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Praise quote: Parris Glendening - Personal email

Thank you for your hard work and leadership. We are a better State and Country because of you and Equal Justice USA.

— Governor Parris Glendening, former Governor of Maryland, upon repeal of the death penalty in Maryland

Praise quote: Cathy Ansheles - February 22, 2010

EJUSA staff are pros at lending a hand without taking over. They recognized and respected the local knowledge and skill in New Mexico and used their talents to help facilitate planning meetings, refine talking points and pitch in wherever we needed. I still recall the first meeting EJUSA's Director, Shari, came to after which it dawned on me, 'Wow! We really can repeal the death penalty!' Many thanks to EJUSA for being such an integral part of the New Mexico team.

— Cathy Ansheles, New Mexico Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Praise quote: Ed Martone - February 16, 2010

While some other national organizations helped out in New Jersey, EJUSA was the only one that provided substantive, intensive support from the very beginning. Your partnership made the difference, and our win is as much yours as it was ours. Thanks for all you continue to do.

Praise quote: Stacy Rector - Stacy Rector, Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

EJUSA has been invaluable to the campaign for repeal in Tennessee. Because of the work of EJUSA, Tennessee’s work has become smarter, more strategic, and poised for success.

Praise quote: Scott Crichton

I want to emphasize the importance of what EJUSA does for us all in terms of training and technical assistance, and how selfless they are when it comes to supporting all of our efforts. I encourage all of us to urge our coalition partners and constituents to support EJUSA as generously as they can. We are all in this together, and our efforts are demonstrably strengthened through their work.

— Scott Crichton, Executive Director, ACLU of Montana


In 2012, EJUSA was given a top rating at Great Nonprofits! Here's a snapshot of some of our reviews:

"EJUSA is a great example of what DOES work: knowledge, passion, and vision, vision, vision! They are a rarity among non-profits -- not in it for the attention, not in it just to perpetuate their existence, but in it for RESULTS. EJUSA is the one non-profit that I will ALWAYS contribute to, as long they're around!"

"I am both a supporter and a professional that receives assistance from the staff at EJUSA on a regular basis. The staffers are strategic, experienced and helpful on so many fronts. I don't think I could do my work nearly as effectively without their involvement and I am so glad they are working so hard in this field."

"EJUSA is a goal oriented not-for-profit that has a unique way of approaching criminal justice reform. The organization takes a bottom up approach, involving all sectors of the criminal justice system, including victims. The organization's members are hands on people, willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to get the job done. EJUSA is composed of committed individuals. They work smart and hard, and most importantly, have succeeded to changing the debate concerning criminal justice and repealing the death penalty in five states within five years."

Read more of our reviews or write one of your own.

Each year, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty gives its Abolitionist of the Year award to someone in the movement who has made the most significant contribution moving the ball forward towards abolition. EJUSA staff received the award twice in the last several years (and a third time if you count the award given to our former Northeast Field Organizer, Celeste Fitzgerald in 2006!)

EJUSA Director Shari Silberstein receives the Abolitionist of the Year award in 2005 for leading the campaign that defeated New York’s death penalty.
Jane Henderson, founder of EJUSA and now with Maryland Citizens Against State Executions receives the Abolitionist of the Year award in 2002 for leading the campaign that won a moratorium on executions in Maryland.
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