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Russ Feingold

It's just really tragic that after all the horrors of the last 1,000 years, we can't leave behind something as primitive as government sponsored execution.

-Russ Feingold

Aberon Waugh

The main objection to killing people as a that killing people is wrong.

-Aberon Waugh

Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

-Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

John Donne

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.

-John Donne

Helen Prejean

Government... can't be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of it's citizens to kill.

-Sister Helen Prejean


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Oregonian: Kate Brown's death penalty review slowly moves from back burner

September 19, 2015 SALEM — Eight days after taking office, Gov. Kate Brown said she would convene a small group of advisers to help her puzzle through one of Oregon's most contentious issues: the death penalty.

Gov. John Kitzhaber stopped executions in Oregon four years ago, citing concerns about injustice as a death row inmate sought to speed his execution. Brown, thrust into office after Kitzhaber quit last February, decided to keep his moratorium while she sought answers.

Now, seven months later, her office acknowledges she's just getting started.

34 Days of Peace: Peace & Justice Presentation

PEACE & JUSTICE PRESENTATION (Topic & Speaker TBA) Mark Babson, (503) 399-1908
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Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm


Salem Friends Meeting House
490 19th St NE
97301 Salem , OR

34 Days of Peace: Zen Meditation

ZEN MEDITATION, MEDITATION INSTRUCTION, DHARMA TALK, ETC., by Lee Ann Nail, a Zen teacher in a lineage dating back directly to the Buddha. 5:30 p.m. – Silent sit;7:00 p.m. – Instruction8:00 p.m. – Dharma talk Contact: Sensei Lee Ann Nail 503.949.3188,  
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm


Unitarian Universalist Church
5090 Center St NE (at Cordon
97317 Salem , OR

34 Days of Peace Nonviolent Communication Class

Contact: Robin Grupper & Mark Babson
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm


St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
790 Marion St NE Corner of Marion and Winter near Downtown Salem
97301 Salem , OR

Repeal of the death penalty is a step toward peace.

The death penalty is an act of violence. Seeking alternatives to the death penalty that promote peace, rather than violence, is part of the value structure that motivates the abolition movement in Oregon, throughout the United States and the world. Promoting peace in our communities and our state is a common shared goal for OADP and many other non-profit organizations in Oregon.

September 2015 Update Newsletter

With the Wind at our Back

Conversations around the nation about living without the death penalty.

The Importance of Outreach

We are trying to get people to think, learn and talk about the death penalty.

Upcoming Events

What's happening in the area in the coming months.

Repeal of the Death Penalty is a Step Toward Peace

Promoting peace in our communities by celebrating the pursuit of peace.

More Support for OADP

Support for repeal in Oregon continues to grow.

OADP Advisory Council Update

Meet new member Jessica Ickes; Remembering Valarie Keever.

Death Penalty In Connecticut Ruled Unconstitutional

Image Credit: Bob Child - Associated Press

The Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the state's death penalty is unconstitutional.

The ruling will affect the 11 inmates currently on the state's death row. Lawmakers repealed the state's death penalty in 2012, but stipulated it only applied to future crimes.

Plaintiffs in Thursday's case had argued the 2012 ban should also extend to prisoners already on death row.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details...

Colorado jury sends James Holmes to life in prison, without the possibility of parole

Colorado jury sends James Holmes to life in prison, without the possibility of parole

In response to the life without parole sentence that a jury returned on Friday for James Holmes, who killed twelve people and injured many more in a Aurora, Colorado movie theater, the prosecutor stated: “I'm not disappointed with the system.

Portland Tribune: Actor Mike Farrell sees death penalty as nation's 'failure'

Saturday, 13 June 2015 M*A*S*H actor Mike Farrell brought his anti-death penalty message to Oregon Friday. Activist Farrell is head of Death Penalty Focus in San Francisco.Although best known for his role on the television series “M*A*S*H,” Mike Farrell also has a longer history as an activist for human rights and against the death penalty.

He came to Oregon to talk about those passions with opponents of the state’s death penalty.

Statesman Journal: 'M*A*S*H' Actor keynotes anti-death penalty event

Today, a man originally on death row was supposed to be freed," actor and activist Mike Farrell said before a meeting of death penalty opponents.

Farrell was in the area Friday to address the Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at the group's annual meeting and banquet.



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