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CONTENTS: Supplement 13

1. (PARCER) Mumia Abu Jamal Essay: Breaking Black
Political Power
2. (AI) Guatemala: Union Leaders Threatened
3. (HIB) UN Commission Points Finger At CIA
4. (IRSP) Press Releases: IRSP Warn of Loyalist "Dry-
5. (SL) Spartacist Forum: International Women's Day
6. (ATS) New Mailing List: Squatlink
7. (AP) David Duke Running Again For U.S. Senate
8. (AP) Judge Again Denies Lesbian Mom Custody Of Her
9. (NLG) National Lawyers Guild Web Site For
10. (ANA) from the Nazi STORMFRONT web page: DNSB To
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From owner-prisonact-list
Subject: Mumia essay & related updates 2/26
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996

-- Forwarded from Sis Marpessa -->

Warm Greetings Mumia Supporters!

Lots of info to pass onto y'all today, first an essay by our
beloved Bro. Mumia forwarded to me by Jamila Levi.


Column Written 2/14/96
Copyright 1996 Mumia Abu-Jamal

"The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that
all concessions, yet made to her august claims, have been born of
earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all
absorbing, and for the time being putting all other tumults to
silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no
struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor
freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops
without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and
lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many
waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical
one, or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a
struggle. Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did,
and it never will." - Frederick Douglass

There is no Black political leader in America who does not owe
his/her political office to the Black protest and freedom
movements of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Not one.

It was this Southern-born, and later nationally-grown Black civil
rights and Black liberation movement that provided the political
pressure that gave rise to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which,
quite literally, opened the door for Black politicians in the
halls of Congress and in State Houses across the nation, some for
the first time in a century.

Were it not for such movements, such struggles, there would've
been no political power, no progress.

Those political gains were won at a prodigious, and horrific
cost, in pain, loss, government terrorism, impoverishment,
imprisonment and death, suffered by countless known and unknown
Blacks, in the North and the South.

New generations of politicians, eager to distance themselves from
their meager and militant origins, played a political game as if
their new-found power was a birthright, sneering at the poor,
while lauding and embracing the wealthy and established, thus
denigrating their very power base.

Anxious to assume the class prerogatives granted by entre into
new realms of power, most politicians forgot from whence they

Today we see the fruits of such foolishness and shortsightedness,
in the scuttling and crippling of Black political power.

In a matter of months after the Congressional Black Caucus
reached a powerful and unprecedented peak of forty members, and
thus a bloc to be reckoned with, White Tuesday, an
overwhelmingly white and Republican resurgence swept those
apparent gains into history's garbage can, as it realigned the

This legislative assault was mirrored by a legal and judicial
mugging, which, in the interests of white supremacy, wiped Black
majority districts off the map. Georgia's 11th District, held by
the brilliant and progressive young Rep. Cynthia McKinney, was
eliminated by judicial decree, based on a challenge to its
configuration, as an unconstitutional boundary.

McKinney, responding to the U.S. Supreme Court opinion which
abolished her district by a 5-4 vote, stood in front of the
Lincoln Memorial in the District of Columbia, saying, "The
ability of African Americans to participate in the political
discourse of this land was severely curtailed in governmental
bodies of all levels."

She likened her case to the dark, repressive line of Court
precedent marked by Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857) and Plessy v.
Ferguson (1896), a time when the Court validated white supremacy
and attacked the notion of Black civil activity.

"For Georgia," explained McKinney, "the period [of the exclusion
of Blacks from political office] was more than 100 years - from
the service of Jefferson Long to the service of Andrew Young."

Shortly after McKinney's seat was abolished, another Georgian,
Stanford Bishop, found his seat eliminated.

Earlier this year, Louisiana's Cleo Fields found his district
ruled unconstitutionally drawn.

The war on Black life in America is waged on all levels, from
those seemingly at the highest levels, to those in the lowest, a
dream deferred yet again.

What is needed is Black revolutionary political power, tied not
to the established, but to the will of the many, the

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** Topic: Guatemala: Union leaders threatened **
** Written 8:16 PM Feb 23, 1996 by in cdp:misc.activism. **
** reg.guatemala: 103.0 **
** Topic: Union leaders threatened **
** Written 7:43 AM Feb 17, 1996 by ghrc in cdp:reg.guatemala **
This alert is reposted from AI.UAN

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 34/04/96
16 February 1996

Further information on UA 395/94 (AMR 34/43/94, 3 November 1994)
and follow-up (AMR 34/06/95, 9 March 1995; AMR 34/14/95, 25 May;
AMR 34/22/95, 29 August) - Fear for safety

GUATEMALA Debora GUZMAN CHUPEN (f), trade unionist, aged 24
Felix GONZALEZ, trade union leader, husband of
Guzman Chupen
Julio COJ, trade union leader

Amnesty International remains seriously concerned for the safety
of Debora Guzman Chupen, her husband Felix Gonzalez and Julio
Coj, following the latest in a series of death threats against

According to reports, on 12 February 1996, the following letter
(original in Spanish) was left at the home of Debora Guzman
Chupen by an unknown person:

"Mrs Debora, remember that soon it is going to be a year
since we held you back and do you remember that we told you that
we'll kill you if you didn't follow what we said and until now
you haven't done what was required from you. You think that we
are playing games but we are not, we advise you to tell your
husband as well as Julio and those from UNSITRAGUA that they have
to put an end to this organization, otherwise you will be with us
again. It might be on the same date but this time it will be for
ever. Tell your husband that if he really loves you he shouldn't
risk your life, because you are too young to die. Beware of us,
we'll follow you. We have been with those from UNSITRAGUA and
they haven't been able to solve anything at all, what they do is
put people to death and if they don't want you to be dead both
your husband's trade union and the trade union that you belong to
should come to an end.

Debora Guzman, a trade unionist at the L y L Modas factory, a
maquiladora de ropa (a clothing factory) in Amatitlan, Department
of Guatemala, is married to Felix Gonzalez, a leading Lunafil
trade unionist. He and a group of 49 workers have suffered a
series of threats and other acts of intimidation, as a result of
a protest they began in May 1994 against what they perceived to
be the illegal and unjustified closure of the textile factory.
Debora Guzman herself has received several death threats and was
abducted in February 1995 when she was told that she would be
killed if she failed to convince her husband to relinquish his
trade union activities. She was subsequently threatened in May
and August (see also "Maquila workers among trade unionists
targeted" - AMR 34/28/95, November 1995).

Despite an official investigation by the National Police into the
kidnapping of Debora Guzman and the threats against her and her
husband, and despite a judicial investigation by the Ministerio
Publico (Public Ministry), the perpetrators of these incidents
have not been brought to justice and the threats against the
couple and other trade unionists continue with impunity.

telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/ airmail letters in Spanish or in
your own language:

- expressing serious concern at the continuing death threats
against Debora Guzman, Felix Gonzalez, Julio Coj as well as other
maquila workers at the Lunafil factory;

- calling on the authorities to take immediate measures to
guarantee their safety and that of their families;

- urging the authorities to instigate full and prompt
investigations into the reported abuses and that those
responsible be brought to justice.


President of the Republic:

S.E. Alvaro Arzu Irigoyen
[Salutation: Excelentisimo Sr. Presidente / Dear President]
Presidente de la Republica de Guatemala
Palacio Nacional, Guatemala, GUATEMALA
Telegrams: Presidente Arzu Irigoyen, Guatemala, Guatemala
Faxes: +502 2 537 472 / 515 667

Minister of Interior:

Lic. Rodolfo Mendoza
[Salutation: Sr. Ministro / Dear Minister]
Ministro de Gobernacion,
Ministerio de Gobernacion
Despacho Ministerial, Of. No. 8
Palacio Nacional, Guatemala, GUATEMALA
Telegrams: Ministro de Gobernacion, Guatemala, Guatemala
Faxes: + 502 2 537 472

Minister of Labour and Social Welfare:
Sr. Arnolso Ortiz Moscoso
[Salutation: Sr. Ministro / Dear Minister]
Ministro de Trabajo y Prevision Social
Ministerio de Trabajo y Prevision Social
Palacio Nacional, Guatemala, GUATEMALA
Telegrams: Ministro de Trabajo y Prevision Social, Guatemala,
Faxes: +502 2 513 559 / 532 345

PLEASE SEND COPIES TO: His Excellency Senor Edmundo Nanne,
Embassy of Guatemala, 13 Fawcett St, London SW10 9HN. Fax: 0171
376 5708


Attorney General:

Lic. Ramses Cuestas Gomez
Fiscal General de la Nacion
Ministerio Publico, 18 Calle 10-36, Zona 1
Guatemala, GUATEMALA
Faxes: +502 2 537 554 / 530 482

Human Rights Procurator:

Lic. Jorge Garcia Laguardia
Procurador de los Derechos Humanos
12 Avenida 12-72, Zona 1,
Guatemala, GUATEMALA

Trade Union:

Union Sindical de Trabajadores de Guatemala (UNSITRAGUA)
11 Calle 8-14, Zona 1
Oficina 34, Tercer Nivel
Guatemala, GUATEMALA

Two main shareholders of Lunafil:

Arnoldo Kuestermann (German national)
10 Calle 7-48
Zona 9
(or Apartado Postal 1005 A. Asies Guatemala, GUATEMALA)

Julio Raul Herrera Zevallos
Ingenion Pantaleon
Diagonal 6 10-67
Zona 10, Guatemala, GUATEMALA

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Please do not send appeals after
15 April 1996.

+ If you have any queries about this Urgent Action or about +
+ the UA scheme in general, please contact: +
+ Ray Mitchell +
+ Amnesty International British Section +
+ 99 - 119 Rosebery Avenue +
+ London EC1R 4RE email: +
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** Topic: Haiti Info v.4 #8 UN CRITICIZES CIA **
** Written 1:29 PM Feb 26, 1996 by hib in cdp:reg.carib **
From: Haitian Information Bureau <>

(Below is the table of contents and lead story from the most
recent issue of Haiti Info, the newsletter of the Haitian
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* * * HAITI INFO * * *

News direct from the people and organizations
of Haiti's democratic and popular movement

10 February 1996, Vol. 4, #8

*** HAITI INFO now has photos in every issue ***


News from Les Cayes:



PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb. 18 - Breaking from United Nations bodies'
usual deference to the U.S., albeit a bit late, this week a U.N.
Human Rights Commission report openly accused and harshly
criticized the actions of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) in Haiti in a report submitted in Geneva, Agence France
Presse reported yesterday.

"In addition to the efforts made by the international community
to reestablish democracy in Haiti, we are stupefied to learn
today that there is another anti-democratic effort which was
directed by the CIA, to discredit President Aristide and prevent
his return to Haiti," the report said.

The report, drawn up following a delegation visit this fall,
called on the U.S. to bring to light the "troubling role" the CIA
played during the military regime and noted "according to
different sources, the CIA appears to have played a double-game
vis a vis the international community and even the American
administration while the military junta was in power... It had
numerous contacts with the Haitian army and the head of FRAPH
[the death squad Front pour l'Avancement et le Progres Haitien],
Emmanuel Constant."

The Commission also demanded that the U.S. return the 150,000
pages of documents seized by U.S. soldiers from FRAPH and Haitian
army headquarters so that the truth of "where the responsibility
lies in each case" and the role of the CIA can be brought to
light. [All citations translated from French.]

Pages, Constant Still in U.S. Hands

In the meantime, some of the 150,000 pages were reportedly
delivered to the U.S. embassy several weeks ago, but the Haitian
government said it will not accept them piecemeal, only as an
ensemble. Press reports say that, in addition to papers, there