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When Will Solitary End?
I sit in solitary confinement,
Monitored and evaluated,
Tortured in more ways than I care
To remember or burden you with,
With hopes I’d crack and beg,
Beg to be let out of this torturous place
And crack, losing the bit of sanity I have left
Like so many others before me and so many others
Yet to fall, fall prey to the prison’s administrators,
To the countless tactical torturous games they play.
I am but one of a few hundred who still stand strong,
Fighting to survive, accumulating deep embedded scars
With each passing day, learning to be resilient to all
That’s thrown and piled up against me
In such a difficult, miserable place.
Lonely and deprived of so much, I sit here
Beyond desperate for a helping hand, for something,
Someone, for a movement, for human rights lawyers
And all the advocates out there to put an end
To this heinous practice of solitary confinement
And take me away from this place with my dignity intact.
I hope it’s soon, before many more fall prey
And lose themselves in this dungeon of hell and misery
That’s been in place for far too long.
My actions will soon come
Hoping that they’ll draw the attention needed
To end this heinous practice
Once and for all.
Child abuse victim Terry Williams killed the man who raped him for five years -- now Terry faces the death penalty on October 3. Help stop his execution.
to Governor Tom Corbett, PA Board of Pardons, District Attorney Seth Williams: Grant Clemency to Terrance Williams, Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse
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Listen to Mumia Abu-Jamal's Ode to Terry HERE
The Framing of Kevin Cooper, on San Quentin’s Death Row -- An interview with J. Patrick O’Connor
By Hans Bennett, Prison Radio
On February 20, San Quentin Prison (just North of San Francisco) was the site of a groundbreaking "Occupy San Quentin" demonstration linking Occupy Wall Street with the anti-prison movement. Inside on San Quentin’s death row is a man named Kevin Cooper, whose case for innocence is widely considered to be one of the most compelling today. Indeed, when the Ninth Circuit Court ruled against Cooper’s final appeal in 2009, Judge William A. Fletcher wrote in his 101 page dissenting opinion that “the State of California may be about to execute an innocent man.”
Kevin Cooper’s controversial 1985 conviction and death sentence is the subject of a new book by veteran journalist J. Patrick O’Connor entitled, Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and The Framing of Kevin Cooper. O’Connor is the editor of www.crimemagazine.com and the author of The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal (Lawrence Hill, 2008). He has previously worked as a reporter for UPI, editor of Cincinnati Magazine, associate editor of TV Guide, and editor and publisher of the Kansas City New Times.
A message from Troy Anthony Davis September 10, 2011
I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.
Occupying Mumia’s Cell Courtesy of prisonradio
Troy Anthony Davis
Executed by the State of Georgia 11:08 PM Sept 21, 2011
Rest In Peace
WE STILL HAVE TO KEEP THE PRESSURE UP!!
Appeal ruling favoring Abu-Jamal smacks US Supreme Court
Tue, 04/26/2011 by: Linn Washington Jr.
The federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in a stunning smack at the
U.S. Supreme Court, has issued a ruling upholding its call for a new
sentencing hearing in the controversial case of convicted cop-killer
Georgia Senator Joins SCHR to Urge Execution Staff to Strike & Refuse to Kill Troy Davis Date of Publication: 09/20/2011
Atlanta – Today, the day before Troy Anthony Davis is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection, Georgia Senate Democratic Whip Vincent Fort and Southern Center for Human Rights Executive Director Sara Totonchi have issued a joint statement calling upon the individuals charged with carrying out the execution to refuse to participate in the killing of a possibly innocent man.
An Innocent Man Faces Execution in Georgia
Troy Davis faces execution in Georgia, September 21.
Davis was framed up, convicted, and sentenced to death for the murder of a Savannah policeman in 1989.
Please, call, fax or email today.
Stop the execution of Troy Davis!
* Gov. Nathan Deal: phone (404) 656-1776, fax (404) 657-7332, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web contact form http://gov.state.ga.us/contact.shtml
Our calls and petitions have worked before. They must work again! STOP THE EXECUTION! FREE TROY DAVIS!
Stop Sept 21 Execution of Troy Davis!
On March 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court failed to take up the appeal of Troy Davis. He could be executed at any time.
AND NOW HIS EXECUTION HAS BEEN SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTMEBER 21!.
TELL THE GEORGIA GOV., LEGISLATURE, PRESIDENT OBAMA, ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDEN, CONGRESS AND THE MEDIA: STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS!
Our Racist Justice System: How Troy Davis Has Spent 20 Years on Death Row, With Little Evidence Against HimSubmitted by copwatch on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 1:16am
Davis's case has become an emblem for much of what is problematic about a capital punishment system that is riddled with racism, economic disparity and error.
June1, 2011 | “De’Jaun, come over here, I want to talk to you.”
De’Jaun Correia, a slender 13-year-old with thick corn-rows in his hair, sat down next to his uncle Troy Davis in the corner of the room. Troy described to De’Jaun what to expect now that he was approaching adolescence. “Your body’s gonna be changing…. Women, they go through things, and us guys, we go through things, too. The same thing happened to me when I was a young boy growing up.”
De’Jaun listened intently as his uncle explained the birds and the bees. It wasn’t the first time De’Jaun and Troy had had an intimate one on one. De’Jaun was more comfortable talking to his uncle, a sturdily built man with warm brown eyes, than anyone else.
Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Units Peaceful Protest Hunger Strike Starting July 1, 2011 [VIDEO below]
By James Crowford, Mutop DuGuya (a/k/a Bow Low)
It is important for readers to understand the cruelty of the policy sanctioned by the state that allows the CDCR to place men/women under an indeterminate SHU program only on the word of a prison informer—where there is no offense, no violence, nor any gang or criminal activity. Yet prisoners who are held in indeterminate SHU are held, well, indefinitely—for the rest of their lives in SHUs and Adjustment Centers across the state, and even on Death Row if validated as a gang member.
Spread the Word by Sharing This Video
Over the last week, more than 30,000 members of the NAACP family have spoken up and stood by Troy Davis. Now it's up to us to spread the word so that our collective voice can be even louder.
Films from the early 1990's. Mumia has since been moved to a different prison in Pennsylvania, SCI Greene. The Governer of PA is now Ed Rendell who was the Philadelphia DA during the 70's. No longer are pictures or video allowed to be taken of prisoners in PA. Interviews are not allowed in CA prisons. All photos of Mumia are now at least a decade old. Learn alot watching these.
Framed for Murder?
“California may be about to execute an innocent man.”
That’s the view of five federal judges in a case involving Kevin Cooper, a black man in California who faces lethal injection next year for supposedly murdering a white family. The judges argue compellingly that he was framed by police.
January 03, 2011
Kevin Cooper's Legal Team Expresses Disappointment and Vindication; Vows to Continue to Press for Clemency
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Reacting to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's failure to grant Kevin Cooper's clemency petition during his last day in office, Mr. Cooper's lawyers today expressed disappointment at the out-going governor's lack of action and his decision to forward Mr. Cooper's petition to incoming Governor Jerry Brown. But seeing partial vindication in this act, the team vowed to fight on. "Governor Schwarzenegger dodged this issue in the final hours of his governorship," said Norman Hile, lead attorney for Cooper. "We are disappointed, but there is still time to prevent the execution of an innocent man. Because the State of California is currently enjoined from executions using lethal injection, we will have an opportunity to take our case to incoming Governor Jerry Brown."
DECEMBER 9, 2010 IS THE 29TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAY THE PHILADELPHIA COPS
ATTEMPTED TO KILL MUMIA ABU JAMAL. THEY TERRORIZED, BEAT, SHOT, KIDNAPPED,
JAILED, FRAMED, AND SENTENCED HIM TO DEATH ROW. MUMIA IS A POLITICAL
PRISONER IN PENNSYLVANIA.
Several So-Called 'Prison Abolitionists' from the U.S. Secretly Try to Ban Mumia from Speaking at 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty
The Politics of Death: Throwing Mumia Abu-Jamal Under the Bus
By Dave Lindorff
"I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."
On the evening of February 25, participants at the Fourth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Geneva, Switzerland had assembled from all over the globe for a dramatic Voices of Victims evening. It got more dramatic than they had anticipated though, when suddenly a cell phone rang and Robert R. Bryan, lead defense attorney for Mumia Abu-Jamal, jumped up on the stage to announce that his client had called him from death row in Pennsylvania.
The audience sat in rapt silence as the emcee held the phone up to the microphone. Abu-Jamal, on death row for 28 years after a widely disputed conviction for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, greeted the delegates and then, as he has done on many occasions before, described to them the horrors of life in prison for the 20,000 people around the world who are awaiting execution.
Attorney General, Eric Holder will be in Philadelphia on July 4th.
DEMAND that Holder do a Civil Rights Investigation into Mumia's case!
*July 4th, 2010