Mumia's daughter, the rapper Goldii Lokks, speaking at the rally

Mumia's daughter, the rapper Goldii Lokks, speaking at the rally

Mumia's daughter, the rapper Goldii Lokks, speaking at the rally

Mumia's daughter, the rapper Goldii Lokks, speaking at the rally

Charles Jenkins of TWU local 100 speaking at the rally

Charles Jenkins of TWU local 100 speaking at the rally

Rachel Wolkenstein of the PDC speaking at the rally

Rachel Wolkenstein of the PDC speaking at the rally

A demonstration called by the Partisan Defense Committee on March 28, 2008, near City Hall in Manhattan rallied support for activist Mumia Abu-Jamal in the wake of a recent court decision against him.

On March 27, 2008, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld Mumia Abu-Jama's conviction of murder. The ruling, should it withstand appeal, disallows further challenges to the conviction despite a preponderance of evidence pointing to Mumia's innocence and to a police misconduct in investigating and prosecuting the case. It leaves Mumia facing two stark choices: life in prison or death by execution.

Gene Herson of the PDC said in a statement: "Today’s decision makes it all the more urgent to revitalize mass protest to free Mumia on the basis that he is an innocent man, and to link his fight to the struggle to abolish the racist death penalty. Mumia’s freedom will not be won through reliance on the rigged ‘justice’ system or on capitalist politicians, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama who both support the death penalty. The power that can turn the tide is the power of millions--working people, anti-racist youth, death penalty abolitionists--united in struggle to demand Mumia’s freedom."

A major mobilization is set for April 19 in Philadelphia.

For detailed information on Mumia's case, including a run-down on the facts that establish his innocence, see partisandefense.org.