Save Gary Graham/Shaka Sankofa

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at
Sat Jun 17 20:21:50 MDT 2000

From: Michael Haggerty <exodusn at>
Sent: Friday, June 09, 2000 12:37 AM

Standing Up for An Innocent Man

Countdown For Justice

Calendar of Events
Save Gary Graham/Shaka Sankofa

Sunday, June 18 - Father's Day Gospel Concert for Justice for Gary
Graham at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 6503 Montgomery at Acres Home,
7 p.m. Admission is free.  713-692-6010 or 713-274-3738

Monday, June 19 - Juneteenth Parade with Graham/Sankofa delegation,
call 713-521-0629.

Wednesday, June 21 - Austin Rally For Gary Graham. Buses and Cars
leave SHAPE Community Center at 7 a.m.  Transportation is Free.

Thursday, June 22 - Emergency Day of Protest and Resistance in
Huntsville, Texas.  Buses and cars begin leaving SHAPE Community
Center at 8 a.m. until




ALL OTHERS; 512-463-2000

FAX : 512-463-1849

512-463-1679 Fax 512-463-8120


From: Mark Clement <MClement at>
Sent: Friday, June 09, 2000 3:28 PM

Please forward this message to as many people as possible.

Protest on Gary's Behalf.

Call for further information to: Tonya McClary at (202) 387-3891 X 17
Ricky Jason at (409) 924-7303

Numbers to call to protest Gary's death sentence:

Gov. Bush: Phone (512) 463-1782/Fax (512) 463-1849 and
Garret, Clemency Section: Phone (512) 406-5852/Fax (512) 467-0945

Call Bush Headquarters: 512 463-2000
Texas Parole Board: 512 463-1679

governor George W. Bush jr.
office of the governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711
phone: 00 1(512) 463-2000
fax:   00 1(512) 463-1849
for his e-mail look at the web site in,

Board of pardons and parole
Gerald Garrett, chairman
price daniel, sr. building
209 w. 14th street, suite 500
Austin, TX 78701
phone: 00 1 (512) 463-1679
fax:   00 1 (512) 463-8120

Call Attorney General Janet Reno to protest the proposed execution of
an innocent man - (202) 514-2001

Al Gore's Campaign Office - (615) 340-2000 (Call to ask them to
challenge Bush on his death penalty record)

Call to tell the papers that Millions will be descending on Texas to
protest Bush's plan to kill an innocent man.

Austin American-Statesman
letters to the editor
p.o. box 670
Austin, tx 78767-0670
phone:  00 1(512) 445-3500
fax:    00 1(512) 445-3679

the Dallas Morning News
letters to the editor
p.o. box 655237
Dallas, TX 75265-5237
phone:  00 1 (214) 977-8222
fax:    00 1 (214) 977-8319

Houston Chronicle
letters to the editor
p.o. box 4260
Houston, tx 77210-4260
phone:  00 1 (713) 220-7171
fax:    00 1 (713) 220-6677

Houston Defender
letters to the editor
p.o. box 8005
Houston, tx 77288-8005
phone: 00 1 (713) 663-6996
fax:   00 1 (713) 663-7116

Column Written 5/2000
Mumia Abu-Jamal
All Rights Reserved

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the
right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and
district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall
have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature
and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against
him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to
have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense
--from the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution (1791).

As the issue of the death penalty in the U.S. stirs and quickens the
storms of controversy, the Lone Star state of Texas, in its hunger for
death, causes even some proponents of capital punishment unquiet moments of
pause.  If the American South is the nation's Death Belt, then Texas is the
buckle of that belt.  With its 215 executions since the U.S. Supreme Court
allowed the resumption of capital punishment in 1976, the Lone State leads
the nation in executions.

Texas may also lead the nation in another way:  the highest number
of cases where lawyers slept during death penalty trials!  While perhaps no
one knows the exact answer (it being not important enough to note or
record), Texas has no shortage of cases where court-appointed lawyers were
assigned to serious death cases where they spent most of their time, not
investigating the case, not cross-examining witnesses, nor preparing the
case for mitigation, but sleeping. Sleeping!

Consider the case of Joe Cannon, court-appointed counsel for the
defense in Harris County, Texas.  Cannon, known as a "court-house legend" in
the county, slept soundly at many of the trials to which he was assigned.
Cannon's "clients" were those who were most apt to be executed by the state,
and according to one scholar's count, a dozen of them went to death row in a
decade.  David R. Dow, a University of Houston law professor who handled an
appeal from a conviction where Cannon was counsel, took a look at the trial
record and was flabbergasted.

"It was like there was nobody in the room for [his 'client']," Prof.
Dow recalled.  Dow, in an interview, spoke of reading the transcript, and
finding that it "goes on for pages and pages, and there's not a whisper from
anyone representing him" [The Washington Post National Weekly Edition,
5/22/2000, p. 9].

Small wonder.

This is the system that Texas Governor George W. Bush defends as one
in which he is "absolutely confident" [Washington Post Weekly, p. 8].
Despite the corporationist press sweet slant on the issue, there are a
growing number of folks who are vigorously opposed to the death machine, and
the candidacy of Bush for U.S. president.

When Bush made a May 13, 2000 appearance at the historically black
college Prairie View A & M University, he met messages of resistance from a
number of groups, among them N'COBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for
Reparations in America), the National Black United Front, the Nation of
Islam's Muhammad Mosque #45, and supporters of Texas death row captive Shaka
Sankofa (né Gary Graham), who were protesting for either a pardon or

Administrators at Prairie View, according to some published reports,
were not pleased with the protests.  The university, established shortly
after the Civil War in 1878, is a prestigious place, and its administrators
were justly proud of its 300+ graduates.

Yet activists from various movements were also justly concerned that
the grads, embarking on a career of privilege, not forget the 70,000
African-Americans held captive in the Texas Department of Corrections, under
draconian conditions.  Some grads joined the protestors in shouting "Bush Go
Home!," and booing the governor.

Such protests are a good beginning, but must be the seeds of
movements to come.  Free Shaka!

©MAJ 2000


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