Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) AFL-CIO National Convention
Defends Mumia Abu-Jamal

The following resolution in support of a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal was adopted by the August 9-13, 2000, national convention of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the Latino wing of the AFL-CIO. The resolution was submitted by the New York chapter of LCLAA. The LCLAA convention was held in Chicago.

WHEREAS, Mumia Abu-Jamal, an award-winning, internationally known radio journalist who was known as the voice of the voiceless, and

WHEREAS, Mumia Abu-Jamal has been denied a fair trial and has languished in a Pennsylvania prison for 17 years and is locked up in a cell 23 hours a day and denied contact visits with his family, and

WHEREAS, Mumia's case concentrates the whole atmosphere of criminalizing African American men, the expanded death penalty, and > > > > the gutting of defendants' rights, and

WHEREAS, an international movement has developed over the years that has thus far prevented his execution and demanded a new and fair trial, and

WHEREAS, the labor movement and the New York chapter of LCLAA in particular have stood on the side of justice and freedom and are currently popularizing the struggles for justice in Africa, Latin America, South East Asia, and other parts of the world.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Convention of August 9-13 in Chicago goes on record demanding a new trial for Mumia and joins in coalition with the individuals and organizations around the world that represent a growing chorus for freedom and justice and against the violaion of Mumia's right to a fair trial and to stop the execution.

Submitted by
Santos Crespo, president;
Eduardo Santiago, vice president,
and Luis Matos, political action committee coordinator.


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