Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Tickets on sale for the 12th annual mary ruth weir memorial dinner

The 12th Annual Mary Ruth Weir Memorial Dinner will be held Tuesday, September 17th at 6pm at the Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Click here to purchase tickets.

Your ticket will include dinner, access to the silent auction, and opportunities to meet other activists and organizations working to end the death penalty in Georgia and nationwide.

Last year's silent auction included many generous donations from supporters around the Metro Atlanta area including the High Museum, the Alliance Theatre, Wahoo! Grill, and many others. All proceeds help GFADP further our mission to raise awareness about death penalty issues, which includes hosting execution vigils around the state and educating the public about the death penalty in Georgia and Nationwide. You won't want to miss this year's event!

The 2019 Mary Ruth Weir Human Rights Award recipient is the Federal Defender, Capital Habeas Unit. The CHU represents people on death row who cannot afford counsel before the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. The team vigorously defends individuals accused of a variety of federal offenses. The Capital Habeas Unit is committed to ensuring that the right to counsel, which is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment, is enforced on behalf of individuals who cannot afford counsel.

This year's Martina Correia Courage Award recipient and guest speaker is Dave Atwood. Mr. Atwood is the founder and first President of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). He is also the Past-President of the Houston Peace and Justice Center and a former board member of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Currently he is Director of the Texas Catholic Campaign to End the Death Penalty (TCCEDP) and has developed the Beloved Community Project. He is the author of Detour to Death Row, a memoir of his decision to leave his engineering job to devote himself full-time to anti death-penalty and justice work.

The 12th Annual Mary Ruth Weir Memorial Dinner with be held September 17th at 6 PM. We hope to see you there!

Sister helen prejean brings book tour to atlanta

Join Catholic death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean as she reads from and signs copies of her new book River of Fire. Sister Helen's work as an activist nun, campaigning to educate Americans about the inhumanity of the death penalty, is known to millions worldwide. Less widely known is the evolution of her spiritual journey from praying for God to solve the world’s problems to engaging full-tilt in working to transform societal injustices. Sister Helen calls River of Fire the prequel to her New York Times bestselling Dead Man Walking.

The event is Sat Aug 24th 6:00pm - 7:30pm, The Friends School of Atlanta, 862 S Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30030. You may purchase tickets and books at

GFADP is working to end capital punishment in Georgia and around the world. We are a strong, diverse, statewide, grassroots movement which:

      • Opposes individual executions;
      • Supports legislative initiatives aimed at reducing the application of the death penalty until it is ultimately abolished;
      • Protects the humanity of individuals on death row;
      • Educates our fellow Georgians about the death penalty;
      • Provides concrete action steps for individuals and groups.

T-shirts are on sale for just $20! Support GFADP in style!

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