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Ron Carlson

Ron Carlson, who forgave and worked to commute the death sentence of Karla Faye Tucker, who murdered Ron’s sister, will be one of the speakers at the 15th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty in Houston this Saturday October 25, 2014 at 3 PM. Ron is one of the most powerfully eloquent speakers in the Texas movement to end the death penalty.

For more information on the march visit: www.marchforabolition.org.

We gather at 3:00 pm at Little Tranquility Park on Capitol and Bagby and at 4:00 will cross Bagby and line up at the Old Hanging Tree to march to M.E.C.A. at 1900 Kane Street.

We will rally on the basketball court at M.E.C.A.

Ron Carlson’s sister, Deborah Ruth Carlson Davis Thornton, and Jerry Lynn Dean were murdered with a pick ax by Karla Faye Tucker and Daniel Ryan Garrett on June 13, 1983. Both Tucker and Garrett were sentenced to death. Ron originally supported their sentences, telling the prosecutors, “I think they got what they deserved.” Ron lost his stepfather and natural father within a year of Deborah’s death. “You can’t imagine the anger that was in this body,” he says now. For many years, Ron treated his pain with alcohol and drugs, until becoming a Christian and turning his life “over to the Lord” in 1990. Ron ultimately forgave Karla and Dan and worked hard to commute their death sentences.

Dan died in prison of natural causes in 1993. Despite widespread appeals on her behalf, Karla Faye Tucker was executed on February 3,1998, in Huntsville, Texas. Ron was invited by Karla to witness the execution as one of her representatives. When he did so, he become the first known victim’s family member to witness an execution on behalf of the murderer. Ron’s decision caused rifts within his family that remain to be healed. But most family members still offer their love and support. And Ron knows he made the right decision. “I drew strength from the Lord, and I knew he was here. God reached out of heaven to hold us in his hands and cradle us with his love and compassion. Karla died with a smile on her face. They took her body, but they didn’t kill her spirit.”

“The world is not a better place because the State of Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker. Even though Karla murdered my only sibling — my sister, Deborah, who had raised me after our mother died — I stood with her as one of her witnesses when she was executed. I was there to stand up for the Lord, for the strength of his love. Karla and I had both done a lot of wrong in our lives. We had both turned to drugs to heal our pain; we had both hurt a lot of people. But the love of Jesus Christ transformed us. We were able to forgive ourselves and each other. “I love you Ronnie,” was one of the last things Karla said. I still carry that love with me”.

Each October since 2000, people from all walks of life and all parts of Texas, the U.S. and other countries have taken a day out of their year and gathered in Texas to raise their voices together and loudly express their opposition to the death penalty. The march is a coming together of activists, family members of people on death row, community leaders, exonerated death row survivors, family members of murder victims who oppose the death penalty, and all those calling for abolition.

The annual march is organized by several Texas anti-death penalty organizations, including Texas Moratorium Network, the Austin chapter of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, Texas Students Against the Death Penalty, Texas Death Penalty Education and Resource, and Kids Against the Death Penalty, Sister Helen Prejean, S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, and others.

The 15th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty is Saturday October 25, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

We gather at 3:00 pm at Little Tranquility Park on Capitol and Bagby and at 4:00 will cross Bagby and line up at the Old Hanging Tree to march to M.E.C.A. at 1900 Kane Street.

We will rally on the basketball court at M.E.C.A.

More details and a flyer will be coming soon.

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Rodney Reed is an innocent man on Texas death row who was recently given a January 14, 2015 execution date. 

Join his family and supporters as we rally at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Saturday August 23, 2014 at noon, to say “DROP THE DATE! TEST THE DNA!” 

RSVP on Facebook.

Family and supporters will also gather later that afternoon to talk about next steps for the fight to save Rodney. We encourage everyone to attend the meeting to share ideas and find out how you can contribute to the fight to save an innocent man.

 

Rally at the Texas State Capitol at Noon.

Community Organizing Meeting
Willie Mae Kirk Branch (formerly Oak Springs Branch)
3101 Oak Springs Dr
2:30pm

Please help spread the word!

Hosted by We Demand Justice: Free Rodney Reed and Campaign to End the Death Penalty.

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Innocent Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was issued an execution date of January 14, 2015. Rodney’s family and supporters do not accept this date and will continue to fight to see Rodney freed! Now is the time to get involved in the fight to save Rodney Reed!

Attend a rally at the Bastrop County Courthouse as we show Bastrop County DA Brian Goertz that this sentence is not supported by our community.

Thursday, July 24 1t 11 AM.

Bastrop County Courthouse 804 Pecan Street, Room 105, Bastrop, Texas 78602

Hosted by We Demand Justice: Free Rodney Reed and Campaign to End the Death Penalty.

DeliaThe Road to Livingston directed by Erick Mauck and Chelsea Hernandez will have its Houston premiere  Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 3:00pm, at S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, 3903 Almeda Road 77004.  Sponsored by Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement.

Featuring Delia Perez Meyer, who has taken this road every week to visit her brother, Louis Perez, on death row in Livingston. She will be present for Q & A.

“The Road to Livingston” tells the story of Texas Moratorium Network board member Delia Perez Meyer, who is fighting to prove the innocence of her brother Louis Castro Perez who is on Texas death.

After ten years, Delia Perez-Meyer still makes the four-hour drive every week to Livingston, Texas to visit her brother on death row. At first saddened and frustrated by this journey, Delia discovers others unwillingly involved in the prison system who help bring her to a place of redemption and hope. Under the shadow of death, bonds are forged and families made along the road to Livingston.

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