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

Helen Prejean

Government... can't be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of it's citizens to kill.

-Sister Helen Prejean

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December 2013 Update Newsletter

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March 2013 Update Newsletter

  • Repeal Bill Submitted to Legislature. First hearing is this Tuesday, Feb 26, 1 p.m., Room 343 of the Capitol. Please attend and contact your senator and representative.
  • What Do Murder Victim Family Members Really Need? Aba Gayle, mother of a homicide victim, explained in our last newsletter why the notion of "closure" is a fallacy. In this article, she discusses the needs of murder victim family members.
  • Death Row Exonerees to Visit Campuses. Juan Melendez and Greg Wilhoit will discuss their stories of wrongful sentencing to death row on college campuses March 6-7. All events are free and open to the public.
  • Documentary West of Memphis, opening in March in Oregon, also tells the story of wrongful convictions for murder. Discounted tickets are available on our website, and OADP will sponsor discussions after the film on its opening showing in five Oregon cities.
  • Two new Advisory Council members, Valerie Keever and Dave Cook.
  • Frank Thompson of OADP Board urges legislators in Maryland to repeal that state's death penalty.
  • Plethora of Eugene events. Eugene will be a hotbed of anti-death-penalty events in March. If you live or work in the South Willamette Valley, please check out these opportunities!

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October 2011 Update Newsletter

  • Sr. Helen Prejean - the face of the death penalty abolition movement in America--returns to Oregon October 17-21. If you've never heard her speak, or even if you have, you won't want to miss this opportunity.
  • OADP's Advisory Council, which provides advice to the Board on a range of topics, has three new members.
  • Gary Haugen, the Oregon death row inmate who has asked to waive his appeals and be executed, was found competent to do so recently by the Marion County Circuit Court. An execution date of December 6 was discussed, but no execution warrant has been issued by the court at this point. Read about OADP's response to this ruling and about our plans if an execution takes place.
    This article includes an important Action Request
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  • This past month, OADP joined with Amnesty International, the NAACP and other groups to protest the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, a Georgia death row inmate who had a compelling claim that he was innocent of the murder for which he was convicted. This article reprints the remarks of Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, following the execution. Other articles about Troy Davis execution are available here and here on OADP's website.
  • Conservatives are an important part of the movement to repeal the death penalty, according to Washington Post writer E.J. Dionne, Jr.
  • OADP now has it's ownFacebook page! Learn how you can help us use this powerful tool to engage thousands of new supporters of repeal.
 

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