NC Governor Bev Perdue (@NCGovOffice): Pardon the Wilmington Ten
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NC Governor Bev Perdue (@NCGovOffice): Pardon the Wilmington Ten

    1. Petition by

      Wayne Moore

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In 1972, I was one of ten young civil right activists -- nine black men and one white woman -- who were framed and wrongfully convicted of a crime we didn't commit during protests of racial discrimination in the Wilmington, NC school system. We came to be known as the Wilmington Ten.   The District Attorney, Jay Stroud, actively sought to exclude black people from the jury. In his trial notes, which have recently come to light, he marked black potential jurors, and wrote, "stay away from black men." In another note he writes, "probably KKK good." BUt he wasn't opposed to every black person sitting on the jury; he mentions that one potential juror is a "sensible, Uncle Tom type."   Every one of the trial's main witnesses against us -- convicted felons -- later recanted their testimony. A newly released letter shows that one of them asked Stroud for special favors in return for testifying against us.   My biggest aspiration at the time was to create an educational environment conducive to the needs of ALL students in Wilmington. For that "crime" the ten of us were plucked from our families and from our futures. Years I would have spent in law school working to fulfill my dream of becoming a lawyer and a politician were instead spent in prison, or fighting false charges against me. Years my friends would have spent raising their children and pursuing their own dreams were instead simply lost.   Sometimes, when a dream is deferred for long enough, you don't get to start from the beginning. I may not ever become an attorney or a politician. But Governor Bev Perdue can help set the record straight once and for all, and in doing so free the surviving Wilmington Ten members from the air of suspicion and lifetime of discrimination that has followed us ever since we were falsely convicted.   Please join me in asking Governor Perdue to look carefully at all the evidence, and close this ugly chapter in North Carolina's history by issuing pardons of innocence for the six surviving and 4 deceased members of The Wilmington Ten.The Wilmington Ten Pardons of Innocence Project

https://www.facebook.com/TheWilmingtonTenPardonOfInnocenceProject

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    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. 1000 Signatures & Beyond!

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! Thank you all so much! We've surpassed our 1000 signature goal! Please keep the signatures coming- they all help the effort to support The Wilmington Ten's bids for Pardons of Innocence tremendously!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. NCCU School of Law presents: "40 Years is Long Enough"

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      BREAKING NEWS!
      On Wednesday, 9/5/12, from 6-8:30 pm, North Carolina Central University School of Law presents, "40 Years is Long Enough", moderated by Atty. Irving Joyner, Wilmington Ten defense Atty. James Ferguson, and several surviving members of the Wilmington Ten.
      **It is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
      REGISTER to attend by contacting Michelle Roberts at 919-530-6601 or talias@nccu.edu.

    6. Editorial Supporting the Wilmington Ten

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Read the Durham Herald Sun's recent editorial: "Justice sought for the Wilmington 10"

      http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/19714792/article-Justice-sought-for-the-Wilmington-10

    7. 500 Signatures!

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 500 signatures in support of the Wilmington Ten Pardon of Innocence Project!

      Thank you to all of you who have signed- we couldn't have made it without you. Please continue to share this petition with your friends and family so they can support The Wilmington Ten Pardon of Innocence Project, as well.

      You can also "Like" The Wilmington Ten Pardon of Innocence Project's Facebook page, where you can read and view all the latest news, videos and updates about the Project.

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. 27 Signatures Since Last PM in Honor & Memory of Connie Tindall

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Our Supporters are Incredible!
      We have received 27 signatures since just last night in memory of Connie Tindall, member of the Wilmington Ten, who passed on yesterday. A link to Wilmington's News 14 Carolina report on Connie Tindall's death is attached.
      We only have 17 more to go to reach 500 signatures in support of the Wilmington Ten's bids for Pardons of Innocence from Gov. Bev Perdue. We appreciate all of you dearly.
      THANK YOU!!!

    10. In Memory of Connie Tindall, One of the Members of the Wilmington Ten

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Click on the link to read the Cash Roc Blog remembrance of Connie Tindall, member of the Wilmington Ten, who has sadly died today, 8/3/12. RIP Connie. Peace be with his family & friends in this time of sorrow & loss.

    11. 7/24/12 Star News Story on a 1977 March for the Wilmington Ten

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Follow the link to an article about a 1977 march for the Wilmington Ten, published on 7/23/12 by the Wilmington Star News.

    12. Sad News about a Member of the Wilmington Ten

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      It is with deep, deep regret...and sorrow, that The Wilmington Ten Pardons of Innocence Project must announce the passing of Connie Tindall, one of the seven remaining members of the Ten. Mr. Tindall died earlier today on the way to the hospital. He was recently ill. All of us at the Pardon Project who got to know Connie, loved him for the straight forward, yet fun-loving person that he was. Connie loved his community immensely. We will have more on his life in following posts. Our heartfelt prayers are with his family, friends, and the six remaining members of the Ten. Thank you.

    13. Larry Reni Thomas' 2/12 South Bookstore Lecture in Brooklyn, NY

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Listen to Larry Reni Thomas' February 2012 Lecture on the Wilmington Ten, held at the South Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY.

    14. Part 1: The Wilmington 10: 40 Yrs. of Loss & Struggle

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Read the Cash Roc Blog to learn more about the members of the Wilmington Ten and their stories of trial and survival, post-conviction.

    15. Still Trying to Clear Their Names

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Click this link to learn more about the individuals who make up the Wilmington Ten.

    16. 150 People Gather in Support of Pardoning the Wilmington Ten

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Follow the link to read & listen to this June 27, 2012 story by WHQR news reporter Asia Brown on the June 26, 2012 Faith Rally for the Wilmington Ten at St. Stephen A.M.E. Church.

    17. Part 2 of Rev. Barber's Wilmington 10 Faith Rally KeynotWhat's your update?

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Please enjoy Part 2 of the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber's explosive keynote address on behalf of the Wilmington Ten for the June 26th, Faith Community Rally at St. Stephen A.M.E. Church.

    18. Part 1 of Rev. Barber's Wilmington 10 Faith Rally Keynote Address

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Please enjoy Part 1 the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber's explosive keynote address on behalf of the Wilmington Ten for the June 26th, Faith Community Rally at St. Stephen A.M.E. Church.

    19. US Ct. of Appeals Re: the Wilmington 10, courtesy of Ron Shackelford

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Follow this link to Law Justia's Free Database of US Court of Appeals Cases to the December 4, 1980 US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit decision on the Wilmington Ten's convictions.

    20. Audio: James Baldwin's Open Ltr. to Pres Jimmy Carter re: the Wilmington 10

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Please listen to a very powerful reading by Gwenyfar Rohler of legendary writer James Baldwin's open letter to President Jimmy Carter on NY Times on January 23, 1977.

    21. The Pardon Project is Getting Support from All Quarters.

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Check out this good article from 6/14/12 about the Wilmington Ten's petition for Pardons of Innocence.

    22. Interesting Article about the W-10 Pardon Project in EncWhat's Your Update?

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Read another Wilmingtonian's perspective on the Wilmington Ten, as well as an interview with Irving Joyner, a professor of law at NC Central University, and the attorney who prepared the petition for Pardon of Innocence on behalf of the Wilmington Ten.

    23. VIDEO: NC NAACP President talks about justice for the Wilmington Ten.

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      NC NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber talks about justice for the Wilmington Ten in an EXCLUSIVE video produced by the Pardon Project, SPREAD THE WORD, and share this video!

    24. Articles & Videos Added to The Cash Roc Blog

      Susie Edwards
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the Cash Roc blog, where you can read all of Cash Micheal's articles and see 3 videos of live coverage of the Wilmington Ten's press conference about their petitions to the State of NC for pardons of innocence.

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