making of Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

By Noelle Hanrahan Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary is an inspiring portrait of a man whom many consider America’s most famous political prisoner – a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression. Through prison interviews, archival footage, and dramatic readings, and aided by a potent chorus of voices including Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and others, this riveting film explores Mumia’s life before, during and after Death...
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Excerpts from Sir by HR Hegnauer

January 22, 2014
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Excerpts from Sir by HR Hegnauer

  Dear Sir, I am afraid to say, I love you — a collection of simple sounds. I know this is the softest room in the body, but the navigation is so —. This is what it means to swim in a vivisection, and I like swimming; I do, but I need the tide to be more clear. By this, I mean my thoughts: I need them to just...
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How to Build a Prison (a poem)

January 22, 2014
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By Quincy Scott Jones   for Philadelphia, USA   1. Always hated that building and never knew why The one right before the on-ramp for 95 Cross-corner from the statue of Tamanend Riding the world-turtle stretching out his hand   William Penn got along with Indian That’s why it’s not Fort Philly That’s why there’s no wall But there’s this building   Five stories tall all boarded-up windows and...
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10 Facts about the Mumia Abu-Jamal Case

January 21, 2014
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By Johanna Fernandez  1. Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent. Mumia has been wrongfully imprisoned for 32 years. He spent the first 28.5 years of his imprisonment on Pennsylvania’s death row. In 2011, his death sentence was confirmed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and he is now serving a sentence of “life in prison” without parole. He is charged with the 1981 murder, in Philadelphia, of police officer Daniel Faulkner. 2. How does...
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How I Use Pinterest To Explore the Difficulties of Violence Against Black Women and Girls

January 21, 2014
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By Sonya Donaldson When I first used Pinterest, it was with the same intent and fervor of many of those who create boards that feature fashion, food, and other amusements. But a news story that emerged in 2010 forced me to rethink Pinterest for teaching and research in 2011. As news emerged that Lonnie David Franklin (dubbed the “Grim Sleeper”) had been caught, I thought back to the first time...
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How Anti-violence Activism Taught Me to Become a Prison Abolitionist

January 21, 2014
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Richie-Anti-Violence activism

By Beth E. Richie Sometimes we learn our most profound political lessons in the contours of our everyday activism.  This is certainly the case for me as I recount my journey as a Black feminist activist working to end gender violence for the past 20 years, during which the United States was engaged in building itself up as the world’s leading prison nation. My journey began in Harlem, the renowned...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Until the Last One…

January 21, 2014
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Jones-Until the Last One

By Olivia N. Jones, Mount Holyoke College ‘14   September 14, 2013 was Marissa Alexander’s 33rd birthday.  It is undoubtedly incredibly unfortunate that this black mother of three, who had no prior arrests, was forced to spend this birthday (and at least the next 10, if Florida has its way) behind bars.  What is worse than that, however, is the reason why she was yanked from her community and her...
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“Fire in the Skies”: Introduction to the Mumia and Mass Incarceration Forum

January 20, 2014
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On December 9, 1981, journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal was arrested and later charged and convicted for murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The prosecution’s evidence was weak and pointed to the framing of an innocent man. In the weeks and days before Mumia’s scheduled date of execution (August 17, 1995), millions of people around the world took to the streets in protest. Their collective chant “if Mumia dies,...
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Alternatives to the Present System of Capitalist Injustice

January 20, 2014
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Angela and Abu Jamal

By Mumia Abu-Jamal and Angela Y. Davis   The Feminist Wire offers an exclusive look at this new essay to be published in the forthcoming volume Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, edited by Frances Goldin, Michael Smith, and Debby Smith. Read it here before it hits the shelves! We live in an era of mega-incarceration on a scale that can scarcely be imagined. The United States locks up...
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