First Statewide Gathering of Anti-Death Penalty Movement Taking Place This Weekend in Fort Worth; Local Members Embark on “Faithful Pilgrimage” from Dallas to Fort Worth
More than 130 grassroots advocates and supporters from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 22, 2014 at University Christian Church in Fort Worth for the annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). This event, “Lighting the Way,” will feature workshops, a keynote address by Bob Ray Sanders of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and a panel discussion on how Texas is lighting the way on the death penalty issue. This is the first time that the TCADP Annual Conference, now in its 16th consecutive year, is taking place in Fort Worth.
We are so excited about the 120+ folks who have pre-registered for the TCADP 2014 Annual Conference: “Lighting the Way”, which will take place this weekend, Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas at University Christian Church.
If you have not registered yet, there’s still time! We have provided a headcount to the caterers. If you know you are coming, please register online by THURSDAY or let us know at 512-441-1808 / email@example.com that you are coming and plan to pay at the door
Ten years ago today – February 17, 2004 – Cameron Todd Willingham was executed by the State of Texas despite compelling evidence of his innocence. Willingham was put to death for the 1991 arson murder of his three young daughters in Corsicana. His case continues to be shrouded in doubt and controversy, as every fire expert who has [...]
On February 5, 2014, the State of Texas carried out its second execution of the year, putting Suzanne Basso to death for the 1998 murder of Louis “Buddy” Musso. Basso was convicted in 1999 in Harris County. Prosecutors accused her of luring Musso, an intellectually disabled man, to Texas after meeting Basso and her son, J.D. O’Malley in New Jersey. Five co-defendants, including O’Malley, were convicted of playing a role in the murder.
In the first Texas death penalty trial of 2014, an El Paso County jury has determined that Christian Martinez should spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2011 murders of Amalia Flores, 58, and her daughter Jovana Flores, 20. Ten of the twelve jurors agreed that mitigating evidence warranted a sentence other than death. [...]
Please don’t miss this TCADP February alert highlighting ways you can be engaged in ending the death penalty in Texas: protest the scheduled execution of Suzanne Basso in February, attend the 2014 Annual Conference “Lighting the Way” happening February 22, and read the Winter edition of the TCADP Quarterly newsletter. We want to see you in Fort Worth in February so don’t miss the TCADP Annual Conference and other special upcoming events.
The State of Texas is scheduled to put Suzanne Basso to death on February 5, 2014. She was convicted in 1999 in Harris County of the 1998 murder of Louis “Buddy” Musso. You can help stop this execution by contacting the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Rick Perry.