But before long I was visiting him and about 10 other men on death row at SCI Greene.
So began a friendship and collaboration destined to last well beyond the publication of , 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.
It was then literally an 8½-by-11 mimeographed paper you could find in barbershops and local dives in North Philly.
The first nine of these commentaries were published later in the 1980s by activists, in a pamphlet titled “Survival Is Still a Crime.” Why did you include such old essays?