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.

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