We are very happy to announce that the National Writers Union, United Auto Workers Local 1981, has passed a resolution supporting the Civil Rights Investigation of the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Take note, union organizers, community group activists, and church/mosque/synagogue attendees --- your group, too, can pass such a resolution!
Whereas award-winning, prolific writer and broadcast journalist Mumia Abu Jamal was accorded honorary membership in the National Writers Union in 1995 and he thereafter worked actively with the Philadelphia Chapter for many years;
Whereas the principle of a fair trial is a constitutional right;
Whereas those who support Mumia believe that he did not receive a fair trial in 1982 based on more than 20 well-documented legal issues;
Whereas extensive evidence of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in Mumia's trial has surfaced that could have led to Mumia's acquittal (which was the basis on which Attorney General Holder used to overturn the conviction this spring of former Senator Stevens of Alaska);
Whereas Mumia is still on death row in Pennsylvania after 27 years and the Supreme Court this spring turned down a petition to review his request for a new trial;
Whereas the NAACP adopted a resolution at its 2009 convention to press Attorney General Holder to conduct a civil rights investigation of his case;
Hereby be it resolved that the NWU in solidarity with our honorary member Mumia Abu-Jamal endorse the NAACP resolution and sign the petition for a civil rights investigation of Mumia's case.