[Death Penalty Signs] (Fwd) Register Now for TCADP Conference!
r-woodward at tcadp-bv.org
Thu Jan 22 08:09:26 CST 2009
Reminder, execution today, Thursay 1/22. Please join us in protest.
I am forwarding below information about the upcoming
conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death
Penalty. This has always been an excellent event. It
provides inspiration and information. Please consider
I will be driving from BCS and would happily car pool. If
the registration fee is a hardship, let me know; we can
figure a way to get you there.
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RaisingOur Voicesfor Abolition
Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Annual
Saturday, February 21,2009
Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center First United Methodist
1300 Lavaca, Austin, TX 78701
To take advantage of the Early Registration discount price of $45
online by February 1 or contact Sherry Coombes at 512 339-9574.
speak with Sherry about blocked hotel rooms, limited availability
(Super 8 Motel, $85
TCADP Award Recipients - (To Be Recognized at the
Mayor John Cook of El Paso was invited to perform
with Sara Hickman when the Music for Life Tour visited El
Paso in April. Because of his strong personal belief in the
need for abolition and his love of performing, Mayor Cook
agreed to take part and was a powerful presence at the
event. Subsequently, he asked to join the tour to help
with opening the dialogue on the death penalty across the
state. Mayor Cook's political advisor's recommended
strongly that he not undertake this endeavor because
taking part in the tour could possibly hurt him as a
politician. Against their advice Mayor Cook held true to his
beliefs and his faith, and joined the Music for Life tour (at
his own expense).
Deborah Michaleiwcz (San Angelo Area)
The success of the "Music for Life" concert in San Angelo
was due mainly to the organizing efforts and leadership of
Deborah Michaleiwcz. Deborah responded immediately
to Jean Van Steenburg's request for local community
leaders to help us organize a benefit concert in West
Texas, andshe immediately assembled a team of faith
and lay leaders, each of whom brought skills and
connections to the effort. As a result of Deborah's
incredible organizing and outreach skills, the concert
attracted more than 100 people and raised significant
funds for TCADP. It also represented the organization's
first real foray into organizing in West Texas and resulted
in numerous new contacts and members.
Steve James and Peter Gilbert (Directors of "At the
Death House Door")
Steve James' and Peter Gilbert's new film, "At the Death
House Door," was releasedlast year at the South by
Southwest Film Festival in Austin . Featuring the story
of former death house chaplain Rev. Carroll Pickett and
the case of Carlos De Luna, the film has served as an
outstanding new resource for TCADP's public education
efforts. Advance screenings of the film took place
throughout the state and attracted hundreds of people.
Inspiringrenewed attention to the death penalty issue, the
film also has generated new members and supporters for
St John's United Methodist Church of Lubbock, TX
Rev. Bill Martin along with other members of St John's
UMC drafted and passed a resolution through their
church administrative council that then went on to be
considered atthe General Conference of the United
Methodist Church. The resolution called for the specific
abolition of the death penalty in Texas . Rev Martin, Mary
Vines, and other St John's UMC members tracked the
resolution at General Conference and worked to influence
appropriate members to speak on its behalf. They did a
lot of work in preparation and in passing the resolution at
General Conference in April 2008. The resolution was
thenmailed on behalf of the United Methodist Church to
all the Texas Legislators and the Governor.
Bob Ray Sanders (Associate Editor - Ft. Worth Star
Bob Ray Sandershasconsistently written against
thedeath penaltyin the Ft. Worth Star-
Telegram.Hismost recent editorial,"Shameful Record of
Executions", waspublished on October 28,
2008.Sanders is a consistent voice for abolition in a very
conservative area of the state.
**In order to be eligibleto votein theelection ofnew
TCADP Board members, your TCADP membership must
be current. Check with the office by calling 512-441-1808
or emailing info at tcadp.org to find out if your annual
membership dues are current. You can renew your
TCADP membership online or print out a membership
formand mail it to TCADP. Thank you!
Conference Program Register online!
8:00 - 9:00 Registration- Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 General Membership Meeting ** See above
10:25 - 11:15 Keynote Address-Celeste Fitzgerald, New
Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
11:30 - 12:15 Quickshops - Tentative topics include:
* How to reach out to victims' family members
* How to organize a program in your faithcommunity
* How to organize a successful fundraiser
* How to sponsor an event
* How to use new technology/social networking to
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch / Award Presentations
2:15 - 3:15 Plenary Session: TCADP goes to the
3:30 - 4:45 Workshops (tentative) - Choice of one
* Legislative Advocacy - This session will equip participants
to take action on legislation related to abolition and
criminal justice reforms at the 81st Session of the Texas
* How to Answer the Tough Question (Back by popular
demand) - Have you ever been stumped by one of those
tough questions about the death penalty? This workshop
will address some of the common pro-death penalty
arguments and help participants learn to respond in ways
that promote constructive conversation.
* Death Penalty 101 - This session is geared towards
people who are new to the issue/abolition movementand
those who want to be up to date on the latest
developments. It will present the nuts and bolts of the
death penalty, including: the state of the law and new legal
developments; who is on death row; an overview of the
stages of a capital trial and the appellate process; and a
summary of the clemency procedure.
* Local Chapter Development - In this session, TCADP
chapter leaders and other active members will learn how to
set goals and develop action plans in accordance with
TCADP'sstrategic plan. A refresher on membership
recruitment and retention also will be provided.
5:00 - 5:30 Closing Session and Door Prizes
Hope to See You There!
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