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Danny Glover invites you to see Tookie Movie 12/4 in SF
by Todd C (ToddChretien [at] comcast.net)
Sunday Nov 27th, 2005 4:55 PM
Danny Glover, Barbara Becnel, Kevin Epps, Boots Riley speak at screening of "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" at http://www.victoriathreatre.org
DECEMBER 4, 2005
Screening of Redemption
Danny Glover invites you to a screening of "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story"

Where: Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street in San Francisco
(next to the 16th Street and Mission BART Station)
When: December 04, 2005 at 5pm
Why: Help STOP THE December 13th EXECUTION of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Stan Tookie Williams

Danny Glover, Barbara Becnel and Kevin Epps will host a short program before the movie to explain the status of Stan's case and let people know how to get involved in the movement to stop the execution. With only a few weeks left before the execution date, your help is urgently needed. Please join us in the fight to save Stan's life.

This event is a fund-raiser for the San Francisco Save Tookie Coalition. Tickets are $5 for students/youth/seniors and $10 for the general public.

Co-sponsors and endorsers welcome; donations appreciated. Please contact Danielle at Danielle [at] vanguardsf.org or 415-581-2512 for more information about endorsing or co-sponsoring the event. Tickets available at http://www.victoriatheatre.org or at the door.
§ Hollywood leads campaign for death row reprieve
by UK Independent (reposted) Thursday Dec 1st, 2005 3:19 PM

Hollywood actors, musicians, church leaders and death penalty opponents staged protests and vigils across the US on behalf of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips street gang who faces execution in less than two weeks unless the California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, can be persuaded to grant him clemency.

The outpouring of support for "International Save Tookie Day" yesterday underlined the controversy surrounding Williams's death sentence and suggested that his execution, if it goes ahead, could be the most contentious judicial killing in America in years.

While police and prison officials say Williams is a cold-hearted murderer who deserves to die, his supporters believe he is a poster-child for rehabilitation. Not only has Williams publicly renounced his gangland past, he has written a series of books over the past decade urging disadvantaged children to steer clear of gangs and devised a protocol for ending urban street wars, which has been successfully applied in several countries. His cause has been championed by Nobel laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, politicians including the popular former governor of New York Mario Cuomo, rabbis, nuns and a long list of Mr Schwarzenegger's fellow entertainment celebrities including Harry Belafonte, Elliott Gould, Ed Asner, Jackson Browne, Susan Sarandon and Ted Danson.

At a time when the rationale behind capital punishment is being increasingly questioned in the US - a convicted killer was granted clemency in Virginia just this week because of doubts about the quality of evidence against him - the passions swirling around Williams' case have taken on a rare intensity.

This week is likely to see a grim milestone, as a North Carolina convict is slated to become the thousandth person executed in the US since the reintroduction of the death penalty in the 1970s. Yesterday's protest was led by the Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, who played Williams in a recent television movie called Redemption. He was joined by Snoop Dogg, the gangsta rapper.

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http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article330456.ece

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