End the Death Penalty Now

RECEIVED Thu., Oct. 29, 2009

Dear Editor,
    While I'm very ill with fever and was unable to attend the watch at the state Capitol to stop the execution of Reginald Blanton, I did call Gov. Rick Perry's office and tell him to stop the execution. I saw myself on my favorite show, Democracy Now, but I could not be happy with it because of his life and others that will be lost. I was in front of the state Capitol at our weekly anti-war protest with a 350.org sign last Friday. I was sick then and unable to sleep that night, but I still got up the next day and marched to end the death penalty and afterward joined Greenpeace's 350.org protest at UT. If it wasn't for a friend who helped me carry my signs, I wouldn't have made it. She got us a bicycle cart to take us to our bus stops afterward. (Thanks, Mona.)
    I see very few people (if any) except at protests, but I don't want to see or hear from my sister or brother-in-law as long as they support the death penalty. It's better to be alone even if I'm very sick. End the death penalty now!
Julian Ward
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