Writing on the Wall

Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Author: Mumia Abu Jamal

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 0872866556

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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Mumia Abu Jamal’s essential perspectives on black experience, race relations, freedom, justice, social change, and the future of American society.

Death Blossoms

Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience

Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal

Publisher: South End Press

ISBN: 9780896086999

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 153

View: 9415

The author, a prisoner on death-row for killing a police officer, presents a series of essays and reflections on his life and his spirituality.

Live from Death Row

Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0380727668

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 6633

Once a prominent radio reporter, Mumia Abu-Jamal is now in a Pennsylvania prison awaiting his state-sactioned execution. In 1982 he was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner after a trial many have criticized as profoundly biased. Live From Death Row is a collection of his prison writings--an impassioned yet unflinching account of the brutalities and humiliations of prison life. It is also a scathing indictment of racism and political bias in the American judicial system that is certain to fuel the controversy surrounding the death penalty and freedom of speech.

We Want Freedom

A Life in the Black Panther Party

Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal

Publisher: South End Press

ISBN: 9780896087187

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 292

View: 6044

A founder of the Philadelphia branch of the Black Panther Party combines his personal experiences and extensive research to examine the revolutionary fervor and hope, as well as the oppression, of the Black Panther Party. Simultaneous. 10,000 first printing.

All Things Censored

Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal,Noelle Hanrahan

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 9781583220764

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 335

View: 9180

A collection of essays, letters, and other writing from jailed journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal features fifty pieces in all, including the radio essays that were recorded for but never aired on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Reprint.

Jailhouse Lawyers

Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A.

Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 9780872864696

Category: Law

Page: 288

View: 1571

Stories of prisoners who learn law to represent—and sometimes win freedom for—fellow prisoners

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?

Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 0872867390

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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"A must-read for anyone interested in social justice and inequalities, social movements, the criminal justice system, and African American history. An excellent companion to Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow and Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th."?Library Journal, Starred review "I was fortunate to grow up in a community in which it was apparent that our lives mattered. This memory is the antidote to the despair that seizes one of my generation when we hear the words 'Black Lives Matter.' We want to shout: Of course they do! To you, especially. In this brilliant, painful, factual and useful book, we see to whom our lives have not mattered: the profit driven Euro-Americans who enslaved and worked our ancestors to death within a few years, then murdered them and bought replacements. Many of these ancestors are buried beneath Wall Street. Mumia Abu-Jamal's painstaking courage, truth-telling, and disinterest in avoiding the reality of American racial life is, as always, honorable."—Alice Walker "Prophet, critic, historian, witness . . . Mumia Abu-Jamal is one of the most insightful and consequential intellectuals of our era. These razor sharp reflections on racialized state violence in America are the fire and the memory our movements need right now."—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination "Mumia Abu Jamal's clarion call for justice and defiance of state oppression has never dimmed, despite his decades of being shackled and caged. He is one of our nation's most valiant revolutionaries and courageous intellectuals."—Chris Hedges, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author of Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt "This collection of short meditations, written from a prison cell, captures the past two decades of police violence that gave rise to Black Lives Matter while digging deeply into the history of the United States. This is the book we need right now to find our bearings in the chaos." —Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States In December 1981, Mumia Abu-Jamal was shot and beaten into unconsciousness by Philadelphia police. He awoke to find himself shackled to a hospital bed, accused of killing a cop. He was convicted and sentenced to death in a trial that Amnesty International has denounced as failing to meet the minimum standards of judicial fairness. In Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?, Mumia gives voice to the many people of color who have fallen to police bullets or racist abuse, and offers the post-Ferguson generation advice on how to address police abuse in the United States. This collection of his radio commentaries on the topic features an in-depth essay written especially for this book to examine the history of policing in America, with its origins in the white slave patrols of the antebellum South and an explicit mission to terrorize the country's black population. Applying a personal, historical, and political lens, Mumia provides a righteously angry and calmly principled radical black perspective on how racist violence is tearing our country apart and what must be done to turn things around. Mumia Abu-Jamal is author of many books, including Death Blossoms, Live from Death Row, All Things Censored, Writing on the Wall, and Jailhouse Lawyers. "[Mumia's] writings are a wake-up call. He is a voice from our prophetic tradition, speaking to us here, now, lovingly, urgently."—Cornel West "He allows us to reflect upon the fact that transformational possibilities often emerge where we least expect them."—Angela Y. Davis "These writings date from the late 1990s and often show prescience on the part of the author, who was writing well before the Black Lives Matter movement that 'when the system kills Blacks, there is no outrage, for it has been normalized by centuries of white enslavement, terrorism, and injustice. Such violence is simply the accepted way of how things are.' Also included is a series of articles on the killing of Trayvon Martin, accurately anticipating the acquittal of the white man who shot him, and another series on Ferguson and its aftermath—how 'Ferguson may prove a wake-up call that Black lives matter. A call for youth to build social, radical, revolutionary movements for change.' The last piece is the longest, a pamphlet on how to build such a movement with a historical perspective on why this is necessary."—Kirkus Reviews "While the author does reflect on the widely reported cases of police violence against African Americans, as well as on the role of the media in determining what gets attention, the strength of the book rests in the essays that draw attention to lesser-known victims of police violence, particularly women of color whose stories never reached the mainstream media. Over the course of nearly four decades in prison, Abu-Jamal . . . has become an astute student of the justice system as well as a particularly cogent opponent of the death penalty."—Publishers Weekly

Faith of our fathers

an examination of the spiritual life of African and African-American people

Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal

Publisher: Africa World Pr

ISBN: 9781592210183

Category: Religion

Page: 180

View: 8379

"From the founding legends of Abyssinia's royal house to the hidden ""hush harbors"" of black captives in the America's southland, Mumia Abu-Jamal presents a moving portrayal of black faith over the span of 500 years. In this book, his first work of history, the acclaimed essayist pens a probing panorama of the spiritual life of African people, who, dispensed from their motherland, molded a love of freedom into religious practice and resistance to racist tyranny."

Maroon the Implacable

The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz

Author: Russell Maroon Shoatz

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604868538

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

View: 9642

During a lengthy incarceration spent mostly in solitary confinement, Russell Maroon Shoatz has developed into a prolific writer and powerful voice for the disenfranchised. This first published collection of his accumulated works showcases his sharp and profound understanding of the current historical moment, with clear proposals for how to move forward embracing new political concepts and practices. Informed by Shoatz’s experience as a leader in the Black Liberation Movement in Philadelphia, the pieces in this book put forth his fresh and self-critical retelling of the black liberation struggle in the United States and provide cutting-edge analysis of the prison-industrial complex. Innovative and revolutionary on multiple levels, the essays also discuss such varied topics as eco-socialism, matriarchy and eco-feminism, food security, prefiguration and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Including new essays written expressly for this volume, Shoatz’s unique perspective offers many practical and theoretical insights for today’s movements for social change.

The Classroom and the Cell

Conversations on Black Life in America

Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal,Marc Lamont Hill

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 9780883783375

Category: Social Science

Page: 177

View: 8567

Mumia Abu-Jamal and friend Marc Lamont Hill have an informal chat about the state of Black culture in the United States.

Murder Incorporated: Empire, Genocide, and Manifest Destiny

Dreaming of Empire - Book One

Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal,Stephen Vittoria

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998960012

Category: History

Page: 350

View: 4082

This book strives to set the record straight, to educate, to enlighten and to enliven the people against the corruptions of empire--corruptions that stretch from Columbus's first steps on Hispaniola through yesterday's murderous drone attack. The prevailing myth is that America's prized possessions and greatest exports are democracy and the dream of freedom. The naked truth, say Abu-Jamal and Vittoria, is that the American dream is illusory and America's greatest export is in fact murder - and that along the way to the kill, it thieves, suppresses, and tyrannizes. More than a history book, this is a lively, irreverent, and spirited alternative to the orthodoxy of American exceptionalism.

Occupy the Economy

Challenging Capitalism

Author: Richard Wolff,David Barsamian

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 0872865673

Category: Political Science

Page: 186

View: 9641

From prominent economist Richard Wolff and David Barsamian, a hot-button primer on the taboo subject impacting most Americans today: the failure of capitalism to deliver public good.

Dark Age Ahead

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307369633

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 5766

Visionary thinker Jane Jacobs uses her authoritative work on urban life and economies to show us how we can protect and strengthen our culture and communities. In Dark Age Ahead, Jane Jacobs identifies five pillars of our culture that we depend on but which are in serious decline: community and family; higher education; the effective practice of science; taxation and government; and self-policing by learned professions. The decay of these pillars, Jacobs contends, is behind such ills as environmental crisis, racism and the growing gulf between rich and poor; their continued degradation could lead us into a new Dark Age, a period of cultural collapse in which all that keeps a society alive and vibrant is forgotten. But this is a hopeful book as well as a warning. Jacobs draws on her vast frame of reference -- from fifteenth-century Chinese shipbuilding to zoning regulations in Brampton, Ontario -- and in highly readable, invigorating prose offers proposals that could arrest the cycles of decay and turn them into beneficent ones. Wise, worldly, full of real-life examples and accessible concepts, this book is an essential read for perilous times. From the Hardcover edition.

In Search of the Movement

The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now

Author: Benjamin Hedin

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 0872866521

Category: History

Page: 250

View: 7493

Published on the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama marches, Ben Hedin analyzes the legacy of the Civil Rights movement.

Law, Culture, and Ritual

Disputing Systems in Cross-Cultural Context

Author: Oscar G Chase

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814772307

Category: Law

Page: 224

View: 1955

Disputing systems are products of the societies in which they operate—they originate and mutate in response to disputes that are particular to specific social, cultural, and political contexts. Disputing procedures, therefore, are an important medium through which fundamental beliefs, values, and symbols of culture are communicated, preserved, and sometimes altered. In Law, Culture, and Ritual, Oscar G. Chase uses interdisciplinary scholarship to examine the cultural contexts of legal institutions, and presents several case studies to demonstrate that the processes used for resolving disputes have a cultural origin and impact. Ranging from the dispute resolution practices of the Azande, a technologically simple, small-scale African society, to the rise of discretionary authority in civil litigation in America, Chase challenges the claims of some scholars that official dispute systems are more reflective of the interests and preferences of elite professionals than of the cultures in which they are embedded.

Conexiones

Comunicación y cultura

Author: Eduardo J. Zayas-Bazán,Susan Bacon,Dulce Garcia

Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed

ISBN: 0205955398

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 456

View: 9084

ALERT: Before you purchase, check with your instructor or review your course syllabus to ensure that you select the correct ISBN. Several versions of Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products exist for each title, including customized versions for individual schools, and registrations are not transferable. In addition, you may need a CourseID, provided by your instructor, to register for and use Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products. Packages Access codes for Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products may not be included when purchasing or renting from companies other than Pearson; check with the seller before completing your purchase. Used or rental books If you rent or purchase a used book with an access code, the access code may have been redeemed previously and you may have to purchase a new access code. Access codes Access codes that are purchased from sellers other than Pearson carry a higher risk of being either the wrong ISBN or a previously redeemed code. Check with the seller prior to purchase. -- Click. Play. Discover a Whole New World! Conexiones: Comunicación y cultura, 5th Edition represents a fresh start for a program that has successfully taught thousands of students. Though the new 5th edition still retains what has always made Conexiones great, the new edition was rebuilt from the ground up thanks to feedback from instructors and students across the country. Through relevant and appealing topics, a true intermediate grammar sequence, and a focus on the dynamic cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, students will reach higher levels of proficiency and discover a whole new world with Conexiones: Comunicación y cultura, 5th Edition. Teaching & Learning Experience Improve Communication Skills While Engaging Students: Conexiones connects to the real world students live in and are exposed to in the media, as well as to the disciplines of study across campus. Until now, the disconnect between basic language study and advanced study has been abrupt and difficult to bridge for both the students and the instructors teaching the advanced courses. We’ve made it easier! Achieve Consistent Learning Outcomes: Conexiones brings students to a true intermediate-level of proficiency through its carefully chosen scope and sequence and gives steudents the necessary foundation to succeed in higher-level classes. Connect With Culture: With Conexiones, language and culture are inseparable; part of the same mosaic, each informing the other. Rich in cultural input throughout chapters, Conexiones also integrates music, art, and literature to expand upon chapter topics in the Comunicación y cultura sections. A brand-new video program captures the richness of the cultures of Spanish-speaking world. Save Time Administering Your Course: MySpanishLab® offers the most powerful instructor tools available to help instructors efficiently manage their courses and stay connected with their students. 0205950353 / 9780205950355 Conexiones: Comunicacion y cultura Plus MySpanishLab (multi semester access) -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0205886973 / 9780205886975 Conexiones: Comunicación y cultura 020589853X / 9780205898534 MySpanishLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card -- for Conexiones: Comunicación y cultura (multi semester access)

The Life of Paper

Letters and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity

Author: Sharon Luk

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520968824

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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The Life of Paper offers a wholly original and inspiring analysis of how people facing systematic social dismantling have engaged letter correspondence to remake themselves—from bodily integrity to subjectivity and collective and spiritual being. Exploring the evolution of racism and confinement in California history, this ambitious investigation disrupts common understandings of the early detention of Chinese migrants (1880s–1920s), the internment of Japanese Americans (1930s–1940s), and the mass incarceration of African Americans (1960s–present) in its meditation on modern development and imprisonment as a way of life. Situating letters within global capitalist movements, racial logics, and overlapping modes of social control, Sharon Luk demonstrates how correspondence becomes a poetic act of reinvention and a way to live for those who are incarcerated.

Prison Writings

My Life Is My Sun Dance

Author: Leonard Peltier

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250119286

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 272

View: 5065

Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier received a life sentence for the murder of two FBI agents. He has affirmed his innocence ever since--his case was made fully and famously in Peter Matthiessen's bestselling In the Spirit of Crazy Horse--and many remain convinced he was wrongly convicted. Prison Writings is a wise and unsettling book, both memoir and manifesto, chronicling his life in Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. Invoking the Sun Dance, in which pain leads one to a transcendent reality, Peltier explores his suffering and the insights it has borne him. He also locates his experience within the history of the American Indian peoples and their struggles to overcome the federal government's injustices.

Disposable Futures

The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle

Author: Henry A. Giroux,Brad Evans

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 0872866599

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 1625

"This is a must-read book for anyone ready to transcend fear and imagine a new reality."--Tikkun Disposable Futures makes the case that we have not just become desensitized to violence, but rather, that we are being taught to desire it. From movies and other commercial entertainment to "extreme" weather and acts of terror, authors Brad Evans and Henry Giroux examine how a contemporary politics of spectacle--and disposability--curates what is seen and what is not, what is represented and what is ignored, and ultimately, whose lives matter and whose do not. Disposable Futures explores the connections between a range of contemporary phenomena: mass surveillance, the militarization of police, the impact of violence in film and video games, increasing disparities in wealth, and representations of ISIS and the ongoing terror wars. Throughout, Evans and Giroux champion the significance of public education, social movements and ideas that rebel against the status quo in order render violence intolerable. "Disposable Futures poses, and answers, the pressing question of our times: How is it that in this post-Fascist, post-Cold War era of peace and prosperity we are saddled with more war, violence, inequality and poverty than ever? The neoliberal era, Evans and Giroux brilliantly reveal, is defined by violence, by drone strikes, 'smart' bombs, militarized police, Black lives taken, prison expansion, corporatized education, surveillance, the raw violence of racism, patriarchy, starvation and want. The authors show how the neoliberal regime normalizes violence, renders its victims disposable, commodifies the spectacle of relentless violence and sells it to us as entertainment, and tries to contain cultures of resistance. If you're not afraid of the truth in these dark times, then read this book. It is a beacon of light."--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination "Disposable Futures confronts a key conundrum of our times: How is it that, given the capacity and abundance of resources to address the critical needs of all, so many are having their futures radically discounted while the privileged few dramatically increase their wealth and power? Brad Evans and Henry Giroux have written a trenchant analysis of the logic of late capitalism that has rendered it normal to dispose of any who do not service the powerful. A searing indictment of the socio-technics of destruction and the decisions of their deployability. Anyone concerned with trying to comprehend these driving dynamics of our time would be well served by taking up this compelling book."--David Theo Goldberg, author of The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism "Disposable Futures is an utterly spellbinding analysis of violence in the later 20th and early 21st centuries. It strikes me as a new breed of street-smart intellectualism moving through broad ranging theoretical influences of Adorno, Arendt, Bauman, Deleuze, Foucault, Zizek, Marcuse, and Reich. I especially appreciated a number of things, including: the discussion of representation and how it functions within a broader logics of power; the descriptions and analyses of violence mediating the social field and fracturing it through paralyzing fear and anxiety; the colonization of bodies and pleasures; and the nuanced discussion of how state violence, surveillance, and disposability connect. Big ideas explained using a fresh straightforward voice."--Adrian Parr, author of The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux are internationally renowned educators, authors, and intellectuals. Together, they curate a forum for Truthout.com that explores the theme of "Disposable Futures." Evans is director of histories of violence project at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Giroux holds McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest, and is the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy.

The Digital Dialectic

New Essays on New Media

Author: Peter Lunenfeld

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262621373

Category: Social Science

Page: 298

View: 5764

Publisher description: "This text takes an interdisciplinary approach to visual and intellectual cultures as the computer recodes technologies, media and art forms. It includes contributions by scholars, artists and entrepreneurs who combine theoretical investigations with hands-on analysis of the possibilities (and limitations) of new technology. The key concept is the digital dialectic: a method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice.".