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.
Oregon Commission on Black Affairs (OCBA)
Resolution of Support
July 17, 2010
At its meeting on July 17, 2010, the OCBA hosted a discussion with Ron Steiner and Oregonians Opposed to the Death Penalty (OADP) about repealing the death penalty in Oregon. Following Mr. Steiner’s presentation and a discussion with the Commissioners, the OCBA resolved to support legislation to repeal the death penalty.
OCBA Resolution of Support to Repeal the Death Penalty in Oregon:
WHEREAS, the death penalty has not been shown to deter or reduce violent crime and
WHEREAS, nationally, 1 in 10 of people on death row are shown to be wrongly accused and are released from prison for crimes they did not commit and
WHEREAS, those on death row are disproportionately poor and unable to afford effective defense council and
WHEREAS, the cost of a Death Penalty conviction is 5 times the cost of a murder (without parole) and
WHEREAS, the number of Black (41.6%) and Latino (11.6%) prisoners on Death Row is disproportionately high,
THEREFORE, the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs resolves:
To support legislation to repeal the Death Penalty in Oregon and to advocate for its repeal,
To work collaboratively with other coalitions to support repeal of the Death Penalty,
To work with OCBA member legislators and policy makers and other Commissioners to sponsor and support legislation to repeal the Death Penalty,
To provide information to communities of color in Oregon about the Death Penalty and how to be involved in supporting its repeal.
The OCBA Chair and the OACO Administrator are hereby authorized to execute any document and to perform all acts necessary to carry out the intention of this resolution.
This Resolution shall take effect immediately.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution duly passed and adopted by the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs at a meeting thereof duly held on July 17, 2010 by a unanimous vote,
Clifford Walker, Chairperson, Oregon Commission of Black Affairs