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 

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GFADP staff,
Jul 13, 2016, 8:59 AM
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