For more than 3 decades the state of Pennsylvania and the Fraternal Order of Police have moved heaven and earth to try and silence the voice of the state’s most notorious political prisoner and former death row inmate, Mumia Abu Jamal, but to no avail. Now they’ve stepped up their efforts to silence not only Mumia, but all prisoners’ voices from being heard outside of America’s ever-expanding Prison Industrial Complex. This latest attempt to stifle freedom of speech in utter disregard for the First Amendment comes as an act of revenge for Mumia’s delivering a prerecorded commencement address to this year’s graduating class at Goddard College in Vermont. The neo-fascist Fraternal Order of the Police, which last year successfully railroaded President Obama’s nominee for the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ (using Mumia’s name as a pretext), sponsored the bill which was quickly fast-tracked through the PA legislature and signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett. The absurdly titled “Revictimization Act” would allow for alleged victims, District Attorneys and the Attorney General to sue prisoners who address a public audience because they say it could cause “mental anguish” to supposed victims. Of course no one is forcing these victims to listen to Mumia’s addresses, as the FOP has worked tirelessly over the years to see Mumia’s voice is never heard in a mainstream outlet. The ultimate goal of this law is not to protect any victims from the horrors of free speech. The goal is to shut down Prison Radio for good so that the revolutionary messages the world needs to hear now more than ever are suppressed.
Prison Radio is not taking this encroachment lying down however. They are assembling a legal team to prepare for the fight in court. But they could use your help. Consider making a donation to PrisonRadio.org today to help defend free speech. Remember, if they can get away with silencing him, they’re only one step closer to silencing you as well.