Demand Freedom for political prisoners!

Posted: July 20, 2016 in Call to Action, Fight Back, Solidarity

During the DNC:
Demand freedom for political prisoners!

rsz_polpris.jpgSunday, July 24
5:00 p.m.

William Way LGBT Community Center (1315 Spruce Street)
Philadelphia, Penn.

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Initial list of confirmed speakers:

  • Pam Africa – Founder and leader of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

  • Eddie Conway – Political prisoner for 43 years, Minister of Defense – Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party

  • Ralph Poynter – Leader of the Justice for Lynne Stewart Organization and a long-time activist for the freedom of political prisoners

  • Theresa Shoatz – Daughter of Russell Maroon Shoatz, member of the Human Rights Coalition and founder of Families and Communities United

  • Eugene Puryear – Party for Socialism and Liberation, author of “Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America”

  • Noelle Hanrahan – Journalist with Prison Radio and producer and co-writer of the documentary “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary”

  • And more!

As the attention of the world is fixed on Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention, political prisoners incarcerated in the United States – the so-called land of the free – need to be front and center. Join us for a convergence of political prisoner advocates from a wide range of individual cases on the eve of the convention. We will rally supporters old and new, give updates, strategize and raise the profile of this critical issue.

As a person who cares about justice, please act now to show your support.

It is within President Obama’s power to grant clemency to all the political prisoners incarcerated in federal prison, and exert huge pressure on state officials to do the same. As his second term comes to a close, it is crucially important to build pressure around the demand that he do just that. Many political prisoners are now elders, and movement icons like Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier are being denied adequate medical care. As Leonard Peltier wrote in an open letter to his supporters at the end of June, “As the last remaining months of President Obama’s term pass by, my anxiety increases. I believe that this President is my last hope for freedom, and I will surely die here if I am not released by January 20, 2017.”

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The people can make the difference! As the rich and powerful gather for the DNC, join us in Philadelphia to say – We demand freedom for all political prisoners!

The ANSWER Coalition is one of the endorsers of this important event along with many former political prisoners and organizations focused on freeing political prisoners.

Endorsers:

  • Lynne Stewart

  • Ralph Poynter

  • Pam Africa

  • Theresa Shoatz – Daughter of Russell “Maroon” Shoatz”

  • Noelle Hanrahan – Prison Radio

  • Jasmine Heiss – Amnesty International, working on Leonard Peltier’s case

  • Ralph Schoenman

  • Betty Davis – New Abolitionist Movement

  • Eddie Conway

  • NYC Free Peltier

  • ANSWER Coalition

  • Jenefer Ellingston – D.C. Statehood Green Party

  • Jericho Movement

  • National Muslim Council for Justice

  • International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

  • Jim Lafferty – Executive Director Emeritus, National Lawyers Guild, L.A.

  • Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice

Initiated by the Party for Socialism and Liberation. 

To add your organization’s endorsement, e-mail philly@pslweb.org.

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