Last week, Senator Ernie Chambers introduced his bill to repeal the death penalty. This will be Senator Chambers’ 38th go at abolishing the death penalty. Let’s make it his last one! After a near win in 2013 and two years of organizing to make sure our new legislators understand why our death penalty fails us, we have great reason for optimism! There are many ways you can help us make repeal a reality. The most important thing you can do is to make sure your Senator knows you want them to vote ‘Yes’ on LB 268 to repeal the death penalty. If you are unsure who your Senator is, or need to their contact info, use this website to find out!

Sending a handwritten note to your Senator is hands-down the most effective way to send a message in support of repeal. Senators don’t receive very many handwritten notes, so even one goes a long way! You can also call your representative and let them know your support LB 268 and hope that they will too!

NADP has always thrived on the support of our volunteers. This fall, we’ve been lucky to have the help of Byron Peterson and his dog, Nick. Byron and Nick have tabled at the Episcopalian conference, various churches, and even post offices. Byron and Nick often take a position in a public walk space such as in front of the Post Office, and he always has our NADP postcards with him! Byron is sure to introduce Nick, a professional petting dog, who grealty appreciates any attention he receives. After people sign on to the movement, Byron is sure to warmly affirm them with a high five. Plus Nick the dog receives a lot of attention and petting! Byron and Nick are making large strides to rally supporters in Western Nebraska. They truly exemplify how our volunteers are making a difference! NADP is so thankful for the work these two are doing!

With or without a repeal dog, you can help our efforts – email Sarah at sarah@nadp.netfor information about how you can volunteer in your community!

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For more information, to reserve your spot, or to find out about joining a small group meeting with your Senator, email Sarah at barrett@nadp.net

 

Those who have lost a loved one to murder are invited to this special “Meet & Greet” event and light dinner: 

Monday, December 8th 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Omaha Teachers Administrative Building (TAC), 5th floor

3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131

Read more here!

 

Vicki holding a photo of their daughter, Shannon.

Vicki holding a photo of their daughter, Shannon.

We are honored to host Vicki and Sylvester Schieber on a speaking tour through Nebraska this December 7-10th.  Their beautiful daughter, Shannon, was raped and killed in 1998 while finishing her first year of graduate school on a full scholarship at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following their tragedy, they became outspoken advocates for justice reform and an end to the death penalty. Vicki is active with the national group Catholic Mobilizing Network, and the Schiebers were leaders in the successful 2013 campaign to end their home state of Maryland’s death penalty. Following that victory, they helped pass improved services for Maryland homicide victims’ families.

Click here to read about their trip to Nebraska and scheduled events!

 

In July 2012, Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NADP) launched Nebraska Conservatives Concerned About The Death Penalty (NE-CCATDP) at the statewide GOP convention in Grand Island.

NADP seeks a statewide coordinator to engage Conservatives in Nebraska in the ongoing discussion about the death penalty and common conservative concerns about the system. He or she will organize conservatives in Nebraska who are concerned with the death penalty, and network with conservative, libertarian, and evangelical circles to identify and mobilize new allies.

NADP has secured funding for this position for one year. Continuation of the position after one year will be dependent upon future funding. The position can be based anywhere in Nebraska and will involve travel. Applicants based in Lincoln can work out of our Lincoln office. Applicants in other cities will work from home.

Click here for full job description & info on applying. 

 

By: Stacy Anderson

Stacy NormaOn Thursday October 16th the NADP family lost a stalwart abolitionist and we wanted to take a moment to remember and honor Norma’s many contributions to the repeal movement in Nebraska.

So many have a great, entertaining story about when they first met Norma. I first met her when I had just joined the board of NADP and was going on my first visit to death row. Norma rode with me that evening and could tell I was sort of nervous about my first visit, so she set my mind at ease by telling me stories from her many years of visiting the inmates. She also told me stories about how she got involved in the repeal movement during her time in Tennessee.

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We’ve previously mentioned NADP’s program Death Penalty Faithful Reflections – where we provide a congregation with educational materials about the death penalty, a volunteer to answer their questions and encourage them to write to their State Senators, and we might even host a speaker at their service. If you’d like us to have a Faithful Reflection at your home church, synagogue, or mosque, let us know and we’ll work with you to make it happen!

But there’s an even easier option!  Let’s call it Faithful Reflections “Lite” and you can do it all on your own. It’s simple – while you’re at church (or school, or book club, or a Kiwanis meeting) ask your friends or family who support death penalty repeal to sign our NADP postcards that we share with our elected officials.  If 100 people asked 5 friends to fill out postcards that’s an additional 500 notes of encouragement for our Senators to take up and pass repeal in 2015!

Send me an email at sarah@nadp.net and I’ll be sure you get some postcards and a return envelope to send them back to us.  It’s really that easy! Please help us with this project – together we can be so powerful. 

On October 8th, Manuel Velez, who once faced execution by the State of Texas, was released from prison in Huntsville. After 9 years, he will be reunited with his family. His freedom is a tremendous outcome in a case that has endured numerous legal twists and turns over the years. Last year, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the conviction of Velez, who was sentenced to death in Cameron County in 2008 for the death of one-year-old Angel Gabriel Moreno. The baby was the child of Mr. Velez’s then-girlfriend, who served five years of a ten-year sentence for her role in the baby’s tragic death. The court agreed with a state district judges assessment that Mr. Velez’s defense attorneys failed to present critical medical evidence of injuries the baby sustained in the weeks and months before his death – injuries that Mr. Velez could not have caused as he was working on a construction site in Tennessee at the time.

The case of Manuel Velez is yet another example of the many things that can go wrong with the death penalty, including incompetent legal counsel, an unreliable and unrecorded police statement, prosecutorial misconduct, shoddy science, and false testimony. It’s time to wake up to the realities of the failed death penalty system.