TCADP’s Strategic Plan prioritizes 5 areas of importance for furthering our goals of first decreasing and then ending the use of the death penalty. These focus areas advance our effectiveness as an organization and play a key role in many of our activities. We invite your support and involvement in these initiatives!
To sign up to be involved with one or more of these priorities, complete the online form below or call the TCADP office at 512-441-1808.
Ask Texas Clergy to Sign our Interfaith Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty
In order to demonstrate the depth and breadth of faith-based opposition to the death penalty in Texas, TCADP seeks to release an Interfaith Statement to the media, to elected officials, and to the public at large during the next regular session of the Texas Legislature in 2015. We also seek participants in a “Faith Leader Lobby Day on the Death Penalty”. All Texas clergy are invited to sign the interfaith sign-on letter. TCADP is partnering in this effort with Texas Impact, Texas’ oldest and largest statewide interfaith network. TCADP and Texas Impact are working together to help Texas faith leaders voice their beliefs and concerns about the death penalty. Nationally and in Texas, faith communities play a critical role in public discussions about the future of capital punishment. Coming Soon! Our new website “Texas Faith Communities Look at the Death Penalty” will contain resources you can use to help your faith community study and discuss the death penalty as it exists in Texas and the United States.
Promote the Regional Speakers’ Tours
TCADP will host speaking events in Houston/College Station, Austin/San Antonio, and Dallas-Fort Worth in the Fall of 2014 featuring exonorees, murder victim family members and families of death row inmates. If you would like to help coordinate speakers for local venues, please contact the state office. TCADP is particularly interested in non-traditional locations and providing speakers to regularly scheduled meetings and groups.
Encourage Membership Growth and Diversity
Download a “Count Me In” form, circulate it at your faith or civic meeting, and mail completed forms to TCADP. TCADP is actively seeking support from across political, civic, and religious spectrums to increase our reach and impact. Criminal justice professionals and victim family members willing to share their perspectives are also high priorities for outreach. If you are aware of local festivals and conferences that would welcome TCADP participation, please provide the information to the state office. Also look for membership gatherings in your area, such as our bi-monthly luncheons in Austin and Houston. Your social media networks can be instrumental in achieving this goal; see above for helpful tips.
Engage in Outreach with Conservatives
TCADP Board Member Pat Monks is actively involved with Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty, a national network of Conservatives seeking to advance dialogue on the death penalty. Do you identify as Conservative and want to support these efforts? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-441-1808 to learn how you can get involved.
Join the TCADP Lobby Corps
Members of TCADP’s citizen Lobby Corps were active at the State Capitol throughout the 83rd Texas Legislature and continue to build relationships with lawmakers as we lay the foundation for our advocacy in 2015. We will solicit applications for our third class of Lobby Corps members later this summer. Learn more about our efforts during the last legislative session.
Complete the following form to express interest in any or all of the above initiatives. TCADP will follow up with you shortly on ways to get involved.
Here are additional ways for you to be involved with TCADP:
Become a member of TCADP. Encourage others to join, as well. Join online or download a membership form.
NEW! – Encourage local organizations and institutions to sign an organizational statement of support and affiliation. Share form with your favorite churches, civic groups, etc. (Save PDF to your computer, complete, print and mail/email to TCADP.)
Host a house party/fundraiser and invite your friends to donate to TCADP. TCADP will provide resource information and a speaker.
Join the TCADP email list. Emails include information on upcoming executions, legislative updates, and area events of interest. Look for the “Receive Email Updates” button on the TCADP home page, www.tcadp.org.
Attend the TCADP Annual Conference. (next conference: February, 2016)
Remember TCADP in your end-of-year giving! And consider becoming a Partner for Justice!
Download a “Count Me In” form, circulate it, and mail signatures to TCADP.
Volunteer with TCADP. We can use your expertise and assistance in multiple ways.
Organize an information table with literature on the death penalty at local festivals, civic meetings, or faith communities. TCADP can provide you with petitions, general handouts, and information with various perspectives on the issue.
Write a letter to the editor or post online comments in response to death penalty related stories you read in your local newspaper. Contact the office for sample language you might use.
Publish an article on the death penalty in your next newsletter or in other civic or faith publications.
Watch a film on the death penalty and hold a discussion in your civic group, class or faith community (see the death penalty resource list for film suggestions).
Host a speaker on the death penalty (see the TCADP’s Speakers’ Bureau, which includes attorneys, murder victims’ family members, a former death house chaplain, mental health experts, and others).
Ask your clergy to sign the interfaith sign-on letter.
Write, visit, and call your state senator and representative and share your concerns about the Texas death penalty. Determine the legislator’s position on the death penalty and then share the information you gather with the TCADP office. Always be polite and professional! Learn how under the “Contact Lawmakers” section of the TCADP website.
Work with your political party on the precinct, district and state level to pass resolutions calling for the repeal of the death penalty.
Attend the TCADP Lobby Day held during the Legislative session. Apply to be a part of the TCADP Lobby Corps.
Learn where candidates for elected office (including state legislators, judges, and district attorneys) stand on the death penalty.
For more information or assistance with any of these project ideas, please contact the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty: (512) 441-1808 or email@example.com.