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

Jack Sullivan Jr., Executive Director of MVFR, Keynote Speaker at OADP Annual Meeting June 22nd

Jack Sullivan Jr., Executive Director of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation (MVFR)) will be the be the keynote Speaker at OADP Annual Meeting at The Madeleine Parish Hall in Portland on June 22nd. Jack Sullivan, Jr., is a native of Cleveland, OH. He is a racial justice activist, an ordained minister, and, of course, an advocate for the abolishment of the death penalty.

OADP Annual Meeting & Banquet

2016 Annual Meeting & Banquet
Wed. June 22nd
5P reception 6P dinner
Sr. Helen Prejean Award Presentation
Keynote Speaker Rev. Jack Sullivan, Jr. Exec. Dir. Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation

The Madeleine Parish Hall
3123 NE 24th Ave. Portland
503-281-5777
www.themadeleine.edu/church_new/welcome.html"

For tickets use the PayPal link below to with a credit card, or Call (503) 551-1349 to order tickets by mail.

Event Details

Event: 

OADP Annual Meeting

Date: 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

The Madeleine Parish Hall
3123 NE 24th Ave.
97212 Portland , OR

Death Row Chaplain Dale Recinella Speaks at Willamette University

Death Row Chaplain Dale Recinella visited Oregon in March of 2016, making presentation in several cities, including in Salem at Willamette University. 

If what you see and hear make you feel very uncomfortable about the American death penalty, it may be time for you to do something about it. Join with Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty as we move toward repeal of the death penalty in Oregon.

March 2016 Update Newsletter

Volume XIII, No. 1 - March 2016

In this issue...

THE BIBLICAL TRUTH ABOUT THE AMERICAN DEATH PENALTY

Death row chaplain and author Dale Recinella speaks on his vast expertise on what the Bible scriptures say about the death penalty.

A LETTER FROM BECKY

A murder victim family member's plea for support.

AN EXECUTION CANNOT ATONE FOR THE KILLING OF A LOVED ONE

A poem from the brother of a murder victim.

CALENDAR OF OADP EVENTS

Oregon Abolitionist Events in March and April.

HISTORY REPEATS...

Is a majority on the Supreme Court possible in favor of total abolition?

“IF IT COULD HAPPEN TO ME, IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYBODY.”

Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row DNA exoneree to visit Oregon this spring.

DPIC Releases Year End Report: Historic Declines in Use of Death Penalty in 2015

December 16, 2015On December 16, DPIC released its annual report on the latest developments in capital punishment, "The Death Penalty in 2015: Year End Report." The death penalty declined by virtually every measure in 2015. 28 people were executed, the fewest since 1991. Death sentences dropped 33% from last year's historic low, with 49 people being sentenced to death this year. There have now been fewer death sentences imposed in the last decade than in the decade before the U.S. Supreme Court declared existing death penalty laws unconstitutional in 1972.

OADP Supports Taxpayer coalition effort to replace California death penalty

    Oregonians for Alternatives supports and applauds the announcement by California Taxpayers for Sentencing Reform that it is launch a signature campaign for a November 2016 ballot initiative to end the state’s dysfunctional and costly death penalty system. The coalition that includes conservatives, liberals, law enforcement, religious leaders, and victims’ families made the announcement on Dec. 14th.

Gallup Poll: Support for Death Penalty Declines 2%, Opposition Reaches Highest Level in 43 Years

Support for the death penalty in the United States dropped by two percentage points over the last year and opposition rose to its highest levels since before the Supreme Court declared existing death penalty statutes unconstitutional in 1972, according to the 2015 annual Gallup Poll on the death penalty. Gallup reports that 61% of Americans say they favor the death penalty, down from 63% last year and near the 40-year low of 60% support recorded in 2013. Support was 19 points below the 80% who told Gallup in 1994 that they supported capital punishment.

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.

 

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