In his newest book, Jailhouse Lawyers, journalist and death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal tells the stories of fellow prisoners turned advocates who have learned how to represent other less educated prisoners in court, and even help them win their freedom. At this book-release party, hear from Angela Davis (via video)—who describes Abu-Jamal as “one of the most important public intellectuals of our time” in the book’s foreword—as well as former death-row prisoner Harold Wilson and Paul Wright (Prison Legal News), among others. You’ll also likely learn more about the latest news on the case of Abu-Jamal, who’s been in prison for nearly 30 years for murdering a police officer, and whose appeal for a new trial was rejected by the United States Supreme Court earlier this month. (The event takes place at Riverside Church in Room 411).

Sat., April 25, 4 p.m., 2009

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