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Hans Bennett is a multi-media journalist mostly focusing on the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal and all political prisoners. An archive of his work is available at and he is also co-founder of "Journalists for Mumia," created to challenge the long history of corporate media bias, whose website is:

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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 14, 2008 An interview with Rob Kall Frustrated with the corporate media, Rob Kall started in 2003, "about two weeks before the Iraq War's shock and awe was started," It has grown into a prominent news website, which provides a valuable news service, and a powerful medium for independent journalists to publish their work.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 11, 2008
Organizing to Abolish the Prison-Industrial Complex An interview with Rose Braz of the CR10 Media Committee, about the prison abolitionist movement and Critical Resistance's 10 year anniversary conference on Sept. 26-28 in Oakland, CA.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 24, 2007
AUDIO & PRESS RELEASE: New Mumia Crime Scene Photos Unveiled for First Time in the US! PRESS RELEASE: New Mumia Abu-Jamal crime scene photos unveiled for the first time in the United States, during the week of Abu-Jamal's May 17 oral arguments at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. View the photos at:
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The Assassination of Fred Hampton -- a Book Review On the morning of December 4, 1969, Chicago police raided the apartment of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark had both been shot dead, and four other Panthers in the apartment had critical gunshot wounds. Police were uninjured and had fired their guns 90-99 times. Hampton had been asleep, but was alive after the attack, so police shot him twice in the head, point black. Murder.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 28, 2007
A History of Racist Media Bias: ABC's 20/20 Report on Mumia Abu-Jamal Supporting the current media-activist campaign addressing the Dec.6 NBC Today Show, Journalists for Mumia presents evidence of past media bias on ABC's 20/20 show, as documented by Covert Action Quarterly, FAIR.ORG, and the documentary film "Framing an Execution."
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 19, 2009
BOOK REVIEWS: Abolishing The Prison Industrial Complex and Freeing All Political Prisoners Above all, these three highly-recommended books (available online at argue that prison-related issues are inseparable from racism, classism, sexism, and all oppression, so the more we know about prisons, the better informed multi-issue activist strategies will be. They conclude that in working to abolish all oppression, we must also work to abolish the PIC and free all political prisoners.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 13, 2007
RADIO INTERVIEW: Linn Washington, Jr. on Mumia, MOVE, and the Philly Media In this new radio-interview, veteran Philly journalist Linn Washington, Jr, talks about the 22nd anniversary of the May 13, 1985 MOVE bombing (with the MOVE 9 prisoners coming up for parole in 2008), Mumia Abu-Jamal's May 17 oral arguments, FOP racism, and the long history of local media bias.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 4, 2009
Media, Revolution, and the Legacy of the Black Panther Party --An interview with Kiilu Nyasha I initiated a correspondence with George Jackson in early 1971, and months later, got a one-hour visit in the holding cell of San Quentin. I've met no one before or since more dedicated to revolutionary change....George was one of the three "Soledad Brothers," whose story began on January 13, 1970 when a tower guard at Soledad State Prison shot and killed 3 Black captives on the yard, leaving them unattended to bleed to death.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 22, 2010
The Voices of Participatory Democracy in Venezuela --A review of Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots There are many different ways that the corporate media continues to misrepresent the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Many critics of this biased media coverage have directly challenged the demonization of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but very few critics, if any, have exposed the media's virtual erasure of the vibrant and growing participatory democracy in Venezuela. --Check out the interview with Carlos Martinez!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Interview with Edward Herman about Latin America and the US Longtime activist and author Edward S. Herman was interviewed in Philadelphia on December 26, 2008. In this interview, Herman discusses the history of US influence in Latin America, and contextualizes this with what he says is an anti-democratic US policy throughout the Global South, designed to create a favorable investment climate for US corporations.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 8, 2008
MOVE 9 Parole: Was Officer Ramp killed by police gunfire? Almost 30 years after their imprisonment, the eight remaining "MOVE 9" prisoners are now eligible for parole, with hearings scheduled for April. Veteran Philadelphia journalist Linn Washington Jr. reported from the scene on August 8, 1978. In this exclusive interview, Washington cites several sources in the police department who told him that Officer James Ramp was actually shot by police gunfire, and not MOVE!
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 15, 2010
The Necessity of Revolution in the USA "This Country Must Change" makes two important contributions to US activist literature. It raises awareness around the neglected issue of political prisoners and state repression, and it encourages an honest dialogue and critical thinking about the effectiveness of activist strategies and tactics. Readers may not agree with everything written here, but they will certainly have their beliefs challenged.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 16, 2007
COURTROOM AUDIO: Mumia Abu-Jamal's May 17 Oral Arguments For the first time, Journalists for Mumia presents the courtroom audio from Mumia Abu-Jamal's May 17 oral arguments before the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Citing Withheld Evidence, Supporters Of Mumia Abu-Jamal Call For Civil Rights Investigation In April, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal from death-row journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of white Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in a 1982 trial deemed unfair by Amnesty International and numerous others. Now Abu-Jamal's support network is calling for a federal civil rights investigation into his case.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 4, 2009
The Angola Three: Torture in Our Own Backyard "My soul cries from all that I witnessed and endured. It does more than cry, it mourns continuously," said Black Panther Robert Hillary King, following his release from the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in 2001, after serving his last 29 years in continuous solitary confinement...Together, Herman Wallace, Robert King, and Albert Woodfox have spent more than 100 years in solitary confinement.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 25, 2007
IN PRISON MY WHOLE LIFE: An interview with William Francome The new British documentary about US death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, premieres on October 25 at both The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival and Rome's International Film Festival. In this exclusive interview, William Francome reveals for the very first time, that the film will prominently feature the startling Dec. 9, 1981 crime scene photos that were recently discovered by German author Michael Schiffmann.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 24, 2009
Beyond Attica: The Untold Story of Women's Resistance Behind Bars The central thesis of Resistance Behind Bars is truly profound. In clear, non-academic language, Law argues that recent scholarship documenting and radically criticizing the increased incarceration rates and mistreatment of women prisoners "largely ignores what the women themselves do to change or protest these circumstances, thus reinforcing the belief that incarcerated women do not organize."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 13, 2008
The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal: an interview with author J. Patrick O'Connor In his new book, O'Connor argues that Abu-Jamal was clearly framed by police, and that the actual shooter was a man named Kenneth Freeman. O'Connor criticizes the local media, who, he says "bought into the prosecution's story line early on and has never been able to see this case for what it is: a framing of an innocent and peace loving man."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 17, 2009
Anarchism, Marxism, and Zapatismo Both Staughton Lynd (a Marxist from the US) and his co-author Andrej Grubacic (an anarchist from the Balkans) of the book 'Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History,' are public supporters of the Zapatistas, who they argue have set a powerful example of revolutionary organizing that should influence anti-capitalists around the world.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2009
Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia In her new book, Jasmin Hristov seeks to expose the rational motivations behind state violence for capitalism's economic elites in the US and Colombia. In meticulous detail, Hristov shows how the super-rich benefit from state repression and how the violators of human rights have essentially become immune from any consequences for their actions. If death squads are truly to be abolished in Colombia, we must look honestly at...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The Bourne Ultimatum: rejecting the CIA Accompanying recent anti-war films like "In The Valley of Elah" and "Lions for Lambs," is this summer's blockbuster action movie, "The Bourne Ultimatum," starring actor Matt Damon. After explosive confrontations with CIA "assets" in London and Tangiers, Morocco, Bourne returns to New York City where he finally confronts the man who created him as part of an experimental training program for the CIA's elite assassins.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 1, 2009
Interview with Edward Herman about Latin America and the US Longtime activist and author Edward S. Herman was interviewed in Philadelphia on December 26, 2008. In this interview, Herman discusses the history of US influence in Latin America, and contextualizes this with what he says is an anti-democratic US policy throughout the Global South, designed to create a favorable investment climate for US corporations.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 5, 2007
"Murdered By Mumia?" press conference featured by Reuters! Reuters spotlights the new crime scene photos after covering the Journalists for Mumia press conference. Journalists and activists presented evidence of innocence and an unfair trial in the death-penalty case of Mumia Abu-Jamal (hear audio). The press conference featured David A. Love, Dave Lindorff, Linn Washington Jr., and Pam Africa of ICFFMAJ. Is there more big media coverage to come?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 5, 2007
ATTENTION, MOVE! This is America! "My family members, who were parents of most of those children that were murdered on May 13, have been in prison for almost 30 years to this day, for the accusation of a murder that they didn't commit, that nobody saw them commit. Meanwhile, the people who murdered their babies are still collecting paychecks, still seen as respectable, and never did a day in jail."
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 24, 2009
New Book Surveys Oaxaca Uprising to Teach Rebellion The movement that surfaced in Oaxaca took over and ran an entire city for six months starting in June 2006. Govt. officials fled, police weren't present to maintain even the semblance of responding to social harm, and many of the government institutions and services that we depend on daily were shut down. Without relying on centralized organization, neighborhoods managed everything from public safety (crime rates declined)...
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 2, 2007
Aug. 30 execution date set for Haramia KiNassor / Kenneth Foster, Jr. Hans Bennett: While many of us gathered here in Philadelphia on April 24 celebrating the birthday of Mumia Abu-Jamal, you were in Texas visting Haramia KiNassor (Kenneth Foster, Jr.) on death row. How was your visit?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Mumia's Battle in Court: The Four Issues Made Simple On May 17, 2007, a three-judge panel from the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Philadelphia on four different issues regarding the fairness of Mumia Abu-Jamal's original 1982 trial. Supporters are preparing for "day after protests". Here I examine the fairness of "Hanging Judge" Albert Sabo during the 1995 PCRA hearings, and what evidence those hearings revealed.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Appalachia and Colombia: The People Behind the Coal Aviva Chomsky is a professor of history and Latin American Studies at Salem State College in Massachusetts, and is a founder of the North Shore Colombia Solidarity Committee, which has been working since 2002 with Colombian labor and popular movements, especially those affected by the foreign-owned mining sector. She just returned from a Witness for Peace delegation that traveled to Kentucky and northern Colombia.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 9, 2009
Book Review: "Anarchy Alive!: Anti-authoritarian Politics from Practice to Theory" Uri Gordon writes: “In case anyone hasn't noticed, anarchism is alive and kicking. This past decade or so has seen the full revival of a global anarchist movement on a scale and on levels of unity and diversity unseen since the 1930s. From anti-capitalist social centres and eco-feminist farms to community organizing, blockades of international summits, daily direct actions and a mass of publications and websites...
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 3, 2007
PRESS CONFERENCE: Was P.O. Daniel Faulkner really "Murdered By Mumia"? Journalists and activists will present evidence of Mumia's innocence and an unfair trial at NOON, Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at The A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave. in West Philadelphia (viewable online). Come see a slide-show presentation of newly discovered crime scene photos, as well as presentations by local journalists David A. Love and Dave Lindorff, and Pam Africa of ICFFMAJ.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 8, 2007
Freiheit für Mumia Abu-Jamal: German book reveals new evidence! Noam Chomsky (a long-time supporter of Abu-Jamal) writes that Schiffmann's "careful and scrupulous inquiry into the events and the available evidence brings to light much that is new or was obscured," and "raises understanding of this painful and critically important case to a new level. Not only his comprehensive research, but also his penetrating evaluation of the background and import, should be the basis for further..."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 20, 2007
ACTION ALERT: Ensure Fairness For Mumia Abu-Jamal on NBC's The Today Show! On Dec. 6, NBC's The Today Show intends to air a show about Michael Smerconish and Maureen Faulkner's new book "Murdered By Mumia." Please write The Today Show at asking them to fairly present both sides of the Mumia Abu-Jamal / Daniel Faulkner case, by also featuring Linn Washington, Jr. (Philadelphia Tribune columnist and Temple University Professor) and Dr. Suzanne Ross (NYC Free Mumia Coalition).
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 3, 2008
As DA Appeals to Execute Mumia Abu-Jamal Without New Penalty Hearing, Supporters Mobilize Internationally On Dec. 6, supporters of death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal will march from Philadelphia City Hall to the Federal Court Building. International solidarity actions are being held in France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Mexico, and around the US. Abu-Jamal is appealing to the US Supreme Court for a new guilt-phase trial, while the Philadelphia DA is appealing to execute him without a new sentencing-phase jury trial.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 29, 2007
Aug.30 Execution Date: The Wife of Kenneth Foster Jr Speaks Out He is very loving, caring, passionate, and charming. He can light up the room when he starts smiling. When I first met him, this surprised me because so many death row prisoners have spiritually died. But Kenneth was still growing and shining after so many years on death row.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 14, 2007
PHOTOESSAY: Justice for Leonard Peltier, The Cuban 5, SF 8, MOVE 9, and Mumia Abu-Jamal! With a court decision in Mumia Abu-Jamal's case expected any day, supporters gathered in West Philadelphia to spotlight the cases of Leonard Peltier, The Cuban 5, The SF 8, and The MOVE 9 prisoners. September 12 marked Leonard Peltier's 31st birthday in prison and the ninth year of the Cuban 5's imprisonment. The SF 8 have a September 24 court hearing, and the MOVE 9 will be eligible for parole in August 2008.

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