Union resolutions
and messages
in support
of Mumia
Abu-Jamal

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Feb. 17 2000
Seattle Labor Council
Resolution of support for Mumia
Abu-Jamal

May 2000
1100 delegates to the International Convention of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) voted for a Moratorium on the Death Penalty and a new trial for Mumia Abu Jamal.

Representing the largest union in the United States with 1.4 million workers, this convention was assembled in the very state where Mumia continues to sit on death row.

Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the assembled delegates voted without dissent to demand justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Resolution demands new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal Unanimously passed Feb. 28, 2000
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor unanimously approved a resolution, Feb. 28, calling for a new trial for Mumia Abu Jamal. The delegates meeting endorsed a motion in the executive committee — also by unanimous consent — to concur with the request from AFSCME Local 1108.

The delegates applauded an explanation from an AFSCME 1108 delegate on the importance of the struggle in support of Mumia Abu Jamal and the links of that struggle to the fight against the death penalty and for equal justice for people of color who make up most of the death row and inmate population.

The arguments resonated with the Los Angeles delegates who almost daily hear new revelations of police misconduct, shootings of unarmed civilians and planting of evident by the LAPD which have resulted in more than 100 prisoners being released from jail. The police cover up is still unraveling.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor represents approximately 700,000 workers and is the second largest central labor body in the country.

Ontario Federation of Labor & Canadian Auto Workers Council
Unanimously passed Nov.-Dec., 1999
Resolutions in support of Mumia - Canada

On November 29, delegates to the convention of the 600,000-member Ontario Federation of Labor unanimously passed a resolution from the St. Catherine's & District Labor Council calling for staying the death sentence imposed on Mumia and his unconditional release.

The resolution also called for the OFL to provide active and ongoing support for the campaign to win his freedom. Immediately afterwards, a group of delegates took their message to the doorstep of the U.S. Consulate in Toronto.

Just over a week later, a Canadian Auto Workers Council unanimously adopted a similar resolution.

Information from Bruce Allen, First Vice President of the St, Catherine's & District Labor Council.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners
of America Carpenters Local 713,

Alameda County California 1050 Mattox Road, Hayward, CA 94541-1298
Date: Jan. 19, 1999
Message to the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

At its regular meeting of January 14, 1999, Carpenters Local 713 heard about the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Local 713 voted to join with other voices of organized labor in calling for a new trial for Brother Jamal.

Fraternally, John Reimann Recording Secretary

International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union Local 10
400 North Point, San Francisco, CA 94133
Date: Jan. 13, 1999
Message to Sheila Quintana
President, Oakland Education Association

ILWU Local 10 Executive Board voted last night to commend the Oakland teachers' union (OEA) for its courageous stand, in the face of adversity, of pursuing your "Teach-In" on Mumia Abu-Jamal and the death penalty.Educating our youth about this critical case is an admirable goal for which we commend you.

After hearing the facts of this case, our union voted in 1995 to demand freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

In solidarity, Larry Wing, President

San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO
1188 Franklin St., Suite 203,
San Francisco, CA 94109
Adopted: Jan. 11, 1999
Resolution in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal

WHEREAS, Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award winning journalist who has been on death row in Pennsylvania for the past 17 years, and

WHEREAS, Mumia Abu-Jamal's courageous act of solidarity with locked out NABET/CWA workers…his refusal to be interviewed by ABC's scab crews…brought national attention to NABET's just struggle; and

WHEREAS, Mumia Abu-Jamal has championed the ILWU's courageous efforts in solidarity with Liverpool dockers in regard to the Neptune Jade scab ship; and

WHEREAS, Mumia Abu-Jamal's 1982 trial was characterized by reliance on contradictory evidence from police, coercion, intimidation, suppression of critical evidence, illegal exclusion of African-American jurors; and

WHEREAS, Mumia Abu-Jamal's struggle for justice, freedom and a new trial has been supported by a broad range of labor unions, city governments, religious and social organizations, and others who seek justice and human rights;

NOW, THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED, the San Francisco Labor Council shall go on record demanding justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal and a new trial; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the San Francisco Labor Council endorses the April 24, 1999, national protests scheduled for San Francisco and Philadelphia calling for a new trial for Mr. Jamal; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the San Francisco Labor Council will communicate its views on the matter to the Governor of Pennsylvania, Thomas Ridge."

Alameda County Central Labor Council,
San Francisco, CA
Passed: Jan. 4, 1999
Resolution in Solidarity with Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

Whereas, black political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has been imprisoned since 1982, on Pennsylvania's death row for a crime which he did not commit, and

Whereas, his execution by the state was stopped only by massive international protests in 1995, and

Whereas, after recently losing his appeal at the state level he once again faces imminent execution, and

Whereas, despite this threat to his life Mumia has unflinchingly put himself on the forefront of labor's struggle to defend its fundamental right to organize and honor picket lines by 1) publicly supporting the ILWU last year in its victorious 'Neptune Jade' fight against maritime employees who attacked the union for an act of international labor solidarity, and 2) refusing to give an interview for the TV program '20/20' to strikebreakers during the present ABC-TV lockout of NABET-CWA workers, despite the necessity to publicize his case,

Therefore it be resolved that, the Alameda County Central Labor Council goes on record commending brother Mumia Abu-Jamal for his principled and courageous acts of class solidarity and we send a copy of this resolution to the other Labor Councils in the state of California and request they join us in recognizing his acts of solidarity.

Submitted by Jack Heyman, ILWU Local 10 delegate.

Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Union Local 2
209 Golden Gate Ave.,
San Francisco, CA 94102

Date: Nov. 9, 1998
Message to the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

We wish to join our voice with other labor organizations throughout the nation representing millions of working people to call for an end to injustice in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Seventeen years after his conviction we believe that credible evidence exists to vindicate this man. Mumia was prevented from presenting an adequate defense at his trial. Prosecution evidence appeared to have been tainted and prejudicial. Also, his attorney at the time admitted he was not prepared to go forward and did not have time to handle the case.

The sitting judge, Albert Sabo, who during the trial ruled with the prosecution 100% of the time, has sentenced more than twice as many people to death, most of whom are persons of color, than any other judge in the country.

In view of the fact that Mumia has been denied justice for 17 years, we support his request for a new trial. We urge you to do what you can to stop Pennsylvania's single-minded drive to execute this man.

Sincerely, Mike Casey, President"

Oakland Education Association
272 East 12th Street, Suite C,
Oakland, CA 94606
Unanimously passed: Nov. 17, 1998
Executive Board resolution in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal

On a Districtwide basis on January 14, in at least the Adult Schools, high schools, and middle schools, the OEA will educate and organize its members to replace regular instruction with organized assemblies or other instructional events to discuss the issues around, and the protests about, Mumia's execution.

So that Elementary teachers can develop appropriate curriculum for their students, OEA will include Elementary schools in discussions and mailings. We will invite the support of the other OUSD unions and of the Oakland School Board but our action will proceed in any case."

Labor Party Resolution Number 18 in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Passed: 1998 at the Labor Party National Convention

Be it resolved that the Labor Party 1998 Convention goes on record demanding justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a world-renowned award winning journalist, courageous defender of the rights of the working class and oppressed people is a prisoner on death row in Pennsylvania.

Be it further resolved, that we demand a new trial, due to the mockery of his 1982 trial; that was characterized by reliance on contradictory evidence from police, coercion, intimidation, bribery by the police of prosecution witnesses; police suppression of evidence, the illegal exclusion of African-American jurors and the blatant bias of Judge Albert Sabo;

Be it further resolved, that the Labor Party joins the hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life around the world, who have demanded justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal;

Be it finally resolved, to promptly communicate this resolution to Governor Tom Ridge.

International Longshoremen's
& Warehousemen's Union,
AFL-CIO

1188 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94109
Date: Feb. 10, 1995
Message to Pennsylvania Governor Thomas J. Ridge

The International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union and many of its affiliates have written to your predecessor, Governor Robert Casey, plead for the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the award-winning, nationally-renowned African-American activist and journalist who presently sits on Pennsylvania's death row.

We wish to renew our pleas with you in hopes that they will not fall on deaf ears. The questionable circumstances surrounding Jamal's arrest, trial and conviction have persuaded us that justice demands commutation of his death sentence.

The actions of the Philadelphia police, the denial of Jamal's request for personal counsel, unfair jury selection procedures, the prosecution's failure to call witnesses and many other factors are too disturbing to be ignored when the life of a human being is on the line.

We understand that Jamal has exhausted his appeals.
His fate now rests in your hands. We join Amnesty International, the NAACP and many other reputable organizations and individuals in asking that you take immediate steps to spare Jamal's life.
Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely, Brian McWilliams International President

Bay Area Typographical Union Local 21
433 Natoma St. Room 200,
San Francisco, CA 94103

Date: Feb. 2, 1995
Letter to Pennsylvania Governor Thomas J. Ridge

Bay Area Typographical Union # 21 has joined other labor unions and organizations, as well as many concerned citizens, in demanding freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal, whom we consider to be an innocent victim of a racial and political frame-up.

We wrote to your predecessor in office on his behalf in 1993, and now we are writing to you. We are deeply concerned by the possibility that an execution warrant might be signed for him.

We understand that new legal evidence is being brought out, on the basis of which his attorneys will soon be filing for a new trial.

Amnesty International has spoken out against the death sentence in this case.

Should he be executed at this point, this would disgrace the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States of America as a whole.

Sincerely, Nick Oren Secretary-Treasurer

Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific Marine Division - International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union
National Office: 2700 First Ave.,
Seattle, WA 98121

June 25, 1990
Message to former Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey

I write to you concerning the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has been denied, leaving Mr. Abu-Jamal's life in your hands.

At the Fourteenth Convention of the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific, Marine Division of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (June 2, AND 3 1990); a Resolution passed unanimously that our Union write, and formally notify you that our union stands opposed to the execution of Mr. Abu-Jamal, and request you, in your capacity as Governor, to reject the death penalty for Mr. Abu-Jamal.

Although our Union has not taken a formal stand, either for or against capital punishment, it is our opinion that there are too many unanswered questions in this case to put a man to death. Regardless of whether you are, or are not a supporter of capital punishment, by putting this man to death without the right to appeal, is nothing short of murder.

Again, we ask that you commute the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Sincerely yours,
Steven V. Rodgers National Secretary Treasurer

 

 

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