AFL-CIO demands Justice for Mumia and calls for adoption of a
resolution for Mumia by the national Executive Council of the
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."
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."
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.