Jocks 4 Justice Stand for Kenneth Foster

Jocks 4 Justice: Stop the Execution of Kenneth Foster, Jr.

We the undersigned are shocked that the state of Texas aims to execute
Kenneth on August 30 for the “crime” of driving a car. His 11-year-old
daughter will live without a father because of a law obscene in its existence,
and repellent in its application.

In Texas, under a statute called the “law of parties,” a person can
be sent to the death chamber even if they didn’t kill anyone.

Kenneth was 80 feet away in a car with the windows rolled up when
another person, Mauriceo Brown, shot and killed Michael LaHood. The
shooter then got in the car, and Kenneth drove off.

Kenneth doesn’t deny driving the car. He also doesn’t deny having
driven around with Mauriceo and two other men earlier in the evening,
when two other robberies occurred, but no one was harmed. But Kenneth
faces death for being behind the wheel. No more. No less.

He has been on death row since 1997. That’s 10 years, locked up for
23 hours a day, with only one 5-minute phone call every six months.

We the undersigned call for a reexamination of this case, and hope
that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, where Kenneth’s final appeal
rests, will see that justice would be served by granting Kenneth a new
trial.

Kenneth, in addition to being the father of a beautiful 10-year-old
girl who he adores, has become a writer, poet and activist on death
row. And he understands that the wheels of justice at times need some
pushing to move in the right direction.

“It’s my belief that if this does not become a political issue,” he says, “then I have no chance.”

Therefore we lend our voice and our support to stopping the impending
execution of Kenneth Foster.

John Carlos
1968 Olympic Bronze Medalist.
½ of the immortal Black Power Salute
Olympic Project for Human Rights

Lee Evans
400 Meter Olympic Champion
Gold Medalist 1968 Olympics
Olympic Project for Human Rights

Etan Thomas
Washington Wizards
Author, More Than an Athlete

Jeff “Snowman” Monson
Ultimate Fighting Championship

Toni Smith
Former member of Manhattanville College Women’s Basketball Team
Famous for her 2003 on the court stand at the start of the Iraq War.

David Meggyesy
Western Regional Director Retired; NFL Players Association (NFLPA)
Former NFL Linebacker
Author, Out of their League

Dennis Brutus
Former Director of SANROC (the South African Non Racialist Olympic Committee)

Leonard Mcneil
Councilmember, City of San Pablo, CA
Former draftee Philadelphia Eagles
1968 Olympic Boycotter

Phillip Shinnick, PhD
Ambassador of UNESCO
US Olympian
World Record Long jump

Julio Pabón
President/CEO
Latino Sports Ventures, Inc.

William Gerena–Rochet
Editor of LatinoSports.com

Neil DeMause
Co-writer Field Of Schemes

Bobbito Garvia
Co Founder Bounce Magazine

Doug Harris
Executive Director
Athletes United for Peace

Lester Rodney
Oldest Living Sportswriter
Sports Editor
Daily Worker
1936-1958

Rus Bradburd
Former Assistant Basketball Coach University of Texas El Paso
Author Paddy on the Hardwood: Journey through Irish Hoops

Dave Zirin
Columnist, Slam Magazine, author Welcome to the Terrordome.

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