TCADP is pleased to offer opportunities for virtual events and programs during this time of social distancing. This summer, we launched a book group and a new webinar series, “Seeking Justice in Texas.” These online gatherings are open to all supporters. See below for details and links to register.
TCADP Book Group
The TCADP book group is reading A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. We will meet on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:30 PM Central Time. All are welcome!
TCADP Webinar Series: Seeking Justice in Texas
In October, we’re offering a two-part series on “future dangerousness,” a unique capital jury instruction in Texas that has been used to stack the deck in favor of death sentences. Both sessions will be presented by capital appellate attorney Gretchen Sween. (Gretchen’s workshop on this topic at the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference received rave reviews!)
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00 to 1:00 PM Central Time:
Texas’s “Future Dangerousness” Special Issue, Part 1: A Problematic History
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 12:00 to 1:00 PM Central Time:
Texas’s “Future Dangerousness” Special Issue, Part 2: Continuing to Stack the Deck in Favor of Death
Virtual Events Sponsored by Other Organizations
Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman has been sitting on Tennessee’s death row for 33 years even though he never received a fair trial. A documentary film about his case, “You Don’t Know Me,” will be shown online in the Nashville Film Festival from October 1 to October 7. Anyone can purchase a ticket to watch the film any time during the seven days of the Festival. If you watch the film, please consider voting for it to receive an Audience Award at the Festival.
October 2, International Wrongful Conviction Day, seeks to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction. It also recognizes the tremendous personal, social, and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for innocent people and their families. The Innocence Network will host a full-day of digital content from 9 AM – 9 PM Eastern Time on Friday, October 2, 2020. Learn more about the streaming event and other ways to get involved.
The Cal Turner Program in Moral Leadership at Vanderbilt University will host a virtual event with Sister Helen Prejean via Zoom on Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00 PM (CDT). Sister Helen will speak about her memoir, River of Fire, as part of the program’s October Lunch and Learn series. Registration is free and open to all.
We also recommend the Cal Turner Program’s October 14 event with Reverend Sharon Risher, “For Such a Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness after the Charleston Massacre.” Rev. Risher was the keynote speaker at the TCADP 2018 Annual Conference, where she shared her powerful story of pain and forgiveness in the wake of the horrific act of hate that took her beloved mother and eight others, including two cousins and a childhood friend. Register here.
St. Edward’s University and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas-Austin will host a panel discussion about the judicial selection process in Texas on Wednesday, October 7 at 7pm CT over Zoom. Speakers State Rep. Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio), Judge Bert Richardson (R-Court of Criminal Appeals), and Emma Platoff from the Texas Tribunewill discuss the repercussions of 1) how Texas’s system of judicial selection currently works, and 2) how it may change in the future given the newly formed Commission on Judicial Selection. The event is free of charge and open to everyone. Register here.
Join the Innocence Project on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6:00 PM Central Time for “A Call to Justice, An Evening of Thanks,” featuring experts, exonerees, and supporters. (And then join the TCADP book group discussion after that!). RSVP here.
For a recap of the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference, which took place on February 29, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, visit https://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/. Photos from the day, courtesy of FOMAS Cine, are available on our Facebook page.