Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Stella Richardson: 415-621-2493
Stefanie Faucher: 415-243-0143
Events Planned in Twelve California
Cities as part of an International Day of Action Calling for a Halt
to All Executions and Urging Clemency for Stanley Williams
SAN FRANCISCO - On Wednesday, November 30th, press
conferences and rallies will be held in more than a dozen California
cities across the state as part of an International Day of Action calling
for a halt to all executions and asking Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
to commute Stanley Williams’ death sentence to a sentence of Life
Without Parole. Williams faces a December 13th execution date. The Governor
has agreed to hold a private hearing on Dec. 8th to consider Williams’
request for clemency.
More than 175,000 Californians have signed a petition asking for a
temporary suspension of executions in California while the California
Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice completes its 2-year
study of the criminal justice system. The Commission is conducting both
private and public meetings and is due to submit its final report by
December 31, 2007. The “California Moratorium on Executions Act”
(A.B.1121), which would temporarily suspend executions in California,
is scheduled to have its first hearing in January 2006.
Also on November 30th, more than 350 cities around the world will illuminate
a symbolic monument as a demonstration of their opposition to the death
penalty and to commemorate World Cities Against the Death Penalty Day.
Cities participating in this event will include: Rome, Tokyo, Lyon,
Brussels, Barcelona, Florence, Venice, Buenos Aires, Austin, Madrid,
Dallas, Antwerp, Vienna, Naples, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reggio
Emilia, Bogotà, and Santiago de Chile. Cities in California that
will be officially celebrating this date are West Hollywood, Berkeley,
and Santa Cruz.
The 1000th execution in the United States since the reinstatement of
the death penalty in 1976 is also scheduled to be carried out on this
date. Robin Lovitt of Virginia will be executed on November 30th barring
a last minute stay of execution. Lovitt, who has always maintained his
innocence, is represented by Ken Starr.
Events on Wednesday, November 30th
|San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Speakers include: Barbara Becnel, Dolores Huerta, Supervisors
Mirkarimi, Ammiano, and Daly, Assemblyman Mark Leno, Rev. Amos Brown,
Rabbi Alan Lew and many others.
Los Angeles City Hall
Press Conference and Rally
Begins at 9am.
200 North Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
At approximately 10am, a March to the Governor's office at 300
South Spring St. will begin.
Sacramento City Hall
915 " I " Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Speakers include: Rev. Dr. David Thompson (Westminster Presbyterian
Church), Asm. Sally Lieber, Rev. Robert W. Matthias (retired bishop,
Evangelical Lutheran Church) , Nick & Amanda Wilcox (Murder
Victims’ Families for Reconciliation) and many more...
Santa Cruz - 2 EVENTS
1) Press Conference and Rally
City Hall Courtyard
809 Center St.
Santa Cruz, CA
NOON - 1pm
Mayor Cynthia Matthews will present a proclamation declaring
the City of Santa Cruz to be an official "World City Against
the Death Penalty", and Councilmember Tim Fitzmaurice, DPF,
ACLU and others will give statements.
2) Forum on the Death Penalty and Stanley Williams
Professors Angela Davis and Paul Ortiz, and DPF Executive Director,
Lance Lindsey, will speak about the death penalty.
UC Santa Cruz
Earth and Marine Sciences Building: Room b206
West Hollywood - 2 EVENTS
1) Press Conference
NOON - 1pm
West Hollywood City Hall Lobby
8300 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
2) Film screening : "The Life of David Gale"
West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center, Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Speakers include: Mayor Abbe Land, Mayor Pro Tempore John
Heilman, Assemblyman Paul Koretz, Mike Farrell, and more.
The Marin Chapter of DPF will hold a vigil & demonstration
4:30 to 6:30pm
San Rafael Plaza (adjacent to 1000 Fourth St.)
San Rafael, CA
Demonstration on the Steps of Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd. (at the intersection of Washington)
More info: Faye 510-791-8186
Yolo County Courthouse
725 Court Street
Woodland, CA 95695
Noon to 1 pm
San Jose City Hall
In front of City Hall
200 East Santa Clara Street (between 4th and 6th Streets)
San Jose, CA
Noon - 2pm
Sponsored by the Black Student Union of San Jose City College
Screening of Redemption
Black Repertory Theater
3201 Adeline Street (near Ashby BART)
Tickets $2-$20 sliding scale
18 years old and under FREE
Sponsored by: Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Education
Not Incarceration, Ella Baker Center -- Books Not Bars, Green
Party of Alameda County, International Socialist Organization,
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and Solidarity Bay Area
Tookie, the Death Penalty, the Movement: Continuing the Struggle
for Social Justice
5348 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
A panel Discussion aimed at organizing against the death penalty
and in particular in defense of Tookie.
More info:(619) 804-1685, Email: tkalonji@Hotmail.com
Todos Santos Plaza
Willow Pass Road
Events are sponsored by: the Save Tookie Committee, the NAACP, the
ACLU of Northern, Southern California and San Diego, Amnesty International
USA, California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, Death
Penalty Focus, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Progressive Jewish
Alliance, American Friends Service Committee and many others.