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Free Clark Kissinger!

by Refuse & Resist Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001 at 8:31 AM
RandRLA@aol.com

Sign the petition!

errorWe 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 $250 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
Paul Zarembka, editor, RESEARCH IN POLITICAL ECONOMY at ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Pzarembka
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, usQueers.com, 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, Comit '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, gravitypoint.com
Susan Zimmerman, Amnesty International
Heidi Boghosian, National Lawyers Guild
National Lawyers Guild
Alma D'Epiro, San Jos 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 (Solidarittsbndnis FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL-Hamburg/Germany)
James Baxter
Tom Stephens, Detroit, Michigan
Deborah Katzman, Cupertino, CA
Larry Shaw, Sold Down the River.org
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
TAKAOKU Norio, SAITAMA Japan
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.
Antoine REJASSE, COSIMAPP, Paris
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 fr 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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