NADP participates in an action packed weekend of training workshops!
This year the NCADP’s Annual Conference brought together hundreds of the movement’s most valuable assets—abolitionists, leaders, and activists. This year’s theme, Training for the Long Run—Building Bridges to Wider Audiences, focused on broadening our base of support for ending capital punishment. The three-day event was jam-packed with presentations by individuals who have lost loved ones to violent crime, death row exonerees, policy experts, faith leaders, and legislators.
Two of NADP’s most dedicated activists, Miriam Thimm Kelle and Kurt Mesner, were in attendance as part of the community of murder victims' family members from across the state of Nebraska and around the country. Kurt reported this after returning from the Conference, “I left with a very good impression after going to the Sunday morning Praise and Healing Ceremony; An Interfaith Celebration. It was very calming and relaxing and let me know that all religions can come together on a common goal of abolishing the death penalty.” Both Mimi and Kurt were mentioned in an article about the Conference in the local paper- read the article here.
One of the most interesting panel discussions of the event included a presentation by Senator Roy Brown, from the Montana State Legislature. Senator Brown is a long time leader of Montana’s Republican party and was the Republican nominee for Governor in Montana in 2008. He was also a sponsor of the death penalty repeal bill in Montana in 2009. The panel discussed the perspectives of political and religious conservatives opposed to the death penalty. Senator Brown appeared in this article following the Conference: Anti-Death Penalty Movement Wooing Conservatives. We hope this important dialogue will grow as we continue our work here in Nebraska!