Mumia’s case has now come down to this; his conviction is upheld, but a new sentencing hearing will condemn him to either life in prison without parole or death. This Saturday will see a demonstration in Philadelphia in support of Mumia. Mumia’s defense is as vital to us now as the campaigns to defend Sacco and Vanzetti and the Scotsboro Boys were then.
I wish I could be there. In Anti-Racist Action throughout the 90’s we fought for Mumia in lots of towns around the Midwest and beyond. The movement around Mumia was always creative, this is largely because most liberals wouldn’t touch it so the movement could develop its own radical voice. This combined with the white counter-culture largely from the punk scene hooking up with seasoned black revolutionaries created, an occasionally tense, dynamism when there was very little dynamism to be found politically in the States. I learned a lot as part of that movement and at that time.
Some of those demonstrations would anticipate what happened in Seattle at the end of the dry decade, in spirit and vibrancy in any case. I remember a few times in Cincinnati where Mumia demonstrations were harassed by fascists. And we hear now that fascists plan to counter-demonstrate this Saturday’s protest. I hope they get their asses kicked. Bad. Metaphorically speaking.
The fascists organizing against Mumia are none other than the National Socialist Movement led by Jeff Schoep. These guys are dangerous. They are as close as neo-nazis get to a successful regroupment project. The NSM is a repository of all kinds of far-right flotsam including some of what is left of the old Order, midwest Nazis and skinheads with a sprinkling of the more ideological Klan. They had a provocative demonstration in a black Toledo neighborhood a few years ago that ended in a local uprising.
Schoep and the NSM have recently relocated from Minnesota to Detroit. Yes, you heard me Detroit. Since there is no one in Detroit for these fuckers to recruit we must assume they have only come to participate in the Racial Holy War. Wherever they go there is going to be trouble and not coincidently Detroit has recently seen swastikas and racist graffiti on a Lodge overpass near downtown. I have a feeling Detroit is going to say “No Thanks, and don’t let this brick hit you on your ass on the way out!” Metaphorically speaking.
Free Mumia! Death to Fascism!
Here is a Mumia commentary from last week on Obama or Clinton. Keep his voice heard.