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David Roediger

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233416

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233416.001.0001

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Mumia Time or Sweeney Time?

Mumia Time or Sweeney Time?

(p.203) 12 Mumia Time or Sweeney Time?
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David R. Roediger

University of California Press

The extent of two-way solidarity between Mumia Abu-Jamal and the labor movement deserves publicity for the ways in which it gives the lie to recent slanders against the Free Mumia movement. The claim of this chapter is that labor's solidarity with Mumia, and his with labor, best locate the terrain on which the boldest hopes for a new labor movement ought to be grounded. Using John Sweeney to mark labor's transformation and possibilities also coincides with a troubling nostalgia. The choice between Mumia Time and Sweeney Time would mean several things. If it is Sweeney Time, rebuilding a Democratic Party majority and refurbishing labor's image as a voice that represents the U.S. middle class will give a clear and circumscribed agenda and plenty to do. If it is Mumia Time, the labor movement cannot simply be rebuilt but must and can be built on new foundations.

Keywords:   Mumia Abu-Jamal, John Sweeney, Mumia Time, Sweeney Time, labor movement, Democratic Party, U.S. middle class

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