Happy Birthday to Mumia Abu Jamal
may you be free
By Betsey Piette
Philadelphia — On April 24, political prisoner and world-renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal turns 60. He has spent over half his life in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s death row, and most recently, since early 2012, he has been in general population at SCI Mahanoy where he still faces life in prison despite ample evidence of his innocence.
In December 2011, nearly three decades of relentless struggle on Abu-Jamal’s behalf resulted in lifting the death sentence he had faced since 1982 when he was unjustly convicted of the murder of a Philadelphia police officer.
Threats to Abu-Jamal’s life continue. That the Fraternal Order of Police in Philadelphia is still determined to silence him is evident in their recent attacks on Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Department Justice, because of his legal advocacy work for Abu-Jamal. While an attorney for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, Adegbile provided support for attorneys who successfully argued for relief in Abu-Jamal’s 1982 death sentence due to erroneous instructions given to the jury by the prosecutor. The FOP used the opportunity of Adegbile’s nomination to further promote their lies and distortions about Abu-Jamal’s case.
Justice for Mumia!
Standing with LGBT prisoners
Mackler’s work has been featured here on Beyond Meds many times. For more information his website is here. OPEN DIALOGUE: 74-minute documentary film on the Western Lapland Open Dialogue Project…
Finland is doing well with healing people who experience all sorts of psychotic phenomena without meds or with very little meds and they have very empty mental hospitals
NO MORE DEATHS at the hands of greedy big pharma mental hell hospitals: http://www.mindfreedom.org/member-folder/as/act-archives/us/new-york/esmin-green
Ah listen, for silence is not lonely!
Imitate the magnificent trees
That speak no word of their rapture, but only
Breathe largely the luminous breeze.
From Corot by D.H. Lawrence
Photo was taken in Swithland Wood near Loughborough, Leicestershire. Swithland wood is an ancient oak woodland and part of Charnwood Forest.
A new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota have uncovered a disquieting racial gap when it comes to exposure to air pollution, the MinnPost reports. Examining air-pollution exposure across racial, economic, educational and other relevant categories, researchers realized that race and income had the greatest impact on exposure, with people of color being exposed to 38 percent more outdoor nitrogen oxide from vehicle exhaust and power plants than their white counterparts. Exposure has been linked to higher rates of asthma and heart disease. “The main ones are race and income, and they both matter,” lead researcher Julian Marshall, an associate professor at the university, told the MinnPost in an interview. “In our findings, however, race matters more than income.”
“The health impacts from the difference in levels between whites and nonwhites found in the study are substantial,” the study states, according to the site. “For example, researchers estimate that if nonwhites breathed the lower NO2 [nitrogen] levels experienced by whites, it would prevent 7,000 deaths from heart disease alone among nonwhites each year.”
The Native Warrior on the bus said: “I’m on my way to Gatherings.”