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In Defense of Mumia

Review by Daniel Burton-Rose

This work, edited by S.E. Anderson and Tony Medina, is a powerful compilation of graphic art, prose, and poetry inspired by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal's struggle for freedom from PA's death row, the 1985 bombing of the radical MOVE organization by the city of Philadelphia, and the events and larger social structure which have placed Mumia in "the Shadow of Death" and have killed or imprisoned so many of his fellow revolutionaries. It includes works by such powerful liberation fighters as Assata Shakur, Standing Deer, Leonard Peltier, Sufiya Bukhari, Susan Rosenberg, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, William Kunstler, and Mumia himself, as well as more mainstream Progressives such as Katha Pollitt, Allen Ginsberg, Margarett Randall, and Manning Marble. The most central and pressing cry of this book is that we need Mumia among us, free and alive, and working for the betterment of us all. The moral is, in the words of Michael Parentti: "If we are to vent our riotous anger, let it be before they try to murder Mumia Abu-Jamal, not after." 364 pages. ISBN 0-86316-099. $14 (all royalties go to the Mumia Abu-Jamal Legal Defense Fund). Writers and Readers Publishing, Inc. 1996. Available from: Left Bank Dist., 1404 18th Ave., Seattle WA 98122.

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