Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Global Support for Civil Rights Investigation

LKP Strike Collective

November 12, 2009

Free Mumia!

Dear comrades, Dear friends:

Despite all your efforts, including your efforts on April 6, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected your call for a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal -- the renowned Black journalist unjustly imprisoned for more than 27 years for allegedly killing a police officer.

We are aware of the fact that you have called upon civil and democratic rights' organizations and activists to join you in pressing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder -- who was appointed by Barack Obama -- to open a civil rights investigation into this matter, on the basis of the collusion orchestrated over these many years by all the authorities to deny Mumia his constitutional rights.

This is the sense of your petition to Mr. Eric Holder and of your international delegation in Washington, D.C. to the Justice Department on November 12, which we support fully.

Unfortunately, though, we will not be able to be with you on this delegation.

Dear comrades, Dear friends:

As a Black people, we have followed your struggle to free Mumia with great interest. We know that through this attack against one Black militant, it's the entire Black community that is targeted; it's their entire struggle for self-determination and their very right to live that is targeted.

In Guadeloupe, we are confronted with this same system, which denies our right to sovereignty and continues to perpetuate the plantation economy. It's against this system that our people have been mobilized over the past 10 months behind the Liannaj Kont Pwofitasyon, or LKP Coalition Against Exploitation.

We want to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that:

- A Mumia support committee was formed in Guadeloupe in 1998. This committee has worked hard, together with Mumia Committees the world over, to free our Brother Mumia Abu-Jamal.

- A delegation from Guadeloupe participated in the International Tribunal on Katrina in New Orleans at the end of August 2007, where, among other points, it was able to exchange experiences with sisters and brothers in other countries involved in the fight to win freedom for Mumia.

-The delegation from the LKP that traveled to the East Coast and Midwest of the United States in July 2009 also was able to participate in meetings and rallies in support of the struggle to free Mumia.

For all these reasons, the LKP Coalition extends to you our solidarity and support for your November 12 mobilization to demand a civil rights investigation into the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

In solidarity,


(listed in this order: last name, first name and organization -- all of which are part of the LKP Coalition)

* ALVARADE, Pierre- SUD PTT Guadeloupe
* BANDOU, Alex - UPG
* BERNIS, Jean-Pierre - CFTC
* BISSAINTHE, Gilbert - SUD PTT Guadeloupe
* CLAUDE, Serge - Environnement
* COTELLON, Nice - Environnement
* COUVIN, Chantal - SPEG
* DAHOMEY, Lita - Combat Ouvrier
* DAVILLE, Myrlin - UGTG
* EVARISTE, Max - Force Ouvrière
* FABERT, Victor - Travayè é Péyizan
* FRONTEAU, Karine - ANG
* GAMA, Raymond - Mouvman NONM
* GERMAIN, Pierre - Mouvman NONM
* LAPITRE, Jocelyn - Travayè é Péyizan
* LAURENT, Sylvio - ANKA
* LEDRECK, Jean-Philippe - SUD PTT Guadeloupe
* LUCE, Hilaire - Syndicat Unifié (Crédit Agricole)
* MAX, Celeste - Combat Ouvrier
* MINATCHY, Nathalie - CAP Guadeloupe
* MOUNIEN, Rozan - CAP Guadeloupe
* NOYER, Séverine - CFTC
* NUMA, Michel - COPAGUA
* PALIN, Jean-Michel - CTU
* PERUTIN, Lucien - UPLG
* PITER, Georges - CFTC
* SIMION, Alain - Environnement
* TACITA, Patrice - AKYO
* TANTIN, Raymond - FERAS


5) Endorsements from Brazil

* National Executive Committee of the Unified Workers Central of Brazil (CUT), representing 12 million union members and affiliates
* Quintino Severa, General Secretary, CUT trade union federation
* Joao Felicio, Secretary of International Relations, CUT trade union federation
* Julio Turra, National Executive Director, CUT trade union federation
* National Council for the Promotion of Racial Equality
* Flavio Jorge Rodrigues, Director, Coordinating Committee of Black Organizations (CONEN)
* Markus Sokol, Member, National Directorate, Workers Party
* Edenice Santana de Jesus, PT-Salvador, Bahia
* Milton Barbosa, National Unified Black Movement (MNU)
* Claudio Silva Claudinho, SP-State Secretary of Combate Racismo
Barbara Corrales, Brazilian Committee "To Defend Haiti, Is to Defend Ourselves"
* Congressman Jose Candido
* Joelson Souza, Juventude Revolução - IRJ


6) Latest list of endorsers from Mexico

* Ramón Jiménez López, diputado federal (PRD)
* Romualdo Escudero Castillo, secretario general del comité ejecutivo nacional del Sindicato Independiente de Trabajadores del Colegio de Bachilleres
* Jorge Cázares Torres, secretario general de la sección 18 del SNTE-CNTE
* Isaac Cruz Contreras y Julio Calvo Hernández, miembros del Centro de Estudios Sociales de la sección 22 del SNTE (CNTE)
* Nicolás Daniel Rosas, Ibáñez, miembro de la representación de la sección 22 del SNTE (CNTE) en la Asamblea Nacional Representativa de la CNTE
* Escolástico González, representante de AGR-Sección 10 del SNTE a la ANR de la CNTE
* Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, coordinador de Magisterio Democrático del Valle de México, sección 36 del SNTE (CNTE)
* Miguel Gómez Gutiérrez, secretario general de la delegación sindical de profesores de la ESE (Instituto Politécnico Nacional)
* Roberto Moreno Ayala, secretario general de la delegación de trabajadores de asistencia de la ENCB (Instituto Politécnico Nacional)
* Froylán Sánchez G., secretario general de la delegación sindical de profesores de la ENCB (Instituto Politécnico Nacional)
* Hermenegildo Sierra Martínez, secretario de Organización de la delegación sindical de los profesores de ESIQUIE (Instituto Politécnico Nacional)
* Luis Vázquez Villalobos y Javier Brena Alfaro, delegados sindicales en el Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
* Humberto Martínez Brizuela y Armando Pasos Cabrera, en nombre de la Organización Socialista de Trabajadores (Cuarta Internacional)


7) Latest list of endorsers from France

* Michel LEROCH, trade unionist
* Jacques PARIS, trade unionist
* Pascal SAMOUTH, trade unionist
* Michele SIMONIN, trade unionist

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