From LABOR-L@YORKU.CA Mon Jun 5 05:39:07 2000
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000 13:58:50 -0400
Sender: Forum on Labor in the Global Economy <LABOR-L@YORKU.CA>
From: Torvald Patterson <torvald@QUEERNET.ORG>
Subject: SEIU Mumia Resolution

>>Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2000 00:07:32 -0700

SEIU convention resolution

Adopted at May 2000 convention in Pittsburgh, PA

A new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal

[The publisher is unaware of what action was taken on this resolution.]

WHEREAS, MUMIA ABU-JAMAL is an award-winning journalist who has been on death-row in Pennsylvania for the past 18 years: and

WHEREAS, MUMIA ABU-JAMAL has championed the ILWU’s courageous efforts in solidarity with Liverpool Dockworkers in regard to the Neptune Jade scab ship; and

WHEREAS, MUMIA ABU-JAMAL’s courageous act of solidarity with locked out NABET/CWA workers (i.e., his refusal to be interviewed by ABC’s scab crew) brought national attention to NABET’s just struggle: and

WHEREAS, MUMIA ABU-JAMAL’s 1982 trial was characterized by reliance on contradictory evidence from the 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;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the SEIU shall go on record demanding justice for MUMIA ABU-JAMAL and a new trial:

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the SEIU will send a copy of this resolution to the other unions of the AFL-CIO and request they join us in recognizing his acts of solidarity.

Submitted by SEIU Local 1000—Adopted SEIU National Convention 2000