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October 11, 2007

2007.10.11: Anti-Death Penalty activist speaking at Legal Aid on Oct. 19

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 3:58 pm

From: Lucy Herschel
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 3:58 PM
To: 1199 Members; HQ-Everyone
Subject: Anti-Death Penalty activist speaking at Legal Aid on Oct. 19

Come hear Barbara Becnel of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty speak here at Legal Aid

Friday, Oct. 19, 1pm-2pm, 199 Water St., Rm 5095B Sponsored by ALAA and The Campaign to End the Death Penalty

Barbara Becnel was a long time friend and collaborator of Stanley “Tookie” Williams, the former gang leader who become a Nobel Prize nominee for this efforts to end gang violence.  Barbara co-authored the series of anti-gang children’s books that Williams wrote.  Becnel was among the witnesses at Williams’ botched execution in 2005.  Williams’ torturous execution began a national legal debate about lethal injection, a debate that recently led to a virtual moratorium on executions in this country.

Barbara is here in New York as part of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty’s national tour: A BROKEN SYSTEM CRYING OUT FOR JUSTICE. (see below)  Come hear Barbara tell her story and about the fight against the unjust and racist death penalty.

For more info, check out this interview with Barbara from the New Abolitionist:

>>> Rebecca Kurti 10/9/2007 2:41 PM >>>

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty presents:



In conjunction with Amnesty International’ s “National Weekend of Faith against the Death Penalty”

Oct. 19, 2007

7:00 pm

St. Mary’s Church, Harlem

521 West 126th Street

New York, NY 10027


Barbara Becnel

* co-author of books with Stanley “Tookie” Williams, and witness to his execution; member of board of directors of Campaign to End the Death Penalty

Rev. Earl Kooperkamp

* rector at St. Mary’s Church in Harlem ; long-time  activist against war and for prison reform

Yusef Salaam

* one of the “Central Park Five,” five

African-American youth wrongfully convicted in the Central Park Jogger case; member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Harlem

Harold Wilson

* exonerated from Pennsylvania Death Row in 2005 on DNA evidence, after spending 17 years in jail for crimes he did not commit

Something is wrong.

What can we do?

The first step to action is awareness.

Come and hear these voices and together let’s fight  for justice.

The U.S. is the only industrialized country that still uses the death penalty. It incarcerates more of its population that any other in the world. In some states more money is spent on prisons than higher education.  One out of three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.

National endorsing organizations: Amnesty International USA, Murder Victims Families for Human Rights, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP), Stanley Tookie Williams Legacy Network

For more information: 718-964-7875 /

benhmong@yahoo. com

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