Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update December 6, 2012
We are just one month away from the start of the legislative session in Annapolis — it’s time to mobilize!
(Vixi liber et moriar: “I have lived, and I shall die, free”
Several recent articles in The Washington Post, Gazette and Baltimore Sun have stated that Governor Martin O’Malley is still considering whether or not he will lead the push for death penalty repeal when the legislative session starts in January, and an editorial this week in the Baltimore Sun calls on him to lead the charge and get the job done: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-12-02/news/bs-ed-death-penalty-20121201_1_death-penalty-capital-punishment-lethal-injections.
Benjamin Jealous, head of the NAACP, has committed unprecedented levels of funding and staff resources from his organization to make sure that Maryland is the 17th state to abolish the death penalty and that we cross that milestone in 2013! He will be meeting with Governor O’Malley this month, urging him to make this a priority. Therefore, it is crucial that we keep up the pressure on both the Governor and on Maryland Senate president Mike Miller in the next two weeks. Here’s what you can do:
· Call or write to Gov. O’Malley today! Tell him that death penalty repeal can be part of his legacy. You can reach his office at 410-974-3901 or 800-811-8336, or via mail at 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401. Pre-printed postcards are also available from Maryland CASE at www.mdcase.org.
· If you live in Sen. Miller’s District, please contact him and urge him to support death penalty repeal this year. You can find your MD legislative district by typing your address into the search bar at www.mdelect.net. Click on the names of your state legislators on the left side of the page to link to their contact information.
· Save the date! Our annual rally and lobby night in Annapolis will take place on Monday, January 28. We’ll gather at the capitol mid-afternoon to make our voices heard, then head to individual legislators’ offices around 5 p.m. Details to follow.
As our campaign moves forward, here are some other ways you can get involved:
· Help make calls to our allies in Maryland. In the next week we will begin making thousands of phone calls to supporters across the state, asking these constituents to contact their elected representatives in Annapolis. Volunteers will access our online database to make calls and scripts will be provided. Calls can be made from any place that you have a phone and a computer, on your own schedule. If you can help, please contact Maryland Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator Andrea Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you’re not able to start making calls in the next two weeks, but will have time in January, please let us know. Calls to our swing votes in the Maryland General Assembly can make or break this year’s repeal bill.
· Host a table or other event. Any campus, coffeehouse or house of worship would be a great location to bring attention to the death penalty and mobilize supporters. We can walk you through all the steps to planning and putting on an event — just let us know how we can help!
The Maryland Death Penalty Abolition team can provide you with all the materials and assistance you need to make your event a success. To begin planning, or to get more information, contact Maryland Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator Andrea Hall (email@example.com).
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to contact our SDPACs, Andrea Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kevin Scruggs (email@example.com).
Thanks again for your interest in abolishing the death penalty!
Andrea, Kevin, and the Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign
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Opportunities and Upcoming Events:
Maryland Citizens Against State Executions (MD CASE) is hosting several events before the end of the year. Join activists in your area and learn more about how you can get involved in this exciting campaign. For more information, go to www.mdcase.org.
Murder Victim Survivors Forum – Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at the Arc of Safety Christian Church (see address above). Free and open to the public.
Rockin’ for Repeal, featuring Color School and 7 Door Sedan at The Electric Maid – Saturday, December 8, 8-11 p.m., 268 Carroll Street, Takoma Park. All ages welcome. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Purchase advance tickets through Will Call (willcallbooth.com).
CASE Benefit Reception – Monday, December 10, 6 – 8 p.m. at Food, Wine and Company, 7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. To reserve tickets, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to sign our online petition to Governor O’Malley: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=goJTI0OvElH&b=2118059&aid=518537
·Not from Maryland, but want to help? Contact Andrea or Kevin for more information about how you can support repeal!