A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty would like to offer a special thank-you to “Nebraska’s Cartoonist” Paul Fell for his coverage of the death penalty in the 2009 Legislative session. Throughout this newsletter you have seen various FellToons, all pointing out major flaws with the death penalty and lethal injection here in Nebraska. Paul was very gracious in allowing NADP to use his cartoons in our outreach and education efforts surrounding LB 36 and for that we are very thankful. In addition to allowing us to distribute these cartoons to our supporters, Paul has also donated the original print of the cartoon that appears on the front page of this newsletter to our Annual Dinner

Connect with NADP

As the world of online activism continues to grow, NADP is working to stay connected to our supporters on the World Wide Web. We are currently utilizing various social networking sites and other forms of online communication to keep you up to date with our work and activities. We hope that you will take a minute today to visit our website at We work very hard to keep the website up-to-date and informative, so check back often to see what we are up to. When you visit the website, please sign up to receive our email updates. This is the quickest and most cost-effective way for us to keep you informed about the events taking place in your area and the many ways that you can take a

Losing a Fellow Abolitionist: Kathleen Hawk Norman

NADP’s friend, supporter, and keynote speaker from last year’s annual dinner Kathleen Hawk Norman passed away April 16th, peacefully in her sleep at home in New Orleans. As founder of “Jurors for Justice,” an abolitionist support group for jurors on murder cases as secondary trauma victims of the death penalty, Kathleen had become a unique voice for abolition. She spoke so eloquently about how she was called for jury duty in Louisiana and tried to live up to her ideals as an American in agreeing to serve as jury foreperson. The trial resulted in a death sentence for Dan Bright because the only evidence presented clearly seemed to indicate his guilt. But when Bright’s new appeal attorneys cam

Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation Coming to Nebraska

Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) recently selected Omaha as the site for their national board meeting and training session. Founded in 1976, MVFR is a national organization of family members of victims of both homicide and executions who oppose the death penalty in all cases. From October 22-25, MVFR will hold a two day board meeting along with a one day training session for family members of victims of homicide and executions. For more information on MVFR, you can view their website at “I am beyond thrilled that Nebraska was selected as the site for the MVFR board meeting. Recently, NADP has begun work to bring together murder victims’ family members and I th

Reaching Out to You: Statewide Coordinator's Report

By Jill L Francke, NADP Statewide Coordinator I wanted to take a moment now that the dust has settled to fill you all in on the ongoing work here at Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty! First, I want to say how awesome it is to be part of a movement that is in such an exciting place both here in our state and on the national level. I am so encouraged by the huge gains being made in CO, KS, MD, CT, MT, MO and of course NM! It has bolstered our movement here in Nebraska and I am sure that we have only seen the beginning of these success stories! The staff and Board of Directors here at NADP were very disappointed by the passage of the bill to implement lethal injection as our new and only mea

Status of Lethal Injection in Nebraska

By Amy Miller, NADP Board Chair “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson The disappointment we felt with the passage of the bill to implement lethal injection as Nebraska’s new and sole means of execution reminds us that perseverance is necessary. The lethal injection bill was signed into law by Governor Dave Heineman on May 28, 2009, and will take effect on August 30th. This does not mean our work is over–not right now, and not for the long haul. Right now, we need you to do a small thing. We need you to thank the Senators who stood against the injustice of LB36. If your Senator voted in favor of this flawed and barbaric bill, p


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