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Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty
2pm, Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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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.

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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.

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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?

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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. 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…

Death Penalty Action’s Weekly Newsletter for April 24

This week we felt the collective sigh of relief when Derek Chauvin was convicted for the murder of George Floyd. Whatever relief we may have felt when Chauvin was held accountable for this murder, we also know that this is just one small step toward true racial justice in our country. We must continue to stand and grieve with the family of George Floyd as we move this work forward in his name and in the name of so many others.

The link between extra judicial executions and the death penalty is…


As we settle into Spring and look ahead to warmer months, things are heating up with in the world of death penalty abolition.

Though many legislatures are on Spring break, activists are hard at work preparing for a big push in the Summer months. Places like Ohio, Nevada (where the House Judiciary Committee passed the abolition bill just yesterday) and most importantly, the U.S House and Senate all have bills that have that could abolish the death penalty in those jurisdictions this year.

We have some exciting programming coming up this month, so stay tuned!


To everyone marking the end of Passover and the Easter holiday this weekend, we wish you meaningful celebrations. Shane Claiborne, Death Penalty Action’s Advisory Board Chairman, published this essay on Good Friday, linking the teachings and meanings of Good Friday to contemporary social justice issues, including our work to end executions.

Momentum continues to build across the country! Last Wednesday, legislatures in Nevada and Ohio held critical hearings on bills that would abolish the death penalty in those states. …


WOW — what a week! Virginia’s governor Ralph Northam signed the bill abolishing the state’s death penalty on Wednesday. Watch the video of the signing here. This historic moment makes Virginia the 23rd state in the union to abandon the death penalty and the first Southern state to do so. Virginia’s leaders recognized that their death penalty was fundamentally unfair and acted accordingly. So the big question is, who’s next? Things are looking promising in Ohio and we’re also working hard to abolish the federal death penalty.

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