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Success: Today is the day for Kenneth Foster (and Desmond Tutu chimes in)

BREAKING NEWS: Kenneth Foster’s death sentence is commuted! Thanks to everyone who was watching, praying, calling and e-mailing!

http://phillyimc.org/en/2007/08/41887.shtml

 BREAKING NEWS! Kenneth Foster Jr’s Death Sentence Commuted!By Hans Bennett and Walidah Imarisha | 08.30.2007 BREAKING NEWS: Board of Pardons and Parole Rules 6 to 1 for Clemency for Kenneth Foster, and Governor upholds the decision, giving Foster a sentence of life in prison!

New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty    www.nyadp.org 

     KENNETH FOSTER UPDATE/ URGENT ACTION

We only have a few hours left, but we have hope!

The Board of Pardon and paroles postponed making a decision on whether or not
to grant Kenneth clemency until today.

While we don’t want to read too much into this decision (it could be that they are just clogged up with the number of people they are killing this week!), it is noteworthy that the head of the pardon review board a few days ago asked for a meeting with Kenneth’s lawyer and several family members.  They met and discussed Kenneth’s case and asked many questions about Kenneth.

It is obvious that the pressure is having an effect. So many faxes and emails have been received that it is clogging the system in Texas! Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu and 13 members of Texas legislators are urging Gov. Rick Perry to grant clemency.

Yesterday, rallies and press conferences were held in New York, Washington DC,
California and Chicago.

In a few short hours we will get the news on the board’s decision.  In the meantime, keep up the solidarity, keep up the phoning and faxing (see info at the end of this email for phone number and faxes.

Kenneth and his family send messages of thanks and of love.  They encourage activists to keep up the fight. 

As most of you know, Kenneth is the co-founder of a group called the DRIVE Movement, which fights for better conditions on Texas death row and to end the death penalty.

Kenneth has been on a hunger strike for the past week.  He is  refusing to take part in any of the ritual aspects of his killing.  If it comes to that, he will refuse a last meal and refuse to walk to the gurney.

Kenneth’s  family are visiting with Kenneth today, and there is a demonstration
to start in Huntsville TX, outside of death row today at 3pm.

This is our last chance…

    CALL AND FAX RICK PERRY AND THE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES

    The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will make a decision on Wednesday whether to recommend clemency for Kenneth. For Gov. Rick Perry to consider clemency for Kenneth, five of the seven members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles have to recommend clemency.  Call the Board of Pardons and Paroles and Gov. Rick Perry and urge them to grant clemency to Kenneth Foster  Let’s  keep up the pressure!
    
   In solidarity,
Colleen
______________ 

Please go here for updates on Kenneth’s situation:

http://savekenneth.blogspot.com/

Link to site to send message to Texas Governor Rick Perry to stop execution: here

Other ways to send a message: When I sent my form message to the Governor, I got this blurb. I wonder if it is worth using these as contacts today to request a stop to the execution: publicrecords@governor.state.tx.us

The Office of the Governor
Thank you for your e-mail message, which will be reviewed by the Governor’s office staff. We value your opinion, and the Governor is kept informed regularly on the issues of concern to our citizens.

If your submission was a public information request, Office of the Governor policy requires these to be sent by facsimile to (512) 463-1932, by electronic mail at publicrecords@governor.state.tx.us, by the U.S. Postal Service to P.O. Box 12428, Austin, TX 78711, or by hand to the State Insurance Building lobby located at 1100 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX 78701.

More news:

From “Democracy Now”

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu Urge Texas to Stay Execution of Kenneth Foster

Former President Jimmy Carter and South African archbishop Desmond Tutu have urged Texas to stop Thursday’s scheduled execution of death row prisoner Kenneth Foster. Meanwhile, Foster’s attorney has filed a last minute appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles meets today to decide Kenneth Foster’s fate. We speak with Liliana Segura of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty.

 Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles:
    Phone (512) 406-5852
    Fax (512) 467-0945
    
    Gov. Rick Perry:
    Phone (512) 463-1782
    Fax (512) 463-1849

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