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TCADP Odessa Chapter Hosts Successful Speaker’s Tour

The Odessa Chapter Against the Death Penalty is responsible for death row exoneree, Juan Melendez’s two day visit to the Permian Basin.

According to Father Mark Miller, chapter leader, “He is speaking from first hand experience. I believe when people hear that, they begin to think and imagine it in a new way. So I think we only grow to have a new perspective when we are able to imagine things differently then what we may have grown up with.”

The Odessa Chapter hosted Juan Melendez for three speaking events in Odessa. The events attracted 200+ people and resulted in 3 TV interviews, 2 paper interviews, and 1 radio live interview.

Juan addressed crowds at St. Joseph Hall, the Salvador Guerrero Southside Senior Center and Blackshear Auditorium in both English and Spanish.

To schedule a similar speaker’s tour, be in touch with the TCADP office at 512.441.1808 or

Media Coverage:

Channel 2 (ABC) –
NewsWest 9 –
Odessa American –