Sunday, October 30, 2011

CEDP National Convention in Austin, TX

The Prison System is the New Jim Crow
The CEDP"s 11th Annual Convention
November 11-13
At Ventana Del Soul
1834 East Oltorf, Austin, Texas

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This November, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty is headed straight to the belly of the beast—Texas—for a weekend of struggle and organizing!

The murder of Troy Davis by the state of Georgia on September 21 horrified millions of people the world over—and has sparked a renewed national discussion of the death penalty in the United States. We will spend the weekend sharing our stories and experiences, working to build our forces and strategizing the next steps forward for our movement and our organization.

Speakers will include former prisoners, family members, activists, lawyers, scholars and others. They include:

Former prisoners: Lawrence Hayes, Jazz Hayden, Mark Clements and Darby Tillis.

Family members: Sandra Reed, Delia Perez Myers, Jeannine Scott,  Terri Been, Barbara Lewis, Lawrence Foster Sr, Kenneth Foster Sr., and Sandrine Ageorges Skinner, Troy’s sister, Martina Correia will address the convention via telecom along with her son DeJaun Correia.

Activists: Jesse Muhammad, Jack Bryson, Jessica Escobar and Elizabeth Gilbert and many others. 

The convention kicks off with a Friday evening event at the University of Texas, Southern Injustice:  Fighting racism and the death penalty.  The panel features 
Sandrine Ageorges Skinner (wife of Texas death row prisoner Hank Skinner, scheduled to be killed on November 9th), Jesse Muhammad (Activist and journalist with the Nation of Islam out of Houston) and Sandra Reed (mother of Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed.)
Other sessions over the weekend include:  

We ARE all Troy Davis: The struggle continues * The Prison System is the New Jim Crow * Prisoner Resistance: From Attica to DRIVE to Pelican Bay * Rick Perry, Cameron Todd Willingham and the scandal of the Texas death penalty * The Texas Law of Parties:  What it is and why we need to fight it. * Not in our name:  How executions create victims on both sides.

For a full program schedule and to register, go to

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