(AllHipHop News) Bronx artist collective Rebel Diaz is hosting a benefit concert for imprisoned activist Mumia Abu-Jamal. M-1 of the rap group Dead Prez, YC the Cynic, Ferguson activist/rapper Tef Poet, acclaimed poet Aja Monet, Brooklyn emcee King Capo, and the Youth Poet Laureate of New York City Ramya Ramana will all perform tonight (April 23) at BB Kings in New York City.
The fundraising event is being held to help raise money for Mumia’s legal fight. The 60-year-old author was sentenced to death in 1982 for the death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Numerous organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund have challenged the conviction on the grounds Mumia did not receive a fair trial.
According to reports, Mumia has become critically ill in recent weeks. He spent several days in the intensive care unit at a hospital before being transferred back to the SCI Mahanoy correctional facility. There is concern the prison is not equipped to adequately care for Mumia’s condition.
Tickets for the #BringMumiaHome benefit concert are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds go to the Bring Mumia Home campaign.
Rebel Diaz is also working with artists and activists across the country to stage rallies in support of Mumia on April 24 and April 25. For more information visit bringmumiahome.com.
“Mumia has been locked up as long as most of us have been alive. He is the voice of the voiceless. He has been our generation’s Nelson Mandela,” RodStarz from Rebel Diaz tells AllHipHop.com. “Here we have a freedom fighter locked up behind bars, yet his revolutionary spirit has given all of us inspiration to keep working for a better tomorrow.”
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