16Re: Phoenix Update + NEWS!
- Feb 28, 2004Hi All,
I'm Amy..and I'm one of the co-owners of downtown Phoenix art gallery
and bookstore, Perihelion Arts. We are longtime supporters of the
WM3..and would always make our space available for talks, film
showings, benefits, anything. My cell number is 602.334.6299..and I'd
also love to attend one of your meetings.
--- In WM3az@yahoogroups.com, "Bob B." <megashub@y...> wrote:
> Recently, a last-minute event was thrown together, after we
discovered that long-time supporters of the WM3 were coming through
town - The Supersuckers.
> I (Bob), went solo with my trusty box of swag in one arm, and a
fist full of flyers and mailing list signups in the other. All in
all, it was a GREAT night, with some outstanding tunes and an
enthusiastic crowd. I was very warmly received by both the bands and
the audience. Hell, I even sold a shirt. Thanks to all those who
showed their support by signing up for this list!
> NOW - On to the news:
> Recently, Lorri Davis - Damien Echols' wife sent an updated email
out to everyone via wm3.org. Before I repost that letter, I'd like to
inform you of a local effort we're about to begin. The success of
which, likely will fall directly to all of you:
> The opportunity has presented itself to show both "Paradise Lost"
and "Paradise Lost 2" at Madstone Theaters, for a one-night-only
event-calibre run. Our plan is to turn this into a huge event, which
might possibly include personal appearances by Grove Pashley, Burk
Sauls and Kathy Bakken - the three original founders of the WM3
Support Group. If you've seen Paradise Lost 2, you got a chance
to 'meet' them already. Other possibilities include Mara Leveritt -
author of Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three. If
we can land these huge supporters of the West Memphis Three to attend
this event, we'll not only be screening the two films, but we'll also
present our guests in a special exclusive Q&A session about the case,
as it stands today, and what that means for everyone who supports
> To make this happen though, we need your help to raise the
necessary money. Madstone has graciously presented us with an option
that, if successful would reimburse us the investment. If we provide
them an insurance down-payment, and we later bring in enough money in
box office sales to equal or exceed that amount, we will then be
reimbursed our down-payment.
> The exact amount of the down-payment will depend on the day we
choose to hold the event, and the size of the autotorium that we wish
to use. For those reasons, I cannot provide exact figures, except to
say that we need to raise at the very least $400.
> What we'd very much like to do is: a) raise enough funds to provide
the down-payment, b) make enough money to get that payment back, and
finally c) donate that money to the WM3 Legal Defense Fund - where it
is desperately needed.
> With that, I now present Lorri Davis:
> A LETTER FROM LORRI DAVIS & DAMIEN ECHOLS
> Dear Friends and Supporters:
> We have reached a critical point in Damien's case, and are looking
to prepare his appeal for federal court. His case was recently
dismissed by the Arkansas State Supreme Court, and the federal
petition (habeas corpus) is due within a few months. There are some
remaining tasks including additional investigation, that must be
accomplished in order to complete his appeals in both state (in case
it is sent back) and federal court - we want to be certain all bases
have been covered - he only has one shot at this.
> We have retained new counsel who is an expert at post conviction
appeal work. Funds are needed to pay legal fees that will ensure a
complete record for Damien. This is his last chance. More than ever,
we need your help.
> Thanks to everyone who has helped in the past. It is because of
your support we are able to continue this fight for justice. Your
past donations have enabled us to make strides in investigation for
all three cases, and will help fund the testing of evidence for DNA.
You are amazing and we are eternally grateful for your help.
> Most sincerely,
> Lorri Davis
> If we can just pull together, we can all make this local Phoenix
event happen. What's more, we could even make a huge donation to the
Legal Defense Fund in the process.
> Even if you, yourself are not able to financially assist this
effort, we still want to hear from each and every one of you. Please
take a minute and reply to this email, even if just to say hello.
> Thank you all for your continued support of the West Memphis Three.
> Bob Buechler
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