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                                                        Gary's last words before the lethal injection took effect . . .
"They are killing me tonight. They are murdering me tonight.''
Shaka Sankofa  FNA: Gary Graham murdered June 22, 2000

I die fighting for what I believed in... The truth will come out...."
"This is a lynching. I did not kill Bobby Lambert...''
"I was chosen for this genocide. This is part of the genocide we as black people have endured in America...''  - from his final statements

                                               
    Burning an effigy of George Bush                       Shaka Sankofa                    The moment execution was announced

        George Bush can murder Gary Graham
                                        Shaka Lives !
       But he will never silence Shaka Sankofa
" Make sure that we get my name as Shaka Sankofa. My name is not Gary Graham. Make sure that it is properly presented on my grave. Shaka Sankofa."

Click below to download "Let The Evidence Be Heard" in MP3 format
    http://ccadp.org/let_the_evidence_be_heard.mp3



    Gary Hawkins - Shaka Sankofa's Son is now
        FACING CAPITAL CHARGES March 19th
               - Awaiting Trial in Houston, Texas
                        http://ccadp.org/garyhawkins.htm
                                                       Please help!
                                          Gary Hawkins Defense Fund
                                                     PO Box 23483
                                                    Houston Texas
                                                        77228 USA

FOR MORE INFORMATION : Call Gary's Supporters at :  (212) 946-5451



                         The Last Statement of Shaka Sankofa from TDJC:
                       http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/grahamgarylast.htm

I would like to say that I did not kill Bobby Lambert. That I'm an innocent black man that is being murdered. This is a lynching that is happening in America tonight. There's overwhelming and compelling evidence of my defense that has never been heard in any court of America. What is happening here is an outrage for any civilized country to anybody anywhere to look at what's happening here is wrong.

I thank all of the people that have rallied to my cause. They've been standing in support of me. Who have finished with me.

I say to Mr. Lambert's family, I did not kill Bobby Lambert. You are pursuing the execution of an innocent man.

I want to express my sincere thanks to all of ya'll. We must continue to move forward and do everything we can to outlaw legal lynching in America.  We must continue to stay strong all around the world, and people must come together to stop the systematic killing of poor and innocent black people.  We must continue to stand together in unity and to demand a moratorium on all executions. We must not let this murder/lynching be forgotten tonight,
my brothers. We must take it to the nation. We must keep our faith. We must go forward. We recognize that many leaders have died. Malcom X, Martin Luther King, and others who stood up for what was right. They stood up for what was just. We must, you must brothers, that's why I have called you today. You must carry on that condition. What is here is just a lynching
that is taking place. But they're going to keep on lynching us for the next 100 years, if you do not carry on that tradition, and that period of resistance. We will prevail. We may loose this battle, but we will win the war. This death, this lynching will be avenged. It will be avenged, it must be avenged. The people must avenge this murder. So my brothers, all of ya'll stay strong, continue to move forward.

Know that I love all of you. I love the people, I love all of you for your blessing, strength, for your courage, for your dignity, the way you have come here tonight, and the way you have protested and kept this nation together. Keep moving forward, my brothers. Slavery couldn't stop us. The lynching couldn't stop us in the south. This lynching will not stop us tonight. We will go forward. Our destiny in this country is freedom and liberation. We will gain our freedom and liberation by any means necessary.  By any means necessary, we keep marching forward.

I love you, Mr. Jackson. Bianca, make sure that the state does not get my body. Make sure that we get my name as Shaka Sankofa. My name is not Gary Graham. Make sure that it is properly presented on my grave. Shaka Sankofa.

I died fighting for what I believe in. I died fighting for what was just and what was right. I did not kill Bobby Lambert, and the truth is going to come out. It will be brought out.

I want you to take this thing off into international court, Mr. Robert Mohammed and all ya'll. I want you, I want to get my family and take this down to international court and file a law suit. Get all the video tapes of all the beatings. They have beat me up in the back. They have beat me up at the unit over there. Get all the video tapes supporting that law suit. And make the public exposed to the genocide and this brutality world, and let  the world see what is really happening here behind closed doors. Let the world see the barbarity and injustice of what is really happening here. You must get those video tapes. You must make it exposed, this injustice, to the world. You must continue to demand a moratorium on all executions. We must
move forward Minister Robert Mohammed.

Ashanti Chimurenga, I love you for standing with me, my sister. You are a strong warrior queen. You will continue to be strong in everything that you do. Believe in yourself, you must hold your head up, in the spirit of Winnie Mandela, in the spirit of Nelson Mandela. Ya'll must move forward. We will stop this lynching.

Reverend Al Sharpton, I love you, my brother.

Bianca Jagger, I love all of you. Ya'll make sure that we continue to stand together.

Reverend Jesse Jackson and know that this murder, this lynching will not be forgotten. I love you, too, my brother. This is genocide in America. This is what happens to black men when they stand up and protest for what is right and just. We refuse to compromise, we refuse to surrender the dignity for what we know is right. But we will move on, we have been strong in the past.   We will continue to be strong as a people. You can kill a revolutionary, but you cannot stop the revolution. The revolution will go on. The people will carry the revolution on. You are the people that must carry that revolutionary on, in order to liberate our children from this genocide and for what is happening here in America tonight. What has happened for the
last 100 or so years in America. This is the part of the genocide, this is part of the African (unintelligible), that we as black people have endured in America. But we shall overcome, we will continue with this. We will continue, we will gain our freedom and liberation, by any means necessary. Stay strong. They cannot kill us. We will move forward.

To my sons, to my daughters, all of you. I love all of you. You have been wonderful. Keep your heads up. Keep moving forward. Keep united. Maintain the love and unity in the community.

And know that victory is assured. Victory for the people will be assured. We will gain our freedom and liberation in this country. We will gain it and we will do it by any means necessary. We will keep marching. March on black people. Keep your heads high. March on. All ya'll leaders. March on. Take your message to the people. Preach the moratorium for all executions. We're gonna stop, we are going to end the death penalty in this country. We are
going to end it all across this world. Push forward people. And know that what ya'll are doing is right. What ya'll are doing is just. This is nothing more that pure and simple murder. This is what is happening tonight in America. Nothing more than state sanctioned murders, state sanctioned lynching, right here in America, and right here tonight. This is what is happening my brothers. Nothing less. They know I'm innocent. They've got the facts to prove it. They know I'm innocent. But they cannot acknowledge my innocence, because to do so would be to publicly admit their guilt. This is something these racist people will never do. We must remember brothers, this is what we're faced with. You must take this endeavor forward. You must stay strong. You must continue to hold your heads up, and to be there. And I love
you, too, my brother. All of you who are standing with me in solidarity. We will prevail.
We will keep marching. Keep marching black people, black power. Keep marching black people, black power. Keep marching black people.  Keep marching black people.

They are killing me tonight. They are murdering me tonight...

At this point the lethal injection took effect and Shaka went silent, looking with one eye open towards the Rev Jackson . . .
 

                                                                      Witnesses emerge: Rev Al Sharpton, Bianca Jagger, Rev Jesse Jackson

                                                                 
        Shaka's Daughter and step-mother mourn.



Rev. Jesse Jackson Challenges Bush to have the courage of his convictions...

" If Governor Bush is convinced that Gary Graham
is guilty... He should go with me to the site of the execution... He should witness it himself."

               
Gary Graham & Rev Jesse Jackson       Minister Robert Mohammed, Rev Jesse Jackson & Bianca Jagger witness execution

Gary Graham put George W. Bush on his witness list and invited the governor to see what he's done to 135 people...
                                                        
                                    Michael Jones, the governor's spokesman said, "We respectfully decline."

Bush doesn't have the courage of his convictions, and leaves an empty seat at the Graham execution...

  Pro Death Penalty supporters attend execution 

              
            Pro Death Penalty supporters rally behind Bush's decision to lynch Shaka
 

   INTERNATIONAL OUTRAGE OVER GRAHAM 'TEXECUTION'

                          The United Nations
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, who had appealed
directly to Bush for a stay of execution, said the execution "ran counter
to widely accepted international principles."

                    The Government of France
The speaker of the French parliament, Raymond Forni urged Bush to postpone the execution
"I cannot believe that the victory you hope for, to lead the largest democracy on earth, should be paid for with the blood of your fellow countrymen... I am pleading with you in the name of humanity and political courage and due process to allow the trial of Gary Graham to be reopened... There is little time left, but there is still some time! A man's life depends on you."

                   The Government of Germany
"It does not fit: The United States presents itself on the one hand as the world police defending human rights, and on the other side it carries out the death penalty," said German lawmaker Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. She called on the German government to "make this detestable topic the object of discussions with our American friends."

                       The Government of Italy
``The executioner doesn't let up.'' The head of Italy's Democratic Left party, Walter Veltroni, called Bush ``cold and bureaucratic'' after the governor commented that ``justice was done.''



Real Video - Justice on Trial: The Case of Gary Graham
Documentary produced by Micki Dickoff Associate Producers Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs & Christie Webb Pro Bono Productions, 1993
KPRC-TV 2 HOUSTON COVERAGE OF THE LYNCHING
                                       
                The News Updates and Support
                           Tributes to Shaka
     BIANCA JAGGER'S Statement on Shaka and George W Bush
TESTIMONY OF HIS FRIEND MUENDA - WITNESS OF THE TORTURE
   Written by fellow death row prisoner May 5/2000
     More information, links, MP3 audio and video at:
            http://saveshaka.0-dec.com/
      Real Audio about Gary Graham from the Chicago Tribune 

      Jesse Jackson asks Bush to attend the Execution
    Jesse Jackson discussing the details of Gary's case

      Request to Bush from Leaders of the Reform Jewish movement
   Press release from Jesse Jackson and Rubin Hurricane Carter
           Article on Gary Graham by Mumia Abu Jamal
          Execution Alert From Amnesty International
    See Real Video about Gary and more . . . visit CNN
                                      
                                        Gary speaking with CNN Legal Analyst Greta Van Susteren

Listen To
Shaka's new CD "Let The Evidence Be Heard" now available !
                                                           
          For more information on how to get your copy, read on below . . .
           Click below to download the title track in MP3 format
    http://ccadp.org/let_the_evidence_be_heard.mp3
 
See all the News and Support from before the Lynching occured . . .
News and support before Shaka was Lynched in Texas

Execution date set, prison officials now abuse and torment Shaka !
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Just got off the phone with Ricky Jason (409) 924-7303 who has been faithfully visiting and communicating with Gary Graham (Shaka Sankofa) for over a year now.  They corresponded so regularly that Ricky became concerned when he hadn't received a letter from him recently, felt something was wrong, and immediately set out to see Gary yesterday (5/9) a.m.  He
got to the prison at 8:00 a.m. and was forced to wait almost 45 minutes for them to bring Gary out.  While using the restroom, Ricky overheard the racist guards laughing about Gary having used up his last appeal and that "now we can execute that nigger."

When finally allowed to see Gary, Ricky Jason along with witness William Butler did not even recognize him, and said to each other "Man look! God have mercy! What happened!"
Gary was covered in filth with his shirt ripped, looking as though he had been wallowing on the ground.  He had a huge knot over his eyebrow and was shaking like a leaf, stuttering,
and asking for food.  Gary wanted to know how Ricky got in, that they had put him on restriction so that only a lawyer, minister or media person could see him.  All regular visits
have been stopped. Ricky told Gary to just hurry up and tell him what had happened in case the guards came in and forced him to leave.

Gary told Ricky that the day the execution date was set, guards came to his cell with their heads covered with hoods to conceal their identity.  They said, "Let's go, Graham" and
Gary said, "I'm not going anywhere, I'm innocent, I didn't do nothing."  Guards told him he had to be moved to the next phase and tear gassed him twice, beat and dragged him to
the other room, where Gary passed out.  The guards took everything from Gary, his radio, his typewriter, even his underwear.  Gary had a large box of mail ready to be sent out and the guards said they were not going to let Gary's mail go out and these many, many letters have not been seen since.

Gary said he hadn't eaten and that the chaplain has to be present when he eats or does anything at all.  They are trying to cover up all this sick torture they are putting on him
and Gary feels totally isolated and vulnerable to racist attacks by the guards.

Ricky said as soon as he got home he called the warden and was kept on hold for 30 to 40 minutes. He called back later and they did the same thing to him.  Ricky said he hasn't
slept at all last night and is extremely worried and upset about Gary's condition yesterday and who knows what of his condition today?

From Ricky:  "They are dragging him down just like they did James Byrd.  Gary Graham is a leader and that is why they are so scared of him.  We got to stand up and do something
right away!  If they're beating him down now, imagine what they will do to him next month when his execution date is closer?  The racism in the prison is very easy to see, the
guards are brutal and I haven't slept worrying about the condition I saw Gary in and what may be happening to him right now.  We need to call into the warden, the president, Gov. Bush, anyone and everyone and stand up and stop this torture and this execution.  Gary Graham is innocent and they know it!"
 
TESTIMONY OF HIS FRIEND MUENDA - WITNESS OF THE TORTURE
   Written by fellow death row prisoner May 5/2000
See all the News and Support from before the Lynching occured . . .
News and support before Shaka was Lynched in Texas
"IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT CREATES A POSSIBILITY OF REASONABLE DOUBT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT GARY GRAHAM DID IN FACT COMMIT THIS CRIME. . . . . .I DO NOT WANT THE EXECUTION OF A POSSIBLY INNOCENT MAN ON MY CONSCIENCE."
                -    LORETTA LAMBERT (The Victims Daughter) WROTE TO GOV. RICHARDS ON APRIL 11,1993.
      Let The Evidence Be Heard !

                                      
             "Let The Evidence Be Heard"
    (Commissioned by Eligah "Ricky" Jason)               NOW AVAILABLE SHAKA SANKOFA ON CD !

           Click below to download the title track in MP3 format
    http://ccadp.org/let_the_evidence_be_heard.mp3
 
ORDER THE CD :  The New CD Dedicated to Texas Death Row Inmate Gary Graham (Now Known As Shaka Sankfoa) Is Ready For Release !  The CD Project was the Brainchild of Beaumont, Texas Recording Artist Eligah “Ricky” Jason.  It features Recording Artist Jazzie Redd. 

           CD’s are $12.99 + $4.95 for Shipping & Handling.

To Order a CD Send A Postal Money Order Payable to Sharon Nails & Mail
                                                  to:
                 Plight Entertainment
                        4705 Collier
                              Suite 10
                 Beaumont, Texas 77706

         For questions about the CD Project contact:
                                         Eligah “Ricky” Jason
                                          Plight Entertainment
                                            (409) 924- 7303
                         jasonshortput@aol.com
 
Posters ($3.00) and T-shirts ($20.00) are also available.  50% of the proceeds from the CD sales will go toward Gary Graham’s Legal Defense Fund.  The CD features 2 messages from Gary–Live from Death Row As Well a song he wrote entitled “Give Him Justice” 



       GARY GRAHAM CASE RECEIVES WORLD ATTENTION

IN RECENT MONTHS GARY GRAHAM'S CASE HAS RECEIVED PROMINENT MENTION IN NEWSPAPERS AROUND THE WORLD AND ON TELEVISION NEWSSHOWS INCLUDING ABC'S "DAY ONE", "HARD COPY", "INSIDE EDITION", AND NBC-TV TODAY SHOW. GARY'S CASE ALSO HAS ATTRACTED ATTENTIONFROM AROUND THE WORLD  WITH PUBLIC FIGURES SUCH AS THE MOST REVEREND BISHOP DESMOND TUTU, HIS HOLINESS DALAI LAMA, DR. BEN
CHAVIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NAACP, FORMER FIRST LADY ROSALYN CARTER, REV. JESSE JACKSON, FORMER OHIO GOV. RICHARD CELESTE AND FORMER NEW MEXICO GOV. TONEY ANAYA, FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL RAMSEY CLARK, U.S. REP. HENRY GONZALEZ; CORETTA SCOTT KING WIDOW OF THE REV. MARTiN LUTHER KING, JR.,
DR.JOSEPH LOWERY1 PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, JOSEPH A. FIORENZA,  BISHOP OF THE GALVESTON/HOUSTONDIOCESE, KERRY KENNEDY CUOMO,TEXAS STATE REPS. AL EDWARDS AND IRMA RANGEL, STANLEY SHEINBAUM, L.A. POLICE COMMiSSIONER ANDMANY OTHERS CALLING FOR A HALT OF  HIS EXECUTION. AND MANY HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES HAVE TAKEN UP GARY'S CAUSE, INCLUDING DANNY GLOVER. KENNY ROGERS AND HIS WIFE MARIANNE ROGERS, LIONEL RITCHIE, EDWARD ASNER, MIKE FARRELL,  MARTIN SHEEN,VALERIE HARPER. OSSIE DAVIS, HARRY BELAFONTE, RUBY DEE, KEN KRAGEN, ORGANIZER OF "HANDS ACROSS AMERICA", PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS NORMAN LEAR AND ARTHUR ALLAN SEIDELMAN. DEE WALLACE STONE, CHRIS STONE. LIZ TORREZ, MICHAEL WARREN, SISSY SPACEK AND MANY OTHERS SPEAKING OUT AGAINST GARY'S EXECUTiON.THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE \VORLD HAVE ALSO RAiSED THEIR VOICES IN OPPOSITION TO GARY'S EXECUTiONS. WITH PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS HELD IN HOUSTON, AUSTIN, DALLAS AND MANY OTHER CiTiES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, AND IN COUNTRIES AS FAR AWAY AS GERMANY, ENGLAND, CANADA. AUSTRALIA AND ITALY. HOUSTON AREA RAP ARTISTS
HAVE JOINED FORCES AND RECORDED AN UNTITLED RAP SONG PRODUCED BY RAP-A-LOT RECORDS. INC. ABOUT GARY'S CASE. HUNDREDS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR SUPPORT FOR GARY'S CAUSE. AND EVEN THE WIDOW AND STEP-DAUGHTER OF BOBBY LAMBERT,THE MAN GARY IS ALLEGED TO HAVE MURDERED, HAVE WRITTEN TEXAS GOV. ANN RICHARDS ON GARY'S BEHALF. "IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MYATTENTION THAT THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT CREATES A POSSIBILITY OF REASONABLE DOUBT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT GARY GRAHAM DID IN FACT COMMIT THIS CRIME"  LORETTA LAMBERT WROTE TO GOV. RiCHARDS ONAPRIL 11,1993. MRS. LAMBERT CONTINUED, "I DO NOT WANT THE EXECUTION OF A POSSIBLY INNOCENT MAN ON MY CONSCIENCE."

 DON'T EXECUTE AN INNOCENT MAN
       Let The Evidence Be Heard !
 
See all the News and Support from before the Lynching occured . . .
News and support before Shaka was Lynched in Texas

                                                    
                      Gary Graham # 696
                        Terrell Unit
            12002 FM 350 SOUTH
       Livingston, Texas, 77351 USA



Real Video - Justice on Trial: The Case of Gary Graham
Documentary produced by Micki Dickoff Associate Producers Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs & Christie Webb Pro Bono Productions, 1993
KPRC-TV 2 HOUSTON COVERAGE OF THE LYNCHING
                                        
                The News Updates and Support
                           Tributes to Shaka
     BIANCA JAGGER'S Statement on Shaka and George W Bush
TESTIMONY OF HIS FRIEND MUENDA - WITNESS OF THE TORTURE
   Written by fellow death row prisoner May 5/2000
     More information, links, MP3 audio and video at:
            http://saveshaka.0-dec.com/
      Real Audio about Gary Graham from the Chicago Tribune 

      Jesse Jackson asks Bush to attend the Execution
    Jesse Jackson discussing the details of Gary's case

      Request to Bush from Leaders of the Reform Jewish movement
   Press release from Jesse Jackson and Rubin Hurricane Carter
           Article on Gary Graham by Mumia Abu Jamal
          Execution Alert From Amnesty International
    See Real Video about Gary and more . . . visit CNN
                                          
                                              Gary speaking with CNN Legal Analyst Greta Van Susteren

           Shaka Lives !      

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