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Urban Culture News Jamie Foxx Endorses 'Tookie' Clemency
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Written by Robert ID2085   
Monday, 07 November 2005 16:58

Most people familiar with hip-hop culture know who Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams is. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. His memoir, ‘Blue Rage, Black Redemption’ is a great informative read. The DVD ‘Redemption’ staring Jamie Foxx, and Lynn Whitfield has earned worldwide critical acclaim. He is a co- founder of the Crips.

Many hip-hop and rap artists are members or are affiliated with different gangs and this is no secret, as many sport sect tattoos or talk freely about their affiliations with different groups.

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has officially endorsed a Stan ''Tookie'' Williams clemency campaign spearheaded by over 150,000 youth who claim the Nobel Peace Prize Nominee (set to be executed on Foxx's 38th birthday next month) has saved their lives with his nine anti-drug books and personal anti-gang mentoring over the past decade.

"We can''t let [the execution] happen," Foxx told Fox News at the October 30th New York premiere of his latest ''Jarhead'' film. "We''ve got to do everything we can to get the word out."

The Sundance and Cannes recognized ''Redemption'' 2004 TV movie filmed in Toronto, Canada based on Tookie's life story featured a stellar cast of ''Ali'' actor Jamie Foxx starring as the former Crips gang leader, ''Thin Line Between Love And Hate'' actress Lynn Whitfield playing the co-author of Tookie's books Barbara Becnel, and Canadian Hip-Hop forefather Maestro as former Crips lieutenant turned "Tookie Protocol For Peace" ambassador. 

Early next month Becnel and a clemency team of lawyers from New York's Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and California's Howrey Simon Arnold & White LLP legal firms will present a petition of over 30,000 signatures asking California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to choose a "life without the possibility of parole" sentence for Stan ''Tookie'' Williams instead of execution due to "overwhelming racism and discrimination at the heart of the case and vital innocence issues," backed by a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals 2002 ruling which praised Tookie's "laudable work [that made him] worthy of consideration for clemency."

To view testimonies of support for Stan ''Tookie'' Williams from members of the Chicago Public Schools District, the American Library Association, the Swiss Parliament and fellow Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu visit the official www.Tookie.com web site.

For more about the Stan ''Tookie'' Williams clemency petition signed by teachers, professors, juvenile correctional officers and law enforcement officials around the world visit the new www.SaveTookie.org  web site.

And be sure to check out this campus radio PSA, personally from Stan ''Tookie'' Williams (produced by Park Hill Entertainment in America and serviced by Lyrical Knockout Entertainment in Canada.) - HERE.

Update -

Stanley Tookie Williams'' petition for clemency will be filed with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday, November 8, 2005.

The petition will be available at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 8 at http://www.cm-p.com/clemency.htm  and at http://www.tookie.com/ . Additional information will continue to be posted on these sites.

Stanley Williams is scheduled to be executed by the State of California on December 13, 2005.

The clemency petition asks Governor Schwarzenegger to exercise his discretionary power to spare Stanley Williams'' life. The basis of the petition is Stanley Williams'' personal redemption, the hope given to others by his message of education, self-discipline, purpose and peace, and the positive impact his message will continue to have if the Governor spares his life by granting clemency.

Peter Fleming Jr., of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP, clemency co-counsel for Stanley Williams, states: "We file this petition with faith it will receive conscientious review by Governor Schwarzenegger. We file it with belief, for all the reasons set forth in the petition, that the Governor will exercise clemency and thereby send a message of hope to those for whom Stanley Williams is a symbol of hope."


Attached support photography courtesy of FX Networks.

Urban Culture News Jamie Foxx Endorses 'Tookie' Clemency

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