At least ten people messaged me yesterday and today, excited at the news that Lisa Montgomery got a stay of execution. Lisa is the only woman on federal death row. She is severely mentally ill. If killed, she will be the first woman executed by the federal government in 70 years.
It’s true that she has a new stay, but it is a technicality. The judge ruled that the government was premature in setting a new execution date, and should not have done so until after the stay currently in place expires on December 31st.
What we know is that the federal government will stop at nothing to carry out the orders of Donald Trump. On July 13th, the execution warrant expired at midnight for Daniel Lee. We all thought he’d have at least a few more weeks. Nope. The government gave him a new warrant setting his new date for immediately. He was dead before 8:30am. His lawyers learned about it from a tweet.
- That is why we must demand Congress abolish the federal death penalty (Click to send — US residents only).
- That is why we are imploring the acting Attorney General to rescind the execution warrants and not set more dates (Click to sign — anyone, any age, from anywhere).
- That is why Death Penalty Action really needs your support right now.
Plainly put, executions are wrong and we need to do everything we can to stop them. Which is why I have to ask, can you chip in $18, $36, $72, or any amount you can so that we have the resources to prevent the next federal execution?
Without your help we won’t have the resources we need to pressure AG Rosen to do the right thing and stop all of these federal executions. Chip in any amount here.
Yours in the Struggle,
Abraham J. Bonowitz, Director
PS: I wanted to make sure you have seen this short video I am narrating on the New York Times Opinion page. One of the more than 327,000 Americans people lost to COVID-19 is Jerry Givens, a founding Advisory Board Member of Death Penalty Action, a colleague, and a friend. It’s 6 minutes of beautifully created storytelling. Please click here to watch.
Jerry’s family knew how important this work was to him, and they wanted his voice to carry on. You can help. Please share the video. Click here to learn more about Jerry Givens, read the various obituaries and news items from when he died, and if you like, make a tribute gift in Jerry’s memory. We’ll pass any message you leave on to Jerry’s family.