Thursday, April 10, 2008
Abe on Andre Latallade
I walked with Capital X from the NCADP offices into Virginia , and we stopped to make this portrait of him with the Memorial Bridge and the P otomac River in the background, just before he crossed out of DC on his way to Texas. Long-time NCADP members might note that he is carrying Sam Reese Sheppards' walking stick, which Sam carried when he walked 1600 miles from Boston to New Orleans in his 1995 "Walk for Alternatives to Violence." Sam put that stick into the NCADP fund raising auction that year, and I bought it. Capital X put a few more miles on The Stick this week in DC and Virginia.
The above photo and article below is from and by Abe Bonowitz
CAPITAL X'S " WALK 4 LIFE "
This past Sunday night my family hosted Andre Latallade in our home just east of Washington , DC . Also known by his stage name, hip hop artist "Capital X" was about 150 miles along the way in his 1700+ mile walk from Trenton, NJ to Austin, TX , where he expects to arrive towards the end of May. The purpose of this walk is to raise awareness about the death penalty and to bring more people into this movement.
On Monday, Capital X met with the staff at the offices of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty in downtown Washington, DC. NCADP board chairman Bill Pelke presented him with generous contributions from two other organizations Bill represents,Alaskans Against the Death Penalty and Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing. Bill met Capital X during a speaking tour in Italy last year and flew all the way from Alaska to be the road crew for a couple of days in support of this effort.
Capital X is in Virginia as I write this and current plans take him through North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in supporting "X" can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can make a donation online at www.myspace.com/capitalxaka305375 or send a check or money order to Voice of the Voiceless, Powermill Box 182, Pine Brook, NJ 07058. Funds raised during the walk will go to victims' families and abolitionist groups.
The Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing Blog has quite a bit about this, and you can view X's "Walk 4 Life" promotional clip and daily video blog documenting his journey at www.ONLOQ.com, a hip hop network that is covering his expedition. There you can also view his profile and online show, "From the Frontlines." Recent video blogs include appearances by myself, murder victim family member Bill Pelke, death row mother Terri Steinberg, and death row survivor Shujaa Graham.
Posted by CN at 9:42 PM