It seems that we've recently (especially since the 1996 Omnibus Crime bill) crossed a threshold where innocent people (and people guilty of lesser crimes, as well as prosecutions based on questionable informant testimony in exchange for leniancy or imunity) can now be executed more easily.





The Death Penalty

There are many reasons to oppose the death penalty: it's racist, it's classist, it's revenge and it is not nor will it ever be flawless. That means innocent people will (and already have) die(d). Since 1996 federal appeals are limited to narrow details of procedural minutia completely ignoring new evidence or confessions brought up since trial.



FREE the Angola 3
Angola 3 (Angola Louisiana)

Herman Wallace
Albert Woodfox
Robert Wilkerson (Freed Feb. 2001)

All three men entered prison on unrelated robbery charges and quickly joined the prisoner's rights movement that was sweeping the country in the late 1960's. The men led campaigns to end prisoner rape, improve race relations, and ameliorate conditions at the slave plantation-turned-prison. This and their tainted convictions (a muder for which they were framed) led to solitary confinement stays of 27 to 30 years. Since then the men have continued their activism from within solitary confinement by organising hunger strikes, educating other prisoners, and by becoming highly-skilled jailhouse lawyers. The ACLU is currently pursuing a federal lawsuit alleging that the men's stays,
in solitary, amount to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.

Visit the Angola Three website

http://www.prisonactivist.org/angola



Conspire:
1) to breathe together or in accord, as in singing 2) to make an agreement, to concur or work towards one end.



Mumia Abu Jamal
The confession of Arnold Beverly, in the killing of Officer Faulkner, should count for something in the struggle for Mumia's freedom.

Visit:
http://www.mumia.org


Radical:
1) of or pertaining to the roots, proceding directly from the roots 2) reaching the center or ultimate source.




on the killing of words:
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Kevin Cooper
Who is Kevin Cooper?

An innocent man on death row.

Kevin Cooper is an inmate on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California. In 1985 he was convicted of the murder of three members of the Ryen family and a houseguest in San Bernadino County. He had been hiding in a nearby house after escaping from a minimum-security prison where he was doing time for a burglary.
Much evidence was never tested or presented to the jury at Kevin Cooper's trial. Because of previous incompetent counsel, Cooper came within five days of execution in 1995 before an appeal was filed. In 1998, his current attorneys discovered new evidence in storage that could exonerate Cooper. They just won a three year battle with the state to have the evidence DNA tested in late 2001. .............

The following facts about Kevin Cooper's case are only a portion of the evidence that throws into doubt the fairness of his original trial and the justice of the resulting conviction and sentance of death.

#1 Josh Ryen, sole survivor of the attack on himself and his family and the only eye witness to the crime, stated in numerous interviews that three White or Mexican men were the killers. The boy saw Cooper on TV and told police that he was not the perpetrator. Josh and his grandmother are not convinced of Kevin Cooper's guilt and have worked with the defense to demand DNA testing.

Visit:
http://www.nodeathpenalty.org




Anarchy:
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Liberal:
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