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Aug. 11, 2014

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Former UUPer remains al-Qaeda hostage


uupdate 8-11-14

UUP is calling on the U.S. State Department to pressure al-Qaeda to release Warren Weinstein, a former UUP member at SUNY Oswego who was kidnapped three years ago.

Weinstein was reportedly kidnapped Aug. 13, 2011, in Lahore, Pakistan, where he worked as a development advisor for J.E. & Austin Associates, a contractor to the U.S. Agency for International Development. Weinstein has not been heard from since the release of a December 2013 video by As-Sahab, al-Qaeda’s media production company.

The UUP Executive Board voted Aug. 9 to direct President Fred Kowal to call on NYSUT, AFT and NEA to urge the State Department to demand Weinstein's immediate and safe return.

According to www.BringWarrenHome.com, a website devoted to his return, Weinstein, 73, suffers from a heart condition and severe asthma and is in extremely poor health. Many fear time is running out.

You can help. Contact your legislators and urge them to support Congressional resolutions calling for Weinstein's release. Call the U.S. Senate switchboard at
1-202-224-3121 and urge support for S. Con. Res. 38; call the U.S. House of Representatives switchboard at 1-202-225-3121 and urge support for H. Con.
Res. 101.

UUPers can tweet and email the White House for action via the www.BringWarrenHome.com website.

Weinstein was a member of the State University Federation of Teachers prior to the merger with the Senate Professional Association that formed UUP. He was a UUPer from 1973 to 1975.


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