The Death Penalty in Kansas…I’ve got Issues with that!

 

Did you happen to miss KTWU’s latest “I’ve Got Issues” program, when the death penalty in Kansas was discussed?

Bummed you didn’t get to see the interview with Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking?”

Disappointed that you missed our very own Mary Sloan and Ron Wurtz talk about the benefits of repealing the death penalty in Kansas?

Ron from IGI Mary from IGI

Don’t worry you can watch the entire episode right here!

 

Sign Petition appealing to Pope Francis

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The Cherish Life Circle, a Catholic abolitionist circle founded but Sisters of Mercy, have a petition online appealing to Pope Francis to urge the US to end the use of the death penalty. They need about 400 or so more signatures so let’s help them out!

 

http://cqrcengage.com/sistersofmercy/app/sign-petition?2&engagementId=40376 

 

Remember, you don’t have to be Catholic to sign!

 

 

KCADP wants to hire you!

Want to be more involved in bringing Abolition to Kansas?  

Then check out this open position, it might just be perfect for you!

 

JOB DESCRIPTION – FIELD ORGANIZER

 

Job Title:                Field Organizer

Position Type:      Full-time

Reports To:           Executive Director

Salary:                     Based on Experience

 

Position Description:

The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP) is a non-profit organization that is preparing for a legislative campaign. The field organizer will be a vital part of this campaign, responsible for traveling to and organizing within key legislative districts under the Executive Director’s supervision and oversight.  With a specific focus on Wichita and Western Kansas area supporters – including victims’ families, law enforcement officials, political conservatives, moderates and liberals  and diverse faith groups – the field organizer will carry out systematic outreach with the goal of building grassroots support for repeal and identifying key volunteers and partners.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with and mobilize strategically important constituency groups
  • Identify ways to develop new leadership among members and supporters
  • Build coalitions and networks within targeted legislative districts
  • Plan and execute educational events in targeted areas of the state
  • Assist in trainings on speaking, advocacy and grassroots lobbying
  • Prepare written materials (such as fliers and brochures) to support overall grassroots campaign
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to ensure grassroots organizing efforts advance legislative goals as specified in the strategic plan
  • Speak on behalf of KCADP at meetings, events, and other venues
  • Work with staff and volunteers to ensure that the database is up to date
  • Contribute to the KCADP’s newsletter as requested
  • Send out action alerts and updates to KCADP members

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Confident public speaker
  • Commitment to ending the death penalty
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills; familiarity with internet/social media
  • Comfortable working with and motivating volunteers in various projects
  • Ability to interface with diverse population groups
  • Attentiveness to detail and ability to work under pressure
  • Self-starter, but respectful of team goals and processes
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • A valid driver’s license, auto insurance and ability to drive within the state as needed
  • Experience with community organizing; experience in event planning a plus
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint; use of Publisher a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree in social service or human services discipline
  • Bondable

 

 Please email your resume and a cover letter to Mary Sloa  (maryatKSabolitiondotorg)  n at maryatKSabolitiondotorg.

 

HB 2389 has been Defeated!

 

Senate Substitute for HB 2389 was defeated late Friday!

 
Our deep concern was that the bill would restrict and shorten the death penalty appeals process, greatly increasing the risk of death for those wrongfully convicted. We appreciate your support of KCADP and strong advocacy in contacting both the House and Senate members throughout the session. It made a difference!

 
We are grateful for the wise actions of Representatives. Becker, Pauls, Jennings, Hilldebrand and Carmichael in urging the House to OPPOSE a bill that had not been thoroughly debated and fully considered by the House. We commend Senator Haley for his strong leadership and opposition to this bill both in the Senate and on the appointed Conference Committee.

 
Because of our work to defeat this bill, we have educated many, gained new allies, and are closer to repeal. Each of you made a difference this year and has helped us to respond quickly, fill up hearing rooms, receive media attention for the issues, and engage legislators.

 
This summer and fall we will continue working and preparing to pass repeal in next session. We urge you to stay tuned, bring potential new members to events and meetings, and keep educating and advocating in all parts of Kansas.

Botched Execution in Oklahoma

 

Traditional and social media around the nation are exploding with the news of last night’s botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. Lockett died after the State of Oklahoma, using a new and untested drug combination, aborted the procedure when it was clear that the execution was not proceeding as planned.

 

News reports and witnesses relate that Lockett cried out “man” and that he writhed and struggled to get off the gurney after he was supposed to be unconscious. Officials closed the blinds to the viewing gallery after Lockett struggled.

 

The event lasted at least 43 minutes. Lockett’s cause of death was reported to be a massive heart attack.

 

This was to have been a double execution, the state’s first since 1937. The execution of the other condemned man, Charles Warner, has been postponed. It is clear that Oklahoma should halt all executions and carry out an independent investigation.

 

“We know that the death penalty is fraught with risk, error and expense, and it does nothing to protect society from future crime,” said Donna Schneweis, Chair of the Kansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (KCADP). Lethal injection is not an acceptable method for states who still carry out the death penalty as shown in last night’s event and the prolonged and grotesque execution of Ohio convicted killer Dennis McGuire in January. Last night’s execution in Oklahoma, like the one in Ohio in January, undermine public confidence in our criminal justice system.

 

The solution is to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The death penalty should not continue.

 

The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP), The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the National Coalition and many others are calling for change. This shocking event serves as an even greater motivation to abolish the death penalty in Kansas and join 18 other states that have already outlawed this archaic practice.