LABOR TAKES THE LEAD IN DEMANDING MUMIA’S FREEDOM
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ILWU Local 10 holds Stop Work action in Oakland and San Francisco to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.
By Fighting Words Staff
February 16, 2023 was a powerful International Day of Action demanding freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal. The day was led by labor activists from ILWU Local 10 in Oakland and San Francisco, teachers from Oakland and San Francisco, the National Metal Workers Union of South Africa, and the National Railway Motive Power Union of Chiba in Japan. In New York City, leaders from theTransport Workers Union, Teamsters, Laundry Workers Center, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists held a teach-in for Mumia.
But the overwhelming support didn’t stop there!
- Noted political activist and academic Angela Davis, who was a political prisoner herself, wrote a letter to Irvin Jim, General Secretary of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, about the bonds of solidarity that hold together this global campaign. She also spoke out in support of the ILWU Local 10 stop work action for Mumia, as an honorary member of the local.
- The children of Elaine sang “This Little Light of Mine”, their song for Mumia. These young people are descendants of the people killed in the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas Massacre.
- Free Mumia protest was held in Berlin, Germany.