Attend Events

TCADP is pleased to offer virtual programs as well as in-person events such as our Annual Conference. See below for details on upcoming and past events, as well as events hosted by partner organizations.

Upcoming Events

Juneteenth activities
TCADP will have an information table at the 2024 Juneteenth 4K Walk & Festival in Dallas on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The event is hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard; Dallas 75215). Come by to meet Deputy Director Tiara Cooper or volunteer to help with the table by emailing TCooper@tcadp.org.

Justice & Java in Houston
Join TCADP Board Members in the Houston area for coffee on Saturday, June 29, 2024, and Saturday, July 20, 2024, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM. The June 29th meetup up will take place at Noe’s Café (2120 Spring Stuebner Rd, Spring TX 77389; located at the intersection of I-45 N and 99). These gatherings will be a relaxed setting to meet other TCADP members in the region, share your passion for this cause, and learn about current campaigns and initiatives.

TCADP Summer Lunch Series in Austin
This summer, TCADP is hosting a monthly lunch series for supporters in the Austin area. These gatherings take place at the TCADP office in North Austin and feature a special guest speaker. Our next luncheon will take place on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, when we will hear from Dr. Kimberly Harrison about her work as a forensic psychologist and the intersection of the death penalty and mental illness. Lunch will be provided; pre-registration is required. Join us from 12:00 to 1:00 PM that day for conversation and community!

TCADP Book Group
The TCADP Book Group meets every six to eight weeks on Zoom and reads a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs (see below for a list of everything we’ve read together). Our next selection is Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family’s Secret by Pamela Everett. We will discuss the book on Zoom on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 7:00 PM CT. Register here.

Past Events

Noose to Needle: The legacy of race and the death penalty in Texas
On May 30, 2024, TCADP co-hosted an important conversation about the intersection of race and the death penalty, featuring TCADP Deputy Director Tiara Cooper, Estelle Hebron-Jones, Director of Special Projects for Texas Defender Service (TDS), and Furonda Brasfield, Director of the Noose to Needle Project. 

Participants learned about persistent and ongoing racial disparities in Harris County’s use of the death penalty, as documented in a report published by TDS earlier this year and exemplified by the case of Duane Buck. The panelists also explored the historical connections between lynching, racial terror, and the modern death penalty and shared their perspectives on intersectionality. Watch a recording of the webinar on YouTube.

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction: The Case of Charles Don Flores
Did you know someone can be convicted and sentenced to death without any evidence linking them to the crime scene? That’s what happened to Charles Don Flores, who has spent more than 20 years on death row for a crime he maintains he did not commit. 

On June 8, 2023, TCADP, with support from local and national partners, hosted Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction: The Case of Charles Don Flores in DeSoto, Texas. During the community forum, attendees heard from these speakers:

  • Christopher Scott, a Dallas County exoneree
  • Gretchen Sween, Flores’s appellate attorney
  • Dr. John Wixted, an expert on memory and eyewitness identification

You can watch the live stream of the event here: https://www.facebook.com/cdf999299/videos. (This was recorded by a friend of Charles Flores who traveled from Colorado to be there!)

Bilingual panel discussion: “The Years of Fierro”
On May 12, 2021, EPF Media, TCADP, and Witness to Innocence hosted a special panel discussion related to the documentary film, “The Years of Fierro,” and the case of César Fierro, who spent four decades on Texas’s death row before his sentence was reduced. He was paroled in 2020. Throughout his ordeal, César maintained his innocence of the crime for which he was convicted in El Paso in 1980. The panel was conducted in English and Spanish and featured the filmmaker, Santiago Esteinou, two of César’s attorneys, Sandra Babcock and Dick Burr, and César himself.  Watch and share the recording.

Past TCADP Book Group Selections