SEIU’s Andy Stern Joins Hands with an Apologist for a Cop-Killer

By September 3, 2008General, Labor Unions

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the Employee Free Choice Act, Andy Stern, the Republican National Convention and Rage Against the Machine, let’s put aside the issue of card check and note just the basic facts, that is, the outrageous actions of a national labor union leader.

On Monday, Andy Stern, the president of the Service Employees International Union, appeared on stage at an SEIU-sponsored “Take Back Labor Day” event with Tom Morello, guitarist for the rock band, Rage Against the Machine. From the SEIU news release:

On Sept. 1 from noon to 7 p.m. at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul, Minn., the musicians will share the stage with already-announced performing artists Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, and Tom Morello & friends. The Take Back Labor Day Festival, sponsored by SEIU, will include a concert, a You Tube station, a children’s area, and a large audience-participation art project. Joining the performers will be SEIU leaders Andy Stern and Anna Burger and other special guests.

Tom Morello has campaigned for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who viciously shot and murdered Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981. (Morello’s YouTube promo here.) Mumia was convicted of the murder based on eye-witness accounts, but the anti-American left has made him a cause celebre.

In 2001, Morello visited the unrepentant Mumia in prison, writing later:

When the guard came in and said that my time was up, we pressed our fists together through the thick glass (his still in handcuffs), exchanged farewells, love and respects, and spontaneously shouted “power to the people!” in unison.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a great man, a great revolutionary, and a friend.

So Andy Stern thinks Tom Morello is a worthy ally for the labor cause. And what would the proud members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Philadelphia Lodge #5, think?

The union sponsors a website, Justice for Daniel Faulkner. From that site’s biography of Officer Faulkner, noting the activism in support of the murderer, including by such groups as the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine:

It is the weight of this coalition, built by the supporters of this killer, that demands that organizations such the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police also weigh into this fight in an effective and substantial way. It is our responsibility to Danny, and all the fallen officers he represents, to assure that the public knows the truth about this incident and that substance will prevail over celebrity. Maureen Faulkner, Danny’s widow, cannot do it alone. The Philadelphia and Pennsylvania FOP Lodges cannot do it alone. The financial and public relations resources that have come together to render aid to this common killer with the uncommon knack for propaganda, are too much for any one group to face alone. It will take the effort of all the members of the FOP from across our country. We must all become aware of the facts of this case. We must speak out so that the truth is heard. Danny Faulkner was a good and decent man and an honorable police officer. He was brutally murdered and his killer is Mumia Abul-Jamal. This is a time when justice demands that no honest man sit silent.

Andy Stern doesn’t sit silent. He makes common cause with a rock celebrity who considers Mumia Abu-Jamal a hero and political prisoner — Mumia, the killer of a working man.


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