William Van Poyck: A great Chance for him! Please, sign the Petition!

Will you please help save William Van Poyck? On the heels of new legislation in Florida to speed up executions, the governor has signed his death warrant. Billy was convicted under Florida’s felony-murder rule. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Bill’s lawyer wants to flood the Governor’s office with letters. He will send a form letter and can be modified by the individual. Is there anything you can do to help?

“It is both tragic and ironic that the state that sends the highest number of wrongfully convicted people to death row is considering speeding up executions,” said Mark Elliott, of the group Innocent on Death Row. “Speeding up executions virtually guarantees that innocent people will be executed.”.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/628/191/633/save-billys-life/?cid=FB_TAF

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty ask for Help in order to save the Life of two Prisoners

FADP Update

Friends,

Today, Gov. Scott ordered the execution of Marshal Gore. He is scheduled to be executed Monday, June 24 at 6pm ET.

Elmer Carroll is scheduled for execution on Wed. May 29 and William Van Poyck on Wed. June 12.

WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW! Things are getting really ugly here in Florida. Actions and underway and many more are planned.

We are working to present FL Death Row exoneree Juan Melendez’s petition to Gov. Scott with 10,000 signatures. Please share everywhere. Time is running out fast.

Please sign and share Juan Melendez’s petition to Gov. Rick Scott to VETO THE TIMELY JUSTICE ACT (HB7083) which limits appeals and speeds up executions. Juan was miraculously exonerated and released after almost 18 years on Florida’s Death Row. He is one of 24 innocent men exonerated many years after the State of Florida sentenced them to death. How many more innocent people are still on Death Row? How many of them will be executed? With the “FASTER EXECUTION ACT” we will never know.

Contact Governor Rick Scott and ask him to STOP SIGNING DEATH WARRANTS and VETO THE TIMELY JUSTICE ACT.

Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146

Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

The ACLU of Florida has issued an Action to contact Gov. Scott to veto the Timely Justice Act. “Don’t Make Our Unjust Death Penalty System Even Worse”

Miami Herald editorial on The Timely Justice Act,”Stop Death Penalty Bill Gov. Scott”

PLEASE JOIN THE STRUGGLE AND HELP!

Shine the light,

—Mark

Please “like” and share the FADP Facebook page.

Sent by:

Mark Elliott

Executive Director

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, fadp.org

P.O. Box 82943

Tampa, FL 82943

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a coalition of organizations and individuals united to abolish the Death Penalty in Florida.

FADP works to build a strong, diverse, statewide grassroots movement which:

* Opposes executions

* Supports reforms aimed at reducing the application of the Death Penalty until it is abolished

* Protects the humanity of all persons impacted by the Death Penalty

* Educates Floridians about the Death Penalty

* Provides concrete action steps for individuals and groups

William Van Poyck – Please, Take Action for him

FADP Update

NEW DEATH WARRANT

Friends,

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a Death Warrant for William Van Poyck and has scheduled his execution for Wednesday, June 12th at 6pm ET. Billy Van Poyck is to be killed for the 1987 homicide of corrections officer Fred Griffis during a failed escape attempt.

Please TAKE ACTION!!! Contact Governor Rick Scott and ask him to STOP SIGNING DEATH WARRANTS and VETO THE TIMELY JUSTICE ACT.

Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146

Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

Please sign and share the petition of Juan Melendez to Gov. Rick Scott to VETO THE TIMELY JUSTICE ACT (HB7083). Juan was exonerated and released after almost 18 years on Florida’s Death Row.

In the face of the growing national movement away from executions and death sentences, Florida executions are set to forcibly speed up and the numbers to explode. Florida now accounts for more than a fourth of all new death sentences in the nation (22 of 78). It has degenerated into a killing contest among a few ambitious and powerful politicians in Tallahassee. It is not about justice, being smart and tough on crime, or wise use of taxpayer dollars…it’s about political posturing.

Our leadership has made NO mention of solving more of the 14,000 unsolved Florida homicides, boosting programs to effectively help murder victim’s families, or reviving successful crime prevention programs. These public safety programs and others have been cut back while a million dollars a week is blindly thrown at our failed government program for the Death Penalty with almost no accountability or oversight and absolutely no cost-benefit analysis. With the national record of 24 Death Row exonerations, no amount of executions will hide the fact that Florida’s Death Penalty is “the worst of the worst” of failed government programs.

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 82943

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a coalition of organizations and individuals united to abolish the Death Penalty in Florida.

FADP works to build a strong, diverse, statewide grassroots movement which:

* Opposes executions

* Supports reforms aimed at reducing the application of the Death Penalty until it is abolished

* Protects the humanity of all persons impacted by the Death Penalty

* Educates Floridians about the Death Penalty

* Provides concrete action steps for individuals and groups

Death Penalty in Florida: Very urgent to act now!

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FADP Update

Friends,

The legislature has passed the very dangerous TIMELY JUSTICE ACT. It is now on Gov. Scott’s desk to be signed. Once signed, this bill will become law. Please contact Gov. Scott’s office and ask him to VETO THIS BILL.

Gov. Rick Scott: 850-488-7146

Email: rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com

This law will limit appeals for ALL those under sentence of death. It also forces the Governor to sign their Death Warrants within 30 days after appeals are exhausted and clemency is denied. It demands that their executions take place within 180 days. Reports are that 13 prisoners are in this category today and another 80 have exhausted appeals and are awaiting clemency hearings. There are now over 400 people on Florida’s Death Row.

Gov. Rick Scott: 850-488-7146

Email: rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com

Please say whatever you like. Here are some quick points:

Speeding up executions increases the risk of executing innocent people. 24 people have been exonerated long after being sentenced to death in Florida. Eight were under a death sentence longer than 10 years. For some it took 18 – 20 years to be exonerated and released. There has been one exoneration for every three executions in our state (24 exonerations and 75 executions).

This law surrenders powerful Executive Branch authority and gives it to the Legislative Branch. Florida’s governors would no longer decide which Death Warrants to sign, when to sign and when to schedule executions.

There is no need to rush these hasty and dangerous changes into law. For those sentenced to death in Florida, the average time from conviction to execution is almost 2 years less than the national average (13.2 yrs vs. 14.8 yrs). The Florida Supreme Court has formed a Commission to investigate the issues that prompted this bill. The report is due in September. Let’s get the facts before rushing risky life or death changes into law.

Please call or email ASAP – the Governor is making his decision now!

Please distribute and share this message widely.

—Mark

Sent by:

Mark Elliott

Executive Director

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, fadp.org

P.O. Box 82943

Tampa, FL 33682

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a coalition of organizations and individuals united to abolish the Death Penalty in Florida.

FADP works to build a strong, diverse, statewide grassroots movement which:

* Opposes executions

* Supports reforms aimed at reducing the application of the Death Penalty until it is abolished

* Protects the humanity of all persons impacted by the Death Penalty

* Educates Floridians about the Death Penalty

* Provides concrete action steps for individuals and groups

PAUL HOWELL: Rick Scott put a Hold on the Execution! Now here is a PETITION!

2013/3/12 Peacebuilders with Justice of Florida <noreply@list.signon.org>

Brothers and Sisters,

Rick Scott put a hold (temporary) on the execution of Paul Howell. Even the governor is having second thoughts!

Those of us on this path see the injustice of the legal system that sends so many to Death Row and later realizes it failed to prove its case. The failure is seen in the number of exonerations. Florida as more failures than any other state. People’s lives are taken whether by years in prison or the killing chamber.

We want to educate people because when people know the truth about the system, they will see the need to halt the death penalty until it has been studied. Many are working for this cause: here are some good people you might know who have worked to halt Florida’s executions. Joe Durocher was Public Defender for Orange County for 25 years. Rita Lucey, Miguel Rodriguez, Adele Azar-Rucqois and many others, more than 1000 others in fact have signed the petition.

But the man who knows the most is Mark Eliot who has devoted years of his life putting together the facts. To see details about the system, go to Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. There you will see statistics on race, the impact on families of the victims and on the families of the person accused of the crime. You can compare costs between life in prison and execution. You’ll find this and many other details at

www.fadp.org/

Then read our petition and stand with us. Send the petition to all your friends and colleagues, co-workers and neighbors. Encourage them not just to sign but to pass it on.

Here’s the link:

http://signon.org/sign/the-death-penalty-in?mailing_id=10132&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=5246414

Blessings on us all–
Penny Villegas and friends

http://crime.about.com/od/deathrow/ig/Florida-Death-Row-Inmates/Paul-Howell.htmhowell_p

A Lot to Do!

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Graphique représentant les exécutions en 2006 – version française (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update February 21, 2013

Hello Abolitionists,

Repeal Is Within Our Grasp ….

A key Senate committee is expected to vote on the death penalty repeal bill this evening. Following that vote, the measure could be on the floor of the Senate for debate and a vote as early as Saturday!

In breaking news last night, one of the members of the Senate committee announced his support for repeal!

The Washington Post reports “Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) said Wednesday night that he plans to vote in favor of repealing Maryland’s death penalty, which means the measure now has the support of a majority of members on a key committee.”

Call your Maryland State Senator Today!
Ask your state Senator to vote for the death penalty repeal bill WITHOUT AMENDMENTS. You can find out who your state Senator is by going to www.mdelect.net and typing your address into the bar at the top of the screen. Hit enter and your state representative information will appear near the bottom of the left-hand column. Links are provided there to access your representatives’ contact information.

STAY TUNED for information about floor hearings and debates. Following a vote in the Senate committee, the bill will move to the Senate floor for debate. We need to pack the Gallery in a show of support, so if you’re schedule is flexible, be ready to come to Annapolis! We will send out a special announcement just as soon as we know when the floor debates will begin. The first day of floor debate is the most important date to pack the Gallery!

Other ways to support the repeal campaign:

Any of our core messages are fair game to tweet about (cost, innocence, etc.), and remember that our key messages at this point in the campaign are around the appropriation for crime victims and about countering bad info about there about prison killings and plea bargaining. Here are some sample tweets to use any time you want to start talking about repeal on Twitter:

· #MD looks set to repeal the #deathpenalty this year! Join the campaign #MDRepeal #mdga13 http://tinyurl.com/aqesndp

· “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that” MLK. Choose the light, MD. #MDRepeal #mdga13

· “The [2009] law has not achieved its main goal of eliminating the risk of executing an

· innocent person” http://tinyurl.com/bz2pcv8#mdga13

· ‘Marylanders would be better served by repealing it & reinvesting the savings in…healing victims’ http://tinyurl.com/bz2pcv8#MDRepeal

· #didyouknow in 1990 death penalty states averaged a 4% higher murder rate than non-death penalty states? #MDRepeal #mdga13

· The campaign is really heating up for #MDrepeal #mdag13. For more campaign info http://www.mdcase.org/ is a great place to start!

· “Gov. O’Malley has taken a courageous stand…toward repeal of the death penalty in Maryland” #joinhim #MDrepeal #mdga13

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to contact our SDPACs, Andrea Hall (andreainrockville@yahoo.com) or Kevin Scruggs (kevin.a.scruggs@gmail.com).

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates!

Thanks again for your interest in abolishing the death penalty!

In Solidarity,

Andrea, Kevin, and the Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaig

One fight for death penalty’s repeal – The Frederick News-Post Online

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One fight for death penalty’s repeal – The Frederick News-Post Online.

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One fight for death penalty’s repeal
New Market woman behind push despite daughter’s murder
Originally published February 03, 2013

By Bethany Rodgers

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invitation from amnesty international: come to annapolis! Hearings scheduled on DP repeal bill

Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update January 31, 2013 Hello Abolitionists, Come to Annapolis!

Hearings have been scheduled on the death penalty repeal bill (SB 276 and HB 295) and we need to pack two hearing rooms on the afternoon of February 14: · The Senate and House committee hearing are simultaneous this year.

Gov. O’Malley will be first to testify in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 and will then move to the House Judiciary Committee. In each committee, O’Malley’s testimony will be followed by panels of speakers – elected officials, murder victims’ family members, clergy and law enforcement – in support of repeal. Make plans now to come to Annapolis to support death penalty repeal.

If you have not done so, call your state Senator and Delegates TODAY and urge them to vote “yes” on this year’s repeal bill. We expect this bill to move very quickly, so time is of the essence. You can find your state representatives at mdelect.net. Type your full address into the bar at the top and your elected leaders in Annapolis will appear near the bottom of the left column. You can click directly on those links to find their contact information. If you already know who your reps are, call the General Assembly at 800-492-7122 or 410-841-3000.

Sign the petition at SignOn.org

http://signon.org/sign/repeal-marylands-death.

Are you a religious leader? If so, sign the religious leader sign-on letter at http://www.mdcase.org/node/198 no later than 5 p.m. Monday, February 4 and plan to attend Religious Leader Lobby Day on Wednesday, February 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information is available from mdcase.org/node/237. Use social media for social good. If you use Twitter, keep tweeting in support of death penalty repeal, and be sure to use the hashtags #mdrepeal, #EndMDDP and #mdga13.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to contact our SDPACs,

Andrea Hall (andreainrockville@yahoo.com)

or Kevin Scruggs (kevin.a.scruggs@gmail.com).

Thanks again for your interest in abolishing the death penalty! In Solidarity, Andrea, Kevin, and the Amnesty International USA Death

FADP Update: Pauls Howell Execution scheduled for Febr. 26th: PETITION!!!

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The execution of Olympe de Gouges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FADP Update

Friends,
Paul Howell execution scheduled for Tuesday, February 26th at 6pm ET.
Execution moratorium petition needs your help.
Huffington Post on FL effort to speed up executions.
NAACP’s Ben Jealous on abolition.
Shine the light,
—Mark
Gov. Rick Scott has ordered Paul Howell be executed on Tuesday, Feb. 26th at 6pm ET. Please contact the governor’s office and ask him to suspend executions to investigate Florida’s Death Penalty program that now has 24 Death Row exonerations – far more than any other state. Just last month Seth Penalver was freed after almost 18 years.
Governor Rick Scott – Phone 850-488-7146. Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com.
Please sign and share the Florida execution moratorium petition.
Incredibly, instead of suspending executions to find out how so many wrongfully convicted people could be sentenced to death, Florida legislators are looking at ways to “speed up” executions. This would virtually guarantee the execution of innocent people. The average time the 24 exonerees spent on Death Row prior to exoneration is 7.5 years and some were there almost 20 years. Read the Huffington Post story here.
This 1 minute video of NAACP President, Benjamin Jealous, speaking about the Maryland effort to repeal the Death Penalty is well worth watching. The inspiring points he makes are even more so for Florida.
Please contact your Florida legislators and ask them to support Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda’s HB 4005 that would end Florida’s use of the Death Penalty.
2013 is shaping up to be an absolutely critical year for our movement. Efforts are afoot in Tallahassee to “speed up” executions. There will be intense challenges and new opportunities. We will be working VERY hard on both offense and defense and MUST be positioned with the means to beat back these challenges and seize opportunities. FADP is an all-volunteer coalition. We need your help for the basic necessities of an effective campaign. Please help.
“If not us, who?  If not now, when?” – John F. Kennedy.
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
 
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a coalition of organizations and individuals united to abolish the Death Penalty in Florida.
 
FADP works to build a strong, diverse, statewide grassroots movement which:
* Opposes executions
* Supports reforms aimed at reducing the application of the Death Penalty until it is abolished
* Protects the humanity of all persons impacted by the Death Penalty
* Educates Floridians about the Death Penalty
* Provides concrete action steps for individuals and groups

DEATH PENALTY LIFE EVENT STREAMING NCADP

Prosecutor changed his mind about #deathpenalty? Listen live at 7pm EST at http://abolish2012.ncadp.org/  #mdrepeal @pgnaacp @naacp @AOSCC

 

 

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NCADP Live Event
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Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 7pm -9pm

CASE CLOSED: DEATH PENALTY FORUM, featuring former State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey, Homicide Survivor Ric Wiggs, & the NAACP.

More details here. http://abolish2012.ncadp.org/  VIDEO


December 6th, 2012 7:00 PM through 09:00 PM

VOICES: A CRIME VICTIMS TOWN HALL, featuring homicide survivors Bonnita Spikes, Margery Patton, Ricardo Wiggs & also, Dee Gardner of the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center.

More details here.http://abolish2012.ncadp.org/


These events are sponsored by MD CASE – Maryland Citizens Against State Executions – which is a coalition of groups and individuals united to end the death penalty in Maryland through education, grassroots action, and public demonstration