The Death Penalty Is Part of Our Shared and Tortured History

  Matthias Müller / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The following speech was delivered via telephone at the Death Penalty Focus event held on September 23, 2018. The late James Baldwin stated that history is far from a dead thing. “We carry it with us.” We are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally […]

Lying With a Straight Face

by Kevin Cooper San Bernardino District Attorney Michael Ramos discusses his opposition to abolishing the death penalty at a 2012 press conference. (YouTube) DEATH ROW, SAN QUENTIN, Calif.— “There are no innocent people on death row in California.” Those were the words of San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos when he appeared in TV commercials […]

A reprieve for death-row prisoner Kevin Cooper?

By JEFF MACKLER Executions are scheduled at one minute after midnight at San Quentin Prison, just over the San Rafael Bridge in Marin County and overlooking the San Francisco skyline. On the cold winter night of Feb. 10, 2004, death-row inmate Kevin Cooper was being fully prepped for the hereafter, dressed in a new set […]

Was Kevin Cooper Framed for Murder?

This is the story of a broken justice system. It appears that an innocent man was framed by sheriff’s deputies and is on death row in part because of dishonest cops, sensational media coverage and flawed political leaders. by Nicholas Kristof with Jessia Ma and Stuart A. Thompson   Kevin Cooper at San Quentin. ,   […]

U.S. Media Do Not Give Us All Sides of the Story

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”—Malcolm X (Nick Youngson / CC BY-SA 3.0) Editor’s note: Kevin Cooper was convicted of a 1983 quadruple […]

Is It Illegal To Be Black In Amerika?

By Kevin Cooper Sometime in the early 19th century, former United States President Thomas Jefferson stated: “Unchecked power twisted white men’s characters.”  Since he was a slave owner and an oppressor, he should know what he speaks about! He also stated: “The man must be a prodigy who can retain his manners and morals undepraved […]

Voices: Kevin Cooper

By Mary Kate DeLucco “I have hope. And because I have hope I have life.” For Kevin Cooper, who has been on San Quentin’s death row since 1985, it is a hope that survives because of “the number of people I have helping me, who believe in my case, my innocence, and in me.” Those […]

2018: The Year of the Executioner?

by Kevin Cooper San Quentin State Prison in California. (Flickr / CC 2.0) Editor’s note: Kevin Cooper was convicted of a 1983 quadruple murder and sentenced to death in a trial in which evidence that might have exonerated him was withheld from the defense. His case was scrutinized in a June 19 New York Times column by Nicholas […]

Support Kevin Cooper’s Campaign to Persuade Gov. Brown to Commute His Sentence

Kevin Cooper’s case is urgent. Though completely innocent, he has lost his legal appeals and his petition for clemency from the Governor is a last effort to win his freedom. He has been on death row at San Quentin prison for 32 years. If California starts up its executions again, Kevin is at the top […]

Custer died for their sinz

by Kevin Cooper Gen. George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) paid the ultimate price for the sins of certain white people of his time who committed damn near every type of crime against humanity upon the indigenous peoples of this country. So much so that many different tribes of indigenous peoples came together, some who were sworn […]