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Date: Tue May 08 2001 - 14:57:19 EDT

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    We noted a few issues back about the upcoming Hip Hop benefit
    concert to raise money for the defense of former Civil Rights
    activist, and Black Panther member Jamil Abdullah Al Amin [H Rap
    Brown]. Artists like Mos Def, Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Planet
    Asia, Mystic and Zion I will all descend upon the Watts Labor
    Community Action Center in LA this Saturday May 12th to raise money
    and awareness for H Rap Brown who has been accused of shooting two
    police officers in Atlanta a little more than a year ago. Thus far
    there is a huge buzz about the event as people from all over the
    state are expected to come down to LA for the concert..

    Meanwhile 400 miles away in the Bay Area, dozens of Hip Hop artists
    are gearing up for a huge Hip Hop rebellion concert at San
    Francisco's Civic Center. The afternoon event [1pm] is free to the
    public and is designed to show support and awareness for political
    prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal. For those who don't know Mumia has been on
    Pennsylvania's death row for almost 20 years for the shooting death
    of a Philadelphia Police officer. On the fateful night in question,
    Mumia who was a well respected journalist and radio commentator was
    moonlighting as a cab driver. he came upon an altercation which
    depicted his brother being beaten by the police. At that period in
    time, police beatings of Black citizens were commonplace in the city
    of Brotherly Love. In fact there was a huge 60 Minutes or 20/20
    Report about the police brutality incidents under the leadership of
    police Chief and later Mayor Frank Rizzo.

    When Mumia went to aid his brother, shots rang out and a police
    officer lay dead. Mumia was accused of the shooting and was
    subsequently shot my officers who later beat him badly while he lay in
    his hospital bead recovering from his own injuries. Since that time
    there has been all sorts of craziness surrounding his trial
    proceedings. There has been accusations that Mumia was railroaded and
    never given a fair trial in which crucial evidence could be
    introduced. Many speculate that this was due to Mumia's political
    activism. He was an outspoken journalist who frequently wrote and
    commented on racial injustice and police brutality. He was dubbed the
    voice of the voiceless. At age 15 he started a Black Panther chapter
    in Philadelphia. He later became a member of the organization MOVE
    which had its headquarters and group members killed when former
    Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode allowed a bomb to be dropped on them
    after a police standoff. Mumia's appeals had been all but shut down
    and he has come close to being executed a couple of times.

    At this point in time he has one last chance to get his conviction
    overturned and his death sentenced removed... There has been new
    evidence and a witness ready to come forward and testify that the
    police officer Daniel Faulkner who was killed in the altercation may
    have been the target of a mob hit when Mumia came upon them. The word
    is that Faulkner was getting ready to blow the whistle on some of the
    rampant police corruption that existed within the department. We'll
    see how this whole thing turns out..

    In the meantime, this Saturday's rally will include performances from
    well known underground artists like Blackalicious, Company of
    Prophets, Bas Bombing Soundz, Naru, AK Black, Bamuthi, The Bishop, Aya
    De Leon and many more. An estimated 10 to 15 thousand people are
    expected to turn out.. Such high numbers are not unusual for Mumia
    Rallys here in San Francisco. There may be quite a bit more because
    of the Hip Hop performances...

    On a side note, the Hip Hop Rebellion Rally will coincide with an
    incredible Hip Hop Compilation for Mumia being presented by KPFA's
    Hard Knock Radio Crew.. Major Props to fellow co-hosts Anita
    'Pro-Tools' Johnson who is a skilled and gifted rap artists in her own
    right and Weyland '7 Generations' Southon who was a former Hip Hop
    Magazine editor. They put in much work on the producing end of a new
    album called "175 Progress Drive". Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio is
    the executive producer. The title is taken from the new address to
    the supermax prison where Mumia now resides. Here Mumia is in
    relative isolation. He gets to come out for one hour every 5 days and
    sits in a room that is all but barren. All his possessions are inside
    a shoebox and he has only the tip of a pen to do his writing. He must
    put his words down on scraps of paper.

    The album "175 Progress Drive" is a masterpiece that includes, rare
    interviews done by Mumia over the years, including one he did with
    former president Jimmy Carter, Bob Marley, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.
    There are new essays Mumia has penned that talk are being read by Ruby
    Dee, Michael Franti and Peter Coyote. There are also statements by
    Asata Shakur, Rubin Hurricane Carter and spoken word artists Marc
    Bamuthi who will also perform at the Hip Hop Rebellion Rally. There
    are also songs about Mumia by artists like I Was Born With two
    Tongues, Chuck D, Pharoahe Monch, dead prez, Seeds of Wisdom and Zach
    De La Rocha. The album is being put out on Jello Biafra's label,
    Alternative Tentacles Records.. The album should bring some much more
    needed attention to the plight of Mumia Abu Jamal. This Saturday's
    concert should be off the hook and historic. For folks who reside in
    the Golden State, whether your in LA or the Bay there's definitely a
    way for you to get involved in some Hip Hop activism..

    KRS-One stated that Hip Hop Appreciation Week starts on Monday May
    14th.. and that this years theme is 'charity'- in which we are called
    upon to share our wisdom, talents and insights.. Well let the record
    show artists from Cali are stepping up and kicking Hip Hop
    Appreciation Week two days early!. For more info on the Hip Hop
    Rebellion Mumia Rally call 415-695-7745

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