A big hat's off to Scott Cobb with the Texas Moratorium Network and Hooman
and all the youth with the Texas Students Against the Death Penalty for
their hard work this week. These young folks made an enthusiastic
abolitionist statement yesterday in Huntsville outside the Walls Unit where
the state of Texas murdered Tommie Hughes.
The young folks energized everyone with their continuous chants and
optimistic enthusiasm for the abolition of the death penalty. They were
also very respectful of the family and ended the protest right before 6:00
PM and requested that the crowd remain silent during the execution.
Tommie's family had around 60 people in Huntsville and they knew that we
were all there for them. Tommie's mother and grandmother both witnessed the
execution and Tommie was blessed to have two such strong women in his life.
Tommie's two uncles who joined the large protest thanked everyone for being
there and for supporting the family.
The students weren't only from Texas, but from several other states,
including as far away as Oregon. While other students were heading to South
Padre and other beaches, these young people were showing all of us the best
of their generation. They are participating in all week in activities,
workshops, lobbying, seminars, petition-signing and yesterday's bus trip to
Huntsville. They were organized, prepared, disciplined and energetic. And
most of all, their seriousness about fighting the racist death penalty was
As always, it was great to see Rennie Cushing with Murder Victims Families
for Human Rights who is forever ready to lend a hand here in Texas. Rennie
will be speaking with the youth today in Austin. Check out the students'
web site at: www.texasabolition.org.
From the Abolition Movement, we say to you young people, "You are the best!
Stay serious and committed and abolition will surely be a reality, even in