Philly GOP outraged over Public Enemy’s Mumia sign at Made in America

Legendary hip hop group Public Enemy got a lousy scheduling time at Made in America this weekend, but they may have left Philadelphia with the most buzz.

During a politically-charged Saturday afternoon set, members Chuck D., Flavor Flav and DJ Lord made several controversial statements about both Philadelphia and national politics. For one, Chuck D. pledged to donate $10,000 of the money they made over the weekend to Philadelphia’s underfunded schools. And to reveal the extent of the situation, they brought out Heather Marcus, a counselor at J.R. Masterman School, to speak against the cuts. Flavor Flav called for justice for Trayvon Martin. And the group backed their performance with a large poster calling for the release of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal, who was sentenced to death in the 1982 slaying of Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Faulkner, though is currently serving a life sentence without parole.

The Mumia-related act didn’t sit well with the recently-united Philadelphia GOP. So, they took to their Facebook page to sound off on Public Enemy—and Mayor Michael Nutter—with this image of the set:

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“It’s disgusting that this happened at the “Made in America” concert just blocks from where Mumia Abu Jamal murdered Police Office Danny Faulkner,” reads a post from the Philly GOP Facebook page, which has been shared over 160 times thus far. “We bet you haven’t seen these pics on Philly media outlets. All the Mayor could say was the sign “was not authorized by the City” and he “regrets any offense taken.” Weak. Like this if you think #WeCanDoBetter and #JusticeForDannyFaulkner.”

The local party also asks, should “the Mayor step up and refuse to issue a permit for this concert next year?”

Calls made to a representative of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee were not immediately returned.

Among the user comments on the Philly GOP’s Facebook: “This mayor sucks” and “The next concert (because you know there will be one) contract should contain a clause. If they do that again fine them heavily and all the fine money goes to the Hero Scholarship Fund!!!!!”

A Budweiser marketing VP told the Inquirer that he hopes Made in America becomes a mainstay for Philadelphia’s Labor Day weekends.

Public Enemy’s “hands-off Asada, now” likely refers to Assata Shakur, the Black Panther Party member and step-aunt of the late Tupac Shakur, who was put on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list earlier this year for her role in the 1977 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. She allegedly resides in Cuba. There is a $2 million reward for information leading to her capture.

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71 Responses to “ Philly GOP outraged over Public Enemy’s Mumia sign at Made in America ”

  1. Bilfar says:

    “As the powerful book “Murdered by Mumia” clearly shows, there were two crimes that Mumia Abu Jamal committed. The first, and the most horrific, was the brutal murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. The second crime, which is almost as outrageous, is the legal and political travesty that Jamal and his ignorant followers have waged over the past quarter of a century. This time, the killer is elevated to the status of celebrity while the real victim is conveniently forgotten. Do the mindless followers of killers like Mumia Abu Jamal really believe what they say? Of course not. Jamal’s guilt is beyond dispute. No, what’s really sick is that these people don’t care, and their contempt for the truth, and for the victims of violent crime, is as shallow and dishonest as their false arguments”.

  2. R.B. Wilk says:

    At long last, “Bilfar” reveals the source of his multiple unattributed quotes: “Murdered by Mumia,” a mendacious tome written by right-wing pundit and professional anti-Mumia propagandist Michael Smerconish, but masquerading as a first-person account by Officer Faulkner’s widow, Maureen Faulkner, whose status as a police widow evokes public sympathy despite her absolute lack of first-hand observation or factual knowledge regarding the circumstances of her husband’s death. Interestingly, Smerconish is a former political adviser to Philadelphia police-commissioner-turned-mayor Frank Rizzo, who issued a death threat to Mumia Abu-Jamal at a press conference in 1978, three years BEFORE the shooting incident which left Officer Faulkner dead and Mumia Abu-Jamal severely wounded. Notably, “Murdered by Mumia” cites Abu-Jamal’s “anti-establishment ideology” as purported evidence of his guilt, thereby adding to the mountains of proof that Abu-Jamal’s wrongful conviction was, indeed, politically motivated. For a detailed examination of the extensive disinformation in “Murdered by Mumia,” please see Chris Kinder’s critical review, “Murdered by Mumia? Get the Real Story,” available online at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/02/26/18481774.php.

    Mumia Abu-Jamal has NEVER been fairly or conclusively proven to have committed ANY crime, but his case certainly involves two serious crimes. One was the attempted murder OF Mumia Abu-Jamal BY the Philadelphia Police Department on December 9, 1981. The other has been the 30-year attempt by the Fraternal Order of Police and its right-wing allies to have the State finish their dirty work.

    Again, I extend thanks to Michael Schiffman, Dave Lindorff and the various others whose intelligent commentaries will, I hope, educate the public by counteracting lies with FACTS. And kudos to Chuck D and Public Enemy for courageously supporting the struggle to FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL!

  3. rick says:

    It would seem as if Mr. far’s main skill’s are projecting his ill-conceived grasp of reality in favor of the very thing he accuses other’s of, namely ignoring the facts in pursuit of an ideology that supports his personal vendetta, in an apparent attack against someone he clearly exhibits hatred for, Mumia Abu-Jamal and his exquisite ability to parrot the same thing over, and over, and over again.

    If the book he states is so powerful then he is truly and completely drunk with it’s power. Unfortunately power in itself is in no way a testament to truth by any measure.

  4. rick says:

    let me re-state that in an effort to not be misunderstood:

    It would seem as if Mr. far’s main skill’s are projecting his ill-conceived grasp of reality in favor of the very thing he accuses other’s of, namely ignoring the facts in pursuit of an ideology that supports his personal vendetta, in an apparent attack against someone he clearly exhibits hatred for, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Mr. far’s exquisite ability to parrot the same thing over, and over, and over again.

    If the book he states is so powerful then he is truly and completely drunk with it’s power. Unfortunately power in itself is in no way a testament to truth by any measure.

    Justice for Mumia and all political prisoners!

  5. Michael Schiffmann says:

    R.B. Wilk and Rick are completely right in their assessment of what Bilfar is: a parrot. Unable to respond to any argument, he just keeps parroting what he haslapped up elsewhere.

    None of the very concrete questions raised here by those who are convinced of Abu-Jamal’s innocence or at least of the grotesque unfairness of his trial have been answered by Bilfar or any of the other anti-Mumia folks. Not a single one!

    The reason for this is very straightforward: They have no response at all. Therefore the resort to either the demand for censorship, or to name-calling, or unfocused ramblings that have no relation to anything of what was said before.

    There is no other way to the truth than honest debate, and to have such a debate, participants need to carefully listen to their opponent’s arguments and then proceed to try to respond to them and reput them, if they can.

    As so often, in Bilfar’s last posting, there isn’t a single argument, just claims that all the faithful HAVE to believe even though counter-argument after counter-argument have been provided.

    As for “Murdered by Mumia,” despite its size it is actually nothing but a poorly constructed propaganda tract. Massively supported by the Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.), the authors had all the resources of the world at their disposal, but even a superficial inspection reveals such a number of gross factual mistakes that one must wonder whether Mrs. Faulkner and her ghost writer M. Smerconish are even interested in the facts of the case at all.

    Ironically, this is particularly true of the crucial chapter 4 that purports to give an account of the events of December 9, 1981 and to thus construct the rationale for the title “Murdered by Mumia.”

    Examples could be readily given, but in the context of talking to parrots, it doesn’t seem to make much sense to do that here. Should anyone interested in rational discussion be interested anyway, I can surely illustrate. In a broader context, I also want to point to Mark Taylor’s great review of “Murdered,” accessible here: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/12/19/18467883.php.

    I hope this whole sequence of postings is illuminating for those who are following it with an open mind.

    On December 9, on the occasion of the 32th anniversary of Abu-Jamal’s arrest, I will be presenting a long illustrated article on the internet in which I give a detailed account of what to me seems the best supported version of how Abu-Jamal almost died and Officer Faulkner was fatally shot.

    In the meantime, for those who are interested here is a link to my extended comment on the “Mumia and his brother did a deliberate hit on Faulkner” theory circulated by the F.O.P., prosecutor McGill, Bilfar, and others: http://againstthecrimeofsilence.de/material/News/The%20Fantasies%20of%20Joe%20McGill%20Final.pdf/view. If you have trouble accessing it, drop me an e-mail under mikschiff@t-online.de.

    I think that the postings on this website have made clear that Abu-Jamal’s New York literary agent, the legendary Frances Goldin, was perfectly right when she wrote a couple of years ago, namely, that what is at issue is that “An innocent, maligned man must be freed.”

    Let’s work hard at this task, because this “blog” so far has also shown that the obstacles are/will be momentous.

  6. rick says:

    Well said Michael Schiffmann, R.B. Wilk and all the others of substance that have added their wisdom and knowledge. Much thanks for all the information and links.

    I also would like to share a link I feel is relevant…………… I just happen to have found some video of Mr. far in action………..:)

    Apparently his real name is poncho, something that in his woefully reality deficient state he is oblivious to. Sounds like Bilfar to me………..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nP6ccHmiZjI

  7. Bilfar says:

    “They dispute not in order to find or even to seek truth, but for victory, and to appear the more learned and strenuous upholders of a contrary opinion. Such persons should be avoided by all who have not a good breastplate of patience.”

  8. rick says:

    Mr. far. you are truly a fool, naive and a despicable jackal who would do better in some circus sideshow as opposed to debating the guilt or innocence of those of whom you most clearly despise. Repeat again all the UN-based assumptions/lies/falsehoods of those you most assuredly and aggressively disagree with.

    You speak of truth, now that is a hilarious subject coming from someone with your mindset. You speak of victory, well you view of victory is to assure that there is no reality but your own, unfortunately you are not the one that has anything to lose by your set of so-called facts, but then this is of no concern to you. So long as you have nothing to lose I would think you would stand at the vanguard, cheering on the death of any who would be up against the system whether they be guilty or innocent.

    Stick that in your breastplate and smoke it! :) (:

  9. Bilfar says:

    “It speaks volumes that Múmia’s delusional supporters choose to personally attack me, attack the criminal justice system and advance unproven theories rather than face the truth”.

  10. rick says:

    Bilfar says:
    September 21, 2013 at 7:06 am

    “Múmia’s delusional supporters choose to personally attack me, attack the criminal justice system and advance unproven theories rather than face the truth”.”

    Good to know it’s supposedly those who support Mumia that are the ones attacking others, but then this sort of rationalization is expected from the frail of mind!……………… :)

  11. rick says:

    and of course we can always enjoy these fine classics:

    Bilfar says:

    “Wesley’s mindless supporters “will continue with their strategy to never let facts interfere with a story they have decided sounds good to them and fits their prejudice”. In the meantime all the smart people know a cold blooded, cowardly murderer when they see one.”

    “the mindless followers of killers like Mumia Abu Jamal really believe what they say? Of course not. Jamal’s guilt is beyond dispute. No, what’s really sick is that these people don’t care, and their contempt for the truth, and for the victims of violent crime, is as shallow and dishonest as their false arguments”.”

    “They dispute not in order to find or even to seek truth, but for victory, and to appear the more learned and strenuous upholders of a contrary opinion. Such persons should be avoided by all who have not a good breastplate of patience.””

    :)

  12. rick says:

    I make no bones that I am not above a personal attack on those whom I feel deserve it. But that’s what makes me different from you Mr. Far, apparently when your so-called facts don’t hold up you would choose to attack others and at the same time accuse others of attacking you. As such YOU ARE by your own actions accused and judged guilty of being a hypocrite.

    P.S. being a hypocrite does not lend well to ones credibility in a discussion of any merit with respect to facts as far as I’m concerned, but that’s just me…… :) :)

  13. Michael Schiffmann says:

    Actually, I don’t think Bilfar is really Poncho. Quite different from Bilfar, Poncho seems to be friendly, nice and good natured – even though in the parroting, the bird and Bilfar indeed resemble each other:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nP6ccHmiZjI

    OK, that said, this whole thing is not about Bilfar and his hate-mongering pals who will never get it anyway, but about a terrible injustice that must be corrected.

    Once they learn the facts, even the majority of the white people in Philadelphia will see and learn and recognize this, and the the will of the people will enforce what is right and just and long overdue, and see to it that Mumia is freed and can go home to his family where he belongs.

    Those facts are in and available, spread them far and wide.

  14. rick says:

    Well Said Michael Schiffmann, Well Said Indeed. Unfortunate that it be especially when those such as yourself would undoubtedly stand against injustice even if it were visited upon those of Mr. Far and those who share his views. I have remarked on the facebook page I shared this on, to point those who should visit this site, to the information and posted remarks of you and others that have submitted relevant info and links.

    Mr. Far is little more than a side show barker attempting to distract others from the pertinent and more valuable insights and information offered here by the many that have been so considerate to submit.

    I would totally and completely concur as to yous assessment of poncho with respect to Mr. Far, there can be no doubt that I would much rather prefer to associate with Poncho (I would imagine interacting with Poncho would make for a much more enlightening and enjoyable experience). Unlike Poncho, Mr. Far should possess a more than adequate enough vocabulary and intelligence level to rise above the level of parrot.

  15. Big Al N. says:

    Fist off I want to say Jamal deserves a fair trial however, some facts for the delusional and ignorant Democrat drones who mistakenly think they have a clue must be laid out.

    #1 Police officers are Union members and vote mostly Democrat

    #2 Democrats dominate Philly politics today and have for 50+ years

    #3 Barack Obama is the Democrat president of the US and the FBI is overseen by the president of the US

    #4 Eric Holder is a Democrat who Obama appointed to run the FBI and currently does

    So again how exactly does a Republican have much of anything to do with the the whole Jamal controversy.

    Answer it does not have to make sense Democrats will simply use anything they can to stir up racial controversy focused at their political foes to keep minorities ignorant of the miserable failed record of 50+ years Democrat policy making has in Philly.

  16. rick says:

    There are more than enough Democrats that deserve to rot in hell too. As for Union Police Officers…………. Well then I’d say that based on the numerous issues with what could be construed as an overly zealous police state mentality there would be more than a significant number of them that would sooner shaft their fellow man than actually provide for the PEACE and WELL BEING of society as a whole……..

    Might Does Not Make Right………..Might Has Never Made Right……..and Might Will Never Make Right!

    And as for Republicans…………… Spare Me…….When it comes to self obsessed indulgence and gratuitous personal gratification/graft/greed, There are none who would compare.

    Good Luck With The Demo bashing though.

  17. rick says:

    It would appear that I owe Big Al an apology. Your willingness to see that Mumia deserves, in the least a new trial, says more for you than your slant against Democrats and lack of awareness of the gist of the main article. An article that started this line of comments with regard to some Republicans having issue with the sign that was displayed at the event with Public Enemy for Mumia.

    Everyone has their particular preferences. Although I have more than enough disdain for both Democrats and Republicans the main focus of this story should be on Mumia and those whom have been unjustly maligned/imprisoned/pursued, by those who have little regard for truth/honor/dignity, with respect to those who have found themselves in the crosshairs of injustice.

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