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All things censored
Abu-Jamal, Mumia.
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New York : Seven Stories Press, [2000]

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303 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
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More than 75 essays--many freshly composed by Mumia with the cartridge of a ball-point pen, the only implement he is allowed in his death-row cell--embody the calm and powerful words of humanity spoken by a man on Death Row. Abu-Jamal writes on many different topics, including the ironies that abound within the U.S. prison system and the consequences of those ironies, and his own case. Mumia's composure, humor, and connection to the living world around him represents an irrefutable victory over the "corrections" system that has for two decades sought to isolate and silence him.

The title, All Things Censored, refers to Mumia's hiring as an on-air columnist by National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and subsequent banning from that venue under pressure from law and order groups.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning journalist & author of two books, "Live from Death Row" & "Death Blossoms", which address prison life from a critical & spiritual perspective. In 1981 he was elected president of the Association of Black Journalists (Philadelphia chapter). His 1982 murder trial & subsequent conviction has raised considerable controversy & criticism for alleged constitutional violations & other improprieties. In spite of his almost two-decade long imprisonment on death row, Abu-Jamal has fought for his freedom & for his profession. He holds a BA from Goddard College & an MA from California State University, Dominguez Hills. His books have sold more than 100,000 copies & have been translated into seven languages.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Abu-Jamal, a gifted and controversial Philadelphia journalist, was sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder of a police officer, a crime, as Alice Walker writes in her foreword, "millions of people around the world" believe he did not commit. Abu-Jamal has not suffered the injustice of his nearly 20-year incarceration on death row in silence. He has written two previous books, both widely read and discussed, and by virtue of the power of his lucid voice and humanistic point of view, he was invited to contribute commentary to National Public Radio's All Things Considered in 1994. His work was never aired, however, because the network gave in to pressure from then-Senator Bob Dole and the National Fraternal Order of Police. Abu-Jamal has also suffered governmental retribution for his insistence on being heard, but he continues to write eloquent and indelible essays about the failings of the courts, so-called correctional facilities, and the media. This collection brings together 75 of those pieces, accompanied by a CD of his banned radio recordings. When Abu-Jamal is censored, everyone's civil rights are threatened. --Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

To some, Abu-Jamal, convicted in the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer, is a cold-blooded cop killer, but to his supporters, the death-row inmate is a hero, wrongly condemned by a racist system. In this collection of forceful prison essays and radio talks written over the last decade (a sequel to Live from Death Row and Death Blossoms), former Black Panther Abu-Jamal maintains that he was targeted by the state because of his political beliefs and associations. He cites a recent Amnesty International report that calls for a new trial on the grounds that his 1982 trial was riddled with procedural errors and quite possibly contaminated by racism. Hanrahan, director of Prison Radio (which aired several of these commentaries after Abu-Jamal was pulled off the air by NPR's All Things Considered), describes Abu-Jamal's life in solitary confinement as a living hell and accuses prison authorities of constant harassment and censorship. Whatever one thinks of Abu-Jamal's guilt or innocence, his attack on capital punishment as a discriminatory, racist practice is compelling, as is his critique of our bloated prison system, which, according to an American Bar Association report cited here, is self-defeating because dehumanizing conditions produce more criminals. An outspoken political analyst, Abu-Jamal condemns Clinton's adoption of NAFTA, calls the war on drugs largely a "War on Blacks" and offers incisive commentary on rap music, the decline of African-American community life, police brutality and recent developments in Mexico, Peru, Iran and South Africa. (May) FYI: A CD accompanies the book, featuring Abu-Jamal's radio essays plus comments from Alice Walker, Cornel West, Martin Sheen, John Edgar Wideman and others. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Alice WalkerNoelle HanrahanC. Clark Kissinger
Acknowledgmentsp. 12
Forewordp. 15
Introduction: Lethal Censorshipp. 21
From an Echo in Darkness, a Step into Light NPR Censoredp. 34
The Sense of Censoryp. 49
Another Write-Up ... for Rapping!p. 51
A Bright, Shining Hellp. 55
No Law, No Rightsp. 57
A Letter from Prisonp. 59
The Visitp. 61
Black Augustp. 63
A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Firep. 66
Meeting with a Killerp. 69
Manny's Attempted Murderp. 71
Days of Pain, Night of Deathp. 73
An Uncivil Actionp. 76
Mother Loss and Father Hungerp. 96
Musings on "Mo" and Marshallp. 100
Philly Dazep. 103
Words from an Outcast from the Fourth Estatep. 105
Deadly Drug Raidp. 118
First Amendment Ritesp. 120
A Rap Thingp. 124
PEN Award Acceptance Speechp. 126
Absence of Powerp. 128
A Crisis in Black Leadershipp. 130
Liberty Denied in Its Cradlep. 132
Slavery Daze IIp. 135
Memories of Hueyp. 137
To War! For Empire!p. 140
Capture Him, Beat Him, and Treat Him Like Dirtp. 142
The Lost Generation?p. 144
May 13 Rememberedp. 146
And They Call MOVE "Terrorists"!p. 150
Justice Deniedp. 153
Justice for Geronimo Stolen by Star Chamberp. 157
Eddie Hatcher Fights for His Life!p. 160
Seeds of Wisdomp. 162
Sweet Roxannep. 164
A House is Not a Homep. 166
Men of Clothp. 168
Prisons vs. Preschoolsp. 171
Raised Hope, Fallen Disappointmentp. 173
With Malice toward Manyp. 175
Legalized Cop Violencep. 177
A Drug that Ain't a Drugp. 180
How, Now, Mad Cow?p. 182
Essays on Justice
De Profundisp. 194
Five Hundred Years: Celebrations or Demonstrations?p. 196
The Illusion of "Democracy"p. 198
A Nation in Chainsp. 200
Live from Death Rowp. 202
War on the Poorp. 205
Why a War on the Poor?p. 207
The Death Gamep. 209
Black March to Death Rowp. 213
On Death Row, Fade to Blackp. 215
Fred Hampton Rememberedp. 219
"Law" That Switches from Case to Casep. 221
Two Blacks, Two Georgiansp. 223
Cancellation of the Constitutionp. 225
L.A. Outlawp. 227
Media is the Miragep. 229
True African-American Historyp. 231
When Ineffective Means Effectivep. 233
Death: The Poor's Prerogative?p. 235
Legalized Crimep. 237
Campaign of Repression: Attack on the Life of the Mindp. 239
Musings on Malcolmp. 242
In Defense of Empirep. 244
Build a Better Mousetrapp. 246
Haitians Need Not Applyp. 248
Rostock, Germany, and Anti-Immigrant Violencep. 250
NAFTA: A Pact Made in Hellp. 252
Fujimori Bans the Bar in Perup. 254
South Africap. 256
Warlust--Again! (Iraq II)p. 258
What, to a Prisoner, is the Fourth of July?p. 260
A Death Row Remembrance of the Rosenbergs--Never Again?p. 262
Expert Witness from Hellp. 264
Zapatista Dreamsp. 266
What Made the Acteal Massacre Possible??p. 269
Conversation Between Mumia and Noelle minutes after his 1995 Death Warrant was read to Mumia in his cellp. 271
Notes on the composition and recording of the textsp. 279
The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamalp. 288
About the Authorsp. 299
Book Creditsp. 302
CD Creditsp. 303