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To All Our Supporters

Dear Friends,


We are writing because we are at a crossroads.   KCADP is transitioning to an all-volunteer organization as of   May 6th. as the grant funding that provided the resources for paid staff has ended.


KCADP staff will go on to other challenges.  We know they will succeed at those ventures.  They are some of the finest people we have had the privilege of working with.  That goes for all the Board members, our consultants, our members, Abolition Endorsing Groups and other allies, and our funders as well.  KCADP staff have commented how they will never forget their staff colleagues, the members, the exonerees, the legislators and all who have been involved in this effort and will always be grateful for the opportunities and challenges this work has provided.  It has been an honor.


The info email will still be functional and will be answered by a dedicated abolitionist.  To reach someone by phone call 785-235-2237.


For the past 6 years, KCADP has been blessed with the resources for a vigorous abolition campaign.  We have grown the abolition community in Kansas to be a truly diverse group that spans the political spectrum, as well as increasing support in our traditional communities.  That diversity was evident in our late January press conference.


We have defeated legislation that would have dangerously sped up executions in Kansas.  We have brought new legislators into the abolition community.  And, many more Kansans now know why abolition is the answer.


The past two years have been frustrating because despite the efforts of many dedicated legislators and KCADP members and supporters we have not been able to advance abolition as far as we’d hoped.


The KCADP board is committed to achieving abolition in Kansas!  In the year ahead, KCADP will work to grow the “big tent” that has been built so far.  We will work to educate candidates this summer and fall.  We will be seeking abolition again next year in a legislature that will undoubtedly have some new members as well as returning ones.


The courageous, energetic and visionary volunteers who have led KCADP for more than 25 years will continue to press for abolition.   (The staff have talked about how we, like Moses, have been able to see the promised land, but have not able to go there.  It was our fondest wish and we will celebrate when you get there!)


Thank you for all your support for KCADP that you have already shown.  KCADP members have shown time and again their passion and commitment to abolition.  So we ask now that you continue and increase your support of KCADP.  We have no doubt whatsoever that the organization will adapt, grow and prosper in the coming years.


Stay with KCADP as the campaign continues….  “Ad astra per aspera”.  It may be difficult, but we will get the death penalty repealed!


Best always,


Mary Sloan, Executive Director


Donna Schneweis, Board Chair


On April 27, the Kansas Legislature returns for the final portion of the 2016 Legislative Session. And they do so under grim conditions:  our state faces a $290 million dollar budget hole and no one knows how to fix it.  This will surely mean cuts to programs and services that people have a real need for and care deeply about.

One program that should for sure be on the table for balancing this lopsided budget is the death penalty. The death penalty represents the worst possible example of wasteful government spending, AND YET, leadership in the House and Senate is still hesitant to even consider the idea of ending Kansas’ death penalty.

Call Speaker Merrick, Senate President Wagle, and all of your area legislators today and tell them you don’t care about political games! Tell them there is no controversy about ending the death penalty! Tell them you care about Kansas, you’ve looked at the facts, and you’d rather see the death penalty abolished than more funding cuts for schools, roads, or other public services.  Make sure our leaders know that we want them to do the RIGHT thing.  It’s never wrong to do the right thing!

Speaker Merrick
Phone: 785-296-2302
Email: raydotmerrickathousedotksdotgov
Senate President Wagle
Phone: 785-296-2419
Email: SusandotWagleatsenatedotksdotgov
You can find your personal legislator info here!


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Call Speaker Ray Merrick Now!

Dear Friend,

In the first week of session, we saw Rep. Steven Becker and 16 other House Members introduce HB 2515, a bill to end the death penalty in Kansas. Last week, we saw those legislators, joined by Floyd Bledsoe and community leaders from across the state hold a press conference calling attention to HB 2515 and showing their support for ending the death penalty THIS YEAR!


This week it’s on us! We have to call Speaker Merrick’s office and strongly request he reassign HB 2515 to a committee that will let it be heard — specifically the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee. It is important that important public policy issues like the death penalty are fairly debated and discussed by the legislature. Without all of us reaching out and telling Speaker Merrick to do the right thing, we will not see repeal in 2016! Call him today! Call him tomorrow! Call him everyday until he let’s abolition get a fair hearing!


Speaker Ray Merrick Capitol Office – Phone: 785-296-2302; Email: raydotmerrickathousedotksdotgov

Home: 6874 W. 164th Terr., Stilwell, KS 66085 Phone: 913-897-4014; Email:merrickrfatsbcglobaldotnet


Thank you for your support!! Your KCADP Team

Bill Sponsors Press Conference

Click here to read the details of KCADP’s Bill Sponsors Press Conference.

Kansas Repeal Bill is HOUSE BILL No. 2515

HOUSE BILL No. 2515 will abolish the death penalty in Kansas and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Please mention the Bill number 2515, when you contact your legislators urging them to vote “Yes” for repeal. Click here to read the bill. Share this information with your friends and spread the word!

Thank you for Donating

Dear Friends,

I am writing to say thank you for giving so generously to KCADP on #GivingTuesday this year! We set a goal of $1,000 and we have exceeded it!

If you missed that opportunity to support KCADP, you still have time to make an impact by donating to our Annual Fund Drive.

I am sure you know that we are grateful to be working for repeal with you.  Make no doubt about it, your activism and financial support make a real difference!

What now as we wait for the next legislative session?  All I can tell you is to be on “stand by” and watch your email for important alerts about ways you can be involved as the legislature returns in January.

In the meantime, may this season of holidays bring you peace and joy~

Best always,


Tuesday is Giving Tuesday!



That means you can help the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty reach our goal of $1,000 in donations on Tuesday!

Our fight to end the death penalty continues and it is time to take a stand and bring an end to the death penalty in Kansas once and for all!


Do encourage friends, neighbors and family to remember the Kansas Coalition as they participate in this annual event. And while you’re shopping, remember that you can designate KCADP as your chosen charity with Amazon Smile.


Please click this link and make your donation today! 

You can also mail your donation to our office at KCADP, PO Box 2065, Topeka, KS 66601.

With your help we can make Kansas a state free from executions!




Nebraska Senator Colby Coash at the 2015 Annual Abolition Conference

Click here to watch Nebraska Senator Colby Coash speaking at the 2015 Annual Abolition Conference.


Important News Alert

Dear Friends,

This morning Pope Francis addressed the US Congress.  In that address, he asserted that ‘every life is sacred,’ and called for the death penalty to be abolished globally.  His support for abolition of the death penalty could not have been more forthright or more clear.


The Pope stated that life is important at every stage and tied abolition to his advocacy for the poor, the underrepresented and those whom society has devalued.  He stated “I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes.”  (The emphasis is mine.)

The Pope drew significant applause from the Congress when he noted that the Golden Rule – doing unto others as we would have them do to us – gives us the “responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of development.”


Finally, the Pope made it very clear that this principle of treating others they way we want to be treated, does extend to those who have been sentenced for the most serious criminal actions.


I wanted to share this great news with you today.  We applaud the Pope for his strong support and hope that many will thoughtfully reflect on his comments and join us in calling for the state of Kansas to repeal the death penalty in 2016.


Mary and the KCADP Team