Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
In 2008 Norma Amsterdam, Executive Vice President of SEIU Local 1199, New York signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.
SEIU Local 1199
April 2017 Mayor Bill de Blasio bestowed special honor on his former City Council colleague, Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, and her Brooklyn-based Progressive Democrats Political Association (PDPA) at a gala ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of the group that was founded by Clarke.
“You did something powerful that will help everyone,” said the mayor, after reading part of a New York City Proclamation declaring Sunday, April 22 “PDPA Day,” at the group’s Silver Jubilee celebrations at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn.
Prior to bestowing the honor, deBlasio described PDPA’s 25th anniversary as “extraordinary,” stating that the organization has the ability to reach many.
“There was a time when many doubted PDPA,” he said. “I had the honor to serve as Yvette’s Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Dr. Clarke’s daughter] campaign chair. So, I wanted to be here to celebrate, because everyone in this room has made a profound difference.
Una Clarke said her first campaign movement was hosted by Ms. Foster in her business place on Atlantic Avenue.
“We were joined by Ms. Norma Amsterdam, not only to encourage the participation of the labor movement but also to raise funds for our campaign,” Clarke said. “Ray Trotman was my treasurer, and, with his wife, Geneva, were my first African American friends as I settled here in America.