Please make this phone call right now: Call Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at 512–463 2000 and ask him to halt the execution of Larry Swearingen. Evidence shows he could NOT have committed the crime for which he is to be killed. Why? Because he was already in the county jail for an unrelated offense at the time of the murder for which he is to be killed. The execution is scheduled for 6pm CDT Wednesday, August 21. CALL NOW.
ALSO — Another execution is set in Florida on Thursday evening: TAKE ACTION! Gov. DeSantis: 850–488–7146 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm ET) Email: email@example.com
“Halt the Bowles Execution — Sign No More Death Warrants”
More info is on the Death Penalty Action Facebook page.
Other quick updates:
- Check out this report from The Intercept about the execution last week in Tennessee. The article prominently covers the issues and also the Tennessee March4Mercy which Death Penalty Action helped make happen. Click here to learn more about ongoing work in Tennessee, and please order the special postcards you and your community can send to Governor Lee on an ongoing basis!
- Death Penalty Action is coordinating the upcoming Ohio Journey of Hope …From Violence to Healing from October 11–20, including presentations by Sr. Helen Prejean, Rev. Sharon Risher, Shane Claiborne, Bill Pelke and more. Details are here, with updates posted regularly. If you can be in Ohio October 11–13 in particular, don’t miss it! And if you live in Ohio, NOW IS THE TIME to be organizing a Journey event in your community for the week of Oct 13–20.
- The Sheppard Experience 1954 unveils the front page headlines leading to the “Trial byNewspaper” and wrongful conviction of Dr. Sam H. Sheppard on the calendar date 65 years after originally published. Imagine waking up each day to an ongoing soap opera of front page headlines about your family. Read Sam Reese Sheppard’s Invitation and follow along daily on Facebook & Twitter. Please help us share this project each day on your social media.
- If the federal executions scheduled for December and January go forward, Death Penalty Action will be leading the protests outside the prison. Co-Director Abe Bonowitz is meeting with local leaders in Terre Haute this week to help lay plans for visible and vocal resistance. We knew this was coming have been preparing since the President was inaugurated. Read more and sign the petition, here.
Wow. We’re busy! Please help Death Penalty Action make the most of each of these action opportunities. Invest in our success now — as much as you are able, and if at all possible, check the box to make your investment recur automatically every week or every month. Because of you, Death Penalty Action will be better positioned to provide more resources and action opportunities for anyone ready to say NO to executions. Also, if you don’t have it yet, get your AbolitionWear gear and help attract more people to the movement to abolish the death penalty.
Thank you. Yours in the Struggle,
— Abe & Scott
Co-Directors, Death Penalty Action.
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Please make the most of every opportunity to work for justice this week and every week!