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{ Warren Hill’s murder by the state re-scheduled for July 19th [Georgia, USA] }

Source Links: Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty facebook posts: [1], [2], [3]

Contacting the US Supreme Court:

U.S. Mail:

Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543

Telephone: 202-479-3000
TTY: 202-479-3472
 (Available M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern)

[…] For time sensitive or urgent questions please contact the Public Information Office at the following number:
202-479-3211, Reporters press 1

[source link] h/t Julie Guthrie

Contacting the Georgia Attorney General:

Phone:
(404) 656-3300

Fax:
(404) 657-8733

E-mail:
AGOlens@law.ga.gov

[source link]

Contacting Governor Deal

some online free faxing places:

ALSO, the vigil in Augusta has been re-scheduled for Thursday (link).  vigil info from an earlier post:

Augusta
6:30 PM Augusta Commons, 836 Reynolds Street at Broad Street Entrance (Across from James Brown Statute)
Contact: Pat Seaborn, 706-860-2721, sassycborn@aol.com

Source link [WARNING for more talk of execution, racist/ableist prison industrial complex, r-word]

Case Info from Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty:

The US Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that it was unconstitutional to execute people with Intellectual Disability [formerly called mental r*****ation] but did not set the criteria by which to determine Intellectual Disability. Georgia is the only state in the country that uses the highest legal burden of proof which most legal experts agree is nearly impossible to overcome, even in the most obvious cases such as Mr. Hill’s. “Georgia’s legal system is once more bringing shame and embarrassment to our state, this time by failing to protect those who are most vulnerable. We continue to set the bar for the most inhumane and unjust practices in the country which is exactly why the US Supreme Court must intervene,” says Edward Dubose, State Conference President of the NAACP. Without intervention, this will be Georgia’s second execution since the state took the life of Troy Davis despite strong evidence of his innocence and national and international protest.

Governor Deal’s Pardon Board refused to intervene even though every doctor who has examined Hill agrees he is intellectually disabled. Even the three doctors who originally testified for the prosecution have since reversed their original testimony citing an “extremely and unusually rushed” process that did not allow them to accurately assess his disability. The reversal of the State’s primary witnesses echoes similar problems that were exposed in the case of Troy Davis. In Davis’ case, seven of nine witnesses reversed their original statements citing police coercion and intimidation. “We are supposed to have checks and balances in our legal system but everyone can see that this process is severely broken. We need an appeals process that is an avenue to justice, not an obstacle course,” says Kathryn Hamoudah, Board Chair for Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP).

Read More at this link [same Warning as above (it’s the same post)]

more info on Mr. Hill’s situation in this older article, including:

link to that article (from the Guardian) [WARNING for more talk of ableist/racist prison industrial complex, execution, use of ableist slurs (r-word)]

( to email the Guardian people to tell them that using the r-word is wrong, i think this is the address: reader@guardian.co.uk ; source link )

i would like to note that, just like before, i have not yet found any indication that Mr. Hill has had a chance to publicly speak for himself.

jadedgreensage:

Rest in Peace and Power, Jazzie Collins
From Learning Trans:

This is such heartbreaking news to wake up to. Jazzie was a fierce community activist who never backed down from a fight. Those of my friends who did not know her may say, “I’m sorry for your loss.” Believe me when I say it is a loss for us all. I will honor and remember her with every step I march toward equality. Rest in power, Jazzie.
Dear friends, it is will heavy heart to inform you that we just said our final goodnight to our sister, Jazzie Collins, at 1:16 a.m. at Kaiser ICU. Jazzie was surrounded by friends during her transition and we are ever so grateful to have known her. Jazziehas been a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable communities and was recently honored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano in Sacramento for all her amazing work.
The world is definitely a better place because of her and let’s help celebrate her life in the coming days.



Dearest friends,
We said goodnight to our dear sweet sister Jazzie tonight. She was surrounded by many friends and so much love as she passed. I know I speak for all that were there when I say we felt honored to be with her and to be her friend. She was an extraordinary being, and a fierce but tender hearted soul. Her passion for justice, for affordable housing, for workers, for everyone was a blessing to us all, and she truly graced us with her presence and her work.

I also feel blessed to have had such amazing people there the last few days. We really held together, and held for her. Thank you Christina, thank you Storm, thank you Analisse, and Cecilia. And thanks to all who were able to make it out on such short notice tonight when we realized that she was about to transition on.
It is hard for me to imagine a world without her. My heart ached as I felt her pass on.

Yet watching her transform when she came out as transgender is forever imprinted on my soul. She truly was like a butterfly. Her transition then was beautiful and her transition now is similarly brilliant and lovely. I felt Howard Grayson with with us, as well as our friend Michael Goldstein, welcoming her and loving on her just as strongly as we were loving on her as she left.
I am struck by how brief our life is, and how important it is to truly live life. As Mary Oliver said, “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”

Well Jazzie was a bride married to amazement for sure, and I will miss her so.
Please join us in honoring her transition tonight.

Much love to you all, Gabriel



Donation link: Jazzie Collins’ Legacy

jadedgreensage:

Rest in Peace and Power, Jazzie Collins

From Learning Trans:

This is such heartbreaking news to wake up to. Jazzie was a fierce community activist who never backed down from a fight. Those of my friends who did not know her may say, “I’m sorry for your loss.” Believe me when I say it is a loss for us all. I will honor and remember her with every step I march toward equality. Rest in power, Jazzie.
Dear friends, it is will heavy heart to inform you that we just said our final goodnight to our sister, Jazzie Collins, at 1:16 a.m. at Kaiser ICU. Jazzie was surrounded by friends during her transition and we are ever so grateful to have known her. Jazziehas been a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable communities and was recently honored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano in Sacramento for all her amazing work.

The world is definitely a better place because of her and let’s help celebrate her life in the coming days.

Dearest friends,
We said goodnight to our dear sweet sister Jazzie tonight. She was surrounded by many friends and so much love as she passed. I know I speak for all that were there when I say we felt honored to be with her and to be her friend. She was an extraordinary being, and a fierce but tender hearted soul. Her passion for justice, for affordable housing, for workers, for everyone was a blessing to us all, and she truly graced us with her presence and her work.

I also feel blessed to have had such amazing people there the last few days. We really held together, and held for her. Thank you Christina, thank you Storm, thank you Analisse, and Cecilia. And thanks to all who were able to make it out on such short notice tonight when we realized that she was about to transition on.
It is hard for me to imagine a world without her. My heart ached as I felt her pass on.
Yet watching her transform when she came out as transgender is forever imprinted on my soul. She truly was like a butterfly. Her transition then was beautiful and her transition now is similarly brilliant and lovely.
I felt Howard Grayson with with us, as well as our friend Michael Goldstein, welcoming her and loving on her just as strongly as we were loving on her as she left.
I am struck by how brief our life is, and how important it is to truly live life. As Mary Oliver said, “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”
Well Jazzie was a bride married to amazement for sure, and I will miss her so.
Please join us in honoring her transition tonight.

Much love to you all,
Gabriel

Donation link: Jazzie Collins’ Legacy

(Source: gadaboutgreen)

{ John Quintanilla’s murder by the state scheduled for TODAY, 6pm Texas time [Texas, USA] }

from the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement’s facebook page:

Please call stephen Tyler, the District Attorney in Victoria at (361)575-0468. Tell him you are glad he said he said he wanted to make sure John Quintanilla receives due process and therefore should investigate the false confession after police said his sister would be executed if she didn’t admit her husband’s killing in this case.

Source link

also i think DA Tyler’s email address might be STYLER@VCTX.ORG [source link], and his fax number is (361) 576-4139 according to this website: http://www.crimevictimsinstitute.org/directory/index.php?mode=ser&search=county&input=Victoria%20County

there’s also a Petition which apparently has Mr. Quintanilla’s blessing (also linked to in the above facebook post), and with more info:

With his sister being the mother of three children and pregnant with the fourth, it was then when officer Copeland talked to John’s mother that John decided to take responsibility for a murder he did not commit. He did not want his nephew and nieces to grow up in a broken family like himself and his siblings did.

John Quintanilla learnt everything about the robbery of the Action Amusement Center and the murder of Victor Billings second-hand from his brother-in-law, Rocky Edward Rodriguez. Rocky Edward Rodriguez knew first-hand what had happened at the Action Amusement Center because he committed the crime together with Jeffrey Alan Bibb and Joanie Marie Rodriguez.

Since John has never been at the crime scene himself and had no involvement in the crime whatsoever, the details he gave to the police in his false confession could not have been completely accurate. A ballistic expert during the trial said that the bullets and bullet cases found at the crime scene did not support John’s story of the events at the Action Amusement Center on 24th November 2002.

Other than this false confession, no other physical evidence was presented at trial which would have linked John Quintanilla to the crime:
• Despite John’s home being searched numerous times, neither the money taken during the robbery of the Action Amusement Center nor the clothes – especially the pantyhose masks – the robbers were wearing could ever be found.
• The gun which is considered to be the murder weapon could not be linked to the bullets found at the crime scene beyond any doubt.
• The positions of the bullets and bullet cases at the crime scene did not support the progressions of the robbery as John had described it in his confession.
• During trial not one single eye witness could identify John Quintanilla as the shooter of Victor Billings. The shooter was described as a white man, taller than 5’6” and weighing about 170 or more pounds. This description does not match John Quintanilla’s physical appearance at all, but fits perfectly on Rocky Edward Rodriguez.

Read More & Sign Petition at this link [WARNING for more talk of prison industrial complex & police intimidation/threats]

interview with Mr. Quintanilla done by DRIVE:

Christopher: What can people do to help?

John: Letters of encouragement are always welcome, financial help is also. I would like to put together a defense fund, but I’m scared of failure or hoping things will work out and then everything busts.

Christopher: I appreciate this opportunity. Would you like to say anything else?

John: I appreciate you. If there’s anyone out there who would like to help, you can. There’s many ways and sometimes the smallest ways are enough to make a difference. I’d like to thank you all for your time and consideration. You can contact me directly at:

John Quintanilla Jr. -999491
Polunsky Unit
3872 FM 350 South
Livingston, Texas 77351
USA

Read More at this link [WARNING for more talk of prison industrial complex/executions] — Note: to scroll down on the page at the link, click the little downward-pointing arrow in the lower-left corner of the page, in between the left sidebar and the block of text with the interview.

Local protest by the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement:

Protest
The Abolition Movement protests all executions outside the Death House in Huntsville. The protest starts at 5:00 PM.  A car caravan leaves Houston around 3:30 PM.  If anyone is interested in going to Huntsville, please call Gloria at 713-503-2633.

Date: 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Source link

Contacting Governor Perry

phone numbers:

  • Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] :
    (800) 843-5789
  • Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] :
    (512) 463-1782
  • Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST] :
    (512) 463-2000
  • Citizen’s Assistance Telecommunications Device
    If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),
    call 711 to reach Relay Texas

email form: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx

fax number: (512) 463-1849

Contacting the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

Central Offices [source link]:

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
P. O. Box 13401
Austin, Texas 78711-3401
Email: bpp-pio@tdcj.state.tx.us

AUSTIN LOCATIONS

209 West 14th Street, Suite 500
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 406-5452
Fax: (512) 463-8120

8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78757
Phone: (512) 406-5452
Fax: (512) 467-0945

HUNTSVILLE LOCATION

1300 11th Street, Suite 520
Huntsville, Texas 77342-0599
Phone: (936) 291-2161
Fax: (936) 291-8367

Clemency Section [source link]:

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
Clemency Section
8610 Shoal Creek Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78757 
Phone 512-406-5852
FAX 512-467-0945
Email: bpp-clemency@tdcj.state.tx.us

some online free faxing places:

[this is a re-post]

{ LINK: Who We Say Matters: A Message for CeCe, Trayvon, Paige & #GirlsLikeUs }

janetmock:

CeCe McDonald and other resistant trans women of color hold me accountable daily in my work. In 2012, I wrote about Cece and Trayvon Martin, making a link between their cases and the media’s (lack of) response. Both broke my heart, made me stand up, raise my political consciousness and sharpen my intersectional lens.

 

janetmock:

glsen:

How was your school year?
If you’re an LGBTQ middle or high school student in the U.S., GLSEN wants to hear about your school experiences. Learn more and take the survey at glsen.org/2013survey

GLSEN is currently at the tail end of its National School Climate Survey - probably the most definitive piece of research on LGBT youth in school. What’s needed? Your voice! 
If you do outreach to trans youth, I would love it if you’d signal boost this to your young people networks!

janetmock:

glsen:

How was your school year?

If you’re an LGBTQ middle or high school student in the U.S., GLSEN wants to hear about your school experiences. Learn more and take the survey at glsen.org/2013survey

GLSEN is currently at the tail end of its National School Climate Survey - probably the most definitive piece of research on LGBT youth in school. What’s needed? Your voice! 

If you do outreach to trans youth, I would love it if you’d signal boost this to your young people networks!

{ LINK: Rarely do trans women of color ask for help in such a public way. Let's uplift Ja'briel Walthour with our voices, resources and money! }

janetmock:

I’ve known Ja’briel via email for the past two years, and in each email she sends me positivity, love and light. She consistently tells me stories of being one of the only out trans women in her community of Hinesville, Georgia, where she drives a school bus for special needs students and consistently educates people on trans issues. She is always positive, always educating, always doing the work. 

It’s our turn to lift her up. She needs us.

only 39 hours left, please donate if at all possible and please pass this on.

favianna:

Undocumenting is a curatorial project that seeks to collect and highlight the body of creative work by undocumented people, and to build community amongst art and culture makers and activists. Undocumenting also aims to engage in dialogue and reflection around matters of agency, identity, creativity, self-expression and intersectionality around the migrant experience and beyond.

favianna:

Undocumenting is a curatorial project that seeks to collect and highlight the body of creative work by undocumented people, and to build community amongst art and culture makers and activists. Undocumenting also aims to engage in dialogue and reflection around matters of agency, identity, creativity, self-expression and intersectionality around the migrant experience and beyond.

(via crunkfeministcollective)

{ REMINDER THAT CECE MCDONALD IS STILL IN JAIL FOR *ACTUALLY* DEFENDING HERSELF AGAINST RACIST, TRANSPHOBIC NEO-NAZIS WHO WERE TRYING TO MURDER HER AND HER FRIENDS }

daughterofmulan:

The United States: Letting a racist grown man following and shooting a black teenage boy go free but telling a black transwoman who was attacked by neo-nazis to go to prison.

(via crunkfeministcollective)

{ LINK: Stop Trayvon Martin Jury From Receiving Money Off His Death, By Writing A Book }

strugglingtobeheard:

please sign and pass this on. i don’t know if it will stop the writing but it will certainly bring a lot of BAD PRESS to that shit, which is needed. this is so disgusting, i would be sick if i wasn’t just too tired.

(via crunkfeministcollective)

{ John Quintanilla’s murder by the state scheduled for TODAY [Texas, USA] }

from the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement’s facebook page:

Please call stephen Tyler, the District Attorney in Victoria at (361)575-0468. Tell him you are glad he said he said he wanted to make sure John Quintanilla receives due process and therefore should investigate the false confession after police said his sister would be executed if she didn’t admit her husband’s killing in this case.

Source link

also i think DA Tyler’s email address might be STYLER@VCTX.ORG [source link], and his fax number is (361) 576-4139 according to this website: http://www.crimevictimsinstitute.org/directory/index.php?mode=ser&search=county&input=Victoria%20County

there’s also a Petition which apparently has Mr. Quintanilla’s blessing (also linked to in the above facebook post), and with more info:

With his sister being the mother of three children and pregnant with the fourth, it was then when officer Copeland talked to John’s mother that John decided to take responsibility for a murder he did not commit. He did not want his nephew and nieces to grow up in a broken family like himself and his siblings did.

John Quintanilla learnt everything about the robbery of the Action Amusement Center and the murder of Victor Billings second-hand from his brother-in-law, Rocky Edward Rodriguez. Rocky Edward Rodriguez knew first-hand what had happened at the Action Amusement Center because he committed the crime together with Jeffrey Alan Bibb and Joanie Marie Rodriguez.

Since John has never been at the crime scene himself and had no involvement in the crime whatsoever, the details he gave to the police in his false confession could not have been completely accurate. A ballistic expert during the trial said that the bullets and bullet cases found at the crime scene did not support John’s story of the events at the Action Amusement Center on 24th November 2002.

Other than this false confession, no other physical evidence was presented at trial which would have linked John Quintanilla to the crime:
• Despite John’s home being searched numerous times, neither the money taken during the robbery of the Action Amusement Center nor the clothes – especially the pantyhose masks – the robbers were wearing could ever be found.
• The gun which is considered to be the murder weapon could not be linked to the bullets found at the crime scene beyond any doubt.
• The positions of the bullets and bullet cases at the crime scene did not support the progressions of the robbery as John had described it in his confession.
• During trial not one single eye witness could identify John Quintanilla as the shooter of Victor Billings. The shooter was described as a white man, taller than 5’6” and weighing about 170 or more pounds. This description does not match John Quintanilla’s physical appearance at all, but fits perfectly on Rocky Edward Rodriguez.

Read More & Sign Petition at this link [WARNING for more talk of prison industrial complex & police intimidation/threats]

interview with Mr. Quintanilla done by DRIVE:

Christopher: What can people do to help?

John: Letters of encouragement are always welcome, financial help is also. I would like to put together a defense fund, but I’m scared of failure or hoping things will work out and then everything busts.

Christopher: I appreciate this opportunity. Would you like to say anything else?

John: I appreciate you. If there’s anyone out there who would like to help, you can. There’s many ways and sometimes the smallest ways are enough to make a difference. I’d like to thank you all for your time and consideration. You can contact me directly at:

John Quintanilla Jr. -999491
Polunsky Unit
3872 FM 350 South
Livingston, Texas 77351
USA

Read More at this link [WARNING for more talk of prison industrial complex/executions] — Note: to scroll down on the page at the link, click the little downward-pointing arrow in the lower-left corner of the page, in between the left sidebar and the block of text with the interview.

Local protest by the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement:

Protest
The Abolition Movement protests all executions outside the Death House in Huntsville. The protest starts at 5:00 PM.  A car caravan leaves Houston around 3:30 PM.  If anyone is interested in going to Huntsville, please call Gloria at 713-503-2633.

Date: 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Source link

Contacting Governor Perry

phone numbers:

email form: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx

fax number: (512) 463-1849

Contacting the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

Central Offices [source link]:

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
P. O. Box 13401
Austin, Texas 78711-3401
Email: bpp-pio@tdcj.state.tx.us

AUSTIN LOCATIONS

209 West 14th Street, Suite 500
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 406-5452
Fax: (512) 463-8120

8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78757
Phone: (512) 406-5452
Fax: (512) 467-0945

HUNTSVILLE LOCATION

1300 11th Street, Suite 520
Huntsville, Texas 77342-0599
Phone: (936) 291-2161
Fax: (936) 291-8367

Clemency Section [source link]:

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
Clemency Section
8610 Shoal Creek Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78757 
Phone 512-406-5852
FAX 512-467-0945
Email: bpp-clemency@tdcj.state.tx.us

some online free faxing places: