Genocide Schools

“Genocide Schools” by Mumia Abu-Jamal © 07/02/21 While most of us think of schools as a social good, in the history of some people, that has not been the case. Among Canada’s indigenous people, those we have come to call “Indians,” schools have become a place of pain, sorrow, and loss. For the better part of a century these schools, called residential schools, were where indigenous children came to be whipped, punished, and traumatized for the sin of not being white. First run by the government, later [...]

The Status of Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Status of Mumia By Mumia Abu-Jamal I don't normally do this, that is, I don't write about myself. I find it much more interesting to tell other people's stories, the spinning balloon we live in, stories generated by the fragile human condition and the liberation struggles of humanity. But I divert from the topic, uncomfortably. This is a commentary on the commentator. Several weeks ago I underwent a medical procedure known as open heart surgery, a double bypass after it was known that there were obstacles [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: The American Way of Fascism

THE AMERICAN WAY OF FASCISM [col. Writ. 1/30/21 (c) ’21 Mumia Abu-Jamal]   Look at the crowds savaging the walls and halls of the U.S. Capitol. Who are they? Where did this mob come from? Well over a decade ago, an American journalist saw them and wrote about them. Chris Hedges, who once wrote for the New York Times as foreign correspondent covering wars, famine and fallen states, published a rather remarkable book in 2006 entitled American Fascists.  Its subtitle? : The Christian Right and the War [...]

Murder Incorporated: Book Three-Perfecting Tyranny

MURDER INCORPORATED: Empire/Genocide/Manifest Destiny Book Three: Perfecting Tyranny by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, Foreword by Angela Davis Prison Radio, San Francisco CA, 2020, 420 pp., $20, ISBN  978-7346489-1-1 (softcover) also available as hardcover and e-book (softcover $25 including shipping from Prison Radio, PO Box 411074, SF CA 94141, https://prisonradio.org Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA-People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) The culminating third volume in the history of US empire and the resistance to it by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and film-maker Stephen Vittoria is "passionately [...]

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 [...]

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