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DropLoPTexas Political Action Committee

 

The Kenneth Foster’Support Group works with DropLoPTexas, a local Political Action Committee registered with the State of Texas, dedicated to reforming the outmoded and unjust Law of Parties.

Under this law, many Texans have been sentenced to outrageously lengthy or cruel sentences, including death, because of connections with a person who killed someone, whether the second person participated in the killing or not.

The law of parties for felonies other than capital crimes can also result in a long sentence for a person who was “along for the ride,” or in a relationship with the main perpetrator of the felony.

To learn more about this group or if you want to join the effort to reform the LOP : https://droploptexas.com/

The group is trying to gather statistics regarding cases in Texas for which the Law Of Parties or Felony Murder Rule was invoked, resulting in excessive sentences for a crime committed by another person.

This work and the information gathered aim at influencing Texas lawmakers to repeal the Law of Parties and provide sentencing reviews for people who are serving time for acts they did not do

If you are  willing to help them find out about people who are serving time under Law of Parties, write to:

Drop LoP Texas

P.O. Box 181655

Dallas TX 75218-1655.

Or email at: Reformit@droploptexas.com

 

 

Poetry Book Out Now

Kenneth’s Trilogy of poetry “A Voice From The Killing Machine is available on Amazon Now! Click the link for direct access to purchase Kenneth’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Voice-Killing-Machine-Trilogy-Poems/dp/B089CV89WL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=F6BZTTZEJVLX&dchild=1&keywords=a+voice+from+the+killing+machine&qid=1603333924&sprefix=a+voice+from+the+killing%2Caps%2C699&sr=8-1 

“Kenneth remains relentlessly fighting against his life sentence. Many across the world believe he’s paid his dept to society. His support team remains vigil for any avenue ( legal or otherwise) that can free him. In the face of these challenges, he remains dedicated to changing the Law of Parties ( the statue that allowed him to be sentenced to death) with the hopes it’ll help save the lives of others sentenced to die though they never killed anyone nor intended a life be taken. Having been incarcerated since 1996, prison and political activism has become embedded in Kenneth’s DNA. He remains active with the work to shed light on mass incarceration through his writings, youth outreach, and work with National Lawyers Guild, Prison Justice League, and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty.”

Lone Star Statement

Lone Star Statement, A documentary short by Scott Calonico about the night before Kenneth Foster’s slated execution will be shown at the International Film Festival this month in Italy. Watch and share the video and please show some love to Scott on his Facebook page for creating this documentary.

 

Scott – https://www.facebook.com/scott.calonico?fref=ts

Film Festival Info: http://www.sedicicorto.it/…/175-Festival/638-Selection_2015/

New lawyer for Kenneth!

After a very long and trying time the moment has come to get my case back in motion. This is going to be a very difficult task due to the fact during my time on death row I pretty much exhausted all of my legal remedies. To qualify for a new Writ to be filed one must show some form of new evidence that was not available at the time of trial or a claim of innocence. It’s my plans to pursue claims in both fields.

I wanted to let it be known that my family has hired the phenomenal Randy Schaffer to review my case. This is not only a great opportunity to achieve Justice, but it’s been a great sacrifice for my family; the retainer fee for Randy Schaffer was $30 000. That wasn’t a typo. The sad truth about the American Judicial System is it takes money to put up proper defenses to cases. Keep in mind that Capital Murder cases take up to 2.5 million dollars to see a case to execution. To go up against such a beast, properly investigate, properly research and litigate takes a lot of time and effort. Sadly, the reality is most defendants in the court system can’t afford this type of representation. The other sad truth is my family probably could not afford it either. But, I will never know the toll it will take as they will never tell. What I owe to them cannot be lived up to in two lifetimes. Nevertheless, they have faith in the person I’ve become. They know that I have served my time for my wrongs and they want to see me home with my family. We take this chance to finally see what will be. The hard facts is that NOTHING is guaranteed. Only a grand effort by a champion of the law (Mr. Schaffer). Mr. Schaffer is best known for freeing death row inmate Randall Adams whom the movie “Thin Blue Line” was made about. However, those aren’t his only accolades. If you’d like to take a peek at Mr. Schaffer’s credentials you can link up to his site (www.schafferfirm.com ) or just google him.

In close, we do plan to do some fund raising for this cause to help ease the burden of my family. We will be looking at selling artwork, my poetry books and other endeavors. For any of you that would like to donate to our cause you can do so, here, through our DONATE section. We would appreciate counts. I thank-you ahead of time.

While the future is unknown I am very excited to be at this stage in my plight. Just as I never gave up hope when I was 6 hours from execution I haven’t given up hope on freedom. If, in the event of our inability to get me back in the courts and/or receive favorable results, happens I can at least look back and know I had one of the best lawyers on my side. That won’t necessarily bring me peace, because I know I’ve served my debt to society, but it’ll at least allow me to move towards peace and figuring out what to do with the time I face. Dealing with prison is as much about facing realities as surviving physically. We move forward hoping for the best…. and expecting the same!

Thank-you for your time and support. God Bless.

Use of Force

On August 30, 2007, Texas Governor Rick Perry commuted the death sentence of Kenneth Foster, Jr. following a sustained grassroots campaign led by Kenneth’s family and anti-death penalty activists from Texas and across the country. This video was taken the night staff members from Texas’ death row transported Kenneth to the death house in Huntsville several hours ahead of schedule. As promised, Kenneth refused to cooperate. His bravery in this video is a testament to his fighting spirit and commitment to social justice.

 

May 28th, 2012

(Hope ?)

Today I saw a rainbow. I cannot remember ever seeing a rainbow during my time of incarceration, and really can’t remember where I was the last time I saw one. After a wild storm brewed for about 45 minutes, then all fell calm, this rainbow set in the sky.

I’d been looking out the window at the dark skies, falling rain, trees blowing so hard it looked like they were going to uproot. I laid down after a while, then when everything stopped I climbed back to the window to look around. That’s when I saw it- like an image out of a leprechaun story. High in the sky, all the colors present, flawlessly arched. That may have been the most perfect thing I’ve seen in the last 15 years. I have to admit- it grasped me for a moment. I couldn’t help but to think of the covenant God made with Noah and how the rainbow would be a reminder of it. At that moment I wished for a similar covenant. I wished to have my prayers answered to give me that 2nd chance after my world had been destroyed. After all- the fire next time.

But, I’m not Noah. I’m unaware of how stretched my favor is. I’m a believer of some sorts and a non-believer in others. Sometimes- outside of being superstitious, suspicious and suspect all rolled up into one civilian- I’m not sure exactly what I am. I need a helper like Aaron. I don’t have any apostles, though. However, I am an admirer of the miracles of the world and universe. I’m a fan of the things we get to witness. And while the more we think we’re Gods the more (at that thought) I laugh and find happiness in the simplicity of what we are.

Somewhere under the rainbow, I’m looking up trying to grasp a piece of that perfection. I’m reminded that there’s something greater outside of these white walls and shiny gray steel. Even this arrogant beast I’m in the belly of must raise its eyes to this bow which bends over its towers- impenetrable by its machine guns and inhumane policies. Knowing there’s something more powerful allows me to never submit to something less than. It’s a smile that I can hold on to in the face of every insult, tactic, threat and attack. When the load is heavy you have to be realistic and not pray for the lighter load, but for stronger shoulders. In the eyes of the rainbow you pray as if everything depends on man; and that’s because peace comes not from the absence of conflict, rather from the ability to cope with it.

You see- under these storm torn skies there’s always a reminder that it’s something afterwards, something greater, something more beautiful. So, we have no qualms about asking for the rain. Not because we enjoy the storm, but because we know when it passes there will be a magnificent ray of light hovering over us bending towards a better direction.

Today I saw a rainbow. I hope it’s not my last.