Click here to sign the petition to stop today’s scheduled execution of Donnie Lance.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency yesterday evening.
All petition signatures we gather by noon today (EST) will be delivered to Governor Kemp in plenty of time for him to consider them. The execution is scheduled for “after 7pm.”
Please call Governor Kemp’s office* at 404–656–1776 to urge him to stop this execution so that DNA testing may be conducted. This is the request of the children of Sabrina Lance, one of the victims in the case. If you get a live operator and that person offers to transfer you to the Board of Pardons and Paroles liaison, politely decline and ask to leave a message for the governor.
Sample post for your social media:
The victim’s children are calling for #DNA testing. Please sign @DeathPenaltyAct petition to help #StopExecutions of #DonnieLance in GA on Jan 29 — Sign & Share here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/ga-gov-brian-kemp-and-ga-board-of-pardons-stop-the-execution-of-donnie-cleveland-lance #DeathPenalty
IF YOU LIVE IN OR NEAR GEORGIA: Click here to join Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, to support that organization with a financial gift, and most urgently, to find and attend a vigil near you for this evening.
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*PLEASE NOTE: Similar to Texas, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has to act in order for any relief to be granted on an executive level, although it would appear that unlike in Texas, the Board has final authority. This is intended to give a level of inoculation to the Governor. However, the members of the board are appointed by the governor, so while there is the appearance of the board being nonpolitical, it is anything but. This is why the language of our petition asks the Governor to “find a path to clemency.” IF he wants it, it is possible. We recognize that action taken today is primarily symbolic, and we are also hopeful that the courts may still act to stop this execution. Because our ethic is one of action toward creating justice and upholding the value that Government should not be in the business of taking life, our goal in a state like Georgia is mobilizing people to build and demonstrate power in the long-term, and in the mean time, to be an unswappable mosquito in an appropriate and loving way. — DeathPenaltyAction.org