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January 2011 Alert

If you missed the email, catch up on current news in this January alert. The alert includes information on scheduled executions, breaking news and events, and a calendar of opportunities around the state.

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Scheduled Executions
News and Events

Scheduled Executions

January 11 : Cleve Foster   Respond to the scheduled execution by contacting the Governor, attending vigils and more.

News and Events

Houston Chronicle Calls for Abolition

The editors of the Houston Chronicle began the new year with a call to end the death penalty in Texas.  In an editorial that appeared on January 1, 2011, “It’s time for capital punishment to become Texas history,” the Chronicle cites awareness of the risk of wrongful conviction and the fact that jurors and prosecutors are imposing it less often as evidence that Texans are moving away from the death penalty.  Read more.

Please post a favorable comment online commending the editors of the Chronicle for recognizing the irreversible flaws and failures of the Texas death penalty system.  You also can help increase the popularity of other positive comments by giving them a “thumbs up.”  (Please note that you need to have an account with the Chronicle in order to post or tag comments.)  TCADP also encourages letters to the editor (250 words or less). Send as part of e-mail text to Include name, address, and day and evening phone numbers for verification purposes only.

Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty – Houston

On January 18, 2011, a panel of Houston’s religious leaders will participate in “The Dialogue of Religious Leaders on the Death Penalty” at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall in downtown Houston. This unprecedented event precedes the Houston Grand Opera’s performances of the award-winning Dead Man Walking Opera January 22- February 7, 2011.

Please join us for this special event aimed at heightening the awareness of death penalty issues in Houston and starting the conversation that moves us forward. More info and RSVP today!

TCADP 2011 Annual Conference Seizing the Momentum… Advancing Statewide Vision through Local Action

Austin – February 19, 2011, Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center, First United Methodist Church
This annual conference, which is always hosted in Austin during the legislative session, will be the best opportunity for you to receive training on how you can further the TCADP legislative agenda.  Workshops will be tailored to address the unique aspects of your legislative district!  The annual awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon to celebrate those individuals who inspired us in 2010 and over the last decade!

Download and share the conference flyer.

2011 Courage Award Winners: Anthony Graves and His Family

Advertise in the program to promote your work, congratulate the award winners, and be a sponsor of the TCADP annual conference.  Exhibitor spaces are also available. Learn more.

Registration for the 2011 TCADP Annual Conference is open. TCADP member, non-member, student, and early-bird rates available.  Prices go up after February 1, 2011!  Register today!

2011 Conference Hotel Information – Please note that hotel accommodations in Austin may be very limited due to the Austin Marathon, so early booking is highly recommended. Conference Hotel:  La Quinta Austin (Capitol Location).  Learn more and Book your room!

All of the conference information, including award winners, is available online at

TCADP 2010 Annual Report

On December 13, 2010, TCADP released its annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2010: The Year in Review. The report details the significant decline in new death sentences in the last decade and  presents information on executions, reduced sentences, and stays; exonerations; legislative developments; and other issues affecting the nation’s most active death penalty state. Data from the report was featured in an editorial in the Dallas Morning News and a column in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Coverage of the report appeared in more than 85 media outlets.

Read the report at  View maps of Texas that depict death sentences by county from 1976-2010 and from 2007-2010.

TCADP will deliver a copy of the report to every legislative office on Thursday, January 27, 2011. To volunteer to help with this effort, please contact Kristin at

Texas Monthly Calls for a Moratorium

The January issue of Texas Monthly (in stores now) features an update on Anthony Graves from TCADP 2011 Media Award recipient Pamela Colloff. It also includes an editorial by Michael Hall calling for a moratorium on executions.   We encourage you to write a letter to the magazine ( complimenting it on both the Graves article and the editorial, and urge the editors to take the next step by endorsing full repeal of the death penalty!  You can also take out a one-year subscription to the magazine (only $12) and tell them why you are doing it when you send in your check.

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2 Odessa Chapter meeting – 4:00pm
11 Scheduled execution – Cleve Foster
13-16 NCADP Annual Conference, Chicago, IL,
17 El Paso Chapter meeting, 6:00pm, 18 Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty, Houston, 7:30 PM, More details and RSVP.
19 Dallas Chapter meeting – 7:00pm,
22 Sister Helen Prejean at St. Angela Merici Catholic church 11:00am, 9009 Sienna Ranch Road, Missouri City, TX  77459, Contact:  Karen Martin  at 281-778-0400. Public event.  All are welcome.
25 Austin Chapter meeting – 7:00pm,
27 Delivery of TCADP Annual Report to Texas Legislators. Volunteer to help,
28 “At the Death House Door” Film Showing, Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest Cafeteria, Austin, 6:00pm potluck dinner, 7:00pm film and discussion
28 Last Day to Book Hotel Room for TCADP Conference and Receive Special Rate. More info.


1 Last Day to Receive Early-Bird Registration Rate for TCADP 2011 Annual Conference. Register Now!
15 Scheduled execution – Michael Wayne Hall
19 TCADP Annual Conference Seizing the Momentum… Advancing Statewide Vision through Local Action See you there!
22 Scheduled execution – Timothy Adams

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