Monthly Archives: July 29, 2009

Reginald Blanton's Statement About His Execution Date

Death SalivatesOctober 27th 2009Execution Date 2pm. 7-16-09. I just woke up. I had slept for exactly 8 hours. I am a night owl. Yet, I was not rejuvenated. I did not feel balanced. I told myself that something was happening in the Universe. In the distant dark galaxy of my being I felt something approaching….read more

Free Film Screening: Willie Francis Must Die Again

On August 6, 2009, “Willie Francis Must Die Again” Film Screening will take place at 7 PM. The documentary is about Willie Francis who was a teenager wrongfully accused of killing a pharmacist and survived a botched electrocution only to lose his Louisiana Supreme Court appeal and be executed again. It is free and refreshments…read more

Planning Meeting For 10th Annual March Against the Death Penalty in Texas!

Wednesday, July 29th at 7pmCarver Library, Room 4, in AustinThe March to Stop Executions has been held each October since 2000 in cooperation with several Texas and national anti-death penalty organizations. It is a coming together of activists, family members of those on death row, community leaders, exonerated prisoners and all those calling for abolition….read more

Texas Monthly: "The Judgement of Sharon Keller"

Texas Monthly has a long article by Michael Hall in its August edition titled “The Judgement of Sharon Keller” about the presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Keller said “we close at 5” when asked by attorneys for Michael Richard in 2007 to allow them to file a late appeal for Michael…read more

Death penalty is abolished in Kazakhstan

Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s President, has signed the law abolishing death penalty in all cases except acts of terrorism entailing loss of life and especially grave crimes committed in wartime. The law includes the right to seek pardon. Abolishing the death penalty has been one of the main objectives of President Nazarbayev. Back in December 2003,…read more

Urge your MOC's to Remove Death Penalty Provision

Dear Abolitionists, Today (7/20/09) the U.S. Senate passed the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, with an amendment making hate crimes punishable by death. Below please find the statement of the President of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, of which NCADP is an active member. Please contact your members of congress (House and Senate)…read more

Urgent Federal Action

Dear Friends, Senator Sessions is expected to offer an amendment to the Mathew Shepherd Hate Crimes Prevention Act which would authorize the penalty for hate crimes offenses. The Sessions amendment will introduce constitutional issues concerning the use of capital punishment for non homicidal crimes. Moreover, even if the death penalty is limited to hate crimes…read more

999th Person Executed in U.S. By Lethal Injection

On July 14, John Fautenberry became the 999th person executed by lethal injection in the United States. Amnesty International Canada francophone in Montreal on Tuesday protested Fautenberry’s execution and the upcoming 1000th lethal injection in the U.S. by reenacting a lethal injection (link to French-language news article in Le Devoir). The photo was sent to…read more

Message from Kenneth Foster

Greetings Brother of the Struggle! I begin this missive with nothing but Plenty Much Love, Honor and Respect as I bow to the Right to those whose path is Righteous and also to those Brothers and Sisters who have fallen and are amongst the Kings and Queens that sit in Heaven. It is said to…read more