We Want Freedom
A Life in the Black Panther Party
Mumia Abu-Jamal; Kathleen Cleaver (Introduction)Pages: 264
Release Date: 2004-04-01
“Writing from the barren confines of his death row cell, Mumia Abu-Jamal provides a remarkable testament about the Black Panther Party.… His frank vignettes of unforgettable encounters—with fellow members, hostile opponents, larger-than-life Panther leaders, and brutal police—are a sheer delight to read.”—Kathleen Cleaver, from the Introduction
As a young Black Panther, Mumia Abu-Jamal helped found the Philadelphia branch, wrote for the newspaper, and began his life-long fight for freedom. In We Want Freedom, Mumia combines his memories of day-to-day life in the Party with analysis of the history of Black liberation struggles. The result is a vivid and compelling picture of the Black Panther Party.
Applying his poetic voice and unsparing critical gaze, Mumia examines one of the most revolutionary and most misrepresented groups in the United States. His in-depth investigation of government intervention in progressive movements, especially the deadly effects of COINTELPRO, provides timely lessons in the USA PATRIOT Act era.
We Want Freedom focuses on the men and women who were the Party, as much as on the leadership. By locating the Black Panthers in a struggle centuries old—and in the personal memories of a young man—Mumia Abu-Jamal helps us to understand freedom.
December 6, 2005
Breaking News: A Victory—Time to win this one! And Bring Mumia home
From the office of Robert Bryan, esq.
Dear Friends and Supporters: Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued the most important decision affecting my client, Mumia Abu-Jamal, since the lower federal court ruling in December 2001. An order was issued this morning that the court will accept for review the following issues, all of which are of enormous constitutional significance and go to the very essence of Mumia's right to a fair trial due process of law, and equal protection of the law under the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution:
- Claim 14: Whether appellant was denied his constitutional rights due to the prosecution's trial summation.
- Claim 16: Whether the Commonwealth's use of peremptory challenges at trial violated appellant's constitutional rights under Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986).
- Claim 29: Whether appellant was denied due process during post-conviction proceedings as a result of alleged judicial bias.
Claim 16 concerns the prosecutorial use of racism in jury selection. The record establishes beyond question that racism is a m...