Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Death Penalty Vigil

We were saddened last night by the decision of Gov. Schwarzenegger not to grant clemency to Stanley Williams. AIUSA Executive Director's statement can be found here. Group 22 members hosted the busy action table at last night's death penalty vigil at All Saints Church in Pasadena. We had an unexpectedly large turnout, creating a little healthy chaos, but it was great to reconnect with activists of campaigns past and gain strength for our future work. At the service, member Stevi Carroll shared her experiences using Tookie's story in the classroom. As usual, I had a hand in putting the program together and managed to slip in a Rights Readers favorite, a poem (scroll down the page to the poem by 'Elias' --its broken up into three parts) from Edward Humes' No Matter How Loud I Shout. Pictures from the Westside vigil can be found here. Taking a deep breath today, but its back to work on future executions and the moratorium tomorrow.
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