Socialist Action co-sponsored a March 24 rally in Toronto to demand freedom for Mumia Abu Jamal. Similar events took place across North America.
SA and the Bolshevik Tendency received over a dozen endorsements from social justice groups including the Black Students’ Associates (U of T), Independent Jewish Voices (Toronto), International Socialists, a Communist Party local club, and the NDP Socialist Caucus.
The event drew over 50 participants, and was the first held in over a year and half in the city. New SA members played important roles in the event. Samantha Richards co-chaired the rally and Sam Cheadle brought greetings from SA. He spoke about the unjust treatment of Mumia, and the need to fight systemic racism and capitalism. Participants listened to several speakers including Peter D’Gama of the NDP Socialist Caucus.
The crowd picketed across the road from the U.S. Consulate on University Avenue (police do not allow protests on the consulate side) chanting Free Mumia Now!, Brick by brick, wall by wall, we’re gonna Free Mumia Abu Jamal!