“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me…because the Lord hath anointed me… to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those that are bound.” –Isaiah 61:1

The death penalty is “an inadmissible attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” –Pope Francis, October 202

“Covid-19 is turning Prison Terms into Death Sentences.” –Brennan Center for Justice, July 2020

To Governor Tom Wolf, DA Lawrence Krasner, and Secretary John Wetzel,

As religious and faith leaders from diverse spiritual positions and political affiliations, we join together in this Call for the immediate and unconditional freedom of Pennsylvania inmate and internationally-recognized political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

As you are certainly aware, the question of Mumia’s innocence, and the significant doubts raised about the credibility of his trial, sentencing, and appeals attempts, are alone enough reason to release this long-held highly productive prisoner. Mainstream judicial rulings suggest that his continued incarceration not only fails in the service of justice but is inappropriate from a purely legal perspective. When added to that fact is the information that Mumia suffers from both Covid-19 and a recently diagnosed congestive heart failure on top of cirrhosis of the liver and a related very serious skin disease, his continued imprisonment also fails on moral and humanitarian grounds. Mumia’s is one of the clearest cases of cruel and unusual punishment, having gone over the past forty years from a death penalty sentence to general population with medical neglect—leading us to a current de facto death sentence which Mr. Abu-Jamal should not have to endure.

In the name of justice, peace, reconciliation, and a righting of history, we urge you to conform to the democratic principles you were elected to uphold.

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal now!

Sincerely,

  • Dr. Cornel West
  • Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan Simpson, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • The Most Rev. John Eric Stowe, Bishop President, Pax Christi USA
  • Rabbi Alissa Wise, founding co-chair, Rabbinic Council of Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Board Chair of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity; member, Rabbinic Council of Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, founding member, National Council of Elders; Professor Emerita, African American Religions & Islamic Studies, Univ. of Florida
  • Anata Alva, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organisation
  • Fr. Luis Barrios, Santa Cruz/Holyrood Episcopal Church
  • Barbara and Jim Dale, United Methodist Church
  • Lin Deats, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nyack NY
  • JD Doyle, East Bay Meditation Center, Oakland CA
  • Jack R. Ferrell, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yuma AZ
  • Fred Goldstein, Buddhist, VP Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Jo Sippie-Gora, Unitarian Universalist NJ
  • Mary Anne Grady-Flores, Catholic Worker/Plowshares organizer
  • Mary Herbst, Holy Family Catholic Church
  • Sherill Hogan, Witness Against Torture
  • Margareta Ingelstam, Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • Ruth Kruse (retired), Great Plains United Methodist
  • Sandra R. Mackie, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Joan MacPherson, Main Street Congregational, United Church of Christ
  • Paul Magno, Plowshares Movement
  • Dr. Renee McKenzie-Hayward, former Senior Pastor, Church of the Advocate, Philadelphia PA
  • Susan McRae, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Olympia WA
  • Kit Miller, Director, MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Professor Matt Meyer, International Peace Research Association
  • Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church of Princeton NJ
  • Fr. Claude Mostowik, MSC; President, Pax Christi Australia
  • Amad Muhamed
  • Edwin Muller, Prison Chaplain (retired), Regional Coordinator and Acting Director for Ministerial and Family Services, NY State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
  • Rev. Christopher Ney, United Church of Christ; Pastor, Central Congregational Church, Newburyport MA
  • Ann H. Peters, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lorin Peters, Metta Center for Nonviolence
  • James B. Robertson, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Goleta CA
  • Donna Robinson, Release Aging People in Prison, Buffalo NY
  • Dr. Suzanne Ross, Clinical Psychologist; member, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, NYC
  • Victoria Ross, Director, Western NY Peace Center; Interfaith Peace Network
  • Katherine Rylaarsdam, The John Hopkins University
  • El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan, President of the Aafia Foundation; founder of the National Association for Police Accountability
  • Rabbi Drorah Setel, Temple Emanu-el, Rochester NY
  • Hugh Taft-Morales, American Ethical Union
  • Caroline B. Webster, Fellowship of Reconciliation (former staff)
  • Dr. Peter Wells, United Church of Christ Associate Conference Minister (retired)

Interfaith Call Mumia 2-pager FINAL with Signers [PDF]

[To ADD your name to the call, please send your confirmation and your affiliation, to: FreeMumiaInterfaith@gmail.com]