[Marxism] Urgent: Stop the execution of Kenneth Foster

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 29 06:36:26 MDT 2007


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> 
> Urgent:  Stop the execution of Kenneth Foster
> 
> Texas, the state that has executed  400 people, has three executions 
> scheduled for this week. One of these men,  Kenneth Foster, is innocent based on 
> indisputable evidence. Even the state of  Texas admits that he killed no one. 
> 
> Kenneth was convicted because of  Texas' law of parties, although what 
> happened doesn't even fall under this law  since Kenneth did not plan or conspire to 
> commit the murder that took place. And  he could not have foreseen what 
> happened. Under the Texas Law of Parties a  person can be found responsible for a 
> crime committed by another person if they  encouraged, aided or conspired to 
> commit the crime or if they could have  anticipated the crime was to be 
> committed. Texas is the ONLY state that a person  can be sentenced to death if they 
> intended to kill or anticipated that someone  would be killed. 
> 
> So on August 30 Texas wants to execute a man who never  touched the gun, who 
> killed no one, and who was 80 feet away in a car with the  windows rolled up 
> and the radio blaring while a man was shot by another young  man who has 
> already been executed. 
> 
> Kenneth Foster's case is important  not just because he is innocent; not just 
> because the death penalty targets  people of color and the poor. Kenneth is 
> also an activist and a leader on death  row. He help found the DRIVE Movement 
> which has held numerous hunger strikes and  protests on death row. Right now he 
> and Johnny Amador, who is also scheduled to  be executed this week, are both 
> on a hunger strike. Neither will go willingly to  their death and neither will 
> cooperate with the executioners. 
> 
> Please go  to www.freekenneth.com  and click on the third "HERE" where it 
> says:  
> "Write Governor Perry, Members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles and  
> Members of the Texas Legislature to Stop the Execution of Kenneth  HERE"  
> 
> Make phone/fax calls to Gov. Rick Perry’s Office: Call 800-252-9600  (Texas 
> callers) or 512-463-1782 (Austin and out of state), and send faxes to  
> 512-463-1849. Governor's Citizen's Assistance and Opinion Hotline: (512)  463-1782 
> Office of the Governor Main Switchboard: (512) 463-2000 [office hours  are 8:00 
> a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST] 
> 
> Contact the Texas Board of Pardons &  Paroles and tell them to grant Kenneth 
> Foster clemency: Phone (512) 406-5852 Fax  (512) 467-0945  





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