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August, 2007



Paul House Update


Though Paul House remains in prison, there is more reason to hope that his ordeal may finally be coming to an end. As we have told you in previous blogs, the state recently decided to waive the procedural issues which were blocking a judge from hearing the case on the merits. Within the next two weeks, Judge Mattice should have the information that he needs to make a decision. The Judge will likely spend a few months with the case, deliberating, writing an opinion, etc. with a decision being made by year’s end.

Though the end of the year still seems like a long time to wait, considering Paul has been waiting for 22 years, a few more months is doable, if it means Paul’s ultimate release. We will continue to keep you posted as we have more information.

In the meantime, we, at TCASK, are still selling our “Free Paul House” t-shirts and encouraging you to wear them as much as possible to inform Tennesseans about this case. Without the efforts of so many of you who have worked for Paul’s release for so long, we would not be where we are today, possibly just months away from Paul going home to his mother, Joyce. If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, please email us tcask@tcask.org or call us #615-256-3906.

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Ike in Memphis pt. 2

As you read on Monday, last Thursday I was in Memphis, Tennessee organizing around our Student Conference on the Death Penalty (October 6th, MTSU campus).

Dinner time had rolled around and the Memphis heat continued to resonate. In fact, I recall the sun setting around 8 p.m. (maybe later?) and I reminisced the long summers I grew up with in the woodlands of Northern Virginia. At this point, I was eager to change out of my sweaty polo and khaki combination (the organizer combo as I like to call it); solace awaited me at the Emmanuel House Community. Here is their mission statement:

“Emmanuel House Community is a residential community in the Catholic Worker tradition. We seek to give each other mutual support in a life of discipleship and service. We share a life given to simplicity, reflection, prayer, nonviolence, and work that supports human dignity. Current activities include: Prayerful reflection four times a week, Weekly demonstrations for peace and the abolition of the death penalty volunteer work with ministries for the homeless, Maintenance of the Liberation Closet, a collection of clothing and shoes for use by indigent defendants appearing in court, Hospitality for visiting activists, people in need and peace and justice groups, Preaching and teaching at local churches and organic gardening on a small scale.”

The mission statement should also include: “You will live with two very cool people in one of the neatest houses (apartment on apartment technically) in Memphis.” Pete Gathje and Jenny Case of the Memphis TCASK Chapter reside in and run the house and are seriously, two of the coolest people I have ever met. Besides the fact that they are intellectual giants, they are warm and kind and exude what I can only describe as grace.

We had dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant with some other Memphis TCASK activists. Conversation wavered between the city of Memphis, travel, relatives, soccer, Asian beers, and one of my favorite topic matters—geography. Because I won my 5th, 6th, and 7th geography bees (I lost my 8th grade one to my younger sister) I have a bank of geography knowledge. The primary utility of this knowledge is to show how awesomely smart I am—or to show that I would do well on a game show. After dinner, Pete and I discussed some of the schools that I could conduct outreach for the student conference and my excitement grew at the prospect of bringing even more young activists to Murfreesboro in October. I still have much unfinished business in Memphis, TCASK and non-TCASK related and I eagerly look forward to my next visit to the Bluff City.

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TCASK Benefit Concert

There are benefits, then, there are benefits. The Federal Habeas Annual Conference benefit is August 17 at Third and Lindsley. Death Penalty attorneys from all over the USA come to town to confer and rock. This year the proceeds go to the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing. Headliners include Bloodshot records recording artist, Jon Langford, our very own bluesy Jonell Mosser, attorney rockers The Reprieves, and rising-to-the-top singer/songwriter Sarah Lenore and special surprise guests. The suggested donation is $15.00 and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Missing this event will haunt you for the rest of your life.

For tickets, contact TCASK at 615-256-3906 or isaac@tcask.org. Additional tickets at the door.

Event contact: Susan McBride shmcbride@comcast.net or 615-258-2672

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual complaint among men is the erectile dysfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile disfunction can be the symptom a strong soundness problem such as heart trouble. Albeit the erectile dysfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile dysfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying health conditions that can be very dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile malfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.

Ike in Memphis pt. 1

This past Thursday I had the pleasure of spending the entire day and night in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is fascinating city filled with incredible individuals that strongly desire to make this world a better place.

I met with Dr. Charles Bailey at Corky’s BBQ for lunch. Corky’s, from what I understand, is one of the best bbq joints in town (I’ve also heard good things about Rendevzvous, although Charles said that was the place for tourists). Dr. Bailey is a TCASK supporter and an accomplished academic in the field of accountancy. At the University of Memphis, he holds a Chair of Excellence position that is appointed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. After I ordered my pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, and hush puppies, I asked him, “so, you’re an accountant, how could you possibly be passionate about anything other than numbers?” Fortunately, Dr. Bailey knew I was making a fairly lame attempt to be humorous through sarcasm and retorted back, “so, you’re only 23, how can you possibly be passionate about anything?” Touché professor, through our discourse I learned of his past history of higher education advocacy, involvement in teacher unions, and I saw the fire that burns deep within the most unassuming of individuals.

Now of course, I didn’t drive three hours and spend TCASK funds on gas to grab some finger licking bbq in Memphis. My next meeting was with Dr. Margaret Vandiver, a professor at the University of Memphis in the Criminal Justice department. Dr. Vandiver is a death penalty expert, a passionate abolitionist, and a general pleasure to be around. We met to discuss outreach for our Student Conference on the Death Penalty to be held October 6th in Murfreesboro, TN at the MTSU campus. I expressed to her the great joy I have in organizing around students and young people and she kindly validated my sentiment. “I am always amazed when I see young people doing great things and creating social change. We need more people like you and the people attending the conference to take up this cause.” Thank goodness there are professors like you, Dr. Vandiver, teaching these young people and giving them the tools to create that change.

Memphis was and is a stronghold for the Civil Rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis following one of his greatest speeches, “I’ve Been to the Moutaintop.” In response to God asking MLK what time period he would like to live in, MLK delivers this response:

“Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, “If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the twentieth century, I will be happy.” Now that’s a strange statement to make, because the world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land. Confusion all around. That’s a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding — something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee — the cry is always the same — “We want to be free.”

I met with a young African American leader, Brandon Harris, President of the Memphis NAACP Youth Council and we discussed the death penalty, the importance of youth, and how trouble is in the land and confusion is still all around. Being President of the Memphis NAACP Youth Council equates to a constituency of 1000 deep. This 17 year old young man has heeded the call of legends such as MLK and amidst college applications and his last year of high school he leads other young people into desiring change, reform, and the advancement of his brothers and sisters. I told him that we have a goal of 100 students for our conference in October, that’s 60 more than last year, and we had zero come from Memphis. “Zero, that is just unacceptable. I can already think off of the top of my head 5 more people (other than myself) who will be in attendance.” Well, a 600% increase is certainly a start! What surprised me further was the perception the future Howard or Fisk student had. “I was recently in a death penalty debate, and I was primarily arguing about the cost…” Hold on there for a second, you were arguing cost? Shouldn’t you be arguing race, especially as a young black man? He smiled, and replied “well yes of course racial bias is an issue of particular significance, but I was trying to convince people that might not place as much weight in that arena.” I thought to myself, the Memphis NAACP Youth Council is in good hands.

I will conclude blogging about the rest of the trip on Wednesday.

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual claim among men is the erectile dysfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile disfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as soul trouble. Albeit the erectile dysfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile dysfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying health conditions that can be very dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile dysfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.

Time to Recommit

This past week has been spent attempting to refocus and prepare for what the fall will bring. As most of you know, last week was a tough one. On Saturday, Alex, Isaac, and I attended Harmon Wray’s Memorial Service which was difficult but truly a gift. The worship experience allowed us to celebrate, to grieve, and to recommit to serving our brothers and sisters who are in prison and on death row, regardless of how difficult such a call may be.

Following the service, we came back to the TCASK office to train several of our activists to become speakers in our new Murder Victims’ Family Speaker’s Bureau. This program pairs a murder victims’ family member with an activist to make presentations in the community. The family member shares his/her story and reasons for opposing the death penalty while the activist talks about the failure of the death penalty system to serve our state as a public policy. Though we wondered if we should attempt such a training on Saturday given our emotional state, we ultimately decided that we should carry on, as a tribute to Harmon’s life which was devoted to the whole idea of restorative justice. On Sunday, Alex headed out to Chicago, via a stop in New York City, to begin a new chapter in his life.

So, this week has been one of reflecting and regrouping. Isaac has been to both Jackson and Memphis to work with and encourage our chapters there. I have been doing a lot of work on fundraising and planning for what’s next.
And, there is a lot coming up next.

We are waiting for a District Court Judge to hear the Paul House case on the merits which may finally secure Paul’s release. We also are eagerly anticipating the appointment of the study commission and are preparing for the commission’s meetings which will begin in the fall. Both securing Paul’s freedom and seeing this study commission come into being are goals toward which we have been working for a long time. Such positive things are happening in our state to set the stage for moratorium and abolition, and we believe more good is to come, and yet…

Though the Tennessee legislature has acknowledge there are terrible problems with our current death penalty system and though Paul House, who was wrongfully convicted, may finally receive the justice that is way overdue, Tennessee is still planning two executions in September: Daryl Holton, whose execution is set for September 12th, and E.J. Harbison, whose date is September 26th. We must also prepare for difficult days ahead.

If you are in an area with a TCASK chapter–Memphis, Nashville, Jackson, Knoxville, Murfreesboro, or Chattanooga–and would like to attend a meeting or get more involved, please email us at tcask@tcask.org and we can give you any information you need. We have so much to celebrate as we enter the fall, but we face many hurdles yet…lives are at stake. As we begin a new chapter in TCASK’s life, let’s all recommit to the work of abolition, ready to achieve even more in the months ahead.

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual complaint among men is the erectile dysfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile malfunction can be the symptom a strong soundness problem such as core trouble. Albeit the erectile dysfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile disfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying health conditions that can be highly dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile dysfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.