Pope Francis

It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples' lives from an unjust aggressor.

-Pope Francis

Russ Feingold

It's just really tragic that after all the horrors of the last 1,000 years, we can't leave behind something as primitive as government sponsored execution.

-Russ Feingold

Aberon Waugh

The main objection to killing people as a punishment...is that killing people is wrong.

-Aberon Waugh

Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

-Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

John Donne

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.

-John Donne

News

Washington state governor declares death penalty moratorium

Tue, Feb 11 2014 OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a moratorium on Tuesday on carrying out the death penalty in his Pacific Northwest state, citing concerns about unequal application of justice in determining who is executed. Read More

Feb 11 Event: 'Race Talks" Kennedy School Portland POSTPONED--WEATHER

Feb 11 Event:  'Race Talks" Kennedy School in Portland

On February 11, an event called "Race Talks" will take place at the Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. Portland 97211 at 7 PM. It will feature three OADP speakers Mark Kramer, attorney, Jan Slick, clinical social worker and jury consultant, and Frank Thompson, former Superintendent of Oregon State Prisons. Facilitated discussion about the racist administration of the death penalty in America will follow. No charge. Read More

Death-row inmate Gary Haugen loses legal bid to force his own execution

Oregon death-row inmate Gary Haugen
Oregon death-row inmate Gary Haugen's legal quest to force his own execution ended Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider his case.

Press Release: Ohio Execution Goes Badly

Ohio Execution Goes Badly

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Joy Stewart who was senselessly murdered in 1989. Any murder is a terrible crime and as a society needs to be mourned.

Oregon Religious Leaders Voice Opposition to Death Penalty

On October 16, 2013, fifteen leaders of Oregon’s religious communities gathered at First United Methodist Church in Portland to voice their opposition to Oregon's death penalty and present their reasons for advocating its abolition. The convocation and dinner was sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO).

Know Your Legislators!

In order to repeal the Oregon death penalty, it is necessary to have a favorable vote of the people. This is different from most states where the law can be changed by the legislature. Getting on a ballot can be accomplished in two ways: by an initiative (gaining enough signatures on a petition) or by legislative referral (a favorable vote in both houses of the Oregon legislature).

Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty

Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) proclaims the Church’s unconditional pro-life teaching and its application to capital punishment and restorative justice. CMN works in close collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to prepare Catholics for informed involvement in campaigns to repeal state death penalty laws and expand or inaugurate restorative justice programs.

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