Within the next few weeks it is likely that debate on LB 268 will begin on the floor of the Unicameral. It is more crucial than ever that your Senator hears from you. We want our legislators to be flooded with constituents calling on them to support repeal of the death penalty. A hand-written note is truly the best way to send a message to your Senator. Now is the time to pop a letter in the mail to your legislator! Use this link to look up who your Senator is.

Additionally, you can find great resources and talking points for your letter on this website. Legislators do read your mail, and the more they hear from constituents calling for repeal, the bigger the impact will be. So, take the time to write a short letter to your representative today!

The number of Conservative voices in the state calling for repeal continues to grow. Just this week, Bryan Baumgart, former Douglas County Republican Chair, wrote a public pulse piece that was published in the Omaha World Herald. Mr. Baumgart said:

“The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a measure (Legislative Bill 268) to replace the death penalty with life without the possibility of release. With broad bipartisan support and increasing momentum, the bill now heads to the full Legislature for a vote. As a conservative Republican, I have come to the conclusion that I do not support capital punishment. It risks innocent lives, costs more than its alternatives, fails to deter crime and even harms the friends and families of murder victims.

“The death penalty is fiscally irresponsible. After a lengthy appeals process, sentencing someone to life in prison without the possibility of release is only a fraction of the cost of attempting to execute someone. The death penalty is a danger to innocent lives. The probability of executing the wrong person is far too high. Any risk of terminating the life of an innocent person is not a risk worth taking. With all of the costs and risks, the death penalty still doesn’t keep society safe or provide the justice that the victims’ families deserve.”

Are you looking for more ways to be involved with the death penalty repeal movement? Consider joining our Buzz Corp. This is a group of individuals from across the state who assist with sending in letters to the editor and other responses to recent death penalty related news. We help with formatting and wording the piece. It’s an extremely helpful, easy way to contribute to NADP. And we need people from all over the state. The Buzz Corp has yielded great success. In fact, just last week, Rosie Volkmer, a dedicated NADP volunteer, had a public pulse piece published in the Omaha World Herald. To get involved with the Buzz Corp, please email Colleen at colleen@nadp.net and she will get you signed up!

Raw Krone speaks at Creighton

This week, death row exoneree Ray Krone visited Nebraska. He and NADP Executive Director Stacy Anderson were interviewed on the KFAB radio station. On Tuesday evening, Ray spoke to a group of 120 people at an event co-sponsored by Nebraska Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty and the Creighton University chapters of Students for Life and Young Americans for Liberty. Ray shared the story of how he was wrongfully convicted and sent to death row. Everyone in the audience could relate to different aspects of Ray’s life and story.His story is just one example of the many problems with the death penalty. He reminded the crowd that if it happened to him it could happen to anyone. The only way we’ll ensure no innocent people are executed is to repeal Nebraska’s broken death penalty.

Did you miss the event? Check out this great interview from KFAB radio.

We are so excited about the tremendous bi-partisan support LB 268 has!  Thanks for all you’ve already done to encourage your Senator and Govenor Ricketts to support this important measure.

Now it’s time to ramp up the pressure!  If you haven’t yet, send your elected officials an email with this link: www.ejusa.org/act/NADP

It only takes two minutes and is a huge help, thank you!

The amount of press generated from Lobby Day was incredible! The murder victim family member press conference was covered statewide and even appeared in the national circuit. We’ve compiled the best media for you to see. Be sure to share themedia with others! unnamed

Many local television stations featured pieces from the murder victim family member press conference. KETV out of Omaha highlighted Tricia Moore’s testimony. You can watch the video here. WOWT in Omaha also featured a story on the day. KMTV Action 3 News ran an excellent piece, and KPTM FOX42 news was also sure to cover the day. In Lincoln, Channel 8 Eyewitness news previewed the press conference and followed up with coverage of the day.

There was plenty of written press in papers across the state as well. Articles were featured in the Omaha World Herald, the Lincoln Journal Star, the Beatrice Daily Sunand the Grand Island Independent. Coverage from the day even made it to TIME’s website! As the media shows, it was an incredible day! And, as the media has spread to national outlets, the voice for death penalty repeal is louder than ever.

 

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!

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.