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posted Jan 12, 2016, 9:36 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah

Happy new year! We have a lot going on in the coming months.

MLK March: January 18, 2016

As you know, Georgia was responsible for a fifth of all executions last year, when 98% of US counties have abandoned the practice. We are expecting six additional execution dates in the coming months. 

One of those people is Kenny Fults. Kenny is a Black man who has an IQ that places him in the bottom 3% of the population. After Kenny’s trial at which he was sentenced to death, it came out that at least one juror and Kenny’s own defense attorneys had used racial slurs against him, including calling him “a little n____.” This racism violated Kenny's constitutional right to a fair trial and an impartial jury. Despite this documented racism and the unconstitutionality of Kenny's jury, Georgia still intends to kill Kenny next Spring. Please support efforts to stop Kenny’s execution. Visit www.savekennyfults.com and sign his clemency petition.

This system is barbaric and cruel that makes us neither safer nor more whole. If you want to see the end of this practice once and for all, we need you.


We'd love for you to join the GFADP contingent on Monday, January 18, as we march on MLK day for the end to the death penalty and criminal justice practices that target, disenfranchise, marginalize, and criminalize people of color and the poor. We'll meet at 12:30 at the corner of Peachtree St and Ellis St. The march will commence at 1:15pm. 

So we can get an idea about how many people will be marching with us, we'd love it if you send a quick email to dtatum42@gmail.com and let us know that you'll be joining us. 

 

Teach-ins on Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty: January 20 and January 21

What: Two teach-ins on the Standard of Proof for Intellectual Disability in Death Penalty cases in Georgia

When and Where:

Wednesday, January 20th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Eastside Church:

468 Moreland Ave SE

Atlanta, GA 30316

http://www.eastsideatl.org/

Please Register here: https://secure.archatl.com/np/clients/archatl/event.jsp?event=4084& 

and

Thursday, January 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm at St. John Neumann’s Catholic Church:

801 Tom Smith Rd SW

Lilburn, GA 30047

Please Register here: https://secure.archatl.com/np/clients/archatl/event.jsp?event=4089&

The issue: Georgia is the only state in the country that uses the most difficult standard of proof in order to meet the legal standard of Intellectual Disability in death penalty cases “Beyond a reasonable doubt.” This standard is a fairly challenging legal obstacle to overcome, and Georgia is an outlier in requiring it.  Of the 33 jurisdictions that still have the death penalty, 22 use the standard of “preponderance of the evidence.” Because of Georgia’s incredibly high standard of proof, Georgia continues to execute people with developmental disabilities, including Warren Lee Hill, who the State of Georgia executed on January 27, 2015. Had Mr. Hill been convicted of the same crime in any other state, he would not have been eligible for the death penalty.

About the PAPE Project: The PAPE Project, Proof to a Preponderance of the Evidence, a coalition led by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, will be advocating for a bill during the 2016 legislative session that will change the “burden of proof” to the “preponderance of the evidence” in death penalty cases involving people with intellectual disabilities.

Who should attend: Because people with intellectual disabilities are highly vulnerable in the current state of Georgia’s criminal justice system, especially in regards to the death penalty, we highly encourage people with disabilities, family members, and other disability advocates to attend, including those who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system and those who are interested in criminal justice reform. We will provide an overview of the topic, share stories of people who have been personally impacted and outline the advocacy work crucial to move this significant piece of legislation forward and put Georgia back on the right side of history.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Dorinda Tatum

Lead Organizer, Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

dtatum42@gmail.com

404-749-6889 

Lobby Day: February 9, 2016

Join us for Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty's Lobby Day, on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. There, we will talk to our legislators about the many problems with capital punishment in our state. Your participation is key because it's important that Georgia legislators know that the movement to end the death penalty is growing in this state and that it will continue to grow until this cruel and inhumane punishment is no longer used. The lobby training will begin promptly at 9 am at Central Presbyterian Church.  The address is 201 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. This is a great training to get the basics on the topics we will be addressing; tips on speaking with your legislators and the legislative processWe will then meet with legislators across the street at the Capitol from 10 am to 11:45 am We will conclude the day with a press conference at 12 pm (Noon) in the Capitol Rotunda. Please join us for all or part of the day as you are able. For more information and to RSVP please register, here. Please make sure to RSVP so we can get an accurate count of how many people will be joining us.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all.

-GFADP

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