How can they kill a mentally ill man?

By: Andre V. Jones

To the New Abolitionist!

I greet you, brothers and sisters, in the name of peace. As Salaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Barakatu Allah Akbar.

I want to thank you all very, very much for publishing my article in your newsletter. Please put me on your mailing list so I can receive a copy. I want to touch base on a couple of issues I feel are of paramount importance.

Brother Anthony Porter is in the Cook County Jail, pending a hearing to determine if he is insane or sane. It is a well-known fact that this man is mentally ill.

His attorneys came to visit myself and a few others here on death row to ask about his mental state. After his attorneys left, this racist, fascist, imperialist administration here approached several brothers and told them that if they went back to court to testify for brother Anthony Porter, they would immediately be shipped to the Supermax prison in Tamms.

Unfortunately, the divide-and-conquer rule reared its ugly head once again. Out of fear of being sent to Tamms, several brothers called brother Porter's attorneys and recanted their support.

I personally contacted his attorneys and told them that I and a few other brothers would not under any circumstances allow the administration to spook us.

The administration here at Menard has clearly demonstrated through its threats that it has every intention on murdering a mentally retarded man.

We must stop these acts of barbarism by showing solidarity in the form of protests, letter writing, getting our families to take part in rallies and so on.

Please take note of the program which aired last year on ABC's "Nightline," with my ex-death row comrades Rolondo Cruz and Dennis Williams. They talked about police who beat and tortured suspects into "bogus confessions" and judges and prosecutors who know about this great injustice because they are the ones who are taking part in it. They must be accountable for their actions, all the way down to the wardens and correctional guards.

To all of the brothers and sisters in the "free world," regardless of race, creed, color, sex or religion, it's us today - it can very well be you tomorrow.

The police torture and beat you, the prosecutors lie about you - manufacture bogus evidence and witnesses against you - and the judge all the while knows that everyone is lying (including himself). They don't care what your race is, your sex, your religion or anything. They will continue to get innocent people sent to death row at alarming rates.

If anyone has any ideas for me and my family that can help totally eliminate the death penalty, we will be there on the front line. This situation is so serious that my twin sons are entering law school, and they are trying to persuade my daughter to do the same.

Thank you very much for your precious time and cooperation. Let's continue to fight the powers that be on every front - political, social, economic, etc. We will eventually bring an end to this madness.

Wa Laikum Salaam,
Aziz Mujahid Jadd
AKA Andre V. Jones, Sr.
P.O. Box 711, Menard, IL 62259