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International Human Rights Activist Walks 4 LifeAustin King Salem-News.com
As the Supreme Court decides whether lethal injections are "cruel and unusual", a prisoners rights activist walks through 10 of the 12 highest executing states.
(Salem, Ore.) - Andre Latallade, also known as Capital-"X", is a Brooklyn born Puerto Rican who now resides in the South Ward of Newark, New Jersey. Spending nearly half of his life trapped within the web of the criminal justice system, Andre transformed himself into a prisoners rights activist. In an attempt to bring awareness to capital punishment, Andre will walk approximately 1,700 miles from Trenton, New Jersey, to the Governors mansion in Texas.
The death penalty has recently been abolished in New Jersey, and Texas is known as "the busiest killing state." His walk represents "building a bridge between two groups of victims. The executed and their families, and the victims and families of violent crimes."
"Separated, we call for life or death. I say we unite and call for solutions." He asks that life without parole be called for as opposed to the death sentence. Currently all executions are "on hold" while the Supreme Court rules whether lethal injection is cruel and unusual.
The walk will begin on March 31st at about 5:00 PM. Latallade estimates it will take around 54 days walking 8 hours a day minimum, about three and a half miles an hour. He will take one break for 3 days about one-third of the way to participate in the Hip Hop Association's HHEAL Festival in the Bronx, New York. Latallade is a hip hop artist himself and is known by the name of Capital-"X" on stage. Andre has created a video about his "Walk 4 Life." Andre will walk through 10 of the 12 highest executing states.
"I think it can bring unity. Unite everybody that is fighting injustice, and keep that unity till the end. Can we make this big enough to apply international pressure on the USA?"
Various non profit organizations, human rights groups, and other abolitionists support Andre on his "Walk 4 Life".
"I have Italy behind me as well as London organizations, France, Denmark and Croatia. I am reaching out to Puerto Rico".
Capital-"X" will try to raise funds to educate people on the death penalty, and monies raised from this event will be donated to murder victim's families and abolitionist groups.
All Donations to this cause are appreciated. Anyone interested in supporting "X" and uniting in this cause to Stop Capital Punishment, can email Andre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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