End Nebraska’s death penalty from your living room!

VoteRetain426 bannerIn less than a month, Nebraska voters will go to the polls to decide whether to RETAIN the end of the death penalty in the state. In fact, some people are already voting with their early and absentee ballots.

We need your help to win this vote and end the death penalty in Nebraska once and for all! Sign up to phonebank from wherever you are.

It’s easy. You’ll get training, and a script will guide you through the whole thing.

It’s effective. Person-to-person conversations are the single best way to get people to take action. Your voice could make the difference to this campaign. So if you’ve got a phone and internet access, you can help end the death penalty in Nebraska.

Every state that ends the death penalty paves the way for the next. Use your voice. Literally. It will make a difference.

New resource: Fact sheet on Latinos and the death penalty

Latinos and the Death PenaltyLatinos are disproportionately affected by the criminal justice and face a higher risk of wrongful conviction than their white counterparts. Increasingly, Latinos in the United States are skeptical of the death penalty, and community leaders and national organizations are calling for its end.

We are excited to publish a new resource with detailed information about Latinos and the death penalty. The resource is available in both English and Spanish and can be found on our learn pages. You can also download a formatted version (in Spanish too!) to hand out at your next death penalty discussion or while you’re tabiling.

Event: “The Kansas Death Penalty: What a Waste!”

Our friends at the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP) have an amazing event planned for Saturday, October 22, and we wanted to make sure you heard about it!

Join KCADP for their annual Abolition Conference at 1pm on 10/22 at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Olathe. You’ll hear Kansans speak about the social, economic, political, and psychological costs of the death penalty in “The Kansas Death Penalty: What a Waste!”

The four panelists each have personal experience with and a unique perspective to share on the death penalty:

Pastor Darryl Burton, who was wrongfully convicted of murder, Celeste Dixon, who lost her mother to homicide, Al Terwelp, who saw his taxes go up to pay for a death penalty case, and Roger Werholtz, retired Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Please pre-register either via email to info@ksabolition.org or by calling (785) 235-2237. The event is free and open to the public, so we hope you’ll go and bring a friend!

Recommended this week

“Recommended this week” features highlights from the past week in news about the death penalty, crime survivors, and trauma-informed responses to crime.

Justices, give Duane Buck a second chance, CNN.com
Linda Geffin was the second chair prosecutor in Duane Buck’s case is now calling for a new sentencing in his case. She reflects on the racial bias that permeated Duane Buck’s case and our criminal justice system.

Being black shouldn’t mean a longer prison sentence, USA Today
The destructive myth of black dangerousness was heard in the highest court of the land yesterday – in a death penalty case out of Texas. Never has “broken beyond repair” been more apparent.

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Event: World Premiere of “The Gathering” in Washington, DC

The Gathering

To commemorate World Day Against the Death Penalty, YOU are invited to the world premiere of a new film about death row exonerees from the U.S, “The Gathering.” The Delegation of the European Union and the Embassy of France will host this “EU Rendez-Vous” on Monday, October 17 at the French Embassy in Washington, DC.

RSVP is required. Register here.

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One Is Too Many: Anthony Ray Hinton in his own words

In a new short film from the #DeathPenaltyFail campaign, Anthony Ray Hinton tells the firsthand story of spending 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Watch the film today and then support the Thunderclap to make sure more and more people see and hear Hinton’s powerful story.

Supreme Court hears death penalty racial bias case from Texas

Duane Buck

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Texas death penalty case of Duane Buck. Buck was sentenced to death after his own lawyer called an “expert” who testified that Buck was more likely to be dangerous in the future because he is black. At this crucial moment, when our nation is confronting hard truths about race and the criminal justice system, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether this blatantly racist testimony will be allowed to stand or whether Buck must receive a new sentencing hearing, free of racial bias.

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Troy Davis

Troy Davis was executed 5 years ago today, and, unfortunately, the struggle did not end with him. We must continue to support repeal until the death penalty is gone for good.

Sign the “I Support Repeal” petition in hour of Troy today.

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Recommended this week

“Recommended this week” features highlights from the past week in news about the death penalty, crime survivors, and trauma-informed responses to crime.

Restorative Justice: Why Do We Need it?Brave New Films
EJUSA believes restorative justice can transform our justice system. Now a new film by Brave New Films explains why.

The Death Penalty Is Finally Dying. Here’s Why., Sojourners
Another piece by the incomparable Shane Claiborne with a powerful call to action: “Let’s all find a way to get in the way of death — and put our voice, our vote, our bodies in the way of the machinery of death until we make the death penalty history, once and for all.”

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Resource: October is Respect Life Month for Catholics

Respect Life ToolkitIn October, Catholics in the U.S. will be called to celebrate Respect Life Month and to “renew their personal commitment to defend ALL human life.”

Our friends at the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty have put together a great toolkit to help individuals, organizations, schools, and parishes reflect on the death penalty as they participate in Respect Life Month.

The toolkit includes chapters on learning about the death penalty, praying about the lives of those affected by the death penalty system, and taking action to end the use of the death penalty. Continue Reading →