TCADP invites your participation in the following meetings and events:
TCADP will host the Bi-Monthly Luncheon on June 16th. This luncheon will feature journalist Jordan Smith. The meeting will start at noon at The Clay Pit- 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701. Ample street parking is available on 15th, 16th, 17th Street Please RSVP with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jordan Smith is a state and national award-winning investigative journalist. She has covered criminal justice issues and reproductive health for The Austin Chronicle for more than 13 years. During her time with the Chronicle, Jordan developed a reputation as a resourceful and dogged reporter with a talent for analyzing complex social and legal issues, and is regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in Texas. Her work has also appeared in The Nation, The Crime Report, and Salon, among other places.
Read Jordan’s recent article, “Why Is It So Easy for States to Execute the Mentally Ill” here.
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.
For more information about this event, please visit the UT Humanities Institute page.
The One Day University, presented by The Dallas Morning News will feature eight professors for one day of learning. The program includes Austin Sarat on “How Americans Think About Punishment, Revenge, Anger and Forgiveness.” Other lecturers include Jeremy Yudkin of Boston University and Marc Lapadula of Yale University. The program is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th and will run from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Omni Dallas Hotel (555 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75202).
Go to onedayu.com to register. The cost is $179, but get a 15 percent discount by entering the code POINTS.
Be sure to read Austin Sarat’s most recent article, “Are we witnessing the demise of the death penalty?”
El Pasoans Against the Death Penalty, a chapter of TCADP, meet on the last Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will take place at 7 PM on June 30th at St. Pius X Church in the Pedro Maldonado Room (1050 North Clark Drive). For more information, please contact Pat Delgado at email@example.com.
Demonstrations for executions will take place from June 3rd and June 18th 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:
At this time, the following parishes have confirmed prayer vigils for May. Please check parish bulletins for more information:
- Saint Patrick Cathedral (Arizona at Mesa), 6:00-6:30 pm, Tuesday, June 2nd
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Ysleta Mission (Alameda at Zaragoza), 6:00-6:30 PM, Tuesday, June 2nd
- Christ the Savior Parish (5301 Wadsworth Ave.), 6:00-6:30 PM, Monday, June 1st, 7-7:30 pm
- St. Francis of Assisi (5750 Doniphan Dr.), in Spanish, 6:00 PM
- St. Pius X Church (1050 N. Clark), a Living Rosary, 6-7 PM, Thursday, June 18th
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.
The next chapter meeting will occur on July 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!