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An Evening with Barbara Becnel -- Advocate for Stanley "Tookie" Williams
Date Wednesday May 17
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco.
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorJon Garfield
New College Center for Eduation and Social Action


-- Advocate for Stanley Tookie Williams and long-time activist

Wednesday, May 17 at 7 PM
New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco.

Join Barbara Becnel -- long time friend and advocate of the late Stanley Tookie Williams, anti-death penalty activist and candidate for Governor of California -- for a presentation and dialogue about politics, activism and crucial issues facing us today.

Barbara Becnel: For 13 years she worked with Stanley Tookie Williams, death row prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, to edit and publish his award-winning series of books for at-risk children. She was Stanley Tookie William's advocate and friend, and organized an international campaign for clemency until he was killed by the State of California on December 13, 2005. She witnessed his execution.
Barbara Becnel is Executive Director of a non-profit social services agency in Richmond, California. Her background includes working as a public policy expert in Washington, D.C. and in Los Angeles. She has written more than 100 newspaper and magazine articles as well as several books about parenting and overcoming drug addiction.

She co-produced the award-winning TV film Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, based on her partnership with Stanley Tookie Williams. Jamie Foxx starred as Mr. Williams; actress Lynn Whitfield portrayed Ms. Becnel. The movie was honored at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival in France.

The winner of numerous public service awards, including "Woman of the Year 2001" issued by the California State Legislature, Ms Becnel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2 1/2 years, summa cum laude, in Economics from Adelphi University; attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a doctoral program in Quantitative Economics and did post-graduate work at the University of Chicago as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jon Garfield, 415-437-3425 or .

Added to the calendar on Monday May 15th, 2006 10:36 PM

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