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COURT HEARING TODAY COULD OVERTURN APPEAL DENIALS FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

Statements from Mobilization4Mumia in Philladelphia USA on the occation of the anniversary of his arrest 35 years ago and his birthday

Today, April 24, 2017, Mumia’s Abu-Jamal’s 63rd birthday, there is a court hearing on his PCRA (Post-Conviction Relief Act) petition in the Pennsylvania courts. This is a new legal action to overturn State Supreme Court decisions from 1995-2008 that denied him freedom despite his innocence. Mumia’s appeals asserted the police and prosecution manufactured the proof of his guilt and suppressed evidence of his innocence. Abu-Jamal was scheduled for execution in 1995 and 1999 but was saved by mass international protests. In 2012 he was re-sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. 

This new legal action can open the door to Abu-Jamal’s freedom, overturning the denials of his appeals. A dozen other men who were prosecuted by Castille and then denied appeals, will also be heard in court. We need to show the courts of injustice that Mumia and other prisoners should not spend another day on “slow death row.” All of these unjustly-incarcerated men should be immediately released from prison! 

BlackLivesMatter: Schwarzer Widerstand und Schwarze Realitäten

Black Lives Matter – „Schwarzer Widerstand und Schwarze Realitäten“

Black Lives Matter – „Schwarzer Widerstand und Schwarze Realitäten“
This is Not a Moment, but a Movement.
26.02.2017 Einlass 17.30 Uhr
Start:18.00 Uhr – 21.00Uhr
Werkstatt der Kulturen, großer Saal, II Stock
powered by ISD – Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland

Filmpräsentation + Filmbesprechung „Generation Revolution“

Generation Revolution brings to screen the powerful story of a new generation of black and brown activists who are changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond. This feature length documentary film follows an exciting new breed of organisations as well as the young Londoners that are part of them. The London Black Revolutionaries, or ‘Black Revs’, have a predilection for dramatic, raucous, direct action.
A Movement challenge the idea of the ‘Staid and Serious’ political activist and The Black Dissidents are a new organisation intent on furthering the fight against oppression along the lines of race, class and gender.

Kein Moment, sondern eine Bewegung.
Das ist BlackLivesMatter. Die Bewegung begann 2012 mit der Benutzung des Hashtags #BlackLivesMatter in den Sozialen Medien nach dem Freispruch des Mörders von Trayvon Martin und steht für ein wachsendes Bewusstsein Schwarzer Menschen, People of color und Marginalisierter Menschen für die es keine echte Freiheit gibt, solange Schwarze Menschenleben ungeachtet der historischen Kämpfe ihrer Vorfahren nicht wertgeschätzt werden. Die Bewegung setzt auf einen intersektionalen Ansatz und die weltweite Vernetzung. Alicia Garza, eine der Gründerinnen
sagt: „When we say Black Lives Matter, we are talking about the ways in which Black people are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.“
In der Veranstaltung geht es um die Geschichte, die Gegenwart und Zukunft der Bewegung, nicht nur in den USA, sondern auch in Europa.

Programm:
26.02.2017 Einlass 17.30 Uhr
Start:18.00 Uhr – 21.00Uhr
Werkstatt der Kulturen, großer Saal, II Stock
Podium: Moderation Karen Taylor,

Sprecher/innen unter anderem:
Jessica de Abreu is an Black Dutch activist, organizer and writer. She is a general coordinator
at European Network of People of African Descent.
Modi Ntambwe Chair of RVDAGE-SVAV Federation of African Associations of Flanders, Board member of the CCAEB ONG-FED and coordinator or the advocacy group within the European Network for People of African Descent- ENPAD.
Natasha Nkonde – Activist in Black Lives Matter UK and Sisters Uncut. Regional Organiser
at Edge Fund. Bad immigrant, Black Feminist, taking up space.
Kuchenga Shenjé – Writer and avid consumer of all culture. She is a member of the Black Lives Matter UK and Bent Bars Collective, writing regularly to trans women „on the inside“.

Filmpräsentation + Filmbesprechung
„Generation Revolution“
Generation Revolution beschreibt die mitreißende Geschichte einer neuen Generation Schwarzer Aktivist_innen und Aktivist_innen of Color, die für eine nachhaltige Veränderungen der politischen Landschaft in London und darüberhinaus gesorgt haben. Der 60 minütige Film begleitet neue Formen von Organisationen und jungen Londoner Aktivist_innen. „The Black Dissidents“ sind eine neue Organisation, deren Ziel es ist, gegen jedwede Form von Unterdrückung zu kämpfen, und das umschließt den Kampf gegen Rassismus, Klassendenken und Geschlechterdiskriminierung.
Generation Revolution brings to screen the powerful story of a new generation of black and brown activists who are changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond. This feature-length documentary film follows an exciting new breed of organisations as well as the young Londoners that are part of them.

Press Statement of the Associaton of Bridging Peoples to Trump’s Travel Ban 1.2.2017

Protest against Trump's immigration ban at JFK AirportTrump’s order is a big danger for refugees as well as for human rights.  We are genuinely horrified and worried on the first 10 days of Government of the new US president. We condem Trump’s executive order.

The USA is mainly responsible from the chaos in the Middle East, in the Africa and in the Asia with military, political and economic interventions. Thus, the USA is mainly responsible from the refugee/immigrant crisis in the world.

As we all know migration is an unstoppable and inevitable natural phoneme. Human beings have always migrated and therefore this is not new. History has shown us that migration, which has lead to multicultural societies all over the world like USA. It is possible to have numerous cultures living side by side. Immigration is politically and socially controllable but the wars is turning immigration into a tragedy.

Since April 2011 approximately 7 million Syrians were forced to migrate as the civil war was intensified with the intervention of several states including the USA. The Syrian uprising has followed a number of other uprisings in the Arab world. We witnessed as the uprising turned into a proxy war with sectarian overtones. The People of Syria was not defeated in Syria and eventually forced into massive migration, instead, the People of Syria was defeated in Washington, Paris, Riyad, Ankara, Doha, Moscow etc; in the competitive nature of the power struggle in an increasingly volatile international system. This system is marked with an uncheckered drive to grab markets, establish zones of influence, plunder energy and natural resources, control energy routes, and maintain the “realisation-evaluation” cycle in military industry.

Who are these migrants? They are those who are stateless; those who lost their houses, jobs, and does not have a future in their homelands; those who are marginalized under the economic, political and cultural pressures enforced by neoliberal policies and have to leave their homes. 63.5 million people who have been displaced because of war, poverty, climate change, neoliberal policies, mass displacements, and cheap labor work transfers (slave trade) are defacto refugees who do not have a refugee status.

Yet the UN and EU continue in their failures to take any action to provide a life in dignity for these people. Just the opposite: Frontex (EU border security forces) and NATO ships forced refugees to the death boats or going back to their countries to die in the ongoing wars. This is a secret war by the richest of the world against the poorest of the world!

But migrants are fighting back! They demolished the borders, Lisbon Agreement and Schengen. And the most importantally of the movement is social solidarity networks. Despite Europe’s migrant policy, people from Greece to Germany supported and aided refugees to cross the borders in a serious and unexpected way. This solidarity movement is another reason for the fear of the coming of the refugees inside the EU. Now this solidarity is happening in the USA. Peoples of USA are running to air-ports to tell to migrants wellcome and to tell to Trump no!

The Anti-migrant wave in Europe and in the USA is not a new phenomenon. Perceiving refugees as a threat to security by criminalising them, militarisation of the borders, transferring refugees to subcontractor are the anti-migration policies in Europe and in the USA that have been lasting for years. This is what has been going on with Libya and Pakistan for years.

Solidarity of the people and the public friendship will be an obstacle towards the anti-migrant atmosphere in Europe and in the USA which/that causes fascist organisations to grow.

We must  defend absolute and unconditional hospitality for immigrants and refugees.

We must express our desire to establish a relationship with migrants, refugees, oprressed and  marginalised beyond and above the legalistic and institutional view of the world. By doing so, we can open a path for struggle against all oppression and exploitation.

We must say “welcome” to all migrants and refugees without ifs and buts.

We must welcome migrants and refugees unconditionally!

The ‘right to rights’ of these people who striped off from all basic rights is a right to exist without being pushed around or absorbed by dominant politics and powers. It is in fact a right to self determination and political existence.

No government including the USA can be allowed to strip off the refugees from their political rights and take away their existence as their own political subjects.

We must believe that being a political subject begins with having the right to self determination of ones own life.

We were all foreigners at some stage, and in future we could be foreigners in another country. That we were born on this land does not make us the owners. All land is for all people. Hence, real hospitality is about internationalism.

We must reject the definition of citizenship as being part of national identity.  We also must reject the ethnic and religious totalitarianism of nation states. Instead we must see nations as a political form that intends to live together in a diverse society and that welcomes the newcomers. “Civilization” began with settlement. By taking away someone’s right to settle down you take away their humanity. A nation is a collective of people settled together. Newcomers are not a danger or threat to the nation but an enrichment.

Massive protest at JFK airport in New York against detention and Trump’s immigrant ban!

Protest against Trump's immigrant ban JFK Terminal 4 in New York

Working Families Party Call for Demonstration:

“We are here at JFK airport demanding that visa holders and refugees JFK has detained are released! We will be here until all people detained are released. #Terminal4 arrivals. #NoMuslimBanJFK #NoBanNoWall

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VICTORY: Judge Orders Treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Yesterday, Federal Judge Robert Mariani ordered the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to immediately give Mumia Abu-Jamal the life-saving latest direct-acting antiviral medications that have a 95% cure rate!

After a year and a half of constant legal battling, near death hospitalization, and agonizing chronic sickness, Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and attorney Robert Boyle, and thousands of activists, on behalf of Mumia, have prevailed.

Mumia: Hepatitis C Gets A Knock Out Punch
Mumia’s Reaction After Court Orders DOC to Provide Care

From Bret Grote
Abu-Jamal v. Wetzel – Court orders hepatitis C treatment for Mumia!
Victory – late this afternoon Judge Robert Mariani of the federal court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ordered officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to treat Mumia Abu-Jamal’s chronic hepatitis C with the latest direct-acting antiviral medications that have a 95% cure rate.
This is the first case in the country in which a federal court has ordered prison officials to provide an incarcerated patient with the new medications that came on the market in 2013.
We expect an appeal, but for now this is a major victory.
Very honored to represent Mumia along with the impeccable Robert Boyle.
Much gratitude to the family and friends and supporters of Mumia who have rallied and fought for his health and his freedom – Pam AfricaJohanna FernandezSuzanne RossKeith CookWadiya Jamal, Noelle Harrahan and so many others.
Hasta la victoria siempre!