Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts
Message to the French on the Occasion of His Being Awarded an Honorary
Citizenship of Paris
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comrades, brothers and sisters. I want to take this opportunity
to thank our good friends in France, to the many good people who
are deeply opposed to the modern barbarity of the death penalty,
and for those who have retained the taste of liberty that sparked
the great French revolution over two hundred years ago.
I have been
forced to think about what it means to be a citizen, even an honorary
one. I have often wondered what such a thing meant for I have seen
precious little of what it means in my life and in the lives of
many of my contemporaries. It must mean far more than the empty
right to vote.
Does it mean
the so-called right to have Black jurors summarily removed from
The right to
have openly racist judges appointed to decide whether you shall
live or die?
The right to
a trial that violates the laws of the land and indeed international
If that is
so then I am an American citizen and it has become virtually meaningless.
am hoping that an honorary citizenship may mean something more.
What more? I dont have the experience to know.
But I do have
the knowledge to thank you and the French Republic for since
the time of Mitterand, 1981, taking the side of life. There are
indeed over three thousand men, women, and juveniles, who if they
could would surely thank you all for such a choice.
I am but one of them.
So I thank you
all. Merci, On a Move Long Life John Africa.
2003 Mumia Abu-Jamal
of Paris, France hasn't named a Citizen of Honor for the past
30 years, and the last person to be bestowed this title was
Pablo Picasso. On October 4, 2003, Mumia Abu-Jamal continued
this respected tradition by becoming a Citizen of Honor of
Paris in a ceremony conducted by Mayor Bertrand Delanoë.
On hand to receive the medal and certificate were, among others,
Pam Africa, Angela Davis, Julia Wright and Mumia's chief counsel,
video report about the event is interactive. It is composed
of three short videos all linked to the main menu video. There
is a video of the presentation ceremony in the City Hall of
Paris. There is a video of Angela Davis speaking about the
utter racism of the death penalty. There is a video of Robert
Bryan, Mumia's chief counsel, talking about status of Mumia's
case. You can watch any of the videos by clicking on the video
thumbnail of the main menu. At the end of each video, you
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