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Stop the Troy Davis Execution Before Tuesday! URGENT! [Sep. 22nd, 2008|04:39 am]
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triangle6
Sign Amnesty International's petition here! Send the sample email, or write an original to the Board of Paroles and Pardons:


http://www.protectthehuman.com/actions/stop-the-execution-of-troy-davis/main


Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and the NAACP said Saturday they are planning another rally at 11 a.m. Monday in front of the State Capitol to urge the parole board to reconsider or the state Supreme Court to stay the execution of Davis while his case is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

GFADP also plans a vigil outside the Jackson jail, as well as a protest on the Capitol steps, both to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

On Saturday, Scheree Lipscomb, spokeswoman for the Board of Pardons and Paroles, stated Saturday that there will be no grant of clemency for Troy Anthony Davis, convicted in 1991 for the murder of Officer Mark Macphail, despite new witness testimonies that have revealed the witnesses' accounts to be unreliable. If clemency is not granted, Troy Davis will be executed by lethal injection on Tuesday, September 23rd.

7/9 witnesses have recanted or changed their testimonies since the original trial. Some of the witnesses have even admitted that they lied under police pressure.

Protests have already been organized several times, and thousands of petitions have been signed, but the spokeswoman maintains, “The board members have considered clemency on two occasions,” Lipscomb said. “They stand firm in the decision that they have made."

There is no physical evidence against Troy Davis-- no murder weapon, no DNA, and no fingerprints. He was convicted soley on the basis of the witnesses' original accounts.

Amnesty International has produced a comprehensive report on the case: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR51/023/2007/en/dom-AMR510232007en.html, and is one of the most prominent defenders of the convict, among others such as Rev. Al Sharpton, who visited Troy Davis on Saturday for prayer, former president Jimmy Carter, who wrote that the case, “illustrates the deep flaws in the application of the death penalty in this country,” Pope Benedict XVI and nobel-prize winner Desmond Tutu-- both issued calls asking the Board to stop the execution.
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RUSSIAN ADVOCATES HAVE APPEALED TO THE UNITED NATIONS [Sep. 21st, 2008|07:11 pm]
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drugoiden

RUSSIAN ADVOCATES HAVE APPEALED TO THE UNITED NATIONS.

 19.09.2008.

 Mark Lvov 19.09.2008.

 On 15th September 2008 a big group of Russian advocates and protectors brought an action to institute criminal proceedings against Ex-president V. Putin and ruling President of the Russian Federation (RF) D. Medvedev to the U.N.O. (United Nations Organisation), the Hague Tribunal (International Criminal Tribunal), the International Criminal Court for Grigoriy Grabovoy’s criminal prosecution. One of the initiators of this appeal is Mikhail Trepashkin, the famous lawyer, nominated by European Parliament for A. D. Sakharov’s Prize. He commented his decision in the interview given to the Russian service “Voice of America”.

 

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 http://voanews.com/russian/2008-09-19-voa7.cfm

http://www.drugg.ru/dokuments/20080915_zayavlenie_v_Gaagu.doc

http://www.portal-credo.ru/site/?act=news&id=65414&cf

http://religion.sova-center.ru/events/1599643/BBB4129.html

http://www.novayagazeta.ru/news/322278.html

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Melbourne Australia [Mar. 31st, 2008|08:44 pm]
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xapostate
A night of breakcore at Glitch Bar & Cinema 318 St Georges Rd
Fitzroy North $8 Wednesday 9 April admission from 7.30pm.
With noistruct, catgrrl and matt bleak.
This is a benefit for the G20 arrestees
For more information see
www.afterg20.org
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(no subject) [Feb. 29th, 2008|07:52 am]
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eavanmoore
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/our-prison-problem-by-dday-this-story.html
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New study says: 1 in 100 U.S. adults are behind bars [Feb. 29th, 2008|04:08 pm]
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rachelmichellek
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/28/us/28cnd-prison.html

(x-posted)
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Suicides in Massachusetts prisons [Dec. 10th, 2007|11:42 am]
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egretplume
The Boston Globe begins a 3 part report today.

Excerpt from first part:

Department of Correction officials say the suicides are random and unrelated. But a Globe Spotlight Team investigation of the deaths and detailed reconstruction of how they occurred found that they were far from random.

Most of the suicides came after careless errors and dangerous decisions by correction officials and the staff at UMass Correctional Health. And the trail of violence is far wider than the number of dead would indicate, as hundreds more inmates each year have wounded themselves or attempted suicide.

In fact, such incidents are soaring.

So common has it been to find a man with a makeshift noose around his neck that some correction officers have taken to carrying their own pocket tools to cut them down.

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Benefit for G20 Arrestees [Jan. 16th, 2008|08:23 am]
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xapostate
Friday 18 jan 2008 from 9.pm A benefit for G20 arrestees a night of noise with Elise & Jem Daisy Buchanan Ants The Thaw (nsw) and Dumbshit at Loophole 834 High St Thornbury
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WEST MEMPHIS THREE: ROCK FOR FREEDOM WEEKEND....MARCH 7-9 [Jan. 18th, 2008|02:13 pm]
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missboohiss
Dear West Memphis Three Supporters:

We’ve begun a new fundraising event for the WM3; “Rock for Freedom Weekend”, to take place March 7-9 all over the US and abroad.

Before I go into the event itself, here is the latest letter from Lorri Davis Echols, Damien Echols’ wife, regarding the Defense Fund:

January 2, 2008

Dear Friends & Supporters:

As a new year begins, we are also starting a new round of work to fully – and finally – exonerate the West Memphis Three. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that my husband, Damien Echols, has been on death row for nearly 15 years and that Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin have also spent their entire adult lives in prison for a crime they did not commit.

As you know, in late October we filed a 500-page motion in federal court with strong scientific evidence that all three men are innocent of the murders for which they were wrongfully convicted in 1993. This motion includes DNA testing on dozens of pieces of evidence, analysis from the nation’s leading forensic science experts, other solid scientific evidence and compelling witness affidavits. There was no credible evidence presented when these three men were on trial; they were convicted based on fear, hysteria and innuendo. With our recent court filing, reliable scientific evidence finally came into this case, nearly 14 years after Damien, Jessie and Jason were wrongfully convicted.

We urgently need your help to make sure this evidence is fully considered. With your help, the strong scientific evidence will have its day in court, and Damien, Jessie and Jason can finally see justice.

The harsh reality is that uncovering clear evidence that the West Memphis Three are innocent isn’t enough. A few weeks after we shared this extraordinary evidence with the federal court, we received an order from the judge saying we must resolve claims in state court before the federal courts will look at the evidence. The legal team has spent countless hours developing a strategy and plan to focus the court on this new evidence. Today, our lawyers – some of the nation’s best and most dedicated appellate attorneys – formally asked the state court to separate the new evidence from pending claims and review it quickly.

Simply put, today we told the court that this evidence is too important and too powerful to let sit any longer.

In the weeks and months ahead, our lawyers will be preparing to argue this new evidence in either state or federal court. At the same time, our investigators are pursuing even more new evidence that the West Memphis Three are innocent. I need to be honest with you: It is frustrating to come so far, only to see that we have farther to go. As Damien said recently during an hour-long “Larry King Live” interview, “You know, the legal system, they like to drag things out as long as they possibly can. Like I say, I've been here almost 15 years now.”

I want to write you a letter simply thanking you – from the bottom of our hearts – for your support and generosity that made it possible for us to uncover this new evidence. We are more grateful than you can ever know, yet we also need your help more than ever. We urgently need financial contributions to help pay for the legal work, investigation and organizing efforts that will correct this grave injustice once and for all. Please make a donation to the Defense Fund today.

Please make checks payable to:

Damien Echols Defense Fund
PO Box 1216
Little Rock, AR 72203

You can also donate online, through PayPal. It's easy, free and allows you to use your credit or debit card. We also suggest that International Supporters use this option. Please use LDavis11@hotmail.com as the recipient address and kindly include your name and address in the notes box. The button you can click to include your address does not always work.

Over the last several years – and particularly the last several months – we have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of longtime friends and people just learning about the case. Shortly after we made the new evidence public, a group of supporters in Arkansas began organizing to put political pressure on the Governor, Attorney General and District Attorney. Thousands of people, many of them in Arkansas and Tennessee, came forward to demand that the new evidence be fully considered.

The message is clear: The public wants elected officials to respect the scientific evidence, and most people – even those who once believed that the West Memphis Three were guilty – believe that the case is an intolerable miscarriage of justice. In the months ahead, we will be expanding these organizing and public education efforts, just as we redouble our litigation strategy to exonerate Damien, Jessie and Jason.

Thank you for everything you have already done. Without your help, we would not be on the verge of finally securing justice. And thank you in advance for making a donation that will enable us to finally overturn these convictions and free Damien, Jessie and Jason.


Thanks very much,
Lorri Davis
and the Damien Echols Legal Team

GO HERE TO SEE ROCK FOR FREEDOM ON WM3.ORG


.Lorri Davis Echols and the folks at WM3.org as well as ourselves, at the “Rock for Freedom Weekend” sites, have all shifted into high gear, if you haven’t noticed, to raise funds as quickly as possible. If we cannot replenish the WM3 Defense Fund, and the lawyers are not paid, the WM3’s appeals will stop in their tracks. The lawyers working for Damien, Jason, & Jessie are damn good ones, and with quality comes a price. Not only have the fees for the lawyers, and investigators, risen considerably, new testing will be needed (DNA, and possibly other types), and these tests are astronomically expensive.

YOU DON’T NEED OUR PERMISSION TO DO ANYTHING! YOU DON’T HAVE TO CONTACT US! If you know what you’re doing and don’t need help, knock yourself out! It will benefit you and your show though if you put up your info on the Ezboard AND mail it to supporters@wm3.org so your show will be promoted online!

If everyone would please take the time to view our Myspace Site & our RFFW Website and consider organizing a benefit of your own. The WM3 Defense Fund is in dire need of funds currently.

PLEASE JOIN US IN RAISING FUNDS FOR THE WM3 DEFENSE FUND! IF EVERYONE PARTICIPATES IN SOME WAY , IF WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER AND MAKE THE “ROCK FOR FREEDOM WEEKEND” THE HIGHEST GROSSING WM3 EVENT TO DATE, WE ALL, EVERYONE OF US, WILL HAVE HELPED DAMIEN, JASON & JESSIE TO COME HOME!

AS SUPPORTERS OF THE WEST MEMPHIS 3 WE CANNOT ALLOW THE WM3 DEFENSE FUND TO BE DEPLETED!!! THESE MEN’S LIVES LITERALLY DEPEND ON OUR ABILITY, AS SUPPORTERS, TO RAISE FUNDS TO PAY FOR THE LAWYERS WORKING ON THEIR APPEALS, AND THE TESTS THAT COULD POSSIBLY PROVE THEM INNOCENT BEYOND A DOUBT. I cannot express to all of you with any more sincerity how CRUCIAL fundraising is at this point. PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS IMPORTANT TIME PASS DAMIEN, JASON, & JESSIE BY!

PLEASE JOIN US IN HELPING FREE THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE!


JUST A FEW REMINDERS

1. If you are interested in doing a benefit for the “Rock For Freedom Weekend” event March 7-9, PLEASE be sure to post in the RFFW section on Ezboard. Then check your post about once a week to see if others are trying to contact you. CLICK HERE FOR RFFW ON EZBOARD
2. Response to RFFW is coming in slowly, but we need everyone to pick up the pace! We know it’s the holidays, so we don’t expect anyone to be ignoring one to do the other, so please contact us after the holidays if that’s best for your schedule! FUNDS ARE NEEDED DESPERATELY RIGHT NOW, so we’ve got to give this event our ALL. PLEASE GET INVOLVED & INSPIRE YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME! We’re looking for celebs or well known musicians to get involved as well, by simply displaying our RFFW banner on their websites…so if you know someone famous who’s a Supporter, please let us know!
3. Another WM3-related event is happening in Texas on the Rock for Freedom Weekend (March 7-9). THIS EVENT WILL NOT EFFECT RFFW EVENTS, and things will continue as planned. The silent auction at the Horror Fest lasts all weekend, so Supporters can participate in both!
4. Also, if you’re interested in doing an event, or participating in one, contact your RFFW Coordinator! (The list is on the front of our Myspace page) CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR COORDINATOR
5. PLEASE put a RFFW banner up on your site, linking to our Myspace site. You can find banners BY CLICKING HERE
6. Please BLOG ABOUT RFFW ON YOUR MYSPACE SITE! You’re welcome to use one of the announcements on OUR Myspace site, the one that’s up on WM3.org, or you can do your own. JUST PLEASE BLOG ABOUT IT…so many people read your blogs and we need to spread the word as much as possible!
7. Read the “How To” page on the RFFW Website. It will answer many of your questions, whether you’ve done a benefit before or not! CLICK FOR RFFW WEBSITE
8. If you have ANY questions you can’t find an answer for, please contact us here! We’re here to help you!

***And, if you are already in the process of setting up a show or have one set up completely, PLEASE CONTACT US HERE AT OUR MYSPACE SITE WITH ALL YOUR SHOW DETAILS AS WE’RE GOING TO PUT UP A “SHOW”-SECTION TO PROMOTE ALL SHOWS…..AND…..SEND THE SAME INFORMATION TO WM3.ORG SO THEY CAN PUT IT UP AS WELL!!! Email your show info to: supporters@wm3.org ****


We hope all of you had a wonderful holiday!!

We’re back and ready to get down to business……I hope you guys are too!


Much love,

Boohiss, STL, & the RFFW Crew
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Amnesty Writeathon, San Mateo [Nov. 30th, 2007|12:59 pm]
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ladycatherina
Announcing that I'm hosting a local Amnesty Writeathon event - a group letter and petition and holiday card-writing day tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 8th from 12-4 (drop-in) in the Laurel Meeting Room of the San Mateo Library. 55 Third Street, in the downtown, off of South El Camino.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/Individuals_at_Risk/Global_Writeathon/page.do?id=1108452&n1=3&n2=34&n3=65

Designed to coincide with International Human Rights Day, the event involves writing letters, signing petitions, and sending holiday cards to forgotten political prisoners around the world who are persecuted for nonviolently expressing their political or religious or cultural viewpoints. In the past Amnesty has supported democracy activists, environmentalists, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, women's rights activists, and many others. Amnesty is nonpolitical and nonreligious in itself and simply advocates for freedom of expression and against torture, arbitrary jail sentences, the death penalty, etc.

I'll bring cookies, tea, stamps, international Putumayo music, preaddressed envelopes, and some stationery my supervisor gave me today at work to donate to this event.

This is listed on the Amnesty Writeathon web page - already received a couple emails from interested people. All are welcome and we may go out to dinner as a group afterwards if people would like.

In addition to supporting human rights, this event is a great way to network with intelligent, successful professionals! One never knows whose company may be hiring, or who may know of awesome events happening in the SF Bay Area, or who may have great ideas to assist your university's student organization, or who may know someone who knows someone who...etc.

For those unable to make the event in person I can post links in my journal to the letters and petitions we're writing so you can sign on or mail letters of your own (as well as YouTube links of some musical highlights supporting human rights).

Please comment here (or email me) if you are interested and I will keep you posted.

Would be appreciated if some people here helped promote this on Facebook or elsewhere on LJ :)
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Reuters - U.S. prison system a costly and harmful failure [Nov. 29th, 2007|03:13 pm]
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olamina
U.S. prison system a costly and harmful failure: report

By Randall Mikkelsen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people in U.S. prisons has risen eight-fold since 1970, with little impact on crime but at great cost to taxpayers and society, researchers said in a report calling for a major justice-system overhaul.

The report on Monday cites examples ranging from former vice-presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby to a Florida woman's two-year sentence for throwing a cup of coffee to make its case for reducing the U.S. prison population of 2.2 million -- nearly one-fourth of the world's total.

It recommends shorter sentences and parole terms, alternative punishments, more help for released inmates and decriminalizing recreational drugs. It said the steps would cut the prison population in half, save $20 billion a year and ease social inequality without endangering the public.

But the recommendations run counter to decades of broad U.S. public and political support for getting tough on criminals through longer, harsher prison terms and to the Bush administration's anti-drug and strict-sentencing policies.

"President (George W.) Bush was right," in commuting Libby's perjury sentence this year as excessive, the report said. But he should also have commuted the sentences of hundreds of thousands of other Americans, it said.

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