Spreading the Word by Carolyn Zimmerman

 

I became an advocate at the invitation of someone who was already involved in this important work.

 

Whether you share your personal experience of commitment to abolition or express your financial support of the cause, you can help grow the movement. There are many opportunities and examples of how individuals can quietly – but effectively – share their dedication to causes.

  • You might write an article or give a short presentation for your faith community.
  • Offer to speak to your favorite civic group or reading club.
  • Post on Facebook or another internet site.
  • Submit a “Thought for the Day” or a “Letter to the Editor” to your local newspaper.

 

Sometimes, if you are alert and brave, the most surprising and satisfying turn of events occurs, one that you hadn’t really planned. Somehow, over a cup of coffee with a good friend, the opening appears straight out of the blue and you have the chance to engage in a deeper subject. Your reward may well be capturing a new champion for the cause!”

 
Kansan Carolyn Zimmerman is a murder victim family member who advocates in support of abolition.  

 

Remembering Bob Hessman: Man of Faith and Courage

 

Bob Hessman take 2

 

Over the years, we have been blessed by the witness of Bob Hessman and his family as they dealt with the loss of their beloved Mary Mel Eesa Rains to homicide.

 

Bob and his family talked of the challenges they faced after her murder, and how they drew strength from their faith and family and friends as they went on without their beloved Mel. They spoke out time and again against the death penalty as murder victim family members.

 

Bob recently passed away. We will miss this man of faith and courage.

 

Even though he will no longer be with us in person, we can continue to learn from his personal witness through this video in the KCADP archives.

 

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