No to the legal assassination of Mumia Abu-Jamal!
Life and freedom! Class solidarity!
(«Proletarian»; Nr. 17; Spring 2021)
Locked up since 1982 on Pennsylvania’s death row, Mumia Abu-Jamal is one of the oldest political prisoners in the world. The crime for which the American bourgeoisie wants him dead is his lifelong struggle against racism and the oppression of the black masses by the American bourgeoisie and state.
Mumia Abu-Jamal was targeted by the cops from an early age, first as a Black Panther Party activist, then as a radio host who denounced police violence.
It was for this fundamental reason that he was charged and convicted for the murder of a cop, following a trial where false police testimony abounded.
The mobilization of his supporters in the United States and around the world forced the “justice” to overturn his death sentence in 2011, but commuted it to a life sentence without the possibility of remission....
The bourgeoisie does not let go of its prey easily. Today, Mumia’s life is in danger because he is suffering from Covid. It is estimated that in American prisons, one in five inmates suffers from this disease, and most of them are left untreated; this is the case of Mumia, whom the prison management since 2015 has repeatedly refused to give him appropriate medical care for his serious health conditions.
Mumia is not - and has never been - a revolutionary Marxist activist, but he was and remains a courageous fighter against racist oppression and the bourgeois state. He is one of the political prisoners that the US state is trying to crush, of which the Indian activist Leonard Peltier, condemned to 2 life sentences in 1978 for the murder - which he denies - of 2 FBI agents during a shoot-out, is the other most famous example.
Faced with this determination, it is not moral indignation or petitions that will make the torturers back down, but a real proletarian mobilization.
In the early 1920s, the Communist International had set up an organization to defend on the class ground the militants persecuted by the bourgeois states, the “International Workers Aid” (MOPR in Russian): this is how it led the struggle, as early as 1921, in defense of the anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, falsely accused of murder in the United States (they were finally executed in 1927). This struggle did not appeal to the clemency of the bourgeois state but organized demonstrations and strikes. But after the victory of Stalinism in the workers’ movement, the MOPR turned into an organization mobilizing intellectuals and other bourgeois democrats according to the interests of the foreign policy of the Russian state
Only the proletariat, within the framework of its anti-capitalist struggle, independent of all bourgeois forces and breaking with democratic nonsense, can stop the murderous arm of bourgeois “justice”.
Proletarian solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal and all victims of US state terrorism!
No confidence in bourgeois “justice”! No illusion in democracy!
International Communist Party