TCADP invites your participation in the following meetings and events:
Controversy and Conversation: Difficult Dialogues Film Series
“At the Death House Door” will be screened at the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library (1105 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702) on July 2nd at 7:00 PM.
This documentary film is from award-winning Directors Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and Peter Gilbert. The story is told through the eyes of Pastor Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the Texas death house chaplain to the infamous “Walls” prison unit in Huntsville, TX. During Pickett’s remarkable career and personal journey, he witnessed over 95 executions, including the world’s first lethal injection. After each execution, Pickett recorded an audiotape account of his trip to the death chamber. The film includes the story of Carlos De Luna, a death row inmate who Pickett counseled and whose execution troubled him more than any other as he firmly believed De Luna was innocent. The film tracks the investigative efforts of a team of Chicago Tribune reporters who have turned up evidence that strongly suggests that De Luna in fact might have been wrongfully executed.
TCADP Board Vice President, Mike Renquist will take part in a Q&A session following the film.
For more information about this event, please visit the UT Humanities Institute page.
El Pasoans Against the Death Penalty, a chapter of TCADP, meet on the last Tuesday of the month. There are no meetings scheduled for June or July. The next meeting will take place at 7 PM on August 25th at St. Pius X Church in the Pedro Maldonado Room (1050 North Clark Drive). For more information, please contact Pat Delgado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Demonstrations for executions will take place on July 16th from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in front of the El Paso County Courthouse, 500 E. San Antonio (downtown, between Mesa and Campbell Streets).
Prayer vigils are held in several parishes to pray for those on death row awaiting execution, their families, the victims and their families, all involved in executions and for an end to the death penalty. The vigils are bilinguals and are held once a month when there are executions scheduled.
At this time, the following parishes have confirmed vigils. Please check parish bulletin, or contact the church directly for more information:
- Saint Patrick Cathedral (Arizona at Mesa), 6:00-6:30 PM
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Ysleta Mission (Alameda at Zaragoza), 6:00-6:30 PM
- Christ the Savior Parish (5301 Wadsworth Ave.), 6:00-6:30 PM
- St. Francis of Assisi (5750 Doniphan Dr.), in Spanish, 6:00 PM
- St. Pius X Church (1050 N. Clark), a Living Rosary, 6:00-7:00 PM
“One For Ten” screening on July 12th at 3:00 PM, at the Mother Teresa Center, 2400 Yandell. This film is an up close look at ten exonerations from death row. Admission is free. Co-sponsored by Pax Christi El Paso and the Peace and Justice Ministry of the Diocese of El Paso.
TCADP’s Houston Chapter meets every other month on the 1st Tuesday of the month, starting in January. All meetings will take place at 7 PM at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77027.
There will not be a meeting in July. The next chapter meeting will occur on September 1st.
Contact information for local leaders is available on the Work Locally page.
If you have participated in an event on behalf of TCADP, please complete an Event Report Form for our records. Thank you!