Take Action Tees are limited edition shirts that support important racial justice and human rights efforts in the U.S. We currently have two special Take Action Tees for purchase – Immigration Reform Now and Abolish the Death Penalty. We are also featuring Voices of Hope: Christmas at Lee Arrendale, a CD Emily helped create with the inmates of Georgia’s Lee Arrendale State Prison, as a Take Action CD!
Buy your Take Action Tee today and wear your conscience on your sleeve.
This shirt features artwork, facts and figures about the death penalty created by the Texas Moratorium Network. Proceeds will benefit the Texas Moratorium Network and Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Both of these groups work tirelessly to address the systemic inequity of the criminal justice system and advocate for a moratorium on executions. See below for citations on the facts listed on the shirt.
With Emily’s support and help, the Choir at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Georgia has released a CD of holiday music. All proceeds from the sale of the CD go to continuing ministry and outreach to inmates at the prison. Read more about the CD and ministry of music at the prison here: AccessNorthGa.com
More Info on Beneficiary Groups of the Immigration Reform Now Tee!
The Florence Project
On any given day, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security in Arizona detains nearly 3,000 people. The Florence Project provides free legal and related social services to indigent men, women, and unaccompanied children detained in Arizona for immigration removal proceedings. The Project strives to ensure that detained individuals have access to counsel, understand their rights under immigration law, and are treated fairly and humanely.
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR)
GLAHR is a grassroots organization created to educate and organize Latinos in their own communities with the purpose of increasing community participation in the struggle for human and civil rights. GLAHR also seeks to educate the general public about the diverse benefits that the immigrant community brings to this country and in that manner, counteract misinformation.
Save Ethnic Studies
The Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District was eliminated when the Arizona legislature passed the bill package HB 2281 / ARS 15-112, making this and other ethnic studies program illegal. Save Ethnic Studies seeks to fully restore the program. They are challenging the constitutionality of HB 2281 in Federal District Court based upon this law being void for vagueness and that it violates the equal protection of Mexican American / Latino youth.
More info on the Abolish the Death Penalty Take Action Tee!
Here are citations for the facts on the t-shirt:
• Almost two-thirds of the current population of juvenile offenders on death row are persons of color (National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty).
• People of color have comprised 43% of total executions since 1976, while comprising only around 25% of the population. (Race and the Death Penalty, American Civil Liberties Union, February 26, 2003).
• Common characteristics of death-row defendants are poverty, the lack of firm social roots in the community, and inadequate legal representation at trial or on appeal. Approximately 90 percent of those on death row could not afford to hire a lawyer when they were tried (The Case Against the Death Penalty, American Civil Liberties Union, December 11, 2012, and Furman v. Georgia – 408 U.S. 208 (1972).
• The United States leads the world with the third highest rate of executions, behind only Iran and Saudi Arabia (New data was released by Amnesty International after the t-shirt went to production. The United States trails Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and China in the number of executions performed in 2012 (unofficially in the latter case, because the number of executions is a state secret).
• African-American defendants receive the death penalty at three times the rate of white defendants in cases where the victims are white (Dave Collins, “Yale study: racial bias, randomness mar Conn. death penalty cases,” Associated Press, December 12, 2007).