Many kids in this generation won’t know who Mumia Abu-Jamal. Thanks to this third grade teacher, a lot of people got familair with the man who sparked protests through out the eighties and nineties.
Per Fox News:
Letters meant for well wishes are now at the center of uproar as many learned students have written letters to convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
According to FOX and Friends, Marylin Zunig, a teacher at Forest Street School in Orange, New Jersey, had her third graders write letters to Abu-Jamal. The letters were delivered by Johanna Fernandez, a professor of history at Baruch College.
Zunig tweeted moments after sending the letters saying, “Just dropped off these letters to comrade Johanna Fernandez. My 3rd graders wrote to Mumia to lift up his spirits as he is ill. #freemumia”
Fernandez says Mumia appreciated the public school children’s letters.
“It had been a long time since we had seen Mumia smile. He chuckled as he read excerpts from these touching letters,” she writes.
The former death row inmate was rushed to a hospital in March to be treated for complications from diabetes.
Richard Costello, political coordinator for the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, called the letters alarming and outrageous on Fox News, adding all the teachers involved should be fired.
‘Furthermore all the parents who have children in that school system need to reevaluate that involvement, because these children are now placed in danger by the very people charged with their education,’ Costello said.
The state prison system has been providing him with substandard medical care.
Abu-Jamal, 60, is a former Black Panther serving life in prison for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia Officer Daniel Faulkner.
His conviction was upheld through years of appeals, but he has gained international support for his claim that he’s the victim of a racist justice system. A federal appeals court threw out his death sentence in 2008, citing flawed jury instructions.