Gov. Schwarzenegger will hold a private hearing today on whether to grant clemency to Tookie Williams. If he does not grant clemency, Williams will die by lethal injection on Tues. Dec. 13 at 12:01 am.
Evidence points to frame-up in Tookie Williams case
He said he’d been shot in the head and chest, he’s spent half his life locked up, and he’s read all Tookie Williams’ books, if maybe a little too late.
"They glamorize the gangs in movies," he said. "They glamorize gangs in rap. They glamorize criminals. You think doing life in prison is glamorous?"
A .45-caliber bullet didn’t lead Diego Garcia to give up the violent gang life he had known for years. Stanley Tookie Williams did.
From ANSWER LA
On the night of December 12, 2005, the state of California plans to execute Stan Tookie Williams at San Quentin Prison. Only the intervention of the people will force Governor Schwarzenegger to halt this execution. Find out more about this case and what you can do.
Who is Stan Tookie Williams?
A cofounder of the Los Angeles Crips gang in 1971, Williams was convicted of murder and robbery in 1981 and sentenced to death. Like so many trials in the racist, anti-worker U.S. criminal justice system, his was based on circumstantial evidence, no physical evidence, and a paid informant and the prosecution’s case was laden with racism. (The prosecutor in Williams’s case had already twice been censured for discriminatory behavior.) The prosecution’s removal of three African American jurors served to establish as “case law” the right for prosecutors to exclude jurors on the basis of race. Williams has maintained his innocence throughout.
Since his incarceration, Williams has become a hero for many in his community, working to end gang conflict through his Project for Street Peace and peer mentoring program, and writing several acclaimed children’s books that educate young people to avoid gangs. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace and Literature prizes.
For more detailed information, go to http://www.savetookie.org/
Why we stand against the death penalty…
So-called "justice" in the U.S. is far from being unbiased. Virtually all death row inmates are poor people. Those who can afford a good lawyer almost never end up on death row. There are no millionaires on death row.
Study after study shows that racism is a dominant factor in who gets death sentences. People of color, African Americans in particular, are greatly over-represented on death row, as they are in all levels of the criminal justice system. Since the death penalty was reinstated in the 1980’s, 40% of those executed have been African American. Prior to that, over 50% were African American. While African Americans are six times more likely to be murdered in California than whites, when the victim of a homicide is white, the perpetrator is at least four times more likely to get the death penalty than if the victim is a person of color.
A small but important step toward true justice is the demand for a moratorium on the death penalty. Every time the state tries to execute another prisoner we must raise this demand.
What you can do…
Contact Governor Schwarzenegger today, demand clemency for Stan Tookie Williams!
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 445-4633