TCADP has identified priority initiatives that need your support:
Ask Your Clergy to Sign the Interfaith Clergy Sign-on Letter
In order to demonstrate the depth and breadth of faith-based opposition to the death penalty in Texas, TCADP seeks to release the Interfaith Statement to the media, to elected officials, and to the public at large during the next regular session of the Texas Legislature in 2015. We are seeking support for a “Faith Leader Lobby Day on the Death Penalty” to be held during the next session. Share and sign the interfaith sign-on letter.
Join the TCADP Social Media Rapid Response Team
Help TCADP expand its reach and communicate important messages online! Sign up today to be a part of the TCADP Social Media Rapid Response Team. (You don’t have to be in Texas to be helpful!) http://tcadp.org/social-media-
Apply to be a member of the TCADP Lobby Corps
In order to build on this success, TCADP seeks to expand the Lobby Corps to include additional members, particularly those who live outside of Austin. We invite applications from other individuals who would like to be involved in our efforts. While the primary work of the Lobby Corps is conducted when the legislature is in session, there are opportunities for legislative activity during the interim period (the next legislature regular session will take place from January – May 2015). Applications are being accepted through September 16, 2013. http://tcadp.org/get-involved/lobby-corps/
Attend Membership Gatherings Being Held in Your Community
TCADP is hosting membership gatherings in Houston, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and San Antonio during the month of September. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-441-1808 for more information on local opportunities.
Increase Membership Growth and Diversity
Download a “Count Me In” form, circulate it at your faith or civic meeting, and mail completed forms to TCADP. TCADP is actively seeking support from diverse political, civic, and religious spectrums to increase our reach and and impact. Criminal justice professionals and victim family members willing to share their perspectives are also high priorities. If you have not subscribed to TCADP, do it today and let us know about yourself so we can utilize your unique voice effectively.
Here are additional ways for you to be involved with TCADP:
Become a member of TCADP. Encourage others to join, as well. Join online or download a membership form.
NEW! – Encourage local organizations and institutions to sign an organizational statement of support and affiliation. Share form with your favorite churches, civic groups, etc. (Save PDF to your computer, complete, print and mail/email to TCADP.)
Host a house party/fundraiser and invite your friends to donate to TCADP. TCADP will provide resource information and a speaker.
Join the TCADP email list. Emails include information on upcoming executions, legislative updates, and area events of interest. Look for the “Receive Email Updates” button on the TCADP home page, www.tcadp.org.
Attend the TCADP Annual Conference. (next conference: February 22, 2014 – Fort Worth)
Remember TCADP in your end-of-year giving! And consider becoming a Partner for Justice!
Download a “Count Me In” form, circulate it, and mail signatures to TCADP.
Volunteer with TCADP. We can use your expertise and assistance in multiple ways.
Organize an information table with literature on the death penalty at local festivals, civic meetings, or faith communities. TCADP can provide you with petitions, general handouts, and information with various perspectives on the issue.
Write a letter to the editor or post online comments in response to death penalty related stories you read in your local newspaper. Contact the office for sample language you might use.
Publish an article on the death penalty in your next newsletter or in other civic or faith publications.
Watch a film on the death penalty and hold a discussion in your civic group, class or faith community (see the death penalty resource list for film suggestions).
Host a speaker on the death penalty (see the TCADP’s Speakers’ Bureau, which includes attorneys, murder victims’ family members, a former death house chaplain, mental health experts, and others).
Ask your clergy to sign the interfaith sign-on letter.
Write, visit, and call your state senator and representative and share your concerns about the Texas death penalty. Determine the legislator’s position on the death penalty and then share the information you gather with the TCADP office. Always be polite and professional! Learn how under the “Contact Lawmakers” section of the TCADP website.
Work with your political party on the precinct, district and state level to pass resolutions calling for the repeal of the death penalty.
Attend the TCADP Lobby Day held during the Legislative session. Apply to be a part of the TCADP Lobby Corps.
Learn where candidates for elected office (including state legislators, judges, and district attorneys) stand on the death penalty.
For more information or assistance with any of these project ideas, please contact the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty: (512) 441-1808 or email@example.com.