Today's Date: January 23, 2022
Governor Mike DeWine Proclaims Jan. 23-Jan. 29 "Ohio School Choice Week"; Recognizes Options as Vital in K-12 Education   •   Global Leadership Community The She-Suite Announces 7th Powerful Summit Set for March 11, 2022   •   Over 10,000 new affordable homes for Canadians   •   University of Phoenix Sponsors Social Roots Mental Health Summit   •   Everlight Solar: A Year of Giving and Growing   •   Cook Center for Human Connection Partners with American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson Platform to Offer Student   •   Expedia Group Reveals Industry Outlook and Predictions for 2022   •   The Estée Lauder Companies to Webcast Discussion of Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Results on February 3, 2022   •   AVYA Skincare Selected as A Brand to Watch in 2022   •   Atria Taps Alexa to Empower Senior Residents   •   carafem Adds Rhode Island to Growing Number of U.S. States That Can Access Its Affordable, Convenient Abortion Pill by Mail Serv   •   TOMORROW: School Choice Fair at Houston Zoo to Mark National School Choice Week 2022   •   The Women at This Tech Company Are Breaking Barriers   •   Naturepedic Joins the Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Collaborative in Support of Promoting Product Transparency and Mater   •   ZT Corporate Appoints First Female Chief of Staff   •   TOMORROW: First New Jersey School Choice Fair to Bring Families Buffet of Learning Options   •   Enterprise Connect 2022 Expands Conference Program, Adding Keynotes from Google Cloud, Microsoft and RingCentral   •   MEDIA ALERT – With the 2022 tax filing season starting next week, taxpayers need to be aware of new complexities   •   AVOCADO GREEN launches "Natural As love" T-Shirt TO support lgbtq+ community   •   Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Announces Pay With Change Initiative, Mandating New Standards For Advertising In 2022 Issue: Progres
Bookmark and Share

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Joins Mumia Abu-Jamal's Defense Team

 
NEW YORK - On Sunday, April 3, 2011, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., lawyers, Riverside Church leaders and members, and human rights activists will be hosting a reception and meeting at the historic Riverside Church in honor of the new legal team of internationally renowned death row inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has yet to return its decision as to whether Abu-Jamal should have the death sentence reimposed on him or whether he should remain sentenced to life in prison without parole. Both it and the U.S. Supreme Court have affirmed Abu-Jamal’s guilt, and the courts are no longer considering that issue. 

The new legal team is led by Christina Swarns, the Director of the Criminal Justice Project of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and Judith Ritter, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Widener University School of Law’s Delaware campus. Both have argued for Abu-Jamal before. However, they will now be directing the defense strategy to fight the prosecution’s determination to reinstate the death penalty and, furthermore, to overturn Abu-Jamal’s conviction. 

Abu-Jamal supporters are very encouraged by the fact that a case that officially began almost 30 years ago, on December 9, 1981, is being given the kind of attention and resources that the LDF, the premier legal organization fighting for racial justice in this country, is now devoting to this important case. Given the LDF’s historic mission of addressing racial injustice, beginning with its landmark 1954 school desegregation case (Brown v. Board of Education), it is continuing that legacy today by addressing the issues of criminal injustice and its relationship to racism. 

“Mumia Abu-Jamal’s conviction and death sentence are relics of a time and place that was notorious for police abuse and racial discrimination. Unless and until courts acknowledge and correct these historic injustices, death sentences like Mr. Abu-Jamal’s will invite continued skepticism of the criminal justice system by the African-American community,” notes John Payton, Director-Counsel of LDF.  


STORY TAGS: Legal Defense Fund (LDF) , Black News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American News, NAACP

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News