Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

A Street Named Mumia

There's a movement afoot to rename a street in Harlem to honor Mumia Abu-Jamal, the jailed former Philadelphia freelance radio reporter convicted of the 1981 murder of officer Daniel Faulkner.

A Street Named Mumia

0 comments

Mumia11 There's a movement afoot to rename a street in Harlem to honor Mumia Abu-Jamal, the jailed former Philadelphia freelance radio reporter convicted of the 1981 murder of officer Daniel Faulkner.

A petition went online back in September, and has been slowly attracting support - 421 signatures so far. The author is named Jeremy Syrop, and his web site is freemumia.com, where one can download posters that trumpet the cause:

"Now is the time for Harlem to name a street after Mumia," they read. "His life is in great danger and a "Mumia Street" could help create a momentum to prevent an execution and even win a new trial."

A second, identical petition at another online service has garnered 37 signatures.

But if online petitions ruled the day, no one would be living on Mumia Street any time soon.

A third petition is proving to be much more popular - that would be the anti-Mumia drive. It went up last week, and within 48 hours had nearly 700 signatures. By last count it had 5,155. Tony Allen wrote about it in his anti-Move blog:

Having profaned a street in a suburb of France the pro-Jamal zealots have now decided to repeat their "success" here in the United States by having a street in Harlem, New York City, named after the convicted cop-killer.

Pursuant to this goal, the Mumia devotees have started a petition and have even gone so far as to raise money for T.V. commercial spots as a means of bringing attention to their cause.

To name a street after a confirmed killer, cult apologist, and virulent anti-American fanatic like Jamal would be a vile testament to the power of propaganda and an ugly reminder that ignorance has again triumphed over common sense and human decency.

There's precedent for naming a street after a "living revolutionary," according to the posters created by the pro-Mumia group. A street outside Paris, in Saint Denis, has been renamed in Abu Jamal's honor. And Nelson Mandela and Joe Dohery of the Irish Republican Army have been so honored in New York City.

The petition reads like this:

We, the undersigned, support the campaign to rename a street in Harlem in honor of internationally renowned political prisoner and death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal:

-because of Mumia’s lifelong dedication to his people and to justice, and for never allowing himself to be silenced, even while on death row, and

-because of Mumia’s incredible accomplishments, including during the almost 25 years he has spent on death row: five published books and weekly brilliant commentaries exposing the lies that imperialist USA fosters, that are read and listened to by millions around the world, and

-because given the many honors he has received around the world – including honorary citizenship of Palermo, Venice, the Central District of Copenhagen, and Paris, and a street naming in Saint-Denis, and dozens of university, community, and literary awards, it is befitting that Harlem, too, honor our Brother, and

-because Mumia’s case is in its last stages in the court system and, while there is an opportunity for a new and fair trial, the State of Pennsylvania, the Fraternal Order of Police and their allies are opposing that tooth and nail and are demanding, instead, that Mumia be executed, and naming a street in honor of Mumia in Harlem would offer a serious challenge to railroading him to death.

Abu-Jamal was arrested for Faulkner's murder early on Dec. 9, 1981. The 25-year-old officer stopped a Volkswagen on Locust Street driven by Abu-Jamal's brother, William Cook. There was a scuffle. Moments later, the policeman was shot in the back and then between the eyes. Abu-Jamal, 27 at the time, was found sitting on the curb, four feet from the body. He'd been shot in the chest. Ballistics testimony at the trial indicated that the bullets fired into officer Faulkner were "consistent" with having been fired from the .38-caliber Charter Arms revolver found at the scene. It was registered to Abu Jamal.

He was convicted and sentenced to death a year later by Common Pleas Court Judge Albert F. Sabo, who had presided over more death-penalty convictions than any other judge in America. During his long stay on death row, Abu-Jamal became a cause celebre. He wrote a book, "Live From Death Row." National Public Radio aired his commentaries, before canceling the deal. He attracted famous supporters world wide. Not everyone on the left believe he's the best poster child for the anti-death penalty cause. In 2001 his death sentence was overturned in federal court.

Jim
Posted 01/28/2007 11:59:12 PM
I want to vomit.
macdini
Posted 01/29/2007 06:26:49 AM
he is a killer what in the name of god would you name anything after him-dito on the vomit
macdini
Posted 01/29/2007 06:26:51 AM
he is a killer what in the name of god would you name anything after him-dito on the vomit
butch
Posted 01/29/2007 07:42:49 AM
Free Lisa Lambert
Charles
Posted 01/29/2007 07:52:45 AM
The next Paris street re-naming probably will be for John Kerry, another anti-American fanatic.
marty
Posted 01/29/2007 09:10:13 AM
This is sickening.  
Nancy
Posted 01/29/2007 09:45:32 AM
WHAT!!!! He is not a hero to be honored he is a KILLER!!!! Get a life people
ALa
Posted 01/29/2007 10:06:37 AM
My greatest wish is that any of the "Pro-Mumia" people have to stand face-to-face with Faulkner's wife and explain their adoration. 
And no, this isn't a left or right issue --all the sane lefties (paradox?) I know think Mumia supporters are an embarrassment.
Thanks for posting this Dan, I hadn't heard about it...
Mike
Posted 01/29/2007 10:42:58 AM
Remember the Daily News has always been Pro-Mumia.
Michelle
Posted 01/29/2007 11:08:07 AM
This guy is a killer.  He killed a police officer and people support that.  Stop the violence and stop supporting people who take part in it.  
Joe
Posted 01/29/2007 01:17:54 PM
I bet if you did some research on the pro-Mumia losers they would all be inner-city, uneducated trash that beleive 'The Man' unfairly targets them and that society owes them.  
Get over it.  He was convicted by a jury of his peers and rightfully so.
Den
Posted 01/29/2007 02:06:24 PM
Not true, Joe, a lot of celebritards have also flocked to the pro-Mumia crowd. Well, they may be wealthy, but they're still gullible for any cause that will get them on camera.

Anyway, I wasn't shocked when France gave Mumia a street. This is the country that sheltered Ira Einhorn and Roman Polanski, remember? NYers, I hope, have enough sense to reject this idea.
Erika
Posted 01/29/2007 02:23:49 PM
This WORLD is a sick and twisted place! The next you thing you know there will be a street in NY names after Saddam Hussein. Let a loved die be murdered for one of those signers and you will see a different outlook real quick!!!!!  
Donna
Posted 01/29/2007 02:47:55 PM
Let's be really sick and name a street after George W. Bush.  THAT would be un-American!

I don't care about Daniel Faulkner's being a cop (they're not all innocent) and I don't care about Wesley Cook's politics.  I care about the fact that Daniel Faulkner was a person who did not deserved to be murdered, and his murderer pulled out the race card to avoid taking responsibility for his actions.

Keep the right-wing crap to yourselves and focus on Daniel Faulkner as a person.
Donna
Posted 01/29/2007 02:51:25 PM
Yo, Den: While you're busy blasting France for protecting Roman Polanski, perhaps you can blast the U.S. for protecting Cuban criminals in Miami, Florida.  

Or is that ok in your book just so long as those illegals are right-wight and vote good ol' Republican?
michael
Posted 01/29/2007 03:23:42 PM
Mumia is a subhuman pig and should be executed with all due speed.  His appointment in hell is already dreadfully overdue.  

To those who would support such a killer, I can only wish enlightenment.

Someday Mumia will die, by the hand of Pennsylvania or not, and hell will get just a little bit hotter.  

Good riddance and God speed!
ALa
Posted 01/29/2007 03:45:07 PM
"I bet if you did some research on the pro-Mumia losers they would all be inner-city, uneducated trash..."

I'd have to disagree, I'd bet on the fact that it's mainly rich, spoiled college kids looking for a cause without researching the actual facts.
Cardella
Posted 01/29/2007 03:47:34 PM
this bastard should be killed on pay per view and the proceeds should go to the family of the victim. my grandfather was Frank Rizzo. Trust me, he would wanna see mumia fry. 
Blue Knight
Posted 01/29/2007 07:25:40 PM
So WHO is the face and name behind this pro-Mumia Petition?

A little internet research reveals the following:

The website Freemumia.com has the following registration information:

Registrant:
FMAJC-NYC
PO Box 16
New York, NY 10030
Country US
212-330-8029

Domain Name: FREEMUMIA.COM
Administrative Contact:
Syrop, Jeremy bluedmbwater@hotmail.com
PO Box 16
New York, NY 10030
US
212-330-8029

Technical Contact:
Syrop, Jeremy bluedmbwater@hotmail.com
PO Box 16
New York, NY 10030
US
212-330-8029

Record last updated 09-19-2003 12:08:12 AM
Record expires on 07-11-2007
Record created on 07-11-1999
Domain servers in listed order:
NS0.DIRECTNIC.COM 204.251.10.100
NS1.DIRECTNIC.COM 206.251.177.2
--------------------------------------------------

Who is the administrator of this site -- Jeremy Syrop?

A Zabasearch of Jeremy Syrop reveals only one listing. This may or may not be the same person, but the name is very unusual and there will be other reasons to suspect that the listed person is the same individual. The listing from Zaba is:

JEREMY SYROP
5 8TH ST
NEW YORK, NY 10011
(212) 673-5120
--------------------------------------------------

Based on various online petitions and newsgroups he appears on, Syrop appears to originally hail from Chappaqua NY (perhaps he's a neighbor of that other friend of cops, Hillary Clinton). His High School era activities include signing a petition to free convicted Earth Liberation Front terrorist Jeff Luers, membership or perhaps organizing of a local free mumia group, and organizing a protest of Indian Point as a member of the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition.

His parents may possible be Steven and Nancy Smahl-Syrop of Chappaqua. Nancy may have some involvement with Columbia University and Indian Point activism. Steven may be a dentist.
--------------------------------------------------

Jeremy Syrop is still a busy bee as a student at The New School, where he organizes multiple "causes."

For instance in December 2006, Syrop organized a speaking event at The New School by disgraced Colorado professor Ward Churchill. You may recall Churchill being controversial from his public comparison of World Trade Center victims to Nazis and his vocal praise and support for their murders. Subsequently, it was discovered that he was a plagiarizer and liar on various issues, which led to his tenure being revoked. Link to Churchill Event Information

This link includes another link to a flyer for the event. The flyer is on the Freemumia.com site. It also lists an additional point-of-contact for Mr. Syrop at:

Quote:for more info email:
syroj542@newschool.edu.



Mr. Syrop is also quoted in a NY Sun story about the event, in which he is described as a 20 year old student at The New School. NY Sun article
--------------------------------------------------

A New School newsletter from February 2006, reveals that Syrop is the leader of the New School Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Some of you may recall SDS from the 1960's as a coalition member with various terror groups such as the Black Liberation Army and the Weathermen. In this particular issue of the newsletter, Syrop discusses the Weathermen and the 1970 explosion of their townhouse bomb factory on 11th Street in Greenwich Village (one of the survivors was Kathy Boudin, who was on parole for assaulting a PO in Chicago and who would later participate in the multiple police murders during the infamous BLA Brinks Robbery in Nanuet NY). From the article:

Quote:But at the New School, others are more sympathetic to the group. "History has told us stories of both success and failure," said Jeremy Syrop, leader of the New School SDS, an organization inspired by the 1960s group of the same name. "Whatever revolutionary potential which may exist today is up against a more dangerous and brutal enemy which has learned from its mistakes of the past." Whether this means that Syrop condones violence against a more powerful "enemy" is unclear. New School February 2006 newsletter


--------------------------------------------------

Other interests of his have been Castro's Cuba, the MOVE organization in Philadelphia (he interviewed Ramona Africa from MOVE in another newsletter), rastafarians and the Zapatista Revolutionary Movement in Chiapas Mexico.
--------------------------------------------------

In my opinion, Jeremy Syrop has moved beyond dumbass, youthful romanticizing of revolutionary movements, particularly those that have led to the murders of police officers. He is a pro-active organizer and has deliberately associated himself with the terrorist revolutionary vanguard of days past and is trying to organize a new vanguard for today. He is a time bomb waiting to go off.
Garrett
Posted 01/30/2007 10:02:20 AM
A ridiculous notion.  It's not even worth debating his innocence or guilt.  Aren't there a TON of people in our history much more deserving of that kind of recognition?  Consider this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Harlem
NJLawman.com
Posted 02/09/2007 10:09:03 AM
We posted a giant link to the petition opposing the street naming on our site.  Animals shouldn't have streets named after them.

Justice for Daniel Faulkner!
LB
Posted 03/09/2007 10:10:14 AM
I recently wrote a letter to the NYC city council in regards to this street renaming here is there answer.

Dear Mr.B
Thank you for your e-mail concerning your opposition to an alleged
proposal to rename a street in Harlem after Mumia Abu Jamal. I
appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on an issue that
is so important to you personally.

As you may know, requests for commemorative street renamings such as
the one you described must be formally submitted to the Council by the
Council Member in whose district the street is located. I had members
of my staff look into the matter, and was informed that the Council
has not received any such request for Mumia Abu Jamal. Furthermore,
commemorative street renamings are generally awarded only
posthumously. To the best of my knowledge, Mumia Abu Jamal is still
alive, and is therefore not eligible to have a street renamed after
him.

Thank you again for taking the time to write to me with your concerns.
If I can assist you further in any way, please do not hesitate to
e-mail me directly by visiting the Council's website at
www.nyccouncil.info and following the link to contact the Speaker at
the bottom of the page.

Sincerely,
Christine C. Quinn
Speaker
New York City Council
0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Daniel Rubin is a columnist and The Inquirer's director of social media. Since joining newspaper as a staff writer in 1988, Daniel Rubin has reported from Mayfair to Macedonia, 27 countries in all. He has been the European Correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers and for two years he sat at home and wrote Blinq, the paper's first daily blog. Dan began newspaper work in Norfolk and Louisville, Ky., after getting his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University. He has lived in all four commonwealths, most recently in Pennsylvania. He teaches urban journalism at the University of Pennsylvania

Email Blinq here. My day job - Inquirer metro columnist - is here.

Reach Daniel at drubin@phillynews.com.

Metro Mashup
Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected