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  • Joan Sekler
    ... From: Wayne Moore via Change.org Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:16:26 +0000 Subject: KKK jury To: joan.sekler@gmail.com When I was 19, a
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 21, 2012
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      From: "Wayne Moore via Change.org" <mail@...>
      Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:16:26 +0000
      Subject: KKK jury
      To: joan.sekler@...

      When I was 19, a prosecutor framed me and nine other civil rights
      activists for firebombing a building in Wilmington, NC. We were dubbed
      the Wilmington Ten, convicted by a jury that included multiple KKK
      members, and sentenced to 29 years in prison.

      At nineteen, I had dreams of becoming a lawyer or running for office.
      But when I was released on parole eight years after my conviction, I
      was shunned by my community and had trouble finding enough work to get
      by. Worst of all, after being away for so long, my children no longer
      trusted me.

      I'll never get back what I lost -- nor will the other nine people who
      were wrongly imprisoned. But we deserve to be officially declared
      innocent. The governor of North Carolina will issue her last pardons
      over the next two weeks, before she leaves office. I started a
      petition on Change.org asking Governor Perdue to reverse the injustice
      that tore our lives apart and pardon the members of the Wilmington
      Ten. Will you sign my petition?

      The Wilmington Ten were working together in 1971 to integrate public
      schools in our community.

      Jay Stroud is the District Attorney responsible for our unjust
      sentencing. He built his case on the testimony of three convicted
      felons, all of whom retracted their statements just a few years later.
      A few weeks ago, the notes he took during the trial were released.
      They show that Stroud bribed witnesses and tried to recruit a jury
      with as many white racists as possible -- one note next to a jury
      member read "possibly KKK good."

      I have been fighting against my wrongful conviction for decades,
      before and after I was released. I have struggled tremendously over
      the years to overcome the paralyzing effects of being imprisoned for
      crimes I never committed -- but I am determined to clear my name.

      Governors usually issue pardons during their last week in office, and
      with North Carolina's governor set to leave at the end of the year,
      this could be our last chance to get a pardon and send a message to
      the entire country that this injustice will not be tolerated.

      The city of Wilmington has already apologized. It is now time for the
      state of North Carolina to do the same by granting The Wilmington Ten
      a full pardon of innocence. Please sign my petition today and urge
      Governor Perdue to pardon me and the other members of the Wilmington
      Ten. http://www.change.org/petitions/nc-governor-bev-perdue-pardon-the-wilmington-ten?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=15659&alert_id=TyCEmofyYS_PickjnqRua

      Thank you for your help.

      Wayne Moore

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