Witness to an Execution 10/18/06

prejean 002.jpgNEW YORKERS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
PROUDLY COSPONSORS:

“WITNESS TO AN EXECUTION”

**NATIONAL SPEAKING TOUR**

WED., OCTOBER 18 – 7:30 PM
ST. AMBROSE CHURCH
9 WEST 130th Street (at 5th Avenue)

DIRECTIONS BY TRAIN: LIRR TO PENN STATION: 2/3 TRAIN TO 125th.

CONTACT/MEDIA/TO COSPONSOR: LEE WENGRAF LWENGRAF@EARTHLINK.NET

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

  • BARBARA BECNEL: co-author of books with Stanley Tookie Williams; Barbara witnessed Stan’s execution in December, 2005
  • DAVID KACZYNSKI, Director, New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty; brother of Unabomber Ted Kacynzki
  • ALAN NEWTON, recently-exonerated NYS prisoner
  • YUSEF SALAAM, exonerated in the Central Park jogger case
  • Murder Victims’ Family Members

Witness to an Execution” is a national  tour sponsored by the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and co-sponsored by NYADP, featuring the voices of those who have lost a loved one to execution or faced the prospect of execution themselves. With the explosion inthe national debate about lethal injection, the barbarity of the death penalty–that capital punishment is “cruel and unusual” punishment– has been exposed. As witnesses to execution, these voices will share their stories of loss, struggle,and hope for an end to the death penalty.

Barbara Becnel, who spearheaded the fight to save Stanley Tookie Williams from execution last fall, will be a featured speaker. As a witness to Stan’s personal transformation on death row, his struggle for justice and his execution, Barbara’s story is incredibly moving. In her own words, “On December 13, 2005, I stood and watched for 35 agonizing minutes while the state of California tortured my friend Stan Tookie Williams to death. I want people to know what I saw and to join the growing movement to end the death penalty in this country.”

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