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Todd Willingham was wrongfully executed under Governor Rick Perry on February 17, 2004.

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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.

According to the 2014 Texas Democratic Party platform:

“In order to promote public confidence and fairness in the Texas Criminal Justice system, Texas Democrats call for the passage of legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Texas and replace it with the punishment of life in prison without parole.”

Democrats Against the Death Penalty held a caucus meeting at the TDP State Convention that was attended by more than 150 people. Scott Cobb moderated the meeting. Speakers included Jeanette Popp, whose daughter was murdered in Austin in 1988. Two innocent people were wrongfully convicted of her daughter’s murder. They were in prison for 12 years before their exoneration. Jeanette met with the real killer in the Travis County Jail before his trial and told him that she did not want him to receive the death penalty.

The UT-Arlington newspaper The Shorthorn reported on the meeting of “Democrats Against the Death Penalty:

Speaker Jeanette Popp said she lost her daughter at the hands of a murderer. However, she said she does not support the death penalty because it is still taking the life of another human being.

She stated she will not stain her or her daughter’s hands with the murderer’s blood.

“Today, I want to ask you in memory of my daughter to stand together, united and strong,” Popp said. “Speak in one loud voice they can’t ignore. We will not tolerate being made accessories to murder.”

 

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— Kayla Stigall (@kayllila) June 27, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Also speaking at the meeting was Delia Perez Meyer, whose brother is on Texas death row. Delia visits her brother every weekend. Her story is the subject of a new film, “The Road to Livingston”.

Part of the crowd at the Democrats Against the Death Penalty meeting listening to Jeanette Popp.

Part of the crowd at the Democrats Against the Death Penalty meeting listening to Jeanette Popp.

 

Jeanette Popp with Christopher Ochoa (center) and Scott Cobb (left).

Jeanette Popp with Christopher Ochoa (center) and Scott Cobb (left).

Jeanette Popp will speak at a gathering of “Democrats Against the Death Penalty” at the Texas Democratic Party State Convention at the Dallas Convention Center in room C156 at 10 AM Friday, June 27. Anyone can come hear her speak, you do not need to be a delegate.

Jeanette Popp is a mother whose daughter was murdered and who opposed the death penalty for her daughter’s killer. Two innocent men, Christopher Ochoa and Richard Danziger, served more than a decade in prison for the murder before being exonerated. The real killer finally confessed and was sentenced to life in prison. Jeanette met with the real killer before his trial and told him that she did not want him to receive the death penalty.

If you plan to attend the Democrats Against the Death Penalty caucus meeting, you can let the party know you are attending by filling out this formhttp://act.txdemocrats.org/page/s/convnetion-caucuses

 
Please note that failure to fill out the form doesn’t mean you can’t attend the caucus, we are simply looking for an approximate head count.

Texas Moratorium Network will also have an information booth in the exhibit area: Booth #231.

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