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May 19th: Virginia Death Penalty

19 May

The Death Penalty is just one of the many ways in which the State participates in the murder of people. Virginia has the second highest Death penalty rate in the United States. Virginia has murdered 106 people by the death penalty. Tomorrow is the date scheduled for the next state sanctioned murder. Details on that particular case are below.

Here is a link to the names of people killed through the death penalty in Virginia: http://www.vadp.org/virginia039s-execution-history.html

HELP STOP VIRGINIA’S 107th EXECUTION – May 20, 2010

In September, 1998, Darick Demorris Walker was sentenced to death for the capital murders of Stanley Roger Beale and Clarence Threat. Beale was killed in November, 1996 and Threat in June, 1997.  It is important that the Governor continue to hear from you that you oppose the execution of Darick Walker.  Please take a few minutes to say “NO” to executions and help us stop the cycle of violence that state sanctioned killing perpetuates.

Please take one or more of the following actions:

1. Contact Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell TODAY and ask him to stop the execution

2. Forward this and ask people you know to also contact Governor McDonnell

3. Attend a vigil on May 20th

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May 11th: Jackson State

11 May

10 days after the Kent State Massacre in 1970, in Jackson, Mississippi there was a similar but much less publicized tragedy.  At Jackson State College on May 14/15, students had gathered to protest the US invasion of Cambodia. As the evening went on there were fires and turned over cars. Close to midnight, the police decided to disperse the crowd of Black student protesters. They approached and then for no apparent reason opened fire on the protesters- shooting 140 rounds.

Two people were murdered by the police that night- Phillip Lafayette Gibbs, 21, and James Earl Green, 17. 12 others were also injured. Continue reading