Despite a long and hard fight for clemency, Christopher Young was killed by the state of Texas on July 17th. He left us with the message that “The struggle never stops” and a request that activists keep fighting for the friends he left behind. He was a very influential person to the other men on Death Row and some of them have written to express … Continue reading Texas Death Penalty Update–August 2, 2018
Former Death Row prisoner Kenneth Foster Jr. wrote us about some topics that are on his mind when it comes to prisons, the death penalty, and organizing. We agree that the people we are up against can be very creative in their thinking about ways to harm and oppress others, and the same amount of creativity is needed to oppose them! He wrote: “The … Continue reading Creativity and Abolitionist Organizing
Urgent: Take Action to Save Chris Young Call the Governor: 512-463-2000 or leave a message at 512-463-1782 Ask for a stay of execution and a commutation of his sentence to Life or Life Without Parole. The victim’s son does not support the execution and Chris’ daughters have asked the board of pardons and paroles and the governor not to take away their father. Governor Abbott … Continue reading Texas Death Penalty Update: July 12th
Take Action to stop the execution scheduled for July 17th! Continue reading Urgent Action: Save Christopher Young
Execution of Danny Bible This evening Danny Bible was executed at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, TX. His lawyers had appealed his execution date based on his poor physical health. He was partially paralyzed and suffering from Parkinson’s syndrome; his lawyers also argued that executioners may be unable to find a suitable vein to use for injecting the deadly drug cocktail. The issue of failure … Continue reading Texas Death Penalty Update
This morning the Supreme Court has handed down two shocking and disappointing rulings for those who follow the cases of the wrongfully convicted. Both Rodney Reed, on Texas Death Row, and Brendan Dassey, whose case has been widely publicized through the show Making a Murderer, had their cert petitions denied by the Supreme Court, meaning they refused to rule on the appeals. Both prisoners have … Continue reading What Does Innocence Mean to the Courts?
In honor of pride month, we would like to offer some educational links on why prisons and detention are incompatible with liberation for LGBTQ and gender non-conforming (GNC) people. The criminalization of queer and GNC people has a long history in the Americas beginning with colonization. In many states it was illegal to engage in ‘homosexual’ activities or present as trans or GNC until a … Continue reading No Pride in Prisons or Detention Facilities