The state admits Foster did not kill anyone himself. But he soon may die for his unknowing involvement in what happened that unhappy night. (The actual shooter in the incident was executed last year.)
I've argued that Governor Perry and the Parole Board should not commute the sentence because they oppose capital punishment (they don't), but because they support it and don't want their authority to implement it whittled away. That's not quite the same argument put forward by most opponents of Foster's execution, but for Rick Perry and Rissie Owens I think it could resonate. It's really true - I don't know how much longer Texas' implementation of capital punishment can remain as sloppy and callous as we do it right now. At the end of the day I don't think the US Supreme Court will stand for it.
I received an email yesterday asking me to notify folks of a protest urging the Governor to save Foster tomorrow (Tuesday) in front of the state capital building. Normally I'm not a great fan of protest politics, but at this point it's all that's left to do. Here are the detail of tomorrow's event:
Call to Action from the Save Kenneth Foster Campaign
With Kenneth's execution date approaching fast, it is crucial for us all to tell the State of Texas to do the right thing and STOP THIS EXECUTION!
To our allies in Austin and throughout Texas,
Though the State admits he did not kill anyone, Kenneth Foster Jr still faces execution on August 30th. His crime? Being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Kenneth has used the eleven years he has spent on Texas' infamous death row using his case to educate people and build a movement for justice and freedome, not only for those in prison but for all of us that live with the spectre of the prison-industrial complex. He's been fighting for all of us. Now he needs us to fight for him. His life depends on it.
Can anyone do anything to stop this execution? Yes, we can stop this execution and and we will. How? People all over the Texas, the US, and the world have called for clemency already. All we need now is for you to join them in their calls to save this young man's life. Your voice is needed and will make a difference.
Join us Tuesday:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21ST
11TH AND CONGRESS, AUSTIN
We will meet and march to the Governor's Mansion with the message: "Justice must prevail. Stop the execution of Kenneth Foster Jr."
See you there.
Save Kenneth Foster Campaign