Author : Mumia Abu-Jamal
ISBN : 9780380727667
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 62.56 MB
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Once a prominent radio reporter, Mumia Abu-Jamal is now in a Pennsylvania prison awaiting his state-sactioned execution. In 1982 he was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner after a trial many have criticized as profoundly biased. Live From Death Row is a collection of his prison writings--an impassioned yet unflinching account of the brutalities and humiliations of prison life. It is also a scathing indictment of racism and political bias in the American judicial system that is certain to fuel the controversy surrounding the death penalty and freedom of speech.
Here for the first time are the prison writings of Abu-Jamal--including the censored commentaries from NPR--an unflinching account of the brutalities, humiliations and actrocities of prison life. Articulate and compelling, the work is certain to fuel the controversy surrounding capital punishment and freedom of speech.
This play provides details about the life and imprisonment of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner in a nation that denies it has political prisoners. Mumia has been on death row in Pennsylvania since July 1982 after being convicted for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer killed in December 1981. An international movement of writers, activists, entertainers, journalists and others have mobilized around his case in an effort to get a new trial. The twenty-nine page introduction provides background material about specifics of the case and explains how the play came to be written. Mumia Abu-Jamal is a journalist, husband, father, grandfather and African-American who was president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists at the time of his arrest. He is currently a writer and radio commentator. He has written two books: Live From Death Row and Death Blossoms: Reflections of a Prisoner of Conscience.
A collection of essays, letters, and other writing from jailed journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal features fifty pieces in all, including the radio essays that were recorded for but never aired on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Reprint.
Author : Jarvis Jay Masters
ISBN : 9781881847519
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 65.23 MB
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Finding Freedom is a deeply moving, life-affirming memoir written from the netherworld of San Quentin’s Death Row. Offering stories that are sometimes sad, funny, poignant, revelatory, frightening, soul-stirring, painful, and uplifting, Jarvis Masters traces his remarkable spiritual growth in an environment where despair and death are constant companions. His book is a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit and the talent of a fine writer. Masters' tales are a must-read pass to San Quentin when it was a Level IV (of four criminal/felony levels) prison and the inmates ran the blocks. His book is a word album of people and incidents on the yards, on the tiers and in the cells as races and cultures collide in a setting of despair and boredom. In one of his most powerful chapters, "Sanctuary," Masters enters the upper yard on his first day, facing down the stairs of the established cons as they inspect the "fish"; then the door slams on his 5 x 9' cell that will be his home for the rest of his life. The recidivists, the young parole violators who cycle through San Quentin on 90 day plus terms, generally for drug use, with little hope for treatment, jobs or housing on the outside, are the antagonists in many of his stories. And this brings us to the present. The California prison system and San Quentin are still largely populated by young parole violators, incarcerated for drug convictions or dry outs. These youngsters, unaware, ignorant or plainly apathetic about informal prison rules, seek to achieve the "OG" (Old Gangster) status of long time inmates through predatory violence. Masters writes of his frustrating attempts to cope with them at a time that Level IV inmates all mingled together. San Quentin is now a Level II prison, confining a gentler, generally nonviolent person within its massive perimeter, and Masters now is a practicing Buddhist, a transformation remarkably documented in the book's timeline "Three Strikes" laws and the huge campaign contributions of the CCPOA, the California prison guards' union, have lead to unparalleled growth in California's prison population with Lifers (2nd degree murder or kidnapping crimes) eligible for parole and violators routinely jammed together in every facility. California's Level IV violent cons are housed in Pelican Bay and other specially designated Security Housing Units (SHU), yet Masters' Death Row for men remains at San Quentin. And the timelessness of Masters' stories is reflected by the fact that Lifers still have the respect of almost all groups in the prison, while the California Governor fosters despair and hopelessness with an anti-parole stance. This book is an electrifying read if you have never been incarcerated. You can share Masters' gradual transformation from a mind-your-own-business, somewhat antisocial individual, to a compassionate prosocial inmate.
A founder of the Philadelphia branch of the Black Panther Party combines his personal experiences and extensive research to examine the revolutionary fervor and hope, as well as the oppression, of the Black Panther Party. Simultaneous. 10,000 first printing.