URGENT! FAMILY VISITATION & BURIAL FOR AR MEN TO BE EXECUTED

For: ARKANSAS DEATH ROW INMATES: WILLIAMS, JONES, JOHNSON
Little Rock, AR
Organizer: Deborah Robinson
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The Story

In an unprecedented unfathomable order, Governor Asa Hutchinson and the State of Arkansas has started the executions of 7 men in the span of 10 days. This rush to execute these men is being reported all over the world as an inhumane and barbaric killing spree. Despite this international public outcry, on April 20th, Arkansas executed LEDELL LEE - an innocent man.

Families of these men have suffered quietly for years - not knowing when their loved ones would be put to death. In addition to their great sorrow, they carry the guilt and pain of the mistakes their loved ones may have made. Now with execution dates near, the families of these men are also faced with additional financial burdens. Families of three of the 8 men, Kenneth Williams, Jack Jones, Jr., and Stacey Johnson, need our help to make final visits and to arrange for the disposition of the men's bodies. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO THE FAMILY OF LEDELL LEE AND TOWARD THE CONTINUED WORK TO PROVE HIS INNOCENCE, PLEASE MAKE A NOTE IN THE MESSAGE SECTION OF YOUR DONATION. Read The Case of Ledell Lee at innocent.media.


Jasmine
, the daughter of death row inmate Kenneth Williams, hasn’t seen her father in 17 years. The trip from Washington State, where she lives, to the Varner Unit is 2,300 miles; that's a 35-hour drive straight through or a $1,500 last minute roundtrip flight. They have been praying that one day before it’s too late, she would be financially able to make the trip to introduce her 3-year-old daughter to her grandfather whom she’s never met. That day has come and she's not ready. Williams will be executed April 27th.

"ONE LAST THING DEB, I HAVE A 21-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WHOM I HAVEN'T SEEN IN 17 YEARS. ALONG WITH A 3-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER. THEY LIVE IN KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON. MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN WANTING TO COME TO ARKANSAS TO VISIT ME, BUT THE FINANCIAL COSTS HAVE PREVENTED HER COMING. IF I AM GOING TO BE EXECUTED, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HER BEFORE I GO ONE LAST TIME AND TO SEE MY GRANDCHILD FOR THE FIRST TIME. CAN YOU ALSO SOMEHOW HELP WITH THIS? IF NOT, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE." Kenneth Williams.

Without your financial help, Williams will not be able to see his daughter and grand-daughter before he is executed.


Lynn’s story is similar. Her brother, Jack Jones, Jr., has been days from execution at least 4 times. Each time, Lynn has endured the expenses and made a way to travel to Arkansas to spend what they thought would be their last days together. Now, with Jones set to be executed April 24th and no stay of execution in sight, she is concerned about the money she needs to get through this harrowing experience and handle her brother’s body after the execution.

"DEBORAH, ATTACHED IS THE CONTRACT/INVOICE FOR THE CREMATION SERVICES FOR JACK. I WANTED YOU TO HAVE IT SO YOU CAN SEE THE AMOUNT I WOULD NEED TO COVER IT. DO YOU THINK YOU COULD ALSO HELP WITH MY TRAVEL EXPENSES? I HATE TO ASK THAT BUT IT GETS COSTLY EACH TIME I COME BECAUSE I NEED FLIGHT, HOTEL, AND RENTAL CAR EXPENSES. IF NOT, I UNDERSTAND, BUT ANY ASSISTANCE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED." Lynn, Jack's Sister.

Judy’s story is quite different. Her husband, Stacey Johnson, has maintained his innocence since being arrested, charged, convicted, and sentenced to death.

"I AM TRYING TO SURVIVE AND NOT LET THE STATE MURDER ME FOR A MURDER I DID'NT DO, BUT THESE WALLS FEEL AS IF THEY ARE CLOSING IN ON ME EVERY DAY." Stacey Johnson.

Judy met Stacey on death row in 2003 when she was a correctional officer. They married last year and she has been working tirelessly to save his life. Having exhausted a tremendous amount of resources trying to prove Stacey’s innocence, Judy is now faced with the financial reality of planning for his death. Knowing the pain his wife is feeling now and the anguish she will experience after his execution, Stacey has asked for any financial relief she can get to help her through his death.  

Please pray for the 8 men in Arkansas who are only days away from being executed and extend an olive branch of compassion and humanity to these 3 families in their deepest time of need. Any donation will help.


DONATIONS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED EVENLY BETWEEN THE 3 FAMILIES THAT HAVE REQUESTED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. DONATIONS WILL BE USED TO PAY FOR FUNERAL AND MEMORIAL SERVICES, THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF THE MEN’S BODIES (BURIAL, CREMATION, OR DONATION), FLIGHTS, TRANSPORTATION, HOTELS, AND MEALS OF IMMEDIATE FAMILY TO VISIT BEFORE THE EXECUTIONS, AND OTHER FAMILY NEEDS DEEMED APPROPRIATE TO THE PROCESS OF THE EXECUTIONS. IF THERE IS A STAY OF EXECUTION FOR THE DATES ABOVE, FUNDS WILL BE HELD AND DISTRIBUTED AT THE INMATES' DEATH, WHETHER NATURALLY OR BY EXECUTION.


emmc, LLC., an entertainment media management company, is the fiduciary of the funds and will distribute funds evenly among the 3 beneficiaries.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 21, 2017

Posted on April 21, 2017

THANK YOU! (VIDEO)

I want to thank everyone for supporting the families of Stacey Johnson, Jack Jones, Jr., and Kenneth Williams. The executions of these 3 men are days away, and we have not raised enough money for last rites services or family visitations for each of them.

Lynn Scott, Jack Jones sister, is needing to travel to Arkansas tomorrow and she needs our help. Please reach deep and help us raise the money needed to help these families through this very hard time in their lives.

I interviewed Lynn about her life with her brother, Jack. She also spoke of her need for financial assistance and gave thanks to all of you for all you've done - https://youtu.be/hjZ2SrnSyiw. 

Lynn discusses her desire to be there for Jack and witness his execution. You can watch my full interview with Lynn here at https://youtu.be/8D9CIrET8SI.

Posted on April 3, 2017

Posted on April 3, 2017

MESSAGE FROM KENNETH WILLIAMS


Kenneth Williams recently went before the Arkansas Parole Board for a Clemency Hearing. Before he went, he told me that he didn't expect to receive clemency, but this was an opportunity to share the forgiving power of God. His clemency statement is 7 typed pages long. He shared his life story. I pray the members of the board were listening. Here is Kenneth's message to me that he wrote after he appeared before the board.

Subject: AFTER THE HEARING
From: Kenneth Williams
To: Deborah Robinson
Time Received: 04/03/2017 11:04 AM CDT

Can a man go wrong with the truth on his side? Today I spoke the truth. The entire truth, so help me God. Rather I rise or fall by the middle, today, truth and I walked hand and hand, unafraid, unashamed, and the devil was mad as hell! I was sincere and brutally honest. I wasn't ashamed to show my emotions and remorse. Although I called no witnesses by choice, I wasn't alone by any means. Jesus, who promised to never leave me nor forsake me, He was there with me the entire time; holding my hand and giving me the strength I needed to confront my dark past.

It gives me great pleasure to say Jesus and I overcame. Our victory isn't based upon the Clemency Board's decision, nor the Governor's. It's based upon me placing my faith and trust in Jesus wholeheartedly, obeying Him and leaving the consequences up to him. Today was perhaps the most difficult day in my life, and yet the proudest day of my life. You see, Jesus said, ''If you stand up for me in front of men, I will stand up for you in front of my Father in Heaven. Today I was a living witness of God's awesome grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness. No one can ever take this moment, this victory away from me that my heavenly Father has shared with me. I am free of guilt, free of sin, free of shame, and free of the power of this sinful flesh. I am a man without secrets, and how many people can honestly say that? If God called me home today, I'd be ready.

May my victims’ family members receive healing and closure this day and find the way to forgive me, if they haven't already.


Posted on April 3, 2017

Posted on April 3, 2017

PHOTOS FROM JUDY

I just received this photo and the others above of Stacey from his wife, Judy. Love is so powerful. Judy says Stacey is the love of her life. I can see it in the photos. She knew when she married him, that the possibility of them never having a life together outside of prison was possible. She also knew that she might one day face a day like April 20, 2017, when she would have to helplessly say good-bye. Faith in love is all it takes. Thanks, Judy, for the photos.

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