Friday, November 25, 2005

18 days to save Tookie. Stop the execution!

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

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From NBC News in Southern California: "In a letter released Wednesday, a group of Nobel laureates joined activists in urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Stanley Tookie Williams, who is set to be executed Dec. 13. "In the letter, Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Betty Williams and Jody Williams and nearly 120 other people call on the governor to commute Williams' 'sentence of death to life in prison.'... "'Through his work, gang truces have been mediated and long-standing wounds have been healed. Lives have been saved,' the letter to the governor says. '...That an inmate on San Quentin's death row has earned five nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize and four for the Nobel Prize for Literature requires consideration.'"

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From the Times: "'I am coping exceptionally well,' he says. Williams is dressed in blue denim trousers and shirt buttoned tight against his thick neck. "His beard is greying and his gaze, through large, round, rimless spectacles, is firm and relaxed. Only one of us feels uncomfortable. "'The experience is not so different from the moribund life I lived on the outside,' he says. 'I was shot up, shot at by police and in constant expectation of attack from my enemies. I have always lived a precarious life, so this is not so different. I used to enjoy fearlessness based on the machismo code of the streets, the ignorance, the bravado. "'Now my fearlessness is based on a sense of redemption, transformation, faith in God and optimism. I have a great sense of serenity - a halcyon sense - in my heart. My peace reflects what I have achieved from a once-wretched condition.'"

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From the Los Angeles Times: "Attorneys for Stanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips gang, implored the California Supreme Court on Wednesday to grant them access to a broad array of trial evidence as part of an effort to show that his 1979 conviction for four Southern California murders was unconstitutional. "'Discovery must be granted to avoid an egregious miscarriage of justice,' Pasadena attorney Verna Wefald wrote in a last-ditch legal effort to prevent 51-year-old Williams' execution, scheduled for Dec. 13 at San Quentin State Prison. "Williams' attorneys also have formally asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant him clemency for his work as an anti-gang activist on death row.

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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: For a listing of events nationwide, go to 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.


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 Space permitting, your name will appear in the print ad. All others will be listed on the website 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 ˆ 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.


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

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


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 and click on the donation button for instructions on how to do it. Thank you all!!

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- 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 26 - Annapolis, Md. Demonstrate at the Governor's Mansion Against the Execution of Wesley Baker. At 1 pm at the governor's mansion (College Avenue at Church Circle. For information, call 410-271-1099 or e-mail

- 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

- 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 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

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

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 - Press conference and protest for Stan at John Ashcroft's New York City appearance. At 5:45 pm at 115th and Broadway.

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 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

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

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

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

- 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

- 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

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

- 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 or 415-581-2512 for more information about endorsing or co-sponsoring the event. Tickets available at 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 (author and activist), 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

- 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 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

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Download a fact sheet about Stan's case:

Read the story of Stan's life in his book, Blue Rage, Black Redemption, available for $22. To order, visit 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 773-955-4841 to order.

Check out the Save Tookie Web site:

And the Campaign to End the Death Penalty Web site:

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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