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Johanna Fernandez
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Johanna Fernandez is a professor of History at Baruch College (CUNY) and one of the coordinators of The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. She is editor of the forthcoming book, Writing on the Wall, Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu Jamal.

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A Slow Death for Mumia Abu-Jamal and Thousands of Prisoners in America

(28) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 1:57 PM

What does it mean for hundreds of thousands of prisoners in the United States when the world's most famous prisoner faces possible death from medical neglect in a Pennsylvania prison? Often called the "Voice of the Voiceless" for his countless publications and broadcasts revealing the injustices of the criminal justice...

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Black Radical Who Matters For Our Time

(30) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 9:46 AM

Two years ago, the New York Times featured an illustrated article on the discovery of a manuscript penned by hand in a dank, 19th century cell by a black prisoner, Austin Reed. Ignored in his lifetime, Reed's memoire elicited great interest among contemporary historians, activists, scholars of African American literature,...

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What Fox News and Hannity Blocked Me From Saying: Mumia as Fuel for Right-Wing Agenda

(50) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 3:38 PM

On Wednesday afternoon, I received an email from Fox News' show, Hannity, about the possibility of an interview with me on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. The heat was turned up at Fox in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing that day where Debo Adegbile was being confirmed as...

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Rue-ing the Day: The Death Penalty, France and the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal

(52) Comments | Posted November 11, 2012 | 4:11 PM

On the same week that the French Secretary of State, Laurent Fabius, pledged that France would help lead the worldwide efforts to abolish the death penalty, elected officials of the city of Bobigny (pronounced BO-BEE-NYEE) held an inaugural ceremony for the naming of a street in honor of the celebrated...

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Jazz Hayden's Struggle: A Primer for Understanding the Bankruptcy of the Prison Industrial Complex

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 1:08 PM

A local campaign to end the controversial practice of stop and frisk and to end mass incarceration is gathering steam in New York as one of its most vocal members, 71-year-old Joseph "Jazz" Hayden, awaits an important decision from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. After more than six months of...

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