Orange County, NC Spoke Up PDF Print E-mail
April 30, 2013

Last week the Orange County, NC Board of Commissioners voted in support of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty's death penalty repeal resolution.

The Board of Commissioners joined Boone, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Durham in calling on the state of North Carolina to repeal the death penalty.

Below are the verbatim comments by the six county commissioners who voted for repealing the death penalty and the one who voted against it.
PFADP at NC Legislature Wednesday on RJA PDF Print E-mail
April 8, 2013

Religious leaders from across North Carolina will speak at PFADP’s press conference against the repeal of the North Carolina Racial Justice Act and resumption of executions on Wednesday at the NC General Assembly in Raleigh.

More than 600 religious leaders across North Carolina called for passage of the Racial Justice Act before it became law in 2009.

When: 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Where: The press room of the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC

We invite all religious leaders and concerned people of faith to join us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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