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California Labor Supports Mumia


In an historic move, the California Labor Federation - AFL-CIO voted,
without dissent, to demand Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal and to support the
'Labor for Mumia' Campaign. At it's Convention in Anaheim, CA on July 18,
2000, California's 'House of Labor' opened the door for the Labor Movement
nationally to champion Mumia's case. As noted in the final section of
the resolution, reproduced below, the California Labor Federation "forwards
this resolution and encourages its adoption by the national Executive
Council of the AFL-CIO."

In a flyer prepared for the Convention, 'Labor for Mumia' points out, "Among
various initiatives, we are launching a mass letter-writing campaign. We
will be circulating letters for union members to sign, protesting the
planned execution and the continuing denial of Mumia's Constitutional and
Civil Rights. We must demand that the Justice Department launch an
investigation. 29 separate Constitutional violations have been documented.
It shouldn't take 18 years to discover just one, which is sufficient grounds
to throw the case out. Refusal to investigate this matter amounts to
complicity. The Labor movement cannot afford to sit back or look the other way."

"The Labor Movement must continue to champion the struggle against
injustice. As we have in the past, we must stand shoulder to shoulder with
the African American community in combating racial injustice. This is true
even when that injustice is handed down by a white man in a black robe,
shrouded by the aura of the criminal justice system."

"Please add your name to the campaign. Secure the endorsement of your Union,
Council or affiliated organization. Organize a Mumia Awareness Committee in
your local. Help us reach out to the ranks of labor to win this struggle for
freedom, justice and equality."

The resolution was introduced by Walter Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer of the
San Francisco Labor Council, who had been one of six honorees the previous
evening at the Federations' Banquet. Our literature table was quite busy
with delegates stopping by to learn more about the case, and to volunteer their
assistance. Many delegates wanting further information picked up the Amnesty
International report or a copy of Mumia's latest book.

The next meeting of 'Labor for Mumia' in the San Francisco Bay Area will
occur this coming Tuesday, July 25 at 7PM in the East Bay. The location
hasn't been confirmed, so drop an e-mail for location info. Check out the
WebSite at to sign-up and lend a hand. You
can also check out a picture of Walter at our literature table, hard at work
campaigning for justice.

In Solidarity,

Randy Christensen
Labor for Mumia
California Labor Honors Mumia & Supports 'Labor for Mumia' Campaign
Resolution for Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal

WHEREAS, Mumia Abu-Jamal is an outstanding African-American journalist and
member of the National Writers Union-UAW who campaigned against police
abuses and who, with no previous criminal record, has been on Pennsylvania's
death row since 1981, convicted of shooting a police officer in a trial in
which there was compelling evidence of his innocence and of gross misconduct
on the part of the police, prosecutor and judge; and

WHEREAS, his execution was stopped only by massive international protests,
yet he still faces imminent execution if Federal District Court Justice
William Yohn refuses to hear evidence on 29 charges of Constitutional
violations, even while new witnesses have come forward and new evidence
announced by Rubin Hurricane Carter clearly shows perjury and prosecutorial
subornation of perjury; and

WHEREAS, despite his life and death need to put his case before the public,
Mumia Abu-Jamal showed courageous solidarity with locked out NABET/CWA
workers by his refusal to be interviewed by a scab ABC television crew,
helping to bring national attention to NABET's just struggle and has also
championed the ILWU's bold efforts in solidarity with the Liverpool dockers
in regard to the Neptune Jade scab ship ; and

WHEREAS, Mumia Abu-Jamal's struggle for a new trial is supported by a broad
range of Labor Organizations which stand up for social justice, city
governments, organizations such as the NAACP, Amnesty International,
American Friends Service Committee and the European Parliament, and by such
well known figures as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther
King III, Alice Walker, Paul Newman, Maya Angelou, Ossie Davis and many
others who seek justice and human rights; and

WHEREAS ever increasing numbers of people are being freed from death row
because of new evidence of innocence that has brought about public
(including political) questioning of the fairness of the death penalty; and

WHEREAS, should he be executed without a new trial, it would be an affront
to all who believe in fairness, and it would be an irreversible, tragic
miscarriage of justice and a disgrace to the United States of America as a
whole; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Twenty-third Biennial Convention of the
California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO commends Mumia Abu-Jamal for his
principled and courageous acts of union solidarity and we continue to take
our place alongside those labor organizations who stand up against racism
and injustice, demanding justice and a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon Justice Yohn to hear Mumia
Abu-Jamal's new evidence and witnesses, and if he refuses, we call upon the
President of the United States to intercede and order a new trial; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we support the LABOR FOR MUMIA Campaign urging
the entire Organized Labor Movement to educate and organize our members and
to bring Organized Labor's Power to bear to assure Justice for Mumia
Abu-Jamal; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the California Labor Federation adopts this
resolution at it's Convention on July 17-19, 2000, and  forwards this
resolution and encourages its adoption by the national Executive Council of
the AFL-CIO.

Adopted - California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
July 18, 2000 - Anaheim, California

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