Save Kenneth Foster

Posted on August 29, 2007 by Sara Hickman. | 1 Comment

— SAVE KENNETH FOSTER ! —

The final push is on to save Kenneth Foster, Jr. from execution on Thursday.

The Save Kenneth Foster Campaign — a coalition of activists and Foster’s extended family — has been working to stop the execution of a man who killed no one — who was convicted, essentially, for driving a car, for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The campaign has held several high profile demonstrations and other events in Austin and San Antonio. Major Texas newspapers — including the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Morning News, the Waco Tribune, the San Antonio Express News, the Austin American-Statesman, among others — have run editorials against the execution.

The campaign has done everything in its power to bring public attention to this egregious case and to give the Board of Pardons and Parole and Governor Perry every reason to do the right thing. Kenneth and his comrades on death row are in struggle with us, refusing to comply with their own executions.

On August 29th, another death row prisoner, Joseph Amadour is scheduled to be executed. Since, the 22nd of August, Kenneth and Joseph have been fasting in protest of their scheduled executions. Come join us in this 11th hour for Kenneth Foster and all death row prisoners!

In Austin —

Wednesday, August 29, 5:00 PM, Governor’s Mansion (Lavaca at 11th)
RALLY AND PRESS CONFERENCE FOR KENNETH FOSTER,
RESPONDING TO BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES’ RECOMMENDATION TO GOVERNOR PERRY AND IN OPPOSITION TO THE EXECUTION OF JOSEPH AMODOUR AT 6PM.

Thursday, August 30, 5:00 PM, Governor’s Mansion (Lavaca at 11th)
EXECUTION PROTEST AND VIGIL
Even in the eleventh hour things could turn for Kenneth. If you can’t make it to Huntsville, come out to stand with others against the execution.

Livingston / Huntsville —

Come out to Livingston (location of Texas’ death row) and Huntsville (location of Texas’ execution chamber) to protest in support of Kenneth Foster and of John Amador. Both men are from San Antonio and have been protesting together by refusing to comply with their executions.

Livingston, Wednesday, August 29, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Across from the Polunsky Unit: 3825 FM 350 South, Livingston, Texas

Huntsville, Wednesday, August 29, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Protest the execution of John Amador outside the Huntsville Unit.
815 12th St., Huntsville, Texas

Huntsville, Thursday, August 30, 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Protest the execution of Kenneth Foster Jr. outside the Huntsville Unit. Groups from all over the state will converge to stand against this injustice and demand until the very end that the State of Texas do the right thing and stop this execution.
815 12th St., Huntsville, Texas

Call 417-2241 or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info.

CALL AND FAX RICK PERRY AND THE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will make a decision on Wednesday whether to recommend clemency for Kenneth. For Gov. Rick Perry to consider clemency for Kenneth, five of the seven members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles have to recommend clemency. Call the Board of Pardons and Paroles and Gov. Rick Perry and urge them to grant clemency to Kenneth Foster Let’s keep up the pressure!

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles:
Phone (512) 406-5852
Fax (512) 467-0945

Gov. Rick Perry:
Phone (512) 463-1782
Fax (512) 463-1849

If you can’t get through, use this number:
800-252-9600
LEAVE A MESSAGE (you have up to 2 minutes)

For information about the case, latest news, coverage and editorials from major national and Texas news outlets: http://savekenneth.blogspot.com

Kenneth’s web site:
http://www.freekenneth.com



One response to “Save Kenneth Foster”

  1. Hi Sara,

    Thanks for posting about the Kenneth Foster case. here is an update:

    The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles did NOT make a decision today on the case of Kenneth Foster, Jr. There was a crowd of about 75 people who had gathered at the governor’s mansion in Austin waiting on the decision, but it never came. Now, we expect a decision tomorrow. We do not know what the reason is for the delay, but it is not really the best way to conduct a decision about an execution when the governor will have much less than 24 hours to consider whatever the board recommends. In fact, the governor should go ahead and issue a 30-day stay because of the BPP’s failure to give him 24 hours to make a decision.

    In the meantime, everyone should continue to contact the board of pardons and paroles and the governor tonight and tomorrow by phone, fax or email.