Book on Black Panther Party Launched in Cuba
Havana, Feb 19 (ACN) The first Spanish version of the book "We Want
Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party" by Mumia Abu, was launched
Saturday by Cuba's Jose Marti publishing house at the 16th Book International
Fair underway on the island.
For over 25 years Mumia Abu-Jamal's ideas have continued to grow, becoming
more and more defiant and irradiating clarity, despite his being one of the
prisoners who has served the longest time on death row. Today, Mumia is
waiting for a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on the case presented
by his attorney, who advocates for the overturning his death sentence.
Mumia was set up. On December 9, 1981, while he drove a taxi in Philadelphia
to earn a living --since his work as a journalistic was
censured-- he was shot and beaten by police officers. A policeman died at the
scene. Eye witnesses have confirmed that the gunshot that killed the policeman
was fired by someone who fled. Nonetheless, the verdict of guilty was handed
down. The police evidently lied when they alleged his possession of the gun.
Racial hate, political intransigence and judicial manipulation played the
other part of the
job: he was sentenced to death on July 3, 1982.
Mumia's real "guilt" is that of thinking as a revolutionary, which led him to
become a member of the Black Panther Party and to broadcast a controversial
and militant talk-show on several radio stations.
His many years of imprisonment have not discouraged him, as he continues to
study and write from death row. One of Mumia's most well-read books has been
translated for the first time into Spanish and was issued by Cuba's Jose Marti
publishing house. The book "We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther
Party" was translated by Luis Alberto Chirino Gamez and revised by the Cuban
Association of Translators and Interpreters (ESTI).
The book is a very serious and objective essay that reveals the origin,
ideology and actions of a political movement that brought together a
considerable segment of the African-American population demanding social
justice and freedom.
Enthusiasm does not lead the author to idealize the organization.
He also pinpoints the deficiencies, problems and deviations of the party.
Today, it is known that the FBI implemented the Counterintelligence Program
(COINTELPRO) to destroy the Black Panther Party, and any activity representing
a threat to the foundations of the system.
Mumia's work includes a large number of sources and his testimony.
He points out that the Black Panther Party had an anti-imperialist character
and was the reflection of a latent state of consciousness in Black people over
several generations. "The Black Panther Party is a part of history, but not
the driving forces behind its creation; we are waiting for the appropriate
time for these to prompt action again, said Mumia.