Michelle Obama is coming to London

Candace in London gave me this information:

Michelle Obama is indeed coming to London on October 15 for three fundraisers at the Landmark Hotel. Below is the link/invitation for the $2300 and $1000 events. Admission to the events will be the printout of the contribution confirmation and your passport.

Click here to sign up.

FYI: there will also be a grassroots event that same evening at $100 but that link isn’t yet in place. For questions on procedure, et.al, contact Diana Clark at dianasclark(at)mac.com.

August 30th. "Day of Blogging for Justice" saves a life

Governor Perry Grants Last-Minute Reprieve to Kenneth Foster!

Governor Rick Perry stayed the execution, which was scheduled for this evening, and commuted Foster’s sentence to life… Read more.

“After carefully considering the facts of this case, along with the recommendation from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, I believe the right and just decision is to commute Foster’s sentence from the death penalty to life imprisonment,” Perry said in a statement.

“I am concerned about Texas law that allowed capital murder defendants to be tried simultaneously and it is an issue I think the legislature should examine.”

August 30th. "Day of Blogging for Justice"

Kenneth Foster is scheduled to die this evening. Please call the Governor Rick Perry immediately (Board members telephone numbers listed also).

We have waited all night for a decision. As Mr. Axel points out: If this death penalty is carried out, there is no such thing as clemency in the state of Texas.

Today is Blog for Justice Day. I’ll be online all day, writing to every news media about the Foster case and about the Jena 6 case.

ALERT! Call Governor Perry Immediately
Telephone: 512-463-2000
Fax: (512) 463-1849

Rissie Owens
Phone: (512) 936-6351
Phone: (936) 291-2161

Charles Aycock, Board Member
Phone: 806-359-7656

Linda Garcia

Jose L. Aliseda,

Juanita Gonzalez

Conrith Davis

Jackie DeNoyelles

August 30th. "Day of Blogging for Justice"

From Eddie in Texas: Carter and Tutu Plead for the Life of Kenneth Foster, Jr.

Editor’s Note: As of this writing (8/29/2007 2:55 PM), the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles is still deliberating the fate of Kenneth Foster, Jr.

According to Keith Hampton, Foster’s lawyer, “We need four board members to be in favor of clemency in order for them to make the recommendation to the Governor. Then it is at the Governor’s discretion whether to commute his sentence.”

My telephone interview with Keith Hampton was cut short when a call came in from Kenneth Foster, Sr., father of the condemned young man.

As a human rights advocate and a man of faith, I ask for your 11th Hour prayer for the life of Kenneth Foster, Jr., a young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people.

Lord, have mercy on his soul and the soul of this nation.

Eddie Griffin (BASG)


Adam Axel (732) 796-5230
Dana Cloud (512) 731-1025
Keith Hampton (Foster’s lawyer) (512)-762-6170

Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu Announce Support For Kenneth Foster

August 27, 2007

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu Signs Amicus Brief
Supporting Kenneth Foster’s Supreme Court Petition;
President Jimmy Carter Asks Governor Perry to Spare Foster’s Life

Yesterday a Brief of Amicus Curiae on behalf of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu was filed at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a Petition of Certiorari filed by Kenneth Foster’s criminal attorney Keith Hampton.

The Supreme Court is now poised to decide on Hampton’s cert petition for Foster on Wednesday, August 29. Hampton has basically asked the Court to intervene and fix the irreversible mistakes the lower courts have made in this case. Hampton’s petition argues that the Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) wrongly decided that Kenneth is death eligible when it dismissed the writ petition Hampton filed in the CCA at court on August 7 and asks the Supreme Court to invoke its own original jurisdiction and exercise its supervisory powers over the lower courts.

“The Archbishop’s support sends a very clear and strong signal to the Court and it’s incredible that someone with such international regard and moral authority has come forward for Kenneth,” Hampton commented. “I’m very encouraged.”

President Jimmy Carter also came out yesterday in support of Foster. He wrote a letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry asking Perry to spare Foster’s life.

Foster’s legal team and supporters hope that the support of such credible world leaders will influence the Governor and help win the four votes needed on the Board of Pardons and Paroles and the majority of the Supreme Court in Foster’s favor.

The Save Kenneth Foster Campaign, along with Foster’s legal team and thousands of people around the world, has petitioned the Governor and Board of Pardons and Paroles for clemency. The case has received considerable local, regional, and national media attention and public support for Foster has been pronounced.

Kenneth has been on Texas’ death row since 1997 for the shooting death of Michael LaHood, Jr. Foster did not shoot the gun that ended LaHood’s life, but was driving the car carrying the actual triggerman, Mauriceo Brown.

Foster was convicted and sentenced to death under the Law of Parties, which allows the state to seek convictions for those present at the scene of a crime as if they had committed it. Since Foster’s original trial, the other men in the car that night have testified that Foster had no idea LaHood would be shot.

If no relief is forthcoming from the state or the Court, Foster faces execution on August 30.

August 30th. "Day of Blogging for Justice"

Article printed from BlackPerspective.net

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Meet Our Bloggers For Justice.

Tom McNamara told Francis L. Holland about this breaking news story on the eve of the Day of Blogging for Justice:

School bans ‘disruptive’ shirts
29/08/2007 19:41 – (SA)

Louisiana – Officials at a Louisiana high school have banned T-shirts supporting six black students accused of beating of a white schoolmate, saying the shirts are too disruptive.

The six students were charged with attempted murder, which has led to outrage in the black community and drawn attention from the American Civil Liberties Union, which is monitoring the cases.

Racial tensions surfaced last fall when students found three nooses hanging from a tree on campus that a black student had tried to sit under.

Three white students were suspended, but no criminal charges were filed.

About nine students at Jena High School wore the “Free the Jena 6” T-shirts on Tuesday, and the slogan caused too much commotion on campus, said LaSalle Parish Schools Superintendent Roy Breithaupt said.

John Jenkins said his three daughters wore the shirts to make a statement, not to cause trouble.

“They weren’t doing anything other than wearing the shirts,” Jenkins said. “The school doesn’t have a dress code. They were covered. They’re trying to tell them what they can and can’t wear.”

His son, Carwin Jones, is one of the six students charged in the December 2006 beating of 18-year-old Justin Barker. Barker was treated in hospital for a swollen and cut face and released the same day.

One of the students, Mychal Bell, 17, was convicted on a reduced charge of aggravated second-degree battery and faces up to 22 years in prison. The other five teens are awaiting trial on attempted murder and conspiracy charges.


Passion4Life Talk Radio Show: Katrina’s 2nd anniversary Blog-radio-broadcast

Eddie Griffin, an awesome man in Texas who works tirelessly to help ex-offenders (he is one subjected to mindgames by the CIA while imprisoned) and our youth put the word out about this podcast tomorrow, on the 2nd anniversary of when the levees broke in New Orleans.

The show will be broadcast on the 2nd anniversary of Katrina, Wednesday, August 29th at 8:00 pm CST. That’s the Passion4Life Talk Radio Show. There you will find the call-in number, however you can listen without calling in.