Sunday, November 20, 2005

23 days...The clock is ticking... Save Tookie!

There's only 23 days left to save Stan Tookie Williams. People around the country are taking action to stop the execution of Stan Tookie Williams, the California death row prisoner who is scheduled to be executed on December
13. From now until that date, we will send out a regular action alert to report on events held in support of Stan, let people know about efforts currently underway, and how you can get involved today. If you or your group have an event to report about, or activities planned, please e-mail us at

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CONTENTS - Reports and news about Tookie - Upcoming events - Where to find more information
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On Saturday, some 1,000 people rallied outside the gates of San Quentin to call on Gov. Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Stan Tookie Williams. Rapper Snoop Dogg was the featured speaker among several dozen religious leaders, anti-death penalty activists and other supporters of Stan. Barbara Becnel, Stan's advocate, introduced the rally and was one of several MCs.

The multiracial crowd consisted of activists from various anti-death penalty organizations, religious groups, the Nation of Islam, political and social justice organizations, community action groups and gang intervention organizations. The message from all was clear: don't kill a peacemaker. Project Cry No More, a group made up of family members who have lost loved ones to gang violence, was represented by a speaker at the rally, and is part of the growing number of voices calling for clemency for Stan. The rally made front-page news in many California newspapers. Below are three stories.

Read the San Francisco Chronicle story:

Read the Los Angeles Times story:,0,2781315.story?coll=la-tot-promo

Read the San Jose Mercury News story:


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 Monday for about 5 minutes between 10 and 11 am Pacific Time.


This Web site allows you to send free faxes to Schwarzenegger about Stan's case. Go to


From Tom Kerr, published on CounterPunch: "I write this letter on faith that you are not, at core, the Terminator, for we know that the Terminator would not hesitate to execute people in cold blood, and my appeal to grant clemency to Stanley "Tookie" Williams would fall on deaf ears. As you know, Crips co-founder, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and writer, Tookie Williams is
scheduled for execution on December 13, 2005. I write with the conviction, rather, that you identify with Kindergarten Cop hard when necessary, soft when humanity requires it."

Read the full article:

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- NOVEMBER 21 - Moraga, Calif. Petition Drive at Saint Mary's College
Housing Members of the CEDP will go to every dorm and ask students to sign a
petition calling on Gov. Schwarzenegger to grant clemency. At 8:45 pm.

- NOVEMBER 21 - San Francisco Bay Area Anti-Death Penalty Coalition Weekly
Meeting Every Monday At 6:30 pm, 1663 Mission St., ACLU office, 4th floor

- 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 - 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

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

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.

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 for information.

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

- 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

- 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

- 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 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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