from the International Action Center:
Kissinger, a longtime activist and leader in the movement to free
Mumia Abu-Jamal, remains in jail at the Federal Detention Center
was jailed Wednesday for 90 days on a probation violation stemming
from a demonstration at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia in July
1999. The demonstrators were demanding a new trial for journalist
Mumia Abu-Jamal, who awaits execution on Pennsylvania's death row.
an organizer for Refuse and Resist, was given one year probation
and a fine for his participation in the July 1999 demonstration.
He was sentenced to 90 days in jail on December 6, 2000, for the
"crime" of having spoken out against the death penalty and the criminal
injustice system at an August 1 demonstration timed to coincide
with the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.
believe that Clark Kissinger's imprisonment constitutes an act of
selective prosecution by the judicial system in Philadelphia. It
is the same system which has an interest in depriving Mumia Abu-Jamal
of a new trial since a new trial would undoubtedly reveal widespread
judicial, police and prosecutorial misconduct.
jailers are attempting to make his imprisonment more difficult by
denying him routine visits from family members. We hold the authorities
in Philadelphia and in the state of Pennsylvania responsible for
Clark's safety while incarcerated and in their custody. We demand
that his family and others be allowed to visit Clark.
jailing is a miscarriage of justice. We join all those who demand
his immediate release. We are asking people to call and demand Clark's
Mayor John Street: 215.686.2181
Congressman Chaka Fatah: 202.225.4001 US Marshall's office: 215.597.7273
Judge Arnold C. Rapoport: 610.0369; fax, 610.776.0379
Judge Bruce Kaufman: fax, 215.580.2281
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phone: 212 633-6646
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