Monthly Archives: August 31, 2008

A Letter from Kenneth Foster

Below is a letter I received from Kenneth recently that he asked me to share publicly. As we commemorate this anniversary and I pass along these words to you, I keep Kenneth, Tasha and Nydesha in my thoughts because today is also Kenneth’s review to decide if he will be granted a new security level….read more

Kenneth Foster Use of Force Video

On August 30, 2007, Texas Governor Rick Perry commuted the death sentence of Kenneth Foster, Jr. following a sustained grassroots campaign led by Kenneth’s family and anti-death penalty activists from Texas and across the country. This video was taken the night staff members from Texas’ death row transported Kenneth to the death house in Huntsville…read more

Rachel King (RIP) 1963-2008

Rachel King (RIP) 1963-2008 Rachel King wrote about me several times. It is way past time for me to write something about her. Rachel’s family has requested contributions to the National Coalition the Abolish to Death penalty, in lieu of flowers in her memory Rachel helped the abolition movement in many ways. Most people have…read more

Electric chair attraction banned in Paris, France

One attraction at a fun park in Paris has been banned today by French authorities and later dismantled and put away by its owner. Visitors to la Fête à Neu-Neu in the outskirts of Paris could admire an authentic, working electric chair imported straight from the United States. What’s more, the park would periodically “execute”…read more

No moratorium on the death penalty's flaws

The column below appeared in the August 27, 2008 edition of UT-Austin’s Daily Texan newspaper. In 2007, the Supreme Court accepted a case from a Kentucky inmate challenging the constitutionality of lethal injections. This created a national moratorium on executions that lasted for more than seven months. Now, after the longest death penalty moratorium in…read more

Message from Tony: The Time Is Now

As I sit here writing, I have Tom Petty’s song ‘Running down a dream’. This song has been playing over and over inside my head and I have been trying to fathom its meaning in how it relates to my struggle to gain my freedom. See I dont think that my quest to gain my…read more

Goddard IMA Commencement Speech by Alumni Mumia Abu-Jamal

by Taína Asili | 08.24.2008 This year’s graduating class of the Individualized Master of Arts program at Goddard College, VT, proudly invited Mumia Abu-Jamal to be the keynote speaker of their commencement this past Sunday, August 10th 2008. It was a unanimous decision made by all of the graduates to invite Abu-Jamal, alumni of the…read more

Joe Biden on death penalty

The following information were taken from and Death Penalty – Strongly Retentionist: Biden’s record on death penalty reform is the weakest of any of the 2008 Democratic candidates. He is a supporter of capital punishment, and holds the distinction of being the author of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of…read more

ABC News: Court Stays Execution of Man Who Did Not Kill

ABC News has more updates about Jeff Wood’s execution stay. A federal court today temporarily stopped the execution of a man who was the getaway driver in a robbery that ended in murder, saying he should have the opportunity to argue he is too mentally ill to be executed. A federal court stayed the execution…read more

Black August Film Tonight — Benefit for 9th Annual March to Stop Executions

Who: All Invited What: Movie: “Black August” starring Gary Dourdan as George Jackson plus special guest, Capital X When: Friday, August 22, 7:30 PM Where: SHAPE Community Center, 3815 Live Oak Why: To commemorate Black August and remember our fallen freedom fighters, George Jackson, Jonathan Jackson, and so many more. Cost: $5.00–no one turned away…read more