Friday, December 09, 2005

4 days. The clock is ticking. Save Tookie!

Campaign to End the Death Penalty Action Alert

THE CLOCK IS TICKING... Stop the execution of Stan Tookie Williams!

There's only 4 days left to save Stan Tookie Williams.

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CONTENTS
- Reports and news about Tookie
Report from the Nobel Prize/Educators for Tookie press conference
Interview with Snoop Dogg and Stan Tookie Williams
The voices supporting Stan
Hear the Save Tookie teach-in at UC-Santa Cruz
America's "strange fruit"
The evidence of a frame-up
National Lawyers Guild urges clemency
Protect the accused, protect justice
Donate much-needed funds for our efforts

- Upcoming events

- Where to find more information

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REPORTS AND NEWS ABOUT TOOKIE

- REPORT FROM THE NOBEL PRIZE/EDUCATORS FOR TOOKIE PRESS CONFERENCE

>From Inside Bay Area: On the eve of Stanley Tookie Williams' private clemency hearing with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the death row inmate Wednesday was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize by a Notre Dame de Namur University professor. This was the sixth time Williams, 51, has been nominated for the prize. Nobel prizes are also awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, and literature... Surrounded Wednesday by anti-death-penalty advocates, Williams supporters and media cameras in the university's quad, Professor Phil Gasper announced that he was nominating Williams for the Nobel Peace Prize again because of his international work to end youth gang violence and crime.

Read the full article at: http://www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_3290059

- INTERVIEW WITH SNOOP DOGG AND STAN TOOKIE WILLIAMS

>From Breakdown FM w/ Davey D: Yesterday, (Dec 7th) we rolled up to San Quentin prison and caught up with Snoop Dogg who finally was allowed inside the walls to visit with 'Big Tookie' aka Stan 'Tookie' Williams... [W]e caught up with Snoop who held an impromptu press conference as he was leaving San Quentin and asked him what he thought about the whole situation. He spoke about the spirit of Tookie and how he was moved by him. He talked about what Tookie meant to fellow gang bangers and why he would be better alive then dead. He also talked about the enormous responsibility Arnold Schwartznegger had in terms of turning down or granting him clemency. Snoop was definitely on point with his remarks. Earlier this week fellow journalist and community activist Jasmyne A. Cannick got a chance to interview Stan Tookie Williams. He talked to her about his redemption and why he was hoping to the Governor will do the right thing and spare his life.

Hear the interviews at: http://odeo.com/audio/490410/view

- THE VOICES SUPPORTING STAN

The savetookie.org Web site has a new feature that let's you hear the voices of Stan's supporters explaining why they are standing up and speaking out on his behalf.

Hear the voices of Stan's supporters at: http://www.savetookie.org/savetookie.html

- HEAR THE SAVE TOOKIE TEACH-IN AT UC-SANTA CRUZ

As part of an international day of action, a teach-in to save the life of Stanley Tookie Williams took place at UC Santa Cruz on November 30, 2005. Speakers included Elisa Sanchez, Hector, Lance Lindsay, professor Paul Ortiz and professor Angela Davis. There was also a very special performance from Rainbow Theatre.

Hear excerpts from the meeting at: http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/19115/index.php

- AMERICA'S "STRANGE FRUIT"

>From the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper: Kanye West said, "George Bush doesn't care about Black people." Neither does America. Why do they want Stanley Tookie Williams executed? Is it because he was convicted of murdering four people? Intrinsically racist White Americans lynch "strange fruit" like Stan Williams in American courts of law all the time. In these kangaroo courts, Black people, innocent or guilty, are convicted and sentenced to death. Tookie, Black and from the ghetto, was predictably found guilty by a jury that was not "of his peers"--one Latino, one Filipino and 10 whites. This mostly white jury is of the same breed of people who, with local, state and federal governments, instituted Jim Crow laws denying freedom to newly emancipated Blacks. If American courts ever attempt to be fair, no Black person would ever stand trial in front of 12 non-Black Americans.

Read the full article at: http://www.sfbayview.com/120705/strangefruit120705.shtml

- THE EVIDENCE OF A FRAME-UP

>From the Final Call: If Stanley Tookie Williams is executed on Tuesday, Dec. 13, poisoned to death by the State of California, his fame will have doomed him. We may well have killed an innocent man without even realizing it. On the other hand, if California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger grants clemency to Mr. Williams because he has rehabilitated himself, his fame will have saved him, and the crucial question of his innocence will simply fade away. At a time when more and more Americans are turning against the death penalty because of increasing evidence that innocent people have been executed, we have allowed ourselves to be so bedazzled by the celebrity hype surrounding the Tookie Williams case that one important truth has been ignored: Stanley Williams may be innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted.

Read the full article at: http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_2313.shtml

- NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD URGES CLEMENCY

The National Lawyers Guild exhorts California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Stan "Tookie" Williams, reformed gang leader, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and acclaimed author, currently scheduled to be executed in the State of California at 12:01AM on Tuesday, December 13, 2005. The Guild recognizes that, as co-founder of the Crips, Williams caused harm to communities throughout the nation. The Guild also recognizes that as a prisoner on death row, Williams publicly denounced his former gang lifestyle and sincerely apologized for the unnecessary death and destruction caused by the Crips. Williams has had an enormous and positive influence on American youth since then.

Read the full article at: http://www.minjok.com/english/news.php3?code=1030

- PROTECT THE ACCUSED, PROTECT JUSTICE

>From Clarence Page in the Chicago Tribune: What does Khalid el-Masri of Germany have in common with Stanley "Tookie" Williams of California and Steven Avery of Wisconsin? Each offers a bracing example of why, in pursuit of justice, we need to respect the inescapable ability of human beings to make mistakes. A big mistake was made in el-Masri's case. He's the German national of Lebanese descent whom Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice confirmed to German leaders was mistakenly snatched into America's anti-terrorist snare on New Year's Eve 2003 during a vacation trip in Macedonia, all because his name sounded like that of an Al Qaeda suspect... I oppose Williams' execution for the same reason that polls have shown declining support nationwide for executions in recent years: I've seen too many people sent to Death Row by mistake.

Read the full article at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-0512070358dec07,1,4520746. column?coll=chi-news-col

- 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 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 9 - New York City Press Conference for Tookie With Councilman Charles Barron and Fred Hampton Jr. At Noon at City Hall, sponsored by the NYC Free Mumia Coalition.

- 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 Featured speakers include Julia Sitko, former teacher in South Central LA; Madison Hobley, exonerated prisoner and member of the Illinois Death Row 10; Darby Tillis, Illinois' first exonerated death row prisoner; Greta Holmes, Campaign to End the Death Penalty; and a representative of the Southwest Youth Collaborative. At 3 pm at University Church, 5655 S. University, in Hyde Park.

- DECEMBER 10 - New York City Save Stan Tookie Williams/Celebrate Mumia's Legal Victory 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 10 - Seattle March for Stan on International Human Rights Day March with the Save Tookie contingent at the International Human Rights Day march and rally in downtown Seattle. Meet at 12:30 pm sharp by the Save Tookie banner on the corner of 2nd and Madison, by the Federal Building. At 1pm, we will march to Westlake and rally support for this peacemaker. We will be talking to people and gathering signatures for Stan's clemency petition. Email vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862 for information.

- DECEMBER 11 - New York City Discussion of "Blue Rage, Black Redemption" and Screening of "Redemption" At 5 pm at Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street, between Stanton and Rivington. Call 212-777-6028 for information.

- 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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