Chuck D and Dead Prez at DC Rally in Support of Mumia [PHOTOS]
On Tuesday, April 24th, hundreds of demonstrators rallied at the Department of Justice in downtown Washington, demanding the immediate release of Mumia Abu Jamal, a prominent black political prisoner, as well as calling for an end to mass incarceration in the United States. Mumia was convicted in the 1981 shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer and sentenced to death row in 1982; he was only recently removed from death row.
Mumia and many others have maintained his innocence, suggesting he was set up by a Philadelphia police force that was already under federal investigation for corruption and widespread civil rights violations, with 15 of the 35 officers involved in the evidence collection in Mumia’s case convicted and sentenced to jail on a number of misconduct charges.
A number of performers also participated in the rally, including activist and rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy and M1 of the revolutionary hip hop duo Dead Prez. After the Department of Justice headquarters rally, protesters marched through the streets of downtown before arriving to the White House where two dozen activists were arrested in an act of civil disobedience and later released.
Mark Mahoney of Dream in Color Photography
Want to support Urban Cusp? These are some of things that you can do:1. Spread the word! Share this post via Facebook, Twitter, email, and word of mouth!
2. LIKE our Facebook fan page, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our email list.
3. Make an online contribution to help sustain our work. Consider doing this monthly.