The 2014 Abolition Conference is right around the corner!

 

This year we are holding three separate Regional Abolition Conferences in order to give everyone a better opportunity to attend!  Check out the locations listed below and sign up to attend! You can attend one or all three, it is up to you!

 

Kansas City Regional Abolition Conference | Oct. 9 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm

RAINBOW MENNONITE CHURCH | 1444 SOUTHWEST BLVD | KANSAS CITY | 66103

Come listen to Ray Krone tell his tale of lies, corruption, and deceit as the state of Arizona tried to steal his life. Krone spent more than a decade in prison, some of it on death row, before DNA testing cleared his name. He is the 100th former death row inmate freed because of innocence since the reinstatement of capital punishment in the United States in 1976. He was the twelfth death row inmate whose innocence has been proven through post-conviction DNA testing. Prior to his arrest, Krone had no previous criminal record, had been honorably discharged from the military, and had worked in the postal service for seven years.

Breakout Session #1:  Innocence Row Panel: A discussion with Ray Krone, Reggie Griffin, the 143rd person exonerated since 1973, after spending 30 years in prison, some of it on death row, in Missouri and Darryl Burton, a man who spent 24 years in a Missouri prison for a murder he did not commit.

Breakout Session #2:  Legislative and Legal Panel:  Hear from Donna Schneweis, KCADP board chair, Ron Wurtz, former Federal Death penalty defender and KCADP vice board chair. Both who share extensive knowledge regarding the death penalty in Kansas from their years of experience in the abolition movement.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Please contact Mike Fonkert, KCADP KC Area Community Coordinator at mikeatksabolitiondotorg or at 913-230-6643 to reserve your spot at the Conference or for additional information.

 

Salina Regional Abolition Conference | Oct. 21 | 3:30pm – 8:00PM

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY – SALINA | 2310 CENTENNIAL ROAD | SALINA | 67401

Join us for the Salina Regional Abolition Conference! We have two sessions and everyone is welcome to participate in one or both of the sessions!

Session One: 3:30pm-5:00pm: This session will consist of rotating workshops featuring Darryl Burton, keynote speaker; Carolyn Zimmerman, daughter of a murder victim; and other local experts on the issue of capital punishment. Check in at the Technology Center for room location.

Session Two: 6:30pm-8:00pm: This session will consist of a keynote address given by Darryl Burton, a Missouri exoneree who spent 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Come hear his story and learn about how you can get involved in the effort to repeal the death penalty in Kansas! Located in the College Center Conference Room.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Please contact Kristin Bollig, KCADP Community Coordinator at kristinatksabolitiondotorg or at 785-235-0214 to reserve your spot at the Conference or for additional information.

 

Western Kansas Abolition Conference 

Stay tuned…more details on this location are coming soon!

 

 

 

 

KCADP to participate in Turnaround Tuesday

 

Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for more information on Turnaround Tuesdays.  Modeled after Moral Mondays in North Carolina, people and coalitions will be gathering on the south lawn of the State House each Tuesday September 2nd though November 4th at 5:30 p.m. Each of these gatherings will be power-packed and brief, focusing on a specific issue.

 

 

KCADP invites you to participate in our Turnaround Tuesday on September 23rd, focusing on the effort to repeal the death penalty in Kansas! There will be time to mingle, get more information, and sign postcards following the 20 minute showcase.

 

 

Bring a friend and stop by the south lawn of the State House on September 23rd at 5:30 p.m.!

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