Friday, June 23, 2000

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  • Texas Executes Shaka Sankofa (Gary Graham)

    Beaten up and handcuffed, Shaka Sankofa, Gary Graham was executed by the state last night at 8:49 Texas time. He reportedly kept his vow to fight like hell when the authorities tried to strap him to the gurney. He had refused to eat his final meal on the table of those who would execute him. And when it came time for him to be transferred to the room where he would die, he resisted. The prison sent in what they called a Cell Extraction Team to remove him by force. It took five jail guards to strap him to the gurney. Handcuffed, Graham gave a six-minute statement, in which he asserted his innocence and called his execution a lynching. He reportedly died looking at the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was a witness in the chamber. His final words, "They are murdering me tonight."

  • Nader Sues Federal Election Commission Over Corporate Money in Debates

    Green Party candidate Ralph Nader and a group of voters sued the Federal Election Commission this week charging that illegal corporate money is being used to finance the upcoming presidential debates. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Boston. It seeks to strike down FEC regulations that allow a small handful of U.S. corporations to contribute millions of dollars to help stage the debates. If successful, the case could have a dramatic impact on the structure of the presidential debates this fall.