• 13th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

    By Texas Moratorium Network

    This Saturday, November 3, is the 13th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty in Austin at the Texas Capitol. It starts at 2 PM. Meet on the South Side of the Capitol.

    Visit the March page on Facebook. The march will be led by four exonerated death row survivors who each spent many years on death row waiting to be executed for crimes they did not commit. They made it out of the system alive, but there are many innocent people still on death row and other innocents who did not make it out alive.

    Speakers at the march will also include family members of people currently on death row, community leaders, activists and others. We represent a growing number of people across Texas and the nation who oppose the death penalty.

    We need your help to show the world that opposition to the death penalty in Texas is growing, so please attend the march.

    If you cannot attend the march, please forward this email to people you know who might be interested.

    You can also support the march by making a donation. Click here to donate by credit card or send a check to:

    Texas Moratorium Network

    3616 Far West Blvd, Suite 117, Box 251

    Austin, Texas 78731

    Texas has executed 488 people since 1982 (as of Oct 28, 2012). The 250th execution under Rick Perry is scheduled for Halloween on October 31. Twelve people have been exonerated while on death row in Texas, the most recent being Anthony Graves in 2010.

    Ron Keine, an innocent man who spent 2 years on death row in New Mexico, will be a special guest at the 13th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty. He will join exonerees Shujaa Graham, Albert Burrell and Clarence Brandley at the march. They are coming courtesy of Witness to Innocence.

    "This is fast becoming one of the biggest anti-death penalty events in the country. I'll be there", said Ron Keine.

    
"As they see what the death penalty really means, in my case and others, more and more Texans believe that Texas can do without the death penalty," said exonerated death row survivor Clarence Brandley, from Conroe, Texas, who has been fighting for compensation from the state of Texas for over twenty years.

    Each year since 2000, people from all walks of life and all parts of Texas, the U.S. and other countries have taken a day out of their year and gathered in Austin to raise their voices together and loudly express their opposition to the death penalty. The march is a coming together of activists, family members of people on death row, community leaders, exonerated former death row prisoners and all those calling for repeal of the Texas death penalty.

    The annual march is organized as a joint project by several Texas anti-death penalty organizations: Texas Moratorium Network, the Austin chapter of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, Texas Students Against the Death Penalty, Witness to Innocence, Texas Civil Rights Project, International Socialist Organization, Amnesty International at The University of Texas, Texas Death Penalty Education and Resource Center, Kids Against the Death Penalty, The Austin Chronicle, Nokoa - the Observer, Democrats for Life, the Gray Panthers and Texas Democrats Against the Death Penalty.

    There is a bus to the march coming from Houston. Contact Gloria Rubac at 713-503-2633, if you would like to ride the bus from Houston.

    HOUSTON BUS:

    LEAVES: 9:00 AM from S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, 3815 Live Oak, Houston 77005

    TICKETS: $10, $5 for students, unemployed, and fixed income

    RETURN: 8:00 or 9:00 PM that evening

    We hope to see you Saturday at the march!

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Listen to Petra de Jong and Gloria Rubac interview on KPFT News about the inhuman living conditions on Texas DR that motivated Jamie McCoskey to give up his last appeals in order to be executed.

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