Thursday, December 01, 2005

12 days. The clock is ticking. Save Tookie!

CONTENTS

- Reports and news about Tookie
Reports from November 30 Day of Action events around the U.S.
December 8: The next Day of Action to press for clemency
Educators for Tookie plan to deliver their message
Calif. Supreme Court denies appeal to reexamine case
Stan on Democracy Now!
SF Bay Guardian opposes Stan's execution
Lawyers release video asking for clemency
Meeting to stop an execution in Maryland

- Upcoming events

- Where to find more information

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REPORTS AND NEWS ABOUT TOOKIE

- REPORTS FROM NOVEMBER 30 DAY OF ACTION EVENTS AROUND THE U.S.

>From Dana Blanchard in Los Angeles: We had a great press conference at City Hall yesterday with about 60 people and then a march to the Governor's dowtown office afterward. It was an amazing sight to see activists (including leading black ministers, priests, and young people) marching down the sidewalks shouting "Save Tookie" and "Clemency Now!" The event was well-attended by press and included a speaker from the NAACP, local gang interventionists, reformed gang members, local clergy and ministers, an LA council member, and Bonnie, Tookie's first wife. Yesterday evening at Central Library in LA there was a reading of Tookie's books attended by over 150 people that featured Mike Farrell, Jaime Foxx, Alfre Woodard and Snoop Dogg. Barbara Becnel was there and facilitated a call from Stan to Jaime and the audience that was quite moving. Everyone here is gearing up for our big rally on Saturday at noon in Leimert Park. We are expecting at least 1000 people, possibly more given how much press the event has gotten and how much we have publicized in the community. Our Tuesday "Save Tookie" planning meetings are still drawing about 100 people each week to help plan and build the struggle. We are also planning on sending up some folks to the clemency hearing rally on December 8th.

In Oakland, Calif.: About 150 people came to a special screening of the movie Redemption, hosted by former Black Panther leader and Green Party activist Elaine Brown. The event raised over $850 and brought out a number of activists from different organizations, who networked to discuss the next steps in the struggle.

>From Rosa Haire and Danny Katch in New York City: At City College/CUNY in Harlem, students hung a huge banner in the Rotunda with a countdown to Stan's execution date above his picture with "Save Tookie" written below. Teaser fliers around campus with statistics about the number of Black men in prison vs. college definitely helped create a buzz around his case as many people had some familiarity about it when talking to them on sales and tablings. The NAACP on campus co-sponsored a screening of Redemption with the ISO that drew 12-15 people and people signed up to do future tablings. We also had a tabling on Wednesday's day of action that drew quite a few people who signed petitions and wanted to learn more about his case. Future plans at City include a radio spot on the campus station. The campus tv station has also began running an ad about Tookie. Activists at Hunter College/CUNY showed 'Redemption on campus.' About 10 people came, a few of them took petitions and two new people signed up for getting involved.

News story in the Kansas City Sun: Less than two weeks before Crips street gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams is scheduled for execution, celebrities including Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx held a "day of action" Wednesday to plead for his life to be spared. The growing campaign by celebrities and activists is putting pressure on California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Williams, who was convicted of killing a 7-Eleven clerk during a holdup and then, less than two weeks later, killing two motel owners and their daughter in a robbery.

Read the full article: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/13295826.htm

- DECEMBER 8: THE NEXT DAY OF ACTION TO PRESS FOR CLEMENCY

Gov. Schwarzenegger will hold a private clemency hearing for Stan on December 8. The Bay Area Save Tookie Committee is urging all groups and supporters of Stan to make December 8th another day of action to push for clemency. Supporting this call are the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Gray Panthers of Greater Oakland, San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, Educultural Foundation, Freedom Archives and Bay Area Jericho Amnesty Movement, International Socialist Organization, Mobilization to Free Mumia-Abu Jamal, Socialist Action, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Heidelberg/Mannheim, Germany and German Network of Support Groups for Mumia Abu-Jamal. If your group would like to endorse this call, please send an email to lichi_d@yahoo.com, with your group's name. The Bay Area Save Tookie Committee will hold a people's clemency hearing for Stan Tookie Williams to coincide with the private clemency hearing. The people's clemency hearing will be held on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento at 12 Noon, where Tookie's supporters can have their voices heard and explain why he deserves to live.

- EDUCATORS FOR TOOKIE PLAN TO DELIVER THEIR MESSAGE

More than 200 educators have signed on to a letter urging California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to death row prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams. A delegation of signors will deliver the "Educators for Tookie" letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger's office in Sacramento on Wednesday, December 7, the day before Stanley Tookie Williams' clemency hearing. The delegation will include Professor Philip Gasper who initiated this effort and has nominated Stanley Tookie Williams for the Nobel Peace Prize. Our plan is to hold a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol Building at 12 noon then deliver the letter to the Governor's office.

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

- CALIF. SUPREME COURT DENIES APPEAL TO REEXAMINE CASE

>From CNN: California's Supreme Court Wednesday refused to stop the execution of convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the founder of the Crips street gang who became an anti-gang crusader while on Death Row, a court spokeswoman said. Williams' attorney, Jonathan Harris, told CNN he was disappointed by the court's 4-2 decision. But Harris said he plans to make a compelling case before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or his staff at a December 8 clemency hearing to commute Williams' sentence to life in prison without parole... Williams spoke by phone Wednesday night to a Los Angeles audience listening to readings of some of the children's books he has authored. "The fact of the matter is, I'm prepared for life and not death," he said, his voice heard on a cell phone held up to a microphone by actor Jamie Foxx. "My love goes out to all of you. And I know that you will continue to strive to not only help me, but help other people who are in trouble," Williams added."

Read the full article: http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/11/30/williams.execution

- STAN ON DEMOCRACY NOW!

Stan's case was featured yesterday on Democracy Now!, the syndicated radio and TV show broadcast on Pacifica and other networks around the country. From the transcript of the segment: It was a paradigm of racism. We are talking about prosecutorial misconduct. We are talking about exclusion of exculpatory evidence. We are talking about I.A.C., which is ineffective assistance of counsel. We are talking about biased jury selection, which results in an all-white jury. We're talking about involuntary psychotherapic druggings, the misuse of jailhouse and government informants. And last, but not least...not a shred of tangible evidence, no fingerprints, no crime scenes of bloody boot prints. They didn't match my boots, nor eyewitnesses. Even the shotgun shells found conveniently at each crime scene didn't match the shotgun shells that I owned.

Read the full transcript: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/30/153247

- SF BAY GUARDIAN OPPOSES STAN'S EXECUTION

>From the San Francisco Bay Guardian: This newspaper opposes the death penalty, as a matter of principle and of honest and decent law enforcement. Executions aren't only morally wrong - they don't deter crime. They cost the state millions of dollars. The people who die are almost always indigent, and most of them are people of color. And there's always the chilling and sometimes all-too-real chance that an innocent person will die. So naturally we don't want to see Stanley "Tookie" Williams sent to die by lethal injection in the old San Quentin gas chamber. But this is an unusual, and particularly compelling, case - and it ought to represent the turning point in the battle against state-sponsored executions.

Read the full article at: http://www.sfbg.com/40/09/news_ed_tookie.html

- LAWYERS RELEASE VIDEO ASKING FOR CLEMENCY

>From the Sacramento Bee: Lawyers for Stanley "Tookie" Williams released an emotional video Tuesday laying out why they believe the man convicted of four murders more than two decades ago should be spared the death penalty. In jailhouse interviews and telephone conversations, the 10-minute video portrays Williams, 51, as a reformed man who has touched the lives of thousands with his anti-gang message... "Each of you possess the innate ability to transcend these prison walls by virtue of your own positive message to your own loved ones, in society and/or in prison," Williams says in a message to his fellow San Quentin inmates dated earlier this year. "Teach them how to avoid our destructive footsteps. Teach them to strive for higher education. Teach them to promote peace. And teach them to focus on rebuilding the neighborhoods that you, others and I helped to destroy."

Read the full article at: http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/13919594p-14757771c.html

- MEETING TO STOP AN EXECUTION IN MARYLAND

>From the Baltimore Sun: The sister of a death-row inmate called on activists yesterday to stop the execution next week of Wesley Eugene Baker. "The death penalty here in Maryland is wrong," Gwen Bates, a sister of Vernon L. Evans Jr., told fellow capital-punishment opponents. "God is the one who gives life, and it is up to God to take a life."

Read the full article: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/crime/bal-md.death01dec01,1,7319491.s tory?coll=bal-local-headlines

- 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

- 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 SaveVernon@excite.com.

- DECEMBER 1 - Chicago Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams Featuring pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Madison Hobley; exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis; Gloria Johnson, mother of Illinois prisoner Montell Johnson; Alice Kim and Marlene Martin, of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; and more. At 7 pm at the University of Illinois-Chicago African American Cultural Center, Addams Hall, Second Floor. Call 773-955-4841 for information.

- DECEMBER 1 - Chicago Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams Featuring pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Madison Hobley; exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis; Gloria Johnson, mother of Illinois prisoner Montell Johnson; Alice Kim and Marlene Martin, of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; and more. At 7 pm at Harold Washington College, Room 308, 30 E. Lake Street. Call 773-955-4841 for information.

- 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 1 - Seattle Seattle Save Tookie Committee Weekly Meeting Every Thursday at Seattle Central Community College, in room 4130. E-mail vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862 for information.

- DECEMBER 1 - Toledo, Ohio Screening of "Redemption" At 6 pm at the Sanger Branch library.

- 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 SaveVernon@excite.com.

- 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 3 - New Hope, Pa. Screening of "Redemption" and Informational Meeting. At 8 pm at the Saraswati River Yoga Center is located at 415 South York Road. Call 609-532-7750 or e-mail mpillischer@yahoo.com for information. Sponsored by the Lambertville Coalition for Peace and Reel Justice.

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

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners Speakers include Ninotchka Rosca (Philippines, Gabriela network); Andra (Basque Country, Kalera Project); Ashanti Alston (Black Liberation Movement, U.S.), Frank Velgara (Puerto Rican Independence Movement, U.S. and Puerto Rico); plus a Palestinian comrade TBA and statements from David Gilbert and Marilyn Buck, white anti-imperialist political prisoners. At 7 pm at Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th Street, Room 103 (C or 1 train to 116th Street). $5 donation requested.

- DECEMBER 3 - New York City Stan Tookie Williams: Blue Rage, Black Redemption A discussion of Tookie's book sponsored by Brownstone Bookstore and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. At 6 pm at Brownstone Bookstore, 409 Lewis Ave. (at Decatur Street). Take the A/C to Utica Ave. For more information, call Glo at 718-207-3980 or email gloriaross@gmail.com.

- 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 Danielle@vanguardsf.org or 415-581-2512 for more information about endorsing or co-sponsoring the event. Tickets available at http://www.victoriatheatre.org 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 5 - Toledo, Ohio Screening of "Redemption" At 6 pm at the Kent Branch library.

- DECEMBER 6 - New York City Town Hall Meeting to Save Stan Tookie Williams Featuring Ras Baraka (deputy mayor of Newark, N.J.), a representative of SOS (former gang members in Newark who negotiated a truce based on Tookie's Protocol for Peace), Anthony Papa (author and victim of the Rockefeller drug laws), and Yusef Salaam (wrongfully convicted in the Central Park jogger case and recently exonerated), the Welfare Poets (spoken word/hip hop artists), and many more. At 7 pm at the National Black Theater of Harlem, South Tower-Temple of Liberation, 2031 5th Ave. at 125th Street (take the 2,3 to 125th Street or 4,5,6 to 125th Street). $5 donation.

- 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 6 - Toledo, Ohio Screening of "Redemption" At 6 pm at Brewed Awakenings.

- DECEMBER 7 - Chicago Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams Featuring pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Madison Hobley; exonerated Illinois death row prisoner Darby Tillis; Gloria Johnson, mother of Illinois prisoner Montell Johnson; Alice Kim and Marlene Martin, of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; and more. At 7 pm at Northeastern Illinois University, Student Union, (Room TBA), 5500 N. St. Louis. Call 773-955-4841 for information.

- DECEMBER 7 - Sacramento, Calif. Educators for Tookie Deliver their message A delegation of educators who signed a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger calling for clemency for Stan will meet to deliver their message to the governor. At Noon on the steps of the State Capitol Building. E-mail akim007@speakeasy.net for information.

- 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 tkalonji@Hotmail.com.

- 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 8 - Rochester, N.Y. Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams At 7:30 pm at Rochester Institute of Technology, SAU Room Clarke A.

- DECEMBER 8 - Sacramento, Calif. People's Clemency Hearing for Tookie At Noon, on the steps of the State Capitol building. Called for by the Bay Area Save Tookie Committee.

- 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 10 - Berkeley, Calif. Screening of "Redemption" and Discussion At 6 pm at Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck (across the street from La Pena).

- DECEMBER 10 - Chicago Speak Out for Justice At 3 pm at University Church, 5655 S. University, in Hyde Park.

- DECEMBER 10 - New York City Save Stan Tookie Williams. Featuring Fred Hampton Jr., who visited Tookie along with other human rights activists; Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Herman Ferguson, co-chair, National Jericho Movement; Lynne Stewart, to be sentenced in December by the U.S. government; Masai Ehehosi, Free Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (Rap Brown) Campaign; and others. At 4 pm at Salem Methodist Church on 129th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. A cultural program and dinner will be served. $10 donation at the door. For information, call the Free Mumia Hotline at 212-330-8029, or 914-941-6046

- 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 l.grosjean@sbcglobal.net.

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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 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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