forum – International Labor Defense, Mumia & Hoshino, 14 July 2012


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Forum –
International Labor Defense for
Innocent Political Prisoners!

Mumia Abu-Jamal, known as the “voice of the voiceless,” was falsely convicted of murder in 1982. Targeted for his anti-racist activities and struggle against police brutality, he is an innocent political prisoner.

Fumiaki Hoshino,an anti-war activist and organizer, was framed because of his activities in the struggle against US bases on Okinawa. Falsely convicted of murder in 1974, he is an innocent political prisoner.

Labor, Mumia, Hoshino and The Lessons For Today

4 pm, Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Sports Basement

1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco

Public transit: exit BART at 16th St, and take the Fillmore 22 bus

Video – West Coast Longshore Workers Shut Down
All West Coast Ports To Free Mumia!
Speakers include:

Jack Heyman,
ILWU (longshore) Local 10 retired, and Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal; a key leader of the 1999 West Coast port shutdown to free Mumia by longshore workers;

Gerald Sanders,
Oscar Grant Committee, former Black Panther, and Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal;

Dan Marlin,
Reprsentative of the Free Hoshino Defense Committee

Shin’ichi Isbii, President Of Japan Railway Union Doro-Mito

Chieko Shinna, Fukushima mother and farmer and founder of Fukushima Committee Against Nuclear Power

Also: Kevin Cooperwill deliver a recorded message from San Quentin prison.

This is a free event – donations accepted
Information: 415 282-1908 or 510 763-2347
The growing repression of labor and political activists continues as the “war on terror” is used to silence political dissidents. Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist and former Black Panther, and Fumiaki Hoshino, an anti-war activist, have been jailed for decades in political frame-ups because of their political views and opposition to racism, imperialism, militarization and repression.
This forum will look at both of these cases, the labor movement and the historical role of the International Labor Defense, which was a united front defense committee for working class prisoners in the US. The ILD was set up as a non-partisan body that would defend any member of the working class movement, without regard to personal political views. Any working class activist who came under the thumb of persecution by the capitalist legal system would be supported legally, morally, and financially. It lasted from 1925 to 1946.
Today as legislation is passed that allows the government to arrest even US citizens and to hold them indefinitely without charges and without any constitutional rights the need for a broad working class defense organization is growing.
Sponsors: US Committee To Free Hoshino, and Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu Jamal.

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