Monday, December 12, 2005

Less than 24 hours... The clock is ticking... Save Stan!

Campaign to End the Death Penalty Action Alert

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

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CONTENTS -
Take action for Stan today!

- Reports and news about Tookie
Sign a petition to the Justice Department to stop Stan's execution
Activists call for immediate intervention
A new witness surfaces in Stan's case
Sister Helen Prejean joins the fight for Stan
What will Schwarzenegger do?
The hypocritical prosecutor who wants to kill Stan
Donate much-needed funds for our efforts

- Where to find more information

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TAKE ACTION FOR STAN TODAY!

Gov. Schwarzenegger went another day Sunday without announcing his decision on clemency for Stan. He has drawn out the process so that his announcement must now be made within hours of the execution.

We have said all along that there is good reason to hope that the decision will go Stan's way--we have made our case, with so many people taking a stand. But knowing that the decision is still up in the air--and that the governor could announce that he is denying clemency--many different groups have planned actions for today. In the Bay Area, activists will gather at San Quentin Prison to protest the pending execution. In Chicago, a protest is planned at the Federal Building; in Washington, D.C., one will take place at the Department of Justice building; in New York, Stan's supporters will meet in Union Square Park. The Bay Area also has plans for events following Monday if clemency is denied and the execution is carried out. There will be an emergency press conference and demonstrations on Tuesday, plus plans for speakouts and meetings later in the week. These would be good ideas for people to consider in other cities. The events that we know about are listed below. There are a lot that we don't know the details about. Some others can be found at the SaveTookie.org Web site at: http://www.savetookie.org. Still others are still being finalized. The Campaign urges all chapters, organizations and individuals to participate in these actions in your city--or organize one if you can. It could be at Republican headquarters or a federal building or a state of California office--or on campus if that's where you're located. It could be a picket and speakout, it could involve civil disobedience, it could be a forum and film showing, it could be an email and fax blast. Of course, if Schwarzenegger does the right thing, we should be ready to celebrate, too! But if not, we want to make sure our voices of opposition and outrage are heard--we will not be silent.

- AUSTIN, Texas Protest and Banner Display for Tookie Please join us for another Texas show of support for clemency for Stan Tookie Williams! At 5:30 pm, in front of the Capitol at 11th and Congress. Call 494-0667 or email lilymae30@hotmail.com for information

- BURLINGTON, Vt. Press Conference and Phone-a-Thon Beginning at 8 am, at Johnson State College, students, faculty and staff plan to flood the governor's office with calls, faxes and e-mails demanding clemency for Stan Tookie Williams. We will also be screening the film "Redemption" with Jamie Foxx all day long so people can be better educated about this injustice.

- CHICAGO Emergency Protest for Stan At 4:30 pm at Federal Plaza (Dearborn and Monroe). Sponsored by the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, call 773-955-4841 for more information.

- CLEVELAND Save the Peace Maker Rally and Vigil At 5:30 pm at Cleveland City Hall. Sponsored by Peace In The Hood and the Task Force for Community Mobilization. Contact RStandiford9@aol.com for information.

- DENVER Block Party Protest Speakers include Ernesto Vigil (Crusade for Justice), Ward Churchill (American Indian Movement), and Ramona Africa (MOVE). At 3 pm at the Colorado State Capitol, 15th and Colfax. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Earl Armstrong 303-208-9138, Shareef Aleem 720-436-7606 or Steve Nash 720-309-1418.

- NEW YORK CITY Victory Rally or Protest for Stan At 5:30 pm at the north end of Union Square Park (17th Street). Call 518-253-5029 for information

- SAN FRANCISCO TO SAN QUENTION 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.

- SAN QUENTIN, Calif. PROTEST AT THE PRISON >From the Save Tookie Committee: We believe that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will do the right thing and grant clemency to Stan Tookie Williams. However, if we have not received a decision or if he does not grant clemency, we plan to have a large peaceful protest at San Quentin. At 8 pm at the East Gate of San Quentin Prison. You can park on Francisco Blvd. E, but expect to walk 1 to 1.5 miles to get to the east gate. It will be dark, and there is uneven pavement. We suggest you bring a flashlight, water, and wear good shoes and warm clothing. This will be a peaceful protest. Please listen to security people and don't engage the opposition as it only encourages them. Contact the Save Tookie Committee at 510-253-5418 or 510-333-7966, or e-mail info@savetookie.org for more information.

- SANTA CRUZ, Calif. Vigil Against the Death Penalty At 8 pm at the town clock. Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Chapter of Death Penalty Focus.

- SEATTLE Screening of "Redemption" At 7 pm at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St. $5 donation requested at the door. Email vjambor@msn.com or call 206-851-4862 for information.

- WASHINGTON, D.C. Emergency Action for Tookie At 4:30 pm at the U.S. Justice Department, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Pennsylvania Ave., between 9th and 10th Streets). Metro Center, Federal Triangle or Archives Metro Stations. Call 301-801-7616 or e-mail cedp_dc@hotmail.com for information.

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REPORTS AND NEWS ABOUT TOOKIE

- SIGN A PETITION CALLING ON THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO STOP STAN'S EXECUTION

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty and other supporters of Stan are circulating a petition calling on the Justice Department to intervene and take immediate action against Stan's pending execution. Activists will deliver the petition at an emergency demonstration for Stan at 4:30 pm at the U.S. Justice Department, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. If you would like to sign, email cedp_dc@hotmail.com, or contact David Thurston at 646-382-4181. The petition statement reads:

We, the undersigned, oppose the state of California's plan to execute reformed gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams at midnight on December 13, 2005. Although we remain hopeful that the Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will grant clemency to Stanley Tookie Williams, we call upon the Department of Justice and US Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to intervene on behalf of Williams and stop his execution. The case of Stanley Williams is a measure of the fairness of the criminal justice system in The United States. The state's case against him is deeply flawed, and Williams's work over the past fifteen years preventing gang violence has shown that redemption is possible. If the State of California refuses to take the side of justice in the case of Stan Tookie Williams, then it is imperative that the government of the United States intervene on Willams's behalf. We call on the attorney general, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Supreme Court to take immediate action to prevent this unjust execution.

Sign the petition statement by e-mail (give your organization for identification purposes only): cedp_dc@hotmail.com

- A NEW WITNESS SURFACES IN STAN'S CASE

A former prisoner has come forward, calling the NAACP office in Compton, Calif., to say that he has new evidence which could prove Stan Tookie Williams' innocence. In a sworn affidavit, Gordon Von Ellerman says that he shared a cell with a prosecution witness in Stan's case, and that Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department personnel delivered copies of documents related to different criminal cases, including Stan's. The witness told Von Ellerman that he would use the information in the files to create his testimony against Stan.

Read the affidavit and see a video of Von Ellerman at: http://www.savetookie.org

Read the Associated Press story on the new revelations at: http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/bawnews/tookie121205

- SISTER HELEN PREJEAN JOINS THE FIGHT FOR STAN

>From CBS News in the Bay Area: Flanked by actor-turned activist Mike Farrell of MASH fame, Sister Helen Prejean, the renowned death penalty opponent, appeared on Williams' behalf in San Francisco Sunday. She sees an irony between California's death penalty law and the kind of gang lifestyle Tookie Williams once manifested. "If someone has killed one of our gang members, don't tell us you changed your life. Don't tell us you're helping kids now. Don't tell us you're working so that there will be no more games and there will be peace," says Prejean. "Did you do the crime? Then we've gotta kill you." But Sister Prejean says that kind of gang mentality at the state level must stop and she says she's praying Governor Schwarzenegger saves Tookie Williams' life.

Read the full article at: http://cbs5.com/topstories/local_story_345194752.html

- WHAT WILL SCHWARZENEGGER DO?

>From Trey Ellis at Huffingtonpost.com: Back in May, the first thing I ever wrote for the Huffington Post was on the fate of Stanley "Tookie" Williams. I'm hoping that what I write here tonight will not be one of my last posts on him. Back in May I had no idea that so much global attention would shine on the fate of one man. I also had no idea that capital punishment would still be such a divisive issue in a civilized, Western democracy.

Read the full article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/trey-ellis/-wwsd-what-will-schw_b_12110.html

- THE HYPOCRITICAL PROSECUTOR WHO WANTS TO KILL STAN

>From the San Jose Mercury News: As he presses for Stanley Tookie Williams' execution for four murders, a top county prosecutor faces legal troubles of his own for killing a man he confronted while working as a reserve sheriff's deputy. Deputy District Attorney John Monaghan, 53, urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday to deny the Crips gang co-founder clemency, saying he committed senseless and brutal slayings in Los Angeles County. In February 2003, Monaghan shot and killed an unarmed driver he had pulled over while working as a San Bernardino County sheriff's reserve deputy. The defense argues Monaghan acted in self-defense after a foot chase.

Read the full article at: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/13384820.htm

- 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 sent 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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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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