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To: The People of California

Vote NO on California Proposition 66

Vote NO on proposition 66. Don't let California execute another innocent person.

Why is this important?

My name is Shujaa Graham and in 1973 I was framed for the murder of a prison guard due to my interest in the Black Power movement. I was wrongly placed on death row for a crime that I did not commit however, I was one of the lucky ones and while on death row I was able to fight for my innocence and after a fourth trial I was finally found innocent.

I was able to win my freedom however this may not be a possibility for other innocent people on death row if Proposition 66 passes this November.

California law enforcement, consisting of the very police departments that are known for their racist practices and numerous killings of Black community members, have raised nearly $5.5 million towards advertising that endorses Proposition 66. California law enforcement agencies want to speed up the death penalty process by limiting the ability to present new evidence of innocence and executing people faster.

Some people have been removed from death row within just hours of execution. There is too much at risk here. If a person is killed and later found innocent there is no going back! This is why I need you to join me now and pledge to VOTE NO on Proposition 66.

This proposition is unethical, funded by crooked prosecutors, prison guards, and other conservative law enforcement interests that are notorious for disproportionately targeting and killing Black people in California. Now they are working to do the same to those who are incarcerated in California with their attempts to pass of Prop. 66. Poor people and people of color are disproportionately put to death for crimes that bring other folks merely a long prison sentence. Let’s be clear: if Proposition 66 passes innocent Black and Brown people will be at a higher risk of being wrongly executed.

California law enforcement agencies are dumping millions of dollars into advertising for Proposition 66 which would make it nearly impossible for innocent people on death row to prove their innocence.

156 innocent people nationwide, including three from California, have been wrongfully convicted of murder, sentenced to death but later exonerated; if Proposition 66 passes it would make it nearly impossible for innocent people on death row to gain their freedom and be exonerated. 61 percent of those exonerated are people of color, like me. This means that people of color, especially Black and Latino men and women, are being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death at a shocking rate.

Join me in in pledging to vote NO on Proposition 66 to make sure that innocent people of color are not wrongly executed in California.

In Solidarity,
Shujaa Graham
California Death Row Exoneree

Paid for by No on Prop 66 Californians for Fair Justice, sponsored by social justice organizations. Major funding by ACLU Northern CA and Open Society Policy Center.

California, United States

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2016-10-22 20:06:02 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2016-10-19 08:15:18 -0700

500 signatures reached

2016-10-12 14:02:21 -0700

100 signatures reached

2016-10-12 13:06:31 -0700

50 signatures reached

2016-10-12 12:46:54 -0700

25 signatures reached

2016-10-12 12:41:16 -0700

10 signatures reached