Join us for the 8th Annual MaryRuth Weir Dinner, 9/15/15

posted Aug 3, 2015, 9:33 PM by GFADP staff

Please Join Us for Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty’s Annual Dinner in honor of two incredible people who have dedicated their lives to work for justice and the end to the death penalty.
The MaryRuth Weir Dinner and Silent Auction
Tuesday, September 15 at 6 pm
Central Presbyterian Church
201 Washington St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
GFADP is excited to announce its 2015 Honorees:
·         This year’s Human Rights Award in memory of Mary Ruth Weir will be awarded to Rev. Randy Loney for his 20+ ministering and advocating for those on death row. 
·         The Martina Correia Courage award will be presented to Rev. Ezekiel Holley for his lifelong dedication to human rights and fairness and for his resolute commitment to and advocacy for law to advance and uphold the rights of the voiceless, the powerless and the marginalized.
For more information regarding sponsorships, purchasing tickets or whole tables and silent auction items, please contact Peggy Hendrix at


GFADP Statewide Meeting: Lessons From Repeal, 8/15

posted Jul 23, 2015, 12:28 PM by GFADP staff

We’re really looking forward to Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty's Statewide Meeting on Saturday, August 15, Lessons From Repeal. It will be a full day of community building and visioning of GFADP's work for the year ahead. We’re so pleased that Stacy Anderson from Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will be joining us to share lessons learned from the successful campaign to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. In addition, Tim Franzen from the American Friends Service Committee will lead us in a workshop around campaign messaging as we continue to work towards changing the standard of proof for proving intellectual disability in death penalty cases.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register by NOON on Monday, August 10, 2015, so we can have an accurate count for food. For more information, please visit

Register at 

 If you have any questions, please contact Dorinda Tatum at or 404-749-6889.

 We look forward to seeing you on August 15!


Skill-building workshop: Campaign Messaging, Thursday, June 25 @ 7pm

posted Jun 17, 2015, 11:35 AM by GFADP staff   [ updated Jun 17, 2015, 11:35 AM ]

Hi Friends,

I hope everyone is having a relaxing summer.

Just a reminder that Thursday, June 25 will be our Atlanta monthly membership meeting. As you know, we have been working hard at building a coalition to change the burden of proof for proving intellectual disability in death penalty cases. We know that in order to lower the burden, we need to be able to effectively communicate our message. Please join us for a skill-building workshop on effective campaign messaging.

Time: 7:00pm- 8:30pm

Location: 75 Marietta Street, 5th floor/Suite 501, Atlanta, GA 30303

Please note that the time is 7:00pm. We know that it can be costly parking downtown, so we’ve changed the time to when the meters are free. Also, if you’d rather take MARTA, the building is a few blocks from the FIVE POINTS station. Also, please mark your calendars for the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm for our Atlanta chapter meetings beginning July 16.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the 25th! 

GFADP in the News

posted Jun 1, 2015, 10:26 AM by GFADP staff   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 10:29 AM ]

Hi friends,
There has been so much in the news lately as it relates to the death penalty. As many of you know,Nebraska became the 19th state to repeal the death penalty! The Cornhusker State is also the first conservative state to repeal since 1973 and the first with a retroactive law. We rejoice in this news and hope that the tide will continue to move South.
While we celebrate the victories, we must also acknowledge the death verdict in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial. He was sentenced to death in a state that firmly and overwhelmingly does not support the death penalty. There's an excellent article from The Nation, entitled What’s Wrong With the Federal Death Penalty.
We are entering the period where we are expecting a decision from the US Supreme Court on Glossip v. Gross, the Oklahoma case examining the constitutionality of the use of the drug midazolam in lethal injection executions. 
As you know, GFADP launched a forum series at the end of April entitled, Connecting the Dots: An Open Conversation about the Death Penalty. The purpose of the forums is to have an open conversation about the death penalty, highlighting various issues with the system, such as race, class, impact of the system on those with developmental disabilities, etc. We are partnering with community members in each of the areas with the hopes of forming or revitalizing GFADP chapters in each of these communities.
So far we’ve had incredible conversations in Macon and Dawson. Our next stops are Savannah and Athens. We’ll keep you updated with information on those locations.We're including some very nice coverage from WALB News in Albany of our Dawson forum. We’re thrilled that GFADP’s work is being covered in this way.
In addition, on Wednesday, June 10, GFADP will be participating in the Disability and Social Justice Summit in Atlanta, GA. There will be workshops on the connection between disability and criminal justice, in addition to other areas. Please consider joining us and helping us to spread the word about this event. If you plan to come, please consider registering sooner than later. There is also a sliding scale registration fee. Click here for more information.
Volunteer Need
Do you or someone you know have a few hours a week to spare? If so, we would love the help keeping our website updated! Georgia based volunteers preferred. Please contact Kathryn at khamoudah(at) Thanks so much!


Death penalty news and events

posted Apr 29, 2015, 1:16 PM by GFADP staff

GFADP is pleased to announce a forum series entitled, Connecting the Dots: An Open Conversation about the Death Penalty. The purpose of the forums is to have an open conversation about the death penalty, highlighting various issues with the system, such as race, class, impact of the system on those with developmental disabilities, etc. We are partnering with community members in each of the areas with the hopes of forming or revitalizing GFADPchapters in each of these communities.
Macon, April 30 (More information is below)
Athens, May 5 (Location TBD)
Dawson,  May 21 (Location TBD)
Each of you are invited to come out and support GFADP in our efforts to build a community to end the death penalty.
As you know, the executions of Kelly Gissendaner and Brian Terrell were postponed due to the discovery of “cloudy” lethal injection drugs. Yesterday, the Georgia Department of Corrections issued a statement stating that  state-paid testers determined that the dosage was cloudy because it was stored at a temperature that was too low. This response is troubling given the fact that because of the state’s lethal injection secrecy laws, the public will only gain access to information at the discretion of the DOC. We are left with more questions than answers.  We’re including a short piece from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a longer piece from theCreative Loafing.
The death penalty is in the news around the country, too. Today, The Boston Globe published an incredibly powerful Op-Ed from the parents of the youngest Boston Marathon bombing victim, Michael Richard"To end the anguish, drop the death penalty". And yesterday, LB 268, the bill to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska, passed through the first round of debate with 30 yes votes. There is another round of debate and two more votes that will have to be won before the bill goes to the Governor’s desk. And if the Governor vetoes the bill as he’s promised, the 30 votes will be crucial to override it. On to round two! You can read more about it here.
As always, thank you for all that you do for justice.
With hope,

Join us for GFADP's monthly meeting, 4/15 at 6:30pm

posted Apr 8, 2015, 7:27 AM by GFADP staff


Hope is still alive and despite a gate or guillotine hovering over my head, I still possess the ability to prove that I am human.”-  Kelly Gissendaner

 You have been cordially invited to attend GFADP's upcoming monthly meeting. 

 April 15, 2015

6:30pm until 8:00pm

 75 Marietta Street, 5th floor/Suite 501, Atlanta, GA 30303

Have you heard? Two men on death row, Anthony Ray Hinton and Glenn Ford, were released from prison and cleared of the crimes that they were accused of committing. Faith leaders from around the world have been calling for our nation to end capital punishment. In order to assist with abolishing of the death penalty, we are taking the necessary steps toward finding alternatives to capital punishment. In effort to take a stance, we are requesting your attendance and input as we prepare for the 2016 legislative session. 

Meeting agenda:

  • Provide information on GFADP statewide community forums
  • Provide an overview on 2015 legislative session
  • Obtain input to create a legislative bill to lower the standard of burden of proof for proving intellectual disability
  • Develop a strategic plan to engage and gain support from our legislators

We at GFADP look forward to seeing you on April 15, 2015. Please let us know if you plan to attend as we prepare to get a head count for refreshments.


Dorinda on behalf of GFADP

Executions postponed

posted Mar 3, 2015, 1:42 PM by GFADP staff

As you may know, at 11pm last night, the Georgia Department of Corrections decided not to go forward with killing Kelly Gissendaner because the lethal injection drugs “appeared cloudy.” This happened prior to the US Supreme Court ruling on her final appeals.
Moments ago, the Georgia Department of Corrections announced that the executions of Kelly Gissendaner and Brian Terrell have been postponed while an analysis is conducted of the drugs planned for the use in last night’s execution.
As you might recall, the Georgia legislature passed the Lethal Injection Secrecy Act in 2013, which makes everything regarding lethal injection in Georgia a state secret. We know that the risk of excruciating torture in lethal injection is real, which is why we warned the legislature that shrouding the lethal injection process in secrecy was dangerous. We strongly believe that Georgia must not be allowed to proceed with the execution unless and until it fully discloses the source and testing of its lethal injection drugs, if at all.
We are so grateful to all of you who take every opportunity to raise your voice to oppose EVERY execution in our state. Together, we will continue to fight for the end of this barbaric practice.

Kelly Gissendaner video-please watch and share

posted Mar 1, 2015, 12:19 PM by Kathryn Hamoudah   [ updated Mar 1, 2015, 12:22 PM ]

Kelly Gissendaner from Sema Films on Vimeo.

On Monday, March 2, 2015, the state of Georgia will execute Kelly Gissendaner. But Kelly is no longer the person she was 17 years ago when she asked her boyfriend to kill her husband. Her time in prison has changed her. Her faith in God has changed her. Those who know her now describe a woman who is using her life in prison to mentor at-risk youth. A person who is a calming presence for inmates and and who has helped prevented prison suicides. Because Kelly is behind bars, waiting for her execution, she cannot speak to you herself, but listen to the words she has written.

Execution date set for Brian Terrell

posted Feb 28, 2015, 7:27 PM by Kathryn Hamoudah

Hi all,
We're really sorry to share that an execution date has been set for Brian Terrell for March 10 at 7pm.
We will share more information once it becomes available.
You can read the article from the AJC, here.

As you know, Kelly Gissendaner's execution was rescheduled for Monday, March 2 at 7pm. The New York Times published a wonderful piece on Kelly and her spiritual journey. Please plan to attend a vigil near you:

The rate in which the State of Georgia is pursuing executions is incredibly disturbing, with each execution highlighting serious problems with the system. It is imperative that we continue to speak out and raise our voice high against this barbaric practice. 

Thank you for all that you do each and every day. 


Execution postponed until Monday, March 2 at 7pm

posted Feb 25, 2015, 9:37 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah

The AJC confirmed that Kelly’s execution will not go forward tonight. It has been rescheduled for Monday, March 2 at 7pm
. Vigils tonight are cancelled. Please plan to attend a vigil near you on Monday

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