Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience

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South End Press, 2003 - 153 páginas

In Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience Mumia Abu-Jamal, America's best known political prisoner, offers poetic observations and reflections on life on this planet and on death row. In this collection of short essays and personal vignettes, which take on everything from spirituality and religion to capitalism and the prison-industrial complex, Mumia examines the deeper dimensions of existence.

Mumia's ability to celebrate life and advocate for revolutionary change while being held, at the state's convenience, at death's door, imbues his thoughts and words with power and passion. "Many people say it is insane to resist the system, but actually, it is insane not to," he writes in "Politics." In "God-Talk on Phase II" he writes, "On death's brink, men begin to see things they've perhaps never seen before. Like those around them, and especially those who share their fate…men whose death warrants have been signed, men with a date to die—live each day with a clarity and a vibrancy they might have lacked in less pressured times."

Mumia turns this clarity towards his quest for spiritual and social fulfillment drawing connections between religion and race politics. He embraces spirituality while exploring the true nature of the institutions that have sentenced him to die.

"Crucial reading for all opponents of the death penalty—and for those who support it, too."—Katha Pollitt, The Nation

"A brilliant, lucid meditation on the moral obligation of political commitment by a deeply ethical—and deeply wronged—human being. Mumia should be freed, now."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

"If Mumia Abu-Jamal has nothing important to say, why are so many powerful people trying to kill him and shut him up? Read him."—John Edgar Wideman

Mumia Abu-Jamal, an award-winning journalist and former Black Panther Party member, has been living on death row in a Pennsylvania prison since 1982.

 

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Crítica de los usuarios  - pinkcrayon99 - LibraryThing

The sensitivity of this book does not feel like it was written by someone in prison on death row. Beautiful insight and stories of overcoming. Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - beau.p.laurence - LibraryThing

this is a person who belongs on death row? I don't think so. Leer comentario completo

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Contenido

A Writeup for Writing
1
Books and the State
4
Capital Punishment
6
Remembering Moser
8
Politics
11
The Search
12
Thoughts on the Divine
24
Night of Power
28
The Spider
77
The Fall
81
Children
82
The Creator
84
Father Hunger
85
Motherloss
89
Meeting with a Killer
91
Dialogue
94

Material Life
32
Lifes Religion
34
Isnt It Odd?
39
Spirit
40
Imprisonment
43
Christian? Christlike?
44
Miracles
53
The Faith of Slaves
55
Hope
61
Salt of the Earth
62
Community
65
Men of the Cloth
69
Hates Unkind Counsel
73
Human Beings
76
Objectivity and the Media
95
Violence
100
Godtalk on Phase II
103
Meditations on the Cross
107
Holiday Thoughts
110
The Wisdom of John Africa
111
Untitled poem
114
More War for the Poor
117
Of Becoming
118
A Call to Action
121
Interview with Mumia
125
About the Author 154 Information
151
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Mumia Abu-Jamal, an award-winning journalist, is America's best-known political prisoner. Sentenced with execution, Mumia has lived on Death Row since 1982. Ever since he wrote for the Black Panther Party's national newspaper as a youth, Mumia has reported on the racism and inequity in our society. He soon added radio to his portfolio, eventually recording a series of reports from death row for NPR's All Things Considered. However, NPR, caving in to political pressure, refused to air the programs. Mumia Abu-Jamal is still fighting for his own freedom from prison, and through his powerful voice, for the freedom of all people from inequity.

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