Fear of Socialism — Again

[column written 12/09/2020 © 2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal]   As joblessness and deep hunger creeps across America, politicians have pulled out the fear card: socialism, to insure that voters stay in their place.   Astonishingly, for almost a century, this ploy has worked, and almost worked when President Herbert C. Hoover ran against Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal”, which Hoover decried as socialism, and a threat to the American way.   Roosevelt won in a landslide, for the country was still in the grips of the Great [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Disaster at the Heart of Empire

Disaster at the Heart of Empire © 2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal, 10/14/20   As Americans slink toward the elections, a sense of disquiet haunts the land.   It's a feeling of heightened caution, the shadow of fear radiating from a proto-fascist government, one riddled with disease, the fruit not just of the coronavirus, but of unease, unwellness, a mind burdened by weight.   This must be what fascism feels like: Deep, gnawing distrust of government institutions, the scent of corruption, born of crony capitalism, where everything and [...]

A Little Matter of History by Mumia Abu-Jamal

A LITTLE MATTER OF HISTORY {col. writ. 7/26/20 ©’20 Mumia Abu-Jamal   When I was a young man (a boy really), I found barber shops to be fascinating places, for there, men gathered in an air of relaxed familiarity, and discussed things they didn’t do elsewhere.   I heard tales of ancient African empires, of unknown roads of Black history, and often the name of the brilliant self-taught historian, J.A. Rogers. I’d later search many a bookstore for his work, often without success.   I thought of [...]

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: Children of the Corn

CHILDREN OF THE CORN {col.writ.7/13/20} © 2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal   When we think of politicians, we too often see them as great, even mighty figures, seemingly larger than life. That’s because of how the media projects them - and far too often, protects them. But in times like these, times of plague, crises, massive failures of institutions, and yes, of death, we begin to see them differently. For some, the spell is broken. We see them as they are, flawed beings, driven by ambition and hunger [...]

Mumai Abu-Jamal: After One Hundred Thousand

After One Hundred Thousand © 2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal https://www.prisonradio.org/media/audio/mumia/after-one-hundred-thousand-220-mumia-abu-jamal One asks, when the counter strikes 100,000, [what happens]? Nothing. One hundred thousand American dead. That means, for all intents and purposes, nothing much. But does the counter stop counting? Or does it continue rolling on, like the mighty Mississippi River?   Is one hundred thousand an end, or just another number?   And as summer begins to emerge, and people rush out of doors, to get some socializing in, what happens in the next two weeks? [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: “Locked Up & Locked Down”

LOCKED UP AND LOCKED DOWN! (col. writ. 4/10/20)  ©2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal   For nearly a month now, all prisoners in PA State prisons, over 40 thousand men and women, have been locked down. What does locked down mean?   When I was on Death Row, all of us were locked down, as the saying went “23 & 1”: or for twenty-three hours a day, with one hour for out-of-cell exercise - in a cage.  After over a decade, it went to “22 & 2”. But this [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: “Things Fall Apart”

Things Fall Apart © by Mumia Abu-Jamal March 27, 2020 The great African writer, Chinua Achebe, I believe, wrote a novel of the ravages of colonialism, which bore the title, "Things Fall Apart."  He borrowed the title from the famed Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, who wrote: "Things fall apart. The center cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world." * We see, outside our doors, our windows, a world we did not know, that now exists. A silent, unseen disease, gives vent to massive unease, [...]

The Fire This Time by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Australia: The Fire This Time © by Mumia Abu-Jamal,  1/26/20 Australia, the fire this time. Tongues of fire licked the trees of New South Wales, a state in SouthEast Australia.  Like a beggar at a feast, red flowers of flame jumped across the nation, eating all in its path. A living expression of what Aussies call, ‘Fire Season’. Honestly.  ‘Fire Season’. This, the time of Australian summer is the hottest summer since records were kept. And fire season gives a whole new meaning to the passive term [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Two Commentaries

WHEN IMPEACHMENT ISN’T ENOUGH by Mumia Abu-Jamal, 11/17/19 audio recorded by Noelle Hanrahan transcribed by Fatirah Aziz   The Impeachment Hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives have begun, and with them, a step into history.   Will Donald Trump be impeached? I think the answer will be ‘yes’, and by so doing Trump will join 2 of his predecessors - Presidents William Clinton and Andrew Johnson, for both men were impeached, yet none were removed from office.   Unless I miss my guess, Trump will suffer [...]

When Trans Women Die – Mumia Abu-Jamal

When Trans Women Die By Mumia Abu-Jamal In recent weeks, we have seen naked violence unleashed against transwomen directed against them by the state in the form of police beatings and by rightist forces in this emerging fascist movement in America. What does this mean? Why now? I believe it comes now for specific strategic purposes, for transwomen stand on the periphery of the gay rights movement, not its nucleus. This means they are isolated and as such they are targeted by rightist forces to isolate them [...]

Mumia: BIG PHARMA + BIG MONEY = NO BLAME

BIG PHARMA + BIG MONEY = NO BLAME [col. Writ. 9/15/19 (c)’19 Mumia Abu-Jamal   In recent days, we’ve heard of proposed settlements in civil suits involving big pharmaceutical companies, the very sources of opioid products (like (c) OxyContin, for example), that has left tens of thousands of people gripped in the hold of addiction. Similarly, these products have led to tens of thousands of deaths, some 70,000 annually, according to some reports. No man or woman on Death Row has come close to such a tally, [...]

Eyes: Passing of a Healer by Mumia Abu-Jamal

EYES: PASSING OF A HEALER [col. Writ. 6/7/19 (c) ’19 Mumia Abu-Jamal]   The name, Dr. Patricia Bath, is perhaps unfamiliar to you, as it was to me just a few days ago; but a colleague shared obituaries from several newspapers, and I could only be moved by the extraordinary life and achievements of Dr. Bath. She earned her medical degree from Howard University Medical School, and began her internship in the neighborhood of her birth: Harlem.   For most of her professional career, she worked as [...]

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