A special word of thanks to the more than 30 friends of KCADP who volunteered to cover the 143 hours of booth time at the Kentucky State Fair which ended late Sunday night. You did a magnificent job and the report below shows how much you helped KCADP build its capacity to abolish the death penalty.
We only asked two things of fair visitors:
- sign a petition to Gov. Steve Beshear asking that he sign no death warrants
- sign cards for State Sen. Tom Jensen (R-Estill
Jackson, Laurel, Menifee and Powell) and Rep. John Tilley (D-Christian and Trigg) to give the bill to abolish the death penalty for severely mentally ill people a hearing in their respective Judiciary Committees when the General Assembly reconvenes in January
We are thrilled to report that more than 900 persons signed the petition and many of them gave us an email address so they can receive the eNews and stay in touch with KCADP activities. An equal or greater number signed postcards and we have two eight-inch tall stacks of postcards numbering more than 900 in each stack to present to Senator Jensen and Representative Tilley.
Efforts to have others sign postcards for this purpose will continue so by the time they come back into session they will know the people of Kentucky do not want to see severely mentally ill people subject to execution. Severe prison terms are punishment enough for those who suffer from severe mental illness and whose capacity to understand they behavior is thereby limited.
Help build on this State Fair success. We need more postcards signed. Some have already begun collecting them where they worship and in other settings. If you have a place where you can collect signatures asking that the Chairpersons of the Judiciary Committee give our bill a hearing, contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get postcards to you and when you have them signed you can return them. We plan to hand deliver these to Frankfort so signers do not even have to spend money on postage.