Petty to the Max

Feds Throw the book at Mumia Protesters

So, in an informal rally on June 6, out on the street, Kissinger announced that he had paid his fine and surrendered his passport, but he was not going to turn in all the forms they wanted. Nor would he stop his association with Abu-Jamal.

Twenty-five supporters, including Goldin, followed him into the elevators and up to the fifth floor, waving Mumia placards and chanting, "Brick by brick, wall by wall, we're going to free Mumia Abu-Jamal!"

It may have been the first protest staged in the federal probation office. Workers behind the glass reception window looked alarmed, and one man popped into the waiting room long enough to announce: "Folks, you are currently trespassing here. If you do not leave, 911 will be called and you will be arrested."

Frances Golden and C. Clark Kissinger protesting their arrest
Photograph by Hiroyuki Ito
Frances Golden and C. Clark Kissinger protesting their arrest

The group responded with another chant: "Mumia is fearless. So are we. We won't stop until he's free."

Police began drifting in, and things looked tense for a few minutes. But Kissinger went in to his appointment and nothing happened. Back outside, he announced that the officials upstairs were greatly annoyed but had not demanded his forms. They told him to come back July 11, and that "if I bring people again, they will report me because I disobeyed the order of a probation officer. So I want you to know that you're all invited to come back."

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