Remembering Dr. Leola J. Bullock

The below article appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 In the week after the death of Leola Bullock, there was much said about her passion for civil, social and human rights. At her funeral, the Rev. Dr. Jesse Foster told how Leola would invite and encourage others to show up at meetings, hearings, protests, anywhere they could speak up or stand up against discrimination, prejudice, or inequality. But whether or not those others would accompany her did not influence her own participation. She was going, Foster said, even if she was the only body standing up, or the lone voice speaking out. On Oct. 17, her own ability to stand up, sit in or wave a hand to be heard

2010 Annual Dinner a Success

How do you win a campaign to repeal the death penalty? While there is no magic answer to this very important question, there is someone who knows a whole lot about it: Shari Silberstein. NADP was lucky enough to have Shari deliver the keynote at our Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet, held on the campus of Nebraska Wesleyan University on October 8, 2010. Shari is the Executive Director of Equal Justice USA (, one of the quintessential national organizations leading the charge in work to end the use of the death penalty. Since joining Equal Justice USA in September 2000, Shari has become a nationally recognized anti-death penalty organizer, campaign strategist, and trainer. She ha

Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues

One hundred lucky Nebraskans got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend an entire day listening to and talking with Sister Helen Prejean, one our movement's most formidable forces. Sister Helen set out to light a fire in the hearts and minds of those who gathered at the beautiful Saint Benedict Center in Schuyler. She spent the morning speaking about her own awakening to the need to work for social justice for everyone, and about her early work living with the poor with the Congregation of St. Joseph in New Orleans. The afternoon provided an opportunity for the group to explore what Sister Helen refers to as the “two arms of the cross” through a discussion of her work with both death row


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