Amnesty International Group 22 Pasadena/Caltech News
Volume XXIII Number 11, November-December 2015

  Saturday, December 5, 10 AM to 3 PM. 
Letter writing marathon for Human Rights 
Day at Zephyr Coffee House, 2419 E. Colorado 
Blvd., Pasadena. Come join us for a while, 
write some letters on behalf of Prisoners of 
Conscience and enjoy coffee and food.
  Sunday, December 13, 6:00 PM. Rights 
Readers Human Rights Book Discussion and 
Group Holiday Potluck at Laura and Ted 
Brown's place, 949 N. Hill Ave, Pasadena. 
(Cross street is Mountain. Plenty of street 
parking.) Call 626-429-8858 for more info. We 
will discuss "1914" by Jean Echenoz.

  Tuesday, January 12, 7:30 PM. Letter writing 
meeting at Caltech Athenaeum, corner of Hill 
and California in Pasadena. This informal 
gathering is a great way for newcomers to get 
acquainted with Amnesty.
  Sunday, January 17, 6:30 PM.  Rights 
Readers Human Rights Book Discussion 
group. This month we read "Human Cargo: A 
Journey Among Refugees" by Caroline 
  Thursday, January 28, 8:00 PM. Monthly 
Meeting. We meet at the Caltech Y, Tyson 
House, 505 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena. (This is 
just south of the corner with San Pasqual. 
Signs will be posted.) We will be planning our 
activities for the coming months. Please join 
us! Refreshments provided.

Hi everyone

I can't believe it's almost Christmas already!
Time flies when you're having fun...or not!

Robert, Joyce, Dominique, Alexi and I attended 
the Western Regional Conference this past 
weekend at a hotel near LAX.  Topics that were 
focused on were:  use of lethal force by law 
enforcement, Syrian refugee crisis, human rights 
of sex workers (Joyce and I attended this 
workshop which was controversial).  Our old AI 
friend Ali gave a very interesting presentation 
on the situation in Yemen.  Be sure to read about 
the conference experiences of Joyce, Robert and 
Alexi in this newsletter.  

BTW, we also saw our former western field 
organizer, Kalaya'an Mendoza, who was 
looking very sharp and as enthusiastic as ever!


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[The New York Times Sunday Book Review]
By Max Byrd 
Jan. 24, 2014

Grand Illusions
'1914,' by Jean Echenoz

The story could hardly be simpler. Five young 
Frenchmen leave their village to fight in the 
Great War. Some will be grievously injured, 
some won't return.

But in the hands of France's literary magician 
Jean Echenoz, this exceedingly short, bare 
narrative - 118 pages, counting eight pages of 
translator's notes - feels like an epic. Here is 
history compressed to the density of a poem.
The novel begins on the first day of August 1914 
(the marking of time will be a theme), in a 
radiant pastoral landscape. A cyclist, Anthime, 
looks down from a hill on the market towns 
below, disturbed only by a loud "unseasonable 
eruption of wind rampaging everywhere." 
When it dies away, he hears church bells 
somberly ringing the tocsin, a signal of 
mobilization. That noisy, disorderly gust of 
wind is no clumsy symbol. It is as close as we 
will get to an analysis or explanation of the 
hostilities to come. Unseen forces, natural and 
naturally indifferent, are about to sweep 
Anthime and his friends toward the trenches of 
the Somme.

Echenoz's novels are often the opposite of 
realistic - playful fantasies in which characters 
bounce in and out of sight like acrobats on a 
trampoline, with plots that hopscotch wildly 
over time and space. But in "1914" numerous 
details pin us to a precise historical reality: the 
brand name of a camera, the "Rve Idal," or the 
"licorice-brown canvas" of a French soldier's 
knapsack. In a Farman F-37 biplane, one of the 
crew members pulls out "a Savage pistol 
especially adapted for aviation, fitted with a 
screen to catch spent casings so they won't stray 
into the propeller."

Such authenticity creates a world of objects that 
are brought to life by Echenoz's unmistakable 
voice. Witty, passionate, by turns intimate and 
coolly distant, it is a voice fond of long, lovingly 
assembled Rabelaisian lists that provide a 
perfect foil to the chaos of combat. One 
remarkable chapter describes all the notable 
animals of World War I, from the largest and 
most useful (cows) to the smallest and most 
hated (lice), with a bleak coda on the rat. 
Another inventories the "astonishing variety of 
furniture woods" in a bedroom and concludes 
that they do not get along, "they cannot even 
stand one another."

At times this form of narration may strike 
readers as grotesquely dispassionate. Horrifying 
scenes are rendered in a tone drained of all 
emotion: "Anthime and Bossis could see the 
incineration of two airmen killed on impact and 
still strapped in, transformed into sizzling 
skeletons hanging by their seat straps." 
Elsewhere, Echenoz defuses shock with 
ludicrous mathematics: "a bullet travels 40 feet 
through the air at 3,280 feet per second at an 
altitude of 2,300 feet to enter the left eye of 

And then, unexpectedly, an image flies off the 
page to create a human context: A piece of 
shrapnel is "as clipped as a postscript: an iron 
fragment shaped like a polished lithic ax, 
smoking hot." Or the downy lightness of 
Echenoz's French - perfectly captured by the 
translator, Linda Coverdale - turns grimly 
lyric. In a town emptied of all its young men, 
"Blanche sees only old fellows and kids, whose 
footsteps sound hollow on a stage too large for 

And once or twice, Echenoz's profound and 
hopeless fury, held in check by the brevity and 
reserve of his storytelling, breaks through the 
latticework of words: "We all know the rest."

Son of a psychiatrist, Jean Echenoz studied in 
Rodez, Digne-les-Bains, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, 
Marseille and Paris, where he has lived since 
1970. He published his first book, Le Meridien de 
Greenwich in 1979, for which he received the 
Feneon Prize in 1980. He has published twelve 
novels to date and received about ten literary 
prizes, including the prix Medicis 1983 for 
Cherokee, the Prix Goncourt 1999 for I'm Off (Je 
m'en vais), and the Aristeion Prize for Lac (1989).


Rights Readers Meeting

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2015
6:30 PM

Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd

Human Cargo: 
 A Journey Among Refugees
by Caroline Moorehead
Publisher Comments
An arresting portrait of the lives of today's refugees 
and a searching look into their future

The word refugee is more often used to invoke a 
problem than it is to describe a population of 
millions of people forced to abandon their 
homes, possessions, and families in order to find 
a place where they may, quite literally, be 
allowed to live. In spite of the fact that refugees 
surround us -- the latest UN estimates suggest 
that 20 million of the world's 6.3 billion people 
are refugees -- few can grasp the scale of their 
presence or the implications of their growing 

Caroline Moorehead has traveled for nearly two 
years and across four continents to bring us their 
unforgettable stories. In prose that is at once 
affecting and informative, we are introduced to 
the men, women, and children she meets as she 
travels to Cairo, Guinea, Sicily, the U.S./Mexico 
border, Lebanon, England, Australia, and 
Finland. She explains how she came to work and 
for a time live among refugees, and why she 
could not escape the pressing need to 
understand and describe the chain of often 
terrifying events that mark their lives. Human 
Cargo is a work of deep and subtle sympathy 
that completely alters our understanding of 
what it means to have and lose a place in the 

Caroline Moorehead, a distinguished 
biographer, has served as a columnist on human 
rights for The Times (London) and The 
Independent (London). More recently, she has 
worked directly with African refugees in Cairo 
as a founder of a legal advice office in addition 
to raising funds for a range of educational 
projects. She is the author of Gellhorn and lives 
in London. A National Book Critics Circle 
Award Nominee In Human Cargo, Caroline 
Moorehead takes readers on a journey to 
understand why millions of people are forced to 
abandon their homes, possessions, and families 
in order to fins a place where they may, quite 
literally, be allowed to live. In spite of the fact 
that refugees surround us -- recent UN estimates 
suggest that their numbers approach 20 million, 
few grasp the scale of their presence. 
Moorehead's experience living and working 
with refugees puts a human face on the news, 
providing indelible portraits of not only 
refugees but also the countries from which they 
fled, as well as those that host them, the men 
and women who help them, and, finally, those 
who have not.

Moorehead has traveled for nearly two years 
and across four continents to bring us these 
unforgettable stories. In prose that is at once 
affecting and informative, she introduces us to 
the men, women, and children she meets as she 
travels to Cairo, Guinea, Sicily, the U.S.-Mexico 
border, Lebanon, England, Australia, and 
Finland. Among others, we learn about Salaam, 
an Iraqi Catholic persecuted by Saddam 
Hussein's regime, and his struggle to reach San 
Diego through Mexico with his sister; and Mary, 
a fifty-year-old American who works with the 
International Rescue Committee in Guinea to 
provide schooling for refugees from Iran who 
escaped a Tehran prison to establish a trauma 
center in England for victims of torture. 

Moorehead vividly illustrates why the 
"problem" of 20 million people stuck in limbo -- 
unable to work, educate their children, or 
otherwise contribute to society -- is on a par 
with global crises such as terrorism and world 

Western Regional Conference
Report by Joyce Wolf

The AIUSA Western Regional Conference took 
place Nov. 20-22 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel 
near LAX Airport. 

Group member Dominique joined me as I 
arrived Saturday morning. She informed me 
that at the opening session Friday evening an 
award was given to our late and much missed 
leader, Lucas Kamp. Since she was the only 
member of our group present at the time, she 
accepted the award on behalf of Group 22. It's 
wonderful that Amnesty remembered and 
honored Lucas's many years of human rights 
work. We'll look forward to seeing the actual 
award. Thank you, Dominique! 

Group members Kathy and Robert and Alexi 
also arrived Saturday morning. AIUSA 
Executive Director Steven Hawkins exhorted us 
to remember the three Cs -- be creative, 
contagious, and courageous! He explained that 
by "contagious" he meant we should share our 
activism with family and friends. Board 
Chairman Ann Burroughs spoke about human 
rights of refugees. 

After the welcoming remarks, it was time to 
choose one of the half dozen options in 
Programming Block 1. Sessions attended by our 
group members included "Your Activism Saved 
My Life: Stories of Former Prisoners of 
Conscience" and "Migrant Justice Movement". 
Kathy and I attended "Sex Workers' Rights Are 
Human Rights" (more about that later). 

The Plenary "From Moment to Movement" 
featured three activists from protest movements. 
Muna Sharif is a young Muslim woman who 
founded Jibreel Project, a student organization; 
she also keeps tabs on Homeland Security's 
Department of Countering Violent Extremism. 
Jennicet Gutierrez works for transgender 
immigrant women and became famous for 
interrupting President Obama with her protest. 
Damon Turner is an artist and cultural 
entrepreneur, working with BlackLivesMatter 
and creator of the Bulletproof T-shirts.

Kathy and Robert attended the lunchtime Local 
Groups Caucus. I wandered through Action 
Alley, signing all the petitions I could find. I was 
very pleased to see that the AIUSA Women's 
Rights Group had a petition for Narges 
Mohammadi, Group 22's adopted Prisoner of 
Conscience from Iran. 

Some years it's hard for the conference to get the 
quorum of at least 40 AIUSA members required 
to start the Sunday morning Resolutions Voting 
Plenary. Not this time. Attendees had strongly 
held opinions about Resolution 2, which called 
upon Amnesty International to reconsider their 
August decision to recommend "full 
decriminalisation of all aspects of consensual sex 
work". That decision sparked much 
controversy, as detailed in these articles in the 
New York Times and The Guardian.

Resolution 2 was amended and simplified to ask 
that AI "call for the decriminalization of 
prostituted persons only, while pimps, 
procurers, traffickers and buyers shall remain 
criminalized". One speaker after another lined 
up at the microphone to make impassioned 
pleas for or against the resolution. Many of them 
were survivors of trafficking with harrowing 
stories to share. The moderator did a superlative 
job of keeping order with humor and 
compassion. She asked that there be no applause 
(or finger-snapping, which is what the students 
nowadays often prefer to clapping). The 
resolution failed: 29 for, 80 against, 7 abstaining.

The conference concluded with an interactive 
plenary, "Building AIUSA Together: Strategic 
Visioning". Consultants who are helping 
develop the next strategic plan asked us to 
imagine Amnesty in 2020 and what its big 
impacts might have been. 

Western Regional Conference
Migrant Justice Movement Panel
Report by Alexi Daher

Speakers:  Patricia Ortiz Program 
Director_Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project; 
Douglas Greco Director of Programs_Equality 
Jorge Gutierrez Organizer, Familia Trans Queer 
Liberation Movement; 
Jennicet Gutierrez Activist and Organizer, 
Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement

According to Jorge Gutierrez, activist and 
organizer of Familia Trans Queer Liberation 
Movement, there are currently more than 
200,000 undocumented LGBT incarcerated in 
detention centers in the US; facing attacks on 
their diverse identities being lesbian, gay, 
transgendered, bisexual, undocumented, Latino 
or Asian.   LGBT undocumented people find 
themselves at the crossing of two already 
marginalized groups -the LGBT population 
and the undocumented population, so they are 
among society's most impacted and most 
discriminated against. LGBT group is 
furthermost impacted due to discrimination 
within the communities they belong to.

In this forum, the panel spoke mainly of 
strategies to support the Migrant Justice 
Movement, by working on: 
-	Inclusion and leadership solidarity with 
other mainstream campaigns
-	Changing the narrative and 
-	Building relationship within the 

Jorge Gutierrez and Jennicet Gutierrez discussed 
that mainstream campaigns often use divisive 
strategies, which do not allow the inclusion of 
the most marginalized.  They stressed that the 
essential strategy that organizing groups can 
achieve inclusion of LGBT issues was by 
working on leadership solidarity. Douglas 
Greco, Director of Programs Equality California, 
said that first groups needed to invest a lot of 
time in establishing trust and relationships, 
which included the one-on-one meetings with 
health care providers, training with clinics, 
attending host on Town Hall meetings, etc... 
Another effective way was by shifting the 
narrative. Today all issues matter, migrant 
rights, Native American rights, Black and 
Women's rights. It's important to mention the 
contribution of each group.  In other words, it is 
equally important to take a stand not only on 
Black Lives Matter, but also on any civil right or 
human right campaign.

Based on Greco's experience working in 
Bakersfield and Texas, many researchers and 
non-profit organizations come and leave. It 
generally takes 2 to 3 months to develop trust 
with community leaders. But once trust or a 
relationship is achieved, a non-profit group can 
count on building a sustainable solution for a 
marginalized group. 

By Robert Adams

by guest writer Gay Gardner, Amnesty 
International USA member
October 30, 2015

I'm an activist with Amnesty International, and 
today is a reminder of why I have been doing 
this for more than 30 years. Shaker Aamer is 
finally returning to his family in the U.K., after 
being held without charge at Guantanamo for 
more than 13 years. Amnesty's campaign, along 
with the work of countless activists around the 
world, has helped get the U.S. government to 
release him. It is the unwavering defense of the 
dignity of individuals such as Shaker Aamer 
that inspires me and keeps me active in 
Amnesty was born when British lawyer Peter 
Benenson published his 1961 article The 
Forgotten Prisoners in The Observer newspaper 
protesting the arrest of two Portuguese students 
for raising their wine glasses in a toast to 
freedom. Benenson's outrage lit a spark that 
ignited a global human rights movement. 
Amnesty demonstrated to ordinary citizens that 
they could make a difference in righting 
injustices affecting other individuals even in 
remote parts of the world.
Amnesty's mission of defending human 
dignity - of preventing human rights from 
being a mere abstraction in the public mind - is, 
if anything, even more desperately needed now 
than when I first joined the movement as a 
volunteer activist in 1983. The ordeal of Shaker 
Aamer is one of many personal stories that show 
why this is so.
1. Who is Shaker Aamer? 
Shaker Aamer was swept up in the wide net cast 
by the U.S. military after the 9/11 attacks. 
Granted permanent residency status in the U.K. 
based on his marriage to a British national, he 
had moved his family to Afghanistan in 2001, 
after a decade of living in the U.K. He was 
arrested by Afghan forces in the fall of 2001, 
subsequently transferred to U.S. custody, and 
sent to Guantanamo in February 2002.
Through his lawyers, Shaker Aamer has alleged 
that he was subjected to torture, including 
severe beatings, and other ill-treatment while 
being held in secret detention and interrogated 
at Bagram, Afghanistan, in early 2002. He has 
claimed that men who identified themselves as 
officers of the U.K. Security Service (MI5) were 
present, along with U.S. officials, at 
interrogations during which his head was 
"repeatedly banged so hard against a wall that it 
bounced." In the years following his transfer to 
Guantanamo Bay, Shaker Aamer repeatedly 
alleged that he had been tortured there, too. 
Throughout his imprisonment at Guantanamo, 
his lawyers expressed concern about his 
physical and mental health, which they say was 
exacerbated by the lack of adequate medical 
treatment for the multiple illnesses from which 
he suffers.
2. Was Shaker Aamer's Detention Unlawful?
Yes. Indefinite detention without trial, like 
torture, is recognized as a profound assault on 
human dignity under international law. The 
international committee of experts set up under 
the United Nations Convention against Torture 
to monitor compliance with the Convention 
considers indefinite detention to be per se a 
violation of the Convention.
3. Why did the U.S. hold Shaker Aamer for so 
We don't know the reason. What's clear is that, 
as part of its "war on terror," the U.S. 
government has discarded the fundamental 
values it has historically espoused. In the name 
of national security, it has dispensed with the 
rights that bring real security. Like so many 
others, Shaker Aamer was imprisoned at 
Guantanamo Bay for more than 13 years 
without ever being charged with a crime or 
allowed to see and challenge any evidence the 
government may have had against him. 
Moreover, the U.S. continues to flout its 
obligation under domestic and international law 
to impartially investigate the credible allegations 
of torture in his case and to prosecute anyone 
found responsible for torture.
4. Why is he being released now?
We don't know why it's happening now. 
Amnesty members in the U.S. and around the 
world have campaigned for his return for years, 
as it became clear that he was not going to be 
charged with a crime and tried in a fair 
proceeding. Amnesty and its coalition partners, 
particularly in the U.S. and the U.K., played a 
very important role in pressing for this outcome. 
Yet to say it was long overdue is an enormous 
understatement. After all, he had been approved 
for transfer by the Bush administration as long 
ago as 2007 and again in 2009 after an 
interagency task force set up by the new Obama 
administration determined that he was not a 
threat to U.S. national security. Moreover, 
officials at the highest levels of the British 
government, including Prime Minister David 
Cameron, had repeatedly sought his return to 
the United Kingdom.
5. What happens next?
With all of this in mind, the end of Shaker 
Aamer's Guantanamo ordeal brings many of us 
not elation, but relief. Of course, we are mindful 
that he will likely to continue to suffer the 
consequences of these policies after his transfer 
and will be in need of medical treatment and 
rehabilitation. Additionally, it is hard to feel 
celebratory in the midst of so much evidence of 
how the "war on terror" continues to distort our 
values as a society.
The "war on terror," like the 9/11 terror attacks 
that spawned it, can be seen as a stark 
manifestation of human beings' diminishing 
ability or willingness to see one another as 
distinct individuals endowed with basic human 
dignity. This "forever war," boundless in time 
and space, has led many Americans to embrace 
an "ends justify the means" mentality. It has 
led many to believe that their physical survival 
can only be assured by trampling the rights of 
others. Consequently, it has become easier to 
dismiss, as inevitable "collateral damage," 
instances in which individuals suffer unjustly 
from measures deemed necessary to protect 
national security. As this happens more and 
more, allegiance to the rule of law erodes. And 
as the rule of law erodes, the United States loses 
a little more of what many people cherish as 
making it worth defending. We need to embrace 
and nurture that spark that Peter Benenson lit 54 
years ago. That is the spirit of Amnesty 
International, and the world needs its healing 
power more than ever.
There are still 112 detainees left at 
Guantanamo. Join us in telling the President 
and Congress: it's time to shut down 

By Stevi Carroll

Reggie Clemons

After 22 years on death row, Reggie Clemons no 
longer needs to face his execution.  His 
conviction and death sentence was thrown out 
by the Missouri Supreme Court.

Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of 
AIUSA said, "Reggie Clemons' case has long 
highlighted many of the flaws in the U.S. death 
penalty system. The decision by the Missouri 
Supreme Court is an acknowledgement of the 
deeply flawed process that led to his death 
sentence. From the police investigation to the 
appeals process, his case was dogged by serious 
problems, allegedly including police brutality, 
racial bias, a stacked jury and prosecutorial 

 "Clemons says he confessed as the result of a 
violent police interrogation. 
"Four federal judges found the conduct of the 
prosecutor in the case to be 'abusive and 
boorish,' and Clemons' legal representation 
was inadequate. His lead attorney was later 
suspended from practicing law following 
numerous complaints.

"The question of race overshadowed the 
investigation and trial as well. Clemons was one 
of three black defendants convicted of killing the 
two white victims, and both key witnesses were 
white. Blacks were disproportionately dismissed 
during jury selection."

Because Mr. Clemons has a conviction not 
related to this case, he will remain in prison.

The Death Penalty in California

The 2016 election may see two death penalty 
ballot initiatives.  

Californians for Death Penalty Savings and 
Reform paid attention to Proposition 34's 
emphasis on the cost of death penalty cases to 
the State.  Member of CDPSR began collecting 
donations to fund professionals to collect 
signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. Part 
of their initiative will have inmates work and 
pay restitution.  What they also want is a 
quicker trip to the gurney and needle by 
changing the appeal time from as long as 30 
years to 10 to 15 years. Members of this group, 
which includes members of law enforcement, 
district attorneys, and family members of 
murder victims, are alarmed by the number of 
states that have abolished the death penalty and 
the diminution of prosecutors to pursue death 
sentences. Mike Ramos, the district attorney in 
San Bernardino County said, "We need to fix the 
death penalty or it's going to go away, ... It's that 
simple." Going away is not an option this group 
wants. Should they win in 2016, they hope other 
states will follow their lead

Death Penalty Focus, on the other hand, believes 
this general election is a good time to bring back 
the abolition of the death penalty and the 
commutation of death sentences to life without 
the possibility of parole.  Mike Farrell has taken 
a leave of absence as president of Death Penalty 
Focus to work on a ballot initiative called The 
Justice That Works Act of 2016. One concern is 
that should the appeals process be lessened, the 
need to train the number of lawyers required to 
represent death row inmates adequately would 
negate the savings the DPSR members say they 
can achieve. Of course, the ballot initiative will 
be funding and other support if it is to get on the 
ballot and succeed.  I contacted Mr. Farrell who 
replied, there will be an announcement about 
the potential initiative in the upcoming week. If 
the decision is positive, I'm sure your members' 
interest and willingness to help will be greatly 

I know we will hear more about this as next 
November nears and opportunities for us to be 
involved are available.  

California single-drug protocol

I know you remember that because those pesky 
pharmaceutical companies decided they did not 
want to sell drugs for state-sanctioned murder 
to State corrections departments, California has 
not executed anyone for years.  Well, not to be 
deterred, our corrections department has 
decided to go to a single-drug protocol.

To keep this process open and transparent, the 
DC will take public comments on the new 
proposal until January 22, 2016.  In this case, 
'public' also means inmates, including inmates 
on death row. When I first heard about death 
row inmates being able to comment on this 
proposal, and thus perhaps choose the drug that 
will kill them, I thought about the parent who 
sends the errant child out to get the switch with 
which he or she will be beaten, but in this case, 
the switch will be the one that's thrown to open 
the line through which the lethal poison will 
flow. That's creepy to me.

If you would like to send your public comment, 

To read more about this, go to

Support our Troops

Although veterans are seven percent of the 
general population,  a new report released 
earlier this month says that 10 percent of the 
people on death row are veterans. Battle trauma 
and home front violence are not considered 
during capital trials of veterans.  Kent S. 
Scheidegger, the legal director of the Criminal 
Justice Legal Foundation said in an LA Times 
article, "In short, I don't think it'll work for the 
jury." There has been an 89 percent rise in 
homicides by veterans following the invasion of 
Afghanistan when compared with a six-year 
period prior to September 11, 2001. 

One third of the victims of veterans returning 
from Afghanistan and Iraq have been family 
members or girlfriends. Richard C. Dieter, the 
author of the study from the Death Penalty 
Information Center (an anti-death penalty 
group) said this information dovetails into the 
results of another study that found an increase 
in death rates for middle-aged white men, many 
of whom may have sought out military 
enlistment as job opportunities dwindled in the 
USA.  When these veterans return, they are 
faced with few employment opportunities since 
many of them are from rural and semi-rural 
areas, and they lack adequate mental-health 

In the report, Mr. Dieter says, "For [those 
soldiers] who have crossed an indefinable line 
and have been charged with capital murder, 
compassion and understanding seem to 

As Bernie Sanders says, "If you can't afford the 
veterans, don't go to war." But we have gone to 
war, and now we have an obligation to our 
veterans, even those who commit capital crimes.

An Art Show

Windows on Death Row 
Art from Inside and Outside the Prison Walls

Thursday, October 22 to Friday, December 18 
Annenberg East Lobby, Annenberg School for 
Communication and Journalism 
University Park Campus


Russell Faria
State: MO
Date of Exoneration: 11/6/2015
In 2013, Russell Faria was sentenced to life in 
prison without parole for the murder of his wife 
in Troy, Missouri, despite strong alibi evidence. 
He was acquitted at a retrial in 2015 after 
previously concealed police pictures confirmed 
his description of the crime scene.

Tyjuan Anderson
State: IL
Date of Exoneration: 11/6/2015
Tyjuan Anderson, Lumont Johnson and 
Anthony Ross were sentenced to 50 years in 
prison for the 2002 fatal shooting of 8-year-old 
DeMarcus Hanson in Rockfort, Illinois. They 
were granted a new trial after it was revealed 
that witnesses had been abused by police and 
had lied, and they were acquitted in November 

Stays of execution

3	Julius Murphy			TX
3	Terrick Terrell Nooner	AR*
3	Stacey Eugene Johnson	AR*
3	Ernest Lee Johnson		MO
6	Richard Glossip		OK+
17	Cleveland R Jackson		OH^^
17	Robert Van Hook		OH
17	Nicholas Sutton		TN


29	Jerry Correll		FL
	Lethal Injection 1-drug (pentobarbital)

18	Raphael Holiday	TX
Lethal Injection	3-drug (midazolam)

19	Marcus Johnson	GA	
Lethal Injection 1-drug (pentobarbital)

+  On October 2, 2015 The Oklahoma Court of 
Criminal Appeals granted the Attorney 
General's request to indefinitely stay all pending 
executions to allow for review of lethal injection 

*  On October 8, the Arkansas Circuit Court 
granted a temporary restraining order staying 
all eight scheduled executions so that already 
pending judicial review of the state's execution 
procedures could take place. 

^On January 30, 2015, the Ohio State 
Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections 
announced that it would postpone all of the six 
executions scheduled in 2015 to that point. All of 
these executions would be scheduled in 2016 to 
allow time for the state to obtain new drugs for 
lethal injections. The new drugs that Ohio 
announced it would be trying to obtain were 
sodium thiopental and pentobarbital.

^^On September 8, 2014, the Ohio State 
Department of Rehabilitation Corrections 
revised its execution schedule for all death 
sentences previously scheduled from March 
2014 and beyond. This was done in order to 
comply with the August 6, 2014 Federal Court 
ruling that no executions could be carried out 
until at least January 2015. The court  imposed 
this moratorium in order to compel a review of 
Ohio's lethal injection protocol. For more 
information about the ruling, click here.

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Amnesty International's mission is to undertake research and action focused on 
preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, 
freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the 
context of its work to promote all human rights.