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…