Two Honorably Discharged US Marines Among Next to be Executed

Op-Ed by Captain Art Cody, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Mentally ill veterans should not be executed.

Executions in the United States have become relatively rare, so much so that many Americans are unaware when they occur. As an example, there are two executions currently scheduled this summer, and neither has received significant press coverage. Yet there’s something both different and saddening about these two executions.

Texas and Nevada each plan to execute an honorably discharged U.S. Marine; John Hummel in Texas on June 30 and Zane Floyd in Nevada on July…


Two Remembrances in the Coming Days

For those of us who knew Bill Pelke, or who knew of him, we remain stunned in our grief. Bill Pelke died of heart attack in November. The hole left in our hearts and in our movement remains massive.

There are two remembrances happening over the coming days.

Saturday, June 26 at 12pm EDT/11am CDT/10amMDT/9amPDT — Bills family will hold a Celebration of Life in Indiana. I plan to livestream it on various Facebook pages that Bill was associated with, or you can register to join the Zoom audience here. …


I have learned with horror of the intention of the state of Idaho to execute hospice patient Gerald Ross Pizzuto, Jr.

My name is Cantor Michael Zoosman. I am a former prison chaplain and for the past eight years have served as a multifaith federal hospital chaplain at the National Institutes of Health - Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. I am also a member of the Board of Advisors of Death Penalty Action.

I write because I have learned with horror of the intention of the state of Idaho to execute hospice patient Gerald Ross Pizzuto, Jr. Mr. …


Please join us for the return of our live program…

Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty
2pm, Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Special Guest: Marc Bookman

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A Discussion with Marc Bookman, author of the new book, A Descending Spiral — Exposing the Death Penalty in 12 Essays. Click here to register for the Zoom link!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted that people who are well represented at trial rarely get the death penalty. But as Marc Bookman shows in a dozen brilliant essays, the problems with capital punishment run far deeper than just bad representation.

With your hosts Abe Bonowitz, Charles…


Death Penalty Action was invited to mobilize abolitionists to action around the news that the first Republican had signed on as a co-sponsor of the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021. We also wanted to use the moment to announce significant new community supporters of the bill.

See the full article and watch the video here.

With your help, Death Penalty Action stepped up to make it happen.

We asked ourselves: What would make sense to support the very first Republican to jump on board with 92 Democrats in Congress?

  • How about Business Leaders Against the Death Penalty?
  • How about the faith community?
  • How about a survivor of…


Washington, DC: With the addition of U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Michigan) as a formal co-sponsor of the legislation, the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021 (HR262/SB582), sponsored by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), has become bi-partisan.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2021

Contact: Rev. Brandi Slaughter

380–799–4630

Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021 Becomes Bi-Partisan

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Washington, DC: With the addition of U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Michigan) as a formal co-sponsor of the legislation, the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021 (HR262/SB582), sponsored by Rep…


The daughter of one of the victims of a man on federal death row and the daughter of one of the federal prisoners executed in the Trump Administration’s end-of-term execution spree will be among the speakers.

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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

May 6, 2021

Contact: Rev. Brandi Slaughter, 380–799–4630

Federal Death Penalty Panel to Celebrate Increased Momentum Toward Abolition

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Washington, DC: The daughter of one of the victims of a man on federal death row and the daughter of one of the federal prisoners executed in the Trump Administration’s end-of-term execution spree will be among the speakers on a panel to discuss new endorsements…


Death Penaty Action’s Weekly Newsletter

On Friday , May 7, we anticipate some major announcements regarding new support for the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021. While we can’t share all the details, it is imperative that you write your Members of Congress today to urge them to support HR 262/SB 582. The simple on-line letter writing tool is here.

When President Biden was sworn into office in January, we had actionable intelligence that an Executive Order was in the works declaring his intent to abolish the federal death penalty and commute the death sentences of those still on…


Today marks the 100th day since Joe Biden took the oath of office and we’re closer than ever to abolition of the federal death penalty!

I invite your help to complete what we’ve started.

In December and January when the Trump execution spree was finally getting attention, Death Penalty Action experienced tremendous growth and a surge of donations from people like you, giving what they could. We seized the opportunity and I hired a team of experts which has accomplished much in just a few months:

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, lead House sponsor of the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of…

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