Wednesday, November 30, 2005

13 days. The clock is ticking. Save Tookie!

CONTENTS
- Reports and news about Tookie

Take action today! November 30 National Day of Action
December 8: The Next Day of Action to press for clemency
Stan interviewed on Democracy Now!
Stan Tookie Williams: Speaking out from death row
Virginia governor grants clemency
The fight to save Stan Tookie Williams
Stan interviewed by MSNBC
San Francisco Chronicle supports clemency
Educators for Tookie -- Sign on now!
Donate much needed funds for our efforts

- Upcoming events
- Where to find more information

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REPORTS AND NEWS ABOUT TOOKIE

- TAKE ACTION TODAY! NOVEMBER 30 NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

In dozens of cities and towns around the country, people will come together today to call on California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Stan Tookie Williams. The outpouring of support for this day of action ahs been incredible. Below is a list of some of the events we know about that are taking place today. There are many more we don't. Among the events are a rally at City Hall in San Francisco with Stan's long-time advocate Barbara Becnel; a picket at Republican National Headquarters in Chicago; a musical "Speak Out" for Tookie at the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus, featuring exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis playing "Death Row Blues" on the harmonica; and a town hall meeting in Boston, featuring Professor William Keach of Brown University, who previously nominated Williams for the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature Everyone who can should find out what's happening in their city and be a part of it. The struggle to save Tookie is growing, and we have to keep the pressure on. We know that we're having an effect. Several days ago, Gov. Schwarzenegger announced that he would hold a clemency hearing for Stan. This would not have happened without people throughout California and around the country making sure that the governor couldn't ignore Stan. Since the clemency hearing called by Gov. Schwarzenegger is private and limited only to Stan's lawyers, the Bay Area Save Tookie Committee is planning to hold a people's clemency hearing, on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento at 12 noon. Along with the CEDP, the Save Tookie Committee is encouraging people around the country to mobilize for another day of action on December 8. At all the events today, be sure to announce that December 8th has been named as the next Day of Action.

- DECEMBER 8: THE NEXT DAY OF ACTION TO PRESS FOR CLEMENCY

Gov. Schwarzenegger will hold a private clemency hearing for Stan on December 8. In conjunction with the action taken by the Bay Area Save Tookie Committee, we urge all groups, chapters, etc. to make December 8th another public push for clemency. The December 8th Day of Action should be announced at all November 30th events.

>From Lichi Damelio: The Bay Area Save Tookie Committee decided to hold a people's clemency hearing for Stan Tookie Williams to coincide with the private clemency hearing that Governor Schwarzenegger will be holding on December 8. We plan on going to the steps of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento at 12 Noon, where Tookie's supporters can have their voices heard and explain why he deserves to live. If your group would like to endorse this call for a people's clemency hearing, please send an email to lichi_d@yahoo.com, with your group's name. The Bay Area Save Tookie Committee encourages people all around the country to hold vigils, press conferences and rallies on December 8, and call, fax or email the governor demanding clemency for Tookie. Momentum is building, time is short, and we have to keep the pressure on.

- STAN INTERVIEWED ON DEMOCRACY NOW!

Democracy Now! the syndicated news program airing on over 350 radio and TV stations, will devote a segment on Wednesday, November 30, to an interview with Stan Tookie Williams. Democracy Now! can be found on Pacifica, NPR, community and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite TV stations (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Link TV ch. 375); on the World Radio Network's European Service and on the Community Broacasting Association of Australia service; as a "podcast", automatically downloaded to your computer or portable audio player; and streams live M-F at 8am EST at http://www.democracynow.org

For more information, go to: http://democracynow.org

- STAN TOOKIE WILLIAMS: SPEAKING OUT FROM DEATH ROW

Phil Gasper, one of the most visible spokespeople for the campaign to win clemency for Tookie, interviewed Stan by phone from Death Row on the day after Thanksgiving. From Socialist Worker: If you would have told me 15 years ago that I was going to change my life, that I would write children's books, that I would be helping thousands upon thousands of children, that I would eventually be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and that they would eventually make a movie about me, I would have looked at you as if you had lost your mind. The reason is because, being a Crip, so-called "cripping" was all that I knew. I felt that would be what I would do for the rest of my life. It was all I knew. I felt that was my reason to exist. So quite naturally, I thought that was how I would die. I would live until a bullet to the back of the brain, or what have you. I never expected to do anything else, because that was my raison d'etre. There was nothing that could penetrate that armor of the gang life at that time. That's what I thought--until, to my amazement, something did. What happened was that I was slowly but surely becoming human.

Read the full interview at: http://www.socialistworker.org/2005-2/567/567_06_TookieInterview.shtml

- VIRGINIA GOVERNOR GRANTS CLEMENCY

>From the San Francisco Chronicle: Virginia's governor on Tuesday spared the life of a convicted killer who would have been the 1,000th person executed in the United States since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. Robin Lovitt's death sentence was commuted to life in prison without parole a little more than 24 hours before he was to be executed by injection Wednesday night for stabbing a man to death with a pair of scissors during a 1998 pool-hall robbery. In granting clemency, Gov. Mark R. Warner noted that evidence from the trial had been improperly destroyed, depriving the defense of the opportunity to subject the material to the latest in DNA testing.

Read the full article at: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2005/11/29/national /a135556S78.DTL

- THE FIGHT TO SAVE STAN TOOKIE WILLIAMS

By Dave Zirin in the Nation magazine: "Years ago, I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth.... While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free." --Eugene V. Debs These words of the fabled social activist also define the life of NFL hall of famer and actor Jim Brown. He has mediated truces between the toughest gangs in Los Angeles and fought racism from South Central to Soweto. But today he is involved in a different kind of fight: the race to save Stan Tookie Williams, who now awaits execution on California's death row. Williams is due to be executed December 13, and Brown has linked arms with a motley crew of activists from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg demanding that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spare his life.

Read the full article at: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20051212/zirin

- STAN INTERVIEWED BY MSNBC

>From MSNBC: COSBY: Why shouldn't you be executed? WILLIAMS: Well, first and foremost, I'm innocent. And secondly, being allowed to live enables me to continue to disseminating my positive message to youth and adults throughout this country and abroad. And you know, lastly, being able to live, it would allow me to inevitably prove my innocence. COSBY: Why have you not expressed remorse for the four killings which you've been convicted of? WILLIAMS: Well, because as you and I both know, conviction does not denote guilt. And I've been proclaiming my innocence for the longest. So for me to express remorse or an apology, that would, as I stated before, connote culpability, which I'm not. In fact, it would be disingenuous on my part.

Read the interview at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10252436/

- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE SUPPORTS CLEMENCY

>From a Chronicle editorial: GOV. Arnold Schwarzenegger should be commended for taking seriously the clemency application for Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams. Schwarzenegger has convened a meeting on Dec. 8 -- just five days before Williams' scheduled execution -- to hear arguments from Williams' lawyers as well as from Los Angeles prosecutors, who are steadfastly opposed to clemency. Ideally, Schwarzenegger would meet with Williams face to face to get a sense of who this man is. Such a meeting might give him crucial information to help him decide Williams' fate. A spokesperson for the governor said that a meeting with Williams is not "on the governor's schedule."... Williams has set himself apart from the vast majority of Death Row inmates by his efforts to end the cycle of violence that he helped begin decades ago in Los Angeles. As an author, Williams has become a powerful spokesman, with street credibility, on the dangers of the gang life and the realities of prison.

Read the full article at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/11/29 /EDGOGFUCDI1.DTL

- EDUCATORS FOR TOOKIE -- SIGN ON NOW!

More than 200 educators have signed on to a letter urging California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to death row prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams. We took this initiative in the hopes that the collective voice of educators would send a powerful message calling for clemency.

To download a copy of the Educators for Tookie letter, visit http://www.nodeathpenalty.org/downloads/TookieEducatorsLtr.pdf.

To sign the letter, send the following information to akim007@speakeasy.net: Name, Title, Name of institution (for identification purposes only), Home address, City, state and zip, E-mail address

- DONATE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR OUR EFFORTS

The Campaign would very much appreciate any donations to help offset the costs of organizing to stop the execution of Stan Tookie Williams. The Campaign is sending Shujaa Graham, a former San Quentin death row prisoner, and Alice Kim, a national organizer with the CEDP, to California to help the on-the-ground efforts to stop the execution. We are asking for your help to cover these expenses - so please send what you can today. Checks can be sent directly to our P.O. box: CEDP, PO Box 25730, Chicago, IL 60625. If you would prefer to donate online, you can go to our Web site at http://www.nodeathpenalty.org and click on the donation button for instructions on how to do it. Thank you all!!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

- NOVEMBER 30 - Nationwide NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR STAN (please send your information)

Austin, Texas - Rally and tabling on the University of Texas campus. Featuring a display with Tookie's picture alongside other peacemakers like Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King. Starting at 10 am, with a rally at noon, on the West Mall. For information, e-mail RandiJ42@satx.rr.com or call 210-274-6369.

Baltimore - Live From Death Row, with Maryland death row prisoner Vernon Evans. At 7 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 514 N. Charles St. (north of Franklin St.). For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

- Berkeley, Calif. - Tabling for Tookie. Starting At 11 am, at UC-Berkeley, Upper Sproul Plaza.

Berkeley, Calif. - Special screening of "Redemption", introduced by Elaine Brown (Green Party activist, former Black Panther Party chairperson), Aimee Allison (Oakland Green Party, Persian Gulf War Contentious Objector) and Michelle Simon (Campaign to End the Death Penalty). At 7 pm at the Black Repertory Theater in Berkeley, 3201 Adeline Street, near Ashby BART. Tickets are $2-$20 sliding scale. Sponsored by: Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Education Not Incarceration, Ella Baker Center -- Books Not Bars, Green Party of Alameda County, International Socialist Organization, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and Solidarity Bay Area. For more information, e-mail shelly245@juno.com.

Boston - Speakers panel and discussion on the struggle to save Stan. Featuring author and activist William Keach (one of the people who nominated Stan for a Nobel prize), and an exonerated death row prisoner. At 6:30 pm at Cabral Center, 1st Floor, African American Institute, Northeastern University. Take the Orange Line to Ruggles Station, or the Green Line to the NU T- Stop.

- Burlington, Vt. - Demonstrate for Tookie. At 4:30 pm in front of the Federal Building.

Chicago - Press conference and protest at Republican National Headquarters, 32 W. Randolph, at 12 Noon.

Columbus, Ohio - Screening of "Redemption." At Ohio State U., 3 pm, MLK Lounge, Hale Black Cultural Center (153 W. 12th Ave.). Sponsored by the Campus Committee to Save Tookie Williams.

Fremont, Calif. - Demonstration on the Steps of Mission San Jose. At 7:15 am at 43300 Mission Blvd. (at the intersection of Washington). For information, call Faye at 510-791-8186.

Holyoke, Mass. - Screening of "Redemption." At 11 a.m. at Holyoke Community College, Donahue 378.

Los Angeles - Rally and press conference. At 9 am at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring St. A march to the Governor's office (300 S. Spring St.) will begin at approximately 10am.

Madison, Wis. - Rock Out/Speak Out to Save Tookie. A free show featuring Si Kahn, songwriter and social activist; Darby Tillis, exonerated death row inmate; Adrian Lomax, recently released Wisconsin prisoner and prison rights activist; and local hip-hop artists. At 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater Stage Door.

Moraga, Calif - Information tabling at St. Mary's College at 11: 30 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be laptops and cell phones available for students to email and/or call the governor's office. At 8 pm, there will be a showing of the movie "Redemption" and a discussion afterwards, in Galileo 201.

- New Haven, Conn. - Candlelight Speakout for Clemency. At 6 pm at Kimberly Square, intersection of Kimberly Avenue and Lamberton Street in the Hill. Call 203-645-4907 or e-mail isonewhaven@yahoo.com for information.

- New York City - Screening of "Redemption" and Organizing Meeting. At Noon at Hunter College, Thomas Hunter building, Room 305B.

New York City - Press conference and protest for Stan at John Ashcroft's New York City appearance. Featuring Anthony Papa, activist against the Rockefeller Drug Laws, Yusef Salaam, exonerated in Central Park jogger case, and others. At 5:45 pm at 115th and Broadway. Sponsored by Save Tookie Committee NYC (Vieques Brigade, Free Mumia Coalition-NYC, Justice Committee, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, NYers Against the Death Penalty, Green Party, International Socialist Organization).

- New York City - Save Tookie NYC Committee Organizing Meeting. Following the Day of Action event, at 7:30 pm at Columbia University, Hamilton Hall, check the lobby for room number. Call 518-253-5029 for information.

Northampton, Mass. - Screening of "Redemption." At 4 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation.

- Pittsburgh - Screening of "Redemption." At 7 pm at Thomas Merton Center, 5125 Penn Ave., in Garfield.

Rochester, N.Y. - Rally and press conference. At 12 Noon in front of the Hall of Justice, 99 Exchange St.

Sacramento, Calif. - Rally and press conference. At Noon at City Hall, 915 I Street.

San Diego - Community forum on "Tookie, the Death Penalty and the Movement: Continuing the Struggle for Social Justice." At 6 pm at Springfield College, 5348 University Ave. Sponsored the Serudj Institute of Effective Socialization. E-mail tkalonji@hotmail.com for information.

San Francisco - Rally and press conference, featuring Barbara Becnel , Dolores Huerta, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Assemblyman Mark Leno and many more. At Noon at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

San Francisco - Speakout at San Francisco State University, beginning at 10 am. Call 415-317-5063 for information, or e-mail sfstatecedp@yahoo.com.

San Jose, Calif. - Rally and Press Conference. At Noon in front of City Hall, 801 N. 1st St. Sponsored by the Black Student Union of San Jose City College

San Rafael, Calif. - Vigil and demonstration sponsored by the Marin Chapter of Death Penalty Focus. At 4:30 pm at San Rafael Plaza (adjacent to 1000 Fourth St.).

Santa Cruz, Calif. - Rally and press conference, featuring Mayor Cynthia Matthews presenting a proclamation declaring the City of Santa Cruz to be an official "World City Against the Death Penalty"; Councilmember Tim Fitzmaurice, DPF, ACLU and more will give statements. At Noon at City Hall, 809 Center St.

Santa Cruz, Calif. - Panel with Angela Davis, Paul Ortiz, Lance Lindsey (Death Penalty Focus) and a special performance by Rainbow Theater. At 7:30 pm at UC-Santa Cruz, Earth and Marine Sciences building, Room B206. For information, call 510-325-0599 or e-mail iso_santacruz@hotmail.com.

Seattle - Screening of "Redemption." At 12 Noon at Seattle Central Community College Art Gallery, 1701 E. Broadway (in the main building, accessible from the atrium). For information, e-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862. Seattle - Screening of "Redemption." At 7 pm at University Heights Community Center, Room 106, 5031 University Way NE. Donation requested at the door. For information, e-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862.

Washington, D.C. - Screening of "Redemption." At 4:45 pm at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Building 39, Room 204, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For information, e-mail benk516@yahoo.com.

Washington, D.C. - Town Hall Meeting Against the Death Penalty. Featuring Rev. Lennox Yearwood (Hip Hop Caucus), Mike Lawlor (lawyer with Wesley Baker's legal team) and Mike Stark (CEDP). At 6:30 pm at All Souls Church, 16th and Harvard Streets, NW will be speaking.

West Hollywood, Calif. - World Day Against the Death Penalty Day Program, featuring Mayor Abbe Land, Mayor Pro Tempore John Heilman, Assemblyman Paul Koretz, Mike Farrell, and more. Begins at 2 pm at West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

Woodland, Calif. - Press Conference. At Noon at the Yolo County Courthouse, 725 Court St.

- DECEMBER 1 - Baltimore Prayer Service Against the Death Penalty At 6:30 pm at St. Vincent DePaul Church, Fayette and Fallsway. For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

- DECEMBER 1 - Chicago Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams Featuring pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Madison Hobley; exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis; Gloria Johnson, mother of Illinois prisoner Montell Johnson; Alice Kim and Marlene Martin, of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; and more. At 7 pm at the University of Illinois-Chicago African American Cultural Center, Addams Hall, Second Floor. Call 773-955-4841 for information.

- DECEMBER 1 - Chicago Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams Featuring pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Madison Hobley; exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis; Gloria Johnson, mother of Illinois prisoner Montell Johnson; Alice Kim and Marlene Martin, of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; and more. At 7 pm at Harold Washington College, Room 308, 30 E. Lake Street. Call 773-955-4841 for information.

- DECEMBER 1 - Columbus, Ohio Speakout for Stan Tookie Williams Including readings from letters written to Tookie Williams and his books. At Noon at the Ohio Union, Ohio State University. Sponsored by Campus Committee to Save Tookie Williams

- DECEMBER 1 - Greensboro, N.C. Screening of Redemption At the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

- DECEMBER 1 - San Diego Save Stan Tookie Williams At 7:30 pm at SDSU, Aztec Center, Calmecac Room, sponsored by the International Socialist Organization.

- DECEMBER 1 - Seattle Seattle Save Tookie Committee Weekly Meeting Every Thursday at Seattle Central Community College, in room 4130. E-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862 for information.

- DECEMBER 2 - Palo Alto, Calif. Screening of "Redemption" Viewing of the film, followed by discussion and letter-writing to ask the governor to grant clemency. At 7 pm at St. Alberts' Church, 1095 Channing Ave.

- DECEMBER 3 - Baltimore Demonstrate at the Supermax prison Protesting the pending execution of Wesley Baker and in support of Stan Tookie Williams. At 2 pm at the Supermax prison, Madison and Fallsway. For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

- DECEMBER 3 - Los Angeles RALLY FOR CLEMENCY FOR TOOKIE Leimert Park at 12 Noon. All the groups working in the Save Tookie committee in Los Angeles are asking everyone to come out. For more information, call 310-404-1739 or e-mail cenddeathpenalty@yahoo.com

- DECEMBER 3 - New Hope, Pa. Screening of "Redemption" and Informational Meeting. At 8 pm at the Saraswati River Yoga Center is located at 415 South York Road. Call 609-532-7750 or e-mail mpillischer@yahoo.com for information. Sponsored by the Lambertville Coalition for Peace and Reel Justice.

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City Screening of "Redemption" At the Bread Stuy Cafe, 403 Lewis Ave., Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners Speakers include Ninotchka Rosca (Philippines, Gabriela network); Andra (Basque Country, Kalera Project); Ashanti Alston (Black Liberation Movement, U.S.), Frank Velgara (Puerto Rican Independence Movement, U.S. and Puerto Rico); plus a Palestinian comrade TBA and statements from David Gilbert and Marilyn Buck, white anti-imperialist political prisoners. At 7 pm at Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th Street, Room 103 (C or 1 train to 116th Street). $5 donation requested.

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City Stan Tookie Williams: Blue Rage, Black Redemption A discussion of Tookie's book sponsored by Brownstone Bookstore and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. At 6 pm at Brownstone Bookstore, 409 Lewis Ave. (at Decatur Street). Take the A/C to Utica Ave. For more information, call Glo at 718-207-3980 or email gloriaross@gmail.com.

- DECEMBER 4 - San Francisco Movie Screening of REDEMPTION Hosted by Danny Glover, Barbara Becnel and Kevin Epps, who will present a short program before the movie to explain the status of Stan's case and let people know how to get involved in the movement to stop the execution. At 5 pm at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (next to the 16th Street and Mission BART Station). This event is a fund-raiser for the San Francisco Save Tookie Coalition. Tickets are $5 for students/youth/seniors and $10 for the general public. Co-sponsors and endorsers welcome; donations appreciated. Contact Danielle at Danielle@vanguardsf.org or 415-581-2512 for more information about endorsing or co-sponsoring the event. Tickets available at http://www.victoriatheatre.org or at the door.

- DECEMBER 4 - San Quentin, Calif. Vigil and Action by Religious Imperative to Stop State Murder Continuous vigil and action to begin at San Quentin Prison's Main Gate. Beginning Sunday, December 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm and continuing on December 5th beginning at 10am.

- DECEMBER 6 - New York City Town Hall Meeting to Save Stan Tookie Williams Featuring Ras Baraka (deputy mayor of Newark, N.J.), a representative of SOS (former gang members in Newark who negotiated a truce based on Tookie's Protocol for Peace), Anthony Papa (author and victim of the Rockefeller drug laws), and Yusef Salaam (wrongfully convicted in the Central Park jogger case and recently exonerated), the Welfare Poets (spoken word/hip hop artists), and many more. At 7 pm at the National Black Theater of Harlem, South Tower-Temple of Liberation, 2031 5th Ave. at 125th Street (take the 2,3 to 125th Street or 4,5,6 to 125th Street). $5 donation.

- DECEMBER 6 - San Rafael, Calif. Capital Punishment: Who Are We Executing? A film and discussion about death row and the death penalty. At 7 pm at the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, 1520 Grand Ave., corner of Grand and Acacia Streets.

- DECEMBER 7 - Chicago Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams Featuring pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Madison Hobley; exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis; Gloria Johnson, mother of Illinois prisoner Montell Johnson; Alice Kim and Marlene Martin, of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; and more. At 7 pm at Northeastern Illinois University, Student Union, (Room TBA), 5500 N. St. Louis. Call 773-955-4841 for information.

- DECEMBER 7 - San Diego Vigil, Press Conference, Rally and Demonstration At Noon at the Hall of Justice, 330 West Broadway. For information, call 619-804-1685 or e-mail tkalonji@Hotmail.com.

- DECEMBER 7 - San Diego Screening of Redemption Followed by a discussion of death penalty work and the campaign to save Tookie Williams. At 6:30 pm in City College Room B103, sponsored by Resistencia Estudiantil.

- DECEMBER 8 - Sacramento, Calif. People's Clemency Hearing for Tookie At Noon, on the steps of the State Capitol building. Called for by the Bay Area Save Tookie Committee.

- DECEMBER 9 - Los Angeles Screening of "After Innocence" A film about the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated--innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. At 7 pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 West Washington Blvd. Sponsored by the LA Coalition Against the Death Penalty. For information, call : Project:Involve at 310-432-1280.

- DECEMBER 10 - Berkeley, Calif. Screening of "Redemption" and Discussion At 6 pm at Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck (across the street from La Pena).

DECEMBER 10 - New York City Save Stan Tookie Williams. Featuring Fred Hampton Jr., who visited Tookie along with other human rights activists; Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Herman Ferguson, co-chair, National Jericho Movement; Lynne Stewart, to be sentenced in December by the U.S. government; Masai Ehehosi, Free Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (Rap Brown) Campaign; and others. At 4 pm at Salem Methodist Church on 129th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. A cultural program and dinner will be served. $10 donation at the door. For information, call the Free Mumia Hotline at 212-330-8029, or 914-941-6046

- DECEMBER 11 - San Francisco Sister Helen Prejean Speaks One of the world's best-known opponents of the death penalty speaks out at an ACLU event. At 2 pm at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, 55 Fourth Street at Mission. Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for students and low income, $250 table sponsor.

- DECEMBER 12 - San Francisco to San Quentin Walk for Abolition The Walk For Abolition begins at the Palace of Legion of Honor in San Francisco at 7 am and ends at the gates of San Quentin Prison around 6 pm. For information, contact Rev. Lyle Grosjean at 510-895-8203 or email l.grosjean@sbcglobal.net.

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WHERE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION

Download a fact sheet about Stan's case: http://www.savetookie.org/tookie_fact_sheet_10.18.05.pdf

Read the story of Stan's life in his book, Blue Rage, Black Redemption, available for $22. To order, visit http://www.nodeathpenalty.org or call the CEDP national office at 773-955-4841.

Do a showing of the movie Redemption, the TV movie about Stan's life, starring Jamie Foxx. The movie is available at Blockbuster.

Get "Save Tookie" buttons from the Campaign to sell to supporters. Get 25 buttons for $20, and shipping is free. Call the CEDP national office at 955-4841 to order.

Check out the Save Tookie Web site: http://www.savetookie.org/

And the Campaign to End the Death Penalty Web site: http://www.nodeathpenalty.org/

Order copies of the New Abolitionist. This issue has stories by and about Stan, as well as other information about fighting the death penalty. You can get a bundle of 25 New Abs, shipped free of charge at a cost of $12.50. To order, call the CEDP office at 773-235-0778. Yearly subscriptions are also available.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

14 days. The clock is ticking. Save Tookie!

CONTENTS

-Reports and news about Tookie
Make December 8 a Day of Action to press for clemency
Tomorrow! - November 30 National Day of Action
Stan interviewed on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS
Phil Gasper interviews Stan
Barbara Becnel champions clemency for Stan
Arnold's opportunity
Does personal reform count?
Death penalty debate rages as 1,000th execution looms
1,000th execution expected on November 30
Educators for Tookie -- Sign on now!
Donate much needed funds for our efforts

- Upcoming events

- Where to find more information

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REPORTS AND NEWS ABOUT TOOKIE

- MAKE DECEMBER 8 A DAY OF ACTION TO PRESS FOR CLEMENCY

The pressure is working. Gov. Schwarzenegger will hold a private clemency hearing for Stan on December 8. We need to let him know that all eyes are watching, our voices are speaking up, and we urge him to do the right thing and grant clemency. In conjunction with the action taken by the Bay Area Save Tookie Committee, we urge all groups, chapters, etc. to make December 8th another public push for clemency. The December 8th Day of Action should be announced at all November 30th events. Our pressure is being noticed. We need to keep it up.

>From Lichi Damelio: The Bay Area Save Tookie Committee decided to hold a people's clemency hearing for Stan Tookie Williams to coincide with the private clemency hearing that Governor Schwarzenegger will be holding on December 8. We plan on going to the steps of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento at 12 Noon, where Tookie's supporters can have their voices heard and explain why he deserves to live. If your group would like to endorse this call for a people's clemency hearing, please send an email to lichi_d@yahoo.com, with your group's name, by the evening of Tuesday, November 29. We demand clemency for Stan because we know that the efforts he has made to curb gang violence have had a tremendous effect, and because he is an inspiration to millions of young people the world over, standing as proof positive that it is possible to make positive change. There is also good reason to believe that Stan is innocent of the crimes of which he has been convicted. The Bay Area Save Tookie Committee encourages people all around the country to hold vigils, press conferences and rallies on December 8, and call, fax or email the governor demanding clemency for Tookie. Momentum is building, time is short, and we have to keep the pressure on.

- TOMORROW! -- NOVEMBER 30 NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

In conjunction with World Cities Day Against the Death Penalty, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, working with the California Save Tookie Committee, is organizing for a National Day of Action to Save Tookie on November 30. Dozens of events have been organized, across California and the country, to urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency. Below, you can find a listing of November 30 events we know about. There is also a calendar listing and contact information for Tookie supporters around the country at: http://www.savetookie.org/events.html Among the events are a rally at City Hall in San Francisco with Stan's long-time advocate Barbara Becnel; a picket at Republican National Headquarters in Chicago; a musical "Speak Out" for Tookie at the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus, featuring exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis playing "Death Row Blues" on the harmonica; and a town hall meeting in Boston, featuring Professor William Keach of Brown University, who previously nominated Williams for the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature Everyone who can should get involved in building for the largest possible turnout for these events. At all the November 30th events, be sure to announce that December 8th has been named as the next Day of Action. The Campaign has produced model press releases for the day of action, to help activists publicize their events. E-mail Noreen@nodeathpenalty.org to get a copy. The press releases will also be posted at http://www.nodeathpenalty.org. November 30th is also likely to be the day that the 1,000th person is executed since reinstatement of the death penalty in the U.S. Robin Lovitt is the prisoner on Virgina's death row who could be the 1,000th victim. Virgiania has the disgusting distinction of executing the second-highest number of people in the country, following only Texas. Activist should speak out and hold signs against this outrage at all of our Tookie events.

- STAN INTERVIEWED ON THE TAVIS SMILEY SHOW ON PBS

>From Eurweb.com: California Death Row inmate Stanley Tookie Williams will have the whole half hour on "Tavis Smiley" on PBS TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 29. The in-depth half hour interview was videotaped from Tavis' radio studio with Williams via telephone since video cameras were not permitted at San Quentin. Smiley had also visited Williams at the prison last Saturday but their talk was not recorded. When Tavis asked Williams why he has not apologized to the victims, Williams replied, "Being convicted does not connote guilt. I cannot apologize for crimes that I did not commit. I do have sympathy for victims' families and others who have lost loved ones to senseless violence."

Read more on the Tavis Smiley Show Web site at: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/

- PHIL GASPER INTERVIEWS STAN

On the day after Thanksgiving, Phil Gasper, a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University in California, member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, and co-initiator of Educators for Tookie, interviewed Stan by phone from San Quentin.

Read excerpts of the interview at: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/gasper281105.html

- BARBARA BECNEL CHAMPIONS CLEMENCY FOR STAN

>From the Los Angeles Times: So obscure that his conviction for four murders barely made headlines, death row inmate Stanley Tookie Williams owes his notoriety as much to a determined woman who stood by him and to committed death penalty opponents as to his shift from gangster to anti-gang activist. During a jailhouse visit in 1993 to research a book on gangs, writer Barbara Becnel discovered that Williams, who is scheduled to be executed Dec. 13, had renounced his gang past. Over the next two years, Becnel shed her doubts about the co-founder of the Crips and helped him work to persuade youths to avoid gangs... Now Becnel is spearheading a campaign to persuade Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to commute Williams' death sentence to life in prison without parole.

Read the full article at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tookie29nov29,0,2935308.story?coll=l a-home-headlines

- ARNOLD'S OPPORTUNITY

>From Bell Gale Chevigny, AlterNet: "Education is my passion," Arnold Schwarzenegger has often proclaimed. "Corrections should correct," he has repeated, apparently endorsing the belief that people can change. Is this mere lip service? Is it a glib performance similar to what some parole boards assume they are getting from a prisoner who promises he'll make good? Or is it the speech of a man whose word is his bond? Tookie Wlliams' plea to have his sentence commuted offers Arnold Schwarzenegger a chance to answer these questions. Education has truly been Williams' passion; his learning curve is about as steep as it gets. When the prison chaplain gave him a dictionary, as Tookie tells it, he fell in love with words. He'd write 50 words on one side of a paper towel, put the definitions on the other side and then test himself. Self-education gave birth to his conscience.

Read the full article at: http://www.alternet.org/story/28775/

- DOES PERSONAL REFORM COUNT?

>From the Christian Science Monitor: Exactly 229 death-row inmates have been granted clemency since the United States reinstated capital punishment in 1976, and the list of reasons is short. The 16 governors who have given such pardons cited just three reasons: lingering doubt about guilt, a governor's own philosophical opposition to the death penalty, and mental disability of the accused. Starkly absent from the list - notable because of a high-profile clemency request now pending in California - is character reform of the guilty. As in the 2000 Texas case of convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucker, who experienced a death-row religious conversion and became a model inmate, the case of Stanley "Tookie" Williams is reviving the debate over rehabilitation and its role in the US penal system.

Read the full article at: http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1129/p01s01-ussc.html

- DEATH PENALTY DEBATE RAGES AS 1,000th EXECUTION LOOMS

>From The Scotsman: ROBIN LOVITT earned notoriety by stabbing a man to death with a pair of scissors seven years ago. Tomorrow, he is due to win a place in criminal history as the 1,000th prisoner to be executed since the United States reinstated the death penalty. His appointment with the death chamber heaps controversy on an already bitter debate. Campaigners against death penalties say that Lovitt's case epitomises all that is wrong with the system and have called on the governor of Virginia to grant clemency... Analysis by the Death Penalty Information Centre (DPIC) in Washington shows that the number of death sentences passed annually has halved since the late 1990s and there has been a 40 per cent decline in executions since 1999. The number of convicts being sent to Death Row has dropped every year since 2001.

Read the full article at: http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=2319942005

- 1,000th EXECUTION EXPECTED ON NOVEMBER 30

The 1000th person to be executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the 1970s may take place on November 30th. Virginia death row prisoner Robin Lovitt is scheduled to be put to death on November 30. Anti-death penalty activists have various actions, vigils and speakouts planned to take place across the country. For more information, go to: http://www.1000executions.org/ For a listing of events nationwide, go to http://www.1000executions.org/events.php The November 30 Day of Action events planned for Stan Tookie Williams can help draw attention to the fight overall for abolition and the need to stop once and for all this senseless barbarity. People organizing activities for November 30 for Stan should come up with creative ways to tie in the question of the 1,000th execution.

- EDUCATORS FOR TOOKIE -- SIGN ON NOW!

More than 120 educators have signed on to a letter urging California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to death row prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams. We took this initiative in the hopes that the collective voice of educators would send a powerful message calling for clemency.

To download a copy of the Educators for Tookie letter, visit http://www.nodeathpenalty.org/downloads/TookieEducatorsLtr.pdf.

To sign the letter, send the following information to akim007@speakeasy.net: Name, Title, Name of institution (for identification purposes only), Home address, City, state and zip, E-mail address

- DONATE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR OUR EFFORTS

The Campaign would very much appreciate any donations to help offset the costs of organizing to stop the execution of Stan Tookie Williams. The Campaign is sending Shujaa Graham, a former San Quentin death row prisoner, and Alice Kim, a national organizer with the CEDP, to California to help the on-the-ground efforts to stop the execution. We are asking for your help to cover these expenses - so please send what you can today. Checks can be sent directly to our P.O. box: CEDP, PO Box 25730, Chicago, IL 60625. If you would prefer to donate online, you can go to our Web site at http://www.nodeathpenalty.org and click on the donation button for instructions on how to do it. Thank you all!!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

- EVERY WEEKDAY - Hawthorne, Calif. John 8:7, No Death Penalty candlelight vigils for Stan "Tookie" Williams Every weekday at 6 pm, 14501 Hindry Ave., at the corner of Hindry and the 405 Fwy (between McDonalds and Costco).

- NOVEMBER 30 - Nationwide NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR STAN (please send your information)

Austin, Texas - Rally and tabling on the University of Texas campus. Featuring a display with Tookie's picture alongside other peacemakers like Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King. Starting at 10 am, with a rally at noon, on the West Mall. For information, e-mail RandiJ42@satx.rr.com or call 210-274-6369.

Baltimore - Live From Death Row, with Maryland death row prisoner Vernon Evans. At 7 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 514 N. Charles St. (north of Franklin St.). For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

Berkeley, Calif. - Special screening of "Remdeption", introduced by Elaine Brown (Green Party activist, former Black Panther Party chairperson), Aimee Allison (Oakland Green Party, Persian Gulf War Contentious Objector) and Michelle Simon (Campaign to End the Death Penalty). At 7 pm at the Black Repertory Theater in Berkeley, 3201 Adeline Street, near Ashby BART. Tickets are $2-$20 sliding scale. Sponsored by: Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Education Not Incarceration, Ella Baker Center -- Books Not Bars, Green Party of Alameda County, International Socialist Organization, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and Solidarity Bay Area. For more information, e-mail shelly245@juno.com.

Boston - Speakers panel and discussion on the struggle to save Stan. Featuring author and activist William Keach (one of the people who nominated Stan for a Nobel prize), and an exonerated death row prisoner. At 6:30 pm at Cabral Center, 1st Floor, African American Institute, Northeastern University. Take the Orange Line to Ruggles Station, or the Green Line to the NU T- Stop.

Chicago - Press conference and protest at Republican National Headquarters, 32 W. Randolph, at 12 Noon.

Columbus, Ohio - Screening of "Redemption." At Ohio State U., 3 pm, MLK Lounge, Hale Black Cultural Center (153 W. 12th Ave.). Sponsored by the Campus Committee to Save Tookie Williams.

Fremont, Calif. - Demonstration on the Steps of Mission San Jose. At 7:15 am at 43300 Mission Blvd. (at the intersection of Washington). For information, call Faye at 510-791-8186.

Holyoke, Mass. - Screening of "Redemption." At 11 a.m. at Holyoke Community College, Donahue 378.

Los Angeles - Rally and press conference. At 9 am at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring St. A march to the Governor's office (300 S. Spring St.) will begin at approximately 10am.

Madison, Wis. - Rock Out/Speak Out to Save Tookie. A free show featuring Si Kahn, songwriter and social activist; Darby Tillis, exonerated death row inmate; Adrian Lomax, recently released Wisconsin prisoner and prison rights activist; and local hip-hop artists. At 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater Stage Door.

Moraga, Calif - Information tabling at St. Mary's College at 11: 30 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be laptops and cell phones available for students to email and/or call the governor's office. At 8 pm, there will be a showing of the movie "Redemption" and a discussion afterwards, in Galileo 201.

- New Haven, Conn. - Candlelight Speakout for Clemency. At 6 pm at Kimberly Square, intersection of Kimberly Avenue and Lamberton Street in the Hill. Call 203-645-4907 or e-mail isonewhaven@yahoo.com for information.

- New Hope, Pa. - Screening of "Redemption" and Informational Meeting. At 8 pm at the Saraswati River Yoga Center is located at 415 South York Road. Call 609-532-7750 or e-mail mpillischer@yahoo.com for information. Sponsored by the Lambertville Coalition for Peace and Reel Justice.

New York City - Press conference and protest for Stan at John Ashcroft's New York City appearance. Featuring Anthony Papa, activist against the Rockefeller Drug Laws, Yusef Salaam, exonerated in Central Park jogger case, and others. At 5:45 pm at 115th and Broadway. Sponsored by Save Tookie Committee NYC (Vieques Brigade, Free Mumia Coalition-NYC, Justice Committee, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, NYers Against the Death Penalty, Green Party, International Socialist Organization).

- New York City - Save Tookie NYC Committee Organizing Meeting. Following the Day of Action event, at 7:30 pm at Columbia University, Hamilton Hall, check the lobby for room number. Call 518-253-5029 for information.

New York City - Candlelight vigil, protesting the 1,000th scheduled execution since death penalty reinstatement. At 5:30 pm at Washington Square Park, near the arch at 5th Avenue and Washington Street.

Northampton, Mass. - Screening of "Redemption." At 4 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation.

- Pittsburgh - Screening of "Redemption." At 7 pm at Thomas Merton Center, 5125 Penn Ave., in Garfield.

Rochester, N.Y. - Rally and press conference. At 12 Noon in front of the Hall of Justice, 99 Exchange St.

Sacramento, Calif. - Rally and press conference. At Noon at City Hall, 915 I Street.

San Diego - Community forum on "Tookie, the Death Penalty and the Movement: Continuing the Struggle for Social Justice." At 6 pm at Springfield College, 5348 University Ave. Sponsored the Serudj Institute of Effective Socialization. E-mail tkalonji@hotmail.com for information.

San Francisco - Rally and press conference, featuring Barbara Becnel , Dolores Huerta, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Assemblyman Mark Leno and many more. At Noon at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

San Francisco - Speakout at San Francisco State University, beginning at 10 am. Call 415-317-5063 for information, or e-mail sfstatecedp@yahoo.com.

San Jose, Calif. - Rally and Press Conference. At Noon in front of City Hall, 801 N. 1st St. Sponsored by the Black Student Union of San Jose City College

San Rafael, Calif. - Vigil and demonstration sponsored by the Marin Chapter of Death Penalty Focus. At 4:30 pm at San Rafael Plaza (adjacent to 1000 Fourth St.).

Santa Cruz, Calif. - Rally and press conference, featuring Mayor Cynthia Matthews presenting a proclamation declaring the City of Santa Cruz to be an official "World City Against the Death Penalty"; Councilmember Tim Fitzmaurice, DPF, ACLU and more will give statements. At Noon at City Hall, 809 Center St.

Santa Cruz, Calif. - Panel with Angela Davis, Paul Ortiz, Lance Lindsey (Death Penalty Focus) and a special performance by Rainbow Theater. At 7:30 pm at UC-Santa Cruz, Earth and Marine Sciences building, Room B206. For information, call 510-325-0599 or e-mail iso_santacruz@hotmail.com.

Seattle - Screening of "Redemption." At 12 Noon at Seattle Central Community College Art Gallery, 1701 E. Broadway (in the main building, accessible from the atrium). For information, e-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862.

Seattle - Screening of "Redemption." At 7 pm at University Heights Community Center, Room 106, 5031 University Way NE. Donation requested at the door. For information, e-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862.

Washington, D.C. - Screening of "Redemption." At 4:45 pm at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Building 39, Room 204, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For information, e-mail benk516@yahoo.com.

Washington, D.C. - Town Hall Meeting Against the Death Penalty. Featuring Rev. Lennox Yearwood (Hip Hop Caucus), Mike Lawlor (lawyer with Wesley Baker's legal team) and Mike Stark (CEDP). At 6:30 pm at All Souls Church, 16th and Harvard Streets, NW will be speaking.

West Hollywood, Calif. - World Day Against the Death Penalty Day Program, featuring Mayor Abbe Land, Mayor Pro Tempore John Heilman, Assemblyman Paul Koretz, Mike Farrell, and more. Begins at 2 pm at West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

Woodland, Calif. - Press Conference. At Noon at the Yolo County Courthouse, 725 Court St.

- DECEMBER 1 - Baltimore Prayer Service Against the Death Penalty At 6:30 pm at St. Vincent DePaul Church, Fayette and Fallsway. For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

- DECEMBER 1 - Chicago Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams Featuring pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Madison Hobley; exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis; Gloria Johnson, mother of Illinois prisoner Montell Johnson; Alice Kim and Marlene Martin, of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; and more. At 7 pm at the University of Illinois-Chicago African American Cultural Center, Addams Hall, Second Floor. Call 773-955-4841 for information.

- DECEMBER 1 - Chicago Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams Featuring pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Madison Hobley; exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis; Gloria Johnson, mother of Illinois prisoner Montell Johnson; Alice Kim and Marlene Martin, of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; and more. At 7 pm at Harold Washington College, Room 308, 30 E. Lake Street. Call 773-955-4841 for information.

- DECEMBER 1 - Columbus, Ohio Speakout for Stan Tookie Williams Including readings from letters written to Tookie Williams and his books. At Noon at the Ohio Union, Ohio State University. Sponsored by Campus Committee to Save Tookie Williams

- DECEMBER 1 - Greensboro, N.C. Screening of Redemption At the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

- DECEMBER 1 - San Diego Save Stan Tookie Williams At 7:30 pm at SDSU, Aztec Center, Calmecac Room, sponsored by the International Socialist Organization.

- DECEMBER 1 - Seattle Seattle Save Tookie Committee Weekly Meeting Every Thursday at Seattle Central Community College, in room 4130. E-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862 for information.

- DECEMBER 2 - Palo Alto, Calif. Screening of "Redemption" Viewing of the film, followed by discussion and letter-writing to ask the governor to grant clemency. At 7 pm at St. Alberts' Church, 1095 Channing Ave.

- DECEMBER 3 - Baltimore Demonstrate at the Supermax prison Protesting the pending execution of Wesley Baker and in support of Stan Tookie Williams. At 2 pm at the Supermax prison, Madison and Fallsway. For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

- DECEMBER 3 - Los Angeles RALLY FOR CLEMENCY FOR TOOKIE Leimert Park at 12 Noon. All the groups working in the Save Tookie committee in Los Angeles are asking everyone to come out. For more information, call 310-404-1739 or e-mail cenddeathpenalty@yahoo.com

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City Screening of "Redemption" At the Bread Stuy Cafe, 403 Lewis Ave., Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY with Political Prisoners Speakers include Ninotchka Rosca (Philippines, Gabriela network); Andra (Basque Country, Kalera Project); Ashanti Alston (Black Liberation Movement, U.S.), Frank Velgara (Puerto Rican Independence Movement, U.S. and Puerto Rico); plus a Palestinian comrade TBA and statements from David Gilbert and Marilyn Buck, white anti-imperialist political prisoners. At 7 pm at Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th Street, Room 103 (C or 1 train to 116th Street). $5 donation requested.

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City Stan Tookie Williams: Blue Rage, Black Redemption A discussion of Tookie's book sponsored by Brownstone Bookstore and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. At 6 pm at Brownstone Bookstore, 409 Lewis Ave. (at Decatur Street). Take the A/C to Utica Ave. For more information, call Glo at 718-207-3980 or email gloriaross@gmail.com.

- DECEMBER 4 - San Francisco Movie Screening of REDEMPTION Hosted by Danny Glover, Barbara Becnel and Kevin Epps, who will present a short program before the movie to explain the status of Stan's case and let people know how to get involved in the movement to stop the execution. At 5 pm at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (next to the 16th Street and Mission BART Station). This event is a fund-raiser for the San Francisco Save Tookie Coalition. Tickets are $5 for students/youth/seniors and $10 for the general public. Co-sponsors and endorsers welcome; donations appreciated. Contact Danielle at Danielle@vanguardsf.org or 415-581-2512 for more information about endorsing or co-sponsoring the event. Tickets available at http://www.victoriatheatre.org or at the door.

- DECEMBER 4 - San Quentin, Calif. Vigil and Action by Religious Imperative to Stop State Murder Continuous vigil and action to begin at San Quentin Prison's Main Gate. Beginning Sunday, December 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm and continuing on December 5th beginning at 10am.

- DECEMBER 6 - New York City Town Hall Meeting to Save Stan Tookie Williams Featuring Ras Baraka (deputy mayor of Newark, N.J.), a representative of SOS (former gang members in Newark who negotiated a truce based on Tookie's Protocol for Peace), Anthony Papa (author and victim of the Rockefeller drug laws), and Yusef Salaam (wrongfully convicted in the Central Park jogger case and recently exonerated), the Welfare Poets (spoken word/hip hop artists), and many more. At 7 pm at the National Black Theater of Harlem, South Tower-Temple of Liberation, 2031 5th Ave. at 125th Street (take the 2,3 to 125th Street or 4,5,6 to 125th Street). $5 donation.

- DECEMBER 6 - San Rafael, Calif. Capital Punishment: Who Are We Executing? A film and discussion about death row and the death penalty. At 7 pm at the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, 1520 Grand Ave., corner of Grand and Acacia Streets.

- DECEMBER 7 - Chicago Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams Featuring pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Madison Hobley; exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis; Gloria Johnson, mother of Illinois prisoner Montell Johnson; Alice Kim and Marlene Martin, of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; and more. At 7 pm at Northeastern Illinois University, Student Union, (Room TBA), 5500 N. St. Louis. Call 773-955-4841 for information.

- DECEMBER 7 - San Diego Vigil, Press Conference, Rally and Demonstration At Noon at the Hall of Justice, 330 West Broadway. For information, call 619-804-1685 or e-mail tkalonji@Hotmail.com.

- DECEMBER 7 - San Diego Screening of Redemption Followed by a discussion of death penalty work and the campaign to save Tookie Williams. At 6:30 pm in City College Room B103, sponsored by Resistencia Estudiantil.

- DECEMBER 8 - Sacramento, Calif. People's Clemency Hearing for Tookie At Noon, on the steps of the State Capitol building. Called for by the Bay Area Save Tookie Committee.

- DECEMBER 9 - Los Angeles Screening of "After Innocence" A film about the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated--innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. At 7 pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 West Washington Blvd. Sponsored by the LA Coalition Against the Death Penalty. For information, call : Project:Involve at 310-432-1280.

DECEMBER 10 - New York City Save Stan Tookie Williams. Featuring Fred Hampton Jr., who visited Tookie along with other human rights activists; Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Herman Ferguson, co-chair, National Jericho Movement; Lynne Stewart, to be sentenced in December by the U.S. government; Masai Ehehosi, Free Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (Rap Brown) Campaign; and others. At 4 pm at Salem Methodist Church on 129th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. A cultural program and dinner will be served. $10 donation at the door. For information, call the Free Mumia Hotline at 212-330-8029, or 914-941-6046

- DECEMBER 11 - San Francisco Sister Helen Prejean Speaks One of the world's best-known opponents of the death penalty speaks out at an ACLU event. At 2 pm at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, 55 Fourth Street at Mission. Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for students and low income, $250 table sponsor.

- DECEMBER 12 - San Francisco to San Quentin Walk for Abolition The Walk For Abolition begins at the Palace of Legion of Honor in San Francisco at 7 am and ends at the gates of San Quentin Prison around 6 pm. For information, contact Rev. Lyle Grosjean at 510-895-8203 or email l.grosjean@sbcglobal.net.

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WHERE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION

Download a fact sheet about Stan's case: http://www.savetookie.org/tookie_fact_sheet_10.18.05.pdf

Read the story of Stan's life in his book, Blue Rage, Black Redemption, available for $22. To order, visit http://www.nodeathpenalty.org or call the CEDP national office at 773-955-4841.

Do a showing of the movie Redemption, the TV movie about Stan's life, starring Jamie Foxx. The movie is available at Blockbuster.

Get "Save Tookie" buttons from the Campaign to sell to supporters. Get 25 buttons for $20, and shipping is free. Call the CEDP national office at 955-4841 to order.

Check out the Save Tookie Web site: http://www.savetookie.org/

And the Campaign to End the Death Penalty Web site: http://www.nodeathpenalty.org/

Order copies of the New Abolitionist. This issue has stories by and about Stan, as well as other information about fighting the death penalty. You can get a bundle of 25 New Abs, shipped free of charge at a cost of $12.50. To order, call the CEDP office at 773-235-0778. Yearly subscriptions are also available.

Monday, November 28, 2005

15 days. The clock is ticking. Stop the execution!

CONTENTS -
Reports and news about Tookie

Build for the National Day of Action
NAACP steps up efforts to save Stan
Activists rally at San Quentin to save Tookie
Why a Tookie Williams?
122nd death row prisoner exonerated
Abolitionists protest pending execution in Maryland
New song for Stan
1,000th execution expected on November 30

Educators for Tookie -- Sign on now!

Donate much needed funds for our efforts -

Upcoming events -

Where to find more information

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REPORTS AND NEWS ABOUT TOOKIE

- BUILD FOR THE NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

In conjunction with World Cities Day Against the Death Penalty, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, working with the California Save Tookie Committee, is organizing for a National Day of Action to Save Tookie on November 30. Dozens of events have been organized, across California and the country, to urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Stanley Tookie Williams.

Among the events are a rally at City Hall in San Francisco with Stan's long-time advocate Barbara Becnel; a picket at Republican National Headquarters in Chicago; a musical "Speak Out" for Tookie at the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus, featuring exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis playing "Death Row Blues" on the harmonica; and a town hall meeting in Boston, featuring Professor William Keach of Brown University, who previously nominated Williams for the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature

Everyone who can should get involved in building for the largest possible turnout for these events.

The Campaign has produced model press releases for the day of action, to help activists publicize their events. E-mail Noreen@nodeathpenalty.org to get a copy. The press releases will also be posted at http://www.nodeathpenalty.org.

November 30th is also likely to be the day that the 1,000th person is executed since reinstatement of the death penalty in the U.S. Robin Lovitt is the prisoner on Virgina's death row who could be the 1,000th victim. Virgiania has the disgusting distinction of executing the second-highest number of people in the country, following only Texas. Activist should speak out and hold signs against this outrage at all of our Tookie events. Below, you can find a listing of November 30 events we know about. There is also a calendar listing and contact information for Tookie supporters around the country at: http://www.savetookie.org/events.html

This is the next step in the fight to save Tookie, so let's make sure the Day of Action is a success!

- NAACP STEPS UP EFFORTS TO SAVE STAN

>From the NAACP press release: " Bruce Gordon, president & CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said today that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should spare the life of Stanley Tookie Williams, who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 13. Williams, who maintains his innocence, has been nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize and four times for the Nobel Prize for Literature for his series of acclaimed children's books... "Gordon said the NAACP will lead a multi-city two-week crusade to convince Schwarzenegger that Williams should live to continue his work in helping young people make positive choices and avoid the gang life that he once lived."

Read the full article: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=57169

- ACTIVISTS RALLY AT SAN QUENTIN TO SAVE TOOKIE

>From the Final Call: "Under maximum police surveillance, approximately 2,000 people saturated Point San Quentin Village for a Nov. 19 rally to save five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and death row icon Stanley Tookie Williams from execution Dec. 13. During the three-hour 'Save The Peacemaker' rally, cries of 'Clemency for Tookie' and 'End the Death Penalty!' could be heard. "Situated just outside San Quentin State Prison's Eastgate, the rally-goers, who hailed from various racial, gender, age, religious and organizational lines, presented their demands for clemency, despite consistent technical difficulties and under the constant buzzing of helicopter blades."

Read the full article: http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_2293.shtml

- WHY A TOOKIE WILLIAMS?

>From columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson: "In a candid, and revealing moment, Stanley "Tookie" Williams told a visitor at San Quentin prison that he helped found the notorious Crips street gang because he wanted to smash everyone, make a rep, get respect and dignity, and that he wanted his name to be known everywhere. He got his wish in more ways than he ever dreamed of. The demons that drove Williams in his reckless push for identity and prominence also drove him to become the nation's best known condemned prisoner. He faces execution December 13 for multiple murders."

Read the full article: http://www.blacknews.com/pr/tookie401.html

- 122ND DEATH ROW PRISONER EXONERATED

>From the Philadelphia Inquirer: "A 47-year-old South Philadelphia man who spent 16 years on death row in a triple slaying has been released from prison after a jury acquitted him in a new trial, becoming the 122nd death row prisoner to be exonerated since reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976. Harold C. Wilson had always denied that he killed two women and a man with an ax inside a drug house in 1988. He wept when Common Pleas Court jurors announced their decision Tuesday."

Read the full article: http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/pennsylvania/counties/p hiladelphia_county/philadelphia/13207500.htm

- ABOLITIONISTS PROTEST PENDING EXECUTION IN MARYLAND

>From the Baltimore Sun: "Just nine days before convicted killer Wesley Eugene Baker could be executed for the 1991 shooting of a Baltimore County woman, death penalty opponents gathered outside the governor's mansion in Annapolis yesterday to protest the scheduled execution and call for an end to capital punishment in Maryland. "'We're here to tell the governor that there are no throwaway people, that cold-blooded killing by the state is no better than cold-blooded killing by a professional murderer, by a thug in an alley or by a resident of Iraq,' Terry Fitzgerald, an organizer with the Baltimore Campaign to End the Death Penalty, shouted to the nearly 30 protesters outside Government House." "The demonstration was the first in a series of events that death penalty opponents have organized leading up to the week of Dec. 5, when Baker is scheduled to die by lethal injection."

Read the full article: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.baker27nov27,1,5509663.story?c track=1&cset=true

- NEW SONG FOR STAN

Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx have recorded "Real Soon," a song about Stan, his anti-gang efforts and his struggle against execution. Listen to it and use it at meetings and demonstrations. You can also here Snoop Dogg's speech at the November 19 protest at San Quentin.

Listen to the song at the Save Tookie Web site: http://www.savetookie.org

- 1,000th EXECUTION EXPECTED ON NOVEMBER 30

The 1000th person to be executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the 1970s may take place on November 30th. Virginia death row prisoner Robin Lovitt is scheduled to be put to death on November 30. Anti-death penalty activists have various actions, vigils and speakouts planned to take place across the country. For more information, go to: http://www.1000executions.org/ For a listing of events nationwide, go to http://www.1000executions.org/events.php The November 30 Day of Action events planned for Stan Tookie Williams can help draw attention to the fight overall for abolition and the need to stop once and for all this senseless barbarity. People organizing activities for November 30 for Stan should come up with creative ways to tie in the question of the 1,000th execution.

- EDUCATORS FOR TOOKIE -- SIGN ON NOW!

More than 120 educators have signed on to a letter urging California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to death row prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams. We took this initiative in the hopes that the collective voice of educators would send a powerful message calling for clemency.

To download a copy of the Educators for Tookie letter, visit http://www.nodeathpenalty.org/downloads/TookieEducatorsLtr.pdf.

To sign the letter, send the following information to akim007@speakeasy.net: Name, Title, Name of institution (for identification purposes only), Home address, City, state and zip, E-mail address

- DONATE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR OUR EFFORTS

The Campaign would very much appreciate any donations to help offset the costs of organizing to stop the execution of Stan Tookie Williams. The Campaign is sending Shujaa Graham, a former San Quentin death row prisoner, and Alice Kim, a national organizer with the CEDP, to California to help the on-the-ground efforts to stop the execution. We are asking for your help to cover these expenses - so please send what you can today. Checks can be sent directly to our P.O. box: CEDP, PO Box 25730, Chicago, IL 60625. If you would prefer to donate online, you can go to our Web site at http://www.nodeathpenalty.org and click on the donation button for instructions on how to do it. Thank you all!!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

- EVERY WEEKDAY - Hawthorne, Calif. John 8:7, No Death Penalty candlelight vigils for Stan "Tookie" Williams Every weekday at 6 pm, 14501 Hindry Ave., at the corner of Hindry and the 405 Fwy (between McDonalds and Costco).

- NOVEMBER 28 - Chicago Film screening of "Redemption" At 5 pm, University of Chicago, School of Social Services, Room W1, 60th and Ellis.

- NOVEMBER 28 - Moraga, Calif. Learn More about Stan "Tookie" Williams General CEDP meeting about Stan, and to help plan for the November 30 National Day of Action. At 6 pm in Dante 114. For information, call 510-295-3290 or e-mail cedp@stmarys-ca.edu

- NOVEMBER 28 - New York City Emergency Planning Meeting to Save Tookie At 9 pm at Columbia University, in 212, on the first floor in Lerner Hall (the student center at 115th and Broadway). Call 617-917-1966 for information.

- NOVEMBER 30 - Nationwide NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR STAN (please send your information)

Austin, Texas - Rally and tabling on the University of Texas campus. Featuring a display with Tookie's picture alongside other peacemakers like Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King. Starting at 10 am, with a rally at noon, on the West Mall. For information, e-mail RandiJ42@satx.rr.com or call 210-274-6369.

Baltimore - Live From Death Row, with Maryland death row prisoner Vernon Evans. At 7 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 514 N. Charles St. (north of Franklin St.). For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

Berkeley, Calif. - Special screening of "Remdeption", introduced by Elaine Brown (Green Party activist, former Black Panther Party chairperson), Aimee Allison (Oakland Green Party, Persian Gulf War Contentious Objector) and Michelle Simon (Campaign to End the Death Penalty). At 7 pm at the Black Repertory Theater in Berkeley, 3201 Adeline Street, near Ashby BART. Tickets are $2-$20 sliding scale. Sponsored by: Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Education Not Incarceration, Ella Baker Center -- Books Not Bars, Green Party of Alameda County, International Socialist Organization, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and Solidarity Bay Area. For more information, e-mail shelly245@juno.com.

Boston - Speakers panel and discussion on the struggle to save Stan. Featuring author and activist William Keach (one of the people who nominated Stan for a Nobel prize), and an exonerated death row prisoner. At 6:30 pm at Cabral Center, 1st Floor, African American Institute, Northeastern University. Take the Orange Line to Ruggles Station, or the Green Line to the NU T- Stop.

Chicago - Press conference and protest at Republican National Headquarters, 32 W. Randolph, at 12 Noon.

Columbus, Ohio - Screening of "Redemption." At Ohio State U., 3 pm, MLK Lounge, Hale Black Cultural Center (153 W. 12th Ave.). Sponsored by the Campus Committee to Save Tookie Williams.

Fremont, Calif. - Demonstration on the Steps of Mission San Jose. At 7:15 am at 43300 Mission Blvd. (at the intersection of Washington). For information, call Faye at 510-791-8186.

Holyoke, Mass. - Screening of "Redemption." At 11 a.m. at Holyoke Community College, Donahue 378.

Los Angeles - Rally and press conference. At 9 am at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring St. A march to the Governor's office (300 S. Spring St.) will begin at approximately 10am.

Madison, Wis. - Rock Out/Speak Out to Save Tookie. A free show featuring Si Kahn, songwriter and social activist; Darby Tillis, exonerated death row inmate; Adrian Lomax, recently released Wisconsin prisoner and prison rights activist; and local hip-hop artists. At 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater Stage Door.

Moraga, Calif - Information tabling at St. Mary's College at 11: 30 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be laptops and cell phones available for students to email and/or call the governor's office. At 8 pm, there will be a showing of the movie "Redemption" and a discussion afterwards, in Galileo 201.

New York City - Press conference and protest for Stan at John Ashcroft's New York City appearance. Featuring Anthony Papa, activist against the Rockefeller Drug Laws, Yusef Salaam, exonerated in Central Park jogger case, and others. At 5:45 pm at 115th and Broadway. Sponsored by Save Tookie Committee NYC (Vieques Brigade, Free Mumia Coalition-NYC, Justice Committee, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, NYers Against the Death Penalty, Green Party, International Socialist Organization).

New York City - Candlelight vigil, protesting the 1,000th scheduled execution since death penalty reinstatement. At 5:30 pm at Washington Square Park, near the arch at 5th Avenue and Washington Street.

Northampton, Mass. - Screening of "Redemption." At 4 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation.

Rochester, N.Y. - Rally and press conference. At 12 Noon in front of the Hall of Justice, 99 Exchange St.

Sacramento, Calif. - Rally and press conference. At Noon at City Hall, 915 I Street.

San Diego - Community forum on "Tookie, the Death Penalty and the Movement: Continuing the Struggle for Social Justice." At 6 pm at Springfield College, 5348 University Ave. Sponsored the Serudj Institute of Effective Socialization. E-mail tkalonji@hotmail.com for information.

San Francisco - Rally and press conference, featuring Barbara Becnel , Dolores Huerta, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Assemblyman Mark Leno and many more. At Noon at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

San Francisco - Speakout at San Francisco State University, beginning at 10 am. Call 415-317-5063 for information, or e-mail sfstatecedp@yahoo.com.

San Jose, Calif. - Rally and Press Conference. At Noon in front of City Hall, 801 N. 1st St. Sponsored by the Black Student Union of San Jose City College

San Rafael, Calif. - Vigil and demonstration sponsored by the Marin Chapter of Death Penalty Focus. At 4:30 pm at San Rafael Plaza (adjacent to 1000 Fourth St.).

Santa Cruz, Calif. - Rally and press conference, featuring Mayor Cynthia Matthews presenting a proclamation declaring the City of Santa Cruz to be an official "World City Against the Death Penalty"; Councilmember Tim Fitzmaurice, DPF, ACLU and more will give statements. At Noon at City Hall, 809 Center St.

Santa Cruz, Calif. - Panel with Angela Davis, Paul Ortiz, Lance Lindsey (Death Penalty Focus) and a special performance by Rainbow Theater. At 7:30 pm at UC-Santa Cruz, Earth and Marine Sciences building, Room B206. For information, call 510-325-0599 or e-mail iso_santacruz@hotmail.com.

Seattle - Screening of "Redemption." At 12 Noon at Seattle Central Community College Art Gallery, 1701 E. Broadway (in the main building, accessible from the atrium). For information, e-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862. Seattle - Screening of "Redemption." At 7 pm at University Heights Community Center, Room 106, 5031 University Way NE. Donation requested at the door. For information, e-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862.

Washington, D.C. - Screening of "Redemption." At 4:45 pm at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Building 39, Room 204, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For information, e-mail benk516@yahoo.com.

Washington, D.C. - Town Hall Meeting Against the Death Penalty. Featuring Rev. Lennox Yearwood (Hip Hop Caucus), Mike Lawlor (lawyer with Wesley Baker's legal team) and Mike Stark (CEDP). At 6:30 pm at All Souls Church, 16th and Harvard Streets, NW will be speaking.

West Hollywood, Calif. - World Day Against the Death Penalty Day Program, featuring Mayor Abbe Land, Mayor Pro Tempore John Heilman, Assemblyman Paul Koretz, Mike Farrell, and more. Begins at 2 pm at West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

Woodland, Calif. - Press Conference. At Noon at the Yolo County Courthouse, 725 Court St.

- DECEMBER 1 - Baltimore Prayer Service Against the Death Penalty At 6:30 pm at St. Vincent DePaul Church, Fayette and Fallsway. For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

- DECEMBER 1 - Columbus, Ohio Speakout for Stan Tookie Williams Including readings from letters written to Tookie Williams and his books. At Noon at the Ohio Union, Ohio State University. Sponsored by Campus Committee to Save Tookie Williams

- DECEMBER 1 - Greensboro, N.C. Screening of Redemption At the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

- DECEMBER 1 - San Diego Save Stan Tookie Williams At 7:30 pm at SDSU, Aztec Center, Calmecac Room, sponsored by the International Socialist Organization.

- DECEMBER 1 - Seattle Seattle Save Tookie Committee Weekly Meeting Every Thursday at Seattle Central Community College, in room 4130. E-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862 for information.

- DECEMBER 2 - Palo Alto, Calif. Screening of "Redemption" Viewing of the film, followed by discussion and letter-writing to ask the governor to grant clemency. At 7 pm at St. Alberts' Church, 1095 Channing Ave.

- DECEMBER 3 - Baltimore Demonstrate at the Supermax prison Protesting the pending execution of Wesley Baker and in support of Stan Tookie Williams. At 2 pm at the Supermax prison, Madison and Fallsway. For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

- DECEMBER 3 - Los Angeles RALLY FOR CLEMENCY FOR TOOKIE Leimert Park at 12 Noon. All the groups working in the Save Tookie committee in Los Angeles are asking everyone to come out. For more information, call 310-404-1739 or e-mail cenddeathpenalty@yahoo.com

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City Screening of "Redemption" At the Bread Stuy Cafe, 403 Lewis Ave., Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY with Political Prisoners Speakers include Ninotchka Rosca (Philippines, Gabriela network); Andra (Basque Country, Kalera Project); Ashanti Alston (Black Liberation Movement, U.S.), Frank Velgara (Puerto Rican Independence Movement, U.S. and Puerto Rico); plus a Palestinian comrade TBA and statements from David Gilbert and Marilyn Buck, white anti-imperialist political prisoners. At 7 pm at Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th Street, Room 103 (C or 1 train to 116th Street). $5 donation requested.

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City Stan Tookie Williams: Blue Rage, Black Redemption A discussion of Tookie's book sponsored by Brownstone Bookstore and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. At 6 pm at Brownstone Bookstore, 409 Lewis Ave. (at Decatur Street). Take the A/C to Utica Ave. For more information, call Glo at 718-207-3980 or email gloriaross@gmail.com.

- DECEMBER 4 - San Francisco Movie Screening of REDEMPTION Hosted by Danny Glover, Barbara Becnel and Kevin Epps, who will present a short program before the movie to explain the status of Stan's case and let people know how to get involved in the movement to stop the execution. At 5 pm at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (next to the 16th Street and Mission BART Station). This event is a fund-raiser for the San Francisco Save Tookie Coalition. Tickets are $5 for students/youth/seniors and $10 for the general public. Co-sponsors and endorsers welcome; donations appreciated. Contact Danielle at Danielle@vanguardsf.org or 415-581-2512 for more information about endorsing or co-sponsoring the event. Tickets available at http://www.victoriatheatre.org or at the door.

- DECEMBER 4 - San Quentin, Calif. Vigil and Action by Religious Imperative to Stop State Murder Continuous vigil and action to begin at San Quentin Prison's Main Gate. Beginning Sunday, December 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm and continuing on December 5th beginning at 10am.

- DECEMBER 6 - New York City Town Hall Meeting to Save Stan Tookie Williams Featuring Manning Marable (director, Institute for Research on African-American Studies, Columbia University), Ras Baraka (deputy mayor of Newark, N.J.), Anthony Papa (author and former victim of the Rockefeller drug laws), and Yusef Salaam (exonerated in the Central Park jogger case).

- DECEMBER 6 - San Rafael, Calif. Capital Punishment: Who Are We Executing? A film and discussion about death row and the death penalty. At 7 pm at the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, 1520 Grand Ave., corner of Grand and Acacia Streets.

- DECEMBER 7 - San Diego Vigil, Press Conference, Rally and Demonstration At Noon at the Hall of Justice, 330 West Broadway. For information, call 619-804-1685 or e-mail tkalonji@Hotmail.com.

- DECEMBER 7 - San Diego Screening of Redemption Followed by a discussion of death penalty work and the campaign to save Tookie Williams. At 6:30 pm in City College Room B103, sponsored by Resistencia Estudiantil.

- DECEMBER 9 - Los Angeles Screening of "After Innocence" A film about the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated--innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. At 7 pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 West Washington Blvd. Sponsored by the LA Coalition Against the Death Penalty. For information, call : Project:Involve at 310-432-1280.

DECEMBER 10 - New York City Save Stan Tookie Williams. Featuring Fred Hampton Jr., who visited Tookie along with other human rights activists; Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Herman Ferguson, co-chair, National Jericho Movement; Lynne Stewart, to be sentenced in December by the U.S. government; Masai Ehehosi, Free Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (Rap Brown) Campaign; and others. At 4 pm at Salem Methodist Church on 129th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. A cultural program and dinner will be served. $10 donation at the door. For information, call the Free Mumia Hotline at 212-330-8029, or 914-941-6046

- DECEMBER 11 - San Francisco Sister Helen Prejean Speaks One of the world's best-known opponents of the death penalty speaks out at an ACLU event. At 2 pm at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, 55 Fourth Street at Mission. Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for students and low income, $250 table sponsor.

- DECEMBER 12 - San Francisco to San Quentin Walk for Abolition The Walk For Abolition begins at the Palace of Legion of Honor in San Francisco at 7 am and ends at the gates of San Quentin Prison around 6 pm. For information, contact Rev. Lyle Grosjean at 510-895-8203 or email l.grosjean@sbcglobal.net.

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WHERE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION

Download a fact sheet about Stan's case: http://www.savetookie.org/tookie_fact_sheet_10.18.05.pdf

Read the story of Stan's life in his book, Blue Rage, Black Redemption, available for $22. To order, visit http://www.nodeathpenalty.org or call the CEDP national office at 773-955-4841.

Do a showing of the movie Redemption, the TV movie about Stan's life, starring Jamie Foxx. The movie is available at Blockbuster.

Get "Save Tookie" buttons from the Campaign to sell to supporters. Get 25 buttons for $20, and shipping is free. Call the CEDP national office at 955-4841 to order.

Check out the Save Tookie Web site: http://www.savetookie.org/

And the Campaign to End the Death Penalty Web site: http://www.nodeathpenalty.org/

Order copies of the New Abolitionist. This issue has stories by and about Stan, as well as other information about fighting the death penalty. You can get a bundle of 25 New Abs, shipped free of charge at a cost of $12.50. To order, call the CEDP office at 773-235-0778. Yearly subscriptions are also available.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

16 days left. The clock is ticking. Save Tookie!

CONTENTS - Reports and news about Tookie - Upcoming events - Where to find more information

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REPORTS AND NEWS ABOUT TOOKIE

- SCHWARZENEGGER ANNOUNCES CLEMENCY HEARING

>From the San Francisco Chronicle: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to hold a clemency hearing Dec. 8 for Stanley Tookie Williams, the condemned killer who has attracted a number of high-profile backers calling for his life to be spared.It is believed to be the first time a California governor has held such a hearing since 1992, when Gov. Pete Wilson considered the appeal of condemned killer Robert Alton Harris, Schwarzenegger's office said Friday. Wilson denied the appeal... "Several famous people have rallied in Williams' support, including Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Irene Kahn, who is secretary general of Amnesty International. Civil rights activists Jesse Jackson and Bianca Jagger visited Williams at San Quentin State Prison on Monday."

Read the full article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/11/26/WILLIAMS.TMP& type=printable

- NEW SONG FOR STAN

Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx have recorded "Real Soon," a song about Stan, his anti-gang efforts and his struggle against execution. Listen to it and use it at meetings and demonstrations. You can also here Snoop Dogg's speech at the November 19 protest at San Quentin.

Listen to the song and the speech at the Save Tookie Web site: http://www.savetookie.org

- NEW SAVE TOOKIE WEB SITE

The Web site of the Save Tookie committee has been overhauled, with lots of great new features and resources for activists. Be sure to take a look at: http://www.savetookie.org

- SUPPORT BUILDS BEHIND STAN'S CLEMENCY APPEAL

>From MSNBC: "Jamie Foxx stepped into the spotlight at his latest movie premiere with more than the usual publicity drill in mind. Don't let it happen, the actor urged -- don't let the state of California execute Stanley Tookie Williams, the convicted murderer and Crips gang co-founder who's been recast behind bars in the role of peacemaker."

Read the full article: http://famulus.msnbc.com/famulusgen/ap11-23-173015.asp?t=APENT

- SUPPORT FOR STAN IN FRANCE

>From a supporter in France: I have translated into French the Open Letter to the Governor, and am sending it to organizations (antiracist and anti death-penalty organizations, left parties) that may send you signatures. I'm also sending a summary of the case to the media, asking them to contact one of you if they want to write an article about the case. I'm going to show the movie Redemption to my students, and suggest colleagues do so before December 13. If kids are interested, we will ask them to write a letter to Schwarzenegger.

- 1,000th EXECUTION EXPECTED ON NOVEMBER 30

The 1000th person to be executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the 1970s may take place on November 30th. Virginia death row prisoner Robin Lovitt is scheduled to be put to death on November 30. Anti-death penalty activists have various actions, vigils and speakouts planned to take place across the country. For more information, go to: http://www.1000executions.org/ For a listing of events nationwide, go to http://www.1000executions.org/events.php The November 30 Day of Action events planned for Stan Tookie Williams can help draw attention to the fight overall for abolition and the need to stop once and for all this senseless barbarity. People organizing activities for November 30 for Stan should come up with creative ways to tie in the question of the 1,000th execution.

- SIGNATURE AD FOR STAN TOOKIE WILLIAMS

>From Cameron Sturdevant: The Save Tookie Coalition needs your help to stop the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, scheduled to take place in California's San Quentin prison on December 13. Specifically, we need your generous financial contribution--any amount you can give--to fund three full-page advertisements that we hope to run in the Sacramento Bee (to inform state politicians), Daily Variety (to inform the Hollywood entertainment industry), and the San Francisco Bay View (to reach the African American community across California).The text of the ad is at the end of this message. You can "sign" the ad by sending a message to savetookie@nodeathpenalty.org. Space permitting, your name will appear in the print ad. All others will be listed on the website savetookie.org. Time is of the essence--checks should be sent to: Vanguard Public Foundation -- Save Tookie, 383 Rhode Island St., Suite 301, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Text of ad:

Saving Stanley Tookie Williams will save lives: Don't silence a voice for peace

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger, Stanley Tookie Williams reaches out to the world with a message of peace. Unless you intervene, this powerful voice will be lost: This Nobel Peace Prize nominee will be executed by the state of California on December 13th. At just 17 years old, in 1971, Stan co-founded the Crips street gang. In 1981, he was convicted of four murders and sentenced to death, though he has always maintained his innocence of these crimes. While in prison, Stan underwent a spiritual transformation. He renounced gang life and issued a public apology for his role in promoting gang violence. He decided that he would dedicate the rest of his life to helping children make better decisions than he had made. To this end, he:

-- Wrote nine children's books about the dangers of gang life that have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people all over the world.

-- Developed a Protocol for Street Peace which has been used by rival gangs around the country and the world to broker gang truces.

-- Speaks to school children of all ages, teachers, juvenile offenders, gang members, school principals and many others, whenever possible, about ending gang violence and the importance of staying in school.

-- Has saved the lives of an estimated 150,000 youth across the state of California, the nation and the world. In recognition of his work, Stanley Williams has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature four times.

An execution will silence this peacemaker, but it will not change the nature of the illegitimate evidence against Stanley Tookie Williams, who has always asserted his innocence, or the impact of race on the trial. The case relied on circumstantial evidence, built on testimony from individuals who, according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had "less-than-clean backgrounds and incentives to lie in order to obtain leniency from the state in either charging or sentencing." Fingerprints and shoe prints were found at the crime scene, but none belonged to Stan and they have never been identified. With very little in their case against Stan, the prosecutor used racism to secure a conviction – eliminating all African-Americans from the jury, shackling Williams and then using jungle-animal language in the closing argument. These injustices are cause for great concern for Californians who believe in preserving civil rights.

- EDUCATORS FOR TOOKIE -- SIGN ON NOW!

More than 60 educators have signed on to a letter urging California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to death row prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams. We took this initiative in the hopes that the collective voice of educators would send a powerful message calling for clemency.

To download a copy of the Educators for Tookie letter, visit http://www.nodeathpenalty.org/downloads/TookieEducatorsLtr.pdf.

To sign the letter, send the following information to akim007@speakeasy.net: Name, Title, Name of institution (for identification purposes only), Home address, City, state and zip, E-mail address

- DONATE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR OUR EFFORTS

The Campaign would very much appreciate any donations to help offset the costs of organizing to stop the execution of Stan Tookie Williams. The Campaign is sending Shujaa Graham, a former San Quentin death row prisoner, and Alice Kim, a national organizer with the CEDP, to California to help the on-the-ground efforts to stop the execution. We are asking for your help to cover these expenses - so please send what you can today. Checks can be sent directly to our P.O. box: CEDP, PO Box 25730, Chicago, IL 60625. If you would prefer to donate online, you can go to our Web site at http://www.nodeathpenalty.org and click on the donation button for instructions on how to do it. Thank you all!!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

- EVERY WEEKDAY - Hawthorne, Calif. John 8:7, No Death Penalty candlelight vigils for Stan "Tookie" Williams Every weekday at 6 pm, 14501 Hindry Ave., at the corner of Hindry and the 405 Fwy (between McDonalds and Costco).

- NOVEMBER 27 - Rochester, N.Y. Planning Meeting for November 30 Day of Action At 4 pm at Java's on Gibbs St. Downtown

- NOVEMBER 28 - CHICAGO Film screening of "Redemption" At 5 pm, University of Chicago, School of Social Services, Room W1, 60th and Ellis.

- NOVEMBER 28 - Moraga, Calif. Learn More about Stan "Tookie" Williams General CEDP meeting about Stan, and to help plan for the November 30 National Day of Action. At 6 pm in Dante 114. For information, call 510-295-3290 or e-mail cedp@stmarys-ca.edu

- NOVEMBER 30 - Nationwide NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR STAN (please send your information)

Austin, Texas - Rally and tabling on the University of Texas campus. Featuring a display with Tookie's picture alongside other peacemakers like Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King. Starting at 10 am, with a rally at noon, on the West Mall. For information, e-mail RandiJ42@satx.rr.com or call 210-274-6369.

Baltimore - Live From Death Row, with Maryland death row prisoner Vernon Evans. At 7 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 514 N. Charles St. (north of Franklin St.). For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

Berkeley, Calif. - Special screening of "Remdeption", introduced by Elaine Brown (Green Party activist, former Black Panther Party chairperson), Aimee Allison (Oakland Green Party, Persian Gulf War Contentious Objector) and Michelle Simon (Campaign to End the Death Penalty). At 7 pm at the Black Repertory Theater in Berkeley, 3201 Adeline Street, near Ashby BART. Tickets are $2-$20 sliding scale. Sponsored by: Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Education Not Incarceration, Ella Baker Center -- Books Not Bars, Green Party of Alameda County, International Socialist Organization, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and Solidarity Bay Area. For more information, e-mail shelly245@juno.com.

Boston - Speakers panel and discussion on the struggle to save Stan. Featuring author and activist William Keach (one of the people who nominated Stan for a Nobel prize), and an exonerated death row prisoner. At 6:30 pm at Cabral Center, 1st Floor, African American Institute, Northeastern University. Take the Orange Line to Ruggles Station, or the Green Line to the NU T- Stop.

Chicago - Press conference and protest at Republican National Headquarters, 32 W. Randolph, at 12 Noon.

Columbus, Ohio - Screening of "Redemption." At Ohio State U., 3 pm, MLK Lounge, Hale Black Cultural Center (153 W. 12th Ave.). Sponsored by the Campus Committee to Save Tookie Williams.

Fremont, Calif. - Demonstration on the Steps of Mission San Jose. At 7:15 am at 43300 Mission Blvd. (at the intersection of Washington). For information, call Faye at 510-791-8186.

Holyoke, Mass. - Screening of "Redemption." At 11 a.m. at Holyoke Community College, Donahue 378.

Los Angeles - Rally and press conference. At 9 am at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring St. A march to the Governor's office (300 S. Spring St.) will begin at approximately 10am.

Madison, Wis. - Rock Out/Speak Out to Save Tookie. A free show featuring Si Kahn, songwriter and social activist; Darby Tillis, exonerated death row inmate; Adrian Lomax, recently released Wisconsin prisoner and prison rights activist; and local hip-hop artists. At 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater Stage Door.

Moraga, Calif - Information tabling at St. Mary's College at 11: 30 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be laptops and cell phones available for students to email and/or call the governor's office. At 8 pm, there will be a showing of the movie "Redemption" and a discussion afterwards, in Galileo 201.

New York City - Press conference and protest for Stan at John Ashcroft's New York City appearance. Featuring Anthony Papa, activist against the Rockefeller Drug Laws, Yusef Salaam, exonerated in Central Park jogger case, and others. At 5:45 pm at 115th and Broadway. Sponsored by Save Tookie Committee NYC (Vieques Brigade, Free Mumia Coalition-NYC, Justice Committee, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, NYers Against the Death Penalty, Green Party, International Socialist Organization).

New York City - Candlelight vigil, protesting the 1,000th scheduled execution since death penalty reinstatement. At 5:30 pm at Washington Square Park, near the arch at 5th Avenue and Washington Street.

Northampton, Mass. - Screening of "Redemption." At 4 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation.

Rochester, N.Y. - Rally and press conference. At 12 Noon in front of the Hall of Justice, 99 Exchange St.

Sacramento, Calif. - Rally and press conference. At Noon at City Hall, 915 I Street.

San Diego - Community forum on "Tookie, the Death Penalty and the Movement: Continuing the Struggle for Social Justice." At 6 pm at Springfield College, 5348 University Ave. Sponsored the Serudj Institute of Effective Socialization. E-mail tkalonji@hotmail.com for information.

San Francisco - Rally and press conference, featuring Barbara Becnel , Dolores Huerta, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Assemblyman Mark Leno and many more. At Noon at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

San Francisco - Speakout at San Francisco State University, beginning at 10 am. Call 415-317-5063 for information, or e-mail sfstatecedp@yahoo.com.

San Jose, Calif. - Rally and Press Conference. At Noon in front of City Hall, 801 N. 1st St. Sponsored by the Black Student Union of San Jose City College

San Rafael, Calif. - Vigil and demonstration sponsored by the Marin Chapter of Death Penalty Focus. At 4:30 pm at San Rafael Plaza (adjacent to 1000 Fourth St.).

Santa Cruz, Calif. - Rally and press conference, featuring Mayor Cynthia Matthews presenting a proclamation declaring the City of Santa Cruz to be an official "World City Against the Death Penalty"; Councilmember Tim Fitzmaurice, DPF, ACLU and more will give statements. At Noon at City Hall, 809 Center St.

Santa Cruz, Calif. - Panel with Angela Davis, Paul Ortiz, Lance Lindsey (Death Penalty Focus) and a special performance by Rainbow Theater. At 7:30 pm at UC-Santa Cruz, Earth and Marine Sciences building, Room B206. For information, call 510-325-0599 or e-mail iso_santacruz@hotmail.com.

Seattle - Screening of "Redemption." At 12 Noon at Seattle Central Community College Art Gallery, 1701 E. Broadway (in the main building, accessible from the atrium). For information, e-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862.

Seattle - Screening of "Redemption." At 7 pm at University Heights Community Center, Room 106, 5031 University Way NE. Donation requested at the door. For information, e-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862.

Washington, D.C. - Screening of "Redemption." At 4:45 pm at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Building 39, Room 204, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For information, e-mail benk516@yahoo.com.

West Hollywood, Calif. - World Day Against the Death Penalty Day Program, featuring Mayor Abbe Land, Mayor Pro Tempore John Heilman, Assemblyman Paul Koretz, Mike Farrell, and more. Begins at 2 pm at West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

Woodland, Calif. - Press Conference. At Noon at the Yolo County Courthouse, 725 Court St.

- DECEMBER 1 - Baltimore Prayer Service Against the Death Penalty At 6:30 pm at St. Vincent DePaul Church, Fayette and Fallsway. For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

- DECEMBER 1 - Columbus, Ohio Speakout for Stan Tookie Williams Including readings from letters written to Tookie Williams and his books. At Noon at the Ohio Union, Ohio State University. Sponsored by Campus Committee to Save Tookie Williams

- DECEMBER 1 - Greensboro, N.C. Screening of Redemption At the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

- DECEMBER 1 - San Diego Save Stan Tookie Williams At 7:30 pm at SDSU, Aztec Center, Calmecac Room, sponsored by the International Socialist Organization.

- DECEMBER 2 - Palo Alto, Calif. Screening of "Redemption" Viewing of the film, followed by discussion and letter-writing to ask the governor to grant clemency. At 7 pm at St. Alberts' Church, 1095 Channing Ave.

- DECEMBER 3 - Baltimore Demonstrate at the Supermax prison Protesting the pending execution of Wesley Baker and in support of Stan Tookie Williams. At 2 pm at the Supermax prison, Madison and Fallsway. For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail SaveVernon@excite.com.

- DECEMBER 3 - Los Angeles RALLY FOR CLEMENCY FOR TOOKIE Leimert Park at 12 Noon. All the groups working in the Save Tookie committee in Los Angeles are asking everyone to come out. For more information, call 310-404-1739 or e-mail cenddeathpenalty@yahoo.com

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City Screening of "Redemption" At the Bread Stuy Cafe, 403 Lewis Ave., Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY with Political Prisoners Speakers include Ninotchka Rosca (Philippines, Gabriela network); Andra (Basque Country, Kalera Project); Ashanti Alston (Black Liberation Movement, U.S.), Frank Velgara (Puerto Rican Independence Movement, U.S. and Puerto Rico); plus a Palestinian comrade TBA and statements from David Gilbert and Marilyn Buck, white anti-imperialist political prisoners. At 7 pm at Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th Street, Room 103 (C or 1 train to 116th Street). $5 donation requested.

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City Stan Tookie Williams: Blue Rage, Black Redemption A discussion of Tookie's book sponsored by Brownstone Bookstore and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. At 6 pm at Brownstone Bookstore, 409 Lewis Ave. (at Decatur Street). Take the A/C to Utica Ave. For more information, call Glo at 718-207-3980 or email gloriaross@gmail.com.

- DECEMBER 4 - San Francisco Movie Screening of REDEMPTION Hosted by Danny Glover, Barbara Becnel and Kevin Epps, who will present a short program before the movie to explain the status of Stan's case and let people know how to get involved in the movement to stop the execution. At 5 pm at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (next to the 16th Street and Mission BART Station). This event is a fund-raiser for the San Francisco Save Tookie Coalition. Tickets are $5 for students/youth/seniors and $10 for the general public. Co-sponsors and endorsers welcome; donations appreciated. Contact Danielle at Danielle@vanguardsf.org or 415-581-2512 for more information about endorsing or co-sponsoring the event. Tickets available at http://www.victoriatheatre.org or at the door.

- DECEMBER 4 - San Quentin, Calif. Vigil and Action by Religious Imperative to Stop State Murder Continuous vigil and action to begin at San Quentin Prison's Main Gate. Beginning Sunday, December 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm and continuing on December 5th beginning at 10am.

- DECEMBER 6 - New York City Town Hall Meeting to Save Stan Tookie Williams Featuring Manning Marable (director, Institute for Research on African-American Studies, Columbia University), Ras Baraka (deputy mayor of Newark, N.J.), Anthony Papa (author and former victim of the Rockefeller drug laws), and Yusef Salaam (exonerated in the Central Park jogger case).

- DECEMBER 6 - San Rafael, Calif. Capital Punishment: Who Are We Executing? A film and discussion about death row and the death penalty. At 7 pm at the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, 1520 Grand Ave., corner of Grand and Acacia Streets.

- DECEMBER 7 - San Diego Vigil, Press Conference, Rally and Demonstration At Noon at the Hall of Justice, 330 West Broadway. For information, call 619-804-1685 or e-mail tkalonji@Hotmail.com.

- DECEMBER 7 - San Diego Screening of Redemption Followed by a discussion of death penalty work and the campaign to save Tookie Williams. At 6:30 pm in City College Room B103, sponsored by Resistencia Estudiantil.

- DECEMBER 9 - Los Angeles Screening of "After Innocence" A film about the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated--innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. At 7 pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 West Washington Blvd. Sponsored by the LA Coalition Against the Death Penalty. For information, call : Project:Involve at 310-432-1280.

DECEMBER 10 - New York City Save Stan Tookie Williams. Featuring Fred Hampton Jr., who visited Tookie along with other human rights activists; Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Herman Ferguson, co-chair, National Jericho Movement; Lynne Stewart, to be sentenced in December by the U.S. government; Masai Ehehosi, Free Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (Rap Brown) Campaign; and others. At 4 pm at Salem Methodist Church on 129th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. A cultural program and dinner will be served. $10 donation at the door. For information, call the Free Mumia Hotline at 212-330-8029, or 914-941-6046

- DECEMBER 11 - San Francisco Sister Helen Prejean Speaks One of the world's best-known opponents of the death penalty speaks out at an ACLU event. At 2 pm at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, 55 Fourth Street at Mission. Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for students and low income, $250 table sponsor.

- DECEMBER 12 - San Francisco to San Quentin Walk for Abolition The Walk For Abolition begins at the Palace of Legion of Honor in San Francisco at 7 am and ends at the gates of San Quentin Prison around 6 pm. For information, contact Rev. Lyle Grosjean at 510-895-8203 or email l.grosjean@sbcglobal.net.

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WHERE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION

Download a fact sheet about Stan's case: http://www.savetookie.org/tookie_fact_sheet_10.18.05.pdf

Read the story of Stan's life in his book, Blue Rage, Black Redemption, available for $22. To order, visit http://www.nodeathpenalty.org or call the CEDP national office at 773-955-4841.

Do a showing of the movie Redemption, the TV movie about Stan's life, starring Jamie Foxx. The movie is available at Blockbuster.

Get "Save Tookie" buttons from the Campaign to sell to supporters. Get 25 buttons for $20, and shipping is free. Call the CEDP national office at 955-4841 to order, or send an email to: marlene@nodeathpenalty.org

Check out the Save Tookie Web site: http://www.savetookie.org/

And the Campaign to End the Death Penalty Web site: http://www.nodeathpenalty.org/

Order copies of the New Abolitionist. This issue has stories by and about Stan, as well as other information about fighting the death penalty. You can get a bundle of 25 New Abs, shipped free of charge at a cost of $12.50. To order, call the CEDP office at 773-235-0778, or send an email to: noreen@nodeathpenalty.org Yearly subscriptions are also available.