Abolition is a Non-Partisan Issue

 

Many Kansans used to think that a politician’s stance on abolition could be predicted by what party he or she was representing. The 2010 Senate vote showed the fallacy of that belief. Twelve Republicans and eight Democrats supported abolition, and nineteen Republicans and one Democrat opposed it. The most recent abolition bill, HB 2167, introduced in 2017, continued the non-partisan tradition with eight Republicans and seven Democrats sponsoring.

 

We saw further evidence of this non-partisan reality this spring when KCADP was invited to speak at the Libertarian Party of Kansas state convention. On April 21st, Ron Wurtz spoke with conference participants about death penalty abolition. The Libertarians have death penalty abolition as part of their platform, and they became an abolition endorsing group here in Kansas several years ago.

 

The rise of support by conservatives in Kansas and elsewhere for death penalty abolition has been seen in our own work as well as the formation of the national group Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.   Click here to learn more about why conservatives are supporting abolition.

 

Death penalty abolition is not a one party position. So, as candidates travel through the state, please engage with them about why you support ending the death penalty. Your earnest conversation with them about why abolition makes sense could be the spark they need to either further solidify their own support for abolition OR the spark needed to get them to consider supporting abolition!

 

It’s “Candidate” Season!

 

When we look outside, we see that the seasons are changing.  Trees are leafing out, spring flowers are blooming and lawns too are growing.

 

It’s a season of political changes too.  The Legislature has ended and the next season—Candidate season—is already evident too.  

 

In the elections this year Kansans will choose new statewide leaders as well as new members for the House of Representatives.  Candidates have until 12 noon on June 1st to file for the primary election cycle.  A review of the current candidate list shows that 2018 may well be a time of serious campaign activity in Kansas.  Already there are PRIMARY challenges in 17 districts where at least 2 Republicans or 2 Democrats are seeking the same seat.  

 

The work of abolition does not stop when we enter “Candidate season”.  KCADP does not engage in partisan activity so we don’t endorse or give campaign donations.  What we do is educate and dialogue.  We will be doing work from our end to make sure that candidates have up to date information on the death penalty so that they are informed candidates.

 

We need our members to do education and dialogue too. When candidates come knocking at your door, engage with them about why you oppose the death penalty.  It’s important they hear from you, while on the campaign trail, that support for abolition exists in the district the candidate hopes to represent.

 

Let us know if you need additional information as “Candidate season” moves forward.  We can be reached by email via infoatksabolitiondotorg or by phone at 785-235-2237.   And by all means, let us know what you are hearing from the candidates seeking your vote!

 

“What I saw set my soul on fire…”

“They killed a man with fire one night. They strapped him in a wooden chair and pumped electricity through his body until he was dead.” …I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. What I saw set my soul on fire, a fire that burns me still. And now here is an account…

‘Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues”

Sr. Helen Prejean is coming to Kansas!   Monday March 5th at 7 p.m.   Woodruff Auditorium in the Memorial Union on the KU Campus in Lawrence   Jayhawks for Life is sponsoring this event which is free and open to the public.  This is a great opportunity to hear such an inspiring speaker!  …

Retired Kansas Secretary of Corrections Werholtz: “It’s time to end the death penalty”.

  Retired Kansas Secretary of Corrections, Roger Werholtz, has spoken out recently twice in support of death penalty abolition.   He served as Secretary of Corrections in Kansas for 8 years, as well as interim director in the Colorado Department of Corrections in 2013. He told the October 21st Abolition Conference that there is too…