Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (TCADP) News

TCADP Annual Conference in Austin, February 19
Seizing the Momentum… Advancing Statewide Vision through Local Action

Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center, First United Methodist Church
13th and Lavaca, Austin, Texas

The Panel Discussion on the impact of the death penalty on a county level will include:

  • Sam Millsap, former Bexar County District Attorney
  • Dennis Reeves, Assistant Public Defender of the Regional Public Defenders Office for Capital Cases
  • Karen Peissinger, El Paso TCADP Chapter Leader
  • Sachin Chheda, NCADP Deputy Director (moderator)

New offering this year!  Afternoon training will feature legislative workshops designed specifically to your legislative district Register today.  More information and flier  (Download PDF)

Scheduled Executions

February 15: Michael Wayne Hall
February 22: Timothy Adams

Learn more about responding to these scheduled executions at the link.

TCADP Lobby Day – HB 819

On Monday, January 24, 2011, State Representative Jessica Farrar filed House Bill 819 calling for repeal of the Texas death penalty.

What you can do to support this bill:

  1. Telephone your State Representative and tell them:
    • you support repeal of the death penalty in Texas, and
    • you support Rep. Farrar’s H.B. 819.
  2. Ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.B. 819.
  3. RSVP for the TCADP Lobby Day to be held on March 8 at the Capitol!
  4. More information on contacting your lawmakers, including talking points, is available at the link.

If you do not know who your State Representative is, you can find out at http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/.
You can follow the progress of H.B. 819 at http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HB819. Now is the time to make your voice heard by your elected Representative. Please make your call this week.  Let TCADP know the results of your conversation!

Recent Editorials on the Texas Death Penalty

Both the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently published editorials calling on members of the Texas Legislature to examine the serious flaws and failures of the state’s death penalty system.  In “Death penalty debate should start, not end,” (January 15, 2011) the Star-Telegram notes that “The capital punishment system is troubled and expensive.  The Legislature needs to debate how to fix it – and whether it can adequately be fixed at all.”  Read more from the Star-Telegram and Morning News.
TCADP members throughout the state hold respectful vigils on the days of executions in Texas. Attend a Vigil in your area!

See http://tcadp.org/ for locations and times.

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