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We’re Back!

We apologize to all interested parties for the long break here at Texas Abolition Blog, but we’re back and ready for a new year in the struggle for abolition!

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Shout Out to Grits

Big shout out to Scott Henson who has featured Texas Abolition Blog on his popular Grits for Breakfast!

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Did Texas Execute (Another) Innocent Man?

The Houston Chronicle has published a two-part investigative series examining the question, “Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?” Ruben Cantu was 17 when he supposedly shot Pedro Gomez to death on Nov. 8, 1984. The first part of the series, published on Sunday, reads in part: Four days after a Bexar County jury delivered its […]

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Organizing Around the 1000th Execution

Friends, As we near the 1000th execution since the resumption of state sanctioned-killings, abolitionists around the country are using this impending horrific and historic event to educate and activate people on the issue of the death penalty. Amnesty International USA has taken a leading role in providing activists with tools and opportunities for organizing for […]

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Victims Statement on 100th Execution

Friends, Here is the just released joint statement of two of the most important organizations in the abolition movement. Fewer voices are more powerful than those of murder victims families. Statement of Murder Victims’ Families for Human RightsandThe Journey of Hope….From Violence to Healingon the 1000th Execution Victims’ Families Call for End to Executions As […]

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Massachusetts rejects death penalty

The recent effort to reinstate the death penalty in Massachusetts has failed on a 99 to 53 vote in the House of Representatives. It was just 8 years ago that the Massachusetts House passed, by a 1 vote margin, a reinstatement bill, and only the decision by Representative John Slattery to ask for reconsideration and […]

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Catholic Bishops Statement

Our previous post displayed just one of the first news stories about the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ new statement on capital punishment. This new call reaffirming the Catholic commitment to a culture of life can be read in its entirity here. In a couple of months, it will be available for purchase in […]

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Catholic bishops denounce capital punishment by Charles A. Radin

Globe November 16, 2005WASHINGTON — The US Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday overwhelminglyapproved a new statement of opposition to capital punishment, asserting that it contributes to a culture of death and violence in the United States. It was the bishops’ first comprehensive statement on the death penalty in 25years, and coincided with the debate in […]