Welcome Back, Geronimo!

by Diana Block
On August 16, CCWP was part of a crowd of 2,500 people who welcomed Geronimo Ji Jaga to the Bay Area as a free man. Geronimo, a former Black Panther, was held in California prisons for 27 years for a crime he didn’t commit. He was finally released on bail this June after a judge ruled that his original trial was not fair. The state is still deciding whether to retry him on the same charges.
The event was also a fund raiser for Mumia Abu-Jamal, another former Black Panther. Mumia has been on Pensylvania’s death row for 16 years, convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. The speakers, who included Alice Walker, Leonard Weinglass and Angela Davis, spoke of the many injustices in the prison system and urged everyone to intensify the fight to save Mumia’s life. A major mobilization for Mumia is planned for December 6. CCWP was proud to participate in such a historic event!