Freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal

  • Annette & Michael Schiffmann & Wendell Griffen
  • In dialogue

Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black American radio journalist from Philadelphia, was sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder of a white police officer. At the end of December 2011, the sentence was changed to life without parole. According to Amnesty International, his trial, which included blackmailed witnesses, an openly racist judge and extreme politicization due to Abu-Jamal’s former membership in the Black Panther Party, violated all standards for a fair trial. Nevertheless, Abu-Jamal has not given up hope for freedom in the decades since his arrest. He has published inspiring commentaries on the world situation every week for decades.

Annette Schiffmann, activist and director of the Federal Network Against the Death Penalty, presents some of Abu-Jamal’s texts that she has translated. Dr. Michael Schiffmann, author of Abu-Jamal’s biography, will report on the background to this extraordinary case. Wendell Griffen, a retired trial judge from Arkansas, who is arguing for Abu-Jamal’s immediate release on legal grounds, will join us online.

Languages: German/English