Tuesday, April 19, 2011

AFT Does Not Support CFT's Pro-Mumia Abu-Jamal Resolution

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a convicted cop killer, yet somehow has amassed a cult following of people who want him freed from prison. Why the left adores people like Abu-Jamal and Che Guevara I do not understand, but they do--but that's beside the point.

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.


pseudotsuga said...

I'm so glad that my own union (AFT) sometimes actually does things that I agree with.
Most of the time they're just a shill for whatever progressive/Democratic legislation is in the pipes.
I guess they decided that supporting Jamal was just one step too far. Now if only they could step back another 20 steps or so...

MikeAT said...

Thank you Ms Weingarten...the fact this leach hasn't met a needle yet after almost 30 years is a disgrace. More disgusting is what the fools who keep saying he's innocent pull. I will have a good drink to celebrate the end of this insult to the cause of justice when he meets his maker.