PRAY, CALL ON, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, PETITION, FAST, VIGIL: Anmesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign

PRAY, CALL ON, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, PETITION, FAST, VIGIL: Anmesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign

English: U.S. Supreme Court photograph of Wile...
English: U.S. Supreme Court photograph of Wiley Blount Rutledge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update June 28, 2012

Hello abolitionists,

 Get ready for a TWITTERBOMB!!

 This Friday, June 29, is the day to Tweet or call Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, to let him know that this year’s unfinished business in Annapolis should be his top priority in the coming year. Let’s flood his office that day — we’ll thank him for his past support of death penalty repeal and insist that he make it a top priority in the next legislative session. Use these sample tweets, or create your own:

@GovernorOMalley Today is the anniversary of Furman, let’s

abolish #Maryland’s #deathpenalty in 2013. #EndMdDP

 @GovernorOMalley Thanks to your leadership #Maryland is a

human rights leader. Let’s abolish the #deathpenalty in 2013


@GovernorOMalley: Be a national leader, repeal the

#deathpenalty in #Maryland! #EndMdDP

 If you do create your own tweet, please make sure to use the hashtag #EndMdDP

The call-in numbers for O’Malley’s office are: 410-974-3901 or 800-811-8336

 Whether you tweet, call or both, also be sure to sign our online petition to Governor O’Malley:

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to contact our SDPACs, Andrea Hall ( or Kevin Scruggs ( 

Thanks again for your interest in abolishing the death penalty!

 In Solidarity,

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

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook  for more updates! 

Opportunities and Upcoming Events:

·       Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the U.S. Supreme Court. June 29 through July 3. Friday, June 29 will focus on Maryland, with a teach-in in the evening in front of the Court. For more information, go to

·       Not from Maryland, but want to help?  Contact Andrea or Kevin for more information about how you can support repeal!


Originally posted on BGTV MEDIA ONLINE:

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Illegal religious system fuels India‘s booming sex trade.

Behind a nation being rapidly developed and globalized lies a society where religion, superstition and old traditions still validate sex trafficking. This report exposes the sordid Devadasi tradition.

Traditionally the Devadasi were highly respected girls who dedicated themselves to the goddess Yellamma. However, over time prostitution became a part of their vocation and is now forced upon them.”Their families think if they get a female chld, ‘Ok, how can we work this liability into an asset?'”. Today’s horrifying result is a system that exploits religious belief to turn children into sex slaves. “I never thought whoring would become my profession”, one girl cries.


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06.26.12 – 2:50 PM

Death and the Bottom Line

by Abby Zimet

Xavius Scullark-Johnson is why the profit motive and a politically powerless population should never be combined. Scullark-Johnson, 27, was three months from getting out of prison for a probation violation when Minnesota corrections officials “put him to death” in his urine-soaked cell in June 2010 by refusing him medical care and turning away an ambulance after he suffered several seizures, says a federal lawsuit brought Monday by his family.

 A state spokesman says the DOC‘s contract with a for-profit health care company works to “manage care in a cost-efficient manner” and “balance the needs of our offender population with the limited resources appropriated by the Legislature.” That balancing act, says Olivia Scullark, killed her son.

“They failed him that night, and they need to have some consequences for what they didn’t do and for what they let happen…These people are supposed to be there to help…Taxpayer dollars don’t go to them to do that to my kid, let alone anybody else’s kid.”

 POOR MOTHER; POOR SON!  I am so grieving!


Originally posted on Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?:

Why are Bahraini authorities so afraid of an 11-year-old?

, One minute, 11-year-old Ali Hassan was playing outside with his friends, like any other kid his age anywhere in the world. The next minute, Ali was under arrest.

This actually happened: An 11-year-old child is on trial for “illegal gathering” and “disturbing security” in Bahrain. On July 5, he’ll be sentenced for his “crimes” — and could be imprisoned. We only have a week left to make an impact on Ali’s case, so we have to be loud. Call on the Bahraini authorities to drop the charges against 11-year-old Ali Hassan. Then be sure to share this action with your friends.

 On the day of his arrest, Ali was held for hours and interrogated. Tired, hungry, and scared, Ali finally “confessed.” He was detained for 23 days without access to a lawyer. Ali’s case is part of a…

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Stop Torture in Georgia Prisons: Please, Sign the Petition! Thank You!

Stop Torture in Georgia Prisons: Please, Sign the Petition! Thank You!

The Marquise de Brinvilliers being tortured be...
The Marquise de Brinvilliers being tortured before her beheading.. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Mon, 06/25/2012 – 12:14 — admin

Dear Governor Deal:
While we appreciate the cautious steps you have taken in the past week or so to re-introduce educational opportunities for those held in state custody, we call on you to act boldly now to end the torture now practiced in the Georgia prisons.  
As the international community has examined the research, including over a century of scientific studies suggesting that prolonged solitary confinement leads to irreversable mental degredation, experts have found that use of segregation for period in excess of fifteen days constitutes torture and cannot be supported under existing international standards for human rights.  
The abuses of solitary confinement are now being litigated in the Federal Courts, and reviewed in Congressional hearings.  The treatment of inmates has become the subject of international reviews of this nation’s human rights record.  
The Assembly has failed to appropriate the funds necessary to staff the SMU’s at the Diagnostic Center, Washington State Prison and the Reidsville Prison which would be neccessary to comply with the Departments own policies which require an hour of daily exercise and regular access to personal hygiene for every inmate held there.  As a result inmates for whom you are responsible have gone weeks without a shower or an hour in the exercise yard.  
We assert that these practices compound the torture inherent in long periods of solitary confinement and are inconsistent with a the values of a state Constituted to “insure justice to all;” and that no “cruel and unusual punishments (be) inflicted”.
We know you understand the meaning of Matthew’s story regarding our failure to visit the Messiah in prison, and our responsibility to “the least of these”.  Many of Paul’s epistles which are published with the gospels were penned from prison, perhaps even his letter to the Hebrews when he admonished us to “Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.”
We appeal to you that you may take the actions necessary to end this torture conducted in our name and with our tax dollars.  
If necessary, we ask that you join us in our fast conducted in solidarity with the Hunger Strikers in your care.  If this matter has not been resolved by July 2nd, we’re asking Georgians of faith and conscience to refrain from solid foods on that day as a way of ‘remember(ing) . . . those who are being tortured’ and our relationship with them and the conditions under which they survive.  
It is our fervent hope that through fasting and prayer, you too may see the imperative for the changes in Georgia public policy necessary to end these practices which have no place in a civilized society.  We hope that by doing so you may know the courage to carry such proposals to the policy making bodies of this state.  

                Perhaps it is better  to sign the petition at Link above!

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Originally posted on Living in SouthEast Asia.:

Thirteen women protesters from Boeung Kak lake were sentenced to two and a half years in prison after a three-hour trial that was widely condemned as illegal.

The women, who were arrested as a family tried to rebuild its home during a demonstration at Boeung Kak on Tuesday, stood trial at 2pm – without a lawyer – after court prosecutors spent the morning interviewing them.

The women spent two nights at Phnom Penh municipal police headquarters and had not been charged until yesterday, when the court tried them for cursing public authority and encroaching upon the land of a public figure – Cambodian People’s Party Senator Lao Meng Khin, the owner of Shukaku.

Little more than three hours after their trial began, the women were being transported to overcrowded Prey Sar prison.

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Physicians’ attitudes towards office-based delivery of methadone maintenance therapy: Results from a cross-sectional survey of Nova Scotia primary-care physicians

Physicians’ attitudes towards office-based delivery of methadone maintenance therapy: Results from a cross-sectional survey of Nova Scotia primary-care physicians

Grasshopper In Nova Scotia
Grasshopper In Nova Scotia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ResearchPhysicians’ attitudes towards office-based delivery of methadone maintenance therapy: Results from a cross-sectional survey of Nova Scotia primary-care physicians

 Jessica Dooley, Mark Asbridge, John Fraser and Susan Kirkland 

Harm Reduction Journal 2012, 9:20 doi:10.1186/1477-7517-9-20 Published: 13 June 2012

Abstract (provisional) Background Approximately 90,000 Canadians use opioids each year, many of whom experience health and social problems that affect the individual user, families, communities and the health care system. For those who wish to reduce or stop their opioid use, methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) is effective and supporting evidence is well-documented. However, access and availability to MMT is often inconsistent, with greater inequity outside of urban settings. Involving community based primary-care physicians in the delivery of MMT could serve to expand capacity and accessibility of MMT programs. Little is known, however, about the extent to which MMT, particularly office-based delivery, is acceptable to physicians. The aim of this study is to survey physicians about their attitudes towards MMT, particularly office-based delivery, and the perceived barriers and facilitators to MMT delivery. Methods In May 2008, facilitated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, a cross-sectional, e-mail survey of 950 primary-care physicians practicing in Nova Scotia, Canada was administered via the OPINIO on-line survey software, to assess the acceptability of office-based MMT. Logistic regressions, adjusted for physician sociodemographic characteristics, were used to examine the association between physicians’ willingness to participate in office-based MMT, and a series of measures capturing physician attitudes and knowledge about treatment approaches, opioid use, and methadone, as well as perceived barriers to MMT. Results Overall, 19.8% of primary-care physicians responded to the survey, with 56% who indicated that they would be willing to be involved in MMT under current or similar circumstances; however, willingness was associated with numerous attitudinal and systemic factors. The barriers to involvement in MMT that were frequently cited included a lack of training or experience in MMT, lack of support services, and potential challenges of working with an MMT patient population. Conclusions Study findings provide valuable information to help facilitate greater involvement of primary-care physicians in MMT, while highlighting concerns around administration, support, and training. Even limited uptake by primary-care physicians would greatly enhance MMT access in Nova Scotia, particularly for methadone clients located in rural communities. These findings are applicable broadly, to any jurisdictions where office-based MMT is not currently available. The complete article is available as a provisional PDF. The fully formatted PDF and HTML versions are in production.