Haramia KiNassor/Kenneth Foster, Jr. Transferred Clandestinely
By Walidah Imarisha
The indignities in Haramia KiNassor/Kenneth Foster, Jr.'s case climbs
KiNassor was transferred to Huntsville Prison, aka the Walls, where
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
have showed up at the Polunsky Unit for their last visit with him as
At first, it was unclear whether or not KiNassor's family and
would be able to visit him tomorrow, but his father received a call
administration saying they would be allowed to visit at Huntsville,
45 miles from Livingston, where everyone is staying. Visiting starts
This clandestine transfer comes at a time when KiNassor's supporters
still awaiting word back from the Board of Pardons and Paroles (He
still has an emergency appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court). It was
originally thought a positive sign that they had not responded.
Board summarily denies an appeal by 1 p.m. The fact that they chose
give a response today, and to wait until tomorrow, was taken to mean
were intensely discussing this situation.
But in light of this transfer, there is a new theory: that perhaps
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
threat" and transferred to Huntsville, 16 Texas state representatives
encouraged Governor Rick Perry, collectively and individually, to
clemency. They joined the ranks of thousands of people around the
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
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
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
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
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
with others against the execution.
Thursday, August 30:
3pm-7pm: Protest the execution of Kenneth Foster Jr .outside the
in Huntsville Texas. Groups from all over the state will converge to
against this injustice and demand until the very end that the State
do the right thing and stop this execution.