The Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP was informed on Monday, Sept. 14 that as a result of a wide-spread call for federal intervention in the murder of Jonny Gammage, the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of Justice, together with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh, have begun the process of reviewing the voluminous case file which profiles the death of Jonny Gammage.

The Justice Department has agreed to carefully and fully review the evidence and to make a determination as to what, if any, action they may take. They have promised that within the next 4-6 weeks they will reach a decision.

Any individual that knows of any pertinent information with regards to the death of Jonny Gammage is asked to contact The Justice Department by calling Thomas E. Perez, Deputy Assistant Attorney General at (202) 514-3828 or fax him at (202) 514-0293. Mr. Perez would like to receive all such information by no later than Tuesday, Sept. 22.

In partnership with the NAACP, United Concerned Christians At Work, Citizens for Police Accountability and other concerned organizations, we are scheduling a PHONE JAM FOR JUSTICE --

* CALL: Bill Lan Lee, Acting Assistant Attorney General
* NUMBER: 202-514-2151
* WHEN: Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 21 - 23
* DEMAND: Federal criminal civil-rights charges against ALL of the
* officers who brutally beat and killed Jonny Gammage

Finally, we are engaging in a last petition campaign and asking concerned citizens to send letters to the Justice Department requesting immediate Federal intervention. Letters should be sent to:

Attorney General Janet Reno
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

Sample letters can be found at the Pittsburgh NAACP office, (412) 471-1024 or at the APA (Alliance for Progressive Action), 363-4410.

There is a chance -- our *LAST* chance -- that the Federal government will file charges against the police who so brutally killed Jonny Gammage. But the cops' supporters will be pushing hard to demand that the Justice Department do nothing. If we push back hard enough, after almost 3 long years of struggle, we just might get justice after all.