Hear Mumia’s first LIVE radio interview since his transfer off of death row below.
I was happy to be a guest on “The Radio Courtroom” on 900AM WURD. Hear our interview below. Mumia Abu Jamal was scheduled to be on the same show. Michael Coard was able to conduct Mumia’s first LIVE radio interview since his removal from Death Row. That interview is track two below (scroll to bottom of this post), and Michael Coard and I speak on track one. Both segments are very powerful.
Host Michael Coard is a criminal defense attorney with more than 15 years of trial experience, specializes in murder cases and formerly worked at the Charles W. Bowser Law Center after having served as Legal Counsel for State Senator Hardy Williams. He received his degree in law from Ohio State University and his undergraduate degrees in English Education and Political Science from Cheyney University.
While in law school serving as president of the Black Law Students Association, he led the activism that compelled Ohio State University (which is the largest university in the country) to divest all of its funds from companies doing business with the apartheid government of South Africa.
He is an adjunct professor in the African Studies Department and the Urban Studies Department at Temple University as well as a volunteer instructor of Criminal Justice and also Hip Hop in the university’s Pan African Studies Program.
As a community activist, he is a founding member of Avenging The Ancestors Coalition (ATAC). ATAC is the organization that led the successful battle in connection with the historic President’s House/Slavery Memorial project to force the federal government to commemorate the nine African descendants enslaved by President George Washington at America’s first “White House,” which was located at the current site of the new Liberty Bell Center.
After more than 30 years in the chambers of death, political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has been released into the general prison population. Finally, as of Jan. 27, he is now able to embrace his loved ones and shake the hands of all those who have supported him in the struggle for freedom.
In a short message sent to his spouse, Wadiya Jamal, Mumia said: “My dear friends, brothers and sisters — I want to thank you for your real hard work and support. I am no longer on death row, no longer in the hole, I’m in population. This is only part one and I thank you all for the work you’ve done. But the struggle is for freedom!”
On Dec. 7, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced that he had abandoned pursuing the death sentence for Mumia after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the DA’s appeal to reinstate Mumia’s death sentence. On Dec. 9, a standing-room-only event at the Philadelphia Convention Center drew an unprecedented number of people, young and old, especially from the city, to demand his freedom.
Days later, Abu-Jamal was transferred from the infamous SCI Greene to the supposedly less restrictive prison, SCI Mahanoy, just 100 miles from his hometown of Philadelphia.
Hear Mumia’s first LIVE radio interview since his transfer via our podcast.