Racial Injustice PDF Print E-mail
April 4, 2013

And with this faith we will go out and adjourn the counsels of despair and bring new light into the dark chambers of pessimism and we will be able to rise from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope. And this will be a great America! We will be the participants in making it so.

                 - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born to eternal life on April 4, 1968

Yesterday afternoon the NC Senate voted 33 – 14 in support of repealing the NC Racial Justice Act and restarting executions. The bill, Senate Bill 306, now moves to the House.

If you live in North Carolina, please take a moment to send a message to your senator in response to his or her vote.

And encourage your representative to vote against SB 306.
No subtlety in repeal of the Racial Justice Act PDF Print E-mail
March 27, 2013

The News & Observer

The gloves are off now. In the last legislative session, opponents of the Racial Justice Act succeeded in increasing the burden of proof on those sentenced to death if they wanted to appeal their sentences on the basis of racial bias. Now, those opponents simply want to gut the law and get back to the business of executing people in North Carolina.

State Sen. Thom Goolsby of Wilmington is pushing an end to the Racial Justice Act along with other more technical changes in the law to allow resumption of the death penalty in North Carolina. There have been no executions since 2006 because of different legal appeals.
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly PDF Print E-mail
March 27, 2013

Yeah, it's a cliché, but yesterday had some good, kind of bad and downright ugly votes around the country.
Act Now for Delaware! PDF Print E-mail
March 25, 2013

We have really big news.

Tomorrow Delaware’s Senate will vote on SB 19, the bill that will repeal the death penalty.

If you live in Delaware, please act right now.

Click here to send an email to your Senator. Tell your friends.
Jesus, at Least, Opposed the Death Penalty PDF Print E-mail
March 27, 2013

By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

In an act that echoed the backroom negotiations of Temple court lawyers 2,000 years ago, Senator Thom Goolsby (R-New Hannover) pushed a bill through Senate committee on Tuesday of Holy Week that would resume executions in North Carolina.

Ironically, his supporters argued that the cross justifies their desire for retributive justice.
Morally Indefensible PDF Print E-mail
March 25, 2013

A bill has been introduced in the NC Senate that would repeal the NC Racial Justice Act and restart executions in our state.

Sen. Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County has introduced SB 306, which the Senate Judiciary I Committee will be taking up tomorrow.

Please take action immediately. Write to your senator right now, encouraging him or her to vote against SB 306.

The Senate Judiciary I Committee will be taking up SB 306 Tuesday, March 26 at 10 a.m. in room 1027 of the Legislative Building, 16 West Jones St., Raleigh.
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