Voices from the inside

A doggone shame


By: Kevin Cooper

This statement, from San Quentin death row prisoner Kevin Cooper, was read to a crowd of more than 10,000 people who turned out to an antiwar demonstration in New York City on April 9, 2011. 

There cannot be more of a cold-blooded and premeditated act of murder than that of a state-sponsored execution as in the death penalty! Unless it’s the cold blooded and premeditated act of War that one government in a country declares upon another.

In both cases, it’s the poor people who are murdered and physically tortured during these man-made acts.

In both instances, the planning for such an event can, often does, take years. Time, however, doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. This is because of the length of time both of these crimes against humanity have been in effect.

These two historic crimes against humanity are connected because it’s the rich who have always controlled who lives and who dies, and to me, that’s a doggone shame. Apparently, poor people and work­ing-class people all over the world feel the same way to a degree because they are fighting the oppressors who are killing them, even if it’s an economic death that they are facing, dealing with and fighting against.

Isn’t economics part of war and part of a class system, which is part of the death penalty? All of it is part of oppression!

Please visit Kevin Coopers website to learn more about his case and how you can get involved: freekevincooper.org