February 18, 2003

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU COULDN'T HATE THE FRENCH ANY MORE:

French delegation brings $50,000 to aid Mumia's appeals (Thomas Merton Center)
As Mumia Abu-Jamal awaits appellate court rulings on two major appeals initiated by his new team of lawyers, he continues writing at a rapid rate, turning out columns for posting on the web site maintained by his Philadelphia-based support group, the International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

And he receives increasing support from people opposed to the death penalty in general and concerned about the injustices of his case in particular. Mumia got a firm indication of that support on July 29 when a delegation from France visited him at the prison and showed him a check for $50,000, given by contributors to the French Movement Against Racism and for Friendship with the Peoples (MRAP).

The visitors brought a letter of support from Danielle Mitterand, the former First Lady of France, who wrote: "Your president?s administration concentrates all its energy fighting terrorists of its own creation."

The group also informed Mumia that a section on his case has been included in a textbook used by high school students throughout France.

These gestures are only the latest of those given Mumia by supporters in France. Last December the Paris city government named him an honorary citizen - an honor given to only two others: Pablo Picasso in the 1970s and the writer Richard Wright in 1947.


What, no check for the widow of the cop Abu-Jamal killed? Posted by Orrin Judd at February 18, 2003 7:37 PM
Comments

I retold some of the French jokes I've posted here in my column today (www.mauinews.com) plus one new one.



My credit union manager stopped me and asked whether I really felt that way about the French or was I making some subtle point? I told him nobody had ever suspected me of subtlety before.

Posted by: Harry at February 18, 2003 8:33 PM

Merde has an interesting chart. Seems France has more prisoners committing suicide than we put to death.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 19, 2003 1:51 AM
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