Saturday 5 February 2011

2/17 DE Lethal Injustice Event w/Mark Clements + Amir Varick by Sis Marpessa

From: Sandy Jones

“Lethal Injustice: Death Penalty and Harsh Sentencing”

A Free program with

Mark Clements

At the young age of 16 years old, Mark Clements was tortured by the Chicago police, under the supervision of Jon Burge, the chief of police who was recently convicted and given a four and a half year sentence for participating in the torture of as many as 100 (largely young, black) men . Mark served 28 years in prison as an innocent man, including many years on death row.  Just a year and a half after his release, he now works tirelessly as a dynamic activist in the movement against the death penalty, serving on the staff of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty in Chicago, IL.


 Amir Varick

Amir was 23 years old when he was similarly tortured by the police in New York City and sent to prison on a drug charge carrying a 25-year sentence under the harsh Rockefeller drug laws.  Innocent of the drug charge for which he was convicted, Amir served nearly 20 years of this sentence before finally being released in March 2010 from the New York State Correctional System.  Now a student of Sociology, Social Work, and Public Policy in New York City, Amir is working on developing a curriculum for high school students and has plans to eventually open his own school.

on Thursday, February 17,at 7 pm

 at the Christ Center, Inc.,

939 Vandever Avenue,

Wilmington, DE 19802

This program, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by The Delaware Chapter of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty in conjunction with Pacem in Terris and graciously hosted by the Christ Center, Inc.  For more information, contact Sandy Jones at or call 302-545-7023 or 302-656-2721.

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