JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Lead Organizer

    posted Feb 19, 2014, 5:31 PM by GFADP staff   [ updated Feb 19, 2014, 5:36 PM ]



    GFADP Lobby Day, February 11, 2014

    posted Jan 23, 2014, 2:16 PM by GFADP staff   [ updated Jan 23, 2014, 2:27 PM ]

    Please save the date for our annual Lobby Day on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

    We hope everyone can join us for the lobby training and light refreshments at 9 am at Central Presbyterian Church.  The address is 201 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 .  This is a great training to get the basics on the legislation we will be addressing and tips on speaking with you legislators.  We will then lobby from 10 am to 11:45 am.  Everyone will convene at 12 pm (Noon) for the press conference in the Capitol Rotunda.

    Your participation is key because it's important that Georgia legislators know that the movement to end the death penalty is growing in this state and that it will continue to grow until this cruel and inhumane punishment is no longer used.  For more information and to RSVP please contact us at info@gfadp.org.

    To view the flyer, click here.

    HELP GFADP MOVE BOLDLY INTO 2014

    posted Dec 19, 2013, 2:49 PM by GFADP staff

    Dear Friends,
     
    Thank you for your support of Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP)! Your contributions helped GFADP meet the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s (NCADP) $5,000 challenge which has allowed us to be nimble and strategic in our work.
     
    I am writing today to ask you to consider renewing and increasing your annual contribution today and join with GFADP as we move boldly into 2014. Together, we will lay the foundation to end the death penalty in Georgia- once and for all!
     
    With your generous friendship and support: 
     
    ·      GFADP will continue to work to end the death penalty in Georgia and re-imagine public safety.  A recent poll from Gallup shows that approval for the death penalty is at a 40-year low. Furthermore, the Death Penalty Information Center’s (DPIC) recent report, “The 2% Death Penalty: How a Minority of Counties Produce Most Death Cases at Enormous Costs to All” reveals that contrary to the popular belief that the death penalty is widely practiced across the county, it actually only appears in 2% of the counties in the United States. In Georgia, we’re seeing a seismic shift away from the death penalty as juries are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with imposing death and are in favor of solutions that make our communities safer, aren’t riddled with racial bias, and do not impose an economic burden on our already cash strapped counties.
     
    GFADP will continue to fight for Warren Hill. As you know, the United States Supreme Court denied further review of Warren Hill’s case. Georgia courts have repeatedly found that Mr. Hill is intellectually disabled by a preponderance of the evidence. He is only at risk of execution because the State of Georgia requires a defendant to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubtthis is the heaviest burden of proof in the law and Georgia is the only state that requires it.  Although there is unanimous agreement by every doctor who has examined him that Warren Hill is a person with intellectual disability, procedural barriers have prevented Mr. Hill’s intellectual disability from being considered.
     
     
    As a result of our coalition work with those in the disability rights community; GFADP has been given the great honor of being named a Real Communities site by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD).Real Communities is a cutting edge initiative launched state-wide in 2010 by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) to partner with local groups working to build more just communities.  It is a thoughtful, action-learning approach that equips community members, people, at the local, grassroots level to work together toward common goals to improve their own community using person-centered supports, community-centered connections, and persistent and reflective learning.  Purposefully involving people with and without developmental disabilities in collaborative projects is pivotal to the framework of Real Communities.  We are so honored to be part of this incredible community.
     
    GFADP will be able to enhance our grassroots organizing and campaign work through the Grassroots Initiative for Organizing and Transformation (GRIOT) Project. The GRIOT Project is an initiative dreamed up by GFADP board members and staff and one that we hope will serve as a model for other anti-death penalty organizations throughout the country.  GRIOT will allow GFADP to build a base of power in communities with the deepest understanding of criminal justice policies so we can transform the political landscape, build power, reframe the debate and neutralize our opponents. It will also allow GFADP to cultivate and nurture leaders of color in the campaign to end the death penalty in Georgia.
     
    There is often a lot of discussion about what would “make the death penalty fair?” The answer is: there is no way to make a broken system more fair. The only way to ensure that more people of color aren’t sentenced to death; that innocent people aren’t executed; that prosecutorial and police misconduct doesn’t go unchecked;  and that the State doesn’t go through back channels to obtain execution drugs-is to abolish the death penalty.
     
     
     
    With gratitude and hope,
     
    Kathryn Hamoudah, Chair
    GFADP Board of Directors
     
     
    P.S. We’re thrilled to share that the Indigo Girls have chosen Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) as one of two beneficiaries for their "Abolish the Death Penalty" take action t-shirt. Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will be divided evenly between GFADP and the Texas Moratorium Network. Please help us meet this incredible opportunity offered to us by the Indigo Girls and consider purchasing a shirt in addition to your contribution. http://indigogirls.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=1217_9285&pc=I4CT32

    Indigo Girls Support Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

    posted Oct 15, 2013, 1:12 PM by GFADP staff

    We're pleased to share that the Indigo Girls have chosen Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty as one of two beneficiaries for their "Abolish the Death Penalty" take action t-shirt. This t-shirt is the second in a series of t-shirts that seek to raise awareness about important social justice issues while also raising money to benefit grassroots groups working on the issue. Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will be divided evenly between GFADP and the Texas Moratorium Network. Alongside the t-shirts when sold on tour, they will be providing concertgoers with a one-pager that describes GFADP’s work and they've also posted the t-shirt campaign on their website (link below) and social media.

    Here is more information on the Take Action t-shirts.

    http://www.indigogirls.com/activism/actionteeshirts13.html

    http://www.indigogirls.com/activism/actionteeshirts.html

    We could really use your support and would greatly appreciate your purchase of a t-shirt. Please pass this along to anyone you think would be interested.

    Link to purchase a t-shirt: http://indigogirls.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=1217_9285&pc=I4CT32

     

    Statement from GFADP on today’s actions from the US Supreme Court denying relief for Warren Hill

    posted Oct 7, 2013, 7:53 AM by GFADP staff


    PRESS RELEASE: Bibb, Muscogee, & Chatham Counties Account for Top 2% of Executions Since 1976

    posted Oct 2, 2013, 9:45 AM by GFADP staff


    Join us on Sept. 21 at 4pm for "I Am Troy Davis: Two Years Later"

    posted Sep 18, 2013, 10:56 AM by GFADP staff

    I AM TROY DAVIS: 2 YEARS LATER

    Commemoration & book event Saturday, September 21 in Atlanta

     

    I Am Troy Davis should be read and cherished.”

    — MAYA ANGELOU

     
     

    ATLANTA, GA--On September 21, 2011 Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the State of Georgia.

    On the second anniversary of Troy's execution, the Davis family, Amnesty USA, Southern Center for Human Rights, Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, NAACPand Haymarket Books invite you to join the Davis family for a book launch and commemoration at the Georgia Center for the Book in Decatur. 

    Participants will reflect on the legacy of Troy Davis and his sister Martina Davis Correia, honor their memory by discussing next steps towards abolishing the death penalty, and launch the new book I Am Troy Davis, co-authored by Jen Marlowe and Troy's sister Martina Davis Correia, with the participation of Troy himself.

    Book signing to follow.

    In addition, Ebenezer Baptist Church has invited the Davis family and Jen Marlowe to their worship service on Sunday morning, Sept 22 at 11:00am. There will be time alloted at the service to talk about Troy and the book, and there will be an opportunity after the service to buy the book and get it signed.

     
     

    I Am Troy Davis: 2 Years Later

    A commemoration & book launch 

     

    Saturday, September 21st at 4pm

    Georgia Center for the Book

    215 Sycamore St

    Decatur, GA 30030

    (only minutes walk from Marta's Decatur stop)
     

    Featuring:

    *Troy Davis' family

    *Jen Marlowe (author, I Am Troy Davis)
    *Terrica Redfield Ganzy (Southern Center for Human Rights and GFADP)
    *Jared Feuer (AIUSA)

    FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

     

    About I Am Troy Davis:

    On SEPTEMBER 21, 2011, Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the State of Georgia. Davis’s execution was protested by hundreds of thousands across the globe. How did one man capture the world’s imagination and become the iconic face for the campaign to end the death penalty?

     I Am Troy Davis, coauthored by Jen Marlowe and Davis’s sister Martina Davis Correia, tells the intimate story of an ordinary man caught up in an inexorable tragedy. From his childhood in racially charged Savannah; to the confused events that led to the 1989 murder of a police officer; to Davis’s sudden arrest, conviction, and two-decade fight to prove his innocence; I Am Troy Davis takes us inside a broken legal system where life and death hangs in the balance. It is also an inspiring testament to the unbreakable bond of family, to the resilience of love, and to how even when you reach the end of justice, voices from across the world will rise together in chorus and proclaim, “I am Troy Davis,” I stand with you.


    About the author:

    JEN MARLOWE is a human rights activist, writer, and filmmaker, is the author of The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker and Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival.

     

     Interviews and review copies available on request.

    Media contact: jim@haymarketbooks.org

    BREAKING NEWS: STAY FOR WARREN HILL IN PLACE THROUGH MONDAY, JULY 22

    posted Jul 19, 2013, 1:32 PM by GFADP staff

    We just received word that the Attorney General’s office will not be filing their appeal today, which means the stay remains in place through Monday.

    Vigils are canceled for today. Thanks to all for being ready to jump into action!

    We’ll continue to keep everyone posted.

     

    Judge Upholds Stay of Execution

    posted Jul 18, 2013, 2:53 PM by GFADP staff

     Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tusan granted an injunction staying Warren Hill's execution indefinitely until she can make a final ruling on the merits of his challenge to Georgia's new lethal injection secrecy act, staying his scheduled execution date of Friday, July 19th. According to reports, the State will appeal today’s ruling to the Georgia Supreme Court. Here is the link to Judge Tusan's order granting the injunction: http://goo.gl/2Kbpp and a link to the order granting a certificate of immediate review: http://goo.gl/t8Co4
     
    Warren's habeas petition is pending with the U.S. Supreme Court. The habeas petition (http://goo.gl/GKBcX) includes new information about the unanimous finding of all doctors who have examined him that Mr. Hill is a person with mental retardation. 
     
    Please stay tuned for more information. We must remain ready to vigil should the stay be lifted and the execution go forward.


    Warren Hill's Execution Set for Friday, July 19 @7PM- The Huffington Post discusses Habeas Corpus

    posted Jul 17, 2013, 10:43 AM by GFADP staff

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