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

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.

The conversation about the American death penalty is heating up and this event will give those attending a chance to talk about, learn about and speak out on criminal justice. According to state budget figures, Oregon tax-payers spend over $28mil annually to maintain a death penalty that has not been used in two decades. “Tom O’Connor has the Oregon prospective as well as a national and international view on the effectiveness of our criminal justice system and how the death penalty may or may not fit”, says Frank Thompson, former superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary.

The Corvallis “Speak Out” event is a fund-raiser and sponsored by Oregonian for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP). Dinner will be catered by Corvallis’ New Morning Bakery.

The Friday evening date (May 19th) also ties into the May 20th Solidarity Fair that takes place in the Corvallis Central Park. Organizations participating in the Solidarity Fair will be recognized and honored during the “Speak Out” program.

Tickets for dinner and the program are only $25. Tables for eight are available for group purchase. Call (503) 990-7060 to order tickets or go to to pay through PayPal or credit card.

For more information, contact Ron Steiner at (503) 990-7060 or
First Congregational UCC Church is located at 4515 SE West Hills Rd. Corvallis 97333

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