Day of action for Mumia set for May 30
AmNews Staff Reports | 5/26/2017, 10:45 a.m.
On Tuesday, May 30th, The Mobilization For Mumia, a coalition of human rights groups in support of political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, will host a press conference and rally at the Philadelphia District Attorney's office at 2 p.m. to demand that the office comply with a recent court order in the Abu-Jamal case: the release, by May 30th, of all files that cite the involvement in this case of former DA Ronald Castille.
The press conference will be followed by a march to key media outlets, demanding balanced coverage of the recent Supreme Court precedent that re-opened the case as well as the cases of at least 16 other Philadelphia defendants. The coalition is also asking the public to call the DA’s office to demand the release of all files in the Abu-Jamal case, as well as the files of these 16 other cases, all of which were heard on April 24.
"The current battle for accountability in the Philly DA’s office is bound up in what happened in the Court of Common Pleas when seventeen defendants, including Mumia Abu-Jamal, presented the same claim to Judge Leon Tucker," said Baruch College historian, Dr. Johanna Fernández. "Each defendant argued separately that one man, the former D.A. turned PA Supreme Court judge, Ronald Castille, played the role of prosecutor and judge in each of their cases— a conflict of interest and violation of the constitution. These cases were eclipsed in recent mainstream debates because they threaten to deepen the crisis of legitimacy in the Philly DA’s office."
More information can be found through Mobilization4Mumia on Facebook or by contacting mobilization4Mumia@gmail.com.