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Aug. 15, 2014

UUP: Bring hostage home now

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ALBANY – United University Professions is calling for stepped-up efforts to secure the safe release of a former UUP member being held captive by al-Qaeda terrorists. Warren Weinstein, 73, a former UUP member at the State University of New York at Oswego, was kidnapped Aug. 13, 2011 in Lahore, Pakistan.

UUP President Frederick E. Kowal is seeking action by the U.S. State Department to secure Weinstein’s release. He has written letters to UUP’s statewide and national affiliates – NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association – urging them to press the State Department to take action to free Weinstein immediately.

“Weinstein has devoted his life to helping others since he started working as a human rights activist in 1969,” Kowal said. “The last video released by the terrorists shows his health is deteriorating. We must bring him – and every U.S. citizen being held captive around the world – home safely now.”, a website devoted to his return, reports Weinstein suffers from a heart condition and severe asthma. He was working as an economic development expert for J.E. & Austin Associates, a contractor to the U.S. Agency for International Development, when he was abducted. Weinstein has not been heard from since last December when he was seen in a video released by al-Qaeda.

UUP is also asking its members across the state of New York to contact their Congressional representatives to ask them to support U.S. House and Senate resolutions calling for Weinstein’s safe return. The public can also take action by sending tweets and emails through the website.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 37,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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