Wednesday, December 07, 2005

6 days. The clock is ticking. Save Tookie!

- Reports and news about Tookie
Educators for Tookie press conference today!
Save the Peacemaker rally/People's Clemency Hearing
What Stan will do with the rest of his life
BET News Web page on Stan's case
The errors in Stan's trial
If the state of California kills Tookie
Donate much-needed funds for our efforts

- Upcoming events

- Where to find more information

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A press conference today will announce the nomination of Stanley Tookie Williams for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, and the support of more than 500 educators nationwide urging Governor Schwarzenegger to grant clemency. Among the speakers will be Philip Gasper, initiator of Educators for Tookie; and Barbara Becnel, executive director of the Neighborhood House of North Richmond and co-author of Stan's anti-gang children's books. Professor Gasper and fellow educators are calling attention to Stan's work as a global peacemaker who has campaigned to stop gang violence and prevent children from joining gangs. In addition to nominating Stan for the Nobel Peace Prize, Professor Gasper worked with Professor William Keach of Brown University and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, a national grassroots anti-death penalty organization, to reach out to fellow educators nationwide in an initiative called Educators for Tookie. The press conference will take place at 2 pm at Notre Dame de Namur University, Quad (next to Campus Center, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont Calif. If you have contacts with the Bay Area media, please let them know about this event.

Media inquiries should be directed to: Alice Kim, 773-412-2716


On December 8, Tookie's supporters far and wide will hold our own clemency hearing to coincide with the private clemency hearing that Gov. Schwarzenegger has scheduled regarding Tookie. Activists in Northern California will gather on the west steps of the capitol building in Sacramento (10th at Capitol Mall), beginning at 10 a.m. Other events are taking place around the country in solidarity with the rally in Sacramento. If you are from the Bay Area, there will be a carpool leaving MacArthur BART station in Oakland at 8 am on December 8. Spaces are very limited and cannot be guaranteed. If you can drive to the event please pick up passengers at MacArthur BART.

For more information, call 510-253-5418 or 510-333-7966.


>From the NAACP: Stanley Tookie Williams said in a soon to be published essay titled What I Will Do With the Rest of My Life that if he wins clemency he will partner with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on programs aimed at persuading at-risk youths to avoid gangs. Williams said, "In the beginning, redemption was an alien concept to me. However, while in solitary confinement, during 1988 to 1994, I embarked upon a transitional path toward redemption. I underwent disciplined years of education, soul searching, edification, spiritual cultivation and battling my internal demons. Though I was loathed for being the co-founder of the Crips, my redemption caused me to repudiate my gang leadership role, to repudiate any affiliation with the Crips or other gangs."

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Read BET News' collected coverage of Stan's case at:


>From the Contra Costa Times: What the jury saw was a muscle-bound hulk in a 4X jacket. What they heard about was barbaric: two cold-blooded robbery murders within 12 days, four dead and a suspect who was said to laugh hysterically as he mimicked the gurgling last breaths of one victim. Who they heard it from: an alleged accomplice granted immunity, a jailhouse informant, an acquaintance with a checkered criminal past, a friend who later claimed police beat him into testifying. A police expert tied a shell casing from one crime scene to a slide-action 12-gauge shotgun owned by Stanley "Tookie" Williams, but there were no fingerprints, no pictures, no bystanders to finger him. And no DNA that could bolster or silence his claim of innocence. A quarter-century later, the trial that landed the Crips gang co-founder on death row draws renewed focus as his Dec. 13 execution date nears. While his backers highlight his tale of atonement and anti-gang outreach from prison, debate over his 1981 prosecution is bound to play out in the Capitol on Thursday as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger entertains his case for clemency.

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>From columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson: The dangling question in the raging debate over the fate of Stanley "Tookie" Williams is what if the state kills him? Though President Bush didn't specifically mention Williams' pending execution, he recently took the occasion of the execution of a North Carolina inmate, to publicly declare that the death penalty saves lives. Death penalty opponents vehemently dispute that. They say that it's inhumane, and ineffectual. Victims rights groups say that killing Williams and other killers bring closure to the family members of the killer's victims. Many in the media worry that with passions running white hot over the case, Williams' execution could spark violence, and turn him into a martyr. These are hotly debated and disputed points. There is no evidence that killing Williams or any of the other 1,000 men and women that states have executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 has deterred killers from killing. Eighteen of the twenty states with the highest murder rates impose the death penalty. Seventeen of twenty big cities with the highest murder rates are in death penalty states. Michigan and Indiana are next door to each other. One has the death penalty (Indiana), the other doesn't (Michigan), and two decades later their murder rates have remained fairly constant.

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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 and click on the donation button for instructions on how to do it. Thank you all!!

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- DECEMBER 7 - Belmont, Calif. Educators for Tookie Press Conference More than 500 educators have signed a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger calling for clemency for Stan. The letter will be the subject of a press conference, featuring Educators for Tookie initiator Phil Gasper, and Stan's advocate Barbara Becnel. At 2 pm at Notre Dame de Namur University, Quad (next to Campus Center, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont Calif. E-mail or call 773-412-2716 for information.

- DECEMBER 7 - Burlington, Vt. Voices from Death Row Panel Discussion Featuring Darby Tillis, exonerated Death Row prisoner from Illinois; and Marlene Martin of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; with a message from Stan Tookie Williams. At 7 pm at the University of Vermont, Lafayette Hall, Room 108. Call 802-363-4699 for more information or directions.

- 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 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 - 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

- 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 - Austin, Texas Emergency Press Conference At 5:30 pm at the Governor's Mansion (10th and Lavaca).

- DECEMBER 8 - Boston Press Conference and Picket for Clemency Featuring Prof. William Keach of Brown University, who nominated Stan for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In front of the state house.

- DECEMBER 8 - Los Angeles Chantin' Down the Death Penalty The Hawthorne/Inglewood Save Tookie Committee is holding a "Chantin' Down the Death Penalty" vigil. At 10 am, at Aviation Park, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd. (Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Aviation Blvd. in front of the soccer field), Redondo Beach.

- DECEMBER 8 - Los Angeles Demonstration for Clemency Join the Youth Justice Coaltion and Save Tookie Committee. At Noon, outside Central Juvenile Hall and the Juvenile Court on Eastlake, 1605 Eastlake Ave. E-mail for more info

- DECEMBER 8 - New York City Save Tookie Protest in Times Square At 5 pm at Times Square, by the military recruiting station. Sponsored by: Save Tookie Committee-NYC. E-mail or call 518-253-5029 for information.

- DECEMBER 8 - Rochester, N.Y. Stop the Execution of Stan Tookie Williams Rally At 5 pm, downtown at the Hall of Justice, 99 Exchange Blvd.

- 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 10 am, on the steps of the State Capitol building. Called for by the Bay Area Save Tookie Committee.

- DECEMBER 8 - Washington, D.C. Rally to Save Tookie Williams At 5:30 pm at the African American Civil War Memorial, 10th and U St. NW

- 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 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 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

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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 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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