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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

[Pnews] Mumia Abu-Jamal on Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa's death

Mumia Abu-Jamal on Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa's death

Michael Richardson, Mar. 16, 2016 

Mumia Abu-Jamal, one of America's most famous prisoners, has spoken on the recent death of Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa, better known simply as Mondo. Mumia is serving a life sentence in a Pennsylvania prison for the murder of a Philadephia policeman. Mondo was serving a life sentence in a Nebraska prison for the murder of an Omaha policeman. Both Mumia and Mondo denied the murders and both were convicted after controversial trials. Both Mumia and Mondo were Black Panthers.

Mumia was able to get a message out of jail on Prison Radio about Mondo, one half of the Omaha Two. Mondo's co-defenant, Edward Poindexter, remains imprisoned at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. The Omaha Two were targets of the infamous COINTELPRO counterintelligence operation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under J. Edgar Hoover.

Mumia summarized: “He was born David Rice and when he joined the Black Panther Party it was a decision that would change his life's trajectory. For when he and another young man, Edward Poindexter, joined the Nationao Committee to Combat Fascism they walked into the cross-hairs of the state. The two men became targets of a COINTELPRO scheme.”

COINTELPRO was formally terminated by Hoover ten days after the April 1971 murder trial in Omaha ended. The burglary of a Media, Pennsylvania satellite FBI office, one month before the trial, resulted in the ultimate public disclosure of Hoover's illegal clandestine operation against the Black Panthers. In Mondo's case, Hoover had ordered a FBI Laboratoy report on the identity of anonymous 911 caller withheld to make a case against the Omaha Two.

“In April 1971, both men were convicted and given life terms,” said Mumia. “Flimsy evidence would be a factor when Jericho National named the two Black Panthers as prisoners of conscience.”

Mondo we Langa and Ed Poindexter were servants of the people, dedicated to their freedom and dignity. Mondo we Langa and Ed Poindexter were soldiers for the people, dedicated to their defense and security.”

“Mondo we Langa is no more. Neither is David Rice, and yet Mondo will be remembered for many long years for his service. Mondo, after many, many years in a cage now joins his ancestors....This is Mumia Abu-Jamal.”
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