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Nashville Write-a-Thon

On Sunday, March 1st, the Nashville chapter of TCASK hosted a write-a-thon to hand write letters to their legislators. March 1st marks International Death Penalty Abolition Day. A tragic lesson underlies the origins of International Death Penalty Abolition Day. In 1828, circumstantial evidence convicted Detroit native Patrick Fitzpatrick of the rape and murder of an innkeeper’s daughter. He was hanged shortly thereafter. Seven years later, Fitzpatrick’s ex-roommate, wanting to clear his conscience on his deathbed, confessed to the woman’s murder. Michigan’s first official act of the legislature after becoming a state in 1847 was to repeal capital punishment. The day was March 1st.

30 Tennesseans gathered at Gallery F by Vanderbilt University to hand write over 100 letters to their legislators. These 30 unique voices recognize the importance of expressing how they feel about the death penalty to those representing them in our capitol. Recently, the Tennessee Committee to Study the Administration of the Death Penalty issued a report with recommendations for legislation. Read more about this HERE. This common sense legislation will make the death penalty more fair and reduce the risk of executing an innocent person. Letter writers understood that if we’re going to have a death penalty, lets at least ensure that it is fair and accurate.

Successful events like Sunday’s write-a-thon demonstrate that Tennesseans are committed to change. They want to fix a broken system, even if it means that abolition of the death penalty won’t happen tomorrow. It is an incredible privilege to work with such amazing people like Sabine Schlunk who hosted the write-a-thon at Gallery F. Also, Lauren Brown, TCASK’s newest board member who recruited 3 of her friends to come write letters. And, Harry Simpson, who dutifully takes wonderful pictures (like above) at TCASK’s events. While 100 letters is a lot, we have hundreds, thousands more to write before our elected officials realize that supporting a broken system is wrong, and that we can do better to provide Tennessee with a system that is fair and reduces the risk of executing the innocent.

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Write-a-Thon Final Tally


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re not wearing green, I hope you get pinched.

My favorite holiday, International Death Penalty Abolition Day, has passed. This year’s commemoration of the day that Michigan abolished the death penalty in 1847 on March 1st was a special one. 2008 was the 6th year that TCASK volunteers from across the state wrote letters to their elected officials in organized write-a-thons. Write-a-thons happened in Memphis, Nashville (3 of them), Sewanee, and Knoxville. After the last count, there have been over 250 letters sent to members of the Tennessee legislature. 250 is the largest amount ever sent by a coordinated effort in Tennessee. So, if you participated in the 2008 International Death Penalty Abolition Day Write-a-Thon in Tennessee, you were part of record setting effort. Kudos!

However, if you were not able to make it to one of the write-a-thon locations, do not fret. Salvation can be found by CLICKING HERE. This link will take you to our letter-writing page that has sample letters that you can download to write your legislators. If the letters are not downloading correctly, check back later, or email me at isaac@tcask.org. Letter writing is one of the most influential ways to communicate with politicians. When they receive a hand-written letter, they take it seriously. Continue to write letters–don’t limit this important activity to once a year–make your voice heard!

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