In 1998, Rodney Reed was wrongly convicted of murder and since then has been on Death Row in Texas. Five days before his scheduled execution on November 20, 2019, Rodney received a 120-day commutation of execution as attempts to gain a retrial continue.
Peace and Freedom Party recently passed the following resolution regarding Rodney Reed’s sentence and incarceration; PFP encourages everyone to sign The Action Network’s online petition on the matter. Full text of the resolution runs directly below.
Whereas there is strong evidence that Rodney Reed is innocent of the crime of which he was convicted in Texas, we support Rodney Reed speedily being given a new trial where his defense lawyers will have an opportunity to present evidence on his behalf that the lawyers at his trial did not present. The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees Americans due process, and the Sixth Amendment guarantees a speedy and fair trial.
Whereas the Peace and Freedom Party opposes the death penalty, we support Rodney Reed being taken off death row. The Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits excessive punishment.
And whereas, the Innocence Project is also involved in helping Rodney Reed,
Therefore, we support adding the petition at the Action Network website to the Peace and Freedom Party state website in which we encourage people to sign the Action Network's online petition urging the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, to commute Rodney Reed’s death sentence, to advocate for a new trial, and to recommend that Rodney Reed be allocated enough state money for him to be able to present a serious appeal.
The Peace and Freedom Party has taken positions for or against 18 bills and one proposed constitutional amendment in the 2019-2020 session of the California legislature; we are currently watching the progression of 14 other bills. Below run the PFP’s current positions on this legislation. For the full text and more information on a bill, click on the given bill’s title.
Additionally, the PFP Legislative Committee has drafted and sent several letters to state senators and assemblypersons detailing the party's support of or opposition to each bill. Each position letter may be accessed individually via the links marked [Position letter] below or click here for a list of all PFP position letters. Last update: October 1, 2019.
AB 32 (Bonta) – State prisons: private, for-profit administration services – SUPPORT
Would end state of California contracts with private prisons. [Position letter]
• AB 33 (Bonta) – State public retirement systems: divestiture from private prison companies – SUPPORT
Would stop CalPERS and CalSTRS investments in private prisons. [Position letter]
• AB 36 (Bonta/Chiu) – Residential tenancies: rent control – SUPPORT
Would modify those provisions of Costa-Hawkins that prevent local rent control measures from applying to new construction. [Position letter]
• AB 392 (Weber) – Peace officers: deadly force – SUPPORT
Would restrict police officers’ use of deadly force to only when necessary to prevent serious bodily injury or death. [Position letter]
Cassandra Devereaux, Peace and Freedom Party candidate for California State Assembly in district 14 gave a brief stump speech at last weekend’s California Progressive Alliance (CPA) conference.
Click here to see Cassie calling out her prospective opponent in Election 2020, sitting assemblyman Tim Grayson, a former police chaplain. Grayson’s record is lowlighted by the murderous Vallejo Police Department, who have demonstrated what Cassie calls “lethal indifference to people of color.” Vallejo is currently the city with highest per capita police killings rate in all of Northern California.
In advance of Black History Month and in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Peace and Freedom Party member Joe Delaplaine looks back at Dr. King’s interaction with and inspiration of activism in California. Click on any of the embedded images for a full poster-sized version suitable for printing.
This month, we celebrate the ongoing accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Born January 15, 1929, Dr. King is closely associated with his leadership, organizing Southern states in the middle half of the last century. What’s forgotten, however, are the hundreds of thousands of Southern Californians he inspired. From the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968, King spoke at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, L.A. Sports Arena, Jefferson High School, in Willowbrook/Compton, Chapman University, UCLA, the Hollywood Palladium, among many other locations in California.
(For a map and other details on Dr. King’s major public appearance in California between 1956 and ’63, click here.)
The Freedom Riders
In 1961, over 400 men and women across the country, many inspired by Dr. King, organized themselves into the Freedom Riders. These brave volunteers of all ages and nationalities openly confronted racial segregation on buses, in interstate transportation waiting rooms and in depot restaurants in order to win the right for anyone to sit, eat, or travel wherever they pleased without fear of discrimination or violence.
Although integrated interstate public transit was technically legal in 1961, many states continued to very violently enforce “whites only” segregation. The Riders knew they faced being beaten and most likely killed simply for riding public transit in such states; however, they did so to end discrimination once and literally “for all”.
Pres. Trump, that master of flimflamery and misdirection, has found a way to take our minds off his impeachment predicament. War always gets everyone’s maximum attention – Nothing like a good little war, or the threat of one, to stoke unthinking patriotism and knee-jerk rallying around the flag. And if the “enemy’ won’t cooperate by staring a war, we’ll just have to do it ourselves.
Never mind the fact that Iran – our chosen enemy of the moment – is not a threat to the United States. And let’s overlook all the things we have done to provoke them. No, the important thing is that this military action and saber-rattling will wipe out those news headlines about impeaching the President.
How many people are going to die because Trump wants to change the subject?
State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party
An introduction to Leonard Peltier, political prisoner, Peace & Freedom Party vice-presidential candidate
Leonard Peltier’s story is virtually a textbook illustration of everything that is wrong with the criminal justice and incarceration systems in the United States. Leonard is a political prisoner currently serving his 44th year in prison for a murder he did not commit.
As Peace & Freedom Party believes in overhauling the current criminal system and elimination of current practices of mass incarceration, Leonard has previously agreed to run for political office under the PFP banner, and he is seeking the PFP nomination for US vice-president in Election 2020.
Leonard Peltier, a 74-year-old indigenous man, part Anishinabe, part Lakota and Dakota, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa (English misnomer for the Anishinabe) Nation, has served 43 years in prison for the murder of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975 which he did not commit. He is a political prisoner who was convicted as part of the FBI’s Cointelpro action to destroy the American Indian Movement (AIM).
After the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, a corrupt tribal chairman named Dick Wilson created a period of political violence on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Wilson was trying to get the US government into mining uranium in the Badlands for its nuclear programs. As more traditional members of the Lakota nation were firmly against this destruction of the environment, Wilson hired groups of vigilantes called Guardians Of the Oglala Nation (or GOONs), who in turn initiated what became known as the Reign of Terror on the reservation.