Supporters from “The Mobilization for Mumia” converged at the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, (3 South Penn Square) on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 30, to pressure them to comply with a recent court order instructing them to release all files pertaining to former DA Ron Castille’s handling of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeals by May 30.
Simultaneously, they also were demanding the release of all the files of 16 other Philadelphia defendants whose cases were also heard April 24, 2017, by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker, to determine if the ruling applied to their cases.
America does an excellent job at shaming its poor people. Sure, there are state and federal programs that exist to help them. And in this way, we can pat ourselves on the back and make ourselves feel better about our supposed sense of charity.
But look below the surface and you will also see a consistent pattern of policies that are designed to stigmatize and punish the impoverished for their condition.
Recently in Wisconsin, the state’s budget committee approved a plan to drug test Medicaid recipients, despite zero evidence existing that those who receive public benefits use drugs.
The United Nations has called on the Eritrean government to release journalist, playwright and writer Dawit Isaak who was jailed since 2001 during a political crackdown.
The 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize winner was last sighted in 2005 since his arrest and his whereabouts are unknown.
“The case of Mr. Isaak is emblematic of all those who have been subjected to enforced disappearances by the Government of Eritrea and remain unaccounted for,” Special Rapporteur of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth said in a statement on Wednesday.