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Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning journalist who chronicles the human condition. He has been a resident of Pennsylvania’s department of corrections for thirty three years years (30 on death row). Writing from a solitary confinement cell and now general population at SCI Mahanoy his essays have reached a worldwide audience. His books "Live From Death Row", "Death Blossoms", "All Things Censored", “Faith of Our Fathers”, “We Want Freedom”, “Jailhouse Lawyers”, the "Classroom and the Cell" and the soon to be released "Writings on the Wall" have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and been translated into nine languages. His 1982-murder trial and subsequent conviction have been the subject of great debate....MORE

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Pennsylvania legislators are trying to stop prisoners from speaking about their ideas and experiences. We are taking action on October 14th!

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    Pennsylvania legislators are trying to stop prisoners from speaking about their ideas and experiences.

    Last week, PA Representative Mike Vereb introduced a bill (HB2533) called the “Revictimization Relief Act,” which would allow victims, District Attorneys, and the Attorney General to sue people who have been convicted of “personal injury” crimes for speaking out publicly if it causes the victim of the crime “mental anguish.”

    The bill was written in response to political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s commencement speech at Goddard College, and is a clear attempt to silence Mumia and other prisoners and formerly incarcerated people.

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“A prophetic writer.  Mumia refuses to allow his sprit to be broken by the forces of injustice; his language glows with an affirming flame.”   -Jonathan Kozol, educator and author  photo by Gloria Cruz