Thursday, November 17, 2005

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION NOV. 30

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty, along with the California Save Tookie Campaign, is calling for a NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION to SAVE TOOKIE on Wednesday, November 30.

The clock is ticking for California death row prisoner, Stanley Tookie Williams. He is scheduled to be executed on December 13, 2005. That is exactly 33 days from today (Thursday, November 10). That means we have exactly 33 days to do everything we can to STOP Tookie's scheduled execution.

We are calling on California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant Tookie clemency. Tookie, who co-founded the Los Angeles Crips gang when he was 17 years old, turned his life around while on death row. He wrote nine children's books from his cell on San Quentin's death row about the harsh realities of gang life. He dedicated his life on death row to helping kids stay out of gangs. For his efforts, he was awarded a Presidential Call to Service Award earlier this year and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times.

We cannot allow the state of California to silence Tookie's powerful voice for peace. Start planning now to show your support for Tookie on Nov 30.

* SET UP AN INFORMATIONAL TABLE about Tookie's case.
--Hand out fact sheets about Tookie and collect signatures on petitions to be sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
--Make cell phones available for people to call the governor's office on the spot.
--If you're on a campus, set up laptops so that students can e-mail the governor right there and then.

* HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE with social justice leaders calling for clemency for Tookie.

* ORGANIZE A RALLY or a picket in your city. Call a speak out for Tookie on your campus.

* HOST A SCREENING of the movie "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story"

* ORGANIZE A TEACH-IN on "The Power of Redemption: The Case of Stanley Tookie Williams." Host a former death row prisoner to speak in your city or on your campus.

* WRITE A LETTER or story about Tookie's case in local or school newspapers, and contact local radio stations to do a segment on Tookie.

* RUN YOUR OWN SIGNATURE AD in your school or community paper. Visit
http://www.savetookie.org for sample letters.

* ORGANIZE A SPOKEN WORD event for Tookie, a "Rock for Tookie" concert
with local bands to fundraise for Tookie, or a mock execution or trial.

* BE CREATIVE. Come up with your own ideas to get the word out and build support to save Tookie.

We are posting all Day of Action activities on the Save Tookie website.

Make sure to send the details of your event to crystal@nodeathpenalty.org.
Event details should include the title of event, time, place and a phone number or e-mail address for contact information.

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