The pursuit of justice

  • Mumia Abu-Jamal-journalist on death row
  • Joan Fernandez
  • Lecture

On the night of December 9, 1981, there was a shooting in what was then the red-light district of Philadelphia. Police officer Daniel Faulkner was killed and radio journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was known to the city, was seriously injured. The cop was white, the journalist was black. That night in the hospital-and repeatedly since then-Mumia Abu-Jamal claimed his innocence, yet he was in the wrong place at the wrong time: In a trial that lasted only two weeks, he was sentenced to death six months after the incident. He has been on death row for nearly 38 years.

Johanna Fernandez, a professor of history at Baruch University in New York, author of the book The Young Lords and producer of the film Justice on Trial-The Story of Mumia Abu-Jamal, has been visiting the prisoner regularly for over 15 years and is campaigning for his release.

Now, due to an unexpected and dramatic turn of events, the never-ending (criminal) story around Mumia Abu-Jamal is nearing a possibly positive end-which could actually mean freedom for him. Fernandez shares this moving case with his audience and provides information on the latest events.

In cooperation with Netzwerk gegen die Todesstrafe – Freiheit für Mumia Abu-Jamal e. V. and Rote Hilfe Heidelberg

Language: English with German translation (interpreter)


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