On August 7th and 8th we traveled to Sidney, NE to hold the first of what we hope is an ongoing series of events that we are calling “Death Penalty Sundays”. At the invitation of Father Art Faesser, our statewide coordinator, Jill Francke, was able to address more than 300 parishioners at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on the issues of the death penalty and the teachings of the Catholic Church. We were both humbled and encouraged by the warm reception we received from those in attendance and by the impact that this event has had on our work!
To maximize the outcomes of our Sidney trip we distributed postcards that provided a way for people to connect to our campaign and to make their opposition to the death penalty known to their elected officials. As a result of our first Death Penalty Sunday event, we gained more than 65 new supporters in an area where we had only been in contact with a handful of individuals!
We want to say thank you again to Father Art and everyone in Sidney who made our visit so fun and successful!
As we continue these important outreach efforts around the state we need your help! If you are a member of a church or community organization that would like to hold a Death Penalty Sunday or host a speaker on the death penalty please contact our field organizer at (402) 477-7787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.