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2005



smile and have another drink on me…

someone read the previous post and e-mailed me that, using the yiddish term, she thought i was kvetching…

okay – guilty as charged – what are you gonna do about it – execute me??? well THAT’s not a deterrent – gotcha!

okay, that was stolen from the Colbert Report’s “The Word” on the death penalty…

check it out – it’s hilarious…

cheers! – <3

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if i only had a brain…

last week when i spoke with him i was supportive, complimentary, and, well, it was almost as if we were downing whiskey at a local drowning hole we were so talkative …

my how things change in a week…

the “him” is a reporter at a small town newspeper who has written extensively on a death row case…he called last week to check on some activist actions we were using as organizing tools…on one of the tools he asked who the author was and i pointed him towards an e-mail address linking it back to the author – it was a hot e-mail link and i said he should write to her and ask his questions…we chatted about the case and off he went…

i never saw any of our conversation enter the next 2 articles he wrote…

this morning he calls and he’s a bit haughty, even a little aggressive…

“hey, even our sherriff thinks this guy will never be executed – it’s just taken so long…there’s no end in sight…”

“good for him,” i said. ” he should feel that way!”

“yeah, even the local prosecutor says he’s not gonna seek the death penalty on a current murder because of this old case…”

“perfect,” i said. ” he should feel that way…it’s a HUGE waste of taxpayer $$$ and you’ve talked with the _________ and ___________ families – look what this long delay has done to them – i mean, how dare we do that to them…”

“hey, i’ve sent that woman 3 e-mails and she hasn’t responded yet…her e-mail address ends in _________, do you think that means she works for ___________?… do you have a phone number for her?… do you know her… have you met with or talked with her???”

no i said…

and i ended the call shortly thereafter…he was annoyed and annoying simultaneously…i said i’d send her an e-mail too and said good bye (but meant good riddance)…

after it was over i turned to alex and said, “he’s neither woodward nor bernstein is he???” “if he thinks he knows what office she works in he might call information, get the number and try it…”

next time i watch the wizard of oz not only will i see it as a racist parable (the wicked witch in black and the good witch in white) but i”ll be thinking of this reporter when the straw scarecrow sings…

<3

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THIS IS THE MOMENT!

New Jersey is ONE DAY away from a vote on a bill calling for a moratorium on executions and a study in the state Senate! If it passes, the Assembly is expected to take up the bill shortly thereafter and the acting Governor has said that he will sign it. This would make New Jersey the first state to legislatively impose a moratorium on executions! New Jerseyans for Alternatives to Capital Punishment has done an incredible amount of work on the issue and we can help them out so if you know anyone in the Garden State tell them to call their Senator ASAP and ask them to vote for the moratorium.

The issues in New Jersey aren’t much different from those in Tennessee and everywhere else around the country. A recent study found that New Jersey has spent $253 million on its death penalty system, above and beyond the costs of life without parole, and hasn’t executed a single person. And New Jersey only has 10 men on its death row. In, Tennessee, where we have 103 people on death row, we have probably spent nearly $1,000,000,000 above and beyond the cost of incarcerating murderers for life. All NJ is saying is think about all the good that could have been done with that money; programs for victims families, social programs proven to effectively reduce crime, raising police salaries and hiring more officers. There are better ways. So please, everyone send good vibes (and phone calls, emails, and letters) to New Jersey over the next couple of days. Today New Jersey, tomorrow Tennessee, next week the country.

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I’ll be honest, I don’t know if Stanley “Tookie” Williams is innocent or not. There are strong indicators that he may have been innocent of the crimes for which he was tragically executed early this morning, although he was certainly guilty (by his own admission) of other acts of violence and for inciting others to the same as the founder of the Crips. But I do know that this was a man who had turned his life around. Tookie had become a leading spokesperson against gang violence, a man who had a real-world perspective, and could command a respect and legitimacy with inner-city youth that few others could. I can honestly say that I think that the world has become a worse place because of Tookie’s execution and not simply because the state’s killing diminishes it and diminishes each and every one of us. No, Tookie Williams had become a positive force in the world. A voice of peace and non-violence. A voice that is now silenced. And yet Governor Schwarzenegger could think of “no reason” that this man might be worthy of clemency. I’m afraid this speaks of either a severe lack of perspective or cold-heartedness.

One of the reasons the Governor found to deny clemency was Tookie’s lack of remorse for his murders. This of course brings us back to the issue of his innocence. How can a man feel remorse for a crime he did not commit? We have already seen how our justice system can sentence the innocent to death. Since the death penalty’s re-emergence over 120 people have been sentenced to death and only later exonerated. And, as Tookie’s case may well demonstrate, there is no way that we can be sure that all the innocents have been found. It is likely that some are being executed. In Texas, new evidence has arisen suggesting that Ruben Cantu, executed in 1991, was innocent. Here in Tennessee we have several men sitting on death row, most notably Paul House, who have strong claims to innocence.

So why does it happen? There are, of course, any number of factors involved, lack of adequate counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, etc. that play a role, but we also have to face up to the fact that our criminal justice process often makes it more likely that an innocent person be executed.

To begin with, the death penalty is often used as a threat to get a defendant to agree to plead guilty for a lesser sentence. And this makes sense, as long as the defendant is actually guilty. An innocent person is far less likely to plead guilty to a charge of murder two, for instance, if they know that they did not commit any murder whatsoever. Moreover, an innocent defendant tends to worry a lot less about their case. There is, for some reason, a faith in the justice system, a feeling that, since they know that they are innocent, all they have to do is show up, tell their story, and that will be it. Unfortunately, that is not how our system works. Finally, innocent people appear remorseless. How could they not? They didn’t do anything? Yet to juries, judges, and Governors alike, they seem cold, hard-hearted people, making them more likely to be sentenced to death in the sentencing phase of a trial and then less likely to be granted clemency. Stanley “Tookie” Williams is only the most recent example of this dangerous system that says that it is more important that it is better to be rich and innocent than poor and guilty. Unless our country once and for all turns away from killing, I am sorry to say that we will see the death of more innocents.

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 disfunction. 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 malfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying soundness 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 disfunction 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.

Be It Resolved

So it may only be December 13th, but I’ve made a New Year’s resolution: I’m going to run the New York City Marathon in November. I used to be a serious runner in high school, but had all kinds of injury problems in college and haven’t run much since, but today, at 5:45 I pulled on my running shoes and was out of the house for a run. It never hurts to start New Year’s early.

There’s something amazing about a marathon. I mean it’s a long and arduous process, not only actually running the 26.2 miles, but also the months and months of training leading up to the event. No one can just step out of their houses one day and run a marathon, I don’t care how talented they are. But anyone can run a marathon, not in world record time, but as their own personal record. It isn’t always fun, and it certainly isn’t easy. Training can be a pain. There are days when you feel great and miles just fly by, and there are days when every step is a trial. You’re tired, or sore, or just not feeling like running. Anyone can finish a marathon, but only if they get out of bed on those mornings when they don’t feel like running and soldier through.

Yesterday I had one of those days, not running but organizing. We had an initial organizing meeting in Jackson, and, quite frankly, I was off. In the words of Randy, I didn’t bring my “A” game. To tell the truth, I didn’t even bring my “B” or “C” game. I’d call it more like my “D -” game. It was just like one of those mornings where your legs aren’t in the run. My head just wasn’t there, my presentation was unfocused and rambling.

But you know what? That’s going to happen. Trying to organize to bring an end to capital punishment is not a sprint, it isn’t something that we can roll out of bed one morning and decide to do. It’s a marathon, and we’ll only reach the finish line if we push through each and every presentation and meeting. Because, no one can give the Gettysburg Address every day. Some days we’re not inspiring and we’re not really together.

Fortunately for me, I have a training partner who can pull me through those days. Randy was together at our meeting last night and, in the end, it’s not about my oratorical ability, but about the injustice of the death penalty. By the end of the meeting, we had a group of people ready to do work in Jackson against the death penalty, organized in a way that they weren’t before. Even the runs that aren’t pretty bear fruit. When you still “trust the integrity of the process” as the Abolitionist of the Year has told us, you can get good results even when you’re not at your most eloquent and inspiring. So at the end of this week, I’ll be back on the phone to Jackson, following up on the small specific actions that we all agreed upon last night. Because it’s getting those hundreds of little actions and meetings together that make us able to finish this marathon we’re all running. No one can get out of bed one morning and have the death penalty abolished by dinner time, even if they can deliver the Gettysburg Address. But even when we can only manage a few painful miles, a few phone calls, a less that perfect presentation, we get closer to the finish line, even when we can’t see it.

Keep on running!

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On the Road Again

We call ourselves a state-wide group here at TCASK, so with a staff of only two (both here in Nashville) we have to spend a lot of time traveling. In about 10 minutes, we’ll be heading out to Jackson, TN, to meet with a initial group of people interested in working to end capital punishment. Sounds easy enough, no?

Well, frankly, no. This meeting, I am here to tell you, does not simply happen. So let’s go back to October, and the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Conference which, coincidentally enough, was held in Jackson. The TCASK staff attended, as the only none mental health care organization by the way, and while there we stayed at the house of a person who had been in contact with the state office. The afternoon the conference ended, we met with him and his wife and a wonderful lady from a local church who’s involved in all kinds of social justice organizations. And thus we started. After getting back to Nashville, we initially tried to set up a presentation at the local Catholic church, but were thwarted by busy schedules, so, back to the drawing board, and Margaret Meade “Never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can change the world,” she said.” In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.” So maybe we need to find a small group of dedicated people.

So back to the phone to our Jackson contact I went, but with a simpler request. Five names. Five people in her community who she thinks would be interested, able, and helpful in working against the death penalty. So we got five names (then later it became seven and the even ten, but I digress). Which led to five letters, one to each person, explaining who I was, what TCASK does, why I was contacting them, and what we’d like to accomplish. Then five phone calls. OK, that’s not at all true, it was far more than five phone calls to get everyone.

“We’d like to have a meeting sometime in these two weeks. What days wouldn’t work for you?”

Repeat until you’ve spoken to everyone. Then schedule a day, and call back.

“Hi, thanks again for your interest. So after talking to everyone I’ve scheduled our meeting for _____. You’d said that was workable for you. Can you still meet?”

And eventually, you have a meeting. Hard work? Yes. A little frustrating? Yes. But now several clergy members, a former elected official, a college professor, a retired brother, and several hard working folks are sitting down tonight to discuss how to end the death penalty. Worth a little frustration? Oh most definitely.

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 dysfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as heart trouble. Albeit the erectile disfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile dysfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying soundness 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 disfunction 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.

clarification on vampires and attorney generals…

i feel that i should point out that when i opined that tennessee attorney general’s surname was lestat that i meant no ill-will towards anne rice fans …

and of course no disrespect meant for members of the legal profession … we love so many of you for your big hearts and daring imaginations…

but as to summers he’s just so out of step, so old-school in a bad way, so fred thompson-like (lacking the sense of humor of course) … he’s really the first ag in tennessee since re-instatement of the death penalty who has promoted an agenda of death from such a high state office …

michael cody – i think not … even knox walkup was a reasonable and knowledgeable sort of fellow when it came to this draconian and unreliable public policy … but ag summers???

i mean he’s a methodist for crying out loud … has he not read The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church ???

oy!

<3

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 disfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile dysfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying health conditions that can be extremely 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.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

Especially in lobbying, your grandmother was right; you have to be patient. It is not, as many tend to believe, the case that legislators don’t care. In most cases, legislators, while, of course, chasing money and votes, are doing so because they want to make good public policy and serve their constituents and their state/country/city. Of course, serving a county or two, is not the easiest thing in the world to do, and legislators are, consequently, busy people. And in Tennessee, you also have to remember that they all have other jobs and lives outside the legislature as well.

Case in point, in a few hours, I am supposed to be meeting with our prospective bill sponsor for this year. Yep! As much as I consider myself an organizer, and organizing is the main thrust of our work here at TCASK, someone’s got to do the lobbying and legislative work. So I had set up this meeting, accommodated all our coalition partners so they could have a seat at the table, when yesterday, I got a call from the legislators scheduler who informed me that the legislator had to be in depositions all day and, consequently, wouldn’t be able to make our meeting.

Now, I’m not going to lie, I was a wee bit piqued, but then I looked down at the lobby handout that I had distributed during our legislative training only a few days ago and read one of the rules of lobbying that I’d been preaching “Your legislator has a busy schedule. . . so be flexible” (italics in original). Time for me to remember to practice what I preach. Sometimes meetings get rescheduled. It doesn’t mean that my legislator doesn’t want to meet with me, it just means that he has other 50,000 constituents and a lot of work to do. I’m going to reschedule the meeting today. I’ll thank him for meeting with me and be pleasant about it and probably even score some points for waiting nicely and flexibly. Minor setbacks can become assets if we just listen to Grandma.

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 core trouble. Albeit the erectile dysfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile malfunction 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 disfunction 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.

death of a salesman (not)…

at 6:53 a.m. i’m in the office putting together materials for a training that has been scheduled for a month … if it weren’t for deadlines i believe nothing might ever get done~! 🙂

tcask has big plans for student chapters in the state but currently we have one @ mtsu in murfreesboro … that’s my destination … i’m late leaving the office … i should be there at 10 and i’m just getting off the interstate at 10 so i’m still 15 minutes out … i call the chapter’s vice-president’s cell phone and leave a message, (in a haggard voice) “i’m caught in this blizzard of a snow storm and crawling along in traffic at 20 mph … i’ll be there as soon as mother nature permits…”

i was there at 10:15 … the training is fairly simple – it’s just showing how easy it is to go into a business and ask them to sign a moratorium resolution (a petition for businesses and such to ask for a time-out on executions and a thorough study of the state’s death penalty system)…

so alex and i had tweaked a pitch script (thank you buttercup!) to make the point that you wanna stay on point and every quickly all five people there “get it” – it’s like, with one exoneration for every eight executions, if that were cars from the saturn auto plant in spring hill having ions recalled at a 12% rate you would want to investigate and find out why this is happening – it’s bad business …

as for the materials it was a simple series of flip pages to complement the very brief conversation and ask…

after the session we went to the city cafe for lunch and they put together a specific list of some 50 businesses as targets and assigned them out…

my work done, i drove back to nashville in the driving rain…

<3

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 appeal among men is the erectile disfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile malfunction can be the symptom a strong health 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 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.

Another Cog in the Machinery of Death

So things, apparently, aren’t hard enough for abolitionists in America. The system, which has killed 1000 in the modern area, is just too soft on criminals. Don’t worry, baseball fans, Samuel Alito is here to save us from the danger of not executing innocent or unfairly tried human beings.

Sandra Day O’Connor is hardly a liberal. Nominated by Ronald Reagan, she has consistently supported capital punishment. But O’Connor has occasionally ruled against extremely unfair practices. Not Alito, in an insightful piece in the LA Times, Goodwin Liu recently explored Judge Alito’s record on the death penalty. In the ten cases regarding executions on which Alito has ruled, in all five cases that were not decided unanimously, Alito ruled in favor of execution. You can read about all of them in the previous link, but I have to focus on just one, a case regarding racial discrimination in the death penalty. In 2001, Alito ruled against James Riley (an African-American man) who claimed that his rights had been infringed upon because the D.A. had struck all three black potential jurors. Riley’s case included the fact that in all three capital cases the same D.A. had tried the previous year, he had used strikes to eliminate all African-Americans from the jury pool. Now, common sense should dictate that there’s a pattern here, but that’s not enough for Alito who wrote, “Although only about 10% of the population is left-handed, left-handers have won five of the last six presidential elections. But does it follow that the voters cast their ballots based on whether a candidate was right- or left-handed?”

Can youbelievee this guy? He’s comparing race, and the horrendous history of racial bias in our criminal justice system, to right and left-handedness! The analogy doesn’t even make sense. When deciding between life and death, shouldn’t we be absolutely certain that we are being fair? Shouldn’t we be sure that facts, not underlying attitudes of prejudice, are making the decisions? The answer, from Alito, and current Justices Scalia and Thomas at least, is clear; No! Judges like Alito will continue to refuse to see bias unless the D.A. says aloud, “I want to exclude all blacks [although he’d probably have to use a more pejorative phrase for them to be sure it was discrimination]” Even then, it might not havedefinitelyy effected the outcome of the trial. I guess it’s just coincidence as well that 80% of death row inmates were charged with the murder of a white person, even though over 50% of murder victims are people of color. It just happens that a quarter of all African-Americans on death row were tried in front of all white juries. These numbers may shock you and I, but not Alito. I mean, it happens that lefties are under-represented on juries too, does that mean that left-handed people are discriminated against at trial?

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 dysfunction can be the symptom a strong soundness problem such as heart trouble. Albeit the erectile disfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile malfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying soundness 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 disfunction 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.