Sunday, November 05, 2006

Mumia Abu-Jamal and a Call to Boycott

Recently I received an e-mail from a friend, Mr. Rocco Chierichella, asking all of his contacts to assist in the boycott of a number of people and businesses. The boycott is directed against those who have in one way or other stood behind and supported convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Whatever side of the fence you might happen to stand on, one thing is certain. And that is that
Mumia has proven to be at the center of a very serious controversy for far longer a time than any felon deserves. Yes, a controversy which has divided segments of the population for far too long. It seems that it is a controversy which will not soon end. Perhaps the only thing which will bring an end to it is the day that true justice is served.

The story of Mumia is one which has from time to time captured my attention and though while not having been actively following the story recently I felt it to be a good subject upon which to comment.

When is enough found to be enough? When will a convicted cop killer pay for his crime? For all practical purpose the man should already be pushing up daisies. Yet Mumia continues to not only remain alive, but to have a
Voice in the way people see and understand the American political system.

Perhaps one of the reasons that Mumia remains alive is that he has a significant intellect. It is truly sad that someone of his intellectual capacity is unable to use those gifts in a way which benefits society. I imagine that from his perspective he believes that he is helping society by speaking out against his enemies, those he perceives to be enemies of America.

I tend to not make judgments of others in any form stronger than offering an opinion. But when the legal system has already made that decision it is appropriate to ask questions. When will justice be carried out? When will those who protect society get their pound of flesh?

The e-mail I mentioned is reproduced here for your enlightenment. And though I believe that boycotts such as this tend to have little effect, still it is interesting to know that there are those in law enforcement who have not forgotten the death dealing actions of a cop killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Fraternal Order of Police National Delegation in attendance, voted unanimously to begin a boycott of persons, products and companies associated with the supporting of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

In case you don't know, he was convicted in the 1981 killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner under overwhelming evidence. The act was an especially brutal and sadistic murder that still haunts the family, friends and coworkers of Officer Faulkner.

The New York Shields, a police brotherhood organization, presented Officer Faulkner's family with a Medal of Valor at their 1999 Police Memorial Breakfast.

Convict Abu-Jamal has written a book, "Live from Death Row," and attempted to place himself in a celebrity status as a result of his criminal behavior.

Others have supported his pathetic attempt to gain stardom and freedom, all the while spitting in the face of Officer Faulkner, his family and every single law enforcement officer in the United States.

The F. O. P. has announced the formal boycotting of the following:

1. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Products (donators to a defense fund for the killer).
2. Actor Paul Newman, and his products (an outspoken supporter of the killer).
3. Actress Susan Sarandon (supporter of this convicted killer).
4. Filmmakers Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and John Landis (supporters of the killer).
5. Writers Norman Mailer and Joyce Carol Oates (supporters of the killer).
6. Super model Naomi Campbell (supporter of the killer).
7. Musicians Sting, David Byrne and Michael Stipe of REM, (supporters of the killer).
8. The Backstreet Boys who are performing "free" benefit concerts for the killer's defense fund.

As a side note, one of their "benefit concerts" scheduled for Baltimore, MD had to be canceled when Baltimore police officers refused to work the overtime shifts for site security at the concert.

As you may not know, a tape recorded statement made by this heinous convicted killer, was played at the spring graduation commencement ceremony at Evergreen State College, in the state of Washington (June 1999.) This resulted in over 800 graduates walking out and another two dozen turning their backs during the killer's three minute diatribe of hate. The F.O.P.'s position is getting widespread coverage in the media, as well it should. The members of the New York Shields stand with our fellow brothers across this country in strongly supporting this boycott and honoring the memory of slain Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

We urge you to participate in this boycott and request that you pass this e-mail on to your coworkers, business partners, and family and friends.

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