„I spend my days preparing for life, not preparing for death… They haven't stopped me from doing what I want every day. I believe in life, I believe in freedom, so my mind is not consumed with death. It's with love, life and those things. In many ways, on many days, only my body is here, because I am thinking about what's happening around the world.“

—  Mumia Abu-Jamal, "I spend my days preparing for life, not for death" The Guardian, Laura Smith (2007-10-25)
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