posted Dec 7, 2012, 8:47 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah

Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty 

P.O. Box 55196, Atlanta, GA 30308



December 7, 2012


Dear Friends,


The death penalty is on its way out. 

This is a fact.

Our movement to end the death penalty in the United States is at a tipping point. Five states in five years have repealed their states death penalty laws. There has been a dramatic decrease in new death sentences and public opinion is shifting.  Unlikely allies, such as ardent supporters of death penalty and “tough on crime” policies have joined forces to say there is a better way to keep communities safe.


In our work to end the death penalty in Georgia; we’re often asked, “What does repealing the death penalty look in our state?”  For Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP), it means acknowledging that Georgia is positioned in the “death belt” where most of the countries executions and death sentences occur and where the legacy of slavery and the epidemic of mass incarceration run deep and impact so many of our communities.

We know that the problem of the death penalty doesn’t exist in a silo. It’s a symptom of a larger dysfunctional system. GFADP believes transformation begins at the local level.  We know that this means organizing communities most directly impacted by the criminal justice system. We are so grateful for your dedication and support of this powerful work.

I am writing to ask you to renew and increase your annual contribution today - and share news about a timely opportunity that will deepen the impact of your gift: 


But first, allow me to give you a sense of the work your gift will support by sharing some of the highlights of GFADP’s accomplishments in 2012.


This year, in response to the execution of Troy Davis and in an attempt to harness the incredible momentum generated by his case; GFADP joined forces with coalition partner Amnesty International and The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church for a day long summit entitled, A Call to Action: Uniting to End Georgia's Death Penalty. Over 200 people participated in workshops to build skills and strategies for change.


We gathered again in September to strengthen our ties among communities who have been victimized by an unjust criminal justice system.  From Troy to Trayvon: Empowering Communities to Change Criminal Justice Policies, was a three day gathering aimed at creating space for organizers, advocates and community members to reflect on our movement one year later and to envision our movement’s next steps Your support is critical to allow us to continue to hold convenings that allow us to organize towards our collective liberation.

One thing I am thrilled to report to you today is that despite their best efforts,  the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDOC) has been unsuccessful in carrying out any executions since the shameful execution of Troy Davis.  This year, Georgia tried to kill four men: Marcus “Ray” Johnson, Nicholas Tate, Daniel Greene and Warren Lee Hill. I am happy to say that all four men are still alive today, and in fact, Daniel Greene was granted clemency and is no longer on death row.


GFADP fought hard with Warren Hill’s lawyers to expose his severe intellectual disabilities and make the case that it is not only wrong, but illegal to execute him.


Hours before his execution, the Georgia Supreme court issued a unanimous decision halting the procedure because they wanted to examine the GDOC’s shady move of switching its lethal injection protocol a couple days before.  The Georgia Supreme Court’s decision essentially put in place a de facto moratorium, but once this changes in the beginning of 2013, GFADP will be ready to spring into action to oppose any future executions. With your financial contribution, we can keep the eyes of the world on Georgia as we continue to expose the unfairness of the system towards an end to the death penalty.

National support for GFADP is growing. We are so grateful to you, our supporters, who have sustained us for the last 16 years through individual contributions.


I am so excited to share with you that the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) has given GFADP an extraordinary opportunity to build support by agreeing to match donations made by GFADP supporters up to $5000!


This year, your gift will make more of an impact than ever before, because each dollar that you give will be doubled thanks to the generosity of NCADP. Please consider making as generous a gift as you can – $50, $100, $500, or even $1000.


We are counting on you to be a leader in this challenge and help us meet this goal by making your contribution today and by encouraging colleagues and friends to join you. With your support, you’ll help build capacity and wage campaigns to transform Georgia and bring an end to the death penalty.


The night Troy was executed; I was asked why do we keep coming back here for every execution. I responded; we come back because the state tells us they’re doing this in our names and the moment we stop coming is the moment that becomes true.GFADP is rooted in the belief that bearing witness brings power, strength and accountability.


People often ask when we will repeal the death penalty. I know what the answer is: we’re doing it, now. Every time a state repeals or there is a sentence commuted or a jury doesn’t impose death, we win.


With your support this year, GFADP will become an even more powerful force for justice and transformation. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for considering this request and for joining us again in our fight for justice as we move into 2013.


With gratitude and hope,


Kathryn Hamoudah

Chair, GFADP Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Edward DuBose● Margaret Eskew● Senator Vincent Fort Terrica Redfield-Ganzy● Kathryn Hamoudah● Peggy Hendrix

Tabatha Holley● Mary Catherine Johnson● Laura Tate Kagel● Em McNair● Bill Moon ● Erik Wilkinson● Sara Totonchi, Emeritus


Staff Organizer

Evelyn Lynn



P.S. GFADP remains steadfast in building this movement to abolish the death penalty.  If good intentions and sharp strategy were all we needed in order to carry our mission forward, we would be all set, but we need the financial contributions of our supporters.  Please help us meet the incredible opportunity offered to us by The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and help us meet their $5,000 challenge.