November 26th, 2005

Chris Keeley

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As Execution Date Nears, Gang Founder Stirs Debate
Ex-Crips Leader Has High-Profile Supporters and Detractors

By Evelyn Nieves
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 26, 2005; A03

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. -- Of all the thoughts that might rouse Stanley "Tookie" Williams in the middle of the night, his favorite are "pithies."

In case one hits, he keeps a pencil and pad and an Itty Bitty Book Light on the floor by his cot. That way he can hold on to the pithy -- a phrase or line "that just comes" to him -- and use it in one of the two books he is trying hard to finish writing before he is killed.

It seems impossible given time and circumstances. From his new quarters, cell No. 1 in the San Quentin death house, he is right by the old gas chamber, where he is scheduled to die by injection on Dec. 13. Pithies cannot compete with that.

Williams is probably the most prominent death row prisoner in the country -- co-founder of the Crips gang, convicted of killing four people in 1979 and then nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times in the past five years for his anti-gang work -- so his imminent execution also keeps him busy managing a flood of calls, letters and visits.

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Williams said that he wants to keep on working -- writing. The two books he is currently writing -- an anthology of essays on politics, race, crime and punishment, and the latest in his "Tookie Speaks Out" series (this one on girl gang members) -- need attention. So do the letters he receives, sometimes 30 or 40 a day.

"The sad part," he said, with a sigh, "is that I couldn't possibly answer all of them individually." Even if he had all the time in the world, he said, "it would take forever."

© 2005 The Washington Post Company
Chris Keeley

Zbig's Remarks

From: Richard Parker
To: bruce laingen , Harrison Symmes , "Robert V. Keeley" , Ed Kane
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 16:22:27 -0500
Subject:  Zbig's Remarks

Richard Parker wrote:

> Bruce:
> You may find useful the following text of Zbigniew Brzezinski's 's remarks
> to the Middle East
> Institute banquet on November 7. As far as I know this has received no play
> in the press, but

> it is a good speech and well worth reading. Members of he Academy mght be in
> tereeted in receiving it.


> >
> >         Thank you very much, Ambassador Walker, Your
> > Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. Fifteen years after winning the Cold
> > War, America’s
> > leadership role in the world today, in my view, is in serious
> > jjeopardy. If we look around the world, in different parts of that
> > world, regions are beginning to think increasingly of their own
> > collectiive self-interest while quietly detaching themselves
> > from their close connection ? in some cases, organic connection ? with
> > the United States. This is happening in the Far East, where
> > the beginnings of an Asian community of interests is taking shape and
> > doesn’t see itself as doing that on a trans-Pacific basis
> > but on an Asian basis.
> >
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> >
> >                      So this is the reason why I share these concerns
> > with you. This is why I offer these remedies, because I think we are at
> > a stage in
> >                      which the challenge of statesmanship but also of
> > civic responsibility is to raise these issues with a sense of genuine
> > gravity and
> >                      with a sense of urgency about the need for a
> > serious course correction.
> >
> >                      Thank you.