Friday, August 24, 2007

Video of civil disobedience at the governor's mansion

About 200 members of Kenneth Foster's family, friends, and supporters rallied on Tuesday in Austin to demand that Governor Rick Perry hear the Foster family's pleas for clemency.

In a dramatic turn, six activists sat down to block the gates of the Governor's mansion in a physical demonstration of solidarity with Foster's non-cooperation with the criminal justice system. In June 2000, a dozen activists were arrested during a similar protest of the execution of Gary Graham (a.k.a. Shaka Sankofa). In the face of the State's unwillingness to engage the Foster family and other supporters, the crowd spread out across the street, blocking traffic for forty-five minutes

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