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

OADP Newsletter

September 2016 Update Newsletter

Volume XIII, No. 3 - September 2016

In this issue...

Wind For Our Sail

Major elections in Nebraska and California with repeal on the ballot.

#DeathPenaltyFail Campaign Launched

A new project to spread the word about the DP movement.

The Importance of Voting

Voting is a right, a privilege and a responsibility. We urge you to vote!

Side Issue to "The Importance of Voting"

The connection between suffrage rights and death penalty repeal.

Oregon Religious Leaders Asked to Sign On

All Oregon religious leaders are asked to sign a letter calling for repeal.

Learning About the Oregon Death Penalty

A new upcoming essay series focused on Oregon Death Penalty Law.

The Lifers' Club

Mens group serving life sentences at OSP united to improve quality of life.

Upcoming Events

Death penalty repeal related events upcoming this fall in Oregon.

June 2016 Update Newsletter

Volume XIII, No. 2 - June 2016

In this issue...

2016 OADP Annual Meeting Moves Back to Portland

Following meetings in Salem, Eugene and Keizer, the OADP annual meeting returns to the Rose City.

2016 Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr.

The current leader of the MVFR, Dr. Sullivan speaks on topics of spirituality, social-justice, anti-racism and interracial partnerships.

2016 Sister Helen Prejean Award goes to Oregon State Senator Chip Shields

Shields' "smart on crime" mindset has provided an example for others who join in the effort to repeal the death penalty.

Introduction by First Awardees Kathy and Clarence Pugh

The 2016 Sister Helen Prejean Award will be presented by the first awardees, Kathy and Clarence Pugh.

Meet the OADP Board of Directors

A dedicated group of volunteers who devote time, energy, expertise, and resources sharing the long and hard journey to achieve our mission to repeal the Oregon death penalty.

Drugs in the Death Penalty News

Three DPIC articles that focus on different aspects and legal implications of lethal injection drugs.

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.

December 2015 Update Newsletter

Investing in our growth and progress

As we grow, the opportunities to do even more also present themselves.

Oregon's Justice Reinvestment Act and "Smart" Solutions for Criminal Justice

Viable alternatives to the death penalty that work, are less costly, and bring life.

Evangelical shift show conservatives' concerns about the death penalty

Fiscal and religious conservatives are moving away from DP support.

Advisory Council valuable component in repeal efforts

The Advisory Council is of enormous help as we strive to get on the ballot soon and repeal the Oregon death penalty for good.

OADP adds new board member Francisco Lopez

Lopez's community organizing and networking capabilities will be a welcomed addition to a board focused on repeal of the death penalty and alternatives that keep the public safe, while lifting up people in need of important social services.

Mark your calendar

Florida's death row Chaplain, Dale Recinella, speaking in March 2016.

Things to see and to read

Some good videos and articles:

• An award-winning short film that looks at social issues including criminal justice;

• The Marshall Project brings attention to executions and "The Next to Die";

• The death penalty abolition movement is coming out into the open through the 8th Amendment Project.

Additional national news from the DPIC

Important news articles from the Death Penalty Information Center:

• Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty;

• Deadliest Prosecutors, Worst Defense Lawyers Linked to High Rates of Death Sentences in Heavy-Use Counties.

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.

June 2015 Update Newsletter

OADP Annual Meeting and Banquet June 12th

The 2015 annual meeting will take place at the Keizer Civic Center.

Nebraska: #19 and Counting

Nebraska has become the 19th U.S. state to repeal their death penalty.

New Advisory Council Members

Meet three new members: Marilyn Callahan, Ron Glaus and Cait Boyce

Tale of Three Cases

Three examples of the costly pursuit of the death penalty.

Lots to talk about

Nebraska and Delaware legislatures repeal efforts, the Boston Marathon bombing sentencing, U.S. Supreme court debates lethal injection in the Glossip case.

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.

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.

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.

April 2014 Update Newsletter

Pages

 

Follow Us on Twitter

 

Follow Us on Google+

 

Watch OADP's Videos

Vimeo