Wednesday, December 19, 2007




"Murdered by Mumia" just made the New York Times extended best seller list, and will be in the 20th position in the list dated December 30, 2007.


Thank you so much for your support of this book. Last Friday, upon her departure from Philadelphia, at the end of our intensive book signing schedule, Maureen Faulkner was elated about the success of the book, and told me she was going home to celebrate her most enjoyable Christmas in the 26 years since Danny died. This news will guarantee her holiday happiness.


The book remains for sale everywhere, and all author proceeds will continue to benefit Maureen's not-for-profit which supports the education of the children of murder victims in Philadelphia.


(Editors Note:


The first 40,000 copies of this book were sold on the first day alone. At just about every book signing every book in the store was sold and on a few occasions people had to leave empty handed as their simply wasn't enough for everyone.


On a personal note, I again want to thank Michael and Maureen for thinking to include my contribution and especially all of you who have seen past the Jamal propaganda machine and now want to read the real story.


One lingering bit of sadness is with me as I write this as I realize that Maureen Faulkner should have never had to write this book. However, the brutal attempts to demonize her and re-write history on the part of Jamal's supporters made this endeavor a kind of necessity.


It took immense courage for her to write this book, re-live those memories, and have endured the worst that the Jamal supporters have thrown at her, and still be so kind and so full of energy. She didn't ask to be the widow of a slain police officer, or to be attacked so viciously, or to become a kind of symbol for justice. But that is what she is and the example she sets in terms of courage, persistence, and with regards to this former MOVE/Mumia supporter, an amazing amount of forgivenesss. On so many levels she raises the bar for all of the rest of us.


Thank you Maureen and Michael for this book. What we need now is a version in French!
-Tony Allen

9 Comments:

At 4:30 AM , Anonymous Christine said...

It IS a shame that Maureen had to go through all of this. She didn't take the easy road and just walk away.

I listened to her interview with Marty Moss-Coane and was so impressed. Maureen is so articulate, forthright and determined. I was especially struck by her encounter with Mike Farrell. She asked him if he had read the court transcript and he said no!

Hmm, so are just a lemming in general or supporting Mumia because it's trendy??

 
At 7:25 AM , Anonymous Steve D said...

I would like to thank Maureen and Michael for remembering those of us in Delaware that remember Danny. I was fortunate enough to make the Borders Books appearance in Wilmington and picked up 4 copies. The turnout there was phenomenal. Tony, also been meaning to thank you for the great service you do for the memories of John and Danny.

 
At 11:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if there will be a response from the New Your crowd

jon pisano

 
At 2:39 PM , Blogger Tony Allen said...

That is a good point about the transcripts that I bring up from time to time.

Before the transcripts were available online Pam Africa used to run around with her copy telling anyone who would listen that the proof of Jamal's innocence was in the transcripts.

Now that they are available the Jamal crowed pretends they don't exist or they take excerpts out of context in order to serve their agenda, but none of their websites link to the trial transcripts. Can anyone wonder why not?

 
At 10:51 PM , Anonymous Christian Peheim said...

@ jon pisano

If there is a response it most likely will be something like the book burning at Berkeley in September 2000 (chapter 39).

Christian Peheim

 
At 12:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Maureen Faulkner,
I admire your courage to speak out against the Pro Mumia Movement. You're an inspiration for so many others and me.
I am sorry that it is because of your husband's brutal murder that you have had to endure so much pain. Pain caused by people who care more about their own agenda then the emotions of a grieving widow and family, who loved the man they are condemning.

I look forward with enthusiasm to reading your book.

 
At 6:28 PM , Blogger Tony Allen said...

There is indeed a kind of response taking place. If I may be somewhat presumptious, I think I can seriously say that in meetings and amongst themselves there is the genesis of a "response" underway.

Pam Africa has trashed Maureen Faulkner as a liar at a press conference and the founder of "Educators For Mumia" has written an ostensibly scholarly response that is published at phillyimc.org

What one can be sure is that there will be more to come.

 
At 6:42 AM , Anonymous Markvike said...

I just checked out the Educators Mumia site and "read" their rebuttal of the book. I actually couldn't get more than about 2 paragraphs into it before my eyes started to bleed.

It is quite possibly the most elitist, self-serving hogwash I think I've ever tried to digest. With such sections as "Demonizing Mumia", their objectivity isn't even in play. "Demonizing"? Well, yeah, he was convicted of Murder! Shall we cannonize him instead?

Unbelievable.

 
At 3:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read it also and it is one sided trash. Demonizing...really

jon pisano

 

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