Letters and Politics

Alicia Garza on Black Lives Matter; and Mumia Abu-Jamal

Democratic Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley were interrupted by Black Lives Matter protests during the Netroots conference in Arizona.

Excerpts from Sanders’ and O’Malley’s speeches, and an interview with Alicia Garza of the Black Lives Matter movement.

And Johanna Fernandez on Mumia Abu-Jamal, his health, and writing.

Fernandez is editor of Writing on the Wall” Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

About the book: 

From the first slave writings to contemporary hip hop, the canon of African American literature offers a powerful counter-narrative to dominant notions of American culture, history and politics. Resonant with voices of prophecy and resistance, the African American literary tradition runs deep with emancipatory currents that have had an indelible impact on the United States and the world. Mumia Abu-Jamal has been one of our most important contributors to this canon for decades, writing from the confines of the U.S. prison system to give voice to those most silenced by chronic racism, impoverishment and injustice.

Writing on the Wall is a selection of more than 100 previously unpublished essays that deliver Mumia Abu-Jamal’s essential perspectives on community, politics, power, and the possibilities of social change in the United States. From Rosa Parks to Edward Snowden, from the Trail of Tears to Ferguson, Missouri, Abu-Jamal addresses a sweeping range of contemporary and historical issues. Written mostly during his years of solitary confinement on Death Row, these essays are a testament to Abu-Jamal’s often prescient insight, and his revolutionary perspective brims with hope, encouragement and profound faith in the possibility of redemption.

Alicia Garza, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter.
Alicia Garza, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter.

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