From: Andrew Phelps <>


Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012, 6:30 AM

Subject: Re: [PsySR-humanrights] Controversy over Prop 34


In August, the Calif./Hawai'i leader of the NAACP Robert Rooks came to the meeting of the Coalition for Justice and Accountability (CJA) in San Jose.  His previous position was leading the legal team in Atlanta GA attempting to save Troy Davis.  His purpose was to raise the vote % in San Jose, L.A., and San Diego sufficiently for Prop. 34 to pass.  The underlying politics is "fighting the new 'Jim Crow'," and CJA agreed to support that project passionately.

On Fri, 9/14/12, Prt wrote:

I must confess that I've been perplexed by the expressed ambivalence of folks who are opposed to the death penalty. Prop 34 abolishes the death penalty in California. To me, whatever else it does or doesn't do in insignificant in the face of what it does do. Maybe I'm influenced by a lifelong friend who has been spearheading this effort for more than a decade since her brothers' naked, lifeless (and murdered) body was found tossed at the side of a WA highway. Her response to this horrendous tragedy was to try to ensure that if the killer of her brother were ever convicted, his/her family would never suffer the pain of loss through death that she has suffered.  I don't know of any greater example of empathy or selfless compassion than what she has displayed all these years so it's hard for me to consider not supporting Prop 34.  I think one thing to keep in mind is that while its appealing to voters on the basis cost savings is clearly obscene, this is the political reality in California and if this were fought only on the moral and ethical issues, it would be unlikely to pass.

I heard the D.A. from San Mateo County (Yxw's home) speak against Prop. 34 on the radio recently. My experience is that high political concerns such as this present NAACP project speak truth whereas accommodating the 1% concerns of those who seek to make the details "fit" is .. bad business. Yxw worries for the "catch 22" but .. from a Bay Area perspective, we "hippies" know better than to hang around on that corner of the street.  I suggest "finding a flower to give" .. and embracing the necessary advocacy.


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