Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts
for the French Delegation
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Long Live John
Africa. [French salutation]. I thank you all for, merci, for the
chance to share a few moments together. I communicate with you from
Americas death row, the [french].
And as the ripples
from the splash heard around the world radiates from the recent
action of the outgoing governor of Illinois, where the seventh largest
death row in the United States was just emptied by commutation,
this was due to the strenuous and continuous efforts of anti-death
penalty activists in Chicago and other cities in the state who fought
to show that the death penalty was a state exercise of racism of
class warfare and the result of a culture of torture and lies.
At last count
over a hundred and sixty people were removed from death row in one
day, an unprecedented act. Four others left death row to being their
lives in freedom. So never give up on the movement, for the movement
made this happen, not one court, nor one single legislature but
the efforts of activists, of students, of dedicated lawyers, and
journalists. So the undeniable lesson from Illinois is that the
system doesnt work, but activism
That said dear
friends, [french word], we can take what we have learned from the
anti-death penalty movement and apply it elsewhere I speak here
of the growing and controversial anti-war movement of course. If
we oppose the death penalty at home, how can we be in support of
what is essentially the imposition of a mass death penalty on innocent
people abroad? For war is not but the death penalty writ large.
As an anti-imperialist I am particularly opposed to wars to expand
It was French
intellectuals at La Monde who first coined the term hyper power
describe the outsized reach and grasp of the US Empire. As an anti-imperialist
I oppose empire, whether it is Rome and British, French or the land
of my birth American, whatever. What man is meant to rule over another?
Now I know this is a matter of some dispute and indeed some controversy,
yet I announce my position openly, for I believe that war leads
not to a cessation of terrorism but it fuels it.
George W. Bush
the US president with the cowboy complex came into office with the
death of over 100 men and women from death row in Texas. Those instincts
are driving him towards war in Iraq. Another George, governor Ryan
of Illinois came into office with little hoopla, but leaves with
his name firmly etched into the annals of history. One is known
for death, the other known for life, which one will reflect Americas
best face to the world? Which one will inspire countless youth around
The battle the
highest human battle is for life, always life. That in psychological
terms is the root of the libido within us. It is the spring that
goes through us into generations yet unborn. It is our essence.
I thank you for joining lifes battle for itself. [french]
merci. I thank you for joining this struggle. [french], Love and
On a Move, to
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