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

OADP Update Newsletters

June 2017 Update Newsletter

Volume XIV, No. 2 - June 2017

In this issue...

Oregonians Are Smart on Crime and We Can be Even Smarter

Tom O'Connor, Ph.D., former head chaplain in the Department of Corrections.

Post Arkansas

What can we do with our frustrations, our anger over the Arkansas killings?

The Conversation... Many Replays

The Willamette University School of Law auditorium production has been seen in multiple replays in many Oregon communities.

Lance Mayhew Joins OADP Advisory Council

The Portland area print and radio journalist joins the OADP Advisory Council.

Recent News from Death Penalty Information Center

Current news from the Death Penalty Information Center.

March 2017 Update Newsletter

Volume XIV, No. 1 - March 2017

In this issue...

The Conversation

Thursday, March 16 at the Willamette University School of Law.

How the West Could Be Won

Washington, Colorado and Utah in serious discussions about repeal.

Women... Take the Lead

Be a community leader, speak up, push back, offer reasonable alternatives.

Women in Legislature

About 24.4% of U.S. Legislators are women.

Life on Death Row

The mind-numbing isolation death row inmates must endure is wrong.

In Memorial

Remembering Judith Havas, a long-time member of the OADP Advisory Council.

Enhanced Outreach

Two new volunteer members join the OADP Outreach team.

Recent Developments from DPIC

Current news from the Death Penalty Information Center.

December 2016 Update Newsletter

Volume XIII, No. 4 - December 2016

In this issue...

Thank You OADP Supporters

Our outreach that drives the educational efforts of the organization.

A "Bad Day" for Abolitionists

Three death penalty abolition ballot measures defeated.

Reasons to Repeal the Oregon Death Penalty

Four definitive reasons to oppose the Oregon death penalty.

In Grateful and Loving Memory

David McNeil provided sage counsel and insightful leadership to OADP.

Polling of the Oregon Legislators

Call, email, write or visit your representative and senator.

Harvard Law Professors/Scholars: Supreme Court Action

Learn more about the administration of the death penalty in this country.

Gov. John Kitzhaber Joins OADP’s Advisory Council

His passion and commitment are welcomed by the OADP board of directors.

The Oregon Death Penalty... Its Cost and Ineffectiveness

Essay by former Chief Justice Paul J. DeMuniz and criminologist Lee N. Gilgan.

A Ray of Hope After the Election

Death penalty abolition news from around the country in this election period.

Volunteers Needed

OADP is looking for social media and graphic design volunteers.

Oregon Death Penalty Cost Study Released

Cost study released by the Oregon Justice Resource Center on Nov. 16th.

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...


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


A murder victim family member's plea for support.


A poem from the brother of a murder victim.


Oregon Abolitionist Events in March and April.


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


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.



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