“After months of hard work, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be publishing our first title, ABOLITION FOR THE PEOPLE: THE MOVEMENT FOR A FUTURE WITHOUT POLICING & PRISONS, on 10/12/21. This anthology is edited by @Kaepernick7 & features the contributions of over 30 writers,” Kaepernick Publishing announced on Twitter. The book represents a “collective journey toward building a better world — a world without and beyond policing and prisons.”
Good luck with that.
Abu-Jamal’s essay was originally published on Kaepernick’s website last October. At the time, Kaepernick wrote that the cold-blooded murderer was a victim of “carceral repression” and that, “on death row, Mumia became a writer of great literary power.”
Kaepernick called for his release, arguing that “since 1981, Mumia has maintained his innocence. His story has not changed.”
The facts have not changed, either. Mumia Abu-Jamal’s brother, William Cook, was pulled over by police in a routine traffic stop in 1981. Abu-Jamal, a member of the Black Panthers at the time, was there and shot the officer in the back, then stood over his bleeding body and shot him in the face. Afterward, Abu-Jamal reportedly confessed the shooting to police and declared he hoped the officer would die. Four eyewitnesses helped convict Abu-Jamal.
“We’re in the midst of a movement that says Black Lives Matter, and if that’s truly the case, then it means that Mumia’s life and legacy must matter,” Kaepernick said. “And the causes that he sacrificed his life and freedom for must matter as well.”
The cause Abu-Jamal “sacrificed his life and freedom for” was cop-killing. Nike spokesman and Black Lives Matter icon Kaepernick supports that.