Write a letter to Mumia Abu-Jamal, undergoing heart surgery today (April 19)

Mumia Abu-Jamal, the freedom fighter with the Black Panther Party and supporter of MOVE in Philadelphia who has been incarcerated since since the early 1980s, is having heart surgery today.

If you already know this internationally renowned writer and journalist and if — like me — you were radicalized by his writings and words, please drop what you’re doing and write him a letter of support and solidarity.

Here is the address:

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Smart Communications/PADOC

Mumia Abu-Jamal, AM 8335

SCI Mahanoy

c/o PO Box 33028

St Petersburg, FL 33733

(Florida is not a misprint, letters to Mumia are sent to the mail contractor in Florida and then scanned and printed and given to him). He will receive these in the infirmary and in his cell. Every prayer and letter matters.)

If you’re a social justice activist who hasn’t heard of Mumia, read up and send him a note too! Because part of the point of the state’s incarcerating our freedom fighters is to remove their voices from our midst.

Your writing to Mumia is an act of resistance to the powers that be. It’s a way of bringing him back into the movements of today. It’s doing exactly what Mumia and other revolutionaries have stood for their whole lives: sharing ideas and building links from one generation to the next.

Here are some resources to get you started:

Associate Professor of English (Postcolonial & Critical Ethnic Studies), The Ohio State University. He/him. Opinions are my own. @redguju