Monday, April 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It will take "FAITH" to End the Death Penalty

The executive director of the Dallas-based advocacy group Hope for Peace and Justice, a Methodist minister, and a Reverend who is on the board of directors for the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP), put their feet in motion in support of life, peace, and love:

"All the arguments against the death penalty — the exonerations, the flawed convictions — have slowly turned public opinion in their favor, according to Lynn Walters, Jeff Hood and Wes Magruder, the three making the 35-mile walk."

Read more about this walk in support of abolishing the Death Penalty in Texas, here:

The walk coincided with an anti-death-penalty conference that was held at University Christian Church in Fort Worth. Sponsored by the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

* This article shared with you in honor of Janet Fowler and her love for life and people.

(Thank you for sharing this article  with us Tom!!)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Update on Mr. Gentry’s status, Death Row, WA State, Walla Walla, WA State Penitentiary

Federal court removes hold on Kitsap killer's execution :
Kitsap Sun   2014/feb. 5   
“Wednesday, February 5, 2014 ... Although Judge Robert Lasnik's removal of the stay indicates, for now, the federal courts will allow the execution to take place, a state hold on Gentry's sentence still is in place until at least Wednesday and…” the article also indicated more appeals are pending dealing with retesting DNA.
This means we need to be prepared and work to express our desires to our legislators and our Governor:
Do we want to be responsible for killing another human being?
Do we want our government to be an instrument of taking the lives of its citizens? Should our State be in the business of killing?
When we have the capability of separating a person considered dangerous to society, therefore keeping both the individual and the collective safe, should we be wasting money and resources to carry out the Capital Punishment system?
Ending the Death Penalty will ensure we never chance executing an innocent person – which has been proven to be a real risk:
142 persons have been exonerated from death rows in the U.S.A.
We know we have accidentally executed other innocents…
Help restore human dignity and respect of human life by ending the death penalty.

Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty  are saying:
We come to this issue for a variety of reasons:
Some of us believe that small government and the death penalty don’t go together, especially when we compare the high costs of capital punishment to life without possibility of release.
Some of us don’t trust the state to get it right. We already know that some innocent people have been sentenced to death, and for others it may already be too late.
Some of us are disturbed by the roller coaster for family members of murder victims, or wonder why we’re investing so much in a system that doesn’t keep us any safer than the alternatives.
Some of us believe that the death penalty contradicts our values about protecting life.
And for many other reasons…
 “Conservatives have every reason to believe the death penalty system is no different from any politicized, costly, inefficient, bureaucratic, government-run operation, which we conservatives know are rife with injustice. But here the end result is the end of someone’s life. In other words, it’s a government system that kills people.”
Richard Viguerie

We are questioning a system marked by inefficiency, inequity, and inaccuracy.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hold Out for Wildness by Carol Ellis

Hold Out for Wildness
Startled by my smell – I came from behind - the doe reared her white rump
and then raised her weight on her forelegs beneath my birch.
I had suspected her presence since May when deer droppings
had massed in clumps under the split-forked tree.
In September small apples disappeared almost as soon as they fell.
This morning's full sun after a full autumn moon brokered
our first encounter – likely she had lain lazily in the warming rays.
I own no dog or cat to distress her, but hunting season is open:
no orange vest should stray onto my lot, but she bolted after her stretch.
In spring I'll invite her to birth a fawn on my damp leaves.

Two states south a friend feeds a young mouse with oatmeal
she's hoarded from breakfast and stuck two feet from her window.
“She's very brave,” writes my friend, and I respond, “So are you.”
Kerry Lyn lives on death row, and for eighteen years she's measured every move.
She also fed a mouse inside her cell, who died by poison bait set too close to her ears.
Why not feed the young and the wild? Why not hope one creature will survive one more day?
If the mouse bites Kerry, she'll be delighted and then doctored.
If she reduces her own rations as the mouse grows plump, she'll rejoice.
If someone traps the mouse in an outdoor raid, she'll cry herself to sleep
as she has many times before in that six by eight cube that can't contain her heart.

Carol Ellis, 2013

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WA State is Near to Scheduling an Execution

Mr. Jonathan Gentry, a Death Row resident in WA State, was turned down on his appeal last Thursday, Jan. 23rd. The process to WA State scheduling an execution date will be as short as a couple of months from now, or perhaps 5 months. We will be working to find out as much as possible and share it asap, but we will also be working to STOP State killings. The government should not be killing. Please communicate with your representatives !

Click above and listen to the January 25th interview on KYRS with host Sam Evans, for the show Non Profit Spokane. We discuss Kerry's case and the need to end the Death Penalty.

WA State Death Chamber, Walla Walla.

RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press
Posted January 29, 2014 at 3 p.m.

 — Washington state will allow witnesses to executions to see the entire process, including the insertion of intravenous catheters during a lethal injection, state officials told The Associated Press.
The new witness protocol, currently a draft that is in its final stages of approval, includes the use of television monitors to show the inmate entering the death chamber and being strapped down, as well as the insertion of the IVs, which had both previously been shielded from public view. The new technology has already been installed, and officials say the protocol will be finalized within the next week.
Through public disclosure requests, the AP had sought information about any potential changes to execution protocols. State corrections officials spoke with the AP about the new procedures this week. The change is in response to a 2012 federal appeals court ruling that said all parts of an execution must be fully open to public witnesses. That ruling was sparked by a case brought by the AP and other news organizations who challenged Idaho's policy to shield the insertion of IV catheters from public view, in spite of a 2002 ruling from the same court that said every aspect of an execution should be open to witnesses.
"We have been working on this for many, many months," Dan Pacholke, assistant secretary of the prisons division at the state Department of Corrections, said Wednesday.
Pacholke said they have been researching the technology needed to make the change and followed the process currently used by Arizona, which provides an overhead view via TV monitor of the IV insertion during an execution.
"It really does provide greater viewing capacity to the witnesses," he said. "It's going to take an overhead view to provide the view that the court wants."
Under the draft proposal, which is currently under final review within the Department of Corrections, witnesses will watch the inmate enter via monitors from behind a closed curtain to the death chamber, according to Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner. The curtain will be lifted after the inmate is strapped down, and the inmate will be given an opportunity to make a final statement. The curtain will close again, and the insertion of the IVs will be done via TV monitor. The curtain will rise again after the needle has been inserted.
Warner said that while some minor changes could still be made to the draft proposal, the main changes concerning full viewing access for witnesses will not.
The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals originally ruled in 2002 on witness viewing during an execution, and that ruling applied to the nine Western states in the court's jurisdiction. But until the 2012 ruling, four states initially kept part of subsequent executions away from public view: Arizona, Idaho, Washington and Montana.
The states had argued the policy was necessary to protect the anonymity of the execution team. Open government and journalism groups countered that witnessing all aspects of an execution is the only way to determine if it is being properly carried out. The media also argued there was a First Amendment right to view the entire process.
Arizona and Idaho changed their procedures as a result of the 2012 ruling that same year. Arizona now uses video monitors to show the IV insertion, but Idaho witnesses see the inmate strapped to the table and the insertion of the IVs through a window. According to an execution protocol approved last year in Montana, IVs are still inserted out of view of the witnesses.
Nine men await execution at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. No executions have occurred since the 2012 ruling, and none are currently scheduled. But the state Supreme Court just last week rejected a petition for release from death row inmate Jonathan Lee Gentry, sentenced for the murder of a 12-year-old girl in 1988 in Bremerton. Gentry could be the first execution in the state since September 2010, when Cal Coburn Brown died by lethal injection for the 1991 murder of a Seattle-area woman.
"This is the most extreme criminal justice sanction handed out by the courts, and this seriousness is not lost on those of us involved," Pacholke said. "Our objective is to carry out the sanction administered by the court and do so consistent with the most recent court rulings."

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