August 22, 2007
Stand With Us for Human Rights
How We Will Protest Our Executions
By KENNETH E. FOSTER and JOHN JOE AMADOR, CounterPunch
In the name of Human Rights; all religious doctrines of Peace, Love and
Forgiveness; and in the vision of reform and atonement, on the above said
date myself (Kenneth E. Foster Jr.) and John Joe Amador have committed to a
protest of passive non-participation in our executions. Together we have
decided to go on a spiritual missin to oppose our systematic executions in
the hopes to open the eyes of people that think this horrific process is ok.
Starting on the 22nd we will engage in passive non-participation in this
process in the same fashion that civil rights fighters stood down the cruel
and inhumane treatments of their time. We are here to say that we do not
condone violence and will not promote it. We recognize that violence will
not solve our problems, just like executions do not help our society. We are
committed to peace and grassroots activism. We are not doing this for
ourselves, but for YOU, the people, to demonstrate to you that we do not
agree with this process. We do this for YOU, the people, to show that we are
new men today and that we must stand down the death penalty. We seek to harm
no person and we will not. We pray to compel this society to look at the
death penalty in a new light.
Starting on the 23rd we will begin refusing all food. We will not eat any
more meals served to us. Our only nourishment will be liquids.
Bexar County had lined up two San Antonio executions in a row – John
Amador’s for the 29th and mine for the 30th. While my case is known, Mr.
Amador’s is not. I will give Mr. Amador the opportunity to write his own
words regarding the injustices that he has faced at the hands of Bexar
County. Since I have a visual plight I am here to say that the State is
wrong in its desire to kill me. If I was as equally guilty as the 2 other
men in the car, and these 2 men are not on death row, then I should not be
either. This is an obvious injustice and railroad.
As we enter into being 7 days away from our execution we will be placed in
cells that have video cameras where we can be observed 24-7. We cannot
condone this invasion. We cannot participate in the way our humanity is
being stripped. While we are NOT indifferent to the victims, we are also not
indifferent to the fact that we are still human beings. But for a country
that professes it wants a good society it’s hard to acknowledge that when
the prison population is 2 million and rising and the conditions are left
horrific. So what is really the purpose of the Penal system? We also ask you
to think about this – in any other country when people are lined up and
slaughtered it’s called genocide. They said Sadaam Hussein committed mass
Genocide. It has happened in Darfur and Rwanda and Presidents of Cuba and
North Korea have been accused of it. But when America does it it is called
justice? Texas will surpass 400 murders this year. It we are to be unjustly
taken then we do not want to go silently. We will not walk to our executions
and we will not eat last meals. We will not give this process a humane face.
We ask all of you to stand for human rights. We are men that are dedicated
to change and betterment. We are dedicated to give atonement to the system
and society. Who of us will be left to guide the lost? We sacrifice this for
society, not for us, because death row is a cancer in the body of this
country. Our actions are antibodies to oppose this atrocious disease.
I, as a DRIVE representer, stand in the name of a better day. We will be on
a DRIVE and we do it with prayers, love and understand – even for those that
hate us. We don’t have them and we don’t hate the TDC officers that will
usher us to our murders. Reports have said that Governor Perry is doing the
will of the people. So, we come to you, the people, to relook at this
For those that have read about my case you now see how arbitrary capital
punishment can be. AS long as it exists these things WILL continue to
happen. Why? Because human beings are fallible. Many people want us to be
the men we was 10 years ago. But we’re not. We could point fingers and talk
about scams and corruption going on. We can talk about the ENRON’s and the
Scooter Libby’s, the Guantanamo Bay’s and Abu Ghraib’s. But we won’t because
we know you know that these things exist. We will only point our fingers
up…..up…..and say that WE MUST GET UP. We must get up the way the CEDP
has gotten up and made a movement. We must get up like these medias,
politicians and even friends to the victims have gotten up. Some of us see a
new way. It is possible.
And so, on August 22nd we commit ourselves to something that is beyond us.
Perhaps we are just tools for a greater purpose.
We will not lift a finger to another person. We will only lift our voices
and spirits. We will allow YOU, the people, to be the force that must be
We close this Directive in the words of Martin Luther King Jr.:
“Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Through violence you
may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may
murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may
murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness,
only light can do that.”
Let’s shine to the world.
Kenneth E. Foster Jr. & John Joe Amador
Source : CounterPunch