In U.S. history, why is Julian Assange the first journalist to be prosecuted under the US's Espionage Act for publishing? Why was Julian Assange indicted, yet neither the New York Times journalist nor the Guardian journalist who also published the Iraq and Afghan War Logs and the US State Department Cables were indicted? Why are there so many legal and judicial abnormalities in Assange's case?
To explore these questions and more, the Courage Foundation will host a panel discussion on Julian Assange as a political prisoner. This forum is free and open to the public. The panelists joining the discussion are:
Mumia Abu-Jamal - Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner formerly on death row will be on this panel. Although no longer on death row, Abu-Jamal is still in prison where he is serving a life sentence. He will call in from his jail cell. A former Black Panther whose political statements in his youth were used against him at trial for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, Mumia Abu-Jamal has been in prison for close to four decades for a crime he maintains he did not commit. Abu-Jamal and his case are internationally known. He has garnered global support. About 25 cities, including Montreal, Palermo, and Paris, have made him an honorary citizen.
Jeff Mackler - Jeff Mackler founded Northern California Climate Mobilization, is a longtime teacher and union activist with the American Federation of Teachers in Hayward, California and is director of the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. He is an alumnus of Antioch College. Also on the panel is Jeff Mackler, a veteran activist who has campaigned for Mumia, for political prisoner Lynn Stewart, and now for Julian Assange.
Cristina Navarrete - Cristina Navarrete and her husband Roberto were among the disappeared in Chile during the Pinochet regime. The Navarretes were students when on September 11, 1973 Salvador Allende Chile's first democratically elected socialist president was toppled by a coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet then ushered in a reign of terror. Cristina Navarrete, who was a political prisoner in Chile under dictator Augusto Pinochet now speaks out in support of Assange in London.
This is a free event that is open to the public. Here are the details:
What: Online Event - No Extradition: Julian Assange & Political Prisoners
Who: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jeff Mackler, Cristina Navarette
When: Saturday, August 29th, 4pm EST/ 9pm BST
Where: Zoom registration https://is.gd/JApoliticalprisoners
Here is how you access the discussion:
This panel will also be livestreamed at Courage's Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/couragefound