To Prevent the Loss of the World and Myself

What does "support" for Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal mean to me?

written by Yamaguchi Izumi
translated by Imai Kyohei

 As a matter of principle, I am totally opposed to the death penalty.

 In addition, I am conscious that Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal's case is one of the most intense, symbolic and definite demonstrations of the fact that the death penalty is nothing more than murder by the state. A theory which accepts the death penalty is derived from a fundamental discrimination and ill will against human rights.

 If, by chance, he should be chosen as a sacrificial victim by an unjust system and deprived of his life, it would mean that I, who have been living and will continue to live in the contemporary world, would lose both the world and myself.

 We live in a situation today where the world is hastily coming under the control of great hegemonic power, where people are being increasingly segregated and managed. Given this situation, Mumia's presence and struggle are not only irreplaceable and simply his own. But they also are an important index for people sharing the same ruthless moment, indicating a way to reconstruct a "hope" for the world.

 I hope to join the people who have encountered each other through Mumia as a path of hope and who are making efforts to protect the life of Mumia as a human being, who are trying to restore his human rights and honor until he becomes a free man in every meaning of the word.

 I would like to express my respect and gratitude toward the people who are creating and supporting this path of "encounter" and "solidarity" in the current world.

                                   Yamaguchi Izumi

  * This statement will remain posted here until Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal is released.

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