ANNOUCING THE LAUNCH OF A NATIONAL SPEAKING TOUR:
A BROKEN SYSTEM … CRYING OUT FOR JUSTICE
Our nation is the only industrialized country that still uses the death penalty. It incarcerates more of its population than any other in the world. In some states, more money is spent on prisons than higher education. One out of three Black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.
The system is broken. Something is wrong. What can we do?
The first step to action is awareness. Hear these witnesses to injustice and many others tell their stories—and together let's fight for justice.
V O I C E S O F T H E T O U R I N C L U D E *:
Yusef Salaam, spent seven years in prison for the Central Park jogger case; exonerated in 2002
Darby Tillis, spent nine years on death row in Illinois for a crime he did not commit and was the first exoneree from death row in the state
Derrel Myers, whose only son Jo-Jo White was murdered, member of Murder Victims Families for Human Rights and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Harold Wilson, the 122nd death row exoneree in the U.S., freed from Pennsylvania's death row in 2005
Gloria Johnson, mother of Montell Johnson, who has chronic MS and whose death sentence was commuted to 40 years by former Illinois Governor George Ryan
Barbara Becnel, co-author and longtime friend of Stanley Tookie Williams, witnessed his execution in 2005
Veronica Luna, anti-death penalty activist and organizer whose uncle is on death row in California
Bill Babbitt, witnessed the executed of his brother Manny in 1999, Board member of Murder Victim Families for Human Rights
Greg Wilhoit, spent five years on death row in Oklahoma for a crime that he did not commit, exonerated in 1993
Delbert Tibbs, exonerated from Florida's death row in 1977
Sandra Reed, mother of Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed
Martina Correia, sister of Troy Davis, Georgia death row prisoner
*Note: Speakers will vary at tour stops; go to www.nodeathpenalty.org
I N I T I A L T O U R D A T E S
October 2nd - Chicago, IL
October 13th - San Francisco, CA
October 19th - New York, NY
...more to come! The tour will begin in the Fall of 2007
and run through the Spring of 2008.
Host a tour stop in your area! For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SPONSORED BY THE CAMPAIGN TO END THE DEATH PENALTY
Amnesty International USA
Murder Victims Families for Human Rights
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP)
Stanley Tookie Williams Legacy Network