As NADP presses forward to replacement of the death penalty in our state, we want to highlight the voices of those with personal experience with our justice system. Individuals who have lost loved ones to murder, or worked professionally with the justice system (such as prosecutors, corrections’ officials, police officers, parole officers, prison chaplains) have a unique perspective we want to learn from. If you know of someone in law enforcement or who is a murder victim family member, please reach out to NADP by emailing us at colleen@nadp.net We would love the opportunity to simply speak with these people and learn more about their story.  It’s ok if they are ambivalent, or even pro-death penalty, we just want to connect with those across the state who may have a unique perspective on the death penalty. 

The last few weeks have been productive for members of the Action Committee. Members are currently researching faith communities across the state for NADP to contact about hosting a Death Penalty Faithful Reflection event. So far, our fantastic volunteers have researched close to 300 churches in Nebraska. Soon, the Action Committee will begin reaching out to these faith communities to schedule Faithful Reflection events.

Reaching out to churches and conducting these events is no small task for the tinyNADP staff. We can’t do everything and are reliant on the support of our volunteer base. NADP still needs your help! There are many volunteer opportunities to suit your interests best! Consider joining the Action Committee, to do so just complete this survey about your interests. Please reach out to Sarah at sarah@nadp.net with any questions.

Join us at Zipline Brewing Company for an evening with Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NADP). This is a chance to learn more about our work and help us raise funds for our work of ending the death penalty in Nebraska.

When:  Tuesday, September 30th 7:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Zipline Brewing Company:  2100 Magnum Cir #1, Lincoln, NE 68522

Tickets: $20, or $15 for student or fixed income.

Register Online:

Frank Thompson
Frank Thompson will be the featured speaker at our Annual Reception.

We are excited to welcome Frank Thompson as the featured speaker at our Annual Reception and Silent Auction November 10th at Creighton University in Omaha. Mr. Thompson is a retired Correctional professional with two decades of experience. He was the Warden of the Oregon State Penitentiary Oregon from 1994 to 1998, where he oversaw the only two executions in Oregon’s recent history. Hear Mr. Thompson’s incredible experience of working with correction’s officers to prepare their state for executions and administer the ultimate punishment.

Thompson is on record describing the death penalty as a “failed public policy,” and said that “capital punishment fails terribly in meeting any evidence-based outcomes.” NADP looks forward to hosting Mr. Thompson in November for what is sure to be a compelling, enlightening evening.

Back in January, Ohio executed Dennis McGuire, despite arguments that he would experience agony and suffering due to lethal injection protocol. The execution took an abnormal amount of time, and McGuire gasped throughout the execution. The State of Ohio said that there were no problems with the execution. However, an expert doctor recently testified on the execution, stating that “this was not a humane execution.” 

Executions in Ohio are currently under a moratorium, as Ohio studies lethal injection more. However, Ohio, like many other states, has made many attempts to find a safe and dependable execution protocol and it has failed repeatedly. The death penalty is a system broken beyond repair. The only true fix is to replace the death penalty completely.

 

NADP is excited to partner with local favorite, Zipline Brewery, for an evening with NADPThis is a chance to learn more about our work, help us raise funds to end the death penalty in Nebraska, and spend time with other wonderful NADP supporters. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 30 from 7-9 pm in Lincoln. You can now purchase tickets here, and RSVP on Facebook here.
 
Plans are well underway for our Annual Reception and Silent AuctionThis year’s event will take place Monday, November 10th in the Harper Center at Creighton University from 7-8:30 pmMore details to come.

Finally, don’t forget to put March 4th, 2015 on your calendar for the first ever NADP Lobby Day. On that day, you’ll have the opportunity to come together with other abolitionsupporters from all over the state and tell your state senators that you want them to repeal the death penalty in 2015.

The NADP Action Committee is a group of committed volunteers who help us with special projects propelling us toward the end of the death penalty in Nebraska. Members of the Action Committee play a valuable role in supporting and aiding the work of NADP staff. The Action Committee will complete a number of projects in the coming months, including help with Death Penalty Faithful Reflection events, a speaking tour with Vicki Schieber, whose daughter Shannon was murdered, and the upcoming NADP lobby day on March 4th, 2015And best of all, it’s not too late to sign up to volunteer! If you would like to volunteer, please let us what know your interests and availability are by completing this survey.  

The death penalty has made national news again, this time due to another botched execution in Arizona. Attorneys for inmate Joseph Wood challenged Arizona state secrecy laws that kept him from knowing the source of his lethal injection drugs, but the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately decided the execution should proceed. Arizona used experimental drugs, and it took Wood nearly two hours to die.

The botched execution in Arizona is a symptom of a government policy that is broken from start to finish. The recent botched execution has sparked outrage from both sides of the aisle. Also check out this recent piece from the Washington Times“A Conservative Case Against the Death Penalty.”  The death penalty is marred by errors, fallibility, and bias from the initial decision of who to prosecute, till the final execution, and at countless stages in between. The spate of botched executions is just further proof humans cannot carry out an execution.

Repeal of the death penalty is the only way to stop these government errors. As Sister Helen Prejean wisely stated in a recent article, “the whole death penalty system is botched.”

Mark your calendars for Friday, August 15th from 5-7pm to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of PULSE (People Uniting, Lending Support, & Encouragement). The event will take place at the Tac Building in Omaha. NADP congratulates PULSE on their many accomplishments over the last 25 years.  To reserve your spot at this celebration, contact PULSE at (402) 898-6053
  
NADP is excited to partner with local favorite, Zipline Brewery, for an evening with NADP!  This is a chance to learn more about our work, help us raise funds to end the death penalty in Nebraska, and spend time with other wonderful NADP supporters The event will take place on Tuesday, September 30 from 7-9 pm in Lincoln. Stay tuned for details on purchasing tickets.
  
Finally, plans are well underway for our Annual Reception and Silent AuctionThis year’s event will take place Monday, November 10th in the Harper Center at Creighton University from 7-8:30 pm. More details to come.