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Free Clark Kissinger!

by Refuse & Resist Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001 at 4:31 PM

Sign the petition!

We Protest the Imprisonment of Clark Kissinger!

We are writing to protest the December 6, 2000, imprisonment of Clark Kissinger. For the last several years Mr. Kissinger has played a key role in the growing movement demanding a new trial for Pennsylvania Death Row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.

On July 4th, 1999, Clark Kissinger and 95 others carried out a peaceful act of civil disobedience at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. They were all issued summonses for "failing to obey a lawful order," classified, as a traffic ticket is, a "petty offense." 90 pled guilty and paid a fine. Six, including Clark Kissinger, demanded a jury trial. The Judge sentenced them to a 0 fine and one year's supervised probation.

The length of the probationary period was grossly disproportionate to the underlying "crime," and its terms were clearly designed to hamper Mr. Kissinger's efforts to organize for a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Clark Kissinger was forced to surrender his passport, and turn over monthly lists of all sources of his income and contacts with convicted persons. He also was prohibited from traveling outside of New York City without the court's permission. Further revealing the political nature of this restriction, three times Clark was granted permission to travel to visit his sick mother, and three times he was denied permission to travel to speak on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

On August 1st, thousands of young people came to Philadelphia, the city where MAJ was tried, to protest at the Republican National Convention, where the nation's leading executioner, George W. Bush, was to be nominated. Despite being denied permission to travel there to speak and report on the convention for various media, Clark went anyway and spoke of Mumia's case, saying "We are going to fight this fight to win, and unite with people of all different viewpoints from all different communities, expanding our broadness, our diversity and our determination."

On December 6, 2000, Clark was charged with violating probation and sentenced to 90 days of jail. Both the prosecutor and the Judge made clear that they were jailing Clark for giving this speech, for asserting his right to do so, and for his continued advocacy on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

First year law students are taught that the law has outgrown medieval formality and that a just legal determination is one that reflects the substance not the form of a situation. In Mr. Kissinger's case the Judge declares that he is merely imposing punishment for Mr. Kissinger's failure to abide by the terms of his probation. That rationalization reflects the form of the situation - its substance is that someone in this country has been imprisoned for giving a political speech.

The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal is entering its most critical phase, his first appearance before the Federal Courts where his Habeas Corpus petition will be argued, the only opportunity where the evidence that the state of Pennsylvania has suppressed can be admitted to the record. This act of judicial repression against Clark Kissinger in fact is aimed against the movement to save Mumia's life. But, it is more than that. It is an outrage that offends the very concept of justice. The facts are stark: Mr. Kissinger, a political figure, has been imprisoned without a jury trial for giving a political speech at a political event. We demand the immediate release of Clark Kissinger. We call on all who cherish freedom to join us.

Pam Africa, International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Safiya Bukhari, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (New York)

Sam Jordan

Jeff Mackler, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (Northern California)

Robert Meeropol, Rosenberg Fund for Children

Monica Moorehead, International Action Center

Joan Parkin, Campaign to End the Death Penalty

Marcus Rediker, Western PA Committee to Free Mumia (Pittsburgh)

Debra Sweet, Refuse & Resist!

Mark Taylor, Academics for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Steve Wiser, Bruderhof Communities

Julia Wright, International Concern Family & Friends Of Mumia Abu-Jamal (Paris)

affiliations are given for identification purposes only

Nicholas Downey & Marilyn Vogt-Downey

Herman and Betty Liveright, Lenox, MA

Peter Rachleff, Professor of History, Macalester College Ronnie Dadone

Noelle Hanrahan/ Prison Radio

DON PAUL, Writer, performer


Alexander S. Ngnoubamdjum, Black Students Organisation (Hamburg, Germany)

Carolyn Birden, Academics for Mumia Abu-Jamal, Community College of Philadelphia

Randy Christensen, Labor for Mumia

April Rosenblum, Students and Youth to Stop The Execution of Mumia, Temple University, Philadelphia

Galeen Leigh Roe

Matthew Bear-Fowler

L-J Batie, Students Against Violence Philadelphia PA

North Coast Xpress. Doret Kollerer, Editor

Edward Hasbrouck, former federal prisoner

Craig R. Johnson II

B. Allan Ross,, San Diego CA

Jason Crane, Groove Embassy Records

Elin Johansson, Lule Swede

Manuel A. Huerta, Los Angeles

Cristen Bradshaw, Student Adelphi University

Justin Stearns

Kevin Coffee

Gale McGovern, New Paltz, NY

Alicia Lucksted

Eli Vogt

Walter E. Davis, Kent State University Living Wage Campaign

Celine Vaquer-Nos - Leonard Peltier Support Group / France

Michael Bailey, San Francisco, CA

Darlene Wallach

Hal Jamison, Ashland, OR, Veterans Peace Action Teams; Chomsky Action Project of the Rogue Valley.

Denise Alvarado, Comité '98 por un Puerto Rico Libre, Oakland, CA

Donna Wallach, United for Justice, and Leonard Peltier Support Group of San Jose, CA.

Mike Stark, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Washington,DC

Anika Yetunde, black surreal.

Bob Stein

Mike Figura, Baltimore, MD

Christina Lorca Magon

Jane Pietrangelo

Viviane Oh, San Francisco CA

Mary Ratcliff, San Francisco Bay View newspaper

Paul Kneisel, Editor: The Internet Anti-Fascist

Al Weinrub, Chair, National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981), Bay Area*

Ron Jacobs, author, The Way the Wind Blew, Burlington, VT.

Carlos Rovira, Vieques Support Campaign

Jackson Allers, The A-Lab

Laurie Ketzenberg

Matt Cohen

Aaron Silverman

Jill McCorkel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northern Illinois University

Evergreen Chou, Co-Chair Flushing Greens

Bob Mandel, member, Executive Board, Oakland Education Association

Ann Power, Santa Rosa Junior College

Jean and Charles Sweet

Frances Free Ramos, comite '98 por un puerto rico libre

Elizabeth Antall, Mumia Working Group - Refuse and Resist!, Law Student

The Rev. S. Michael Yasutake, Executive Director Interfaith Prisoners of Conscience Project

Lila M. Gardner

Danielle Storer, Berkeley CA

Nancy Jacot-Bell, NY3 Freedom Campaign

New York Free Mumia Coalition

Suzanne Ross

Dawn Reel

Tom Gardner, Reference Librarian

Migiwa Kanazawa

Janet Arelis Quezada, Berkeley CA

Stephanie Abraham

Michelle Gross, Twin Cities Refuse & Resist! Twin Cities Coalition to Defend Mumia Abu-Jamal

Brandon Patton, Chapel Hill, NC

Bob Harris, International Concernced Family & Friends of Mumia Avu-Jamal, Philadelphia Pa

S. D. Cardoza,

Susan Zimmerman, Amnesty International

Heidi Boghosian, National Lawyers Guild

National Lawyers Guild

Alma D'Epiro, San José CA

Jim Forsyth, Hayward CA

Scott Trent

Greensboro Coalition for Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Ashley Nunn, Humanitarian, sister of Michael Tebbs Nunn, killed by NYPD

Margaret So

Steve Bloom--New York Free Mumia Coalition and National Committee member of Solidarity

Jessica Crenshaw, Commission on Social Concerns, First A.M.E. Church, Los Angeles CA

d'andre Bitter, October 22nd Coalition, Oakland CA

Donna Willmott, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Jessica Clarke

Michael Simmons

Benjamin Evans, Chicago, IL

Mariama Changamire, Chicago, IL

Ruth Crossman, October 22nd Coalition

Vieques Support Campaign

Amanda Northrup, Greensboro Coalition for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Allison Goldberg, anti-death penalty activist, high school teacher

Rosemari Mealy JD New York

Matt Sheridan Boston, MA

Mike Stage

LaTonya Dykes

Rosylin Dean

Alan Traugott

Sunshine Clearwater

Karen Higgins

Hillary Exter

Ronald C. Spriestersbach

Deborah Lagutaris, National Campus Greens, Campus Greens at UC Santa Barbara

Beti Harris

shorty six string (from boxcar bertha)

Maricruz Badia-Cestero from Sistas en la Lucha

Judith Amanthis, African Liberation Support Campaign, London

Fred Russo, Detroit

Nancy Rost, Madison, Wisconsin

Kim Calhoun, North Carolina

Frank Emspak. Madison WI, Professor, School for Workers, University of Wisconsin Extension

monica kathleen - detroit

Dave Rees, Sydney Australia

David Kaplowitz

Student, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

Tom Lacey, North State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party of California

Claudia Omoregie, Mannheim, Germany

Michael Letwin, President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325

Matthew Rothschild, Editor, The Progressive magazine.

Debra Pappler (Tokyo, Japan)

Betsy Wolf-Graves, Member, CA People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty and Amnesty Int.

Dan Wilson, Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines (NISPOP)

Liz McCartney

David Kelly, Veterans for Peace

Tori Coto

Joseph E. Morrow, Ph.D., Professor, California State University, Sacramento CA

Paul Cluster

Ted Picciotto, Prison Reform Collective at UC Davis

Jacki La Pointe, The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, San Francisco CA

Jessica Rios, Friends of the River, Chico CA

Kevin Baird

Jeffrey Kirk, Person of Conscience

Natalie Tolman SF, CA

Barry Marchessault, Fairfax, CA

Bill Carpenter, San Francisco

Todd M. Michney, Cleveland OH

Maggie Coulter, Sacramentans for International Labor Rights

Jose Perez de Lama, Spain

Aimee Young, Detroit

Sebastiana Pastor, Artist/Educator

Peter Phillips Ph.D., Sociology Department/Project Censored, Sonoma State University

Sarah Barrentine, College Iternational Political Awareness

Todd Barnes, California Teachers Association

Kim Malcheski, attorney, San Francisco, CA

Crescent Diamond, San Francisco, CA

Yvonne Miller, University of California Santa Cruz

Bandell Kay

Siri Keil & Goetz Steeger (Solidaritätsbündnis FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL-Hamburg/Germany)

James Baxter

Tom Stephens, Detroit, Michigan

Deborah Katzman, Cupertino, CA

Larry Shaw, Sold Down the

Sylvia Berman, Certified Nurse Midwife

Chris Willemin, Chicago IL

Peter Stone

Rochester Food Not Bombs

Anarchist Action of Rochester

Rochester Mumia Defense Committee

Merrill Cole, Ph.D. Seattle, WA

Dick Andrews, Petaluma Progressives, Green Party, Petaluma CA,

Corey J Wade, LyricaJerichombustion Editor

Rotes Haus (band/Hamburg)

Rebecca L. Davis

Andrew Sherman

Robin Van Tassell

Robert Candelaria

Don Kosmicki of Kanas City, Missouri

Bill Kong (SEIU local 1000) Sacramento CA

John Serop Simonian, Whittier, CA

Jade Pombrio, Oakland CA

Dale Nesbitt, Berkeley, CA

Ravi Chandra

Bill Vaughn

Annie Day, Refuse &Resist! National Office

Janet Yip, Refuse &Resist! Executive Committee

Colin McDonald, Hamburg Germany

Karen Zern, Refuse and Resist!

Wallace L. Schultz II, Las Vegas, NM

Michael Perez

Britt Conroy

Edward Kane, Los Angeles, CA

Justin Probert

Sarah McDonald, East Lansing, MI

ILWU Local 10 Executive Board (San Francisco)

Charles Fernandez

Jeff Golden, Executive Director, The Odyssey, www.ustrek,org

Gerald and Ragan Cavanaugh, Ashland, OR

Earl Silbar, AFSCME 3506 Executive Board member*

Nina Eichacker, Student

April Cotte, Reclaiming Collective

Ben Saari, Laidoff Records, Pateluma CA

Sherry Gorelick

Suzanne M. Dumont

Nancy Gilbertson, Music Faculty at Wells College

John Matchim Student Memorial University of Newfounland

Shanna McIntyre, Amnesty International, UC Berkeley student chapter

John Kelly, Student Concordia College-MN

Jack Heyman, ILWU Local 10, San Francisco CA

Sarah Greenberg, student UC Santa Cruz CA

Henry Carson

Independent Media Center, Los Angeles

Steve Monteleone

Rick Fellows, Media Island International

John Gilbert, National Coordinator University Foreign Language Teachers, - SNUR-CGIL Trade Union, Rome, Italy

San Francisco Food Not Bombs

Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

Kai GOHARA, Student, University of Tokyo.

D. Marie Stinson


Mari Yamamoto

Kevan Hudson, The Green Party of Richmond, Canada

Matthew R Glesmann, Colorado State University Green Party

Imai Kyohei, Citizens' Association to Stop the Execution of Mumia

Daniel Garcia, Sr., Justice for Mark Garcia

NOMURA; Osami, Dr. English

Tetsu R. Satoh, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Asia United Computing Co.Ltd.


Allen Grieco, Rochester NY

William McCreary, Team for Urban Political Action and Change

Power Of Women at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA

Amy E. Renigar

Alana Kohmann, Pismo Beach, CA

Marcey Gayer

Nicholas Heyward Sr., Father of Nicholas Jr.

Michael Schiffmann, in the name of Freiheit für Mumia Abu-Jamal Heidelberg

Sabeen Shaiq, student

Kara Vona, American Friends Service Committee, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

David B. Collins, Harris County (TX) Green Party

Jeffrey Garis, Pennsylvania Abolitionists United Against the Death Penalty

Emily Brown, Hamilton, GA.

Jesi Johnson, Hogansville GA

Kasia Eryn Rutledge, Campus Green Coordinator for the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Matthew Schmookler

Karega Alkebulon, of the Alkebulon Society, TX

Heidi McLean, Sacramento Activists For Democratic Trade

Esty Dinur, print and radio journalist.

Kimberly Rae Eisentrager

Kristen Colby, Freedom NOW

Bill Martin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago

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