Maryland Repeals Death Penalty! PDF Print E-mail
March 15, 2013

Congratulations! Moments ago, two blocks from the docks where Kunta Kinte of Alex Haley's Roots saga was sold into slavery in 1767, the Maryland House of Delegates, by a vote of 82 - 56, dismantled arguably one of the legacies of slavery and lynchings that has echoed through the centuries by abolishing the death penalty.

Maryland is now the first state below the Mason-Dixon Line to have abolished capital punishment, the eighteenth in the United States. Almost all of the men on Maryland's death row in the modern era have been African-Americans whose victims were white. Nearly 100 percent of executions in the past decade have taken place in the former Confederacy from neighboring Virginia southward.

What a huge victory! Thank you!
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Happening Now: Maryland Vote PDF Print E-mail
March 15, 2013

The Maryland House of Delegates is about to hold their final vote on SB 276, the bill that will repeal the death penalty.

Listen live to history in the making from the Maryland General Assembly’s website by clicking here.

Immediately following the vote, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will be hosting a press conference alongside coalition members who worked hard to make repeal possible. You can watch a live stream of the press conference here.

As always, we encourage you to follow our live updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Onward to victory!
 
Surging in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
March 14, 2013

We're surging towards repeal in Maryland.

The MD House Judiciary Committee passed the death penalty repeal bill, SB 276, by a vote of 14 – 8 last Friday. Debate on the bill began yesterday in the full House and a final vote is expected tomorrow. From there, the bill will go to MD Gov. Martin O’Malley to be signed into law.

Please continue to thank Gov. O’Malley for his hard work and support.

If you live in Maryland, please also take the following actions:

1. Encourage your delegates to support repeal. Click here to write to them right now.

2. Send a message to your senator. Click here to write to him or her right now.
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Final Vote for Repeal in Maryland Senate PDF Print E-mail
March 6, 2013

The Maryland Senate is holding final comments and vote on death penalty repeal this morning. Listen live here: mgaleg.maryland.gov/

(Scroll down the home page, and click the red "Live" button on the right hand side of the page under "Senate Session Status".)
 
Maryland Senate Passes Repeal PDF Print E-mail
March 6, 2013

Maryland Senate Passes Repeal Bill!

Congratulations and thank you! This afternoon, before our eyes the Maryland Senate passed SB 276, the bill to repeal the death penalty. The Maryland Senate is the first legislative body in the American South to call for repeal of the death penalty.

The bill now goes to the Maryland House Judiciary Committee, where it has strong support, From there it goes to the floor of the Maryland House of Delegates next week where, with your help, it will pass.
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Maryland Matters – Ask Stephen Colbert Tonight PDF Print E-mail
March 4, 2013

Be sure to tune in tonight as Kirk Bloodsworth, who is the first death row prisoner exonerated by DNA, appears on the Colbert Report.

We’ll be back in Annapolis tonight and tomorrow as the Senate floor debate continues and will be tweeting from https://twitter.com/PFADP.
 
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