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October 14, 2009

2009.10.14: Today: Day of Action to Prevent Execution of Reginald Blanton

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 10:23 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 10:23 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Today: Day of Action to Prevent Execution of Reginald Blanton

Day of Action to Save Reginald: Wednesday, October 14th!

Make phone/fax calls to Gov. Rick Perry’s Office: Call 800-252-9600
(Texas callers) or 512-463-1782 (Austin and out of state), and send
faxes to 512-463-1849.

Governor’s Citizen’s Assistance and Opinion Hotline: (512) 463-1782 Office of the Governor Main Switchboard: (512) 463-2000 (office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST)

Contact the Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles and tell them to grant
Reginald Blanton clemency: Phone (512) 406-5852 Fax (512) 467-0945
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Reginald’s case, like many other Texas death row cases, is riddled with injustices. He was convicted based on coerced testimony with no physical evidence; his court appointed attorney did not provide adequate defense; he was convicted by an all-white jury and subjected to a jury shuffle which purposefully excluded African-American jurors. Reginald has an execution date of October 27th, but with enough public outcry and pressure, we can save his life!

Reginald’s case is important not just because he is innocent; not
just because the death penalty targets people of color and the poor.
Reginald is also an activist and a leader on death row. He help found the
DRIVE Movement which has held numerous hunger strikes and protests on
death row. He is an inspiration to both death row inmates and human rights activists.

Now is the time to put the pressure on. The Texas Death Penalty and Rick Perry, in particular, have come under public scrutiny because of the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham. Willingham was executed for a fire that killed three of his children. The Texas Forensic Science Commission recently discovered that the fire was accidental, making Cameron Todd Willingham INNOCENT. Perry has since tried to cover up this state-sponsored murder by changing around the personnel on the Commission. We cannot let Perry kill another innocent man!

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