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December, 2006



Christmas Time

While we’ve been spending a lot of time over the last few weeks concentrating on Tennessee’s own innocent man on death row, Paul House, but we should remember that the Paul House case, is sadly not unique. I was reminded of this when I got an email from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) this morning, which included a plug to shot for NAMI related products at Amazon.com with part of the proceeds going to NAMI. One of the books that was included in the Amazon click-on bar was The Innocent Man, John Grisham’s first ever non-fiction book, telling the story of an innocent man sentenced to death in Oklahoma.

This book has been getting a lot of attention and being read by a lot of people, and I think that it’s terrific that more and more people across the country are getting clued in to what we’ve always known – the death penalty is dangerously inaccurate and unjust in its application.

And now, according to the NCADP blog, there’s a chance of The Innocent Man becoming a movie! Wouldn’t that be great? A real-life story of exoneration told as a major motion picture. If it had half the effect that Dead Man Walking did on the national debate on the death penalty a decade ago, think where we would be.

So there is a lot to look forward to this holiday season. Hopefully we will get Paul House home to his mother for Christmas, and maybe we’ll have more good news for the national abolition movement as well.

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Remembering


This evening at the state capitol, Governor Bredesen and First Lady Andrea Conte will be hosting the fourth annual statewide “Tennessee Season to Remember” in order to remember and celebrate the lives of those lost to homicide. This special time of remembrance provides a place for family members, whose lives has been deeply affected by homicide, to gather with one another as each victim’s name is read aloud and as memorial ornaments are hung. Such events are crucial to the journey of healing which these families travel, particularly during the holiday season–a time of year which can be almost unbearable to those in the midst of grief.

Alex and I will be there this afternoon as well, joining other Tennesseans to remember vicitms of homicide. My heart breaks wide open when I imagine the pain and loss experienced by all those who will gather at the Capitol today. As I stand among those familes, I will imagine the stockings hanging from the mantles which belonged to loved ones who are gone. I will imagine the lighting of menorahs in homes where murdered loved ones’ faces no longer glow in the candlelight. I will imagine the jagged holes torn in the hearts of families who suffer because someone chose to take a life which wasn’t theirs to take. Such a gathering is a testament to the power of memory, central to the healing journey.

But even as the names are read and the faces glisten with tears, I will wonder about other victims’ families. Those victims who may not be gathered tonight at the Capitol, but whose loved ones are just as absent. I will also remember the victims of state murder–family members of those who were executed, who regardless of what heinous act their loved ones committed, still loved them as son, brother, daughter, father, or husband. I will remember their pain too, even though most of us would just as soon forget it.

Tonight, I will remember but also hope that someday in our state, we will choose another way of dealing with our outrage when murders occur rather than the vengeance of the death penalty. I hope that there will come a day in our state when we will choose to stop creating more violence and more victims by executing our own citizens.

No one should ever have to suffer the agonies of experiencing the murder of someone that they love. No one. Tonight we will remember in loving, life affirming acts those who have suffered at the hands of violence. Why do we also insist on “remembering” victims by inflicting more violence on other families through the administration of the death penalty? In the end, the death penalty can never heal us, only God–only love–can do that. I hope as we celebrate the light and hope of this time of year, we will remember, imagine, and choose a better way.

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Check out the Scene!

Today’s Nashville Scene carries a great article on Joyce House and the new developments in the Paul House case. Joyce was interviewed in our office last weekend, when she was in town to visit her son, and hearing her story, once again, brought tears to my eyes. It is almost unbelievable that our state could be so callous as to keep Joyce’s son from her for twenty years, while his health deteriorates, all for a crime that all evidence points to his innocence.

Read the whole story here.

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Thank You All

I wanted to take today to issue a thank you to all the people, around the state, who continue to inspire me and give me hope by stepping up and asking “What can I do?” Over the last few days, we’ve received a number of calls to the office offering to get “Free Paul House” postcards signed and mailed. The requests have been small, 10 cards, 25 cards, 30 cards, but think about it this way, If 100 people distribute 20 cards each, the Governor has just received 2000 postcards! And that doesn’t include the churches and groups that are distributing cards to large numbers of people.

We can’t all speak to a crowd of 100 people. We can’t all afford to make large donations. We can’t all mobilize out entire communities. But when everyone takes up just as much as they can do – write one letter, get 10 post cards signed, donate $25 dollars, make one church connection – we truly see the power of concerted group action. And you folks are the reason that I know that we can and will win this fight.

Thank you.

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“I Have to be Strong for my Son.”

“I have to give him hope,” Joyce House said Saturday speaking about her son, Paul House, an innocent man incarcerated on Tennessee’s death row, “However bad it (the 20 years of Paul’s incarceration) have been for me, it’s been 100 times worse for him.”

I don’t know how Joyce has done it. I don’t know how she has found the strength to face life day by over the past 20 years as her son was accused and convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit. I don’t know where she finds the strength to get out of bed each morning as Paul gets more and more ill (he suffers from M.S. and is relegated to a wheelchair). On her visits to see her son, Joyce cannot even touch him or help him put his shoe back on when it falls off.

I don’t know how she has survived this long, but I do know that she shouldn’t have to do it anymore. Paul House, according to the U.S. Supreme Court would be found not guilty if a jury looked at all the evidence in his case. So let’s send him home.

You can write to the Governor today and let him know that you want a full pardon for Paul House. Or come to a viewing of the story that 60 Minutes did about Paul House’s case on :

  • Monday, December 4th (today) in Memphis – 7:30 pm Emmanuel House (51 North Auburndale)
  • Tuesday, December 5th – Nashville – 6:30pm – Nashville Peace and Justice Center – 1016 18th Avenue South
  • Sunday, December 10th – Knoxville – 7:00pm – Church of the Savior

Or get your Free Paul House postcards for you, your family, your co-workers, and your faith community to mail to the Governor by calling the TCASK office (615.256.3906)

And come to the Free Paul House Concert at Downtown Presbyterian Church here in Nashville on Thursday December 14th at 7:00 pm.

I was thinking about Paul and Joyce this morning when I read the NCADP Blog talking about another exoneree and an organization working to help exonerees pick up their lives again after finally at long last being released. Read the whole piece here.

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 dysfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile dysfunction can be the symptom a strong heartiness 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 very 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.

Lonely, I’m so Lonely

At least we used to be. Because, believe it or not, folks, a staff of two is pretty small (and having worked in the office alone for two months, I can tell you, that was even worse). But things are looking up. On Wednesday, the wonderful Christina Moeckel came into the TCASK office and spent the morning doing some of the not exciting but oh-so important database updating work that is so vital to the proper functioning of the office. Christina’s work helps guarantee that we can mobilize our members around crucial actions as quickly and efficiently as possible. And, Christina’s time this week meant that Stacy and I could focus on organizing and mobilizing people to get Paul House home to his mother for Christmas. So, GO CHRISTINA! WE LOVE YOU!

Then, to make matters even better, I had a meeting yesterday afternoon with the director of internships for Vanderbilt Divinity School, and it was a great meeting. The goals of the Vandy program and TCASK’s work simply coincide very well. So we are very hopeful that, come fall, we will have an energetic young Divinity student in our office 8-10 hours a week (and it’s free).

So, we don’t have much money. Big deal. We didn’t get into this for the money. And with great volunteers like Christina, and the chance to offer a learning environment for students at places like Vanderbilt, we can increase the productivity of our office at no cost to us and move our state ever-closer to abolition.

Now that’s what I call gittin er done.

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 disfunction can be the symptom a strong soundness problem such as soul 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 very 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.

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