Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Foreword by Cornel West
Edited by Johanna Fernández
Introduction by Johanna Fernández

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"Professor Johanna Fernández Talks with Tikkun about Mumia, Bernie Sanders, Love, and the Power of Radical Empathy"

Tikkun interviews Writing on the Wall editor Johanna Fernández back in February when she, activist Angela Davis, and KPFA host Walter Turner held a public discussion about the book in Oakland. The talk was anchored by discussions of Abu-Jamal and his writing but also expanded on the themes of mass incarceration, systemic racism, class warfare, and the promise of modern social uprisings, through the lens of what they referred to as black radicalism and the black prophetic tradition. 

-Tikkun May 11, 2016

"Oakland: Activist Angela Davis Discusses Essays by Mumia Abu-Jamal"

A talk by Angela Davis and Johanna Fernández on the prison writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the book, Writing on the Wall, was organized by KPFA Radio. Lou Fancher reports on the proceedings for the Contra Costa Times.

"A discussion of the latest book by journalist, activist and former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, Writing on the Wall, drew a standing-room-only crowd Thursday. The event was hosted by activist, scholar and author Angela Davis and Walter Turner, host of the 'Africa Today' show on KPFA, and was devoted to the book's collection of 108 essays written by Abu-Jamal between 1982 and 2014."—Lou Fancher

-Contra Costa Times Feb 25, 2016

"Three Excerpts from Writing on the Wall"

3 chapters from Writing the Wall excerpted for print and online edition of SFAQ. Chapter 1, "Christmas in a Cage," Chapter 71, “Before Guantánamo or Abu Ghraib—The Black Panthers,” and Chapter 106, “The Meaning of Ferguson” are all excerpted.

-SFAQ Oct 3, 2015

"Mumia, the Writer: An Interview with Johanna Fernández, Editor of Writing on the Wall"

Johanna Fernandez, editor of Writing on the Wall is interviewed by the Baltimore City Paper days before her appearance at the Baltimore Book Festival. She talks about Mumia's role in the black prophetic tradition as well as his importance in constructing black counter narratives for the last 40 years of American history.
"Abu-Jamal has been something of a cause célèbre for a couple of generations of activists now, and has written widely during his decades  of incarceration. His new book Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal collects some of his most important essays. Johanna Fernández, who edited the book and works as the coordinator of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, will talk about Writing on the Wall at the Book festival this weekend. We caught up with Fernández to talk about her own work, her relationship with Abu-Jamal, and Writing on the Wall."

-Baltimore City Paper Sep 22, 2015

"'Writing on the Wall': Editor Johanna Fernández on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s New Book"

Johanna Fernández, editor of Writing on the Wall, is interviewed by Susie Day about how she met Mumia Abu-Jamal, his legacy, unjust trial, writings, and why it's important to humanize political prisoners.

"Johanna Fernández first heard of Mumia Abu-Jamal—the Philadelphia journalist whose sonorous commentaries from death row had made him world-famous—as an undergraduate at a protest in the early 1990s. Mumia's analysis of racism and class exploitation immediately spoke to Fernández … When Fernández moved to Pittsburgh, to teach at Carnegie Mellon, she started visiting Mumia. So began a friendship and collaboration destined to last well beyond the publication of Writing on the Wall, a new collection of commentaries by Mumia Abu-Jamal, which Fernández edited. Fernández now teaches history at New York's Baruch College, and Mumia's death sentence has been commuted to life without parole—though he's facing serious illness in prison. I asked Fernández about the book and their work together."

-Susie Day, Truthout Aug 16, 2015

"Mumia Abu-Jamal on the Meaning of Ferguson"

Truthout excerpts chapter 104 from Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal, "The Meaning of Ferguson"

-Truthout Aug 13, 2015

"Writing on the Wall Named Truthout's Progressive Pick for August"

Writing on the Wall is named Truthout's Progressive Pick, available for purchase from Truthout with a donation to the non-profit.

-Truthout Aug 10, 2015

"Alicia Garza on Black Lives Matter; and Mumia Abu-Jamal"

Johanna Fernández on Mumia Abu-Jamal, his health, and writing. Also: Democratic Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley were interrupted by Black Lives Matter protests during the Netroots conference in Arizona. Excerpts from Sanders’ and O’Malley’s speeches, and an interview with Alicia Garza of the Black Lives Matter movement.

-KPFA Radio Jul 20, 2015

"For Mumia and Us, All the Writing Is on the Wall"

Video: Johanna Fernández, editor of Writing on the Wall, Selected Prison Writings of Mumia-Abu Jamal, talks with Jared A. Ball about Mumia's current condition, the campaign to free him, and the poignancy of the writings collected in Writing on the Wall.

-Jared A. Ball, TheRealNews.com Jul 5, 2015

"Mumia Abu-Jamal: Writing on the Wall, Selected Writings"

Johanna Fernández, editor of Writing on the Wall, appears on Wanda's Picks Radio to talk about the book and Mumia’s continued commitment to journalism despite being confined for over 30 years.

-Wanda Sabir, Wanda's Picks Radio Jun 26, 2015

"Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal"

Dr. Johanna Fernandez, editor of Writing on the Wall, is interviewed by Sonali Kolhatkar for Uprising Radio on Mumia Abu-Jamal, his current medical condition, and the new book of his writings from City Lights. Full audio with video excerpt.

-Uprising Radio May 6, 2015

"New York Times article 'Police Files on Radicals Are at Center of a Lawsuit.' "

Johanna Fernandez, editor of Writing on the Wall, is interviewed about her request for the NYPD to find and turn over documents on the Puerto Rican militant group the Young Lords.

- Colin Moynihan. The New York Times Aug 27, 2014

"Article about Mumia Abu-Jamal in Counterpunch"

Greg Ruggiero writes about the relationship between Mumia Abu-Jamal and the literary agent Francis Goldin in Counterpunch.

-Greg Ruggiero Jun 19, 2014

"Johanna Fernandez interviewed on Democracy Now!"

In a stunning vote, a group of U.S. Senate Democrats broke ranks to join Republicans in rejecting President Obama's pick to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile. The confirmation fight focused almost solely on Adegbile’s role in the legal defense of imprisoned Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer, despite Abu-Jamal’s longstanding position of being not guilty. Adegbile was part of a team of lawyers at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who successfully argued the trial judge’s jury instructions violated Abu-Jamal’s rights. Adegbile’s supporters say the attacks on him mark a new form of Willie Horton politics and race baiting. Democracy Now! discusses the controversy with two guests: Johanna Fernández, professor of history at Baruch College-CUNY and a coordinator with the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, and Ryan Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Political Participation Group.

-Democracy Now! Mar 6, 2014