Download the PDF here: FREE MUMIA and all Political Prisoners – a FIST Pamphlet
They don’t just want my death, they want my silence.
— Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia is Our Hero
George Washington. Abraham Lincoln. John F. Kennedy. We are taught in school to see these men as heroes. We learn the history of the conquerors and the elite, yet these white men are not heroes. The real heroes and heroines of history all too often are left to rot in prison and left out of the history books.
Among the 2.5 million prisoners in the US right now, one man, Mumia Abu-Jamal, has come to symbolize struggle against mass incarceration, and the struggle for Black freedom and liberation. Mumia is not talked about in schools. Most young people probably do not know who he is. We need to change this.
Mumia: Revolutionary Activist & Journalist
Mumia was born in a north Philadelphia housing project on April 24, 1954. He was only a child when the 1964 rebellions rocked his neighborhood, as thousands of Black Philadelphians rose up against police brutality. One of the earliest life-changing moments for Mumia was going to protest a rally for George “Segregation Now, Segregation Forever” Wallace’s campaign for US Presidency. Upon arriving at the pro-racist rally, Mumia was picked up by two white men who beat him right in front of a Philadelphia police officer.
Mumia later remarked he was “kicked into the Black Panther Party” by his experience at the pro-Wallace Rally. He became a student organizer at Benjamin Franklin High School and led a walkout against racism in public schools and pushed for renaming his school after Malcolm X. By 15, he helped found the Philadelphia chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Given his skills to teach and explain, Mumia became the chapter’s “Minister of Information,” responsible for writing flyers and creating popular media to build the party.
To read more, download a PDF copy of the pamphlet here: FREE MUMIA and all Political Prisoners – a FIST Pamphlet