It Stops Here

posted Jul 13, 2016, 8:59 AM by GFADP staff   [ updated Jul 13, 2016, 9:11 AM ]

Following the latest murders of two Black men by police, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, people are in the streets demanding an end to police brutality and for accountability. Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty was formed as a response to the blood bath created when the death penalty was reinstated. In our work to end the death penalty, we recognize these extrajudicial killings are very much connected to government sanctioned executions, which are often motivated by race.

As you know, John Conner is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, July 14 at 7pm. If his execution goes forward, he will be the sixth person executed this year. The last time there have been that many executions in a single year in Georgia, was 1987. As a society, we have learned so much about the death penalty in recent years, and new facts about individual cases are changing our perspectives on executions. Georgia hasn’t sentenced anyone to death in a year and a half do in part to juries becoming increasingly more uncomfortable with imposing a death sentence and yet we are in a moment when executions are surging upward.

It stops here. 

We are asking that those on Facebook change their profile photos to the attached photo on Wednesday, July 13, with the caption below.

 

Here’s what you do: 

  1.      Download and save the attached photo
  2.      Upload the photo as your profile photo with this caption( make sure to add the caption, so there is context to the photo):

 

Georgia is set to surpass its record for the most executions in a year. If John Conner’s execution goes forward, it will be the sixth one this year. While the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles is the only entity that can grant clemency, the five members are appointed by the Governor. Please take a moment to call Governor Deal at 404-656-1776 and urge him to intervene. Please take this action TODAY. Below is a sample script. #itstopshere

 

“Hi, my name is ______, and I am a Georgia voter from ______. I am writing to ask you to urge your parole board to grant clemency for John Conner. Mr. Conner is scheduled to be executed on July 14 and I am deeply troubled that Georgia might proceed with this execution. Again, please urge your parole board to grant John Conner clemency. Thank you.

  

Thank you for taking action.

 

In Solidarity, and with hope,

Kathryn Hamoudah on behalf of GFADP 

TAKE ACTION for John Conner on Wednesday, JULY 13th at 8:00AM

posted Jul 12, 2016, 2:17 PM by GFADP staff

Please join us tomorrow, 7/13, as we gather outside the Sloppy Floyd Building at 8:00am to show support to John Conner’s legal team and his family before his clemency hearing. The address is 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, S.E., Atlanta 30334. Bring your own signs and banners if you are inspired to do so! You can read his petition for clemency here. 

Also, take a moment to contact the Governor Nathan Deal to influence his parole board. While the parole board is the only entity that can grant clemency, the five members are appointed by the Governor. Please take a moment to contact Governor Deal and urge him to intervene. Please take this action TODAY. Below is a sample script. 

“Hi, my name is ______, and I am a Georgia voter from ______. I am writing to ask you to urge your parole board to grant clemency for John Conner. Mr. Conner is scheduled to be executed on July 14 and I am deeply troubled that Georgia might proceed with this execution. Again, please urge your parole board to grant John Conner clemency. Thank you.

Governor Nathan Deal

Office of the Governor

203 State Capitol; Atlanta, GA 30334

Tel: 404-656-1776 

For more information, visit Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) at www.gfadp.org or contact Dorinda Tatum at 404-749-6889.

Join Us for Foster v. Chatman - A Case Study for Justice

posted Jul 6, 2016, 2:50 PM by GFADP staff

Many of you know that on May 23, the United States Supreme Court, in a 7-1 decision written by Chief Justice Roberts, held that Georgia prosecutors discriminated in striking all of the Black prospective jurors to get an all-white jury in Timothy Foster's 1987 capital trial. Mr. Foster has been represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights for many years and this is a tremendous victory. In fact, the Southern Center's impact in Foster v. Chatman continues to make waves across the South as the U.S. Supreme Court just last month remanded death penalty cases in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi for further consideration of issues involving race discrimination in jury selection.

We thought you would like to know about an upcoming event, Foster v. Chatman - A Case Study for Justice, hosted by the Georgia Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society featuring SCHR’s Foster team. This event is free and open to the public. For more details and to RSVP, click here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Auditorium, State Bar of Georgia Conference Center
104 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

If you’d like to brush up on the case before the discussion, click here.

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th!

Take Action for John Conner

posted Jul 5, 2016, 11:57 AM by GFADP staff

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles is holding a clemency hearing for John Conner on Wednesday, July 13 at 9:00am. He is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00pm, unless the board intervenes. If his execution goes forward, he will be the sixth person executed this year.
 
Please take a moment to  sign the clemency petition urging the board to commute Mr. Conner’s sentence.
 
We are planning more actions, so please stay tuned.
 

Execution date scheduled for John Conner

posted Jul 5, 2016, 9:37 AM by GFADP staff

An execution date has been set for John Conner for July 14. We are checking in with his legal team and will be back in touch as soon as possible. 

If this execution goes forward, it will be the sixth one this year. Please stay tuned for how to take action. 


Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty Strategy Session, May 12, 2015

posted May 2, 2016, 2:00 PM by GFADP staff

Friends, 

We need your help. 

On March 27, 2016, the State of Georgia executed Daniel Lucas. His execution marks the fifth person executed this year. We must end this trend of violence that is plaguing our communities. We are powerful united in our efforts to abolish the death penalty in Georgia. Last week we organized a call-in to Governor Deal urging him to influence his parole board. We stood outside of Daniel's clemency hearing to show solidarity with Daniel, his family, and his legal team. There is more to be done. 

Please join Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty ( GFADP) as we strategize on what we can continue to do to bring attention to the fact that there are several more dates to come. 

When: May 12, 2016

Time: 6:30pm until 8:00pm

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

We at GFADP look forward to hearing your input on May 12, 2016. If you are unable to attend, but would like to get involved go to our website at www.gfadp.org or contact Dorinda Tatum at 404-749-6889 or dtatum42@gmail.com. 

Dorinda on behalf of GFADP

Daniel Lucas

posted Apr 28, 2016, 12:55 PM by GFADP staff

Last night the State of Georgia executed Daniel Lucas. He was the fifth person executed this year. Y’all, it is only April. 

A very important piece of doing death penalty abolition work is lifting up the person executed and highlighting their full humanity. Daniel said it best when he wrote: “Some guys ask, “Why change when they are going to kill you?” But I think that if you become a better person, accomplish your goals, and leave something of yourself behind, you are showing that you are a person capable of change, good, and that there is hope even for the worst of people." 

Daniel started practicing Buddhism in 2010. Given this, we wanted to make sure that the vigils highlighted Daniel’s faith. There were Buddhist leaders present at the vigils at the Capitol and at Jackson. We learned that Daniel was thrilled to know that we were honoring that part of him. There was an international call to prayer for Daniel with monasteries all over the world praying for him. It was incredibly moving to learn that his body will be returned to the Shambhala Meditation Center in Decatur, where someone will be with his body 24 hours a day until his funeral on Saturday. 

One of the beautiful parts of the vigils is that people get an opportunity to share either personal experiences with the person and/or what they’ve learned about that person through others who knew them. This is one of the ways we honor that the person is more than the worst thing they’ve ever done. We learned that Joshua Bishop, who was executed last month, and Daniel were very close friends and that in fact, before Josh was executed, he wrote a letter to the parole board on Daniel’s behalf. Josh described Daniel as the person you went to do feel grounded and as “a source of inspiration, for me, and many other guys on our cellblock…Daniel had the most impact on other men with the way [he] has chosen to live his life here.” 

We have the incredible opportunity of meeting new people at the vigils that for various reasons have been inspired to get involved. Some of those people included two high school acquaintances of Daniel’s and people who were incarcerated with Warren Hill and Brian Terrell who have continued to come back. I wanted to include a link to photos that were taken at the Jackson vigil. 

Last night was gut wrenching and painful. We extend our deepest sympathizes to Daniel’s family and friends. We are grateful for the incredible work of his legal team. One of his lawyers and his spiritual advisor witnessed Daniel’s execution. Please keep them in your thoughts.

Something that was highlighted for me last night was the incredible grace and compassion Daniel exhibited in his last words. He said: “To the Moss family, I’m sorry for Mrs. Moss. And to family and friends, I love them.” And then he recited a Buddhist prayer:  "All beings are basically good, all beings are basically kind, all beings are basically strong, all beings are basically wise.” 

Thank you all for everything that you do to highlight and end this barbaric practice that strips away at our humanity every time an execution moves forward. We are grateful for you and need you all now more than ever. We are expecting more warrants to be issued.

 

Onward and in solidarity,

Kathryn Hamoudah on behalf of GFADP 

Clemency denied for Daniel Lucas

posted Apr 26, 2016, 6:51 PM by GFADP staff

We're sorry to share that the parole board denied Daniel Lucas clemency. Please plan to attend a vigil near you on April 27: www.gfadp.org/vigils.

We will be traveling to various vigils across the state, so please check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates after 4:30 pm on 4/27. 

Take Action for Daniel Lucas

posted Apr 23, 2016, 10:00 AM by GFADP staff   [ updated Apr 23, 2016, 10:20 AM ]

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole is holding a hearing for Daniel Lucas on Tuesday, April 26 at 9:00 am. He is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00pm, unless the board intervenes. You can read Daniel’s clemency petition here. 

Here are three things you can do:

  1.            Sign the clemency petition urging the board to intervene and grant Daniel clemency. 
  2.      Join us outside of the Sloppy Floyd building at 8:00am as we gather outside before Daniel’s clemency hearing. The address is 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, S.E
  3.            Contact Governor Nathan Deal to Influence His Parole Board

While the parole is the only entity that can grant clemency, the five members are appointed by the Governor. Please take a moment to contact Governor Deal and urge him to intervene. Please take this action TODAY. Below is a sample script.


“Hi, my name is ______, and I am a Georgia voter from ______. I am writing to ask you to urge your parole board to grant clemency for Daniel Lucas. Mr. Lucas is scheduled to be executed on April 27 and I am deeply troubled that Georgia might proceed with this execution. Again, please urge your parole board to grant Daniel Lucas clemency. Thank you.

 

Governor Nathan Deal

Office of the Governor

203 State Capitol; Atlanta, GA 30334

Tel: 404-656-1776

GFADP In The News: The Intercept covers history of GFADP vigils

posted Apr 15, 2016, 8:43 AM by GFADP staff   [ updated Apr 15, 2016, 8:44 AM ]

The Intercept covers the long history of vigils against the death penalty in Georgia. “When they sign the death warrant, they say it’s being done in the name of Georgians,” said Kathryn Hamoudah, chairperson of Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty. “Actually, no — you’re not doing this in the name of all Georgians. And we’re going to hold you accountable for this.”


To read the full article, click here.


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