NADP’s Lobby Day will be here in less than a month! On March 4th, we will gather for the day to show our support for the death penalty repeal bill, LB 268. At 10am, we will meet in the basement at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on 14th and K, across from the Capitol. We will update you on repeal news, go over lobbying basics, and prepare you to connect with your Senator at the Capitol. Then, at 11:45am, we will meet for lunch with Senators in room 1023 of the Capitol. Lunch is free to citizen lobbyists. Finally, at 1:30pm, we will go together to watch the Judiciary Committee Hearings. It’s likely the repeal bill will be scheduled for discussion at this hearing! This is an exciting hearing to watch as repeal advocates and leaders from interested organizations will testify about why the death penalty needs to go! Additionally, t-shirts with writing aren’t allowed, but we will provide everyone with pro-repeal buttons to wear! It is very important that you RSVP for Lobby Day so that we can order the correct amount of food.

Please RSVP here, or email Sarah at sarah@nadp.net with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Nebraskan Karen Jones wrote a powerful op ed in the North Platte Telegraph about her experience witnessing the trauma executions can cause to Corrections Officers.  Read the full piece here.

“There has been a lot of talk lately about botched executions. While some may express little concern for whether or not a murderer suffers, I am concerned about our government bungling these executions because of the toll it can take on my former colleagues in the corrections industry.”

This January, NADP rolled out a new way for concerned citizens to make their voices heard. We have created letter writing kits that contain all the supplies and instructions needed to successfully write letters. Senators rarely receive hand-written letters from constituents, so even receiving one or two notes can go a long way with a representative. So far, we have sent 35 kits! Are you interested in receiving a kit and helping us with this project? You can have all sorts of people write a letter to encourage repeal of the death penalty, including members of a club you are in, friends, relatives, or neighbors! The possibilities are endless. And, we make it very easy for you to do.  If you would like a kit sent your way, or have any questions, please email me atsarah@nadp.net. I would love to get a kit in your hands!

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.