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Santa Cruz Vigil Against the Execution of Stanley Tookie Williams

On December 12, about 50 people attended a candle light vigil against the death penalty held at the Town Clock in Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz Chapter of Death Penalty Focus displayed banners that read, "The State will kill Stanley Tookie Williams in your name tonight!" and "Truth Not Vengeance".

Stanley Tookie Williams III was executed in the early morning on December 13 by lethal injection administered by the state of California.
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Stanley Tookie Williams, Killed by the State of California
FORMER CRIPS GANGMEMBER REHABILITATED, BUT KILLED ANYWAYS
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Stanley Tookie Williams III was executed early this morning by lethal injection administered by the state of California. Williams, who was weeks from his 52nd birthday, is said to have been a co-founder of the Crips gang in Los Angeles. In 1981, he was convicted of the 1979 murders of four people in the Los Angeles area. After 6.5 years in solitary confinement on Death Row at San Quentin, he renounced his past gang affiliation. He wrote several books and started programs to discourage youth from joining gangs. A film starring Jamie Foxx entitled "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story," was made to tell his story. Williams never admitted to having committed the murders for which he was convicted. This was one reason that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger cited for denying him clemency. Supporters of Williams tried to submit issues to various legal bodies in hopes of being granted a stay of execution. If a 60-day stay had been granted, it would have given time for courts to examine the legal issues that are outstanding in the case. It would have also given California's legislative bodies a chance to vote on AB 1121, the California Moratorium on Executions Act.

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Re: Santa Cruz Vigil Against the Execution of Stanley Tookie Williams

I'm not crying for Tookie. He was a murderer, an unrepentent one, and a racist. He killed Albert Owen because he was white. He killed three Asians and called them Buddha heads. I'm not a big supporter of the death penalty, but if we want to model of redemption, tookie ain't it. Tookie, in some ways, was the victim of the Black Power movement that sees all black people as victims, that puts people like George Jackson on a hero's pedastle and justifies there actions against the "racist white state". Well, what if Tookie was a white man who had killed a black store clerk because he hated blacks. Would there be all this comotion among the anti-death penalty activitists? Probably not. Would Jesse Jackson be on TV making statements. Not likely.
 

The fight will go on: Reports from National Vigils and More

SANTA CRUZ - Marilyn Strayer

In Santa Cruz, we held a candlelight vigil from 8pm until just after midnight. We had about 75 people throughout the evening. Several people
joined us when the heard about the vigil on TV. Our local newspaper came by to do a short interview.

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