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SAVE THE DATE: Lethal Injection Hearing - Monday, November 16th

Make your voice heard! Lethal injection and the death penalty are bad for Nebraska There is one final opportunity for you to make your voice heard in opposition to the death penalty in 2009. Monday, November 16th, at 9:00 am, public comment will be taken on the proposed new method of execution: lethal injection. And “public comment” means just that–anyone, young or old, expert voice or first-time citizen lobbyist, is encouraged to join us to make it clear that Nebraska does not need a new flawed method of killing people. Stay tuned next week, as we will be sending out action alerts to help you prepare for the hearing–information about how to submit written comments on the proposed lethal in

Nebraska Student Organizing Conference 2009

Organizing for Better Tomorrows! The Nebraska Student Organizing Conference (NSOC): “Organizing for Better Tomorrows” will take place Saturday, October 10, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska City Union. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about becoming an organizer in the movement to end the death penalty! Jill Francke, Director of Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, will be presenting a workshop on Grassroots Lobbying, and NADP will have an information table at the event. The conference is open to anyone—it is not limited to Nebraska residents, students, or young people. The conference begins at 8am and ends by 6:30pm. Breakfast, lunch, and a light

Shouting from the Rooftops!

It is too late for Todd Willingham, but don’t let his story die The New Yorker report on the case of Cameron Todd Willingham is hard to believe. The story of an innocent person being executed is something everyone should know about. If you have not yet read the article, please take the time to do so today. It is long but it is important. In 2006, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia asserted that there has not been “a single case—not one—in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred in recent years, we would not have to hunt for it; the innocent’s name would be shouted from the rooftops.” We are now asking you to join us in shout

Problems with Lethal Injection Results in Delayed Execution

Ohio Governor calls off execution after more than two hours of failed attempts For the first time in the modern era of the death penalty, an execution by lethal injection was called off and Romell Broom was returned to death row in Ohio. Ohio’s Governor Ted Strickland stepped in and postponed the execution after the execution team struggled for more than two hours to find a usable vein to administer the lethal drugs. View the timeline for the failed execution here. The questions that this case has raised will likely have an impact far beyond Broom’s case and the state of Ohio. According to a recent Newsweek article entitled Dying in Vein: During the attempted execution, Broom was pricked mor

Can Nebraska Afford to Keep the Death Penalty?

New study shows high cost of the death penalty in a time of economic crisis in Nebraska The Death Penalty Information Center has released its latest report, “Smart on Crime: Reconsidering the Death Penalty in a Time of Economic Crisis.” The report combines an analysis of the costs of the death penalty with a newly-released national poll of police chiefs who put capital punishment at the bottom of their law enforcement priorities. Read the study here. The study concludes that states are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on the death penalty, draining state budgets during the economic crisis and diverting funds from more effective anti-violence programs. Also included in the report are t

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