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

OADP Newsletter

December 2014 Update Newsletter

Organizing for a Repeal Campaign

A working group of pro-repeal organizations is coalescing into a campaign machine for 2016 or 2018. The effort is ramping up--read how you can support our progress!



From the OADP Board Chair

Chairman Ron Steiner reviews the many accomplishments of 2014. Honing winning campaign messages through polling and focus groups will require creativity, skilled professional guidance, and your support.



Get Your Legislator to Know You

We’ll need support in the legislature. Do you know your state representative and senator? More importantly, do they know you?



Circles of Eight

Fund-raising is a fundamental need in any political campaign. Be a leader in the struggle to end Oregon’s death penalty—form your Circle of Eight today!



Oregon Leaders Heard in Other States

Aba Gayle and Frank Thompson are raising the profile of OADP’s campaign nationally.



Pope Francis Takes Strong Stand against Death Penalty

Pope Francis and Portland’s new archbishop call on Oregon’s Catholics to lead in establishing a consistent respect for the dignity of all human life.



Washington State is Spending Tens of Millions on Death Penalty

Citing unequal application of the death penalty, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee follows Gov. Kitzhaber in declaring a moratorium on executions.



Yet Another Exoneration

Another innocent man, originally sentenced to death, goes free in Ohio.



Washington Post Reports on Marshall Project Report: Death by Deadline

Marshall Report shows lawyers miss deadlines, and death row inmates suffer the consequences.



Sentences of Maryland’s Four Death-Row Inmates Should be Commuted

Washington Post: Maryland, Connecticut and New Mexico should commute the death sentences of those still lingering on the row after their states repeal prospectively.

August 2014 Update Newsletter

Federal Judge in California Rules State's Death Penalty Unconstitutional:
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney holds that California's death penalty, implemented so rarely and so long after the offense, serves no penological purpose.
Jeff Ellis Comments on California Decision:
"California has nothing on Oregon. Our death penalty system is even worse."
Women Can Get Us Over the Top:
History tells us that women will again propel abolition of Oregon's death penalty--this time, for good.
The September 21st Project:
The International Day of Peace this year will coincide with the third anniversary of the execution of Troy Anthony Davis. Help us mark these two important events in your community.
Analysis of Hall v. Florida by Prof. Charles Ogletree, Jr.:
From the Washington Post, July 19, 2014, we reprint in full an op-ed foreseeing the end of the death penalty in America. Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., highlights Justice Kennedy's focus in the majority opinion on human dignity as the basis for Eighth Amendment jurisprudence, and explains why the death penalty is an affront to the human dignity both of those executed and of the society that executes them. A must-read for death penalty opponents.

April 2014 Update Newsletter

March 2014 Update Newsletter

December 2013 Update Newsletter

August 2013 Update Newsletter

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!

December 2012 Update Newsletter

October 2012 Update Newsletter

June 2012 Update Newsletter

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