Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta supports Georgia bill which would resentence death row inmates

Don Plummer, Community Engagement and Media Relations

Office of the Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta | The Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia sent the following important news to EPF’s Death Penalty Abolition Action Group: 

The state of Georgia now has an active, bipartisan revocation bill before its state legislature. SB 485 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59757, that the Diocese of Atlanta is supporting. This bill would resentence all death row inmates to life in prison without the possibility for parole. The Diocese is a supporter and partner with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta in the Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty effort  https://gacadp.org/.

More broadly, The Diocese of Atlanta is a sponsor and member of The Multi-faith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration (EMI) http://emi.odyssey-impact.org/.

EMI began as a conference on ending mass incarceration at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and has since evolved into a multistate effort.

Thanks for your attention and the very important work you do.

Bringing Darkness Into Light: Sharing Stories of Redemption from Men on Death Row

St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Rupert Idaho

Presents

Bringing Darkness into Light: 

Sharing Stories of Redemption from Men

 on Arkansas’ Death Row

Film: Sunday, May 2, 2021 4:00pm MST

Join the Zoom film showing here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6344344340

Sewanee: The University of the South Presents

Bringing Darkness into Light: 

Sharing Stories of Redemption from Men

 on Arkansas’ Death Row

April 22, 2021 3:30pm – 4:30pm CST

Join the Zoom here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88510214918

How to Abolish the Death Penalty, Ohio Edition

Important Tools to Abolish Ohio’s Death Penalty from Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE)                

Last week, two death penalty repeal bills were introduced in Ohio's legislature!

Senators Nickie Antonio (D-23) and Stephen Huffman (R-5) formally introduced Senate Bill 103, and Representatives Jean Schmidt (R-65) and Adam Miller (D-17) introduced the House version - House Bill 183.

We cannot get these bills passed without your support. As the Director of Organizing and Community Outreach, I wanted to re-introduce myself to you as the go-to person at OTSE who is organizing the grassroots effort to get this bill passed.

If you're a member of an organization that supports ending Ohio's death penalty, visit our partners page and reach out to me at Jennifer@otse.org to get your organization listed if it isn't already.

Additionally, we're so excited to get a group of volunteers assembled and looped into the work we're doing. If you're interested in volunteering, please sign up using this link. You'll be hearing from me when we need you to take action.

Our partners at Equal Justice USA (EJUSA) and Witness to Innocence (WTI) have created action items to generate messages to your legislator.Click here for EJUSA's letter, and here for WTI's.

Sincerely,Jennifer Pryor
Director of Organizing and Community Outreach, OTSE
Jennifer@otse.org

P.S. Ohio is ready to repeal its death penalty. Click here to make a contribution to help us get this done!

Contact Jennifer Pryor (above) or Bruce Freeman at freeman.bruce@gmail.com if any questions.

Focus on our call to abolish the death penalty

When Kathy McGregor, Project Director for The Prison Story Project, first had the idea to hire professional filmmakers to film a staged reading of stories written by men on Arkansas’ death row while on a tour with actors, a stage manager, and a musician in 2019, she had no idea that a pandemic would soon render live tours impossible. 

With a major grant from the Whiting Foundation and supportive grants from Episcopal Evangelism Society and Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Prison Story Project was able to hire professional filmmakers to film the staged reading, On the Row, before a live audience at St. James Episcopal Church in Wichita, Kansas while on tour to Episcopal churches across four states. This turned out to be quite providential given the onset of the pandemic.

At a time when more attention than ever seemed to be on the death penalty (New Hampshire (2019) and Colorado (2020) abolished the death penalty and Federal executions resumed this past summer under the Trump administration for the first time in nearly two decades) McGregor felt it more important than ever to continue giving the men on death row a voice to remind us of their humanity, so that we might be encouraged to work towards abolition of the death penalty as we are called to as Episcopalians. 

With that in mind, McGregor applied for and recently received a grant from the Episcopal Evangelism Society to provide Zoom presentations of the staged reading, On the Row, to Episcopal congregations across the country throughout 2021. 

The Prison Story Project will begin contacting Episcopal Dioceses across the US, encouraging parishes to book Zoom presentations of On the Row. Booked parishes will receive materials for prayerful reflection prior to the showing, with time for a Q&A after the film.  The Project will also provide call-in participation from one of On the Row’s writers as part of the Q&A as allowed by Varner Prison, where the men on death row are housed in solitary confinement. 

For more information about the Prison Story Project, a ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, please visit www.prisonstoryproject.com. For information about bookings, please contact McGregor at prisonstoryproject@gmail.com or 479-871-4875. 

Kathy McGregor is on the National Executive Committee of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and convener of the Death Penalty Abolition Action Group on our website, www.epfnational.org. More information on current death penalty issues is also available on  https://www.facebook.com/EPFdeathpenaltyabolition

Kathy McGregor: Join us in our charge to abolish the death penalty

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