A celebration of Mumia in South Central LA

SLL photo: Maggie Vascassenno

On April 24, in celebration of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s birthday and in solidarity with the national call to save his life from the murderous attempt to kill him through medical neglect, the Los Angeles Branch of the Socialist Unity Party set up a table and did petitioning for his immediate release from prison at the historic Leimert Park Village in South Central LA. 

After an hour of talking to folks and collecting signatures, a musician came by, signed the petition, then stood next to a large canvas picture of Mumia that was being held up and began playing the song “Happy Birthday” to honor Mumia. It didn’t take long for children playing jump rope to come by and start dancing — creating a beautiful and fitting tribute to Mumia’s lifelong dedication to build a future for them to thrive in.