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18 February 2014 ~ Comments Off

First Statewide Gathering of Anti-Death Penalty Movement Taking Place This Weekend in Fort Worth; Local Members Embark on “Faithful Pilgrimage” from Dallas to Fort Worth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
CONTACT – Kristin Houlé, TCADP Executive Director                    

First Statewide Gathering of Anti-Death Penalty Movement in Fort Worth
Two state legislators to receive awards during annual conference

(Austin, Texas) — More than 130 grassroots advocates and supporters from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 22, 2014 at University Christian Church in Fort Worth for the annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP).  This event, “Lighting the Way,” will feature workshops, a keynote address by Bob Ray Sanders of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and a panel discussion on how Texas is lighting the way on the death penalty issue.   This is the first time that the TCADP Annual Conference, now in its 16th consecutive year, is taking place in Fort Worth.

During the conference, TCADP will honor two state legislators, presenting the 2014 Courage Award to State Representative Terry Canales (District 40 – Edinburg), in recognition of his public statement in support of ending the death penalty during the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee’s hearing on House Bill 1703 by State Representative Jessica Farrar (District 148 – Houston) during the 83rd Texas Legislature Regular Session.  House Bill 1703 called for repeal of the death penalty in Texas; it was the fourth such bill introduced by Rep. Farrar since 2007.

State Representative Lon Burnam (District 90 – Fort Worth) will receive the David P. Atwood Founder’s Award in recognition of his lifelong commitment to justice and his contributions to abolition and to TCADP both within and outside of the Texas Legislature.  The TCADP Board of Directors established the Founder’s Award in 2010 to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the cause of ending the death penalty.

TCADP will present Appreciation Awards to longtime members Paula Keeth of Glenn Heights, Maria Castillo of Waxahachie, and Burnham Terrell of Houston (posthumous) in honor of their many activities in support of abolition of the death penalty and efforts to raise awareness of the issue within their communities.  Ariana Campos, currently District Manager for State Representative Jessica Farrar, also will receive an Appreciation Award in gratitude for her critical assistance with TCADP’s activities in the State Capitol.

“The theme of this year’s conference reflects the many shifts that are occurring – some subtle, others dramatic – across our state’s criminal justice landscape and on the death penalty issue, in particular,” said Kristin Houlé, the Executive Director of TCADP.  “Texas actually mirrors national trends when it comes to declining death sentences and is lighting the way in terms of the strength and sophistication of our movement.”

In conjunction with the conference, TCADP Board Member Rev. Jeff Hood, Rev. Wes Magruder, Chairman of the Board of Church and Society of the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Lynn Walters, Executive Director of Hope for Peace & Justice, will conduct “A Faithful Pilgrimage to Abolish the Death Penalty from Dallas to Fort Worth” on Friday, February 21, 2014. The approximately 35-mile walk will begin with a press conference at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in the Frank Crowley Courts Building, 133 N. Riverfront Blvd., L.B. 19, Dallas, Texas 75207 at 8:30 AM and will conclude outside the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, 401 West Belknap, Fort Worth, Texas 76196 at approximately 9:00 PM.

Of the pilgrimage, Rev. Jeff Hood remarked, “People of faith go on pilgrimage when their spirits are troubled by the times and there is a desperate need for prayer.  We have chosen to walk prayerfully from Dallas to Fort Worth to oppose the cycle of violence in the State of Texas that is perpetuated every time our District Attorneys pursue the death penalty and our government executes someone.  We hope to ignite the moral imagination of our fellow citizens so that we might all rise up together with one courageous voice and declare the death penalty to be no more.”

The TCADP 2014 Annual Conference will take place in the Fellowship Hall of University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Dr., Fort Worth, Texas 76109, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The keynote address and awards ceremony will take place from 12:00 to 2:00 PM.  All are welcome.

For more information about the conference, visit http://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/ or contact Kristin Houlé at the information listed above.

For more information about the faithful pilgrimage from Dallas to Fort Worth or to speak with the participants, please call Rev. Jeff Hood at 404-210-6760.

TCADP is a statewide, grassroots advocacy organization based in Austin.

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25 November 2013 ~ Comments Off

December 3 is Giving Tuesday!

givingtuesdaycrop#BlackFriday #CyberMonday #GivingTuesday – What is it all about?

Answer: #GivingTuesday (#GT) is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season.  It has been added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday.

Remember the important work of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty – TCADP on December 3.

Ideas for GivingTuesday:

  • Make your donation a gift in honor or memory of friends and family members. TCADP will send them a note on your behalf.
  • Give your friend(s) the gift of attending the TCADP 2014 Annual Conference – “Lighting the Way” to be held in Fort Worth, Texas February 22, 2014.  Early Bird registration rates available through January 1!
  • Give because you want to be a partner in the work to end the death penalty in Texas.

Save the Date – December 3 and support TCADP!

DONATE – www.tcadp.org/givingtuesday

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23 September 2013 ~ Comments Off

TCADP to hold gatherings in Fort Worth, Dallas, Allen, Denton, Houston and San Antonio!

TCADP is busy this week and next conducting membership gatherings in the Metroplex, Houston and San Antonio.

Each gathering  will share information about TCADP’s priority initiatives in the coming year and discuss recent state and regional death penalty developments. Members will receive a preview of the TCADP 2014 Annual Conference, which is taking place next February in Fort Worth (our first conference in Cowtown), and offer opportunities for your involvement.

Detailed information on each event can be found on the Attend Events page of the TCADP website.  Please RSVP and attend!

And if you are wondering about ways you can get involved and help TCADP end the Texas death penalty, a short list of top priorities can be found on the Take Action page of the TCADP website.

 

 

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04 September 2013 ~ Comments Off

September TCADP Alert: Taking Texas By Storm – We’re coming to a city near you!

In This Edition:
Scheduled Executions
Announcements and Invitations
Upcoming Events
In the News
TCADP Membership Drive

Executions

The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out two executions this month:

  • Robert Garza is scheduled to be executed on September 19, 2013. He was convicted under the Law of Parties of the September 4, 2002 murders of María de la Luz Bazaldúa Cobarrubias, Danitzene Lizeth Vázquez Beltrán, Celina Linares Sánchez and Lourdes Yesenia Araujo Torres in Donna, Texas (Hidalgo County). Recently, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights accepted a petition alleging serious human rights issues in his case. Please contact the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to urge clemency for Robert Garza (#999466): (512) 406-5852 is the number for the General Counsel’s Office.
  • Arturo Diaz is scheduled to be executed on September 26, 2013 for the 1999 murder of Michael Ryan Nichols during a robbery at a McAllen apartment (also Hidalgo County). Read more about his case from KRGV.com.

TCADP encourages all members to attend a vigil in your community on the evening of executions. Information and updates on these cases will be available on our website and through Facebook and Twitter. 

Announcements & Invitations
Apply for the TCADP Lobby Corps
The TCADP Board of Directors recently met to review and update the 2013-2015 TCADP Strategic Plan. As part of that process, board members designated five priority initiatives for the organization over the next 18 months.  The expansion and development of the TCADP Lobby Corps is one such priority initiative. Join this group of specially trained advocates in advancing TCADP’s legislative goals during the interim session and at the State Capitol in 2015. Apply online by September 16, 2013. More information is available here.

Call for Annual Award Nominations
The TCADP Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the annual courage, appreciation, and media awards, which will be presented at the 2014 Annual Conference on February 22, 2014 in Fort Worth.  Please nominate worthy individuals and/or organizations that have made significant and selfless contributions to abolishing the death penalty in Texas. Nominations will be accepted until October 15, 2013.

Upcoming Events
Monday, September 9: Listen to the extraordinary Sister Helen Prejean at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Lewisville, Texas, 7 PM. Worship Center, 1897 West Main Street, Lewisville, TX. www.stphilipcc.org

Wednesday, September 11: Join us for our *new* Austin Lunch Series
12-1 PM, The Egg & I Restaurant, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin TX 78757
Meet other supporters in the area and hear from special guest speaker Dr. Marilyn Armour, Professor at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue. RSVP now!

Monday, September 16: Meet State Representative Joe Moody at the monthly meeting of El Pasoans Against the Death Penalty, 7 PM in the Juan Diego Room, St. Pius X Church, 1050 N Clark Dr., El Paso 79905. Rep. Moody represents District 78 and serves on the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. Contact elpaso@tcadp.org.

Monday, September 23- Wednesday, September 25: Meet Me in the Metroplex
Mingle with TCADP supporters in your area and meet Executive Director Kristin Houlé as she visits the Metroplex from September 23-26, 2013.  Kristin will share information about TCADP’s priority initiatives in the coming year and discuss recent death penalty developments. She’ll also preview the TCADP 2014 Annual Conference, which is taking place next February in Fort Worth (our first conference in Cowtown).  We hope to see you at one of these gatherings!

  • Monday, September 23, 6-7:30 PM, Tarrant County Meet & Greet, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tuesday, September 24, 12-1 PM, Dallas County Meet & Greet, Dallas, Texas
  • Tuesday, September 24, 6:30-7:30 PM Collin County Meet & Greet, Suncreek United Methodist Church, 1517 W McDermott Dr  Allen, TX 75013
  • Wednesday, September 25, 7-9 PM, Denton County Meet & Greet, Home of Rev. Jeff Hood, Denton, Texas 76209

RSVP for one (or all!) of these gatherings.

September 25: National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims
Please set aside some time on this day to honor and memorialize the lives of loved ones taken by murder/homicide. The National Day of Remembrance was established as a result of unanimous resolutions by the U.S. Senate on October 16, 2007 (S. Res. 326), and the U.S. House of Representatives on May 14, 2007 (H. Res. 223).

Thursday, September 26: Join us in Houston for our new FAIR & JUST Lunch Series
12:30-1:30pm in the community room at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road, Houston 77098.   Meet other supporters in the area and hear from special guest speaker Kathryn Kase, the Executive Director of Texas Defender Service. Kathryn will provide an update on the case of Duane Buck and other recent death penalty developments in Texas. Order lunch through TCADP or bring your own. RSVP now!

[San Antonio – we haven’t forgotten you! Please bear with us as we work to find a date for your next gathering.]

In the News
Dozens of new laws related to the Texas criminal justice system went into effect on September 1, 2013. An editorial by the Dallas Morning News, “Transforming Texas’ criminal justice landscape,” cites several specific reforms aimed at preventing miscarriages of justice and promoting alternatives to incarceration. Read it now.

TCADP 2013 Membership Drive!
Want to help TCADP do even more to raise awareness of the flaws and failures of the death penalty? Support our work with a generous donation today! Consider a recurring gift through our Sustaining Member or Partners for Justice programs. All donations to TCADP are tax-deductible.

Learn more about the benefits of TCADP membership.

Support all of the programs and initiatives described here with a generous donation to TCADP today!

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01 April 2013 ~ Comments Off

April 2013 Alert: 5 Scheduled Executions, Legislative Session Mid-Point, Conference Videos and New Voices on the Death Penalty

In This Edition:
Scheduled Executions
Action Opportunities
Legislative Updates
In the News
Featured Events
Calendar

Executions
Five executions currently are scheduled to take place in Texas this month; the April 3 execution date of Kimberly McCarthy has now been moved to June 26, 2013 upon an order from State District Judge Larry Mitchell. Those still scheduled for execution include Rigoberto Avila, whose attorneys are pursuing a claim of actual innocence. Read more on our blog and stay tuned to TCADP for information and action requests regarding these cases.

Action Opportunities
Join the Call for a New Sentencing Hearing for Duane Buck
On March 20, 2013, more than 100 prominent individuals from Texas and throughout the country, including civil rights leaders, elected officials, former prosecutors and judges, and clergy representing seven faith denominations, released a statement urging the Harris County District Attorney to provide a new, fair sentencing hearing for Texas death row inmate Duane Buck. The jury was told that Mr. Buck was more likely to pose a future danger to society because he is African American. Former Texas Governor Mark White, one of the signatories, delivered the statement to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston.  Read more.

Another signatory to the statement, Linda Geffin, one of Mr. Buck’s trial prosecutors, started an online petition on Change.org, which calls for a new, fair sentencing hearing for Mr. Buck.  Sign the petition now (if you haven’t done so already) and share it with your friends and family!

Read an editorial by the Houston Chronicle (“Race and the death sentence,” March 26, 2013), which urges Senator John Cornyn and Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson to show leadership in this matter and calls for a new sentencing hearing for Duane Buck.

Join the TCADP Social Media Rapid Response Team!
Help TCADP expand its reach and communicate important messages online!  Sign up today to be a part of the TCADP Social Media Rapid Response Team. (You don’t have to be in Texas to be helpful!) http://tcadp.org/social-media-team/

After you sign up for the Rapid Response Team, support the Duane Buck resentencing campaign on Thunderclap Register with your FB and Twitter accounts.  The action will take place on Wednesday! https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/1672

Watch Videos from TCADP Annual Conference Panel Discussion
Prof. James Liebman of Columbia Law School on the Carlos DeLuna case – http://youtu.be/iKrOpCfdPWM

Also airing on Austin Access TV – Live Streaming availableVideo of Anthony Graves at the TCADP Annual Conference airing on Austin Access. Channel 16 – Wed April 3rd 8:00am; Channel 10 – Monday April 1st 6pm, Tues 2nd 9pm, Fri 5th 7pm. Live Streaming!

Legislative Updates
Texas 83rd Legislature Passes Halfway Mark
Members of TCADP’s Lobby Corps continue to visit the State Capitol weekly to meet with legislative offices and discuss repeal of the death penalty. Two additional legislators, State Representative Alma Allen (District 131–Houston) and State Representative Lon Burnam (District 90–Fort Worth) have signed on with State Representative Jessica Farrar as joint authors of House Bill 1703, which calls for abolition of the death penalty.   Please thank these legislators for their leadership: Jessica.farrar@house.state.tx.us, lon.burnam@house.state.tx.us and alma.allen@house.state.tx.us. We expect the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee to schedule a hearing on HB 1703 in the coming weeks.

Read about other legislative initiatives aimed at limiting the application of the death penalty and reducing the risk of wrongful convictions in an editorial by the Dallas Morning News (“With death penalty bans gaining steam, what’s next for Texas?” March 21, 2013).

Maryland Ends the Death Penalty!
On the national front, on March 15, 2013, Maryland’s House of Delegates voted 82-56 to end the death penalty. This followed passage in the Maryland Senate earlier in the month, by a vote of 27-20. The bill will go to Governor Martin O’Malley, who has already promised to sign it and make it law. In doing so, Maryland will become the sixth state in six years to end the death penalty. Read more from the Baltimore Sun.

Right next door, the Delaware Senate voted 11-10 on March 26, 2013 in favor of legislation repealing the death penalty. The bill now moves to the House for consideration, where it has 12 bipartisan sponsors. Read more.

In the News – New Voices on the Death Penalty
New Group Questions the Alignment of the Death Penalty with Conservative Principles
A diverse group of state and national leaders gathered at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to launch a new entity, Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. This self-described “national network of conservatives questioning the alignment of capital punishment with conservative principles” includes Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, and Richard Viguerie, known as the “Funding Father” of the conservative movement, and TCADP Board Member Pat Monks, a long-time Republican Precinct Chair in Houston. Read some of the media coverage of this new group here and here.

If you would like to become involved in conservative outreach efforts in Texas, please contact TCADP Program Coordinator Vicki McCuistion at info@tcadp.org.

Former District Attorney of Montague County, Texas Asks Whether the State Needs to Take a Life to Make a Point
The March issue of Texas Monthly magazine features a personal essay by Tim Cole, who served four terms as the District Attorney of Montague, County (“The Death Penalty Has a Face: A DA’s Personal Story,” March 18, 2013), in which he discusses his personal experience with a local death penalty case. He writes, “Over the years I have come to believe that the time for the death penalty has passed. As more and more states abolish the sentence, or declare moratoriums on carrying it forward, the death penalty will be given less and less until the day comes when the state no longer needs to take a life to make a point.” Read the essay.

Featured Events
April 11: Sister Helen Prejean in Fort Worth
Texas Wesleyan University is proud to present for its 2013 Willson Lecture, Sister Helen Prejean, on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Polytechnic United Methodist Church Sanctuary (church on campus at 1310 S. Collard St, Fort Worth, 76105). The lecture is free and open to the public and there will be a book sale/signing immediately after.  Learn more. Sister Prejean is the author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the U.S. and The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.

April 13: Texas State Meeting of Amnesty International USA
The 2013 Texas State Meeting of Amnesty International USA will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm at the University of Texas-Austin Student Activity Center. TCADP Board Member Les Breeding will lead a workshop on Lobbying 101.  Other workshop topics include Human Rights 101, Texas Death Penalty Abolition, and Immigrant Rights. For more information and to RSVP, go to http://texasstatemeeting.eventbrite.com or email Savannah Fox at sfox@aiusa.org.

May 1: Webinar – Addressing the Needs of Victims in Death Penalty Cases: The Role and Responsibility of the Defense
with Tammy Krause, Kelly Branham and Dick Burr
What application does restorative justice have in the highly-charged, adversarial context of death penalty cases? Is it possible to do more to engage the families of homicide victims in these cases and in doing so, to help address their needs? What can and should the defense team do in these situations? This webinar will take place from 3:30-5:00 PM Central Daylight Time (USA) and cost $10.  Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants, so sign up today!

Calendar

April
2-4: National Catholic Educational Association Conference, Houston
3: Scheduled Execution: Kimberly McCarthy
6: Pax Christi Texas Conference, Houston; Texas Junior State of America, Houston
9: Scheduled Execution: Rickey Lewis
10: Scheduled Execution: Rigoberto Avila, Jr.
11: Sister Helen Prejean at Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, 7:00pm
13: Texas State Meeting of Amnesty International USA, Austin 10:30am
15: El Paso Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, elpaso@tcadp.org
16: Scheduled Execution: Ronnie Threadgill
17: Dallas Religious Organizing Committee 6:00pm, Chapter meeting 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org
24: Scheduled Execution: Elroy Chester
25: Scheduled Execution: Richard Cobb

For more information about these events or to volunteer to staff a table at an outreach event, email info@tcadp.org.

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20 February 2013 ~ Comments Off

Abolitionists Gather in Austin for 2013 Annual Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            
Wednesday, February 20, 2013                       

CONTACT: Kristin Houlé, TCADP Executive Director
512-441-1808 (office); 512-552-5948 (cell); khoule@tcadp.org

 

Abolitionists Gather in Austin for Annual Conference

Local filmmakers to receive 2013 Media Award

(Austin, Texas) — More than 150 activists and supporters from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Edward’s University in Austin for the annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP).  This event, “Changing the Conversation,” will feature workshops and a panel discussion on how instances of wrongful convictions and evidence of wrongful executions are changing the conversation on the death penalty.  Panelists include:

  • Karen Boudrie, an award-winning journalist, news director, and public relations consultant who covered the capital trial of Carlos DeLuna in Corpus Christi in 1983 and was the last person to speak with him before his wrongful execution in 1989;
  • Anthony Graves, a motivational speaker and legal consultant who spent 18 years in prison, including 12.5 years on death row, before being exonerated in 2010;
  • Professor James Liebman, Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, and the lead author of Los Tocayos Carlos: An Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

TCADP Board Member Estrus Tucker, an independent consultant from Fort Worth, will moderate the discussion.

During the conference, TCADP will present the 2013 Media Award to Joe Bailey, Jr. and Steve Mims, the filmmakers behind “Incendiary,” a 2011 documentary about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham.  Willingham was executed in 2004 for setting a fire in 1991 in Corsicana that killed his three young daughters.  Serious questions persist regarding his culpability.  “Incendiary” exposes the political manipulation of the Texas Forensic Science Commission as it sought to determine whether flawed forensic science played a role in Willingham’s conviction and ultimate execution.

TCADP will present Appreciation Awards to JC Dufresne, of Cibolo, Texas, who played an instrumental role in the Texas Democratic Party’s decision to endorse abolition of the death penalty in its 2012 Party Platform, and to the members of the Methodist Federation for Social Action-Southwest Texas Chapter, for their years of involvement and ongoing contributions to the abolition movement.

“The theme of this year’s conference reflects our conviction that it is no longer a question of whether we should or will end the death penalty but, rather, what it will take to hasten its demise,” said Kristin Houlé, the Executive Director of TCADP.  “We encourage all elected officials in Texas to engage with us in this important conversation and evaluate the impact of the death penalty on our counties and the state as a whole.”

The 2013 TCADP Annual Conference, co-sponsored by Campus Ministry of St. Edward’s University, will take place in the Mabee Ballroom, which is located on the Third Floor of the Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center at St. Edward’s University, 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78704, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The awards ceremony will take place from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.  All are welcome.

For more information, visit http://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/.

TCADP is a statewide, grassroots advocacy organization based in Austin.

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07 January 2013 ~ Comments Off

TCADP January 2013 Alert: Register Now for the 2013 Annual Conference!

In this edition:
 
Scheduled Executions
Annual Conference
In the News
Calendar
Executions
On January 29, 2013, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Kimberly McCarthy for the 1997 murder of 71-year-old retired college professor Dorothy Booth in Dallas County. McCarthy is one of ten women on death row in Texas; the State has executed three women since 1982. You can sign a petition on her behalf through change.org.

 

Respond to scheduled executions by attending vigils in your community: http://tcadp.org/get-involved/stop-executions/.

 

TCADP 2013 Annual Conference
Register today to Change the Conversation
Join us for the TCADP 2013 Annual Conference – Changing the Conversation – on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.  Download flyer with more details (workshop titles, hotel, schedule) and share! (Register before February 1 for a reduced rate!)

 

Annual Award Winners:
Please make plans to join us in celebrating these extraordinary individuals and organizations!
Appreciation: JC Dufresne, who played an instrumental role in the Texas Democratic Party’s decision to endorse abolition of the death penalty in its 2012 Platform.
Appreciation: Methodist Federation for Social Action-Southwest Texas Chapter, for their years of involvement and ongoing contributions to the abolition movement.
 
Media: Joe Bailey, Jr. and Steve Mims (pictured), Filmmakers of “Incendiary”, a documentary about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 despite serious flaws in the forensic science used to convict him and doubts about his guilt.
 
 
Exhibitors/Advertisers We invite individuals and organizations to place an ad in the conference program to promote your work and congratulate the award winners.  We also invite you to exhibit at the conference, or sponsor a table at the awards luncheon. Download  Exhibitor – Advertiser Form.
 
Panel Discussion:  In addition to the annual awards luncheon, the conference will feature a plenary session on how instances of wrongful convictions and evidence of wrongful executions are changing the conversation on the death penalty. Confirmed panelists are:
  • Karen Boudrie, an award-winning journalist, news director, and public relations consultant who covered the trial of Carlos DeLuna in Corpus Christi in 1983 and was the last person to speak with him before his wrongful execution in 1989;
  • Anthony Graves, a motivational speaker and legal consultant who spent 12.5 years on death row before being exonerated in 2010; and
  • Professor James Liebman, Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, and the lead author of Los Tocayos Carlos: An Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

Pre-register for the conference today and book your hotel by February 1!  Special rates are available for TCADP members and students.
In the News
How active is your county in using the death penalty?
On December 12, 2012, TCADP released its year-end report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2012: The Year in Review, which details the ongoing geographic isolation and haphazard application of the death penalty in Texas. Data from the report was featured in the Texas Tribune, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Austin Chronicle.
What’s the situation in your county? Read the report and view maps of Texas that depict death sentences by county from 1976-2012 and from 2008-2012.  TCADP will deliver a copy of the report to every legislative office at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. To volunteer to help with this effort, please contact Kristin at khoule@tcadp.org.

 

Two Former Texas District Attorneys Call for Reconsideration of Death Penalty
In an opinion piece that appeared on December 13, 2012 in the Houston Chronicle, former District Attorneys Grant Jones and Sam Millsap note the serious flaws in the death penalty system as part of their call for legislators to give this issue serious reconsideration. They note that they “have come face to face with some hard truths” about a penalty that they no longer believe in. Read the piece in its entirety.

 

New Report Reveals National Death Penalty Developments in 2012; New York Times Notes Growing Momentum for Abolition
On December 18, 2012, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released its year-end report, The Death Penalty in 2012.  According to the report, the number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. For the second year in a row, 43 executions took place in the United States – just four states (Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Arizona) accounted for more than 75% of executions in 2012. Read more.

 

Much of the information in DPIC’s report was reinforced in a January 1, 2013 editorial from the New York Times, “America’s Retreat from the Death Penalty,” which calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to “recognize that under evolving standards capital punishment is cruel and unusual and should be abolished.” Read it now!

Calendar

January
8: 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature Convenes at Noon
16: Dallas Religious Organizing committee 6:00pm, Chapter meeting 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org
21: TCADP booth at the Austin MLK Festival, 10:00-4:00pm
21: El Paso Chapter Meeting 7:00pm, elpaso@tcadp.org
22: Delivery of TCADP 2012 year-end report to the legislature; contact Kristin at khoule@tcadp.org to volunteer.
27-29: United Methodist Women Legislative Training, schedule and registration info.

 

February
1: Last Day to Receive TCADP Annual Conference Registration Early Bird Rates; Last Day to Book Block Rate Hotel rooms for TCADP Annual Conference
18-21: Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference – Clergy and Lay Leadership Conference, Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas More info.

 

For more information about these events or to volunteer to staff a table at an outreach event, email info@tcadp.org.

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03 December 2012 ~ Comments Off

December 2012 Alert: Announcing the 2013 Award Winners and Annual Conference Panelists, the Year-End Report, and More!

In This Edition:
Scheduled Executions
Announcements  – Including Conference Panelists!
Upcoming Events
In the News
Calendar

Executions

The State of Texas executed 15 people this year. Five executions already have been scheduled for 2013.

Announcements

TCADP Announces Annual Award Winners!

The TCADP Board of Directors is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2013 TCADP Annual Awards.  These individuals and organizations will be recognized at the TCADP 2013 Annual Conference – Changing the Conversation – on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.  Please make plans to join us in celebrating these extraordinary individuals and organizations!

AppreciationJC Dufresne, who played an instrumental role in the Texas Democratic Party’s decision to endorse abolition of the death penalty in its 2012 Platform.

Appreciation: Methodist Federation for Social Action-Southwest Texas Chapter, for their years of involvement and ongoing contributions to the abolition movement.

Media: Joe Bailey, Jr. and Steve Mims (pictured), Filmmakers of “Incendiary”, a documentary about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 despite serious flaws in the forensic science used to convict him and doubts about his guilt.

Read more about the winners.

We invite individuals and organizations to place an ad in the conference program to promote your work and congratulate the award winners.  We also invite you to exhibit at the conference, or sponsor a table at the awards luncheon. Download  Exhibitor – Advertiser Form.

In addition to the annual awards luncheon, the conference will feature a plenary session on how instances of wrongful convictions and evidence of wrongful executions are changing the conversation on the death penalty. Confirmed panelists are:

  • Karen Boudrie, an award-winning journalist, news director, and public relations consultant who covered the trial of Carlos DeLuna in Corpus Christi in 1983 and was the last person to speak with him before his wrongful execution in 1989;
  • Anthony Graves, a motivational speaker and legal consultant who spent 12.5 years on death row before being exonerated in 2010; and
  • Professor James Liebman, Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, and the lead author of Los Tocayos Carlos: An Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

 

Pre-register for the conference today and book your hotel by February 1!  Special rates are available for TCADP members and students.

Coming Soon: TCADP’s Year-End Report – Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2012

What Texas County accounts for the most death sentences in the last five years? Who received stays of execution in 2012? What U.S. Supreme Court cases are impacting death row inmates in Texas? All of these questions will be addressed in TCADP’s forthcoming annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2012: The Year in Review. More details will be sent to you the week of December 10. Previous reports are available online.

Remember TCADP in Your Year-End Giving!

Check your mailboxes for TCADP’s year-end appeal, which includes reflections on another momentous year for our movement to end the death penalty. We are grateful for the contributions that so many of you have made already this year and ask for your additional support so that TCADP can continue to engage the citizens of Texas – and our elected officials – in the conversation about the death penalty. Save a stamp by making an end-of-the-year, tax-deductible donation today using our secure online system! Thank you for your support and generosity.

Complete a TCADP Member Survey Today!

Thank you so much for completing this survey for TCADP.  This information, which will be kept confidential, will help us better respond to the needs of our supporters and also utilize your gifts to further our mission of ending the death penalty.

The survey is online at  www.tcadp.org/member-survey/. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions or comments, please be in touch with the TCADP office at 512-441-1808 or info@tcadp.org.

Upcoming Events

December 4: A  Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty with Dallas Faith Leaders
On Tuesday, December 4 at 7 PM at Paul Quinn College in South Dallas, Dallas area faith leaders will join together for an in-depth conversation about faith and the death penalty. Learn who is coming, RSVP today for your free tickets, and download a flier for sharing and posting!

Fundraiser for The Last 40 Miles

On December 12, 2012, a group of filmmakers in Austin will premiere the trailer for their animated short, The Last 40 Miles, which follows a Texas death row inmate on his final journey from death row in Livingston to the execution chamber in Huntsville. A fundraising event will take place at the Palm Door event center, 401 Sabine St., Austin, Texas at 7 PM. For more information, go to www.40milesmovie.com.

In the News

110 Nations Endorse Abolition

On November 19, 2012, a record 110 countries voted in support of a resolution calling for the abolition of the death penalty during a committee meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. This was up from 107 votes in favor of the resolution two years ago, the last time the UN considered it. Among the 39 countries that voted in opposition to the non-binding resolution are the United States, Japan, China, Iran, India, North Korea, Syria, and Zimbabwe. Thirty-six countries abstained. Read more from the UN.

Calendar

December

1 Death Row Holiday Card Write-a-thon, SMU Dallas, 11:00-4:00, dallas@tcadp.org

4 “A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty with Dallas Faith Leaders” Paul Quinn College, Dallas, 7:00pm  RSVP for free tickets today!

6 TCADP Table at Dallas Peace Center Annual Peacemakers Dinner

7 30th Anniversary of the Resumption of Executions in Texas

10 International Human Rights Day

12 Release of TCADP’s Annual Report (scheduled)

17 El Paso Chapter Meeting, 7 PM, St Piux X Catholic Church, elpaso@tcadp.org

19 Dallas Religious Organizing committee 6:00pm, Chapter meeting 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org

January

8 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature Convenes at Noon

February

1 Last Day to Receive TCADP Annual Conference Registration Early Bird Rates; Last Day to Book Block Rate Hotel rooms for TCADP Annual Conference

 

For more information about these events or to volunteer to staff a table at an outreach event, email info@tcadp.org.

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