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“In this country, justice can be
won against the greatest of odds;
hope can find its way back to the
darkest of corners; and when we
are told we cannot bring about
the change that we seek, we answer
with one voice—yes we can.

Barack Obama
Raleigh, NC
May 6, 2008

Please wear a black arm or wrist band today, 10/28/2008, in silent protest of the execution of Eric Nenno by the state of Texas. Mr. Nenno is scheduled to be poisoned tonight for the 1995 murder of Nicole Benton.

Eric Nenno is a pedophile, accused of fondling children prior to this case and now convicted of this crime. Recidivism is highest for this behavior and it is considered an incurable psychological disease by the American Psychiatric Association. Mr. Nenno also showed little understanding of the morality of his actions, telling police after failing a lie detector test that he guessed the victim was “still up in the attic,” where she had been in fact for two days. It is clear that Mr. Nenno needs treatment, not killing! Texas must stay this execution to allow time to treat Eric Nenno for this serious disease.

Thanks for all you do to abolish the death penalty in the United States of America!

emphasis mine

UPDATE:  October 29

Eric Nenno has been executed.

Yesterday I voted for Obama, and that in itself calmed my soul. I have done my part as a citizen to help make this country more nearly what God intended. And yet I refuse to feel complacent or resigned. This election is too important to do that.

For the first time in US history, we have the chance to elect a black man to the highest office, to give legs to our words. If racism doesn’t exist (as some claim it doesn’t), then let us prove that is so. No, BUTS. Just vote for Obama.


As poet Collin Kelley has written in “One Week Until Election Day,” we must “stay vigilant until an Obama victory is secured.” Collin will cast his vote in Atlanta “in the shadow of Ebenezer,” the church from which Martin Luther King Jr. led a movement whose aim was equality.

We do not yet have equality in the US. Economic equality. That’s what King was talking about. Not just the right for blacks to eat at a lunch counter, but the money to afford to eat there. If you favor equality, as King did, then give wings to the dream. If racism doesn’t exist (as some claim it doesn’t), then let us prove that is so. No, BUTS. Just vote for Obama.

This is a time to make history. This is the time to vote for Obama.


I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.” Barck Obama