Monday, March 26, 2007

Mumia wins social justice award!

Woikers Woild:
The Community Church of Boston will present the 30th annual Sacco and Vanzetti Social Justice Award to death-row political prisoner and renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal on March 25. The award will honor Abu-Jamal for the work he has accomplished, despite government repression.

Fine, fine. Just take it outside before it stinks up the joint.

Actually it's quite a church, the Community Church of Boston. They don't have worship services, they have Sunday "forums." The one a few weeks ago was on "The suburbs as a place for justice: Youth activism in the 'burbs"; the 11th was "International Women's Day with the Navarasa Dance Theater"; and last week was Central America Week, with a forum on "Globalization and the Undocumented."

There's no Sunday School, either; rather, it's called (don't run!) Social Justice School: "The Justice School teaches and learns from young people about social justice and how to live it. It's a great program on Sundays and other days that's just beginning, for kids and teens ages 7-17."

There's only one thing missing from the Community Church of Boston: God. On the entire website He doesn't rate a single mention.

Anyway, Mumia's award ceremony featured:

Pam Africa—activist, community organizer and president of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Pam Africa will accept the award on behalf of Abu-Jamal [Mumia, of course, being unable to attend].

Other speakers . . . include Lynne Stewart, human rights attorney and recipient of the 2005 Sacco and Vanzetti Award; Boston’s popular political hip-hop group “The Foundation Movement”; Kazi Toure, former political prisoner and co-chair of Jericho-National; and youth performers from Voices of Liberation.

Dashed sorry to miss it.

(via Schnapps (I salute her, um, indefatigability! (yeah, that's the ticket))).

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