The stealth vote in the House of Representatives denouncing
Saint-Denis for naming a street in honor of Mumia, introduced by
suspending the usual congressional process of going through the
Judiciary Committee and limiting debate, will not go to the Senate and
has no power of implementation. Yet it achieved an important goal for
the "fry Mumia" camp. It succeeded in intimidating Philadelphia's
House Representative Chaka Fattah. Fattah, who represents the
district Mumia comes from, led the original Congressional Black Caucus
Letter of June 1995 demanding: a stay of the then scheduled August
17th execution, a new trial for Mumia, and a recusal of Hanging Judge
Albert Sabo.

It also stated that there was strong evidence of Mumia's
innocence. Fattah recently announced that he will give up his seat in
the Congress and seek the Mayoralty of Philadelphia. No sooner had he
announced his intentions to become Mayor, when the Fraternal Order of
Police began its attack on him as a supporter of a new trial for
"cop-killer" Mumia Abu-Jamal. The FOP actually sent an observer to
the House when the vote on the Saint-Denis came up. Sadly, Chaka
Fattah collapsed under that pressure and voted "yes" -- to support the
anti-Mumia resolution. He said he still supported the idea of a new
trial for Mumia, but felt it was wrong to honor someone convicted of
so horrible a crime. Logical? Certainly not. A victim of police
intimidation? Certainly, yes.

The FOP has stated that they will still not support Fattah even though
they were pleased with his vote,
because he supports a new trial for Mumia. What can we expect next?

The Free Mumia Coalition is sending letters of appreciation to the 31
Congressional Representatives who opposed the Resolution. See the
list of votes linked below. And we are urging all Mumia supporters to
check out how their reps votes. If they supported the resolution send
them a letter of criticism. The sample letter linked below, by Mark
Taylor is an example of an excellent letter you can feel free to use.
Pam Africa is out of the country, attending a political
prisoners/torture/isolation conference in Athens, with Ramona. She
was part of this discussion before leaving, and feels strongly that we
should "educate" and challenge those who went along with that
ridiculous yet outrageous resolution.

A LUTA CONTINUA, ona move!

Suzanne Ross, Co-chair, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coaliltion (NYC)

TO VIEW THE LIST OF CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES WHO VOTED FOR AND
AGAINST THE RESOLUTION AND FOR THE SAMPLE LETTER PLEASE GO TO:

 http://www.freemumia.com/houseofreps.html

and that is:
 http://www.freemumia.com/houseofreps.html