Incarceration Nation

Kevin Cooper’s Message from Death Row in Solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal

Before this land became a country, Africans came here in chains, against their will, as an enslaved people in 1619. They were also an innocent people.

Ever since then, we, the descendants of those people, have had to fight for our human rights while living under the constant threat of death and imprisonment, while at the same time dreaming about this thing called “Freedom.”

No one knows better than our cultural brother and comrade in struggle—Mumia Abu-Jamal.

It’s with this historical understanding that we fight for, stand with, and support Mumia.

We did so yesterday. We do today, and we will continue to do so as long as it takes to free him.

In struggle and solidarity from Death Row at San Quentin Prison, I’m Kevin Cooper.

Kevin Cooper is an innocent man on San Quentin’s Death Row in California. He continues to struggle for exoneration and to abolish the death penalty in the whole U.S. Learn more about his case at:

Write to:

Kevin Cooper #C-65304 4-EB-82

San Quentin State Prison

San Quentin, CA 94974

Mumia Abu-Jamal Legal Update

On December 16, 2022, Judge Lucretia Clemons of the Philadelphia court of Common Pleas withdrew her October 26, 2022, ruling upholding the conviction of innocent prisoner, Black liberation leader and renown journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal. She has ordered both Mumia’s defense and District Attorney Krasner’s prosecution to conduct a full investigation of all the evidence in this case—most of which has been suppressed or hidden away for four decades. She will issue her ruling in 90 days.

This reprieve represents a positive, hopeful sign that Mumia’s struggle for freedom is ongoing and the international movement to free him must redouble all our efforts to do that.

—The Editors