The California Federation of Teachers, the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (the smaller cousin of the NEA), recently passed a resolution (see Resolution 19) in support of Abu-Jamal. Fortunately the publicity has made things a little hot in CFT's kitchen, so much so that AFT's President Randi Weingarten has spoken up:
The California Federation of Teacher resolution expressing support for Mumia Abu-Jamal received the national seal of disapproval from AFT President Randi Weingarten yesterday, after she received a complaint from Chuck Canterbury, president of the National Fraternal Order of Police...
She concluded by characterizing the CFT measure as an “isolated, and in my judgment, unfortunate resolution.”
I applaud her for doing the right thing--and point out again what unionism, especially teacher unionism, means here in California.
Update, 4/21/11: When you're in a hole, it's usually best to stop digging.