Wednesday, November 23, 2005

20 days. 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

- STAN'S ATTORNEYS ASK FOR CLEMENCY AND RESPOND TO THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIM

Press release: "On Monday, November 21, 2005, attorneys for Stanley Tookie Williams submitted their reply petition to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in support of clemency. The petition for Williams, a five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, highlights his powerful story of redemption and the contribution he has made to steer inner-city youth away from crime and gangs. Recognizing his positive contribution to society, more than 47,000 people have signed a citizens' petition in support of clemency at www.savetookie.org and thousands more without computer access have signed a paper petition.

"In the reply petition, attorneys for Williams, led by Peter Fleming Jr., from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt and Mosle, write that the District Attorney is dismissive of the needs of the countless disadvantaged youth that Williams has helped. To make their case, attorneys ask the governor to look no further than his words to guide his decision.

"'The American dream? In the inner cities, children don't even dare to dream,' Schwarzenegger wrote on August 16, 2000 in the Los Angeles Times. 'Instead, they're told that they're trapped...We can help these children bridge the gaps created by hardship and hopelessness. We can help them get the drive, focus, attention, skills and pride that lead to hope.'...

"The reply petition also disproves and calls into question the tactics of law enforcement and prison officials to smear Williams and efforts to win clemency. On Tuesday, November 15, 2005, a representative from the Fontana Police Department told print and television media that a warrant had been issued for Lafayette Jones, a known sex offender, for raping a 13-year old child. The police incorrectly, and without evidence, identified Mr. Jones as the son of Stanley Tookie Williams. Janice Anderson, the mother of Mr. Jones, stated in a sworn affidavit that her son is not the son of Stanley Tookie Williams, 52, but is the son of a 59-year old man named Stanley Williams.

"In a sworn declaration, Mrs. Anderson writes, 'The man known in the news media as Lafayette Jones, who is a fugitive from a rape charge is not the son of Stanley Tookie Williams. I am Jones' mother.' "Mrs. Anderson, after hearing the false report that her son's father was Stanley Tookie Williams, called Fontana Police immediately. She was told by a police sergeant that 'it did not matter.' The sergeant excused the lie as a police tactic.

"This was followed two days later, on Thursday, November 17, 2005, in a statement from Vernell Crittendon, the spokesperson for San Quentin State Prison, that he suspected 'Stanley Williams of orchestrating gangland crimes from his cell.' The inflammatory allegation, which was repeated in print and television media, is false and contradicts official San Quentin documents. An official San Quentin Institutional Classification Committee (ICC) Summary dated August 5, 2004, states: 'Lt. G. Fuller stated that during his assignment in East Block he has not observed Williams in any gang involvement. ICC commended Williams on his positive program over the last 10 years. Williams thanked ICC for their respectful treatment.'

"The San Quentin report is supported by statements from the Los Angeles Police Department whose spokeswoman, April Harding, recently stated there is no evidence of any illegal gang activity on the part of Stanley Tookie Williams.

"Daniel Vasquez, warden at San Quentin from 1983 to 1993, was recently quoted as saying, in reference to Crittendon's statements, that he had never seen such an inflammatory statement in a news release from the prison, and that it was 'like they're trying to drum up business for death row.'

"The petition goes on to state that, 'This type of conduct from law enforcement is incompatible with justice. To the contrary, it is official misconduct.' "In their petition, attorneys for Williams conclude, 'the District Attorney ignores the needs of California's youth and the sense of hope and future that Stanley Williams brings to so many who are disadvantaged. In the end, we ask what makes sense. We ask what is practical reality. Giving Stanley Williams life is the right decision because it does the most good.' "A full copy of the "Reply Petition for Executive Clemency on Behalf of Stanley Tookie Williams" can be found at http://www.cm-p.com."


- 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 verylittle 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.


- 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


- JESSE JACKSON SPEAKS OUT FOR STAN

From KXTV: "Anti-death penalty activists demonstrated at the State Capitol Monday in support of clemency for convicted murderer and Crips gang co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams. "Rev. Jesse Jackson was among those urging the governor to spare the life of 51-year-old Williams. The San Quentin death row inmate is scheduled to die by lethal injection on December 13. He has exhausted all legal appeals, and at this point his only hope is a grant of clemency from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Read the full article: http://www.kxtv.com/storyfull2.aspx?storyid=14405


- TOM HAYDEN: THE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHO WANT TOOKIE DEAD

Published at HuffingtonPost.com: "Dear Governor: As the execution date is drawing near, once again I suggest that you convene a discussion between the contending parties to help you reach a decision. As your legal affairs secretary has written, 'clemency decisions are never easy,' and 'only after serious consideration and careful deliberation of this matter will the Governor make his decision.'"

Read the full article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-hayden/the-fundamentalists-who-w_b_11040.html


- 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 23 - Moraga, Calif. Information Tabling at Saint Mary's College At 11:30 a.m.

- 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.

Berkeley, Calif. - Special screening of Redeption, 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.

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

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.

San Diego - Community forum on "Tookie, the Death Penalty and the Movement: Continuing the Struggle for Social Justice," sponsored the Serudj Institute of Effective Socialization. E-mail tkalonji@hotmail.com for information.

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

Santa Cruz, Calif. - Panel with Angela Davis, Paul Ortiz and a special performance by Rainbow Theater. At 7:30 pm at UC-Santa Cruz, Earth and Marine Sciences building, Room B206. For information, e-mail iso_santacruz@hotmail.com.

- 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 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 4 - San Francisco Movie Screening of REDEMPTION Hosted by Danny Glover. At 5 pm at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (next to the 16th Street and Mission BART Station).

- DECEMBER 7 - San Diego Vigil, Press Conference, Rally and Demonstration At Noon at the Hall of Justice, 330 West Broadway.

- 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 12 - 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

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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 773-955-4841 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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