Soulguard Wadiya

Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s wife Wadiya Jamal recently passed away. The loving couple is pictured here together on visits in 1982 and 2012. The San Francisco Bay View Newspaper sends our highest salute to the life of Wadiya Jamal, and our most sincere condolences to Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Jamal family, her comrades and loved ones. It will be decided by the courts if Mumia Abu Jamal will be given a new trial within the next 60 days. Free Mumia! Free Veronza! Free Imam Jamil! Free Kamau! Free Kevin Rashid! Free Ruchell! Free Ed! Free Leonard! Free ‘Em All!

by Julia Wright

you are 

in his cell

with him,


you are 

his soulguard

the guards

sense your warm 

invisible presence

and look

for drafts

but the only draft 

is in the winter

of their souls

Mumia breaks bread

with you


at last

and when his cell door


you will guide

his first free steps

towards us

after so long.

Julia Wright is a longtime supporter of Mumia Abu-Jamal and daughter of author Richard Wright.