“Very few people in prison have voices that go beyond the wall. It’s my job to do the work for them because they have no one.”—Mumia Abu-Jamal
This year, 40 years ago, Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in a Pennsylvania correctional facility. Since then, a lot has changed. For starters, after numerous appeals, Mumia’s death penalty sentence was overturned by a federal court, and he’s currently serving life without parole at SCI Mahanoy in Frackville, PA. The most important and yet the most unfortunate change, however, is that of his declining health. As you might be aware, in addition to COVID-19, Mumia has also battled congestive heart failure, which in March, he underwent heart surgery for.
In light of his medical neglect at SCI Mahanoy, Mumia needs our support now more than ever. Therefore, seeking to commemorate his dedication to Black liberation during the last 40 years and support the movement calling for his release and freedom, the Anarchist Black Cross is organizing Running Down the Walls this year—an annual 5K run to raise awareness and support for political prisoners that has been organized since 1999 in honor of Mumia.
Set for Sunday, September 12, 2021 in Philadelphia’s FDR Park, this year’s Running Down The Walls event will be hosted both in person and virtually, allowing everyone who signs up the opportunity of being part of a day dedicated to amplifying the voices of our comrades behind bars, lifting them up in their struggles, and maintaining material support. Please save the date and join us, for together we can Free All Political Prisoners. For more information, please visit https://phillyabc.org/rdtw/.
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Prison Radio Intern