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Mumia Abu-Jamal on detentions
What was the most common response heard to the devastation that struck New York's Twin Towers and the Pentagon on 11 September, 2001? For tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of people, especially those in their 50s or older, the carnage and destruction of the aerial attack of 11 September brought to mind the flying squadrons of Imperial Japan when waves of them struck Pearl Harbor on 7 December, 1941. Over 2,300 Americans perished during that attack. As is often the case, people are often right. While there were obviously dissimilarities (Japan was a nation, not an organization) the psychological impact was indeed similar: shock, fear, outrage, and a massive military and social response.
After the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. declared war by the next day -- December 8th. It also embarked on an internal war of sorts, against Americans of Japanese descent. Within days of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the media agitated against Japanese-Americans, as did the Los Angeles Times, which wrote: "A viper is nonetheless a viper wherever the egg is hatched - so a Japanese American, born of Japanese parents - grows up to be a Japanese, not an American." Racist editorials such as this paved the way for people like U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue Executive Order 9066, which removed tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast, and placing over 120,000 Japanese men, women, and children in concentration camps, over 60% of whom were American citizens.
While there are far more Arab-Americans in the U.S. then there were Japanese-Americans in the U.S. in the 1940s, over 1,000 Arab-Americans are being held in secret, unlimited detention, with no meaningful access to lawyers. The U.S. Justice Dept. recently announced that it will monitor telephone conversations between detainees and lawyers.
So, that (internment) hasn't happened -- yet. At the time of World War II, the U.S. government announced it was fighting totalitarianism, and demanded hemispheric unity. As a result, some nations, like Peru, waged virtual war against their Japanese citizens. The Peruvian government froze and confiscated Japanese assets, shut down Japanese businesses and schools, and black-listed the entire Japanese community. Under U.S. pressure, the government forced some of its Japanese citizens to flee back to Japan; 1771 others were deported to the U.S., where they were confined to ugly, dusty concentration camps, in Texas. *These were Spanish-speaking Peruvian citizens*, whose only offenses were having Japanese ancestry!
Can what happened in the 1940s happen now? No? Why not? What if another bombing were to occur? Who can say?
Copyright 2001 Mumia Abu-Jamal
"They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve
neither liberty nor safety."
"All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation
ought to know that war is the surest and the shortest means to accomplish it"
09/17/01: Tamim Ansary on the Attacks
BY: Tamim Ansary
(Note: this was originally posted listing him as a Professor at Berkeley. We have just heard that is not a Professor at Berkeley, but someone with a lot of insight.)
I've been hearing a lot of talk about "bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age." Ronn Owens, on KGO Talk Radio today, allowed that this would mean killing innocent people, people who had nothing to do with this atrocity, but "we're at war, we have to accept collateral damage. What else can we do?" Minutes later I heard some TV pundit discussing whether we "have the belly to do what must be done."
And I thought about the issues being raised especially hard because I am from Afghanistan, and even though I've lived here for 35 years I've never lost track of what's going on there. So I want to tell anyone who will listen how it all looks from where I'm standing.
I speak as one who hates the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. There is no doubt in my mind that these people were responsible for the atrocity in New York. I agree that something must be done about those monsters.
But the Taliban and Ben Laden are not Afghanistan. They're not even the government of Afghanistan. The Taliban are a cult of ignorant psychotics who took over Afghanistan in 1997. Bin Laden is a political criminal with a plan. When you think Taliban, think Nazis. When you think Bin Laden, think Hitler. And when you think "the people of Afghanistan" think "the Jews in the concentration camps."
It's not only that the Afghan people had nothing to do with this atrocity. They were the first victims of the perpetrators. They would exult if someone would come in there, take out the Taliban and clear out the rats nest of international thugs holed up in their country.
Some say, why don't the Afghans rise up and overthrow the Taliban? The answer is, they're starved, exhausted, hurt, incapacitated, suffering.
A few years ago, the United Nations estimated that there are 500,000 disabled orphans in Afghanistan--a country with no economy, no food.
There are millions of widows. And the Taliban has been burying these widows alive in mass graves. The soil is littered with land mines, the farms were all destroyed by the Soviets. These are a few of the reasons why the Afghan people have not overthrown the Taliban.
We come now to the question of bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age. Trouble is, that's been done. The Soviets took care of it already.
Make the Afghans suffer? They're already suffering. Level their houses? Done. Turn their schools into piles of rubble? Done. Eradicate their hospitals? Done. Destroy their infrastructure? Cut them off from medicine and health care? Too late. Someone already did all that.
New bombs would only stir the rubble of earlier bombs. Would they at least get the Taliban? Not likely. In today's Afghanistan, only the Taliban eat, only they have the means to move around. They'd slip away and hide. Maybe the bombs would get some of those disabled orphans, they don't move too fast, they don't even have wheelchairs.
But flying over Kabul and dropping bombs wouldn't really be a strike against the criminals who did this horrific thing. Actually it would only be making common cause with the Taliban--by raping once again the people they've been raping all this time.
So what else is there? What can be done, then? Let me now speak with true fear and trembling. The only way to get Bin Laden is to go in there with ground troops. When people speak of "having the belly to do what needs to be done" they're thinking in terms of having the belly to kill as many as needed. Having the belly to overcome any moral qualms about killing innocent people. Let's pull our heads out of the sand.
What's actually on the table is Americans dying. And not just because some Americans would die fighting their way through Afghanistan to Bin Laden's hideout. It's much bigger than that folks. Because to get any troops to Afghanistan, we'd have to go through Pakistan.
Would they let us? Not likely. The conquest of Pakistan would have to be first.
Will other Muslim nations just stand by? You see where I'm going. We're flirting with a world war between Islam and the West.
And guess what: that's Bin Laden's program. That's exactly what he wants. That's why he did this. Read his speeches and statements. It's all right there. He really believes Islam would beat the west.
It might seem ridiculous, but he figures if he can polarize the world into Islam and the West, he's got a billion soldiers. If the west wreaks a holocaust in those lands, that's a billion people with nothing left to lose, that's even better from Bin Laden's point of view. He's probably wrong, in the end the west would win, whatever that would mean, but the war would last for years and millions would die, not just theirs but ours. Who has the belly for that? Bin Laden does. Anyone else?
09/14/01: MORE FROM MOORE on the ATTACKS
Across America Tonight ...
I am on the road tonight, the only way to get out of L.A. and back home to our daughter and our friends in New York City. Oddly enough, I have never driven across this vast country. My wife and I have now stopped in Flagstaff for a few hours sleep before moving on.
The sorrow and anger builds across America. Talk radio tonight was filled with calls for carpet-bombing every Arab country. Many want revenge, blood. But a surprising number of people have called for us to not add to the killing of more innocent humans. The rest stops and the convenience stores along the way were filled with quiet, solemn people, many of whom, like us, can get home no other way than by this four-day trip.
Our daughter is fine, mostly frightened by my desire to fly home to her rather than drive. Once again, I was outvoted 2 to 1. This is nothing new.
We have learned of more people we know who have lost their lives. Bill Weems, who worked as a line producer for us this year, was on the flight from Boston that crashed into the World Trade Center. He was such a sweet and decent soul. Such senseless madness.
The children of New York who are orphaned tonight ... what do we say or do? I will do my part -- anything, something -- as soon as I get to New York. But it will never be enough.
The firefighters of New York: they are on every other block, every day, and they are your best neighbors. Sitting out on the sidewalks in front of the fire stations, a good word and a kind smile to all who pass ... now, 350+ of them gone, having risked their lives to save the victims of a carnage they soon became part of.
A good friend from Flint is a clerical worker at the Pentagon. I have heard no word about her condition. I have tried contacting her family to no avail. Her son, Malcolm, worked on our show. I cannot find him. I keep getting tears in my eyes. Once she gave me a tour of the Pentagon, took me everywhere, and got such a kick out of taking me around this building I used to march on. Will our mutual friends who know Barbara, and know how she is, please write me? Please.
The man who occupies the White House cried today. Good. Keep crying, Mr. Bush. The more you cry, the less you will go to that dark side in all humans where anger rages to a point where we want to blindly kill. Your dad's and Reagan's old cronies -- Eagleberger, Baker, Schultz -- are all calling for you to bomb first and ask questions later. You must NOT do this. If only because you do not want to stoop to these mass murderers' level. Yes, find out who did it. Yes, see that they NEVER do it again.
But GET A GRIP, man. "Declare war?" War against whom? One guy in the desert whom we can never seem to find? Are our leaders telling us that the most powerful country on earth cannot dispose of one sick evil f---wad of a guy? Because if that is what you are telling us, then we are truly screwed. If you are unable to take out this lone ZZ Top wannabe, what on earth would you do for us if we were attacked by a nation of millions? For chrissakes, call the Israelis and have them do that thing they do when they want to get their man! We pay them enough billions each year, I am SURE they would be happy to accommodate your request.
But I beg you, Mr. Bush, stay with the tears. Go today to comfort the wounded of New York. Tell the mayor, a guy most of us have not liked, that he is doing an incredible job, keeping the spirits of everyone up as high as they can be at this moment. Being there for a city I believe he loves, his own cancer still with him, he goes beyond the call of duty.
But do not declare war and massacre more innocents. After bin Laden's previous act of terror, our last elected president went and bombed what he said was "bin Laden's camp" in Afghanistan -- but instead just killed civilians. Then he bombed a factory in the Sudan, saying it was "making chemical weapons." It turned out to be making aspirin. Innocent people murdered by our Air Force.
Back in May, you gave the Taliban in Afghanistan $48 million dollars of our tax money. No free nation on earth would give them a cent, but you gave them a gift of $48 million because they said they had "banned all drugs."
Because your drug war was more important than the actual war the Taliban had inflicted on its own people, you helped to fund the regime who had given refuge to the very man you now say is responsible for killing my friend on that plane and for killing the friends of families of thousands and thousands of people. How dare you talk about more killing now! Shame! Shame! Shame! Explain your actions in support of the Taliban! Tell us why your father and his partner Mr. Reagan trained Mr. bin Laden in how to be a terrorist!
Am I angry? You bet I am. I am an American citizen, and my leaders have taken my money to fund mass murder. And now my friends have paid the price with their lives.
Keep crying, Mr. Bush. Keep running to Omaha or wherever it is you go while others die, just as you ran during Vietnam while claiming to be "on duty" in the Air National Guard. Nine boys from my high school died in that miserable war. And now you are asking for "unity" so you can start another one? Do not insult me or my country like this!
Yes, I, too, will be in church at noon today, on this national day of mourning. I will pray for you, and us, and the children of New York, and the children of this sad and ugly world ...
09/13/01: CHOMSKY'S INITIAL RESPONSE TO TERRORIST ATTACKS
Today's attacks were major atrocities. In terms of number of victims they do not reach the level of many others, for example, Clinton's bombing of the Sudan with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical supplies and probably killing tens of thousands of people (no one knows, because the US blocked an inquiry at the UN and no one cares to pursue it). Not to speak of much worse cases, which easily come to mind. But that this was a horrendous crime is not in doubt. The primary victims, as usual, were working people: janitors, secretaries, firemen, etc. It is likely to prove to be a crushing blow to Palestinians and other poor and oppressed people. It is also likely to lead to harsh security controls, with many possible ramifications for undermining civil liberties and internal freedom.
The events reveal, dramatically, the foolishness of ideas about "missile defense." As has been obvious all along, and pointed out repeatedly by strategic analysts, if anyone wants to cause immense damage in the US, including weapons of mass destruction, they are highly unlikely to launch a missile attack, thus guaranteeing their immediate destruction. There are innumerable easier ways that are basically unstoppable. But today's events will, nonetheless, be used to increase the pressure to develop these systems and put them into place.
"Defense" is a thin cover for plans for militarization of space, and with good PR, even the flimsiest arguments will carry some weight among a frightened public. In short, the crime is a gift to the hard jingoist right, those who hope to use force to control their domains. That is even putting aside the likely US actions, and what they will trigger -- possibly more attacks like this one, or worse. The prospects ahead are even more ominous than they appeared to be before the latest atrocities.
09/13/01: MICHAEL MOORE's INITIAL COMMENTS ON THE TERRORIST ATTACKS
I was supposed to fly today on the 4:30 PM American Airlines flight from LAX to JFK. But tonight I find myself stuck in L.A. with an incredible range of emotions over what has happened on the island where I work and live in New York City.
My wife and I spent the first hours of the day -- after being awakened by phone calls from our parents at 6:40am PT -- trying to contact our daughter at school in New York and our friend JoAnn who works near the World Trade Center.
I called JoAnn at her office. As someone picked up, the first tower imploded, and the person answering the phone screamed and ran out, leaving me no clue as to whether or not she or JoAnn would live.
It was a sick, horrible, frightening day.
On December 27, 1985 I found myself caught in the middle of a terrorist incident at the Vienna airport -- which left 30 people dead, both there and at the Rome airport. (The machine-gunning of passengers in each city was timed to occur at the same moment.)
I do not feel like discussing that event tonight because it still brings up too much despair and confusion as to how and why I got to live* a fluke, a mistake, a few feet on the tarmac, and I am still here, there but for the grace of* Safe. Secure. I*m an American, living in America. I like my illusions. I walk through a metal detector, I put my carry-ons through an x-ray machine, and I know all will be well.
Here*s a short list of my experiences lately with airport security:
* At the Newark Airport, the plane is late at boarding everyone. The counter can*t find my seat. So I am told to just *go ahead and get on* -- without a ticket!
* At Detroit Metro Airport, I don*t want to put the lunch I just bought at the deli through the x-ray machine so, as I pass through the metal detector, I hand the sack to the guard through the space between the detector and the x-ray machine. I tell him *It*s just a sandwich.* He believes me and doesn*t bother to check. The sack has gone through neither security device.
* At LaGuardia in New York, I check a piece of luggage, but decide to catch a later plane. The first plane leaves without me, but with my bag -- no one knowing what is in it.
* Back in Detroit, I take my time getting off the commuter plane. By the time I have come down its stairs, the bus that takes the passengers to the terminal has left -- without me. I am alone on the tarmac, free to wander wherever I want. So I do. Eventually, I flag down a pick-up truck and an airplane mechanic gives me a ride the rest of the way to the terminal.
* I have brought knives, razors; and once, my traveling companion brought a hammer and chisel. No one stopped us.
Of course, I have gotten away with all of this because the airlines consider my safety SO important, they pay rent-a-cops $5.75 an hour to make sure the bad guys don*t get on my plane. That is what my life is worth -- less than the cost of an oil change.
Too harsh, you say? Well, chew on this: a first-year pilot on American Eagle (the commuter arm of American Airlines) receives around $15,000 a year in annual pay.
That*s right -- $15,000 for the person who has your life in his hands. Until recently, Continental Express paid a little over $13,000 a year. There was one guy, an American Eagle pilot, who had four kids so he went down to the welfare office and applied for food stamps -- and he was eligible!
Someone on welfare is flying my plane? Is this for real? Yes, it is.
So spare me the talk about all the precautions the airlines and the FAA is taking. They, like all businesses, are concerned about one thing -- the bottom line and the profit margin.
Four teams of 3-5 people were all able to penetrate airport security on the same morning at 3 different airports and pull off this heinous act? My only response is -- that*s all?
Well, the pundits are in full diarrhea mode, gushing on about the *terrorist threat* and today*s scariest dude on planet earth -- Osama bin Laden. Hey, who knows, maybe he did it. But, something just doesn*t add up.
Am I being asked to believe that this guy who sleeps in a tent in a desert has been training pilots to fly our most modern, sophisticated jumbo jets with such pinpoint accuracy that they are able to hit these three targets without anyone wondering why these planes were so far off path?
Or am I being asked to believe that there were four religious/political fanatics who JUST HAPPENED to be skilled airline pilots who JUST HAPPENED to want to kill themselves today?
Maybe you can find one jumbo jet pilot willing to die for the cause -- but FOUR? Ok, maybe you can -- I don*t know.
What I do know is that all day long I have heard everything about this bin Laden guy except this one fact -- WE created the monster known as Osama bin Laden!
Where did he go to terrorist school? At the CIA!
Don*t take my word for it -- I saw a piece on MSNBC last year that laid it all out. When the Soviet Union occupied Afghanistan, the CIA trained him and his buddies in how to commits acts of terrorism against the Soviet forces. It worked! The Soviets turned and ran. Bin Laden was grateful for what we taught him and thought it might be fun to use those same techniques against us.
We abhor terrorism -- unless we*re the ones doing the terrorizing.
We paid and trained and armed a group of terrorists in Nicaragua in the 1980s who killed over 30,000 civilians. That was OUR work. You and me. Thirty thousand murdered civilians and who the hell even remembers!
We fund a lot of oppressive regimes that have killed a lot of innocent people, and we never let the human suffering THAT causes to interrupt our day one single bit.
We have orphaned so many children, tens of thousands around the world, with our taxpayer-funded terrorism (in Chile, in Vietnam, in Gaza, in Salvador) that I suppose we shouldn*t be too surprised when those orphans grow up and are a little whacked in the head from the horror we have helped cause.
Yet, our recent domestic terrorism bombings have not been conducted by a guy from the desert but rather by our own citizens: a couple of ex-military guys who hated the federal government.
From the first minutes of today*s events, I never heard that possibility suggested. Why is that?
Maybe it*s because the A-rabs are much better foils. A key ingredient in getting Americans whipped into a frenzy against a new enemy is the all-important race card. It*s much easier to get us to hate when the object of our hatred doesn*t look like us.
Congressmen and Senators spent the day calling for more money for the military; one Senator on CNN even said he didn*t want to hear any more talk about more money for education or health care -- we should have only one priority: our self-defense.
Will we ever get to the point that we realize we will be more secure when the rest of the world isn*t living in poverty so we can have nice running shoes?
In just 8 months, Bush gets the whole world back to hating us again. He withdraws from the Kyoto agreement, walks us out of the Durban conference on racism, insists on restarting the arms race -- you name it, and Baby Bush has blown it all.
The Senators and Congressmen tonight broke out in a spontaneous version of *God Bless America.* They*re not a bad group of singers!
Yes, God, please do bless us.
Many families have been devastated tonight. This just is not right. They did not deserve to die. If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him! Boston, New York, DC, and the planes* destination of California -- these were places that voted AGAINST Bush!
Why kill them? Why kill anyone? Such insanity*
Let*s mourn, let*s grieve, and when it*s appropriate let*s examine our contribution to the unsafe world we live in.
It doesn*t have to be like this*
08/17/01: AT BENEFIT SEPT. 15 in RORSCHACH, Switzerland
There will be an Alternative Tentacles Legal Defense Fund Benefit concert in Zurich on September 15th, 2001. Bands playing will be : Cwill, Curb Dogs,and OCME. (This is not to be confused with Jello Biafra's spoken word engagement September 21st at the Volkshaus in Zurich. We will let you know the details as they develope. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
08/16/01: AT flaunts rarities on eBay ; effective TODAY!
Alternative Tentacles Records have decided to raid our 22 year old vaults and auction off some of the cool collectable crap we have assimilated over the years. We have been around for 22 years and hence have lots of cool stuff that many people have expressed interest in such as promotional copies of albums, old posters, test pressings, inserts, AT memorabilia, photos, out-of-print titles in all formats, t-shirts, stickers, buttons, autographed items, etc. Lots of stuff in very small quantity, hence it doesn't make sense to sell them on our site. We actually started this in January 2000 when we auctioned off the LARD 70's Rock Must Die Ford Pinto!!(hence the eBay user name Virus235)
Take a peek for yourselves at :
AT's eBay Auctions . Or just look for eBay user Virus235
08/15/01: COURT ORDERS MUMIA ABU-JAMAL NOT TO APPEAR IN COURT
EMERGENCY ALERT! COURT ADMINISTRATOR ORDERS MUMIA ABU-JAMAL NOT TO APPEAR IN COURT ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 17TH! NATIONAL FAX AND PHONE BLITZ CAMPAIGN BEING LAUNCHED TO DEMAND THAT MUMIA'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS NOT BE VIOLATED ONCE AGAIN!
August 14, 2001
Please contact and demand that Mumia be in court:
Joseph J. DiPrimio, Court administrator Phone: (215) 686-2547 Fax: (215) 686-7485 City Hall, Room 336
John Street, mayor of Philadelphia Phone: (215) 686-2181 Fax: (215) 686-2180 City Hall, Room 215
In a stunning but not surprising move, Mumia Abu-Jamal has been ordered to be kept away from his upcoming August 17th court hearing. During his original trial in 1982, Mumia was physically removed from his trial when he attempted to legally represent himself.
On July 27, 2001, Judge Pamela Dembe ordered Mumia to appear in the Pennsylvania State Court of Common Pleas. Yet, yesterday, on August 13, the Court Administrator of the First Judicial District, Joseph J. DiPrimio, of the same court stated that Mumia should not be transported down to Philadelphia. His "rationale" is there will not be any room in the Philadelphia prisons to house Mumia. How absurd! During Mumia's 1995-96 post conviction hearing in Philadelphia, Mumia was actually housed in a prison outside of Philadelphia. Judge Dembe has not responded to this order by DiPrimio as of yet.
The real reason for this illegal and unconstitutional order is that thousands of supporters, who want to see Mumia free, are mobilizing in Philadelphia as well as around the country and the world to stand with Mumia on August 17th. The courts, the Fraternal Order of Police and the prisons are desperate to stop the momentum that Mumia's court date has created. We fully expect that Mumia will appear in court this Friday. We must protest loud and clear this outrageous maneuver to keep Mumia from coming to court. He has the right to hear firsthand the oral arguments regarding whether he will be granted a new post conviction hearing because his very life is at stake. Also we must double and triple all efforts to be in Philadelphia on August 17th.
We want Mumia to hear our chants and feel our support inside and outside the court on the 17th. International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, International Action Center, NY Free Mumia Coalition and others are initiating this campaign here and around the world. Please pass along this important information to others ASAP.
08/14/01: SUPPORT MUMIA ON AUGUST 17
ACTIVISTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL DESCEND UPON PHILADELPHIA ON AUGUST 17TH TO SUPPORT MUMIA ABU-JAMAl'S FIRST COURT APPEARANCE IN FIVE YEARS
ACTOR OSSIE DAVIS, HIP HOP ARTIST MOS DEF AND OTHERS WILL HELP PACK THE COURTROOM; FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL, RAMSEY CLARK, TENTATIVELY PLANNING TO ATTEND
Thousands of activists including celebrities will be traveling to Philadelphia on Friday, August 17th to stand with African American journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal who is scheduled to appear before a Commons Pleas judge in the Criminal Justice Court at 9 am. Abu-Jamal is the most well- known death row inmate in the world.
Activists will be mobilizing from New York City; Newark, New Jersey; Washington, DC; Boston; Chicago; Baltimore; Buffalo; Rochester; Providence and as far away as San Francisco to march and rally at City Hall during an important status hearing for Abu-Jamal that could eventually determine whether he will be granted a new post conviction relief act hearing.
Abu-Jamal was falsely convicted on July 3, 1982 for the killing of Daniel Faulkner, a Philadelphia white policeman. The judge during the original trial was "hanging" Judge Albert Sabo, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, who helped to cover up vital evidence proving that Abu-Jamal was innocent. Abu-Jamal has been awaiting execution ever since and has survived two death warrants, one signed in 1995 and the other in 1999.
Abu-Jamal's new attorneys, Marlene Kamish, Eliot Grossman and Nick Brown, submitted a legal brief on May 4, 2001 that includes important affidavits making a strong claim of innocence on Abu-Jamal's behalf. One of these affidavits includes a confession made by Arnold Beverly, who confessed to be the killer of Faulkner. Other affidavits were signed by Abu-Jamal, his brother, William Cook and other eyewitnesses who testified under oath that Abu-Jamal did kill not Faulkner. A claim of innocence was not submitted during the 1996 post conviction hearing.
This could very well be the last hearing for Abu-Jamal. On July 19th, Federal District Judge William Yohn turned down a request made by Abu-Jamal's lawyers to have the Beverly affidavit added on to a writ of habeas corpus originally filed with Yohn's court on October 15, 1999. This writ was filed in an effort to win an evidentiary hearing for Mumia. Yohn turned down the Beverly affidavit citing the "statute of limitations" in the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. This act, signed by Clinton, severely guts the writ of habeas corpus on behalf of death row inmates who are seeking to have their state convictions overturned. Federal judges are not obligated to review the state rulings even if there is clear evidence proving one's innocence or constitutional violations that occurred during the original trial.
Larry Holmes, a co-director of the IAC, states, "We cannot predict or control what is going to happen in the Common Pleas court on August 17th. As activists, we see August 17th as a golden opportunity for the progressive movement to unite and strengthen the demand to free our brother, Mumia, who has come to symbolize resistance against racist repression especially the racist death penalty and police brutality."
The IAC and other forces condemn the most recent reports in the Philadelphia press and elsewhere that accuse International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal of illegally raising legal funds for Mumia. Why are these false allegations being made now when Mumia is going to be in court? Why is the big business press willing to print negative things about Mumia especially since he is so beloved by millions here and worldwide? These media attacks are meant to divert attention from Mumia's case and attempt to drive a wedge between him, his supporters and the general public.
Holmes went on to say, "The media does not want the public to know that Mumia is facing execution because he is a victim of police misconduct and also is outspoken on a number of social issues. Just as this government and its police want to break up the dynamic anti-globalization movement, they also want to intimidate the Free Mumia movement but we will never allow that to happen."
The IAC will be organizing buses from all over the country to go to Philadelphia. For bus information in NYC as well as leaflet and poster pick-ups, call the IAC at 212-633-6646. The August 17th coalition is also organizing buses with the 1199 Health and Hospital Union. Call 212-330-8029 for more information.
07/17/01: World Bank and IMF to return to DC 9/28 for fall meetings
On Friday, September 28th, 2001, the heads and managers of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund [IMF] will be returning to Washington, DC, for their fall planning meetings, where they will discuss their economic plans for the immediate future. The World Bank is one of the most powerful financial institutions in the world. Together with its sister organization, the IMF, it formulates and enforces major economic policy decisions for more than 75 poverty-stricken countries.
The World Bank and IMF are able to exercise such unrivaled power because other lending institutions and governments generally deny credit to countries that have not complied with the Bank's and IMF's demands, and many of the countries subject to World Bank and IMF supervision and control are desperate for the funds that these institutions provide.
In many cases, the World Bank and IMF impose "structural adjustment programs" (or SAPs) as prerequisites for any loans made to developing countries. These SAPs include (but are not limited to): high interest rates and reduced access to credit (which slows economic growth and increases unemployment), government spending cuts in education and health care, and privatization of state-run enterprises.
Help boycott the World Bank! Join the protests starting September 28th! For
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07/12/01: FCC BANS SONG...NO REVOLUTION FOR FIRST AMMENDMENT RIGHTS
The FCC proposed a $7,000 fine against non-commercial KBOO-FM in Portland, OR for broadcasting the song "Your Revolution," a collaboration between Ninja Tune recording artist DJ Vadim and spoken word artist Sarah Jones. The song comes from the DJ Vadim album USSR: Life From The Other Side released in 1999.
The commission claims that is contains "unmistakable patently offensive sexual references." KBOO-FM counters that its mission is to provide a forum for "unpopular, controversial neglected perspective," and that "Your Revolution" is "a feminist attack on attempts to equate political revolution with promiscuous sex" - the opening lyric is, "Your revolution will not happen between these thighs" - and thus is not indecent. The FCC rejected that argument and has given KBOO-FM 30 days to respond.
The move has, of course, forced other non commercial and otherwise progressive radio broadcasters to ban their programmers from playing the song. Thus, permanently silencing one of the most important feminist hip-hop songs of the last decade from ever reaching FM listeners.
This is a heavy-handed blow from the FCC against the First Ammendment rights of the citizens of the United States, positive hip-hop artists, and anyone striving for increased equality for women in this country or worldwide.
Listeners of the song will note that Jones in no way
endorses or promotes
any "patently offensive sexual references." Quite
the opposite. Hear the
song for yourself :
We ask that you contact FCC Chairman Micheal Powell at email@example.com or 1-888-225-5322 to voice your concern and support independent music and free speech.
07/03/01: CAUSEY EXPLAINS HIATUS
To whom it may concern.
Those wanting facts about the matters of the Causey Way deserve some information. I write you this letter from The Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital.(jail for crazy people)I guess I shall first explain why I am in an Asylum. The court hearing I attended almost 6 months ago to this day decided that I was insane and felt that I needed psychiatric care. In their words, "Scott Causey Stanton has proven time and time again that he can not function in normal society, so we have no other measure then to institutionalize him." I say to you, every "normal" person is constantly coming upon crossroads of life, and in order to choose one alternative and reject the other it is necessary either merely to assume that one way is right and the other way is wrong.
I have had several run-ins with the law. Yeah, the Vancouver incident was bad, and the Toronto episode was alarming, and I have future court hearings in Canada, but the Causey Way service in Morgantown, West Virginia landed me in this nut shell. My firearms display got a little out of hand that night, a young punk put me to the test and I did not back down......I told this young man that in fact, Punk is not dead, but I am about to kill it this very second and I used him as an example. Due to litigation I can not talk any more about this, I can say the young man is doing fine and we have befriended each other since this episode.
I am in no means trying to paint the picture that I am not at fault and I am an innocent man, for psychiatric reasons and personal reasons I must admit that Causey was an egomaniac.I WAS WRONG.
I am sorry I have not been able to write you all earlier, we have little computer time in the hospital and the time that I do have, I use to write my mother. She is a real blessing to me.
I have been doing good since my last outburst, four weeks ago I tried to drown myself in holy water,I wanted to negate the sin of suicide. It was a most embarrassing situation to be caught in......I am sure you are wondering where does one get holy water in a psychiatric hospital. The Chapel my friend, I was doing community service work at the chapel and I found the 10 gallon drums of holy water in the storage shed.......Thats where I got the bright idea. Bright idea huh? This little outburst will cost me another 6 months at least.
I have learned a lot in the institution, I have looked back on some things,but I guess your concerns are those of the Causey Way. I must be brief, I have a group meeting to attend. The Causey Way was a cult, something sociologist call an audience cult. Causey viewed the members of his cult as consumers, not members, they were to buy and tithe.Everthing had a price tag on it, MEMBERSHIP (Causey judgement forms), MERCH(faith tools) CAUSEY SHOWS(services) and so on and so on.
The Causey Way like most cults involved very little bonds between members and very little sense of group identity. The Causey Way was a form of "white magic", the opposite of black magic. Causey was more concerned with manipulating nonempirical forces in the form of filling his own specific worldly and material needs.
The charasmatic ass known as Causey realized the world was grasping for answers. The politicians, the economist,the religious leaders, the pop stars and the movie stars had no answers and where indeed the problem. Causey knew he could come up with an answer or at least pose as if he had an answer. For the people of the world who could not face reality and wanted to drop out,could choose The Causey Way as their cop-out.
Causey was clueless, he thought you needed him, but in fact he needed you. I know you are all beautiful individuals with creative genius minds. Take your gifts and make a better world for mankind. Make it easier for the fellow individuals you meet along the way.
Stay in focus, remember the demons, the demons may leave your body and creep the land, but when they can not find a home as good as you, the gather up their friends(other problems) and they move back into you.
I must get prepeared to leave.
Finally, If you indeed feel something positive from your Causey Way experience, please feel free to take that and make something better with it, for that is yours.
The music, the name, it is all yours. There are no copy rights or publication rights...no contracts signed. The only thing I ever signed were ASCAP papers. ASCAP and other ACE members advised me that I should sign with ASCAP and make extra money for my songs on the radio and the for the live shows I was playing these songs at etc/etc. So, about two months after the "buisness/signing dinner" and having to hear this ASCAP REPS jibberish, I recieved my first letter from ASCAP stating that I owe them money. Point being, I dont think that contract is worth anything since I never paid them so you dont pay them. But you will unfortunately, everytime you listen to the radio, every time you go to a live music club, etc, etc.
The music is yours,take the music and do whatever you please with it, for it is yours.
I must go now, I have the group meeting at 5pm
Please remember, Religions, Governments and other "POWERS" are all man made ideas. The idea is to have power and control over the people. Power has two slaves, the one that holds the "power" and the one that is ruled by the so-called power. There really is no such thing as "power", "wealth" or "success" in a non manufactured world. These are all man made concepts. Concepts that make you consume, consume and consume more.Dont buy them, make them buy you and dont sell cheap.
and I shall end with these words
Gods Black Box is Love and I believe in Love, Yes I believe in Love
your friend indeed,
05/10/01: AUSSIES GO BOBBING FOR BEER
There was no shortage of rescue volunteers when a truck carrying 24,000 bottles of beer crashed into an Australian river -- some locals donned scuba suits and others just dived in. People spent the Easter weekend salvaging beer from the Tweed River north of Sydney or watching others dive for bottles, police said. One man reportedly walked away with 400 bottles of beer.
05/10/01: MUMIA: CHALLENGING THE MAINSTREAM MINISTRIES OF MISINFORMATION
On June 26th, Alternative Tentacles Records and AK Press are proud to present "175 Progress Drive", our third release by MUMIA ABU-JAMAL, one of the most censored voices in the U.S. Continuing a long tradition of challenging the mainstream ministries of misinformation, ATR remains the only source for MUMIA's inspiring words on accessible CD format. From the depths of death row, in the most restrictive maximum-security prison, MUMIA speaks a truth so powerful that National Public Radio banned his broadcasts. This latest release testifies to his timeless contribution as an award-winning journalist and illuminates a country's conscience condemned behind bars.
Prior to being shot and arrested in 1981, MUMIA ABU-JAMAL was a respected radio reporter, covering breaking news, particularly as it affected Philadelphia's disenfranchised communities. He was president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and had recently won Columbia University's prestigious Major Armstrong Award for his work with the WUHY "91 Report." MUMIA's books have sold over 150,000 copies and have been translated into seven languages.
"175 Progress Drive", compiled by Prison Radio, features previously unreleased radio essays recorded during MUMIA's continued incarceration, as well as rare material aired on NPR, WHYY and other stations prior to his arrest. This release includes his interviews with Bob Marley, Jimmy Carter, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, Hugh Masekela, and others. It also contains conversations with seniors at the opening of a hot lunch program, discussions with young men and women who faced harassment and murder by police, and interviews with public housing residents, disabled individuals, and school board officials. One recording took place as MUMIA rode on the back of a motorcycle, chatting with members of the Wheels of Soul, a Philadelphia Black motorcycle club.
Also included are MUMIA's essays as read by Peter Coyote and Ruby Dee, poems/statements by Assata Shakur, Martin Espada, Rubin Hurricane Carter and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and music by I Was Born With Two Tongues, Unbound Allstars (includes Chuck D, Dead Prez, Pharaohe Monch), and Seeds of Wisdom.
05/07/01: BLACK KALI MA TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE DICKS
To commemorate the very first DICKS show twenty-one years ago — May 16, 1980 at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, TX — former members Danny Roman, Lynn Perko, & Ed Cagnacci will join Gary Floyd for a medley of DICKS songs!!!!
This momentous performance will follow BLACK KALI MA's headlining set at the following show:
Wednesday, May 16th