Jimmy Carter calls for fresh moratorium on DEATH PENALTY! (excuse me, but I have to say: Halleluja!)

Jimmy Carter calls for fresh moratorium on death penalty

Carter says it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and justices should reintroduce ban that stood from 1972 to 1976
Jimmy Carter in 2008
Jimmy Carter said: ‘The only consistency today is that the people who are executed are almost always poor, from a racial minority or mentally deficient.’ Photo: Reuters

Former US president Jimmy Carter has called for a new nationwide moratorium on the death penalty, arguing that it is applied so unfairly across the 32 states that still have the death sentence that it amounts to a form of cruel and unusual punishment prohibited under the US constitution.

In an interview with the Guardian, Carter calls on the US supreme court to reintroduce the ban on capital punishment that it imposed between 1972 and 1976. The death penalty today, he said, was every bit as arbitrary as it was when the nine justices suspended it on grounds of inconsistency in the case of Furman v Georgia 41 years ago.

“It’s time for the supreme court to look at the totality of the death penalty once again,” Carter said. “My preference would be for the court to rule that it is cruel and unusual punishment, which would make it prohibitive under the US constitution.”

Carter’s appeal for a new moratorium falls at a time of mounting unease about the huge disparities in the use of capital punishment in America. Recent research has shown that most of the 1,352 executions that have taken place since the supreme court allowed them to recommence in 1976 have emanated from just 2% of the counties in the nation.

Amid a critical shortage of medical drugs used in lethal injections caused by a European boycott of US corrections departments, death penalty states are also adopting increasingly desperate execution methods. The new techniques range from deploying previously untested sedatives in lethal injections, to concocting improvised batches of the chemicals through compounding pharmacies….

Please, read article here:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/11/jimmy-carter-supreme-court-death-penalty

EU calls for abolishing death penalty

EU calls for abolishing death penalty.

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013

EU calls for abolishing death penalty

The European Union (EU) has renewed its call for abolishing the death penalty in all member states of the United Nations (UN) including Bangladesh, and contributing to the development of human dignity in the world.
“The death penalty concerns everyone’s right to life. The state, with its particular responsibility as the ultimate guarantor of all persons’ human rights, should not deprive anyone of his or her life,” said a letter signed by nine heads of mission of the EU countries in Dhaka.
“The European Union reaffirms its absolute opposition to the use of the death penalty,” it said, marking the observance of the European Day against the Death Penalty, and the World Day against the Death Penalty today [Thursday].
The envoys said the EU is convinced that its abolition is an integral part of respect for human rights and protection of the human dignity.
They referred to a 2010 UN resolution, which called upon all states to establish a moratorium on executions aiming at abolishing the death penalty.
“We hope that all members of the UN including Bangladesh will take the actions which the Resolution calls for, and thereby contribute to the development of fundamental rights and human dignity in the world,” the letter said.
The letter was signed by Mrs Anneli Lindahl Kenny, ambassador of Sweden; Giorgio Guglielmino, ambassador of Italy; Luis Tejada Chacón, ambassador of Spain; Robert Gibson, British high commissioner; Michel Trinquier, ambassador of France; Gerben Sjoerd de Jong, ambassador of The Netherlands; Dr Albrecht Conze, ambassador of Germany; Mrs Hanne Fugl Eskjær, ambassador of Denmark; and William Hanna, ambassador of the European Union.

Sant´Egidio: City Council of West Hollywood as the join CitiesforLife to abolish the death penalty (Twitter)

Sant’Egidio DC@SantegidioDC                                6h

Honored to address the City Council of West Hollywood as they join @CitiesforLife to abolish the death penalty. pic.twitter.com/e0QapLiNSH

Exciting Events and Developments – in Direction of Death Penalty in Florida

EXCITING EVENTS AND DEVELOPMENTS!

Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda has filed HB 4011 “Death Penalty” in the Florida Legislature to end the use of the Death Penalty. This bill MUST have a Florida Senate sponsor to move forward. Please contact your Florida State Senator and ask them to sponsor a companion bill in the Senate. Please contact your Florida Representative and ask them to co-sponsor HB 4011 and contact Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda and thank her for sponsoring HB 4011.

Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda

Phone: (850) 717-5009

Email: Michelle.Rehwinkel@myfloridahouse.gov

 

Gov. Rick Scott has scheduled the execution of Darius Kimbrough for Tuesday, November 12 at 6pm ET and Askari Muhammad, aka Thomas Knight, for December 3.

Please TAKE ACTION!!!  Contact Governor Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Executive Clemency to commute the death sentences of Darius Kimbrough and Askari Muhammad, aka Thomas Knight, to Life in Prison Without Parole. Tell Governor Scott to STOP SIGNING DEATH WARRANTS. Your calls and emails are counted.

 

 

Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146 

 

 

Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

 

Friends: MARK YOUR CALENDARS – November events for Florida’s Death Penalty awareness. FADP is involved in planning, organizing, and carrying out many events and coalition efforts, including those that do not bear the FADP name. Our goal is for these events to happen and for them to be successful. Please support FADP and participate, attend, and share the news of upcoming educational, awareness, and action-oriented events. For assistance in planning, organizing, and holding successful events in your area, please contact FADP for help and PLEASE don’t forget to help FADP! Best Regards — Mark

 

FLORIDA DEATH ROW EXONEREES TO SPEAK IN GAINESVILLE Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GCADP) is hosting Seth Penalver and Herman Lindsey of Witness to Innocence for 2 community events on Nov 2 and 3, 2013. These men were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death and spent 18 and 3 years, respectively, on Death Row in Florida before proving their innocence and gaining release. The public is invited to come hear their stories. Refreshments provided.

Sat, Nov 2, at 3:30 pm in the library at St Augustine’s Catholic Church and Student Center, 1738 W University Ave. Parking is available in the lot behind the Church.

Sun, Nov 3 at 2:00 pm at Emmanuel Mennonite Meeting House,   1236 NW 18th Ave (across from Gainesville High School, additional parking available at Wells Fargo and PNC banks)

FMI: Miriam Elliott, Co-Coordinator GCADP (352)378-1690

 

 

 

AMNESTY INTERNATIONA’S FIRST ANNUAL FISH FRY FOR FAIR JUSTICE IN FLORIDA

 

The University Club of Winter Park 841 N. Park Ave. Friday, November 15 from 6pm to 9pm.

Dinner is $15 for general admission & $10 for students. Catering by John Michael Weddings and Special Events. Guests will include:

Juan Melendez – Exonerated Florida Death Row Survivor, “Witness to Innocence”

SueZann Bosler – Murder Victim Family Member, “Journey of Hope”

Mark Elliott – Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, “FADP”

Alicia Koutsoulieris – Amnesty International Florida Death Penalty Abolition Campaigner

Please RSVP by Nov. 11 by emailing or calling Alicia Koutsoulieris at akoutsoulieris@aiusa.org or 407-719-7285. You may also RSVP by going to www.AmnestyOrlando.org/events and making a secure payment via PayPal.

 

HOLIDAY CARD SIGNING. Many of those on Death Row never receive visitors and rarely receive any mail.  Each year Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty, TCADP signs holiday cards which are given to every person on Florida’s Death Row – now more than 400.  Please come by the home of Nancy Smith Fichter and Robert Fichter at 710 Waverly Road in Tallahassee and sign as many cards as you can.  They will be hosting on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m . to 1 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. FMI: Sheila Meehan, TCADP Chair, sheilameehan36@gmail.com

 

FADP is an all-volunteer coalition. Please help us with the basic, essential cost of doing this work.

 

It is not about what those on Death Row may have done, it’s about US and what WE do.

 

Please visit and “Like” FADP’s Facebook page, the Justice4Jacksonville Coalition Facebook page and the Amnesty International Florida Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Facebook Page.

 

Shine the light,

—Mark

 

Sent by:

Mark Elliott

Executive Director

 

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, fadp.org

P.O. Box 82943

Tampa, FL 33682

“Death penalty `patently unfair´: Sandusky Register

Death penalty ‘patently unfair’

Former death row inmates tell their stories in Sandusky appearance
Tom Jackson
Oct 24, 2013

In 1974, when the Chicago native decided to see the country and hitchhike across the country, he wore his hair cut short.

Somehow, Tibbs was convicted of murder and rape in connection with a case in Florida — even though the killer was described as a 5-foot-6 man with a large Afro. He spent time on Florida’s death row before being exonerated.

An audience of several dozen people crowded into a meeting room at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sandusky to hear Tibbs’ story Tuesday night, and the stories of two other former inmates who faced execution, Joe D’Ambrosio and Damon Thibodeaux.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo sponsored the “One.for.Ten Tour” program on the death penalty, which stopped in several northern Ohio locations this week.

One.for.Ten is a series of short films, available on YouTube and elsewhere online. Filmmaker Will Francome served as the moderator, screening the films about the three former prisoners, who spoke after each film.

After Tibbs’ film, he got up and denounced the death penalty.

“I make no bones about it — I’m an abolitionist,” he said. “It is patently unfair. Everybody who commits a murder does not get the death penalty.”

“There have been no millionaires on death row that I know about,” said Tibbs, who said anyone convicted of killing a white person in Florida is 11 times more likely to get the death penalty than someone who kills anyone else.

D’Ambrosio was freed from Ohio’s prison system after spending more than 20 years on death row. A judge ruled that prosecutors withheld evidence that could have helped him win acquittal.

D’Ambrosio told the audience he had no criminal record and had served in the Army, rising to the rank of sergeant, before entering civilian life.

“If it could happen to me, it could happen to you,” he said.

Thibodeaux confessed to the murder of a teen girl, but was freed from prison after DNA evidence exonerated him.

He explained that after going 36 hours without sleep, he could not take it any longer after being questioned for hours. He told the detectives what they wanted to hear so they would leave him alone.

“I used to be one of those people who believed nobody would ever confess to something they didn’t do,” he said.

Thibodeaux described prison life as “hell on earth.”

“I missed sitting on my couch, just because I can,” he said. “A real bed and a pillow — we didn’t have those things.”

The trio urged members of the audience to work to abolish the death penalty.

“They’re killing in your name, because you allow it,” D’Ambrosio said.

A Tribute to a Prison Warden´s Influence on Capital Punishment Abolition

A Tribute to a Prison Warden‘s Influence on Capital Punishment Abolition

Posted: 10/24/2013  4:09 pm

Donald Cabana, a former Mississippi prison warden who presided over executions, was not the usual ally for me and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. But Donald Cabana loathed the death penalty. As I mark his passing and celebrate his life, he died this month at 67, I think about the vantage point from which he formed his opinions about capital punishment.

Cabana worked in prisons and corrections for more than 25 years in Massachusetts, Florida, Missouri and Mississippi. He was a seasoned traveler in places that many have opinions about but relatively few have firsthand knowledge of or experience with. He punished, counseled and cared for the people and the families  that most people forget or wish never existed. He also supervised, cared for and counseled the people who must work in the most hopeless and saddest of places, our nation’s prisons and death chambers. …

Please, read more:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diann-rusttierney/donald-cabana_b_4144741.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

 

“The Supreme Court just took a case that could affect state death penalty policies”

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The Supreme Court just took a case that could affect state death penalty policies

By Niraj Chokshi,                                      Updated: October 21 at 12:52 pm

U .S. Supreme Court. (Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.)

U .S. Supreme Court. (Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.)

How do you define whether someone’s sufficiently mentally disabled to avoid the death penalty?

That’s a question that could be resolved by the Supreme Court, which on Monday morning agreed to take up a new case that could limit how states set death penalty policies. The issue at hand is whether Florida’s approach to determining mental disability in death penalty cases violates an earlier Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

“This is really one of the most important death penalty cases that the court has undertaken in years,” says Brian Stull, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Capital Punishment Project, which advocates for the abolition of the death penalty.

The case at hand involves a Florida man, Freddie Lee Hall, sentenced to death for the 1978 murder of Karol Hurst, a 21-year-old pregnant woman.

His lawyers argue that he is mentally disabled and should not be put to death. In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that executing the mentally disabled constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment,” which is banned by the Constitution, but left it up to states to define mental disability. Florida uses a 70-point IQ score cutoff, but Hall’s lowest score was a 71. His lawyers say that in order to comply with the 2002 ruling, his IQ should be read as somewhere between 67 and 75, to account for what scientists call a “standard error of measurement.”

But, in December, the Florida Supreme Court reiterated it didn’t buy the argument.

“We again decline to adopt this line of reasoning,” the court wrote in its opinion.

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Hall—determining how mental disability should be defined—it could strip states of some power in setting such policies.

Death penalty actions, by state. (Credit: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty)

Death penalty actions, by state. (Credit: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty)

New Death Warrant – FADP Update

FADP Update

NEW DEATH WARRANT

Governor Scott has signed a Death Warrant for Thomas Knight to be executed on Tuesday, December 3 at 6pm ET. Darius Kimbrough is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 12.

Florida has become “the worst of the worst” of Death Penalty states. Florida is now second only to Texas for the number of executions in 2013. Last year Florida led the nation in new death sentences (22).

 

Florida has the nation’s second largest Death Row with 405 men and women awaiting the executioner. In tragic irony, Florida leads the nation in exonerations of Death Row inmates (24).

 

Please TAKE ACTION!!!  Contact Governor Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Executive Clemency and commute the death sentences of Darius Kimbrough and Thomas Knight to Life in Prison Without Parole.

 

Tell Governor Scott to STOP SIGNING DEATH WARRANTS. Your calls and emails are counted.

 

Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146 

 

Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

 

“Only in a society where state governments are intoxicated with the power to kill would you view a sentence of life imprisonment without parole as a lenient sentence.”Bryan Stevenson, Director of Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama 

 

Please support the Florida statewide coalition effort to end executions. “It is not about what those on Death Row may have done…it is about US and what WE do”.

 

Please “like” and share the FADP Facebook page.

Shine the light,

—Mark

 

Sent by:

Mark Elliott

Executive Director

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, fadp.org

P.O. Box 82943

Tampa, FL 33682

William Happ confessed killing Angie Crowley: some minutes before his execution

Gesändnis kurz vor HinrichtungYahoo Nachrichten   vor 18 Stunden

William Happ gestand den Mord an Angie Crowley kurz vor seiner Hinrichtung (Bild: Thinkstock) – der Mord geschah im Jahre 1986

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FADP Update: “Vigils, Protests Mark the Execution Date for William Happ”

FADP Update

Vigils, Protests Mark the Execution Date for William Happ – Tuesday Oct. 15 at 6 PM ET  

Florida continues the premeditated and unnecessary killing of captive prisoners. Gov. Scott has scheduled William Happ to be put to death by the People of the State of Florida for the 1986 killing of Angela Crowley. The homicide of William Happ is planned for Tues., Oct. 15th at 6PM.  

 

It is not too late to contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Clemency to commute the William Happ’s death sentence. Tell him to suspend ALL executions.

Governor Rick Scott: Phone: (850) 488-7146 Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com Bishops of Florida call for mercy for the condemned; Hopeful that growing opposition to the death penalty will lead to the end of its use

“Florida Changing Lethal Injection Cocktail” (note – there are now conflicting reports on when the new drug will be used). 

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and our allies call for simultaneous execution vigils/protests across the state at the time of executions. Each vigil group in Florida is independent and establishes its activities according to the needs, strategies and resources of its members. ALL are welcome to participate at ANY protest and vigil  If you do not see your area listed or would like to organize a local action, please contact FADP at 727-215-9646 or fadp@fadp.org. List of some Florida actions beginning with bus and carpools:

 

DAYTONA BEACH/ORMOND BEACH/PALM COASTOur Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church: Governor Rick Scott has signed a Death Warrant for the execution of William Happ to take place on Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm.  We will be traveling to Starke to pray for William Happ and his victims on Tuesday, October 15.  Our bus leaves at 2:30PM.  Our prayerful presence makes the statement that all killing is wrong and the State of Florida does not kill in our name.  We encourage all, no matter their personal feelings about capital punishment, to join us as believers in the sanctity of all life.  If you would like to join us, please call the parish office 386.255.0433 or Contact: Office of Advocacy and Justice, (407) 246-4819, advocacyjustice@orlandodiocese.org. For more information about what we as Catholics teach about the death penalty, please visit: http://www.usccb.org/deathpenalty. Please pack a snack.

 

2:30 PM - Bus leaves parking lot Our Lady of Lourdes, 201 University Blvd, Daytona Beach.

3:00 PM – Bus Pick up at Destination Daytona, 1635 U.S. Highway 1, Ormond  Beach.

3:30 PM – Bus Pick up at WinnDixie on SR 100 in Palm Coast, just off of I95. 

ORLANDO: The execution for William Happ is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15th at 6pm at Florida State Prison near Starke, FL.  With help from the national Amnesty International Death Penalty Abolition Campaign and the new Amnesty International Florida Death Penalty Abolition Campaign, we are planning a carpool from the Orlando area to the prison to participate in the vigil.  The prison is approximately 2.5 hours away from Orlando.  We will leave Orlando between 1:30pm – 2:30pm (depending on pickup location(s)) and return around 10:00pm.  If you are available and interested in joining us, please contact Alicia Koutsoulieris, Florida Death Penalty Abolition Campaigner, as soon as possible. email:  Akoutsoulieris@aol.com. More info at: www.AmnestyOrlando.org.

  

GAINESVILLE – CARPOOL TO PRISON VIGIL: Governor Scott is planning to execute William Happ at 6:00 PM this coming Tues, Oct 15. William is to be executed for the 1986 murder of Angela Crowley
We have 2 carpool locations, both leaving at 4:30pm, from Gainesville: 1) Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St, Call Amy Jo Smith for more info: 352-284-1749 2) Parking lot of St Augustine’s Catholic Church & Student Center, 1738 W University Ave. Call George Diller, 352-332-9780 for more info.

 

FLORIDA STATE PRISON: Join volunteers from around the state during the execution, across the highway from the Florida State Prison Death Chamber from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact John Linnehan at (904) 504-1004 or metanoia.mx@gmail.com

Gather ACROSS from Florida State Prison starting by 5:00pm. Please bring signs if you have them.

DIRECTIONS to the Vigil/Protest across highway 16 from Florida State Prison:

·         From East: SR-16, 8 miles West of Starke, go right (east) into entrance for New River Correctional Institution.  FSP staff will direct you to vigil parking.

·         From North: (Macclenny) SR-121 south approximately 17 miles to SR-16 (before town of Raiford). Turn left onto SR-16. Go approximately 3 miles, cross New River Bridge. Turn left (east) into New River Correctional Institution. FSP staff will direct you to vigil parking.

·         From South: US-301 north approximately 35 miles north of Gainesville to Starke. Turn left (west) onto SR-16 (Raiford Road), go approximately 8 miles. Turn right (east) into New River Correctional Institution.  FSP staff will direct you to vigil parking.

·         From West (Lake City): SR-100 approximately 23 miles to SR-121 (Lake Butler), turn left, go approximately 6 miles, just past town of Raiford, turn right (east) onto SR-16. Go approximately 3 miles, cross New River Bridge. Turn left (east) into New River Correctional Institution.

NOTES from FADP:  Local speed limits strictly enforced. Florida State Prison is on the West side of the road. The designated protest area is on the East side of the road, with the entry road being opposite of the main entry to FSP and designated “New River Correctional Institution”

REGARDING BATHROOMS: Bathroom at SE corner of red brick bldg. is usually open. Sometimes there is a port-a-potty in the designated media area (about 150 yards west of the protest area), but it is not always there and they may decide not to allow protesters access to the media area. Just to the west of the prison (toward Starke) is a Circle K store with a bathroom available to customers. Stop there, if not in Raiford or Starke as you pass through one of those towns.

REGARDING SIGNS: We are unaware of any restrictions on the nature of signs. FADP recommends clear and concise messages, printed boldly, with high contrast between the text and the background. FADP will have some signs available.

ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS: Wear closed shoes and socks to protect yourself from the occasional presence of fire ants.

ALSO: Especially with high profile state killings, airport rules apply – be aware of what you bring and carry, and of your demeanor, and stay within the designated protest area or between that area and the adjacent parking area. You may wish to bring umbrellas (for sun or rain) and bottled water. FADP will help.

BRANDON: Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon will hold a prayer service on Sunday, October 13 from 7 to 8 pm in the Nativity Chapel

CAPE CORAL: A prayer vigil will be held in the Chapel at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 1922 SW 20th Avenue, Cape Coral on Sunday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. Contact: Maria, (239) 540-7096, maria1403@juno.com 

DUVAL COUNTY: Come pray with us at a Vigil during the execution of William Happ, Tuesday, October 15, in front of the new Duval County Unified Courthouse located at 501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville. Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Signs provided or bring your own. new Duval County Unified Courthouse, 501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact: Jackie Gunning, (904) 449-3328, jacqueline.gunning@bmcjax.com or Sr. Maureen Kelley, (904) 704-0313, mkelleyop@att.net

 

FLAGLER COUNTY: Stand with us in support of life and dignity within a peaceful vigil in front of the Flagler County Courthouse. 5:00-6:00 P.M on Tuesday, October 15 during the execution of William Happ. Join us at the Courthouse on 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bunnell. For information please contact Jackie Morelewicz by email Jackiem@cfl.rr.com or phone (386) 986-3146.

 

FT. LAUDERDALE: Broward FADP will have an Execution Vigil on Tuesday October 15, from 5 to 6 pm for the state`s killing of William Happ. We will gather in front of the Federal Building on the Northwest corner of East Broward Blvd. and NE 3 Ave., Ft. Lauderdale. Signs provided. FMI: Steve Jens-Rochow stevejensrochow@gmail.com (954) 647- 8379.

 

MIAMI: A prayer vigil will be recited following 11:45 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, October 15 at St. Martha Catholic Church, 9221 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Shores. Contact: Juan Di Prado, (305) 762-1046, jdiprado@theadom.org.

MOUNT DORA: St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6803 Old Hwy 441 South, Mount Dora will host a prayer service on Tuesday, October 15 at 3:00 p.m. Contact: Bernard Welch, blwmm@embarqmail.com.

PALM BEACH GARDENS: Catholic Charities Respect Life Office in partnership with the Diocese of Palm Beach and Pax Christi will host a prayer service on Tuesday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, 9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. The service will be followed by a procession and silent vigil in front of the Cathedral from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Contact: Dianne Laubert, (561) 313-2280, dlaubert@diocesepb.org.

PANAMA CITY: A holy hour will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1008 Fortune Avenue, Panama City on Monday, October 14 at 7:00 pm (CDST). Contact: (850) 763-1821, stj.office@knology.net or Peggy DeKeyser, Office of Communications, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, (850) 435-3528, dekeyserp@ptdiocese.org.

PINELLAS COUNTY:  Governor Rick Scott and the state of Florida are planning to execute two human beings within two weeks.  Scott has scheduled the execution of William Happ for 6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 15.  Happ is to be executed for the 1986 murder of Angela Crowley.    Pinellas anti-death penalty demonstration: Pax Christi Tampa Bay, Peace First, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and other death penalty opponents will gather from 5:00-6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 15 at an anti-death penalty vigil at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and 49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County.  There will also be a demonstration on Tuesday, October 15 at the same time and place.  These demonstrations will be at the site of past vigils.  Park in the lot behind Checkers and the bank on the northwest corner of the intersection.  Signs and banners will be provided, or you can bring your own. Since execution dates often change—the previous execution date for Marshall Gore was changed so it would not conflict with a re-election fundraiser for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi–please check the media for updates and changes.  The vigil occurs during the actual execution; if the execution is re-scheduled, the vigil will be rescheduled. FMI: sjstew@gte.net or (727) 492-1590.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY: There will be a Vigil during the execution of William Happ, Tuesday, October 15, in front of the St. Augustine Beach City Hall at the corner of A1A and 16th Street. Time: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Signs provided or bring your own. “We cannot teach that killing is wrong by killing.” Contact Nancy O’Byrne at (904) 4619216 or obyrnen@bellsouth.net

 

SARASOTA: Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the execution of William Happ Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm ET. William is to be killed for the 1986 murder of Angela Crowley, whose death we mourn with great sadness

A protest and prayer vigil against the death penalty will take place on Tuesday, October 15, starting at 5:30 PM with a silent protest with signs along Beneva Road just north of Golden Gate Blvd, on the front lawn of St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 Beneva Road in Sarasota.  (NOTE: This location is a change from past vigils.) The prayer service will begin at 6:00 PM.  This event is an activity of Pax Christi USA–Manasota Chapter, St. Andrew Church of Christ and the inclusive Catholic Community of Mary, Mother of Jesus.  FMI: (941) 748-6855 or Rjbanner@verizon.net

 

TALLAHASSEE: Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty will sponsor a community prayer vigil scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee and an interfaith Service of Remembrance in the Capitol Building Plaza Level Rotunda the day after the execution, Wednesday, Oct. 16 at noon. Contact: Sheila Meehan, (850) 524-0080. sheilameehan36@gmail.com. FMI: tcadp.net.

TAMPA BAY AREA: Spirit FM 90.5 WBVM Tampa will be praying on air Tuesday, October 15 beginning at 5:50 pm. Spirit FM is also available on the internet (www.spiritfm905.com). Contact: Sabrina Burton Schultz, (727) 344-1611, sab@dosp.org.

 

“Only in a society where state governments are intoxicated with the power to kill would you view a sentence of life imprisonment without parole as a lenient sentence.” – Bryan Stevenson, Director of Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, Olof Palme Prize Winner 2000.

 

Please support the Florida statewide coalition effort to end executions. “It is not about what those on Death Row may have done…it is about US and what WE do”.

 

Please “like” and share the FADP Facebook page, the Justice4Jacksonville Facebook page, and the new AIUSA Florida Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Facebook page.

 

Shine the light,

—Mark

Sent by:

Mark Elliott

Executive Director

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, fadp.org

P.O. Box 82943