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Today, we air another commentary by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a
journalist on Pennsylvania’s death row.
In his new book, Death Blossoms, Mumia writes about being
punished by Pennsylvania officials for publishing his first
book, Live From Death Row. For those writings, he was put in the
hole for engaging actively in a business or profession. On
the outside, the Fraternal Order of Police denounced publishers
Addison and Wesley for putting out the book, including
dropping leaflets from an airplane over their corporate
headquarters in Massachusetts.
Mumia says that, "It was right to write Live From Death Row,
and its right for you to read it, no matter what cop, guard,
prisoncrat, politician, or media mouthpiece tells you otherwise."
Today, we’re going to go back in time and put Mumia’s writings
and commentaries in historical perspective.
We’re joined by Siobhan Dowd, the editor of a new book of
prison writings called, This Prison Where I Live. Siobhan Dowd
is the director of PEN America’s Freedom to Write Committee.
PEN — which stands for Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists
and Novelists — is an international association of writers.
TAPE: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL, a prisoner on Pennsylvania’s
SIOBHAN DOWD, the editor of This Prison Where I
Live, a collection of prison writings. She is also the director
of PEN America’s Freedom to Write Committee. PEN —- which
stands for Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists
-— is an international association of writers.
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