Attend Events

What is the real impact of the U.S. criminal justice system? The Texas Observer, the Texas After Violence Project, the Judith Filler Foundation, and Pen America present an evening of storytelling from people who’ve experienced it. The event is free and open to the public. Join them on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 PM at the North Door in Austin:

TCADP members in Houston will mark World Day Against the Death Penalty on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 12 to 1 PM in front of the Harris County Criminal Justice Center (1201 Franklin Street, Houston, TX 77002).  

“Let’s talk about the death penalty. What are Catholics called to do?” Presentation by Emma Tacke and John Sage, Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:30pm at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Activity Building Room 1 (1801 Sage Road Houston, TX 77056). Emma Tacke is the Associate Director of Community Engagement of the Catholic Mobilization Network; she will discuss Catholic Social Teaching in regards to the death penalty. St. Michael’s parishioner John Sage will give his personal testimony about his sister’s two murderers, who were both sentenced to death.

The TCADP San Antonio Chapter will meet on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Oblate School of Theology, Building 4 of the Oblate Renewal Center (5700 Blanco Road).  Contact coordinator Mardi Baron at for details.

The filmmakers of “The Penalty” will be conducting a Texas tour from October 27 to November 16 in cities around the state. All screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and a range of experts on the death penalty.  This powerful documentary weaves together three storylines, each of which exposes the flaws and failures of the death penalty in dramatic, often unexpected, ways.  To find out more or see a trailer, go to

The preliminary schedule is below. If you would like to organize a screening in your community as part of the tour, please contact Will Francome ( and Laura Shacham (

October 29, 2019: University of Texas – Austin; 6-9pm

October 30, 2019, St. Edward’s University – Austin, 7pm

October 31, 2019: University of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio; 3pm

November 3, 2019: Blue Starlight Drive In – Austin*, 8pm, Gates open at 7:15pm, 2103 E M Franklin Ave, Austin, Tx. Buy tickets here.

November 4, 2019, Northwest Vista College – San Antonio*, 7pm

November 4, 2019: Texas State University – San Marcos; time pending

November 6, 2019, University of Houston Downton, Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium – Houston*, 6pm, 3rd floor Academic Building, One Main St., Houston, TX 77002

November 8, 2019, 14 Pews – Houston*, 7pm, 800 Aurora St, Houston, Tx 77009. Buy tickets here.

November 13, 2019: Thurgood Marshall School of Law – Houston*, 5pm

November 14, 2019: Southern Methodist University – Dallas, 5:30pm

Events marked with an asterisk (*) are open to the public.

Save the date for the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference, which will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020 (yes, Leap Day!) in San Antonio at the Whitley Conference Center at the Oblate School of Theology.

Registration for the conference will open on October 1. More details coming soon.