Resources and Announcements
In the News
September 13: Steven Woods
September 15: Duane Buck
September 20: Cleve Foster
September 21: Lawrence Brewer
Duane Buck is scheduled to be executed on September 15, 2011 for the 1995 murders of his ex-girlfriend, Debra Gardner, and Kenneth Butler. During his trial, psychologist Walter Quijano, a witness for the defense, testified on cross-examination that the fact that Mr. Buck was African-American increased the likelihood of his being dangerous in the future. This improperly elicited, racially-based testimony by Dr. Quijano led to new sentencing hearings in six other cases where the State of Texas conceded error – but not for Duane Buck. His attorneys have filed a clemency petition with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and also are asking the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to withdraw the date. Read more and sign the online petition.
Join TCADP members around the state in expressing concern about these executions. https://tcadp.org/get-involved/stop-executions/
Two Weeks from Today! Seizing the Momentum: Honoring Houston’s Champions of Justice
National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims
Sunday, September 25th, is the National Day of Remembrance (DOR) for Murder Victims – a day to honor and memorialize the lives of loved ones taken by murder/homicide. If you are interested in learning about events in your area, please contact Chris Castillo with Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation at email@example.com
“Incendiary: the Willingham Case” Coming to a Theatre Near You!
Described as “equal parts murder mystery, forensic investigation and political drama,” the new documentary film “Incendiary
” focuses on the case of Cameron Todd Willingham and its implications for the Texas Forensic Science Commission. It will debut in Austin at the Violet Crown Cinema
on Friday, September 23, and plans are underway for screenings in Dallas and Houston. Stay tuned for details on additional venues and a special TCADP reception with the filmmakers in Austin later this month.
Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty- San Antonio
Save the Date – October 24, 2011 7:00-9:00pm Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University and RSVP!
An unprecedented panel of San Antonio-area religious leaders are devoting the evening of October 24 to talk about their views on the death penalty. TCADP is bringing this important conversation center stage. Learn who is coming and plan to join us!
If you would like to assist in promoting this opportunity in your congregation, community or civic group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 441-1808. Thank you!
Resources & Announcements
New Materials for Respect Life Month
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has created several new resources for its 2011-2012 Respect Life Program
, including a new pamphlet and bulletin inserts on the death penalty in English and Spanish. According to the USCCB, “the Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October. The program is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events.” Please contact TCADP Program Coordinator Vicki McCuistion at email@example.com
to order pamphlets
to share with your pastor or to integrate into an event on the death penalty at your parish.
The TCADP Board of Directors is seeking nominations
from TCADP members for the annual courage, appreciation, and media awards, which will be presented at the 2012 Annual Conference on February 18, 2012 in San Antonio. Please nominate worthy individuals and organizations that have made significant and selfless contributions to abolishing the death penalty in Texas. Nominations will be accepted from now until October 15, 2011.
In the News
Hidalgo County Jury Rejects Death Penalty
On August 26, 2011, a jury in Hidalgo County rejected the death penalty for Roberto Rojas, who was convicted of killing his mother-in-law, Amelia Rivera Flores, and three young children in 2008. The youngest child, 2-year-old Osiel, was Rojas’ son and Silvestre and Mauro Garza, ages 6 and 8, were his stepsons. He also brutally attacked his ex-wife, Amelia Flores, who was saved through the intervention of her father. According to The Monitor, at least 10 jurors agreed that there were mitigating factors that would warrant life in prison rather than the death penalty. Read more
John W. Whitehead: The Death Penalty Is a Miscarriage of Justice
“There is nothing moral or just about the death penalty–certainly not the way it is implemented in America, and anyone who says otherwise is either deluding themselves or trying to get elected by appearing tough on crime.” That’s the first line of a recent column by John W. Whitehead, the founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Whitehead goes on to address the myriad flaws and failures of the death penalty system and call for its abolition. Read it here
1 TCADP Table at SMU Human Rights Fair, Dallas
5 TCADP Table at Northeast Bexar County Democrats Labor Day Picnic
10 TCADP Table at Austin Pride Festival
13 Scheduled Execution – Steven Woods
15 Scheduled Execution – Duane Buck
15 Seizing the Momentum: Honoring Houston’s Champions of Justice, Station Museum of Contemporary Art. Tickets
18 TCADP Table at Dallas Pride Festival
19 El Paso Chapter meeting, 7:00pm, firstname.lastname@example.org
20 Scheduled Execution – Cleve Foster
21 Scheduled Execution – Lawrence Brewer, Dallas Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, email@example.com
23 Incendiary / the Willingham Case opens at the Violet Crown Cinema, Austin
25 National Day of Rembrance for Murder Victims
2 Odessa Chapter Meeting, 4:00pm firstname.lastname@example.org
8 TCADP Table at Oktoberfest, Lancaster
9 World Day Against the Death Penalty event – Houston chapter, email@example.com
17 El Paso Chapter meeting, 7:00pm, firstname.lastname@example.org
24 Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty, Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University, 7:00pm
28-29 TCADP Table at Catholic Formation and Leadership Conference, San Antonio
28-29 TCADP Table at University of Dallas Ministry Conference, Dallas