Tuesday, November 22, 2005

21 Days. The Clock Is Ticking. Save Tookie!

There's only 21 days left to save Stan Tookie Williams.

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

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The Campaign to End the Death Penalty is calling on educators nationwide to sign on to a letter urging California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to death row prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams. The collective voice of educators can send a powerful message calling for clemency. Please sign on to this letter today, since Governor Schwarzenegger can make his decision any day. This effort is being led by Professors Philip Gasper and William Keach who have previously nominated Stan for the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature, respectively. Please see their call to
action below. We've already gotten more than 20 signers, including Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn.

To download a copy of the Educators for Tookie letter, visit

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


From The Final Call: "After the U.S. Supreme Court denied peacemaker and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stanley "Tookie" Williams' appeal October 11, and the State of California set an execution date for December 13, approximately 50 gang interventionists and anti-death penalty activists took to the streets Nov. 5 in front of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Schiatzi restaurant and cigar bar to protest the ruling and the death penalty... "'We're hoping that the governor will do the right thing and spare Stan's life, so that he can continue to do the outstanding work that saves humanity, work that he's been doing for the past decade,' Ms. Becnel stated. 'Other than being a little sleepy, he gets up very early, he is in very good spirits and it's because, he says, he has absolute faith in God. He knows that he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted and has faith that God will not allow him to be executed for crimes that he did not do, and a criminal justice system that demonstrated the worse in America's history, both in racism and the administration of justice, as well as prosecutorial and police misconduct...' "Alison McKenna, a community activist and social work clinician who utilizes Mr. Williams' books, opined on how that could be: "A Black person is 19 times more likely to get the death penalty for killing a White person than a White person is for killing a Black person. Stanley 'Tookie' Williams redeemed himself, the system did not do anything for him," she stated.

Read the full article:


From NPR's Morning Edition: Crips co-founder Tookie Williams faces execution in California on Dec. 13 unless the governor grants him clemency. Williams, convicted of four murders, has become a noted anti-gang crusader, writer of children's books, and a Nobel Prize nominee while in prison at San Quentin.

Hear the interview at:


Phil Gasper, who has nominated Stan for several Nobel prizes, is scheduled to appear on the Fox News program DaySide to talk about Stan Tookie Williams on Tuesday for about 5 minutes between 10 and 11 am Pacific Time. His scheduled interview yesterday was delayed.


CNN is running an online poll on whether Gov. Schwarzenegger should grant clemency for Stan. Right now, our side is losing. Please take a moment to vote, and let's try to change that:



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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- NOVEMBER 22 - Los Angeles Save Tookie Committee Regular Weekly Meeting Every Tuesday at 7 pm at Bethel AME Church at 7900 S. Western Avenue.

- NOVEMBER 22 - Columbus, Ohio Screening of "Redemption" At 7 pm, Ohio State U., Hagerty Hall Room 050 (1775 College Road). Sponsored by the Campus Committee to Save Tookie Williams

- NOVEMBER 22 - New York City Save Tookie Williams meeting At 7:30 pm at Columbia University, Hamilton Hall, Room 602. For information, e-mail stephschwartz@gmail.com.

- NOVEMBER 22 - San Francisco CEDP Chapter at SFSU Weekly Meeting Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the SFSU Student Center, Rosa Parks lounge.

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

- 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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 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:

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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