Nobel Laureates, Faith Leaders, Celebrities Join Growing Chorus Requesting Clemency for Stanley Tookie Williams

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mike Farrell, Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo

Among Activists Lending Voice to Message of Redemption, Peace and Hope



23 Nov, 2005, 00:00 ET from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In a letter released today, a
 group of Nobel laureates, celebrity activists, faith leaders and policy-makers
 urged Gov. Schwarzenegger to grant clemency for Stanley Tookie Williams,
 recognizing the five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee's valuable contributions
 to steer inner-city youth away from crime and gangs.  "Each year at the
 holiday season, voices the world over cry out for peace," the letter reads.
 "This year, one of them, a voice of great power, will be lost unless you act."
     The letter cites William's work, including a remarkable collection of
 children's books which landed him four Nobel Literature Prize nominations, as
 well as his tireless efforts to answer each and every request from schools,
 ministers, and community leaders asking him to help them teach messages of
 redemption, peace and hope to inner city children.
     "Through his work, gang truces have been mediated and long-standing wounds
 have been healed.  Lives have been saved," the letter states.  It concludes
 with a plea for the governor to use his executive power to "affirm the human
 capacity for personal transformation and reinforce the meaning of hope for
 young people everywhere."
     "We have far more to gain from granting clemency to Stanley Williams than
 from killing him, an act of violence that serves no purpose," said Mike
 Farrell.  "Growing up where violence is a too-readily-accepted way of life,
 Stanley made that choice and knows what it costs.  Today, uniquely qualified
 to reach our children, Stanley encourages thousands with his message of
 change, of possibility, of hope.  We urge the governor to lead us away from
 the politics of vengeance, to let the children see that change matters and
 there is reason to hope."
 
     A shortlist of the letter's signatories include:
 
     * Nobel laureates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Corrigan Maguire,
       Betty Williams, Jody Williams;
 
     * Celebrities: Jason Alexander, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover,
       Anjelica Huston, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Noah Wyle;
 
     * Mario Cuomo, Julian Bond, Reps. Jim McDermott, Jim McGovern,
       George Miller, and Sen. Tom Harkin, Rev. Jesse Jackson.
 
     They are joined by thousands of citizens who have signed an online
 petition (http://www.savetookie.org) in support of clemency, as well as
 ministers, teachers and community leaders across the nation who have written
 to the governor asking that he weigh the value of Williams' efforts, his
 message and his example against a death sentence following a trial marred by
 disturbing racial bias and dishonorable conduct.
     A copy of the letter, along with a full list of its signatories is posted
 online at http://www.cm-p.com/clemency.htm
 
 

SOURCE Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In a letter released today, a
 group of Nobel laureates, celebrity activists, faith leaders and policy-makers
 urged Gov. Schwarzenegger to grant clemency for Stanley Tookie Williams,
 recognizing the five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee's valuable contributions
 to steer inner-city youth away from crime and gangs.  "Each year at the
 holiday season, voices the world over cry out for peace," the letter reads.
 "This year, one of them, a voice of great power, will be lost unless you act."
     The letter cites William's work, including a remarkable collection of
 children's books which landed him four Nobel Literature Prize nominations, as
 well as his tireless efforts to answer each and every request from schools,
 ministers, and community leaders asking him to help them teach messages of
 redemption, peace and hope to inner city children.
     "Through his work, gang truces have been mediated and long-standing wounds
 have been healed.  Lives have been saved," the letter states.  It concludes
 with a plea for the governor to use his executive power to "affirm the human
 capacity for personal transformation and reinforce the meaning of hope for
 young people everywhere."
     "We have far more to gain from granting clemency to Stanley Williams than
 from killing him, an act of violence that serves no purpose," said Mike
 Farrell.  "Growing up where violence is a too-readily-accepted way of life,
 Stanley made that choice and knows what it costs.  Today, uniquely qualified
 to reach our children, Stanley encourages thousands with his message of
 change, of possibility, of hope.  We urge the governor to lead us away from
 the politics of vengeance, to let the children see that change matters and
 there is reason to hope."
 
     A shortlist of the letter's signatories include:
 
     * Nobel laureates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Corrigan Maguire,
       Betty Williams, Jody Williams;
 
     * Celebrities: Jason Alexander, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover,
       Anjelica Huston, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Noah Wyle;
 
     * Mario Cuomo, Julian Bond, Reps. Jim McDermott, Jim McGovern,
       George Miller, and Sen. Tom Harkin, Rev. Jesse Jackson.
 
     They are joined by thousands of citizens who have signed an online
 petition (http://www.savetookie.org) in support of clemency, as well as
 ministers, teachers and community leaders across the nation who have written
 to the governor asking that he weigh the value of Williams' efforts, his
 message and his example against a death sentence following a trial marred by
 disturbing racial bias and dishonorable conduct.
     A copy of the letter, along with a full list of its signatories is posted
 online at http://www.cm-p.com/clemency.htm
 
 SOURCE  Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP