Don’t let California jumpstart executions

Officials at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) are doing everything they can to jumpstart executions after over a decade without them — and with the largest death row in the country, they could fast track dozens of cases for execution.

In order to resume executions, California needs to pass a new lethal injection procedure. That’s where you come in: by state law, new procedures must go through a Public Comment Period.

That means anyone in the world, in any language, can send in a comment. The CDCR is required to READ and RESPOND to every substantive comment.

Your action can delay California’s CDCR from using the death penalty and give time to end the death penalty there once and for all.

Click here to let CDCR know there is NO humane way to kill a human being. Take action NOW!

Connecticut Supreme Court ruled death penalty as unconstitutional

Amnesty International USA
Press Release
August 13, 2015

Amnesty International USA Statement on Connecticut Supreme Court
Death Penalty Decision

Today, the Connecticut Supreme Court struck down exemptions to the state’s 2012 death penalty ban, which had excluded the 11 inmates currently on death row. In response, James Clark, Amnesty International USA’s senior campaigner on the death penalty, released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling that any use of the death penalty in Connecticut is unconstitutional brings the state closer in line with the majority of the country, which is abandoning the death penalty in law and in practice.

“It’s encouraging that the court determined that the death penalty fails to meet ‘contemporary standards of decency’ and serves no ‘legitimate penological purpose.’ Connecticut can now stand fully among the 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have abolished the death penalty.”

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Nebraska Legislature Overrides Veto of Death Penalty Repeal

Amnesty International USA
Press Release
May 27, 2015

Today the Nebraska legislature voted to override Governor Ricketts’ veto of a measure repealing the death penalty. Nebraska will now become the 19th U.S. state to abolish capital punishment, and the seventh state to repeal the death penalty in the past eight years.

“Nebraska’s legislature has bravely stood up for human rights by upholding this bill,” said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “As the nation and the world continue to abandon this broken and unjust punishment, it is only a matter of time before the 31 remaining states end the death penalty forever.”

Amnesty International has documented a steady decline in the use of the death penalty in the United States and around the world. In addition to the 19 states plus the District of Columbia that have abolished the death penalty, seven more states have not carried out an execution in 10 years or more. In 2014, only seven states carried out executions.

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Two Years Later: We Are Still Troy Davis

by Terrie Rodello, AIUSA Oregon State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator

In 2011, after three stays of execution and a final appeal to the Supreme Court, Troy Anthony Davis, who was convicted of the 1989 murder of a police officer in Savannah, was executed by the state of Georgia, despite a compelling case of innocence. Prominent human rights advocates, fifty-one members of Congress, and many civil rights and peace and justice organizations, including Amnesty International, NAACP, and National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, had joined his family in a twenty-year fight to prevent his execution and reveal evidence that pointed to Troy’s innocence.

On Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 PM in the First United Methodist Church Fireside Room (1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland), Seattle-based human rights activist, writer, and filmmaker Jen Marlowe will talk about the story of Troy Davis and his family and the human impact of the death penalty detailed in her book, I Am Troy Davis which she co-authored with Davis’ older sister Martina Davis-Correia. Marlowe will be joined by Kimberly Davis, the surviving sister of Troy Davis. They will be introduced by Dr. Audrey Terrell, President of the NAACP Portland Chapter.

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Amnesty International Responds to Execution of Mexican National in Texas

Amnesty International
January 22, 2014

Amnesty International Responds to Execution of Mexican National in Texas
Authorities Value Power to Kill More Than Obligation to Do What is Right

(Washington, D.C.) – Amnesty International USA Executive Director, Steven W. Hawkins, released the following statement in response to the execution of Mexican national in Texas.

“Tonight, Edgar Tamayo became the 509th prisoner executed in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Days before his execution, Edgar was reported to have said, ‘If they execute me, please tell my countrymen, all of Mexico, to forgive me for having failed them and returning in a box.’

“When Texas authorities took Edgar’s life they defied our nation’s international obligations. Edgar had a right to know he could seek the support and assistance of his government. If he had, he might have had a lawyer that would have conducted more than 16 hours’ worth of investigation before going to trial. He might have had an expert testify that the brain injuries he sustained as a child could only be described as ‘life-changing’. He might have had an expert psychologist testify that he suffered from ‘mild mental retardation’ and had an IQ of 67. Most of all, he might still be alive today.

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