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PSU to attend Mumia’s “Celebration of Life” Event

If the corporate media’s job is to sell fear, conflict, and ignorance, yours is to show courage against adversity, cooperation, community, complexity and a shrewd genius in verdicts that exist in all of humanity. People have to be able to see and sense a better way forward.

American schools in many of the African American and Latino communities are not tragedies, they are a crime.

-Mumia Abu-Jamal

A revolutionary journalist and radio-broadcaster in Philadelphia, Mumia Abu-Jamal was incarcerated 1982. He famously covered police harrassment of the MOVE organization, while mainstream news ignored it. He is now an internationally renowned political prisoner, having served nearly 30 years on death row. His writings, today, now fill eight books and thousands of radio and print columns in publications ranging from homeless “street news” papers to Forbes magazine and the Yale Law Review. His conviction has led to an international movement for his release of this monumental figure. PSU is joining the movement by attending a celebration rally to demand his release and to honor his 60th birthday.

Mumia’s on-going work is essential to PSU as he breaks down the mainstream narrative and provides us with analysis that helps us grow into more powerful leaders. He provides us with an understanding of structures that keep us oppressed, including the prison industrial complex and the school-to-prison pipeline. Mumia’s own life has come to reflect this: his work covered the issues that mattered to the people and uncovered the systematic causes for them. Later, the attempts of those in power to silence the voice of a revolutionary brought him to jail.

We stand with Mumia Abu-Jamal to demand his release! Join us this weekend to support this effort and celebrate his 60th birthday.

On Saturday, April 26 at 10am, we will meet at the former Black Panther Panther Party Headquarters (18th and Cecil B Moore) for the “Sons and Daughters of the Revolution March” to the Church of the Advocate (18th and Diamond). The march will begin at 11am. Celebration of Life Festival opening ceremony will begin at 11am, followed by workshops and performances at 12pm. Workshops will end at 4pm and the concert will end at 6:30pm. Check out the full schedule for the day here!

Special appearances by M1 of Dead Prez, Dice Raw of The Roots, Jasiri X and Immortal Technique. Other activities include performances by local artists, panel discussions featuring nationally-renowned speakers and workshops on alternative policing, women and prisons, political prisoners and more. Vendors, resources tables and health a pavilion will also be on site.

We hope to see you there!

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