February Alert: Stay of Execution, Legislative Action Opportunity and More!

In This Edition:
Scheduled Executions
Take Action Today
News and Events

Scheduled Executions

February 28: Anthony Bartee
February 29: George Rivas

Respond to each execution by attending a vigil in your community.  Learn more at https://tcadp.org/get-involved/stop-executions/

Donald Newbury was granted a stay by the U.S. Supreme Court. He had been scheduled to be executed tonight, February 1.  Newbury was convicted of killing a police officer, Aubrey Hawkins, from Irving in 2000 when he escaped along with 6 other prisoners.   Read more.

Take Action Today!

Action Opportunity: Contact Your State Legislators!
Yesterday, January 31, 2012, staff and members of TCADP hand-delivered a copy of the 2011 annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2011: The Year in Review, to every member of the Texas Legislature.  Through this activity, our wonderful team of volunteers had a chance to speak with legislative staff members about their concerns about the death penalty and share information that demonstrates that Texas is moving away from its use.

The delivery of the annual report provides the perfect occasion for you to engage in dialogue with your state legislators!  Please contact your legislators this week and urge them to read TCADP’s report on death penalty developments in 2011! (Talking points and a sample message are available at the link.)

News and Events

TCADP 2012 Annual Conference: Seizing the Momentum… Creating the Climate for Change

Saturday, February 18, 2012, University of the Incarnate Word Sky Room, San Antonio, Texas

The conference features multiple workshop sessions, a panel discussion on how the changing demographics in Texas will impact our efforts to abolish the death penalty, and networking opportunities with new and old friends. The annual awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon to celebrate those individuals who inspired us in 2011.

Registration for the 2012 TCADP Annual Conference is open.  TCADP member, non-member, student, and early-bird rates are available.  Prices go up after today, February 1, 2012.

Register online today! or  Download the registration form and mail it in.

Download and share the conference flier.

There is still time to advertise in the program to promote your work, congratulate the award winners, and sponsor this annual event.  Exhibitor tables are also available. Be in touch ASAP!

Can’t attend the conference but would like to honor this year’s award winners? Consider sponsoring a table at the awards ceremony with a special contribution of $120 or moreSponsor a table and be listed in the conference program as an award winner sponsor!

The panel includes Jim Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project, Michael Cline, a demographer from the Hobby School at Rice University, Luis Figueroa, a staff attorney with MALDEF, and Andres Gonzalez,  a long-time political consultant. This discussion is very timely and relevant for anyone interested in the future of Texas politics.  The panel discussion is one of multiple opportunities offered at the TCADP conference for learning and engagement.  Don’t miss it!

Read the panelist bios.

All of the conference information, including award winners, is available online at https://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/.

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Houston:  “Incendiary” to be Shown Tonight
Wednesday, February 1, 8:00pm
Please join the Houston Peace & Justice Center (HPJC) for a special screening of this film at the Regal Greenway Grand Palace Stadium on Wednesday, February 1st at 8 PM. Stick around afterwards for a discussion about the most recent developments in the Willingham case.

Purchase Tickets Today.

Dallas:  Panel Discussion with Exonerees Anthony Graves and Clarence Brandley and Rev. Carroll Pickett, former death house chaplain

Thursday, February 2
Southern Methodist University
306 Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium, 7:00-9:00pm
Sponsored by Embrey Human Rights Program, 214-768-8347, Read Bios or Download Flier



1  Last chance to register for the annual conference at the early-bird rates! https://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/

1 “Incendiary” Film Showing, Houston 8:00pm

2 Panel Discussion with Rev. Carroll Pickett, Anthony Graves and Clarence Brandley, SMU 7:00pm

4 Death Penalty workshop with Rev. Carroll Pickett, Our Lady of the Lake Library 1:30pm – FULL

5 Odessa Chapter Meeting, 4:00pm odessa@tcadp.org

15 Dallas Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org

18 TCADP Annual Conference, San Antonio

20 El Paso Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, elpaso@tcadp.org

28 Scheduled Execution: Anthony Bartee

29 Scheduled Execution: George Rivas

3 Amnesty International Texas State Conference, College Station

4 Odessa Chapter Meeting, 4:00pm, odessa@tcadp.org

7 Scheduled Execution: Keith Thurmond

19 El Paso Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, elpaso@tcadp.org

21 Dallas Chapter Meeting, 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org

23-24 Lynching and the Death Penalty Symposium, UT School of Law

28 Scheduled Execution: Jesse Hernandez

For more information about these events or to volunteer, email info@tcadp.org.

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