Over the past year members and staff of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC), our state’s largest and most effective grassroots organization, have studied the use of the death penalty in Kentucky. On October 16, 2011 KFTC held its annual membership meeting and adopted its platform for 2011-2012.
The following is a section of that platform adopted by the membership on October 16:
We will fight to create a fair and just society that respects human and civil rights, uplifts all people to their potential, and values the participation of everyone. Specifically:
- We support affirmative action programs that guarantee equal rights for all people.
- We oppose all forms of racism and work to eliminate it from our society and from within our organization.
- We condemn and oppose oppression and harassment of all people by public or private individuals or institutions based on ability, age, gender, national origin, citizenship, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigration status, or any other defining characteristic.
- We will work toward a more fair justice system not mired in discrimination based on ability, age, gender, national origin, citizenship, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigration status, or any other defining characteristic.
- We support a transition from our current punitive justice system to a more restorative system that honors the inherent dignity of all individuals.
- We support the abolition of the death penalty. [Bold our addition]
KCADP welcomes the addition of abolition of the death penalty to the platform of this respected and effective grassroots organization. We encourage our membership to read KFTC’s entire platform and to learn more about KFTC working to make Kentucky a better place to live for all Kentuckians and to ensure that the “voices of ordinary people are heard and respected in our democracy.”
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