First published at 01:29 UTC on April 15th, 2018.

Mumia Is A Mountain is a poem by Frances L. Hillyard that was presented on February 20, 2017 in Fellowship Hall, the home of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. The event was sponsored by the Social Justice Committee.

Frances was one of the poets, singer-songwriters, and speakers who responded to the call of poet Arnie Passman and the BFUU Social Justice Committee to commemorate the 59th birthday of the Peace Symbol. This is a one poem clip from the four poem session presented by Frances Hillyard to the small audience that attended on that rainy day in Berkeley. Her four poem session video is extracted from a 58 minute Public Access HD TV Creative Commons video named “Berkeley Celebrates the 59th Birthday of the Peace Symbol”, which is available for use on local Cable TV programming.

It marked the 59th Anniversary of the origins of the Peace Symbol. Born out of fear of nuclear mass destruction, it has become an essential part of our Peace Movement. Gerald Herbert Holtom created the Peace Symbol using the navy semaphore signals on February 21, 1958 in support of the "Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament". Holten had been a conscientious objector during World War II. He was a graduate of the Royal College of Art.

Frances Hillyard is an elder at the BFUU. She has been researching, writing, and participating in activist events on behalf of Mumia Abu Jamal for many years. She considers him to have been framed and to be a political prison due to his great abilities to articulate all matters of Black Liberation from an oppressive system based on mass incarceration, propaganda disinformation, and suppression and murder for those who resist the crushing of the spirit of the people to be free.

The Mural was found at a MARCH 13, 2014 post by Free Speech Radio News titled “Mumia Abu Jamal: Closed Schools” featuring Prison Radio audio of Mumia speaking.
Photo of Mumia Mural poste credit by Free Speech Radio News: Photo via Flickr user Dubnars’ photostream. Photo licensed under Creative Commons. Audio via

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