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Maker: Parody Productions
Date Made: 2000
Place Made: United States
Measurements: 43.1 cm x 28 cm; 16 15/16 in x 11 in
Main Subject: political prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Think different. Think again. When Apple uses images of César Chavez and Rosa Parks, Apple goes for the bottom line. Parody Productions
Acquisition Number: 2000-178
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MUMIA ABU-JAMAL Mumia Abu-Jamal joined the Philadelphia Black Panthers in 1968 when he was 14 years old. At the age of 15, the Federal Bureau of Investigation-with the help of the Philadelphia Police Department-placed Mumia under surveillance under COINTELPRO, amassing a file on him over the next decade that would run to 700 pages. Mumia became Minister of Information for the Philadelphia Panthers. Later he became a journalist and radio commentator. He was known for his support of the activist group, MOVE, and for his condemnation of the Philadelphia police for their habitual brutality against blacks. He served as president of the Philadelphia Society of Black Journalists, and has aired on National Public Radio and National Black Network. Unable to make a living as a conventional journalist because of his controversial views, Mumia supported himself by driving a taxicab in Philadelphia. One night in 1981 he spotted a police officer beating and arresting his brother, and went to find out what was going on. At that point, Mumia's story diverges from that of the police. The police version is that Mumia shot the police officer twice in the head. Mumia maintains that another person in the crowd that gathered shot the officer. Mumia was also shot by police and almost died that night. The main civilian witnesses at the trial were two prostitutes. One changed her description of the assailant several times. The other subsequently stated that she was under pressure by police to testify. Witnesses to support Mumia's version were never called to testify, and many inconsistencies were not examined. The prosecutor won a death sentence. Mumia's name is second on the list of death-row prisoners facing the electric chair. Groups such as Amnesty International, the PEN American Center and Human Rights Watch have all questioned the fairness of the trial. An international campaign is currently being waged to obtain a new trial.