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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Call Governor Perry to stop the execution of Kenneth Foster.

We will be on the road today to Huntsville to protest the execution of Kenneth Foster.

Huntsville Protest, Thursday, August 30, 3:00 - 7:00 PM

Protest the execution of Kenneth Foster Jr. outside the Huntsville Unit. Groups from all over the state will converge to stand against this injustice and demand until the very end that the State of Texas do the right thing and stop this execution. 815 12th St., Huntsville, Texas.

There will also be protests in cities across Texas on Thursday, if the execution is not halted, at the usual protest locations, including in Austin at the governor's mansion.

Thursday, August 30, 5:00 PM, Governor’s Mansion (Lavaca at 11th)
EXECUTION PROTEST AND VIGIL
Even in the eleventh hour things could turn for Kenneth. If you can’t make it to Huntsville, come out to stand with others at the mansion in Austin against the execution.

Send an email to Governor Perry, which is also being sent to members of the Texas Legislature and th
e Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Use the numbers below to call and leave a voice mail for Governor Perry saying you want him to stop the execution of Kenneth Foster.

Call Governor Perry! If you get a busy signal, just keep trying. Call the main switchboard first (512) 463-2000. They may transfer you to his voice mail, which tends to fill up, so if that is the case, call the main switchboard back and let them know the voice mail is full, and leave your message with an operator.

Call Governor Perry!

Citizen's Opinion Hotline: (800) 252-9600 [for Texas callers]

Citizen's Assistance and Opinion Hotline: (512) 463-1782

[for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers]

Office of the Governor Main Switchboard: (512) 463-2000

[office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST]

Legislators can not directly stop an execution, but they can use their influence and access to Governor Perry to influence his decision and they can write a clemency letter to the Governor. So far, 13 Texas legislators have written clemency letters. We would like to get more of them to write Perry. If you live in Texas, go here and look up your state representative and state senator. Call them on the phone, identify yourself as a constituent, say you do not think that Texas should execute Kenneth Foster, who everyone agrees did not kill anyone or intend anyone to be killed.

Ask them to call the governor and express their support for clemency directly to the governor. You could mention that executing people who haven't actually killed anyone, by using a statute like the "Law of Parties", is a great miscarriage of justice and casts doubt on the entire Texas death penalty system. Also mention your sympathy for the family of the victim, Michael LaHood, whose actual killer, Mauriceo Brown, has already been executed.

If your representative is Howard Dutton, Jessica Farrar, Elliot Naishtat , Mike Villareal, Terri Hodge, Sylvester Turner, Donna Howard, Alma Allen, Eddie Rodriguez, Helen Giddings, Ruth Jones McClendon, Dora Olivo, or Lon Burnam, you do not need to call them. They already have written clemency letters to the governor.


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