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LETTER OF SOLIDARITY TO THE NAVAJO NATION

EXECUTE JUSTICE NOT PEOPLE Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty Prisoners, Advocates and Friends Working to End All State Killing in Alabama, P.O. Box 1362, Lanett, AL 36863 Phone (334) 499-0003 E-mail: beesther@earthlink.net Website: www.phadp.org https://www.facebook.com/projecthopetoabolishthedeathpenaltyinalabama www.facebook.com/ projecthopetoabolishthedeathpenaltyinAlabama Anthony Boyd – President/CEO Bart Johnson – Vice President Esther Brown – Executive Director www.phadp.org beesther@earthlink.net

To Our Native Sisters and Brothers,

We, Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty, are an organization ran by Death Row inmates. Founded in 1989 with the purpose of abolishing the death penalty, we would like to extend an invitation to you all to join in our common fight.

We appreciate your recent battle with the Federal Government over the wrongful execution of the late Mr. Lezmond Mitchell. We recognize that it sets a dangerous precedent that disrespectfully flies in the face of tribal sovereignty. With our efforts and purpose to abolish the death penalty, we would like to offer an opportunity to join us, and other anti-death penalty organizations, to prevent further atrocities like this. We believe the execution of Mr. Mitchell violated his basic human rights, and if allowed, will happen again. We also understand that the execution of Mr. Mitchell deeply offended the tribal sovereignty of the Navajo Nation, as well as the values of many Native American people, and should not have happened. Abolishing the death penalty as a whole would prevent fighting executions on a case-by-case basis.

It's impossible to escape the arbitrariness and capriciousness embedded into the core of the death penalty. Mr. Mitchell's age at the time of the crime puts him right in the middle of the average age of defendants sentenced to death. And, with a more culpable co-defendant who was given a lesser sentence, it's clear that Mr. Mitchell was treated unfairly. From white-washed jury boxes to the violation of his Federal due process, he has suffered the consequences stemming from the core of the justice system. This is a fight that we all, here on death row and death rows across the country, are fighting to prevent another unjust execution tainted by racial bias and prejudices, to protect the next Lezmond Mitchell from having to have the same uphill battle alone, or at all, we urge you all to stand with us, showing a united front, and ending the death penalty all together. As one, we can win this fight and help to reaffirm the sovereignty of tribal nations.

The Federal Government "only perpetuates this countries dreadful history of colonial violence and oppression of indigenous peoples," and is further example of Black oppression and racism towards any colored people or minorities. This Federal overreach into Native Nation sovereignty is the result of lynchings moving to death chambers, and plainly shows the lack of respect toward Native Americans, African Americans, and all people of color, by the US Government. Fighting this infringement aids in all fights of Federal overreach, but you are not alone! We, PHADP, are aligned with Equal Justice USA, the Catholic Mobilizing Network, Journey of Hope, Witness to Innocence, Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, just to name a few who stand and fight capital punishment.

We ask that you align with us, and these organizations, as we press forward in this common fight. To prevent further atrocities and government overreach, with the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty. In closing, we want to extend our appreciation for your unwavering efforts in this fight, and we look forward to your continued involvement and support.

Sincerely

Anthony Boyd Chairman, PHADP