Monday, December 10, 2007

New Film, Public Forum on West Memphis 3 Set for Tuesday in Little Rock

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2007 at 4:00 AM

There will be a public forum and a screening of a new film on the West Memphis Three case Tuesday night (Dec. 11) in Little Rock. The event is being held on the 33rd birthday of Damien Echols, who is on death row for the murders despite what forum organizers are calling "strong scientific evidence of his innocence."

Tuesday night's event will include a film screening on the case and the new evidence, a question-and-answer session on the case, and the campaign to help free the three men who were convicted in 1994.

The meeting will also include a letter-writing session and petition-signing targeting Arkansas Governor Mike Beeebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

“Evidence = Innocence. Arkansas Take Action!” is a campaign that started in late November to harnesses community support for the West Memphis 3.

"We have been overwhelmed by public support over the last two weeks, and this event will bring together existing supporters while reaching more people who want to learn how they can help correct this grave injustice," said Capi Peck, a small business owner in Little Rock who is coordinating the campaign.

"As we celebrate Damien's birthday and enjoy the holidays with our friends and families, we are more hopeful than ever that justice will finally prevail in this case.”

The meeting will be from 7-10 p.m. at the Market Street Cinema, 1521 Merrill Drive, Little Rock. Donations of $10 per person to attend the screening will benefit the West Memphis Three Defense Fund. For more info go to the organization's website.

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