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|Urgent Meeting of Mobilization to Free Mumia|
|Date||Saturday January 06|
|Time||10:30 AM - 12:30 PM|
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298 Valencia Street, at 14th Street in San
Francisco's Mission District
Dear Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Lynne Stewart,
Greetings and Best Wishes for Peace and Justice in 2007!
This Saturday, January 6 at 10:30am there will be an important meeting of
the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Lynne Stewart Defense
Committee at our offices at 298 Valencia Street, at 14th Street in San
Francisco's Mission District (415-255-1085). We will be discussing the
latest developments in Mumia's case, and the historic Bay Area tour of
Lynne Stewart and Michael Ratner on February 23, 24 and 25th. Lynne,
accompanied by her husband Ralph Poynter, will stay on several more days
for additional meetings through March 1.
Saturday's meeting will be a joint planning meeting of the tour co-sponsors
and friends including:
The Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
The National Lawyers Guild, Bay Are Chapter
The Middle East Children's Alliance
The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Everyone is welcome!
By agreement with Lynne and Michael, the tour proceeds are to be divided by
the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee and the Mobilization to Free Mumia
Abu-Jamal. The basic themes of the tour will be defense of civil liberties
and democratic rights.
More info below...
Please attend this important meeting this Saturday!
Jeff Mackler and Laura Herrera
Co-coordinators of The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
298 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
* Michael is the President of the Center for Constitutional Rights and
among the leading U.S. figures in the fight for fundamental constitutional
rights for those illegally detained and tortured by U.S. authorities in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Ratner has also been involved in filing war crimes
charges in a German court against several figures in the Bush
* Lynne Stewart is in the process of preparing her appeal to the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She was falsely convicted of conspiracy
to aide and abet terrorism in a trial replete with constitutional
violations including the government's use of some 80,000 wiretaps, phone
taps and other infringements on the attorney client privilege. Lynne's
appeal and her similarly framed co-defendants Ahmed Sattar and Mohammed
Yousry, will be combined with a defense against government efforts to
reverse and lengthen the two-year jail sentence jail imposed by District
Court Judge John Koeltl. The government originally asked for a 30-year
sentence and is insisting that it be imposed.
* In addition to Lynne and Michael, Jeff Mackler, a national coordinator of
the defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal will speak on the final stages in the fight
for Mumia's life and freedom. Oral arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Third Circuit are expected to be presented in Mumia's case in the
coming months. The government continues to seek a re-imposition of the
death penalty, while Mumia fights for a new trial and freedom.
* To date the tour includes mass meetings in Palo Alto, Berkeley, San
Francisco and Marin. We need your help to schedule additional meetings at
colleges and universities, law schools, legal organizations, new
communities, etc. We need dedicated activists to help with media work,
publicity, outreach and all the other ingredients that make for a
successful tour in terms of political gains, new support for Lynne, Mumia
and Michael and serious fundraising. Lynne's last visit raised in excess
of $15,000. We expect to significantly top this figure with the present
tour. Your participation is essential. Your attendance is required for the
kind of effort that is vital to the breakthrough victories we seek.