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 punishment...is 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

News

2015 OADP Annual Dinner

The 2015 OADP Annual Dinner featuring Keynote speaker Mike Farrell, President of California Death Penalty Focus

Mike Farrell, a political and social activist best known for his portrayal of Army Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt in the TV-series "M*A*S*H" and Dr. Jim Hansen in the weekly NBC series “Providence,” is the president of Death Penalty Focus.

Event Details

Event: 

2015 OADP Annual Dinner

Date: 

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:45pm

Location: 

Keizer Civic Center
930 Chemawa Rd. NE
97307 Keizer , OR

March 2015 Update Newsletter


Clemency: a Glimmer of Hope, Faded

Governor Kate Brown upholds Kitzhaber's Oregon death penalty moratorium.


DPIC Publishes 2014 Year-End Report

Capital punishment is not a legitimate or effective component of criminal justice policy.


New Washington Study Points Out the High Cost of Seeking "Death"

The death penalty is much more expensive than other alternatives.


OADP Advisory Council Adds Four New Members

Dennie Brooks, Allen Taylor, Becky O'Neil McBrayer and Bruce Stock.


Introducing Kate Gonsalves: OJRC'S New Policy and Advocacy Director

As Director, Gonsalves will focus on political strategies and strategic coordination to repeal the death penalty in Oregon.


Citizen Engagement Is Important

Changing Oregon's death penalty law will require vote of the people.


2015 Events

Upcoming outreach events in the area and abroad.


Correspondence Committee Update

A relationship with a death row inmate can be a significantly positive experience.

Gov. Kitzhaber: Your Job Is Not Yet Done

National death penalty scholar Charles Ogletree gives his views on Oregon's death penalty relative to the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber.

Read the Huffingpost article here: Gov. Kitzhaber: Your Job Is Not Yet Done.

OADP Urges Governor Kitzhaber to Commute Death Sentences

OADP Urges Governor Kitzhaber to Commute Death Sentences

While Governor Kitzhaber is still in office, until Wednesday, he has the power to commute death row sentences, changing them to life without parole. The power is found in the Oregon Constitution, Article V - Section 14. There is a high probability the one or more death row inmate could face executions in the near future if something is not done.

Sister Helen Prejean Returns to Portland

Sister Helen Prejean Speaking in Portland, Oregon

Sister Helen Prejean will return to Portland for a speaking engagement on February 4, 2015, at Agnes Flanagan Chapel Lewis & Clark College.

Event Details

Event: 

Sister Helen Prejean Returns to Portland

Date: 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: 

Agnes Flanagan Chapel Lewis and Clark College
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
97219 Portland , OR

Oregon is One of 26 States that Do Not Use Death Penalty

Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2014
(SALEM, Oregon) Death sentences in Oregon declined in 2014, with only one new death sentence this year. This single sentence represents a 42% decline over the last ten years. According to the 2014 Death Penalty report, issued today by the Death Penalty Information Center, in Washington DC, nationwide, there were 72 new death sentences in 2014, a 40-year low.

December 2014 Update Newsletter

Organizing for a Repeal Campaign

A working group of pro-repeal organizations is coalescing into a campaign machine for 2016 or 2018. The effort is ramping up--read how you can support our progress!



From the OADP Board Chair

Chairman Ron Steiner reviews the many accomplishments of 2014. Honing winning campaign messages through polling and focus groups will require creativity, skilled professional guidance, and your support.



Get Your Legislator to Know You

We’ll need support in the legislature. Do you know your state representative and senator? More importantly, do they know you?



Circles of Eight

Fund-raising is a fundamental need in any political campaign. Be a leader in the struggle to end Oregon’s death penalty—form your Circle of Eight today!



Oregon Leaders Heard in Other States

Aba Gayle and Frank Thompson are raising the profile of OADP’s campaign nationally.



Pope Francis Takes Strong Stand against Death Penalty

Pope Francis and Portland’s new archbishop call on Oregon’s Catholics to lead in establishing a consistent respect for the dignity of all human life.



Washington State is Spending Tens of Millions on Death Penalty

Citing unequal application of the death penalty, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee follows Gov. Kitzhaber in declaring a moratorium on executions.



Yet Another Exoneration

Another innocent man, originally sentenced to death, goes free in Ohio.



Washington Post Reports on Marshall Project Report: Death by Deadline

Marshall Report shows lawyers miss deadlines, and death row inmates suffer the consequences.



Sentences of Maryland’s Four Death-Row Inmates Should be Commuted

Washington Post: Maryland, Connecticut and New Mexico should commute the death sentences of those still lingering on the row after their states repeal prospectively.

World Death Penalty Abolition Day

On the 10th of October, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and other abolitionists worldwide will mark the 12th World Day Against the Death Penalty by drawing attention to the special concerns faced by accused and condemned prisoners with mental health problems.

Event Details

Event: 

World Death Penalty Abolition Day

Date: 

Friday, October 10, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, October 11, 2014 (All day)

Location: 

Everywhere

August 2014 Update Newsletter

Federal Judge in California Rules State's Death Penalty Unconstitutional:
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney holds that California's death penalty, implemented so rarely and so long after the offense, serves no penological purpose.
Jeff Ellis Comments on California Decision:
"California has nothing on Oregon. Our death penalty system is even worse."
Women Can Get Us Over the Top:
History tells us that women will again propel abolition of Oregon's death penalty--this time, for good.
The September 21st Project:
The International Day of Peace this year will coincide with the third anniversary of the execution of Troy Anthony Davis. Help us mark these two important events in your community.
Analysis of Hall v. Florida by Prof. Charles Ogletree, Jr.:
From the Washington Post, July 19, 2014, we reprint in full an op-ed foreseeing the end of the death penalty in America. Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., highlights Justice Kennedy's focus in the majority opinion on human dignity as the basis for Eighth Amendment jurisprudence, and explains why the death penalty is an affront to the human dignity both of those executed and of the society that executes them. A must-read for death penalty opponents.

Federal Judge Strikes Down California's Death Penalty

Federal Judge Strikes Down California's Death Penalty
A federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty system is unconstitutional.   U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down an order Wednesday, finding that the system is arbitrary and in violation of the Constitution's 8th Amendment.  

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