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posted Feb 16, 2015, 5:20 PM by GFADP staff

Friends,

Thank you so much to those of you came out to lobby day last week. It was a great day as we spoke to our legislators about the problems with the death penalty in our state. Special thanks to our wonderful speakers who joined us for our press conference; State Senator Vincent Fort,  Sara Totonchi Executive Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, Eric Jacobson with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and Joseph Shippen on behalf of the Episcopal Diocese. I’m including a great article on the day, which you can read here. In addition, you can read remarks from Sara and Eric, here and here.

In case you missed it, the Equal Justice Initiative released a groundbreaking report on lynching in America. The New York Times Editorial Board weighed in with a piece entitled,  Lynching as Racial Terrorism. EJI researchers documented 3,959 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia between 1877 and 1950 – at least 700 more lynchings of black people in these states than previously reported in the most comprehensive work done on lynching to date.

Also, for one night only, on Saturday, March 21st at 7:30pm at Synchronicity Theatre, there will be a staged reading of  a new play, Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project. Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and the Southern Center for Human Rights are among the night’s sponsors. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. 

Thank you for all that you do for justice. 

With hope, 

Kathryn on behalf of GFADP 

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