(en) July 4 Stop State Murders

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Stop the Death Sentence Now!

July the 4th will see demonstrations internationally in support of demands from over 50 US Organisations for a moratorium on the death penalty. 42 people have been executed in the US this year. Details of these protests can be found on the web at http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/4079/index.html

International Day of Action Stop State Murders End the Death Sentence Now!

The death sentence is a barbaric, racist, anti working class tool of the US Government. It must be stopped. Join the call for an immediate Moratorium (Ceasation) of the death sentence, the release of Mumia Abu Jamal and all other imprisoned black Activists.

Thousands of people are on death rows in the USA. Thousands more are brutalised and murdered by the state forces each year. The death penalty in America is a form of racial genocide and class warfare against the poor, the worst form of repressive social control. The US has more people in prisons (1.6 million) and is the last major industrialised nation to still put people to death.

WHAT IS A MORATORIUM?

A moratorium is an immediate stoppage of the carrying out of the death penalty warrants by any state officials. In contrast to a 'stay' of execution which is a legal postponement of execution whilst a point of law can be resolved, a moratorium is a long term stoppage and can only be won by mass protest worldwide. This would be the first step towards eliminating the death penalty completely.

IN THE STATES

In May this year there was a conference called to unite grassroots activists in to a movement for a moratorium. It was organised by the AD HOC COALITION AGAINST RACISM AND THE DEATH PENALTY with about 200 people attending representing some 50 organisations.

It was agreed that such a mass movement was needed and that whilst each group is autonomous and will do work locally, in addition to local work against the death penalty, there is a need to work together around political prisoners, police brutality and prison issues generally. One of their first joint actions was to send Lorenzo Komboa Ervin to speak at meetings in Britain and Belgium as a start of moves to increase pressure on the US government from abroad.- The US government are sensitive to their image abroad and any support from comrades around the world will be vital to gaining the victory we need.

'Political prisoners like Ex Black Panthers Marshall Eddie Conway Geronimo Ji Jaga and many others face the possibility of serving over three decades of political imprisonment All of this is happening at a time when Black youths are being criminalised by the US government, and one in every three Black youth in their twenties is incarcerated by the penal system. All of this happens in the face of a deep and social catastrophe generally, which has devastated our communities bought on by the government's racist policies, and conscious under- development of the ghetto, barrio and other non-white neighbourhoods by literally starving them of resources.'

http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/4079/index.html

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