Two protesters slammed to the asphalt by police as they tried to block President Blll Clinton and his motorcade from attending the National Governor’s Association conference in the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington, VT – Photo: Langelle (1995)
GJEP co-founders, Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle, were involved in the organizing of four days of militant protest in defense of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamalin in Burlington, Vermont on July 28-Aug 1, 1995
Burlington, VT – A coalition of groups demonstrated against the impending execution of award-winning journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal during the National Governors Association conference held in that city. The militant protests spanned five days from July 28th to August 1st, and were directed at Pennsylvania’s then Governor Tom Ridge, who signed the death warrant for Jamal. Jamal was to be executed August 17, 1995. Ultimately the death warrant was rescinded and Abu-Jamal is still alive. Ridge later became the Director of Homeland Security after September 11, 2001.