Hello, my name is political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun, and I’m calling from Indiana. This is an inspiration called “Decades of Inspiration” about the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
In 1987, I was only 17 years old, and I was sent to an adult prison. The first book I read was The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Then I was given a newsletter called Industrial Workers World. On the front cover was a New Afrikan man sporting dreadlocks, and a boy was swinging from his shoulders. This man was who I’ve came to know and love and has inspired me, brother Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Today, all these many years later, Mumia has been overwhelmed by Hepatitis C, and his fastid captors are denying him treatment in hopes he will die like a wounded animal in a cage. Even now, he continues to inspire me. That inspiration is what has compelled me to lend my voice to expose this injustice, while at the same time, I call up on all freedom-loving kind and humanitarians to act in defense of brother Mumia’s life.
As a political prisoner isolated inside the Indiana Department of Corrections, I know firsthand that these people will let your condition advance to a deadly stage before trying to help you. In Mumia’s case, they hope he die. We can’t let them kill Mumia in this type of way.
Standing with Mumia Abu-Jamal is like standing up to defend all the lives of political prisoners everywhere. We are all Mumia Abu-Jamal. Stand tall and beside this great man. We don’t have anything to lose but our chains. This is the message: decades of inspiration by brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun in support and standing with Mumi Abu-Jamal. Thank you.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.