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

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.

Mr. Thompson, a 30 year veteran of the military, law enforcement and corrections, wrote “What I learned from executing two men”, which was published in the New York Times, the largest circulation newspaper in America, on September 18th. The reaction to that article, and the opportunities to speak to governors, senators and legislators from across the country, has had great impact. Salem – Keizer area residents can hear his powerful message at the event sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

The evening’s program will also feature a brand new 13 minute film "Death Penalty Fail: A Lethal Injection” that dramatizes the events surrounding the “botched” executions that have occurred in 48 documented accounts, in 13 different states.

A simple soup supper will be served, starting at 6PM on Monday October 17th. Admission is only $15 and seating is limited. Tickets can be secured by calling (503) 990-7060 or purchased through PayPal using the button below.

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