Gov. Corbett Signs Bill to Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal; Town Hall in Response on Oct. 22

Written by on October 21, 2014

In early October 2014, Brother Mumia Abu-Jamal was the commencement speaker at Goddard College, his alma mater (recorded speech was played). In response to this — and in an attempt to silence him in the future — Pennsylvania legislators swiftly drafted and passed a bill called the “Revictimization Relief Act.” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed it signed into law on October 21 at the site where Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was killed in 1981.

Under this new law, crime victims, District Attorneys, and the Attorney General can sue prisoners for actions that cause mental anguish to the victims of their crimes, or for efforts related to seeking publicity or money from the crime. Observers have noted that the constitutionality of the bill is in question, and most expect it to be immediately challenged in court.

In the meantime, a press conference and series of public demonstrations and meetings against police brutality have been organized for October 22 by a long and growing list of organizations outraged by the Governor’s actions. We also encourage you to visit, and for more information.



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