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.