Japanese Workers Demand Freedom for Mumia

The Japanese Rail Union, Doro-Chiba, along with the defense committee for Japanese political prisoner Hoshino Fumiaki, have issued a letter calling for Mumia’s release and the disclosure of all files by the Pennsylvania DA.

Hoshino Fumiaki is Japan’s most famous political prisoner. He was framed for murdering a policeman by the Japanese government in retaliation for protesting against the Okinawa Reversion  Agreement, which ratified the continuing  US bases  in Okinawa, in 1971.

A link to the letter and the text are below.

Doro-Chiba letter to PA Gov & DA

Hoshino Defense Committee
Ishida Bldg. 4F, 2-8-16,
Shinbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004,

National Railway Motive Power Union of Chiba (Doro-Chiba)
DC Kaikan Bldg. 3F, 2-8 Kaname-cho Chuo-ku,
Chiba city, Chiba prefecture 260-0017,

January 2, 2018

PA Governor Tom Wolf
Office of the Governor
508 Main Capital Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

District Attorney Larry Krasner
Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney
3 S. Penn Square,
Philadelphia PA, 19107

Dear Governor Wolf and District Attorney Krasner:

We are the representatives of National Railway Motive Power Union of
Chiba (Doro-Chiba), Hoshino Defense Committee and the workers
fighting together with them. Doro-Chiba, a union of train drivers,
engineers and janitors of East Japan Railway Co., has been fighting
against the Division and Privatization of Japan National Railways since
1987. The Hoshino Defense Committee has been fighting to free an
innocent political prisoner Fumiaki Hoshino who fought against the
ratification of Okinawa Reversion Agreement, which admitted US bases
remaining there, in 1971.

We strongly demand immediate release of Mumia Abu-Jamal and full
disclosure of the evidence including memos and files from the
Philadelphia Police Department and the Office of the Philadelphia
District Attorney.

We are convinced of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s innocence. There is no
physical evidence of his guilt. Nay more, the evidence of his innocence
has been covered up and the demand for full disclosure of evidence
denied. If a prosecutor who dealt a case becomes a judge of the upper
court that rules the same case, it constitutes a conflict of interest. Long
before the recent US Supreme Court ruling, it has been the common
sense in international society. In defiance of the court order to present
the records of the Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney, it still
refuses to comply with the order. Such refusal bears eloquent testimony
to the frame-up of Mumia’s conviction by the police and the Office of
the DA.

We has been impressed with Mumia’s unflinching struggles for workers
livelihood and rights, especially collective labor rights, before and after
his arrest, and with widespread labor support for Mumia’s freedom,
including the coast wide port shutdown by the International Longshore
and Warehouse Union in 1999. Therefore, we have been making
intense effort to forge solidarity between the struggle to free Fumiaki
Hoshino in Japan and that to free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Outraged by the
prison authority’s refusal to give medication for hepatitis C treatment of
Mumia Abu-Jamal, we participated in the international campaign for his
medication. The refusal of hepatitis C medication was a very execution
in slow motion and oppression of the struggle against the framed-up

Although he got the medication as a result of his and his supporters
struggle, such assault on his health on top of 36 years of imprisonment
is the most egregious abuse. Again, we urge full disclosure of the
evidence and immediate release of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Hoshino Defense Committee
National Railway Motive Power Union of Chiba (Doro-Chiba)

E-mail : doro-chiba@doro-chiba.org
home page : http://www.doro-chiba.org/