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ACTION ALERT

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!

ENDING EXCESSIVE PUNISHMENT IN THE US: A TALK BY PROF. BRYAN STEVENSON

Stevenson Flyer Draft II

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,

Mary

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.

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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

 

“I wanted That Kid Dead”


Click here to read “I wanted That Kid Dead” an article by Russell E. Saltzman
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