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Governor Kate Brown signs SB 1013 to change death penalty statues.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown today signed the legislative bill that changes some of the sentencing laws on the death penalty. Oregon currently has 30 inmates on its death row but has not had an execution in the past 22 years and has only had two executions in the past 57 years.

Oregon, with a moratorium on executions since November of 2011, declared by then-Governor John Kitzhaber and continued by current Governor Kate Brown is one of the many states that have a death penalty but do not use it. Twenty-two states have abolished their death penalty altogether.

Press Release - Mike Farrell: Actor, Author and Activist to Speak at Oregon Banquet

Mike Farrell: Actor, Author and Activist to Speak at Oregon Banquet

For Immediate Release: 5/14/2015 <br/>
Best known for his role as Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt in the long-running TV series M.A.S.H., Mike Farrell will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting and banquet of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. The event is set for Friday, June 12th, at the Keizer Civic Center, in Keizer, Oregon.

Oregon Senate to Vote on SB 1013 Today

Today, Tuesday May 21, at 11:00 AM the Oregon Senate will read, debate and vote on the OADP supported bill to "reduce the use" of the death penalty, with Senate Bill 1013.

If you can, please alert your senator to let them know you support SB 1013 to reduce the use of the death penalty as a step towards repeal. 

Jan 15, 2019 Salem Progressive Film Series First feature of the year Salem’s Grand Theater 7PM

On Jan. 15, 2019, the Salem Progressive Film Series will open with the film "In the Executioner’s Shadow" at Salem’s Grand Theater at 7PM. This film casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three powerful stories – the rare perspective of a former state executioner who comes within days of executing an innocent person; a Boston Marathon bombing victim who struggles to decide what justice really means; and the parents of a murder victim who choose to fight for the life of their daughter’s killer.

Feb 17th Event in Salem: The Catholic View on the Death Penalty

Catholics, people of faith, and the public in Marion and Polk counties are invited to a Simple and Delicious Soup Supper at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem on Saturday Feb 17th.

Sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP), this event will focus on Catholic teachings in regard to the American death penalty.

DPIC Year End Report: U.S. Sees Second Fewest Death Sentences and Executions in 25 Years

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Public Support for Death Penalty Drops to 45-Year Low as Four More Death-Row Prisoners Exonerated in 2017   

MEDIA RELEASE: "Naked Darrow" Play

"Naked Darrow," a one-man play by nationally renowned Darrow portrayer Gary L. Anderson, is coming to Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Library This recent NYC Off-Broadway production is produced by the Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and the Clarence Darrow Foundation. Naked Darrow is a provocative look at our most hated and revered attorney, Clarence Darrow, as his great mind slips away.

The performance will take place at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, November 15th.

 

Famous American Lawyer Portrayal Coming to Salem

Gary Anderson

Clarence Darrow, famous American lawyer, known for his eloquence in defending unpopular clients and in securing reprieves for those condemned to death, will be portraited by renowned actor Gary Anderson, on November 15th at the Salem Library.

Important News: Sister Helen Prejean October 13th Lake Oswego Event Cancelled!

Unfortunately, Sister Helen Prejean has cancelled her October 13th event at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church due to recent surgery.  She is recovering but unable to travel at this time.  This is a big disappointment to all of us.  Please join us by keeping her in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery. Please watch for other OADP events and a new date for Sister Helen's visit to Oregon.   We will keep you posted. Sincerely, OADP Board

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson calls for death penalty repeal

On Monday, January 16th, Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson will call for legislation to end the state’s death penalty. He, along with former Washington A.G. Rob McKenna, will ascend the state Capitol steps in Olympia to ask  the members of the legislature to turn the current death penalty moratorium into a permanent change in the law. Repeal of the death penalty makes permanent in Washington would add to a growing discontent with the death penalty, by repealing the law as a failed public policy.

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