Date: Aug 30, 2007 4:00 AM

Haramia KiNassor/Kenneth Foster, Jr. Transferred Clandestinely
By Walidah Imarisha

The indignities in Haramia KiNassor/Kenneth Foster, Jr.'s case climbs
as
KiNassor was transferred to Huntsville Prison, aka the Walls, where
the
executions take place. Death row Inmates are usually transferred to
Huntsville at noon the day of their execution. But because KiNassor
has been deemed a "security threat," he was transferred early,
without prior notice to him or his family and supporters. In fact, it
was through unofficial
channels that his family found out about the transfer; otherwise they
would
have showed up at the Polunsky Unit for their last visit with him as
usual.

At first, it was unclear whether or not KiNassor's family and
supporters
would be able to visit him tomorrow, but his father received a call
from the
administration saying they would be allowed to visit at Huntsville,
which is
45 miles from Livingston, where everyone is staying. Visiting starts
at 8
am.

This clandestine transfer comes at a time when KiNassor's supporters
are
still awaiting word back from the Board of Pardons and Paroles (He
also
still has an emergency appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court). It was
originally thought a positive sign that they had not responded.
Usually, the
Board summarily denies an appeal by 1 p.m. The fact that they chose
not to
give a response today, and to wait until tomorrow, was taken to mean
they
were intensely discussing this situation.

But in light of this transfer, there is a new theory: that perhaps
the Board
of Pardons and Paroles has not responded to delay the response of
KiNassor's supporters, both inside and outside the walls.

The DRIVE Movement, which KiNassor helped to found, is an
organization of death row inmates who engage in non violent civil
disobedience to protest the inhumanity of the death penalty. KiNassor
is one of the spokespeople and prison authorities are apparently very
nervous that the execution of an innocent man who has organized so
tirelessly against the death penalty will spark a protest in the
prison they will not be able to control.

At this point, the officials' motivations are all speculation.

What is known is that the same day KiNassor was being called
a "security
threat" and transferred to Huntsville, 16 Texas state representatives
encouraged Governor Rick Perry, collectively and individually, to
grant him
clemency. They joined the ranks of thousands of people around the
globe
calling for KiNassor's clemency, including South African Archbishop
Desmond Tutu and Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

What is also known is that KiNassor's death is scheduled to be the
third one
this week. First was Deroyce Mosley, with John Amador being executed
today at 6:20 p.m.

KiNassor's supporters are asking everyone to act now, to organize all
out
right now without waiting for a response as the hours slip away, and
pressure Governor Perry for a stay. Perry has the power to veto the
Board of
Pardons and Paroles' decision, regardless of what it is.

Perry's contact information is:
Gov. Rick Perry:
Phone (512) 463-1782
Fax (512) 463-1849

Protests
Austin, Thursday, August 30, 5:00 PM, Governor's Mansion (Lavaca at
11th)"EXECUTION PROTEST AND VIGIL"
Even in the eleventh hour things could turn for Kenneth. If you can't make it to Huntsville, come out
to stand
with others against the execution.

Thursday, August 30:
3pm-7pm: Protest the execution of Kenneth Foster Jr .outside the
Ellis Unit
in Huntsville Texas. Groups from all over the state will converge to
stand
against this injustice and demand until the very end that the State
of Texas
do the right thing and stop this execution.

http://texasdeathpenalty.blogspot.co...nassorkenneth-
foster-jr.html