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so what will I do today – a reflection on life after death…

the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing…
attributed to edmund burke

at 2:12 am on june 28th the state of tennessee’s lethal cocktail took its toll on the body of sedley alley while his children april and david held hands and watched him take his last breath…

just moments before the lil’ jesuit dude re-entered our circle to announce that the dogged actions of the attorney general’s office had added to the state’s mounting homicide total, i had “given permission” to people to return home so as to make sure that they took care of themselves and their loved ones(many parents were in attendance who had small children at home with their spouse or partner)…

i stood in circle with the 50 remaining vigilers … only the beautiful minor key strummings of michael kelsh’s guitar cast ripples upon the silence of our witness … and alex’s cracking voice shared with us that april and david’s father had left this earth … and in the paralyzing moments of shock that followed i wondered what will become of this moment, this pointless execution, this misplaced and failed attempt to bring solace to those who were close to suzanne marie collins … and said to myself…

so what will i do today…

what will i do today that i did not yesterday or the day before that will add another brick to the construction of a movement that will end this shameful and futile policy…as the executive director of our state’s anti-death penalty organization what will i do that will make my efforts more efficient and more effective…

and i decided that while i will give myself the space and time to grieve this misstep, this mistake, this missed opportunity to address real needs rather than pander to our primal and fraudulent howls for revenge, i will also rededicate myself to the strategic aim of ending the state’s use of killing human beings as a legitimized policy response to the tragedy of murder…

and in the aftermath people came up to me and later wrote to me asking the same question of themselves…

so what will i do today…what step can i take to show that sedley alley, father to two new survivor’s of a homicide victims, did not die with my consent, did not die as the first domino in a line, did not die in vain…

and so i want to share with you some of the steps you can take, steps that you may not have taken yesterday but are willing, with the fresh taste of empty killing still bitter on your tongue, to take today to end this disgraceful and barren state policy…

so what will i do today…

here are 10 steps that you can take to build the movement to end executions in tennessee…

· send the e-mail addresses and names of 2 people to our office to help tcask build its contact, alert, and information distribution web…
· solicit and obtain an invitation for the lil’jesuit dude to make a presentation to your faith community
· sign up one (your) faith community for the national weekend of faith in action on the death penalty – they will receive a dvd of the documentary the empty chair
· become a member of tcask by visiting the website and click on the donate to tcask button (a secure paypal site) or e-mailing the office and ask that a membership form be sent to you
· visit the owner of a small business that you patronize … ask that owner to sign a resolution supporting a moratorium and send us the contact information to follow-up
· visit the tcask blog at least 3x/week to keep yourself up-to-date with what tcask is doing, what steps it is taking to build a grassroots power base, and developments in tennessee death row cases
· volunteer to help pass a municipal moratorium resolution in your city no matter the size of your city
· join the tcask board of director’s fundraising and development committee – you can work from home and participate in regular conference calls
· commit to writing a letter to the editor at least once a month and participating annually in the international death penalty abolition day write-a-thon from where you live
· write a letter to your state legislators quarterly using individual cases to demonstrate how they reveal specific problems with the death penalty system and explain, in simple terms, that it is a broken system

as i process what i experienced leading up to sedley alley’s death i’m led back again and again to the idea that each of you should feel empowered to act so that this execution, and any to follow, are not in vain….

so now i’ve taken a step today, in sharing this reflection with you, that i would not have taken prior to june 28th… as you process the feelings that shadow you in the aftermath of sedley alley’s unnecessary death ask yourself a fundamental question…

so what will i do today…

peace out – <3

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family – reminds you of friendship … reminds you of the power of love…

i think that it’s important that as we process the fact of this killing of sedley alley by the state – and future killings that it has in the works – that we, as a community, embedded in the principles of non-violence and restoration of community, make the intentional and sincere effort to deepen those principles within our day-to-day actions …

let me be the first to say that i have made mistakes and am sorry for having done so … i ask for the forgiveness of members of my immediate and peripheral communities for my human transgressions and thank g_d for my sister who shows me every day, in ways both serious and playful, the power of love, forgiveness, and redemption … thanks sis … :-)

you decide into which category the following falls – enjoy!

peace out – <3

Tequila and Salt

This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror where one could read it every day. You may not realize it, but it’s 100% true.

1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
11. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

So………..If you are a loving friend, send this to everyone, including the one that sent it to you. If you get it back, then they really do love you…

And always remember….when life hands you Lemons, ask for tequila and salt and call me over!

Good friends are like stars……..
You don’t always see them,
But you know they are always there…

Whenever God Closes One Door He Always Opens Another, Even Though Sometimes It’s Hell in the Hallway

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solemn vigil night photos…

harry and karan simpson have become cornerstones of the local tcask group here in nashville coming to meetings, memorial anniversaries for robert glen coe honoring robert’s family, taking tcask trainings, and lobbying their representatives…

harry is also a photographer and has posted a dozen photos he took out at riverbend maximum security institute vigil leading up to the state’s taking the life of april mcintyre’s and david alley’s father sedley…

to view these photos click here … and thank you harry…

peace out – <3

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The Day After

What do you do on the day after the state has murdered someone? We wake up to the same sunrise in the same bed. But something is different. Someone is missing in our world and they’ve been taken in all of our names. It’s been difficult to get back to the day-to-day routine of work back here in the office, and I would imagine that it might be even harder for those of us whose daily work isn’t directly involved with the death penalty.

In the wake of this execution, one of the things that we would like to do is remember this event, even as we try, as a state to heal. For this reason, we would ask that all those who’ve been affected by this execution, whether they witnessed it, vigiled with us at Riverbend or somewhere else in Tennessee, or simply watched their tvs in horror as the state perpetrated this crime, send us their reflections on the event. Ultimately, we’d like to be able to construct an archive of these reflection in honor of Sedley Alley and his family, and as something for people to look back on in the coming weeks and months. And then as a reminder, in the years after we’ve abolished the death penalty here in Tennessee, of one of the never mentioned but true costs of the death penalty.

So please, share any thoughts or reflections regarding this execution that you may have. We’ll try to post them to the blog as time and space allow and create an archive on our website with pictures and people’s thoughts.

Email your reflections to alex@tcask.org

May we all begin to heal and find peace.

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Now More Than Ever


With yesterday’s execution of Sedley Alley and near execution of Paul Dennis Reid, we recognize again the importance of companionship. Many of the men on death row are cut off from the world, and this may contribute to inmates attempting to give up their appeals. Visitors on death row provide a link to the outside world and a sense of companionship to people who are often ignored and rejected by our society. It is a wonderful and rewarding pursuit and I would encourage everyone to consider it. Read the announcement below:

On July 29, 2006 there will be a Visitor On Death Row orientation at Riverbend Maximum Security Institute from 9 a.m. til noon. This will include a trip to Death Row. The orientation is for those who are interested in possibly making a commitment to be a friend to someone with a death sentence in Tennessee. I need the names of those who wish to be a part of this orientation as quickly as possible. Unless your name is on the list to get in, you will not be allowed to stay for the orientation. Additional information will be sent closer to the time of the orientation to those who indicate an interest. Please call or send an e-mail indicating your interest to:
Michelle Baier at Baier-Lambert@webtv.net or 615-297-0525

Visiting on Death Row

In 1978, when Tennessee’s new, allegedly constitutional death penalty law began sending people to death row, the folks at Southern Prison Ministry decided that everyone under a death sentence needed a friend. So they started recruiting a visitor for every condemned prisoner who wanted one.

Over the years, as Tennessee’s Death Row has gradually filled up, through a variety of channels others have begun visiting individuals under a death sentence, and many faithful and rich relationships have been formed. Then in 1992, as the pace of capital sentences began to pick up across the state, the Visitor On Death Row (VODR) program began an effort to find a non-family visitor for every death sentenced prisoner who has no other regular visitor and wants a VODR friend. VODR planners also decided to make available opportunities for sharing and support among Death Row visitors in order to build community, prevent burnout, and offer an opportunity for consultation with problems.

In early 1993, VODR began doing visitor orientation sessions once or twice a year on Saturday mornings at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, including a walk to the Death Row area where visitation takes place. Since that time, the orientation team has recruited and oriented over 100 persons, mostly from area churches. Many of those persons are still visiting the Death Row prisoner with whom they were paired. Others have opted not to visit, moved out of town, been unable to “click” with their prisoner, or seen the prisoner transferred to another prison after having the death sentence changed to life.

VODR orienters, who have all visited Death Row prisoners for many years, offer individual support and consultation to newer Death Row visitors as needed and as called upon. One feature VODR orienters wish to emphasize is the support group and mentors that newer persons will need to actively engage so to stay the original course the orientation emphasizes; that of being a friend and to take the visits as a serious commitment. The leader of the VODR Support Group is Theeda Murphy. The orienters are also available to help out with questions. Names and contact information are added at the end of this article.

If there ever were an opportunity to be with the poor and marginalized, this is it. The most common characteristics of those who wind up on Death Row are likely to be these: (1) they are poor; (2) they are charged with killing a white middle- or upper-class person; (3) they had a bad lawyer who had few resources to work with; and (4) they came from an abusive home environment and stand a good chance of having permanent brain damage.

For some VODR visitors, visits to the house of the condemned are rooted in the convictions that these, too, are children of God, our own brothers and sisters, and for one of them to be killed by the state would constitute just one more crucifixion in a day when violent pseudo-solutions to the problem of violence are more the norm than the exception. However, you do not have to be of any religious persuasion to visit. As a matter of fact, the purpose of visiting is to be a friend, not to proselytize.

Our visits with prisoners do not signify that we condone murder or want convicted killers to be freed. There are long prison sentences available for murder (which are used much more often than the death sentence anyway), and many Death Row visitors also work with, and on behalf of, crime victims as well as prisoners.

To be a visitor or penpal call Michelle Baier at 615-297-0525 or Baier-Lambert@webtv.net

For additional information contact Susan McBride at 615-258-2672 or shmcbride@comcast.net

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death penalty blog commentaries on nashvilleistalking.com …

blog diva brittney gilbert of news channel 2 in nashville has compiled a series of blog commentaries related to the execution of sedley alley and the near execution of paul reid … it’s rather fascinating sociological commentary and good reflection material for people organizing against the death penalty – check it out…

Execution Round-Up

Here are what some of the local bloggers are saying about the state’s execution of Sedley Alley last night:

http://www.nashvilleistalking.com/archives/2006/06/execution_roundup.html

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Paul Reid’s Stay Will Hold!

TCASK Statement in Response to Upholding the Stay for Paul Reid

“Today, both the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the stay for Paul Dennis Reid put in place yesterday by Federal District Judge Todd Campbell.

Paul Reid presents a clear case of severe, long-term, diagnosed mental illness. Reid’s diagnoses, going back to the 1970s, include schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, and temporal lobe dysfunction. These produce, according to the affidavit of Dr. George Woods, ‘a chronic schizophrenia-like psychosis which has severely impaired (Reid’s) ability to weigh, deliberate, inform, and cooperate.’ Reid’s delusion ‘impels, invades, and guides his daily activities as well as decision-making processes.’

To assert, as the state has done, that Paul Reid, who believes that he is being tortured by secret government “scientific technology” and who seeks his own execution to escape from this torture, is capable of making rational decisions is disingenuous and patently false. The state’s attempts to block a full evidentiary hearing on Paul Reid’s competence violate every civilized standard of justice.

According to Sita Diehl, Executive Director of NAMI Tennessee, ‘It is unethical to execute people with disabilities. Paul Dennis Reid clearly has a psychotic disorder. It would be inhumane to execute Paul Dennis Reid, because he does not understand.’ The National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Psychological Association, the National Mental Health Association, and the National Association of Social Workers all oppose the execution of the mentally ill.

While we applaud the decision of the Sixth Circuit to allow a full competency hearing, we grieve for the families of Paul Reid’s victims. Each of these families has suffered a terrible loss and our thoughts and prayers are with them. However, TCASK believes that the execution of a man so severely mentally ill would be a gross miscarriage of justice.”

Randy Tatel, Executive Director
Alex Wiesendanger, Associate Director

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Nothing to Report

Despite some hype from local news channels at the top of the hour, the only new development in the Paul Reid case is some serious whining by the Attorney General’s office. The U.S. Sixth Circuit has not yet ruled on the state’s motion to to vacate the stay of execution put in place by U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell when the state was unable to proceed with a full competency hearing (see today’s previous post). While the Sixth Circuit is deliberating, the Attorney General has, apparently, gotten antsy. So the state has filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the stay, despite the fact that the Sixth Circuit has not ruled.

In a nutshell, nothing has changed, we are still awaiting a ruling from the Sixth Circuit on the state’s motion, and we hope that the Supreme Court will not rule until the Sixth Circuit does.

The death warrant initially issued for Paul Reid is valid until 11:59 pm tonight. If no court has lifted the stay by that time, the state will be forced to go back to the Tennessee Supreme Court and ask for a new execution date to be set.

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All in the News

While we wait expectantly to hear if the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals chooses justice or injustice for Paul Reid, I thought we might share a few of the stories and pictures in the news last night.

The Tennessean included a photo gallery of pictures from our vigil in Nashville.

News Channel 5 put together a nice piece right after the execution featuring TCASK’s youngest board member Katherine Lea – Protestors Gather Outside Prison.

And Volunteer TV in Knoxville did a very nice piece on the Knoxville Chapters vigil featuring TCASK board member Katie Blackburn and former board member Lo Presser.

As usual, Fox 17’s coverage of the execution was sensationalistic, unbalanced, and uninformative.

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Justice? Who Said Anything About Justice?


As tragic and patently unfair as the state’s execution of Sedley Alley was at 2:12 this morning, with the case of Paul Reid still in limbo today, the state and the Attorney General’s office are trying to top their own standards of injustice.

Yesterday, Paul Reid and his attorneys were in the federal court challenging the state’s contention that Paul Reid was mentally competent to end his appeals. For a little background, Paul Reid has diagnoses, going back to the 1970s, including schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, and temporal lobe dysfunction. In layman’s terms, he is severely mentally ill and brain damaged, living in a perpetual delusional state. With all of this evidence, including the testimony of Dr. George Woods (pg. 59 of the link), Judge Campbell, not surprisingly, ruled that Reid’s attorneys had made a prima facie showing of mental illness. Consequently, the judge ruled that a full evidentiary hearing on Reid’s competency was necessary. So far, all of this sounds completely reasonable, but then, the state and the A.G. spoke again.

Judge Campbell was willing to proceed with a full evidentiary hearing on the spot yesterday or even today if necessary, a course of action that would not have required a stay of execution. The defense was ready to proceed with more expert testimony and documents. But the state conceded that it was not ready for an evidentiary hearing, because it needed to have its own expert evaluate Reid. So the judge granted a stay of execution to allow the hearing to go forward when the state was prepared. The Attorney General is in the Sixth Circuit today challenging that stay!

Attorney General Paul Summers claims that the defense was dilatory in bringing this claim to the court, despite the fact the Reid’s attorneys have been challenging his competency for years. The A.G. also claimed that it had had no opportunity to evaluate Reid, and therefore complained that the stay was unfair, even though the state has had Reid in its custody for the past 9 years! Does Paul Summers expect anyone to believe that the state didn’t know that Paul Reid’s competency was in question, after thousands of pages of legal filings on the issue? And to then claim that, even though it was his office that was unprepared to have an evidentiary hearing and therefore provoked the stay, the defense was dilatory and that the stay should not have been granted smacks of the most callous disregard for life and for justice imaginable.

Our thoughts and prayers today are with the families of Angela Holmes, Michelle Mace and all of Paul Reid’s victims today. The loss of their loved ones was an absolute tragedy. But our thoughts are also with Linda Martiniano, Paul Reid’s sister, who may also become the survivor of a homicide victim. The 6th Circuit will rule today on the state’s motion to vacate the stay. If justice prevails, they will vote to uphold the stay and hold the evidentiary hearing that the state is so afraid of.

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