Monthly Archives: September 30, 2007

Amnesty International’s creative ad campaign

The Swiss department of Amnesty International has started a creative ad campaign, by using transparent billboards. References are made to Sudan, Iraq, China, Liberia and other countries. h/t and more pics at Houtlust

Texas Planning New Execution Despite Ruling

Thats the title of Ralph Blumenthal’s article at The New York Times about the lethal injection developments. HOUSTON, Sept. 28 — A day after the United States Supreme Court halted an execution in Texas at the last minute, Texas officials made clear on Friday that they would nonetheless proceed with more executions in coming months,…read more

Full video of Jena 6 Rally in Austin

The Concerned Black Student Coalition protested charges brought by LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters against six black high school students at a campus rally last Thursday. Here is the full video which includes the speakers and the rally.

Cruel punishment? Texas and other states should halt lethal injections while the Supreme Court weighs constitutionality

Thats the title of Houston Chronicle’s editorial calling on Texas to stop all executions while the Supreme Court considers constitutionality of lethal Injections. There are several good reasons to give every death row inmate an indefinite reprieve. This week the U.S. Supreme Court found another. Particularly in Texas, the nation’s execution leader, the criminal justice…read more

Mychal Bell freed on bail

By Monica Moorehead Published Sep 27, 2007 11:44 PM Mychal Bell, one of the Jena 6, was freed on $45,000 bail Sept. 27, a week after the massive demonstration of tens of thousands in Jena, La., and across the U.S. This was a victory won only by the mass protest, but it is not complete….read more

Texas executed Michael Richards

Shortly after 8 PM tonight Texas executed Michael Richards, despite his mental retardation and despite the fact that the US Supreme Court has said it will hear a Kentucky case challenging the 3 drugs used in the lethal injection procedure. This is the 405th execution in Texas in 2007. There are three more scheduled for…read more

For Victims, Against the Death Penalty

Also posted on MVFHR’s blog At a ceremony on the campus of Virginia Tech today, a group called the National Coalition of Victims in Action is presenting “A Resolution in Support of the Victims and Families at Virginia Tech” to members of the college community, including the college president and the families of those who…read more

Justice for Jena 6

Six young black men from a Jena, Louisiana high school can spend up to 22 years in prison for a racially motivated school fight. The story is very similar to the Jim Crow era where the police, judges and the courts where used to keep the black folks “in their place.” Unfortunately it is sad…read more