A PLEA & CHALLENGE to TEXAS GOV RICK PERRY
This is from Stanley Howard, pardoned death row prisoner:
There has always been a time in human history when someone stepped
forward courageously to challenge the powers that be or status quo on
behalf of the oppressed and voiceless. Though it’s been a long and
hard battle, time and time again, overwhelming evidence proved that
the death penalty is barbaric and has no place in a civilized society.
There is no escaping the reality that the criminal justice system and
its machinery of death are plagued with errors, racism and
injustices. Moreover, the odds of executing the innocent are just too
great to maintain.
In the face of all the facts and evidence, the world is condemning
the death penalty, like it did South Africa’s apartheid, but the
death penalty remains in the United States because it’s only reserved
for people of color and the poor.
The tide has turned on the death penalty’s popularity, and Texas is
standing alone as the world’s ground zero in this bloody and
The time is now and very ripe for Gov. Rick Perry to step on the
world’s stage and do what he and the world knows to be right. It’s
time for him to hear the cries of the oppressed and voiceless (and
those in need of mercy and justice) by no longer supporting this
With one stroke of a pen, he can shut down the world’s most active
human slaughterhouse. With one stroke of a pen, he can march the
world closer towards the inevitable — total abolition of the death
I make this plea and challenge to Gov. Perry on behalf of Kenneth
Foster, Rodney Reed, members of D.R.I.V.E., and all the human beings
who are suffering mentally, emotionally and physically on Texas’
Death Row and Death Rows around the world. Take this courageous step
and commute all of Texas’ death sentences, and etch your name in
human history by standing on the side of righteousness.