Statement from the International Action Center:

Clark Kissinger, a longtime activist and leader in the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, remains in jail at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia.

Kissinger 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.

Clark, 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.

We 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.

His 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.

His 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 release:

Warden Vanyur, 215.521.7210;
fax 215.521.7220
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

International Action Center 39 West 14th Street, Room 206 New York, NY 10011 email:
phone: 212 633-6646
fax: 212 633-2889
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