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15 January 2014 ~ Comments Off

Join us for these TCADP events in the Metroplex in January & February!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday!  We wanted to make sure you were aware of these upcoming opportunities for engagement in the North Texas area during January and February.  We hope to see you soon.

Dallas: Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and March – January 18
The march will begin promptly Saturday, January 18 at 10:00am at Dallas City Hall and end at Fair Park.  We welcome all to join us and march behind the TCADP banner.  Please begin gathering at 9:00am at the big bronze sculpture (a Henry Moore) in front of city hall plaza. For more information, or if you have trouble finding the group, contact David Noblin at 214-802-9706(cell). Look for the TCADP banner.

Fort Worth: Storytelling Circle with Families of the Executed – January 18
The Texas After Violence Project will host a special event: “Maybe he is speaking through me…” Listening to Families of Executed Texans – a Storytelling Circle in Fort Worth.

Featuring:

  • Derrek and Keith Brooks, sons of Charlie Brooks, Jr. executed on December 7, 1982
  • Stanley Allridge, brother of Ronald and James Allridge executed on June 8, 1995 and August 26, 2004 respectively
  • Opening remarks by Bob Ray Sanders, columnist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Circle keeper – Estrus Tucker, TCADP Board Vice-President
  • Select clips from the Texas After Violence Project oral history archive

January 18, 4:00-7:00pm
Tarrant County College, Trinity Campus, Trinity Building
Room Connect: TRTR 4102 on the 4th floor

Hosted by the Texas After Violence Project with support from the  Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation.  Co-sponsored by the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Amnesty International, and Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights.

Looking for Possible Venues
TCADP is interested in hosting Bilingual TCADP Presentations & Conversations in Fort Worth and Tarrant County in Jan & Feb. Simple format can be a 75 minute agenda: 15 mins informal gathering/meet & greet; 30 minute audio visual; a 30 minute blend of Q & A, membership appeal & conference promotion & closing summary.  To book a presentation, please contact the TCADP office at 512-441-1808 or info@tcadp.org.

Denton:  “Incendiary” Film Screening on January 30
Described as “equal parts murder mystery, forensic investigation and political drama,” the documentary film “Incendiary” focuses on the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed by the State of Texas in 2004.  At least nine fire experts have questioned the evidence used to convict him of arson, and the case created quite a stir within the Texas Forensic Science Commission. We invite you to attend this free showing January 30, 6:00 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Ave., Denton, TX 76209.

North Texas Clergy:  Prayer Breakfasts to be hosted in Fort Worth and Dallas
On February 22, TCADP will be hosting our Annual Conference at University Christian Church in Fort Worth.   In anticipation of this event and believing in the power of prayerful community, TCADP Board Member Rev. Jeff Hood has organized prayer breakfasts in Dallas and Fort Worth to facilitate fellowship amongst faith leaders concerned about the death penalty, to hear the voices of local leaders of this effort and to offer prayers for abolishment.

The TCADP Dallas Prayer Breakfast will take place at the Cathedral of Hope – 5910 Cedar Springs, Dallas,75235 on February 11 at 9am. The TCADP Fort Worth Prayer Breakfast will take place at Bread Fellowship – 2902 Race St. # 116, Fort Worth, 76111 on February 12 at 9am.  RSVP Today! 

January
18: RESCHEDULED DECEMBER EVENT  – “Listening to Families of Executed Texans – a Storytelling Circle in Fort Worth” Co-sponsored event with Texas After Violence Project, at the Tarrant County College Trinity Campus TRTR 4102, from 4 PM to 7 PM, Ft. Worth;
18: Dallas Martin Luther King Jr. March and Parade, Dallas City Hall 10:00am
21: Dallas Chapter Meeting, Cathedral of Hope in room CLC 196 at 6:30pm; dallas@tcadp.org
22: Scheduled execution of Edgar Tamayo Urgent Action!  Vigil Locations
30: “Incendiary” Film Screening, 6:00 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Ave., Denton, TX 76209
31:  Last day to book Block Rate Hotel rooms for TCADP Annual Conference, www.tcadp.org/cowtown/

February
1 Last Day to Receive TCADP Annual Conference Advance Registration rates
11: Dallas Prayer Breakfast on the Death Penalty; 9:00 – 10:30 AM; Cathedral of Hope; 5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas RSVP Today!
12: Fort Worth Prayer Breakfast on the Death Penalty; 9:00 – 10:30 AM; Bread Fellowship; 2902 Race Street #116, Fort Worth, Texas RSVP Today!

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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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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.

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

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30 November 2012 ~ Comments Off

TCADP announces 2012-2013 annual award winners!

Award recipients are chosen each year by the TCADP Board of Directors from nominations received by TCADP members.  The award winners will be celebrated at the 2013 TCADP Annual Conference on Saturday, Februrary 23 at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

Media Award:

Steve Mims and Joe Bailey are the filmmakers of “Incendiary,” which focuses on the case of Cameron Todd Willingham. The film 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 has participated in a number of screenings of “Incendiary,” after which Steve and Joe participated in lively Q & A sessions with the audience. “Incendiary” provokes discussion about complex issues, including the role of science in the criminal justice system, the ability for poor people to get a fair trial and the pressure brought to bear on politicians not to be ‘soft on crime’. It also addresses the difficult quest for the truth.

Like many films, “Incendiary” has created opportunities for Texans to engage in a critical dialogue about the human frailties surrounding the administration of justice. Steve and Joe have provided an insightful film that will continue to provoke audiences for a long time to come

Appreciation Awards:

JC Dufresne worked tirelessly within the State Democratic Executive Committee of the Texas Democratic Party to push the party to put the death penalty issue on the 2012 primary ballot. Although that effort was unsuccessful, his efforts led to a robust discussion of the issue within the SDEC. JC then worked with other SDEC members and delegates to the Texas State Democratic Convention to pass district resolutions calling on the party to include abolition of the death penalty in the 2012 platform. Leading up to the convention, he remained in close communication with TCADP and with members of the temporary platforms and resolutions committees to ensure that the death penalty remained on their radar. Due in large part to JC’s efforts, delegates to the State Convention voted overwhelmingly in favor of including a call for abolition of the death penalty in the 2012 platform!

 

The Methodist Federation for Social Action-Southwest Chapter is one of TCADP’s most reliable coalition partners and steadfast organizational members.

This chapter supports our work in myriad ways… it is always the first group to sign up as a co-sponsor of our events, whether special presentations by speakers like Sister Helen Prejean or the annual conference. MFSA – SWTX regularly promotes TCADP’s activities, events, and calls to action in its communications with members and encourages United Methodist Churches in the area to become involved. MFSA-Southwest Chapter also was one of the first groups to sign the Statement of Support and Organizational Affiliation with TCADP.

 

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01 March 2012 ~ Comments Off

March Alert: Events and News

In This Edition:
Scheduled Executions
Upcoming Events
Recent News
New Resources
In Memory
Calendar

Scheduled Executions

March 7: Keith Thurmond
March 28: Jesse Hernandez

Respond to each execution by attending a vigil in your community.  Learn more at http://tcadp.org/get-involved/stop-executions/

Upcoming Events

Film Showing: “Dominique’s Story: Thou Shalt Not Kill”

As part of Death Penalty Action Weeks, Amnesty International and TCADP will be screening “Dominique’s Story: Thou Shalt Not Kill” with David Atwood to speak at the Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Road, March 11, 7:00 – 9:00pm.  Call 281-933-4925.  More info.

UT School of Law Symposium: Lynching and the Death Penalty, March 23 – 24

The symposium will focus on the historical link between lynching and the death penalty, their similarities and differences, and the enduring role of lynching and race discrimination in contemporary capital litigation.

Keynote address by Bryan Stevenson: Lynching, Racial History and Death Penalty Disqualification

Symposium Information:

Symposium registration and general contact:

The conference is free, but space is limited. To register for the conference and for additional information, contact Rachel Sidopulos, Center Administrator, William  Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, at rsidopulos@law.utexas.edu, (512) 232-6277 (phone).

El Paso Death Penalty Community Activist Training

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 10am-2pm (FREE LUNCH!)

WHERE: Guadalupe Room in the Ministry Center of St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1050 N Clark, El Paso, TX  Map:  http://www.stpiusxelpaso.org/?action=contact

WHO: This training is open to everyone, whether you are a seasoned death penalty activist or new to the movement.

WHY: To take EPADP to the next level and develop an action plan for El Paso!

WHAT: We will provide training on effective messaging and give an overview of last year’s accomplishments and recent death penalty developments. We also will lead small group strategy sessions on grassroots membership recruitment and identifying grasstops leaders in El Paso and will work with you to develop actions plans in the areas of civic and religious outreach.

HOW MUCH? FREE

RSVP: RSVP and More Info.

Questions to info@tcadp.org or call 512-441-1808

Recent News

Forensic Experts Set to Testify in Larry Swearingen Hearing

The case of Larry Swearingen is back in court for an evidentiary hearing ordered last year by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The court granted Swearingen a stay of execution on July 28, 2011. He was convicted of the 1998 kidnapping and murder of Montgomery Community College student Melissa Trotter. Swearingen’s attorneys have sought a full hearing on forensic evidence that might demonstrate that their client was in jail on an unrelated charge at the time that Trotter was killed. Read more.

Dallas County District Attorney Reveals Personal Connection to Death Penalty Issue

Last week, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins revealed that his great-grandfather, Richard Johnson, had been executed by the State of Texas in 1932.  Watkins provided this information during a press conference to announce the official exoneration of Richard Miles, who spent 15 years in prison for a murder and attempted murder he didn’t commit. In an interview with the Associated Press, the district attorney also called for more reforms to the criminal justice system and “called on state lawmakers to review death penalty procedures to ensure the punishment is fairly administered.”  Read more from CBS News.

TCADP 2012 Annual Conference: Seizing the Momentum… Creating the Climate for Change

Saturday, February 18, 2012, University of the Incarnate Word Sky Room, San Antonio, Texas

The TCADP conference was a great success with over 120 participants from around the state.  A Big thank you goes out to all the TCADP members and supporters who came out, the many volunteers who assisted with the planning, the speakers and workshop presenters who shared their expertise with us, and the award winners who inspired us to keep on fighting!

See some of the photos from the awards ceremony and workshops. Pictured: opening panel discussion on the changing demographics of Texas and the impact on the Texas death penalty

All of the conference information, including award winners, is available online at http://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/.

New Resources

Bring “Incendiary” to a Theater Near You!

Since December, TCADP and community partners have hosted three screenings of the film “Incendiary” in Cedar Park, Houston, and Plano in collaboration with Tugg, Inc., an exciting new organization that works to bring important films to mainstream movie theaters by letting audiences determine what they want to see. Read more about how Tugg works, and contact Kristin at khoule@tcadp.org to learn how you can organize a screening in your community!

TCADP is on Twitter!

Become a follower and receive current news and developments on the Texas death penalty.  Help us spread the word about ending the death penalty in Texas!

#TCADPdotORG

In Memory

TCADP mourns the loss of Sean McGuire, who passed away last Monday, February 23, 2012 after a brief illness. Sean served as the Pastoral Associate for St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in Austin, which is a long-time organizational member of TCADP, and was responsible for coordinating the parish’s various ministry programs. We worked with Sean on numerous events, including a day-long workshop in 2007, “Witness and Action: Faith Communities Respond to the Death Penalty in Texas” and an Austin strategy meeting for lay and religious leaders that took place this past December. We express our condolences to his family and the community at St. Ignatius.

Calendar

March

1 International Death Penalty Abolition Day
3 Amnesty International Texas State Meeting,  with presentations from TCADP members Rick Halperin, Rich Woodward, and Lauren Zielinski.  College Station,  More info.
4 Odessa Chapter Meeting, 4:00pm, odessa@tcadp.org
7 Scheduled Execution: Keith Thurmond
7 Raymond Bonner, author of Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong will speak and sign books at Bookpeople, Austin, 7:00pm  Read more.
11 Film Showing: “Dominique’s Story: Thou Shalt Not Kill” w/David Atwood to speak at the Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Road, 7:00 – 9:00pm.  Call 281-933-4925.  More info.
19 El Paso Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, elpaso@tcadp.org
21 Dallas Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org
23-24 Pax Christi Texas Conference, San Antonio
23-24 UT School of Law Symposium: Lynching and the Death Penalty  More info.
24 El Paso Death Penalty Community Activist Training, 10:00 – 2:00  RSVP and More Info.
31 Civil Rights Conference, Houston Community College, Wes Loop Campus  More info.

April

Juan Melendez Speaking Tour, San Antonio, Dates and locations TBA

For more information about these events or to volunteer, email info@tcadp.org.

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01 February 2012 ~ Comments Off

February Alert: Stay of Execution, Legislative Action Opportunity and More!

In This Edition:
Scheduled Executions
Take Action Today
News and Events
Calendar

Scheduled Executions

February 28: Anthony Bartee
February 29: George Rivas

Respond to each execution by attending a vigil in your community.  Learn more at http://tcadp.org/get-involved/stop-executions/

Donald Newbury was granted a stay by the U.S. Supreme Court. He had been scheduled to be executed tonight, February 1.  Newbury was convicted of killing a police officer, Aubrey Hawkins, from Irving in 2000 when he escaped along with 6 other prisoners.   Read more.

Take Action Today!

Action Opportunity: Contact Your State Legislators!
Yesterday, January 31, 2012, staff and members of TCADP hand-delivered a copy of the 2011 annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2011: The Year in Review, to every member of the Texas Legislature.  Through this activity, our wonderful team of volunteers had a chance to speak with legislative staff members about their concerns about the death penalty and share information that demonstrates that Texas is moving away from its use.

The delivery of the annual report provides the perfect occasion for you to engage in dialogue with your state legislators!  Please contact your legislators this week and urge them to read TCADP’s report on death penalty developments in 2011! (Talking points and a sample message are available at the link.)

News and Events

TCADP 2012 Annual Conference: Seizing the Momentum… Creating the Climate for Change

Saturday, February 18, 2012, University of the Incarnate Word Sky Room, San Antonio, Texas

The conference features multiple workshop sessions, a panel discussion on how the changing demographics in Texas will impact our efforts to abolish the death penalty, and networking opportunities with new and old friends. The annual awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon to celebrate those individuals who inspired us in 2011.

Registration for the 2012 TCADP Annual Conference is open.  TCADP member, non-member, student, and early-bird rates are available.  Prices go up after today, February 1, 2012.

Register online today! or  Download the registration form and mail it in.

Download and share the conference flier.

There is still time to advertise in the program to promote your work, congratulate the award winners, and sponsor this annual event.  Exhibitor tables are also available. Be in touch ASAP!

Can’t attend the conference but would like to honor this year’s award winners? Consider sponsoring a table at the awards ceremony with a special contribution of $120 or moreSponsor a table and be listed in the conference program as an award winner sponsor!

The panel includes Jim Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project, Michael Cline, a demographer from the Hobby School at Rice University, Luis Figueroa, a staff attorney with MALDEF, and Andres Gonzalez,  a long-time political consultant. This discussion is very timely and relevant for anyone interested in the future of Texas politics.  The panel discussion is one of multiple opportunities offered at the TCADP conference for learning and engagement.  Don’t miss it!

Read the panelist bios.

All of the conference information, including award winners, is available online at http://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/.

Job Opening: Texas After Violence Project Executive Director Search
The Texas After Violence Project seeks a nonprofit leader who can build on the organization’s rich history and move the organization into its next phase with insightful leadership, well-honed fundraising skills, thoughtful and effective communications, and a keen sense of operating a nonprofit organization. TAVP seeks an Executive Director who will maintain the organization’s strong commitment to achieving justice through oral history, attracting diverse leaders and participants, and serving as a resource to the community. Read more.

Houston:  “Incendiary” to be Shown Tonight
Wednesday, February 1, 8:00pm
Please join the Houston Peace & Justice Center (HPJC) for a special screening of this film at the Regal Greenway Grand Palace Stadium on Wednesday, February 1st at 8 PM. Stick around afterwards for a discussion about the most recent developments in the Willingham case.

Purchase Tickets Today.

Dallas:  Panel Discussion with Exonerees Anthony Graves and Clarence Brandley and Rev. Carroll Pickett, former death house chaplain

Thursday, February 2
Southern Methodist University
306 Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium, 7:00-9:00pm
Sponsored by Embrey Human Rights Program, 214-768-8347, Read Bios or Download Flier

Calendar

February

1  Last chance to register for the annual conference at the early-bird rates! http://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/

1 “Incendiary” Film Showing, Houston 8:00pm

2 Panel Discussion with Rev. Carroll Pickett, Anthony Graves and Clarence Brandley, SMU 7:00pm

4 Death Penalty workshop with Rev. Carroll Pickett, Our Lady of the Lake Library 1:30pm - FULL

5 Odessa Chapter Meeting, 4:00pm odessa@tcadp.org

15 Dallas Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org

18 TCADP Annual Conference, San Antonio

20 El Paso Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, elpaso@tcadp.org

28 Scheduled Execution: Anthony Bartee

29 Scheduled Execution: George Rivas
March

3 Amnesty International Texas State Conference, College Station

4 Odessa Chapter Meeting, 4:00pm, odessa@tcadp.org

7 Scheduled Execution: Keith Thurmond

19 El Paso Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, elpaso@tcadp.org

21 Dallas Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org

23-24 Lynching and the Death Penalty Symposium, UT School of Law

28 Scheduled Execution: Jesse Hernandez

For more information about these events or to volunteer, email info@tcadp.org.

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23 January 2012 ~ Comments Off

Upcoming Events in Houston: Speaker on Criminal Justice Reform and Film Screening

The Houston Chapter of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty invites you to attend:

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TEXAS CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE? WHAT IS NEEDED?

featuring

Brandon Dudley, Chief of Staff for Senator Rodney Ellis

Thursday, January 26,  2012, 7:00pm

Dominican Sisters Meeting Room
6501 Almeda Rd., Houston, Texas
Pizza will be served for hungry attendees!

Rodrigo Hernandez is scheduled for execution on January 26.  The Houston Vigil will be held that day at the corner of Westheimer and Shepherd at 5:30 pm.   Following this vigil, please join TCADP’s Houston Chapter for a special presentation by Brandon Dudley, Chief of Staff for Senator Rodney Ellis, who will speak on improvements to the Texas Criminal Justice System.

“Incendiary” Film Showing, Wednesday, February 1, 8:00pm

Please join the Houston Peace & Justice Center (HPJC) for a special screening of this film at the Regal Greenway Grand Palace Stadium on Wednesday, February 1st at 8 PM. Stick around afterwards for a discussion about the most recent developments in the Willingham case.

Tickets must be purchased in advance (by January 30, 2:00am). Purchase Tickets Today.

Incendiary

Equal parts murder mystery, forensic investigation and political drama, INCENDIARY: The Willingham Case has captivated theatrical audiences this fall. Winner of the 2011 Louis Black Award at SXSW Film, and selected to play as a 2011 Sterling US Feature at the American Film Institute/Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Festival 2011, INCENDIARY has been called “one of the most timely movies of the year…nonfiction filmmaking at its most classic. Crime, punishment, morality and hardball politics make for an explosive narrative mix all their own.” (Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post)


TCADP 2012 Annual Conference: Seizing the Momentum… Creating the Climate for Change
Saturday, February 18, 2012, University of the Incarnate Word Sky Room, San Antonio
Please make plans to join us on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in San Antonio for the 2012 TCADP Annual Conference. The conference features two workshop sessions, a panel discussion on how the changing demographics in Texas will impact our efforts to abolish the death penalty, and networking opportunities with new and old friends. The annual awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon to celebrate those individuals who inspired us in 2011.

Registration for the 2012 TCADP Annual Conference is open.  TCADP member, non-member, student, and early-bird rates are available.  Prices go up after February 1, 2012.

Register online today! or  Download the registration form and mail it in.

Download and share the conference flier.

Advertise in the program to promote your work, congratulate the award winners, and sponsor this annual event.  Exhibitor tables are also available. Learn more.

All of the conference information, including award winners, hotel information, etc.  is available online at http://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/.

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December 2011 Alert: Activist Training, Special “Incendiary” Screening, Annual Conference

In This Edition:
Executions
In the News
Upcoming Events
Announcements

Executions

The State of Texas executed 13 people this year. While no further executions are scheduled for 2011, 6 executions already have been scheduled for 2012.

In the News

Thank the Governor of Oregon for Stopping Executions!

On November 22, 2011, the Governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, announced a ban on executions during his time in office. In a prepared statement, he declared “It is time for Oregon to consider a different approach. I refuse to be a part of this compromised and inequitable system any longer; and I will not allow further executions while I am Governor.”  Under his authority, Governor Kitzhaber granted a reprieve to Gary Haugen, who had been scheduled for execution on December 6, 2011.  This would have been the first execution in the state in 14 years. Read more and take action today to thank Governor Kitzhaber for his principled leadership on this issue.

Upcoming Events

Bexar County Campaign Community Activist Training

The training will take place this Saturday, December 3 from 10:00-2:00pm. It is open to all community members who want to learn more about the death penalty and get involved in efforts to end this practice in Bexar County.

The Community Activist Training will include a panel discussion about the state of the death penalty in Texas and our strategy for change, an interactive messaging workshop, a special lunch time program, and afternoon breakout sessions to strategize about local opportunities for engaging and educating other concerned community members through faith outreach, civic outreach and campus organizing.  Get more information and register today.

Austin Area: Join TCADP for a Special Screening of “Incendiary”

Described as “equal parts murder mystery, forensic investigation and political drama,” the new documentary film “Incendiary” focuses on the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed by the State of Texas in 2004.  At least nine fire experts have questioned the evidence used to convict him of arson, and the case created quite a stir within the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

Please join TCADP for a special screening of this film at the Cinemark Cedar Park on Wednesday, December 14 at 7 PM.  The filmmakers, Steve Mims and Joe Bailey, will join us for a Q & A after the film to discuss the most recent developments in the Willingham case.  Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 13.

Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2011

TCADP will release its annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2011, on December 15, 2011. The report presents information on new death sentences, executions, and stays; legislative developments; and other issues affecting the criminal justice system in the nation’s most active death penalty state. Updated maps depicting death sentences by county also will be available. See www.tcadp.org for more details.

Announcements

TCADP Announces Annual Award Winners to be Recognized at Annual Conference

The TCADP Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following 2012 TCADP Annual Award Winners, who will be recognized at the 2012 TCADP Annual Conference – Seizing the Momentum… Creating the Climate for Change on Saturday, February 18, 2012  at the University of the Incarnate Word Sky Room.  Please make plans to join us in celebrating these extraordinary individuals!

Courage:  Jan Brown
Media:  Jordan Smith, Austin Chronicle
Appreciation:  Brother Brian Halderman

Appreciation: Kelly Epstein
Founder’s Award:  Bishop Joe Wilson

Read more about the winners.

Individuals and organizations are invited to place an ad in the conference program to promote your work or congratulate the award winners.  We also invite you to exhibit at the conference.  Download Form.

In addition to the annual awards luncheon, the conference features:

  • General membership meeting
  • Workshops
  • Networking with TCADP members and allies
  • Panel discussion: Impact of Texas’ Changing Demographics on the Death Penalty

Pre-register for the conference today and book your hotel! Special rates for TCADP members and students.

Remember TCADP in Your Year-End Giving!

Check your mailboxes later next week 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 a critical 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.

Calendar

December

1    TCADP Table at Dallas Peace Center Annual Dinner

3    Community Activist Training in San Antonio http://tcadp.org/bexar-county-campaign/

4    Odessa Chapter Meeting, 4 PM

7    Anniversary of the Resumption of Executions in Texas in 1982

10  International Human Rights Day

14   Screening of “Incendiary” and Q & A with Filmmakers

15  TCADP Annual Report Release

19  El Paso Chapter Meeting, 7 PM

January

30 Last Day to Book Block Rate Hotel rooms for TCADP Annual Conference

February

1 Last Day to Receive TCADP Annual Conference Registration Early Bird Rates

For more information about these events or to volunteer, email info@tcadp.org.

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