Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Supporters in France, South Africa and Algeria Endorse Call for Civil Rights Investigation

Paris, November 11, 2009

Dear Sister Colia Clark, Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We strongly endorse your petition to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, an Obama appointee, to open a civil rights investigation into the case of Brother Mumia Abu-Jamal.

We wish you a successful Day of Action on November 12 in Washington, D.C. We have informed the unions, organisations and activists that support the ILC campaigns of your important initiative. We very much hope some of them have contacted you by now with their endorsements of your petition to Attorney General Holder.

Please inform us of the results of your actions in Washington so that we can, in turn, inform our ILC supporters the world over through our multi-language ILC International Newsletter.

In solidarity,

Daniel Gluckstein,
ILC Coordinator
Paris, France


2) Letter from South Africa/Azania (sent by Lybon Mabasa, a comrade of Steve Biko in the Black Consciousness Movement and currently president of the Socialist Party of Azania/SOPA)

10th November 2009

The people of Azania, commonly known as South Africa, together with their organisations and trade unions, which fought a gallant struggle against an obnoxious Apartheid System, join the progressive calls from all over the world to stay the execution of our beloved brother and comrade Mumia Abu Jamal. Over the years, we have unwaveringly called for his unconditional release because we believe that Mumia is innocent and is a victim of the racist American system, similar in many respects and ways to the one we have successfully struggled against in South Africa.

All progressive people and organisations join in the demand that the U.S. Justice Department conduct a civil investigation into the 27-year conspiracy organised through particularly white police, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct to railroad Mumia, an innocent man, to death.

In South Africa, this campaign was indorsed by leaders of the liberation struggle including, trade unions and religious groups.

We therefore once more restate our position that Mumia should not be executed and that he is innocent.
Among the most immediate endorsers are the following:
* Tiyani Lybon Mabasa - President of the Socialist Party of Azania
* Strike Thokoane - Secretary General of the Azanian Peoples Organisation
* Nkosi Molala - Deputy President of the Black Consciousness Party
* Phineas Malapela - Legal Secretariat of PAWUSA( a COSATU affiliate)
* Na'eem Jeenah, Executive Director, Afro-Middle East Centre
* Mphutlane we Bofelo - Leader of the Muslim Youth Movement and SOPA
* Na'eem Jeenah- Muslim Youth Movement
* Mfundo Nhlapo - Organiser of BIFAWU ( a trade union)
* Moatlhodi Molefe- Spokesperson of POPCRU ( a COSATU affiliate)
* Partick Bayo Mkhize- Secretary General STEMCWU ( a trade union) and a member of SOPA
* Makuntle Jackie Hlapolosa - Treasurer General of the Socialist Party of Azania.
* Hlomani Godfrey Mabasa - Political Commissar of SOPA
* Barney Mokgatle- Second most important of Leader of the June 16 1976 Revolution.
* Thulani Hlatskwayo - Leading trade union.
* Thandile Kona - Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa
* Rose Ngwenya - Leader of Socialist Party of Azania ( Women's Section)
* Asha Moodley - Kwa-Zulu Provincial Chairperson of SOPA.
* Nick Tucker - Publicity Director of SOPA.
* Chrissie Peter
* Mpho Tsedu - ANC Youth League leader
* Moroke Victor Moeleso- Gauteng Provincial Chairperson of SOPA.


3) Letter from Sister Louisa Hanoune, National Deputy and Spokesperson of the Workers Party, Algeria

Algiers, November 12, 2009

Dear Comrades,

From Algeria to South Africa, Mumia Abu-Jamal has become the symbol of the oppression of Black people in the United States.

As spokesperson for the Algerian Workers Party and of its Parliamentary group, I want to express my full support to your delegation to Eric Holder's office, today in Washington D.C.

The execution of our brother Mumia Abu-Jamal would be a crime against democracy.

It would go against the will of the American people, expressed in the vote of November 4, 2008.

In solidarity
Louisa Hanoune,
Workers Party of Algeria

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