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This is a panel discussion workshop that looks at the historic link between the death penalty and lynching in the United States. Hear from those who have been freed from death row, and activists on the role of racism in the criminal justice system. Speakers include: Mark Clements - Police torture victim and former IL juvenile life without parole prisoner. Martina Correia – Sister of Troy Davis, innocent Georgia death row prisoner, Marvin Reeves – Police torture victim and former IL prisoner, freed in 2009.Taped message from Mumia Abu-Jamal and possible call-in from Kevin Cooper, an innocent man on California’s death row.
To win abolition, we need to build grassroots struggle.There is no shortcut solution. Offering the trade-off of permanent imprisonment is not a just solution.Abolition will not come from the desks of politicians, whose lives have likely never been touched by the death penalty and whose careers have often been bolstered by it. Abolition can only come from organizing within communities and from people demanding change. We need to organize a grassroots fightback made up of ordinary people—with the family members and former and current prisoners in the forefront, to stand up against this system of injustice.
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