Resolution on Mumia Abu-Jamal

Adopted at 1995 Annual Conference

WHEREAS the Constitution of the United States guarantees every citizen a fair and impartial trial; and

WHEREAS there exist serious questions concerning the fairness of the trial that put Mumia Abu-Jamal on death row; and

WHEREAS Mumia Abu-Jamal, a prominent radio broadcaster, journalist, author, and former President of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Black Journalists, has been subjected to gross violations of his First Amendment rights both during his trial, and following conviction, throughout his imprisonment; and

WHEREAS the ultimate injustice is for the state to kill a person for a crime that person might not have committed; therefore be it

RESOLVED that the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association call upon Governor Thomas J. Ridge of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to reverse the death sentence signed of June 2, 1995, and to allow Abu-Jamal's lawyers to appeal his conviction.

SRRT Newsletter Issue 117, p. 12