Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) AFL-CIO National
Defends Mumia Abu-Jamal
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.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, an award-winning, internationally known radio
journalist who was known as the voice of the voiceless, and
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
Mumia's case concentrates the whole atmosphere of criminalizing
African American men, the expanded death penalty, and > > > >
the gutting of defendants' rights, and
an international movement has developed over the years that has
thus far prevented his execution and demanded a new and fair trial,
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.
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.
Santos Crespo, president;
Eduardo Santiago, vice president,
and Luis Matos, political action committee coordinator.