Tuesday, December 13, 2005

  • Stanley Tookie Williams Executed at San Quentin


    Stanley Tookie Williams is dead. He was executed at 12:35 am PT by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison. He was 51 years old. A co-founder of one of the country’s most notorious street gangs, the Crips, Williams spent 24 years on death row after being convicted of four murders. During this period he became a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, children’s author and a vocal advocate against gang violence. He maintained his innocence up until his death. Williams’ fate was sealed Monday afternoon when California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected a final appeal for clemency. We play excerpts of a press conference where witnesses describe the execution and we hear reactions from his attorney, the NAACP and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. [includes rush transcript]

  • Angela Davis: "The State of California May Have Extinguished the Life of Stanley Tookie Williams, But They Have Not Managed to Extinguish the Hope for a Better World"


    We speak with longtime prison activist and professor Angela Davis about the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams. She was outside San Quentin prison when he died. In the written response to Williams’ clemency appeal, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said "The dedication of Williams’ book 'Life in Prison' casts significant doubt on his personal redemption."–the dedication includes Angela Davis. [includes rush transcript]

  • Stanley Tookie Williams: I Want the World to Remember Me for My "Redemptive Transition"


    We hear Stanley Tookie Williams in his own words, speaking in one his last interviews, recorded just hours before his death. He appeared on Pacifica Radio station WBAI’s Wake Up Call. In the interview, Williams says he would like to be remembered for his redemptive transition: "Redemption. I can say it no better than that. That’s how I would like the world to remember me. That’s what I would like my legacy to be remembered as." [includes rush transcript]

  • Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man? Investigating the Details of the Cantu Case


    Ruben Cantu was the fifth teenager convicted and executed by the state of Texas. Now more than a dozen years after his death, a further investigation into his case has provided new information supporting his unwavering claim to innocence. We speak with Lise Olsen, the reporter from the Houston Chronicle who has written a series of articles on the case. [includes rush transcript]