if religious and educational institutions did the same.
We can all write our Congressional representatives and voice our disapproval with the Federal government’s use of capital punishment. Currently, there are 58 people sitting on federal death row. More than half (26) of those awaiting death in federal jurisdiction are Black. We have a responsibility to hold our elected representatives accountable.
The recent efforts to secure repeal in Connecticut were noble and successful. We can do the same in the coming months in Maryland and later in Delaware and New Hampshire. State by state, we must contribute to the efforts reduce the number of states that currently have the death penalty, work to reduce the numbers of people being sentenced to death in heavy use states, and just as important have conversations with our family, friends and neighbors about the ineffectiveness of the death penalty and our responsibility to end it soon. There are a committed group of people who are prepared to come to your school, place of worship, community center, barber shop, etc to further inform, educate and assist local efforts to become involved in the movements for repeal.
Let us honor the memory of Troy Davis by ensuring the end of capital punishment in this country and committing ourselves to doing the work necessary to save lives.
“…I ask to my family and friends that you all continue to pray, that you all continue to forgive. Continue to fight this fight.” – Troy Davis September 21, 2011.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund - http://www.naacpldf.org/death-row-usa
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - http://www.ncadp.org/
Death Penalty Information Center - http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/home