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National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s posts details about 2010 Annual Conference

ncadp_logoLouisville is hosting the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s 2010 Annual Conference on Jan. 14-17. The four-day event will take place at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel (500 4th Ave.).

NCADP’s Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney just posted this letter about the event, which has the theme “Training for the Long Run — Building Bridges to Wider Audiences.”

NCADP’s website also includes reasons why you should attend and pricing information.

Dear Colleagues:

Looking forward to the 2010 Annual Conference, I want to report to you on the important progress we’ve been making in the movement, and how that sets the stage for our meeting in Louisville. First, we are strengthening the consensus that the nation’s current response to violent crime and the tragedy of murder is inadequate, that there are better ways to prevent crimes and respond to the needs of crime victims and their communities. Second, we are building a common vision, focusing our movement in a united and strategically effective way. And third, we are succeeding in making the abolition of the death penalty a policy debate heard around the nation.

As always, the Annual Conference brings together hundreds of the movement’s most valuable assets — abolitionist leaders and activists. The 2010 event will place the death penalty within a larger criminal justice context by:

  • Educating attendees about best practices to prevent and respond to violent crimes;
  • Offering training models Affiliates can replicate back home; and
  • Providing opportunities for networking among death penalty advocates, criminal justice leaders, murder victim family members, death row family members, religious leaders, lawyers and others.

This year’s theme, Training for the Long Run — Building Bridges to Wider Audiences, focuses on broadening our base of support for ending capital punishment. The focus will be on building the momentum for repeal by:

  • offering basic- and advanced-skills training;
  • presenting new information on research and policy developments in the field; and
  • sharing the inspiration of firsthand stories about the harm the death penalty causes individuals and the community.

The training program includes presentation of substantive information, practical tools, and innovative ideas from research and personal experience. Board members will receive an orientation to and training in Affiliate work that lays the groundwork for future activities. Affiliate staff will be introduced to new ideas and advanced skills training. New volunteers and local members will be exposed to the basics and have the opportunity to network with seasoned advocates.

We expect the capital punishment in the US to look very different in five years. Join us for the conference gathering at the cusp of change.


Diann Rust-Tierney
Executive Director

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  1. Lucas says

    I hope that popele eventually look beyond their visceral reactions to this case, and think about how the case actually supports the abolition of the death penalty. First, it is making celebrities out of the murderers, just as Michael Ross’s execution did. Everyone knows who Michael Ross is, but I’ve never met anyone who can tell me the name of one of his victims. Thanks to this death penalty trial — which could have been avoided had they been sentenced to life in Northern without the possibility of release in return for guilty pleas they are willing to enter — we get reminded of these beasts on a daily basis, as well as being subjected to evidence that is horrifying. The jurors in this case are being scarred for life, and for what? A death sentence that will take decades to carry out?Second, this state spends $4 million a year (conservatively) to maintain the death penalty. We could use that money to help victims (for example, set up a college fund for the children of murder victims) and law enforcement.Finally, on a psychological and moral level, the horror of these murders and our feelings about them should give us pause. Do we really want to emulate these animals (sorry for the insult to animals)? By seeking their deaths, we are stooping to their level. That’s not what I want my society to be.

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