Unions Scold School For Not Celebrating Cop Killer

A group of unions in California have gotten together to criticize the Oakland Unified School District for refusing to allow a lesson plan to appear on its website that compares murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal to civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The “Urban Dreams” lesson plan tells students to “critically examine a possible parallel between Martin Luther King, Jr., and someone else many believe is currently targeted by the U.S. government, Mumia Abu-Jamal.”

The Oakland school district decided to jettison the lesson plan because it lionized a cop killer and criticized the police. Its comparison of the murderer to King was especially galling.

But the unions had an opposing opinion on the efficacy of a lesson plan that celebrates a murderer as someone “just like” beloved civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

On July 14, the Alameda Labor Council condemned the Oakland school district by passing a resolution insisting that the lesson plan was good for kids because it was an attack on the police and Fox News.

As EAGNews reported, The AFL-CIO affiliated Alameda Labor Council is an umbrella organization that coordinates the political activities of more than 100 unions, including the Berkley Federation of Teachers and the California School Employees Association.

Despite the facts of the case and like many extreme leftists, this union group insists that murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent of murdering a police office in Philadelphia in 1981.

The union group claims that the lesson plan is “invaluable” for teaching students to think critically about “social justice.”

The widow of the man murdered by Abu-Jamal, officer Danny Faulkner, said the lesson plan was disgraceful for comparing a murderer to the beloved civil rights leader.

“It’s a travesty,” Maureen Faulkner, told Fox News in April. “You’re going to teach children about a man who murdered a police officer? That’s not a good lesson to be teaching children. He was a radical, a militant. My question is: Are our tax dollars paying for this?”

In its outrageous resolution, the union claims that the murderer Abu-Jamal is a “defender of the rights of the working class, people of color, and oppressed people.”

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  • Retired military

    “the union claims that the murderer Abu-Jamal is a “defender of the rights of the working class, people of color, and oppressed people.””
    Sounds like Hamas

    • warnertoddhuston

      count down until Chico and Bruce rush to support the murderer…. 3…2..1…

      • Commander_Chico

        Actually, I think the support for Mumia is kind of a false flag operation to discredit protest against the government.

        Want to seriously protest a war? The “Free Mumia” clowns show up.

        Want to protest bank bailouts? Same thing – “Free Mumia!”

        • Texas_Accountant

          If only that were true.

        • jim_m

          Not that evidence proving that you were a complete idiot was in short supply, but were there any need of it you have certainly satisfied any need with that comment.

          • Commander_Chico

            yes, keep trusting the government and big corporations. they never would do such a thing.

          • jim_m

            I don’t trust government. I’m just not a deranged lunatic spouting bogus conspiracy theories and antisemitism.

          • Thomas L. Stafford

            Oh, no I do not trust our government not to do this. Corporations are too busy making money for their owners and buying politicians on both sides of the aisle.

        • jim_m

          I think we should all applaud Chico for his amazing consistency in blaming the victim. “Free Mumia” is a protest movement fueled by a shadowy conservative conspiracy. Middle east unrest is the fault of the Joooooos!

          Chico provides us with a wonderful real world example of how the left is never able to take responsibility for their own actions.

        • Thomas L. Stafford

          No, they are just “fellow travelers” or “birds of a feather” in many cases.

    • ljcarolyne

      Sure does! Anyone named Abu-Jamal or Obama – watch out. Racist of the first order. Who the H is oppressed. . .? Sounds like the school is being oppressed by the wicked Union. “Are our tax dollars paying for this?”
      Obama will see that happens.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    I’m just curious – what do the Police Unions think of this?

    • Paul Hooson

      I doubt they approve as the AFL-CIO involves mostly mainstream and centrist union organizations.

      • jim_m

        I doubt they will cross another union.

        • Thomas L. Stafford

          Did you read the article? The unions responsible for this outrage are AFL-CIO affiliated. I believe that the rank and file of the police unions are disgusted by this. But, their leadership is on board with it.

          • jim_m

            Hence the thrust of my comment. The FOP will never cross another union.

      • Thomas L. Stafford

        Have you been paying any attention since President Ronald Wilson Reagan was in office? His two terms and President George Herbert Walker Bush’s first election were the only time that a majority of the rank and file of the AFL-CIO ever supported a Republican for president.

  • Paul Hooson

    It’s misleading to sometimes malalign the mainstream labor organization, the AFL-CIO, with a few goofy stories of a member union. While under the excellent leadership of George Meany, the organization remained very opposed to corruption, antiCommunist and opposed to troubled unions like the Teamsters. I looked at an old political endorsement mailer from COPE(Committee On Political Education) from the AFL-CIO, and the organization endorsed former Republican-turned Democrat Wayne Morse for the Senate. Republican Wendall Wyatt for Congress and Republican Clay Myers for Secretary Of State, here in Oregon, in addition to some Democrats for public offices.

    In 1972, George Meany opposed the left wing George McGovern and his isolationist foreign policy as bad for the country, with Meany actually delighted that a big majority of voters supported the bipartisan groundswell of support for President Nixon and his foreign policy.

    The AFL-CIO is historically a mainstream and centrist labor organization, and is sometimes very unhappy of some local member chapter’s actions.

    • warnertoddhuston

      All irrelevant since that was decades ago and that the AFL-CIO no longer ascribes to any of that.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Take a look at the SEIU. One of the fastest growing unions in the country because it represents government workers. It is a left-wing, anti-Capitalist, anti-American group.
      I fear many old-time union members would never understand the ideology of the new union bosses.

      • Thomas L. Stafford

        Many of them are still blind to what there “leaders” are doing to them. Why would unskilled and low-skilled workers support allowing more folks to come in and take their jobs? Why would the unions continue to support a tax code that punishes their members who work overtime and or improve their value in other ways thus earning more for themselves and their families? Why do the unions support policies that take money from them to give to leaches that will not support themselves?

  • mikegiles

    John O’Sullivan’s First Law: “All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing”. For some reason, while the rest of us are going about our daily business; leftists do nothing other than bring their politics into whatever organization they are affiliated with

  • Thomas L. Stafford

    Why is anyone sympathetic toward Abu-Jamal? The only apt comparison for him is a rabid animal that needs to be put down. He should be locked in the darkest corner of a prison and forgotten. It is too bad that he was not executed already

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