US gov’t extends accelerated pace of federal executions

Vol. 84/No. 48 - December 7, 2020
Protest at Terre Haute prison, Indiana, Nov. 19, against execution of Orlando Hall, eighth federal inmate executed in past four months. Left, Sylvester Edwards, president local NAACP.

The U.S. government executed Orlando Hall Nov. 19, the eighth federal inmate to be put to death over the past four months. The Justice Department resumed use of this barbaric punishment after a 17-year break, as increasing numbers of workers…


U.S. gov’t to execute first woman in nearly 70 years

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020
Protest at Indiana federal prison Aug. 26 against execution of a Native American, Lezmond Mitchell, opposed by Navajo Nation leaders. U.S. executions are among highest in the world.

The U.S. government has scheduled the first execution of a woman in nearly 70 years, setting a Dec. 8 date to put Lisa Montgomery to death. This will be the eighth federal execution since mid-July after a 17-year break in…


US gov’t steps up executions, kills 7th prisoner in 3 months

Vol. 84/No. 41 - October 19, 2020
Lisa Brown, mother of Christopher Vialva, speaks at anti-death-penalty rally Sept. 24 at federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, hours before her son was executed. Poster shows his picture.

The U.S. government executed Christopher Vialva Sept. 24, the seventh federal inmate to be put to death since mid-July. These are the first federal executions to occur after a 17-year hiatus, and the most in a single year since before…


Gov’t execution rejects Navajo Nation protest

Vol. 84/No. 36 - September 14, 2020

Federal authorities Aug. 26 executed Lezmond Mitchell, a 38-year-old Navajo, despite strong objections by the leaders of the Navajo Nation. This is the only time U.S. authorities have executed a Native American for a crime committed on a Native American…



‘I am Troy Davis’: powerful protest against death penalty

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Standing left is Cephus “Uncle Bobby X” Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant, killed by BART police in 2009, who portrayed Troy Davis in Dec. 8 New York performance of “I am Troy Davis.” Gwen Carr, seated left, mother of Eric Garner who was killed by New York Cop chokehold in 2014, played Davis’ mother. Inset is Troy Davis with his nethew, De’Jaun Davis-Correia, whom he mentored and tutored through school from behind bars while on death row.

NEW YORK — Some 100 people joined the family of Troy Davis to see a live performance Dec. 8 of “I am Troy Davis,” a theatrical protest against cop frame-ups and the death penalty. The screenplay adaption of the book…


Conviction overturned, Gerald Reed’s still in jail

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

CHICAGO — Gerald Reed went back to court here Oct. 25 in another bid to win his freedom. He has been incarcerated on frame-up charges extracted by cop torture for a 1990 double homicide that was overturned last year. Cook…


Protests win stay of execution, new hearing for Rodney Reed

Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019
Nov. 17 action in Austin, Texas, celebrates victory, gives boost to fight to free Rodney Reed.

AUSTIN, Texas — “My brother’s fight is not over,” Rodrick Reed told the rally of some 100 people who gathered in front of the Texas governor’s mansion Nov 17. They were celebrating a stay of execution won by his brother…


US gov’t plans to restart death penalty, target workers

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019

Attorney General William Barr announced July 25 that the U.S. government will resume carrying out executions, reversing a de facto moratorium that has been in place for 16 years. This takes place in the face of declining public support nationwide…


Muslim prisoner in Alabama executed, denied right to imam

Vol. 83/No. 9 - March 4, 2019

In a ruling reinforcing religious discrimination, the U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 7 gave the state of Alabama the go-ahead to execute Muslim prisoner Domineque Ray, denying his request to have his imam by his side at the time of his…