Is Texas Getting Ready to Kill an Innocent Man?

Credit: Jana Birchum
Rodney Reed's parents
By: Jordan Smith
The Intercept
Thursday, November 20, 2014

On a late October night in 2007, 20-year-old Connie Lear was playing cards and drinking with friends at an apartment complex just outside Austin, Texas, when she caught her fiance playing footsie under the table with another woman. Lear stormed out; her fiance followed her to the parking lot, where they got into a shouting match. Neighbors called the police.

Farewell to a fighter and a teacher

By: Marlene Martin

Per Darby's wishes, the funeral will be at Noble Funeral Home at 8158 South Exchange Ave. in Chicago,60617. Visitation will be on Monday, November 17th from 4-8 p.m.. The funeral will be on Tuesday, November 18, at 10:30 a.m., with a wake beginning a half hour before.

There will be a procession following the funeral to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, where Darby will be buried.

Days of Action for Rodney Reed


Date: November 24, 2014 10:15 am
Location: Bastrop, TX and Everywhere!
Day of Action for Rodney Reed! 
Phone, Fax, Email Jam 
Twitter/FB/Instagram Jam!
Press Conference and March in Bastrop!
Tuesday November 25th

A hell-raiser against injustice

Credit: Noreen McNulty
Darby Tillis (right) with Gloria Johnson, the mother of pardoned former death row inmate Montell Johnson
By: Noreen McNulty
Socialist Worker
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Darby Tillis defies an easy tribute. A dear friend, confidant and mentor to many. An activist and hell-raiser against injustice. A minister and street preacher, a friend to strangers. A father, brother, uncle, cousin, husband. A musician and mean harmonica player. A wisecracker, storyteller and word-crafter.

I worked for the Campaign to End the Death Penalty's national office in the early 2000s. I had met Darby a few years earlier, running the streets of Philadelphia to protest the death sentence and imprisonment of Mumia Abu-Jamal. While working for the CEDP, Darby was a frequent visitor to our office in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. As the office administrator, I worked side by side with Darby, and he became a mentor and friend.

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