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March, 2006



you better have empathy in a small world…

the first time i was prepared, in fact i initiated the conversation, but this time i was caught unawares — so it’s a damn good thing that i’m honest about our work, why i’m involved in it, and understand clearly that no matter how flat the pancake is, it still has two sides…

i was engaging 30-some odd members of the mid-cumberland council of healthcare social workers in a conversation yesterday about the intersection of mental illness and the death penalty and it was a good group of people to speak with even if they were, overall, a little more skeptical than i anticipated…

and i opened with some facts surrounding greg thompson’s mental illness as if they were the beliefs of a hypothetical client they were interviewing … i then exposed the factual nature of this hypothetical client and countered it with the insane proposition of the tn attorney general, who, knowing that greg is diagnosed with schizophrenia, has relentlessly pursued his execution over the past 2+ years…

i then gave some background on the actual murder and case and then came the punchline from the back of the room – “i grew up with brenda lane”…

brenda lane was the murder victim in this case … by all accounts a wonderful, giving, bright, human being who was deeply loving and deeply loved …

the woman who knew brenda was straight forward, easy-speaking, and thoughtful – it wasn’t a tension filled moment, just a surprise … but it could have been different had i not already spoken of the victim and her family with gentility, compassion, and concern … and in fact it opened up the conversation and i was pleased when my hour with them concluded …

i had spoken to the methodist communications staff back in the fall of 05′ for community shares and tcask … this was where brenda blanton lane was working, a recent hire, when her life was so tragically cut short by a deeply disturbed and severely mentally ill greg thompson … that was a powerful moment and again it was aided by my honest compassion and true concern for murder victim’s and the survivors of their homicide…

so who would have guessed that a childhood friend of brenda lane’s would have been in the group i was addressing … it just goes to show that if you do this work as an organizer your heart better be in a spiritually or humanistically centered place — because if it’s not you’ll be exposed by unexpected meetings in a small world…

peace out – <3

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Mutuality

David Elliot at the National Coalition to Abolish State Killing and the founder and main author of the ridiculously successful Abolish the Death Penalty blog, recently posted saying that one of the sideline advantages of having so many anti-death penalty blogs is that when one can’t think of something to blog about on a given day, we can borrow from eachother. In that spirit, you have got to check out this entry on the NCADP blog. I just want to say that it is these kind of people that make us abolitionists look good. This guy is just nuts! Check out this post:
http://deathpenaltyusa.blogspot.com/2006/03/death-penalty-for-gays-and-lesbians.html or simply visit http://edgeshow.com/column/?p=10.

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual complaint among men is the erectile disfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile malfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as core trouble. Albeit the erectile dysfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile dysfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying health conditions that can be very dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile malfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.

Attack of the Killer Electronic Gizmos

So there I was, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, on a pay phone in a men’s room (with all the surrounding pleasantry that entails) in a Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street, the birth place of the blues, in Memphis, Tennessee. What in the World? Well, you see, with the advent of cell phones, and their emergence as a empire dominating our culture, the pay phone is going the way of the dodo. And those of us without cell phones are left in smelly men’s rooms to make calls when we’re on the road.

This post may come as a surprise to many who know me as an opposer of all things cell phone (when my mother recently purchased one, it nearly broke my heart). And I want to say off the bat, that I still think they are contributing to the atomization of our society and making us stupider and incapable of planning ahead. However, all that being said, I am starting to appreciate the utility of electronic, portable communications for an organizer.

Let’s take this weekend for instance. Now I had been asked, several weeks ago to speak at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Sunday morning (a great church with a really nice congregation, I thoroughly recommend it), but I was just going to make a quick day trip, wake up early (very early) on Sunday morning, drive to Memphis to two different talks at the church, have lunch with some folks, and head back. No problem. Then at the last minute on Friday, I got a call from some wonderful people I had met at Catholic Day on the Hill inviting me to speak to the district meeting of the St. Vincent De Paul society in Memphis on Monday night. Wow. Movers and shakers from every Catholic parish in Memphis all in one room and asking to hear what I have to say? You bet I can make it!

The only problem is that I was left with basically nothing to do between 1 pm on Sunday and 6 pm on Monday. I hadn’t planned on staying around Memphis, so I hadn’t set up any meetings. All of a sudden I have all this time to play with. Now I’d like you all to try to get a hold of pastors and organizational leaders at the last minute to set up meetings and the like. It is not easy. So you leave messages, but I had to just ask people to give me a call at home and then somehow I have to try to check messages. So here we are, back in the men’s room.

Now people who talk on their phones while driving scare me. And hearing snippets of halves of conversations all the time walking down the street still bugs me. But I’ll admit that when I’m up on the hill, or on the road in Memphis, or in a more rural area, say Carroll County where I’m heading tomorrow, they can be useful. So I guess that the lesson here for me is, get over yourself. Abolishing the death penalty is enough of a challenge. Utilize every tool that is presented to you. Man! that bugs me!

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the power in coordinated collective action…

one thing you want to do as an organizer is build actions in steps so that they lead somewhere … such was the case with this year’s march 1st legislative write-a-thon

march 1st is an annual day for collective action across the state – something we plan, create tools for, and mobilize people to participate in … we moved from doing outdoor rallies at the legislature to holding “write-a-thons” that target elected officials with a message we want them to hear …

2006 is our 4th year of this event but it’s the first time that we have followed it up with a lobby day-on-the-hill … exactly 4 weeks apart ….

this year’s event was huge for us – we have generated 1063 letters to date and there is going to be a write-a-thon in carroll county on the bethel college campus this week so we may will surpass the 1100 mark and perhaps the 1200 mark!!!

how does this support our lobby day???

we targeted 7 state officials that we asked everyone to write to (as well as their own state senator and representative) — these targets included the chairs and vice-chairs of the house and senate judiciary committees — if we figure an average of 8 letters per writer then we believe that each of these key committee members received over 130 letters each in support of moratorium and study legislation — THAT’S A LOT OF LETTERS!

so on march 29th an extra visit for many people will be to stop by to say hi joe fowlkes, kent coleman, curtis person, and doug jackson and say i hope that you will support fairness in our criminal justice system and support the house bill or senate bill we wrote you about …

it may even be enough to move the house bill out of sub-committee and perhaps even committee this year …

so for those good citizens who wrote their 8 letters get a sense of the power that your letters have when combined with the intentional action of other good citizens … great work!!!

and next year we’ll write 2500 letters and in 2008 we’ll write 5000 letters … and we’ll pass legislation …

for those of you who didn’t pick up the pen, no matter how against the death penalty you are, you still have the chance to join those of us who acknowledge that we can accomplish more in unison than we can splintered and alone …

peace out – <3

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a hilltop discussion panel in 3 acts …

as organizers we develop tools, script trainings, craft messages, and personalize outreach all in hopes of building a cohesive grassroots movement that will one day build and another day exercise political power…

and in the end we must, as rock n’ roll shari silberstein (sitting abolitionist of the year) of equal justice usa likes to say, trust the integrity of the process…

and one thing that means is an event will have a life of its own or at least unfold in acts like a play … like last night’s event in sewanee, tennessee on the campus of the university of the south…

act 1

it was raining either proverbial or actual cats and dogs on I-24 depending upon who you asked as regina hockett and I careened down the highway to sewanee from nashville … it was sort of like living a passage out of a fear and loathing novel as prayer and good kharma were the likely tools that got us safely on campus … but we were supposed to be there for the screening of the empty chair at 7:00 – our car skidded to a stop at the front door of bishop’s common at 7:41 … by the time I walked in, dripping wet and windblown after parking the car, there sat regina, juan melendez, reverend bill carroll in the middle, an ominous empty chair, and then 12th district attorney general michael taylor — i was set up but was reassured in remembering to trust the integrity of the process…

act 2

it was kind of a cat and mouse dance between me and ol’ mike taylor … he is about to try a capital murder case and not his first … like many a d.a. he likes to obfuscate the absolute discretion they hold in deciding to pursue death by laying out the limitations placed upon them (aggravating factors etc…) – so I counterpunched with a re-frame explaining not only the discretion but why it results in geographic disparities and cases that look alike resulting in wide varying sentencing outcomes … and so it went between us – parry, parry, jab, hook, parry, duck, jab, feign, parry, sidestep, jab … juan melendez says I won the match on points … I felt nimble … I thought taylor was gonna take the match to the world wrestling federation level when I called him on his assertion that the defense has access to far greater resources than the prosecution in a capital case … d.a. taylor hunts down meth labs with the best of em’ but I thought for sure he might be dipping into confiscated stashes of the scurrilous white powder when he made that comment … we both let it go there…

act 3

the closing act was the real show of the evening – the unscripted portion of the play … a woman in the audience, hope, started in on regina right off the bat after the video (regina’s 12 year old daughter adrienne was murdered 10 years ago in an Antioch parking lot) with “you don’t believe in the death penalty???” — which regina does not … hope’s sister had been murdered less than 2 years ago and she is still deeply grieving … she expressed her anger, outrage, and full feelings of frustration and pain … regina and juan, coming from experiences that give them the right to address someone like hope expressed their concern for her and made the point over and over again that she may best be served by forgiving her sister’s killer, not for the killer’s sake but for hers!!! in so doing, in letting go of the hatred and anger, a person in hope’s shoes takes away the power that a murderer holds over them … this dialogue dominated a large portion of the 75 minute discussion and in the end hope was shown love and compassion by panelists and audience members alike as tears were shed, honest smiles were managed, and we hope that hope is in a better place today to work through her grief than she was yesterday…

so there you have it – an event that had a life of its own while still getting across a message that benefits our work and goals … now its back to work, following up, deepening old ties and cultivating the newer ones

peace out – <3

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual complaint among men is the erectile disfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile malfunction can be the symptom a strong heartiness problem such as core trouble. Albeit the erectile dysfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile disfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying health conditions that can be so dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile malfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.

Who Do We Hear From?

It’s not just that I’m lazy. Our blog has been without posts for over a day at least in part because we’ve actually been working hard. Wednesday in particular was a tour de force performance. You see, Wednesday was Catholic Day on the Hill here in Nashville. From all across the state more than 500 Catholics aged 13- 83 arrived in Nashville to lobby the state government on a broad range of issues that are important to the Catholic faith (By the way: shout out to Jennifer Murphy and the entire Catholic Public Policy Commission for getting this huge event together).

What’s really exciting for us, though, is that our bill was on the agenda for the day, so we had 500 people up on the hill, and at least some of them were talking about the death penalty!

In some ways what is even better than how many people are talking is who is talking. For instance, the wonderful Beverly Marrero is sponsoring the moratorium legislation in the house. Now, while Marrero is a strong supporter of fairness in our judicial system, she has also been at odds with the CPPC over the issue of abortion rights. So Representative Marrero is used to getting somewhat angry visits on Catholic Day on the Hill. Instead, this year, she received a delegation from her home city, Memphis, thanking her for her sponsorship of the moratorium bill. What a pleasant surprise! A friendly visit and a set of congratulations. Who wouldn’t want to hear that?

And that is exactly what we have to keep doing, bringing unlikely messengers to our issue. Because the death penalty certainly does cut a very unique swath across the population. Our issue can unite traditional liberals with “conservative” church going folks, with people who are against the state’s wasting money. We just need to keep bringing new and unusual messengers to our decision makers. Thanks to the Catholics for doing a great job of this on Wednesday!

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual complaint among men is the erectile malfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile malfunction can be the symptom a strong heartiness problem such as heart trouble. Albeit the erectile disfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile dysfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying health conditions that can be much dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile dysfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.

“innocence” is people too…

for most of us innocence is an issue – not the only issue but clearly THE issue… in fact it is likely an empirical reality that when framing a death penalty discussion around innocence that we do not readily trigger “cognitive dissonance” in death penalty supporters

last night in nashville i was reminded that innocence is more than an issue – it’s people too…

i went to the airport and picked up my friend juan roberto melendez who came to tennessee to do presentation at the university of the south on march 8th and participate in a panel with yours truly, regina hockett, and a couple of others on march 9th …

and i sprang an unplanned event on juan – the monthly tcask nashville meeting … we had 15 people present including 3 high school students, 2 university students, and 2 scottish-brits in the mix …

and juan is a wonderful storyteller — he blew me away emotionally, once again, and it’s the 7th or 8th i’ve listened to him —

now juan was on death row for 17 years, 8 months, and 1 day … and, as the saying goes, was released in spite of the system, not because of the system … and consider the collateral damage on his mother who prayed every day to g_d to please release her innocent son from death row and who now prays for nothing except to say thank you, thank you, thank you each and every day…

so next time some one responds that the system just doesn’t work quickly enough, that that’s the problem, invoke mama melendez and remember that her son juan roberto is alive by fiat, miracle, happenstance, precisely because the death penalty system is deeply flawed as are the people whose job it is to administer it…

innocence is a great frame, a great issue, but never ever forget that innocence is people too…

peace out – <3

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual appeal among men is the erectile dysfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile disfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as heart trouble. Albeit the erectile dysfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile disfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying soundness conditions that can be very dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile disfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.

activists shouldn’t inject lethal cocktail into organizing…

it’s phenomenological really if you think about it … the sudden and rapid increase in the attention that lethal injection is receiving in the courts and in the media … in fact legal battles are ongoing in california, florida, indiana, kentucky, louisiana, maryland, missouri, new jersey, north carolina, ohio, oklahoma, texas, virginia, and tennessee …

WOW! seems natural to rush over to this attention getting issue and jump right in as activists – right???

WRONG … dead wrong … lethal injection as “cruel and unusual” because it causes pain is a losing argument in the general public … there are even people who oppose the death penalty and yet don’t care if a “killer suffers for a few minutes…”

therefore it is just as likely that such a tactic will create public backlash from the people we actually need to be communicating with in order to mount serious challenges to an ineffective and wasteful public policy …

this is one for the lawyers to run with inside the judicial system, not for organizers to proactively attach themselves to just because it appears to be the “flavor of the day…”

for now, the supreme court is dealing with only a technical part of the fight, whether inmates can bring last-minute civil rights challenges to lethal injection … the court has a chance to broaden its review to address a contention that the drug cocktail used in most states causes pain that amounts to cruel and unusual punishment … a florida case that may in fact already be acted on raises that issue, and a second one, from here in tennessee, the case of abu-ali abdur’rahman, comes up for a vote this spring … the ruling in the california case of michael morales has resulted in a de facto moratorium and could result in a lengthy delay for any and all of the state’s approximately 650 death row inmates …

…so let’s wish our legal allies the best of luck as they pursue this avenue of challenge up and down the legal system but for public education and policy change, we are best sticking to all of our messages that we already know work better — about the many flaws in the system from innocence to bias to the diversion of resources …

peace out – <3

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual complaint among men is the erectile dysfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile dysfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as heart trouble. Albeit the erectile disfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile disfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying health conditions that can be highly dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile dysfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.

They’re the Ones Who Will Change Things

Sometimes I think we get wrapped up in the immediate. We need people to contact their legislators now. We need people to contribute today. Kids can’t vote, and they generally have no money, so we tend to not worry so much about them, but the fact is, we should start. The next generation is going to be making a lot of decisions about what our country looks like, and the the high schoolers of today will be shaping our final decisions to do away with capital punishment. So they are important.


Yesterday, I had an opportunity to speak to the Youth Meeting at the Nashville Friends meeting, and I gotta tell you, those kids rocked my world! They are smart and sensitive, but more over profoundly moral people (maybe a little more so then older people who become more and more de-sensitized to the injustice in the world). The idea that we can execute innocent people is absolutely abominable to anyone, but these young people felt it more. Executing the mentally ill, or children is unacceptable. And you know what else? They’re ready to do something about it! This morning I’ve already received an email from one of them registering for our Justice Day on the Hill (March 29th for those of you who haven’t been keeping up), and another has posted death penalty information to her personal blog encouraging (maybe even ordering) other people to attend. Check it out: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=18780127&blogID=94658390&MyToken=c970ac14-d083-40bc-89b6-d3ed57a0c696

But there may be an even more important, though less tangible, reason to work with young adults. Yes they bring energy, yes, they feel injustice maybe more acutely, but they’re also an inspiration. The way they respond to the death penalty reminds us why we became involved in the first place. And the fact that they’re ready to get up and do something about it renews our own hopes and efforts, because when we see kids get involved like this, we know that we will win this fight. So, I’ve got a new prescription for feeling run down or burned out. Forget that take a day off stuff! Go talk to the kids!

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual claim among men is the erectile disfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile dysfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as heart trouble. Albeit the erectile disfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile disfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying soundness conditions that can be highly dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile disfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.

how small is your world…


it seems that sometimes that ours is very small … like check out this seeming non-sequiterian overlap from alex’s and my lives…

i have a myspace and one of my friends is a 15 year old nashville high school student whom i’ve never met but spend time mentoring on-line … yesterday alex went to the friend’s meeting house and spoke with the youth group … my on-line mentee was there and was very moved (emo-like) by alex’s presentation and as a result she blogged on her myspace about the death penalty and the tcask lobby day on the hill march 29th… (blog entry below – she rocks big time) …

oh, and how did alex get the invitation to speak??? the director of nami-tn is a member of friend’s meeting as well as one of our legislative partners … she invited him …

so, tell a story, how small is your world??? …
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Sunday, March 05, 2006

State sponsored murder, anyone? Current mood: discontent
So basically.
this is what’s happening.

On Wednsday, March 29, from 8.30 – 2 you will be at the capital building lobbying against the death penalty, okay?
okay.

Some death penalty statistics:
Out of 120 people on Tennessee’s death row, NONE of them could afford their own attorney.

16% of Tennessee’s population is African American. 40% of Tennessee’s death row is African American.

A black person is 7 times more likely to be executed for killing a white person than a white person is for killing a black person.

For every 7.5 people executed, one will eventually be proven innocent, too late.

4/5 people on death row are mentally ill.

Until 2000, it was legal in the United States to execute children as young as 13. Only four other countries in the world allow this. Any guesses?

Iraq.
Iran.
Saudi Arabia.
Somolia.

One of President Bush’s reasons for going to war with Iraq was children being “killed”. the word “executed” was strategically replaced.

Myth: Execution is cheaper than life imprisonment.
Fact: It costs more to execute a person than to keep them alive in prison for the rest of their life. An idictment where the death penalty is on the table involves TWO trials instead of one, which involves more attorney hours, and literally millions of dollars in court fees. To keep someone alive in prison costs much less, especially if taken into acount the debt the work off in prison.

Myth: The death penalty deters crime.
Fact: the OPPOSITE is true. If the death penalty detered crime, there would be no murder in Texas. Texas has the highest murder rate in the country. Also, a spike in crime is shown directly after an execution. One theory, though hard to prove, is that when people see the government kill someone, they feel it is justifiable, however subconsciously. Out of the 14 states who have outlawed the death penalty, 12 have murder rates signifigantly below the national average.

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” – Ghandi.

“He may deserve to die, but you do not deserve to kill him.”- Pope John Paul II
“Let he who is sinless cast the first stone.”-Jesus Christ.

“If statistics are any indication, the system may well be allowing some innocent defendants to be executed.” -Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

“Tennessee’s death penalty system is still broken despite years of reform.” -Federal Judge Gilbert Merrit

and my favorite:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, commited citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade.

Baaaasically, even if you kind of support the death penalty in theory, it just doesnt work.
How do you justify saying to someone “Oh, yeah, you know your son, the guy we just kind of sent 1000 volts of electricity through the other day? Weeellll, we kinda found out he didnt do a damn thing. Our bad, but hey, rest easy.”

How do you justify saying to someone, “Hey, man, good news! We’re not going to lethally inject you next week after all! Sure, we robbed you of a life, a career, and a family, but you’re what, 70 now? you have at least a year, maybe two before you croak! enjoy life!”

There’s so many death penalty stories I could tell you that would make you cry and/or vomit. But my hands hurt from typing and thinking about it upsets me so fucking much, you do not even understand.

For more information, contact Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing
http://www.tcask.org/
615-463-0070

Please show up on the 29th. I’ll love you forever.
Really, it would mean a lot if you did.
Love always.

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