Governor Beshear is expected to approve new execution procedures in May, making it almost certain that Kentucky will carry out four or five executions this year–more than it’s had in the past 53 years combined.
Attorney General Jack Conway has requested death warrants for three men on death row. Two additional death row inmates have fired their lawyers and asked to be executed.
KCADP needs to have a plan in place that facilitates protests and lets legislators know that executions are not an acceptable, effective or necessary response to violent crime.
Would you please give some thought to what KCADP should do to protest these executions? Where should vigils be held? Are you able to host one in your community: at a church or synagogue, town or courthouse square? Would you travel to one that is being held? How far are you willing to travel? If there were transportation to Eddyville would you want to ride the bus? How much would you be willing to pay to ride that bus?
Should KCADP use online petitions to gather signatures asking the governor for clemency? Or should we rely on persons mailing him a postcard or sending an e-mail? Or should we do all of the above? Would you sign a petition, mail a postcard, send an e-mail? All of the above? Please et us know.
What other actions do you think would be effective means to catch the attention of legislators, educate the general public, move policy makers to abolish the death penalty?
KCADP really wants to hear from you now. In mid-April we are hosting a meeting of the leaders of organizational members of KCADP and your ideas and suggestions will help develop a plan of action which we can implement to show that there is significant opposition to killing people to show people that killing people is wrong.
To help gather good ideas and suggestions from others, please forward this link to family members and friends whose ideas you value and invite them to send them to KCADP. Thanks!