Supporters Of Mumia Abu-Jamal Mark 30th Anniversary Of His Conviction With Rally At NCC

By Dan Wing and Natasha Brown

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Nearly 1,000 people gathered at the National Constitution Center on Friday night to mark the 30th anniversary of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s incarceration, and to continue to fight for his release from Pennsylvania’s death row.

Supporters came together to call for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and to discuss basic human equality issues. In addition to a number of speakers such as Professor Cornell West and Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka, the crowd also listened in to a live phone conference with Mumia Abu-Jamal himself, who offered advice for youth trying to fight for equality and justice.

“I would say follow your heart, and do the right thing. Because 9 times out of 10, you’re doing the right thing.”

The event also took time to discuss the next steps in fighting for Mumia’s release from prison altogether.

Earlier in the day, a memorial service was held to honor the memory of slain officer Daniel Faulkner.

Outside the constitution center a small number of police and bikers gathered to show their support for the family of Officer Faulkner, the man that Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing.

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  1. Alll the hollywood,TuTu,Princeton, Europe can Kiss Mine! says:

    People need to forget about this bum and let him rot some more! He should just be happy he beat the system. I hope the dumb Donkey party are proud of their french justice. now they can cry poor some more,and pay more to house him. We should move him to the Philly Zoo, and throw him peanuts. Show some remorse for Faulkner, he is the one who died!

  2. Laura says:

    These people are a joke. They have no idea of the facts of this case. They only support him because he is black and the case has notoriety. He is a cop killer and I find it offensive that the NCC would host this event on the 30th anniv. of Officer Faulkner’s murder.

  3. Hater says:

    A couple cartons of Marlboros should ensure at least a little justice when he enters the GP. Maybe someone could set up a site to take donations. I really hope someone “Dahmers” his coward azz.

  4. EV of Philly says:

    Appalled by the timing and setting of this. Regardless of if you believe if he is guilty or not ( I believe Guilty!) Everyone would have to agree that to pick the date of the anniversary of Officer Faulkner’s death and then to hold it in the Constitution Center is disgraceful. Why not choose the date of his incarceration and hold it outside where the man lives. Prison. My heart goes out to the family of Officer Faulkner and I guess this will now just catapult every other criminal in prison who is “innocent” to want to hold a rally for them. Its not about race and we will never be a truly free society until people stop looking at race and just start looking at the facts. Rest in peace if you can Officer Faulkner. You still have a ton of support and love to you!

  5. grumpy says:

    I was hoping that missing drone that was lost in the Middle East would find it’s way to the National Constitution Center! Maybe next time.

  6. Roe says:

    Elizabeth, you must be referencing the “facts” according to Mumia. Yeah, not too many MURDERERS facts are the same as trial transcripts… I’ll trust THOSE facts, like the fact Jamal’s brother testified that Mumia stood over the already wounded, fallen officer and emptied his revolver into him, which he never recanted.

    You misguided, gullible followers of this murderer, as well as the CEO of The National Constitution Center should feel especially SHAMED for holding your public slap in the face to Officer Faulkner’s widow and family on the anniversary of Officer Faulkner’s MURDER BY JAMAL! The fact that Jamal has a major mouthpiece in Ramona Africa of MOVE (ask remaining Powellton Village residents of THEIR past actions) speaks VOLUMES!

    I suggest, Elizabeth, that you and your ilk read up on the TRUE facts of the case, not Jamal’s VERSION.

  7. DEAR ELIZABETH says:

    PLEASE EDUCATE US.. EVEN HIS BROTHER HAS NOT SPOKEN IN HIS SUPPORT
    IN 30 YEARS., HIS BROTHER. AH BUT YES, HIS BROTHER WAS NOT THERE
    MUMMYA YA WAS NOT THERE EITHER, BUT I DO THINK IT WAS YOUR FATHER
    WHO KILLED OFFICER AND YOU ARE UNWILLING TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH
    YOUR FATHER KILLED HIM, AND YOUR FATHER KILLED JOHN LENNON ALSO
    YOU ARE JUST UNWILLING TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH BY THE WAY, WHATS THE NAME OF THE DRUG YOU ARE CURRENTLY ON? MINE IS LOSING ITS KICK

    SAYS HH

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Those who believe this is an issue of Faulkner vs. Mumia are ignorant of the facts —-yes, the FACTS, not hateful opinion. There is no way a just trail could have convicted Mumia. Mumia did not murder Faulkner, and any level of knowledge about the facts of the case makes that clear. Do your research, instead of listening to hateful lies.

    1. tj says:

      Liz you’re an idiot

      1. H H Rules says:

        Ditto. 1000 libt ards in one spot and an “accident” couldn’t have happened?

    2. Hater says:

      Elizabeth, where do you get your facts, WMAJ? Your boi shot Officer Faulkner in the back and then stood over him and emptied his gun in his face and head as he lie helpless in the street. You need to take your own advice. I think you only hear what you want to hear.

    3. Spartacus says:

      Me thinks Elizabeth shoves anthracite in her furnace. That’s my hateful opinion or fact.

  9. Suz says:

    To clarify, I feel for Faulkner’s family…NOT the cop killer!

    1. DEAR SUZ says:

      MAY YOU AND MUMMIA LIVE HAPPILY TOGETHER, IN THE NEXT LIFE. EVERY
      MAN NEEDS A GOOD LAP DOG AND I THINK IVE FOUND ONE IN YOU

      IM SHOCKED YOU HAVE ANY PITY FOR HIS FAMILY AT ALL. CALLING ALL
      COPS KILLERS, I LOVE A GOOD REVISIONIST HISTORY STUDENT
      GATHER AROUND THE OPEN FIRE , AND SING WARM FUZZY SONGS IT HELPS
      TO PASS THE TIME.. THE DUDE WILL HAVE LOTS OF TIME ON HIS HANDS NOW
      STILL I PRAY HE GOES QUICKLY. HE IS COSTING THE TAXPAYERS A TON OF MONEY, SAYS HH OF OXFORD CIRCLE

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