What a beautiful day this turned out to be.
Today the Texas Parole Board denied a recommendation of clemency and at the same time recommended that Governor Abbott grant at 120 day reprieve that Reed’s attorneys had requested in or to pursue various new evidence of innocence. A short time later, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay and sent the case back to the trial court. This is a solid situation and it certainly means the case gets to continue and Rodney Reed will NOT be executed on November 20, 2019. What a terrific sense of relief for all concerned. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in this life-saving victory! Sr. Helen Prejean made this short greeting to Rodney’s family and supporters.
The day started with a Global Solidarity Prayer Vigil & Rally at the US Supreme Court, coordinated by Death Penalty Action at the request of the Reed family. Watch the video of this powerful event here. See photos here. And read this terrific report from the National Council of Churches!
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Also — Federal executions may resume for the first time in more than 16 years starting December 9th. Death Penalty Action is working with the Terre Haute Death Penalty Resistance network to create an International Human Rights Day Death Penalty Convocation. That event will be on December 8 in advance of the anticipated execution on December 9, 2016. Get the details, register, and learn about sponsorship opportunities here.
Learn more and take action here about other ways you can take action to stop the federal executions. Please share the below social media posts and make sure you have signed both petitions.
Click now to support HB4052, @AyannaPressley’s bill to abolish the federal #DeathPenalty via @DeathPenaltyAct https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-congress-the-death-penalty-is-wrong #NoFederalExecutions
Tell the President to call off the scheduled federal executions! We can be safe and hold killers accountable without more killing! https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-president-trump-stop-the-executions #NoFederalExecutions via @DeathPenaltyAct
Thank you. Yours in the Struggle,
— Abe & Scott
Co-Directors, Death Penalty Action.
PS: Please chip in $5 or more — as much as possible, really — using a credit card, Paypal or you can even do it the traditional way and send send a check. We can only do this work because of YOU! The info you need is here. Please make the most of every opportunity to work for justice this week and every week!