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We still don’t know where the drugs came from.
We know the combination was experimental. And now we know that instead of working, the drugs took nearly two hours to kill Joseph Wood, as he snorted and gasped for air 660 times.
This latest in a string of botched executions took place in Arizona on July 23rd. In April, Oklahoma botched the execution of Clayton Lockett who writhed in pain for over 45 minutes while the state tried to kill him.
It’s time to ask the question: How is it possible that, in 2014, state after state is utterly failing at lethal injection? How can it be, given modern medicine, that it could take hours instead of minutes for states to kill someone?
Lethal injection is not modern medicine. Executioners do not have proper training, leading to some prisoners being conscious but paralyzed as they slowly asphyxiate. States are fumbling to find drugs, concocting different combinations every time. And these killing experiments are being carried out in secrecy. We still don’t know what went wrong.
Transparency would mean: Disclose where the drugs are coming from. Tell the public the name and manufacturer of the drug. Prove that the drugs haven’t expired and are FDA approved. And prove that the executioners are medically qualified to administer the drugs.
We need a nationwide suspension of executions. Call on governors and other decision makers to put a stop to all executions till these states can provide greater transparency and accountability.
St. Louis Community Holds Vigil: Stand With Palestinian Civilians
Statement from St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee
About 400 people rallied in the U City Loop calling for the end to Israeli aggresion in Palestine. Photo credit-JB Forbes, St. Louis Post Dispatch
The St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, along with several grassroots organizations in St. Louis and other concerned citizens, will hold a vigil in solidarity with Palestinian civilians under a brutal Israeli aerial attack at 6:30 pm THIS EVENING, July 13, 2014 at the corner of Grand and Lindell Blvd in St Louis. The vigil, “Stand with Palestinian Civilians,” seeks to mourn and humanize the more than 150 Palestinians already killed in this latest military onslaught of Palestinians in Gaza.
As an interfaith, multiethnic, locally based human rights organization, the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee represents the broad spectrum of St. Louis residents outraged at Israel’s latest war against Palestinians. Read more
Marissa Alexander was recently denied a new trial in her fight for justice.
Sistahs Talkin’ Back has joined the National Call to Free Marissa Now!!
Marissa Alexander is a black woman, mother of three, & domestic violence survivor living in Jacksonville, FL. Nine days after giving birth to a premature child, she was forced to fire a single warning shot into a wall of her home to stop her abusive and estranged husband from assaulting her. The judge presiding on her case denied Marissa the opportunity to use Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute in her defense.
In spite of the facts that no one was injured and Marissa had no prior criminal convictions, she was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2012. A few months later, a Florida Court of Appeals overturned this conviction and ordered a new trial. On August 1, 2014, she will have the chance to reapply for Stand Your Ground immunity. But even with this new chance to prove her innocence, the stakes have been raised for Marissa. When her new trial begins on December 8, 2014, Marissa will face a 60 year consecutive sentence for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. This does not sound like justice to us!! Read more
OBS launched its Renew 22 campaign in early July after securing grant support for the project and interns from SEIU Future Fighters and Washington University. Renew 22 aims to re-engage citizens in the 22 Ward while educating the ward to better advocate for its needs within broken St. Louis politics. During the summer phase of the campaign, OBS is working hard to identify key community concerns, map out movers and shakers in the ward, and get residents moving toward action. The campaign will get people mobilized and ready to hold St. Louis politicians accountable.
This initial phase includes both door-to-door canvassing and block parties. Every weekend OBS volunteers trek throughout the ward documenting residents’ concerns and highlighting ways for people to get more involved. In just a few weeks, volunteers have already found people interested in new leadership in the ward and learned specific concerns facing each street.
The second component of the summer was Saturday July 12th when Renew 22 hosted its first block party. In addition to free food, live music, and free legal advice, attendees got the chance to talk to their neighbors about the ward issues and take first steps towards action.
As momentum builds, the campaign will need more volunteers. For those interested canvassing, shifts are Saturdays 9:30am – 1:00pm and 1:30-5:00pm and Sundays 1:30-5:00pm.
For questions contact Reuben at 936-552-1237 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.