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


Many organizations support repeal of the Oregon death penalty. As we grow in our effort, it requires more organzations and individuals to publicly state their desire for repeal.

Below you see some of the organizations and individuals that have decided to lend their names to this effort.

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.

Individuals for Repeal

Individuals for Repeal
Individuals supporting death penalty repeal in Oregon.

Oregon Religious Leaders Voice Opposition to Death Penalty

On October 16, 2013, fifteen leaders of Oregon’s religious communities gathered at First United Methodist Church in Portland to voice their opposition to Oregon's death penalty and present their reasons for advocating its abolition. The convocation and dinner was sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO).

Attorneys Supporting Repeal

Attorneys Supporting Repeal

(Any member of the Oregon State Bar wishing to add his or her name to the following Statement may do so by sending an email to that effect to

Advisory Council

OADP Advisory Council

Aldave, Barbara
University of Oregon Law School Professor

Ansheles, Cathy
New Mexico Coalition to Repeal Death Penalty Founder and Murder Victims for Reconciliation (MVFR) Board Member

Bean, Dave, Rev.
Pastor Cherry Park United Methodist Church Monmouth, and Co- Chair Methodist Federation for Social Action

Bergel, Peter
Community Activist

Bittle, Cheryl
First United Method Church Portland
Former OADP Board Member

Religious Organizations for Repeal

Religious Organizations for Repeal

If you are a part of a faith group that would like to join the movement for repeal, please let us know so we can list you.

Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel

Catholic Archdiocese of Portland:

Secular Organizations for Repeal

Secular Organizations for Repeal

If you are a part of an organization that would like to join our effort to repeal the death penalty, please contact us.

American Civil Liberties Union-OR

Albany Peace Seekers

Proclamations: Official Statements for Repeal of the Oregon Death Penalty

Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty

Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) proclaims the Church’s unconditional pro-life teaching and its application to capital punishment and restorative justice. CMN works in close collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to prepare Catholics for informed involvement in campaigns to repeal state death penalty laws and expand or inaugurate restorative justice programs.


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