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wmtc: a petition to exonerate ethel rosenberg

Of all the outrageously unjust moments in United States history – and dog knows there are many to choose from – the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg holds a special place in my political underpinnings. It was an event I learned about early on, o… . . . → Read More: wmtc: a petition to exonerate ethel rosenberg

wmtc: amnesty international urgent action network, writing for rights all year round

I knew working full-time would mean cutting back on activism. What time I can squeeze out, I’m investing in my own union, where I have much to contribute and feel I can really make a difference. I still belong to the War Resisters Support Campaign, of course, but it’s been a long time since I’ve . . . → Read More: wmtc: amnesty international urgent action network, writing for rights all year round

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Emotionally Loaded

Okay, Paul Bernardo is a sociopath.  This should not come as a big surprise to anyone who followed the investigation and trial that eventually put him in prison. That he has managed to convince a woman that he is a “good man” comes as little or no surprise.  Sociopaths are often experts at manipulating and . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Emotionally Loaded

Montreal Simon: Could Stephen Harper Bring Back the Death Penalty?

I've always thought that capital punishment was one of the things that prevented the United States from being a truly great country. Along with racism, religious bigotry, and the culture of guns and violence.And this only prove my point. Because no nation that executes people, in that manner or any other, can truly call . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Could Stephen Harper Bring Back the Death Penalty?

wmtc: october 10: world day against the death penalty

Al Jazeera

Today is World Day Against the Death Penalty. Al Jazeera has a fascinating infographic about the use of the death penalty worldwide, as far as can be known from on available evidence.

It is my fervent hope that the more people learn about the unjust, political, and often arbitrary use of the death penalty, . . . → Read More: wmtc: october 10: world day against the death penalty

wmtc: what i’m reading: clarence darrow, attorney for the damned, by john a. farrell

I last wrote about Clarence Darrow in early 2012, after reading a piece by one of my favourite New Yorker writers, Jill Lepore. Two new biographies of Darrow had been published, and Lepore wrote a tribute to the great defender, and mused on the state of North American labour movement.

Lucky for me, Allan found . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: clarence darrow, attorney for the damned, by john a. farrell

The Disaffected Lib: U.S. States Jonesing for Drugs

Georgia is said to be rushing to put down condemned prisoners before it’s stock of execution drugs expires on March 1.   Georgia is just one of several states that find the supply of drugs needed for lethal injections drying up.   Some states are even said to be hitting the black market.

Georgia confirmed to the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: U.S. States Jonesing for Drugs

wmtc: there is no justice in murder

First we read about the horrific gang rape, with spectators.

Then we learn that the victim has died.

Then, on top of all that, we hear authorities may seek the death penalty for the perpetrators. I was heartened by the demonstrations and the vigils. Until I read that people are clamouring for murder.

Murder . . . → Read More: wmtc: there is no justice in murder

wmtc: early dispatches from movie season: graffiti mystery, legal murder

I can’t believe how much I’m loving having access to US Netflix through our Roku device. For the price of a new router and some easy-to-follow instructions, my leisure time has been hugely improved.

This is close to what I’ve always wanted for TV and movies: true on-demand viewing. Among the things I love: . . . → Read More: wmtc: early dispatches from movie season: graffiti mystery, legal murder

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Prison State

Remember when Vic Toews claimed that even though Bill C-10 will swell our overcrowded jails to the bursting point, the Cons wouldn't have to build any new prisons?

Toews opened his speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa by saying he wanted to dispel "egregious myths" and "blatant untruths" that are . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Prison State

wmtc: canadian citizen faces imminent execution in iran

In case you haven’t done so already, please read and sign this petition from Amnesty International, about Canadian Hamid Ghassemi-Shall. It’s a terrible story, and we may not be able to save Ghassemi-Shall’s life, but we can try.

Please read and sign.

wmtc: montana board says canadian man should die. harper government does nothing.

Five years have passed since Stockwell Day, then Minister of Public Safety, announced that the Harper Government would not intervene to help save the life of Ronald Allen Smith. Smith is a Canadian citizen on death row in the US state of Montana.

The Harper Government later backpedaled, saying it would intervene – but . . . → Read More: wmtc: montana board says canadian man should die. harper government does nothing.

The Equivocator: Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Speech in Support of the Abolition of Capital Punishment (House of Commons, June 15th, 1976.)

“I am sure that very few of us consciously contemplated, when we decided to run for public office, that we would find ourselves playing a decisive role in the resolution of a question as awesome as that of life and death. Yet, here we are, with all our individual limitations, required by the office . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Speech in Support of the Abolition of Capital Punishment (House of Commons, June 15th, 1976.)

wmtc: linkathon part 5: the state of connecticut abolishes the death penalty. 17 down, 33 to go.

The US state of Connecticut has abolished the death penalty! This amazing and wonderful news is brought to you by Amnesty International, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and lawmakers who listen to reason. The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty joins with the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty and . . . → Read More: wmtc: linkathon part 5: the state of connecticut abolishes the death penalty. 17 down, 33 to go.

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: March 27, 2012

Tuesday, March 27 saw a day dominated by the type of serious discussion about the role of the financial sector that we should expect in the years to come – even if the basis for that discussion was less than we should have hoped for.

The Big Issue

The main topic of debate was Bill . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: March 27, 2012

Impolitical: Canada’s lack of consistency on death penalty policy getting attention

“Tories criticized for vastly divergent reactions to Canadians on death row.” As well they should be. The Canadian government’s urgent appeal to stop Iran from executing a Canadian citizen imprisoned there may be blunted by its “grudging” support for another condemned Canadian — Montana death-row inmate Ronald Smith — says the former top federal bureaucrat . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Canada’s lack of consistency on death penalty policy getting attention

Impolitical: Death penalty: Canada needs to be consistent

It is good to see this news of the Canadian government pleading for clemency for a Canadian in Iran facing execution: “Canada is gravely concerned by indications that the execution of Mr. Ghassemi-Shall may be carried out imminently,” Baird said in a joint statement Sunday with Diane Ablonczy, the junior minister for foreign affairs.

Baird . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Death penalty: Canada needs to be consistent

Dead Wild Roses: Capital Punishment – Canada, Let’s Not Go There.

Fantastic. Our cracked conservative government is floating yet another trial balloon on its anti-empirical evidence “tough” on reality crime bill. Listen to all the surreal talking points from the interview on CBC’s The Current Podcast.

Civilized states do not put people to death. We should remain counted as a civilized state.

 

Filed under: . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Capital Punishment – Canada, Let’s Not Go There.

kirbycairo: On the "Reawakening" of Debates. . . . .

Well, as anyone with a pulse and 10% of political common sense knew, now that the conservatives have a majority we, as a nation have begun to talk about abortion and the death penalty again. As they have always done, the Harpercons have essentially generated this discourse by stealth, attempted to instigate a discussion in . . . → Read More: kirbycairo: On the "Reawakening" of Debates. . . . .

Impolitical: About that death penalty issue that wasn’t reopened yesterday…

…by the Conservative Senator who mused about giving prisoners a rope in their cells to hang themselves. He later apologized.

The death penalty issue actually was reopened by the Conservatives, years ago. They have reversed a decades long Canadian policy of our government seeking clemency for Canadians abroad who face the death penalty. They seek . . . → Read More: Impolitical: About that death penalty issue that wasn’t reopened yesterday…

Montreal Simon: The Senator, the Rope, and the Bestiality of the Cons

He has violated our Canadian values from the very moment he came to office. He is turning us into a crazed prison state. He says he doesn’t want to re-open the death penalty debate. But he WOULD like to hang some Canadians.

Because he is a vengeful nerd. And he does like to see . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Senator, the Rope, and the Bestiality of the Cons

wmtc: ode to a hero: attorney for the damned (with thanks to jill lepore)

Clarence Darrow was one of my earliest heroes. I first encountered Darrow in the guise of Spencer Tracy, who portrayed the lawyer in the 1960 movie “Inherit the Wind”. Darrow famously defended John Scopes, who tried to teach evolution in a Tennessee public school. His courtroom opponent was William Jennings Bryan, portrayed in the same . . . → Read More: wmtc: ode to a hero: attorney for the damned (with thanks to jill lepore)

wmtc: write for rights: spotlight on reggie clemons

Black man. White murder victims. No physical evidence. Sentenced to death despite very compelling doubts about guilt. If this sounds like Troy Davis 2.0, that’s because Troy Davis was not an anomaly. His death was business-as-usual in the US’s sorry excuse for a justice system.

Meet Reggie Clemons. Like Troy Davis was, Reggie has . . . → Read More: wmtc: write for rights: spotlight on reggie clemons

Law is Cool: The death of Troy Davis

On September 21, 2011, at 11:08 pm Eastern Daylight Time, Troy Anthony Davis was declared dead. Cause of death: lethal injection. Administered by: employees of the state of Georgia. Legal justification of homicide: a court order. Grounds for the court order: Troy Anthony Davis’s murder conviction. Societies punish crimes for specific reasons. Section 718 of the Canadian Criminal […] . . . → Read More: Law is Cool: The death of Troy Davis

Harper hearts Georgia. "Tough-on-crime". Are you fucking kidding me?

This is what he wants us to become. Are Canadians this soulless, this racist, this unjust? How long will we let this man trample on our rights and make a mockery of our country. The next few years will be telling. Canadians will be forced to make choic… . . . → Read More: Harper hearts Georgia. "Tough-on-crime". Are you fucking kidding me?