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by Death Penalty Focus
Monday Nov 28th, 2005 9:53 PM
NOVEMBER 30, 2005
Day of Action Against the Scheduled Executions
(in conjunction with World Cities Against the Death Penalty Day)
Rallies and Press Conferences will be held in front of City Halls and other locations across the State of California and across the world calling for a halt to all executions. City and County Officials will be invited to participate.
Death Penalty Focus
870 Market St. Ste. 859 San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel. 415-243-0143 - Fax 415-243-0994 - http://www.deathpenalty.org

Some new info below

Upcoming Events


NOVEMBER 30, 2005
Day of Action Against the Scheduled Executions
(in conjunction with World Cities Against the Death Penalty Day)
Rallies and Press Conferences will be held in front of City Halls and other locations across the State of California and across the world calling for a halt to all executions. City and County Officials will be invited to participate.

San Francisco City Hall
Noon -1pm
Front Steps
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Speakers include: Barbara Becnel , Dolores Huerta, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Assemblyman Mark Leno and many more.


Los Angeles City Hall
Begins at 9am. Front Entrance
200 North Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
At approximately 10am, a March to the Governor's office at 300 S. Spring St. will begin.


Sacramento City Hall
Noon-1pm
Front Entrance
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 more will give statements.
and
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 ( http://maps.ucsc.edu/)
Begins: 7:30pm
Admission: Free
For more information please call 510.325.0599


West Hollywood - 2 EVENTS
1) Press Conference
NOON - 1pm
West Hollywood City Hall Lobby
8300 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
and
2) Film screening : "The Life of David Gale"
Begins: 2:30pm
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.


San Rafael
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


Fremont
Demonstration on the Steps of Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd. (at the intersection of Washington)
Fremont, CA
Begins: 7:15am
More info: Faye 510-791-8186


Woodland
Press Conference
Yolo County Courthouse
725 Court Street
Woodland, CA 95695
Noon to 1 pm

San Jose
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

Berkeley
Screening of Redemption
7:00 PM
Black Repertory Theater
3201 Adeline Street (near Ashby BART)
Berkeley, CA
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


San Diego
Tookie, the Death Penalty, the Movement: Continuing the Struggle for Social Justice
6:00pm-9:00pm
Community Forum
Springfield College
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 [at] Hotmail.com


The cities of Santa Cruz, West Hollywood and Berkeley have officially signed up as "Cities Against the Death Penalty" and will also be commemorating this day by lighting up a city monument.

If you would like to organize an event in front of your City Hall, please contact stefanie [at] deathpenalty.org

BACKGROUND: Throughout the world, more than 300 CITIES will illuminate a symbolic monument as a demonstration of their opposition to the death penalty. This event is organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio and actively supported by the main international human rights organizations of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (Amnesty International, Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort, ACAT, International Penal Reform, FIACAT, Death Penalty Focus, etc.). Cities will include: Rome, Tokyo, Lyon, Brussels, Barcelona, Florence, Venice, Buenos Aires, Austin, Madrid, Dallas, Antwerp, Vienna, Naples, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reggio Emilia, Bogotà, Santiago de Chile and more than 100 others. For more information on how to involve your city: http://www.santegidio.org/no_death_penalty/2004/pdm20041119_en.htm


DECEMBER 1, 2005
PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT THE DEATH PENALTY
With Professor Lance Newman and DPF Chapter Leader Jeff Ghelardi
San Francisco State University
Aztec Center - Calmecac Room
7:30pm
Admission: FREE


DECEMBER 1, 2005
Screening of Redemption
Redemption: The Stanley Tookie Williams Story – A Viewing and a Phone-Link Conversation with Barbara Becnel, Stanley’s Co-author
Thursday, December 1, 2005, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Pastoral Center – 3888 Paducah Drive
San Diego, CA
Sponsored by California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty and the Office for Social Ministry, Diocese of San Diego
For information contact Kent Peters at 858-490-8323


DECEMBER 2, 2005
SCREENING OF REDEMPTION
BEGINS 7 PM
Viewing of film, "Redemption," which dramatizes the life of Tookie Williams.
Followed by discussion and letter-writing to ask the governor to grant clemency.
St. Alberts' Church
1095 Channing Ave
Palo Alto, CA


DECEMBER 3, 2005
March and Rally Calling for Clemency for Stanley Williams
Noon
4395 LEIMERT BOULEVARD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90008
More info: cenddeathpenalty [at] yahoo.com or call 310-242-3813


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.


DECEMBER 4, 2005
Vigil and Action by Religious Imperative to Stop State Murder
Continuous vigil and action to begin at San Quentin Prison's Main Gate beginning Sunday December 4th from 2pm to 4pm and continuing on December 5th beginning at 10am.

Musicians Joe Otis and Country Joe McDonald will perform protest songs on December 4th.

Contact: Paul Sawyer at revpaulsawyer [at] yahoo.com or hcarlstad [at] aol.com for more information.


DECEMBER 6, 2005
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: WHO ARE WE EXECUTING?
A film and discussion about death row and the death penalty

7 PM at the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
1520 Grand Ave., corner of Grand and Acacia Streets
San Rafael, CA
Admission: Free to the public

See: Outside In, the new death-row documentary by Marin death penalty activists Buff & Cynthia Whitman-Bradley.

Meet: The filmmakers and three of the death-row visitors who are featured in the film.

Discuss: The experience of visiting death row, the "justice" of the death penalty, the personal impact of witnessing an execution, with

•Rev. Bruce Bramlett, long-time anti-death penalty activist and spiritual advisor to death row prisoners,

• Aundre Herron, death row attorney for the California Appellate Project

• Karl MacRae, prison activist and death row visitor

Sponsored by: Marin Death Penalty Focus, Marin Pax Christi, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, ¡Presente! Affinity Group, California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, and the Marin Friends Meeting.


DECEMBER 7, 2005
The Faiths of Our Fathers and Mothers: Prayers, Practice and Struggle Against the Death Penalty
Noon - 1pm
The Hall of Justice
330 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

A press conference, rally/demonstration, & prayer vigil in opposition to the death penalty with the specific task of calling for justice and clemency for Tookie.

More info:(619) 804-1685, Email: tkalonji [at] Hotmail.com


DECEMBER 7, 2005
Talking & Teaching on Tookie: Speaking Truth to Power
The Malcolm X Library
5148 Market St.
San Diego,CA
6:00pm to 8:00pm

A Spoken Word venue where leading poets in San Diego recite poetry that focuses on Tookie’s life, good works and the struggle for justice and clemency for Tookie and also the political education and mobilization for the local poet community to engage the struggle for Tookie.

More info:(619) 804-1685, Email: tkalonji [at] Hotmail.com


DECEMBER 9, 2005
SCREENING OF "AFTER INNOCENCE"
Begins 7:00 p.m.
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
No reservations required: FREE Admission - First come, first served.
For more information, please contact: Project:Involve at 310.432.1280.

"After Innocence" tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated ­ innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives. While the public views exonerations as success stories, After Innocence shows that the human toll of wrongful imprisonment can last far longer than the sentences served.

Q&A with the filmmaker following the screening.


DECEMBER 11, 2005
Sister Helen Prejean to Speak at ACLU Event
San Francisco Marriott Hotel
55 Fourth Street at Mission
San Francisco, CA
2 pm reception
3pm program
Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for students and low income, $250 table sponsor
GET TICKETS NOW: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?binid=1&bevaID=97703


DECEMBER 12, 2005 - AM
Walk for Abolition
The Walk For Abolition begins at the Palace of Legion of Honor in San Francisco at 7am and ends at the gates of San Quentin Prison (around 6pm).

You can join the whole walk of 25 miles, or you can join it in progress at specified mile markers en route, or you can show your support and talk with us at our designated rest stops. We walk peacefully as a large group over the Golden Gate Bridge and through Marin County to San Quentin. Back up van and cars are available to carry backpacks, ferry people back to designated parking and public transport sites and give respite to walkers that are tired.

For Further information on the walk and to volunteer as back-up drivers, please contact Rev. Lyle Grosjean : (510) 895-8203 or email: l.grosjean [at] sbcglobal.net. On the day of the walk, please call 510-368-3368.

Rallying Points

->6:45am, Palace of the Legion of Honor, in Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco, 94122. Walk leaves promptly at 7 am.

->8:00am, South End of Golden Gate Bridge.

->8:55am, North End of Golden Gate Bridge.

->10:40am, Head of Bay Trail in Sausalito leading to Mill Valley

->11:45am, Miller Avenue and Camino Alto for lunch and demonstration with members of Mill Valley Seniors for Peace.

->2:30pm, St. Sebastian Church, 373 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. Rest Stop. Drinks provided.

->3:15pm, St. Paul’s Church, 1123 Court Street, San Rafael. Rest Stop. Refreshments provided.

->6:00pm, East Gate of San Quentin Prison

PRINT A "WALK FOR ABOLITION" FLIER


DECEMBER 12, 2005 - PM
Statewide Rallies and Vigils Against the Scheduled Execution of Stanley Williams

San Quentin State Prison
RALLY AT 8:00PM
EAST GATE OF SAN QUENTIN
You can park on Francisco Blvd. E. but expect to walk 1-1.5 Miles to get to the East Gate of San Quentin.
Contact: stefanie [at] deathpenalty.org or 415-243-0143

Los Angeles
RALLY AT 6:00 P.M.
WESTWOOD FEDERAL BUILDING
11000 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Corner of Veteran) MARCH AT 8:30 P.M. to ST. Thomas the Apostle CHURCH for a VIGIL (10750 Ohio Avenue,Los Angeles, CA 90024)
Contact: EDeBode [at] la-archdiocese.org

Sacramento
VIGIL FROM 11PM to 12:30AM
State Capitol Building
11th & L Streets
Contact: stellalevy [at] sbcglobal.net

Fresno
Vigil begins at 5:30 PM in front of St. John's Cathedral
Mariposa & R Streets, in downtown Fresno
Contact: maria.telesco [at] att.net

Riverside
Vigil at St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church
Brockton & Arlington
Riverside, CA 92506
Time: 9:00pm

Orange
Circle of Orange
Chapman and Glassell Streets
5 PM – 12:15 AM
City of Orange
Orange County

Tiburon
Panel Discussion on the death penalty from the Jewish Perspective
8 - 10 PM
Congregation Kol Shofar
215 Blackfield Drive
Tiburon, CA

Pasadena
Vigil Against the Death Penalty!
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA
8:30-10:00 PM
Contact: mtermaat [at] earthlink.net

Redwood City
St. Matthias Parish
1685 Cordilleras Ave. Redwood City ,CA
Ecumenical Service from 7-9pm

Palo Alto
4 PM
Vigil in support of Williams' life, on the eve of his scheduled execution.
Bring candles, signs, and warm clothing.
Some participants may choose to carpool to San Quentin.
Corner of El Camino and Embarcadero Streets
Palo Alto, CA

Oceanside
Candle-light Vigil
Mission San Luis Rey
4070 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, CA
9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Participants are invited to bring readings to share with the group.

Chico
Silent Candlelight Prayer Vigil
Children's Park - Downtown
Begins at 7pm
contact: amylourunge [at] earthlink.net

San Diego
Vigil
Hall of Justice
330 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
3:45pm - 7pm

San Jose
March from the Mission Church in Santa Clara University
Starting at 4:00PM
End at the Cathedral in Market Street, San Jose

If you would like to organize an event in your city or add an already planned event to our calendar, please contact stefanie [at] deathpenalty.org


JANUARY 13 & 20, 2006 & FEBRUARY 3, 2006
Theatrical Release of Award-Winning Documentary "After Innocence"
The film will premiere in select cities on the following dates:

Jan. 13, 2006 - Los Angeles & Sacramento
Jan. 20, 2006 - San Francisco & Berkeley
Feb. 3, 2006 - San Diego

AFTER INNOCENCE tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated - innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives. Included are a police officer, an army sergeant and a young father sent to prison and even death row for decades for crimes they did not commit.

The men are thrust back into society with little or no support from the system that put them behind bars. While the public views exonerations as success stories - wrongs that have been righted - AFTER INNOCENCE shows that the human toll of wrongful imprisonment can last far longer than the sentences served.

The film raises basic questions about human rights and society's moral obligation to the innocent and places a spotlight on the flaws in our criminal justice system that lead to wrongful conviction of the innocent. The film features exonerees Dennis Maher of Lowell, MA; Calvin Willis of Shreveport, LA; Scott Hornoff of Providence, RI; Wilton Dedge of Cocoa Beach, FL.; Vincent Moto of Philadelphia, PA; Nick Yarris of Philadelphia, PA; and Herman Atkins of Los Angeles, CA.

For more information, please visit the film's website: http://www.afterinnocence.com/index.html








Stefanie L. Faucher
Program Director

Death Penalty Focus
870 Market St. Ste. 859
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel. 415-243-0143
Fax 415-243-0994
mailto:stefanie [at] deathpenalty.org
http://www.deathpenalty.org
http://www.californiamoratorium.org

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