Nov 24, 1998,
Solidarity with ABC Workers
the struggle of locked-out workers at ABC television, Mumia
Abu-Jamal refused to be interviewed for the network's "20/20"
news program. As
a result, "20/20" was forced to pull a story about Abu-Jamal,
a political prisoner on Pennsylvania's death row, from its Nov.
2,400 members of the National Association of Broadcast Engineers
and Technicians, an affiliate of the Communications Workers
union, have been locked out by ABC since Nov. 3. The union is
fighting for a new contract from the network and its union-busting
parent, the Walt Disney Co.
People's Video Network also honored NABET's picket line. PVN
refused to provide ABC with footage of recent demonstrations
leader Larry Holmes said: "This was an unprecedented act by
a political prisoner whose life is endangered, but who puts
class solidarity and political principles first. "Mumia Abu-Jamal
is very conscious that the struggle against the bosses and the
struggle against the racist death penalty are one and the same.
time for the labor movement to respond in kind by mobilizing
to save Mumia's life and demand his right to a new trial."