Workers Vanguard No. 929

30 January 2009


Mumia’s Greetings to Holiday Appeal Benefits

We print below the taped greetings from Mumia Abu-Jamal to the 2008 PDC Holiday Appeal gatherings.

Ona Move!

I want to thank you all for your work in support of political and class-war prisoners, whose names are almost too numerous for me to recount here.

Suffice it to say, they represent people from wide and various movements, radical, socialist, social and labor.

But as vicious and as unjust as the state has been (and continues to be) in its enmity against those of us in various movements, as these words are written we are all witnessing a relentless war against all workers in the midst of the current economic crisis.

Those of us who’ve studied these matters know that this crisis is one that is endemic to the capitalist system itself. How could it do otherwise than create crisis?

Marx and Engels said that “the executive of the modern State is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.”

Thus we see, not just repression against our movements, violations of their own “law,” and the like, but we see workers thrown out of work by the millions, while banks are granted billions!

We see social injustice next to obscene capitalist rapaciousness.

This day, this time of trial and tribulation, should be seen as one of incredible opportunity, and we should build our movements stronger as this social order weakens.

Babylon is falling!

Thank you! Ona Move! Long Live John Africa!

From death row, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.