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

Events

Upcoming events that impact criminal justice, innocence and the death penalty.

May 19th: “Speak Out Corvallis” focuses on criminal justice and the death penalty

Tom O’Connor, PhD, and CEO of Transforming Corrections, International Consultant, and former executive with the Oregon Department, will be the keynote speaker on May 19th, in Corvallis. The “Speak Out” event is sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. It will be held on Friday May 19th, at the First Congregational UCC Church. Dinner, followed by the keynote speech and an open forum discussion will be included in the evening’s program.

Speak Out Friday May 19th

Speak Out in Solidarity About Criminal Justice and opposition to the Death Penalty

Friday May 19th

First Congregation UCC Church, 4515 SE West Hills Rd., Corvallis, OR 97333
6PM Delicious Soup Supper, catered by New Morning Bakery
7PM Program and Open Discussion
Keynote Speaker: Tom O’Connor, former Oregon Department of Corrections executive and president of Transforming Corrections international consultants.

Honoring the Corvallis Solidarity Fair participants

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Oct. 17th Salem: A Conversation with the Superintendent

Frank Thompson, former superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary, has spoken with legislatures in Maryland and Nebraska; with governors in Colorado and Oregon; and was recently published in the New York Times. On Monday, Oct 17th at Salem’s Center 50+, citizens can have a conversation with him.

OADP June 22 Annual Dinner: Foe of death penalty takes message to Oregon

Governor Kitzhaber under the OADP No More Executions Banner

Thursday, 23 June 2016 Former Gov. Kitzhaber, who imposed 2011 halt, is among the audience.

The Rev. Jack Sullivan Jr. carried his message against the death penalty to like-minded abolitionists in Oregon.

“There is nothing personally redemptive or socially transformative about the death penalty,” Sullivan said Wednesday (June 22) at the annual banquet of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

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.

2014 OADP Annual Meeting Tuesday, May 13th in Eugene

On Tuesday May 13th, American University Professor and author Richard Stack will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 annual meeting of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP). Professor Stack, author of three books, including his latest, GRAVE INJUSTICE: The Unearthing of Wrongful Executions will expand on major mistakes made in recent years. His compelling descriptions of nineteen wrongful executions illustrate the flaws of the death penalty, which he argues, is ineffective in deterring crime and cost more than sentences of life without parole.

Grave Injustice: Prof. Richard Stack Speaking Schedule

American University Professor and author Richard Stack

American University Professor and author Richard Stack will address the likelihood that more than a few innocent people have been executed in this country since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. He will speak at OADP's Annual Meeting in Eugene on May 13 (see sidebar) as well as on three university campuses on May 12-14. The campus talks are all free and open to the public.

Feb 11 Event: 'Race Talks" Kennedy School Portland POSTPONED--WEATHER

Feb 11 Event:  'Race Talks" Kennedy School in Portland

On February 11, an event called "Race Talks" will take place at the Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. Portland 97211 at 7 PM. It will feature three OADP speakers Mark Kramer, attorney, Jan Slick, clinical social worker and jury consultant, and Frank Thompson, former Superintendent of Oregon State Prisons. Facilitated discussion about the racist administration of the death penalty in America will follow. No charge. Read More

May 2nd OADP Annual Meeting and Banquet

2013 OADP annual mmeting and banquet

A man convicted of aggravated murder shared the stage on May 2nd with a former Superintendent of Oregon’s maximum security prison, a former director of the Department of Corrections, an award-winning journalist and a former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice. The event, sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, drew an overflow crowd at Willamette University’s Putnam Center.

Spring Fundraising Appeal

We need your support!! It is only with your financial contributions that we can put on events like our upcoming NEW DAY celebration, Sr. Helen Prejean's visit in October, and other events we are planning. We have regular printing and mailing costs to send copies of our newsletters to those who do not have e-mail and to distribute literature about the death penalty to our fellow citizens. We need to make major upgrades to our website so we can keep you better informed and attract greater on-line attention to our cause.

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