Prison Radio
Khalfani Malik Khaldun

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.