1) Effort to get city councils to adopt moratorium resolutions

2) Review of Napoleon Beazley action

3) Texas Bar Association to vote on moratorium resolution

4) Texas Defender Service needs volunteers

5) 3rd Annual March for a Moratorium set for October 12, 2002. Save the Date!

6) TMN Online Petition and updated website



Texas Moratorium Network



Greetings moratorium supporters!


First, we want to welcome about 400 new members to the newsletter this month. These new people may have come to us various ways. They may have recently visited Sister Helen Prejean’s Moratorium Campaign website, or signed up for the newsletter on the TMN website or at the recent Rolling


Thunder event in Austin. No matter how you got here, we hope you stick

around and help us achieve a moratorium on executions in Texas.


If you ever want to be removed from this monthly list, just hit “reply” with

the subject line “REMOVE”, but please don’t leave. We need your help! Right

now, we have about 2,200 people on this list. Our goal is to reach 10,000 by

the next Texas legislative session in January 2003. That’s an ambitious

goal, but we need people on the list so that next session we can put lots of

pressure on the legislature to pass a moratorium. Now, on to the news.




One of the projects we are developing is an effort to ask the Austin City

Council to pass a resolution calling for a moratorium on executions. People

in other Texas cities are also working on their city councils. Hays and

Rollingwood, Texas have already passed moratorium resolutions. San Antonio

and El Paso came close to passing resolutions. Contact us, if you want help

getting in touch with other moratorium supporters in your city, so you can

work together to get city council resolutions passed.


Many city councils around the country have already passed moratorium

resolutions, including Atlanta; Baltimore; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh;

Oakland; Cincinnati; Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Winston-Salem,

Greensboro, and Durham, North Carolina; Tucson, Arizona; Lexington and

Charlottesville, Virginia; and Buffalo, NY.


One of the aspects of the city council push is to ask city councils in other

countries that have sister-city relationships with Texas cities to ask their

Texas sister-cities to support moratorium resolutions. To find out the

sister-cities for your Texas city go to:



Austin has a sister city relationship with Koblenz, Germany. Mayor Gus

Garcia of Austin will lead a delegation to Koblenz, leaving June 18 and

returning June 26th. We would like to ask you to contact the members of the

Koblenz City Council and let them know that you would like them to ask the

Austin City Council to pass a moratorium resolution. In the coming months,

as we develop this project, we will let you know how to contact members of

the Austin City Council, but let’s take this one step at a time. First,

let’s get our sister city on our side.


In your emails to Koblenz, you can mention that the United States is now the

only country in the world that continues to execute juvenile offenders.

Every other country has agreed by international treaty to ban executions of

juvenile offenders. Texas is the leading executioner of juvenile offenders

among U.S. states. Of course, feel free to mention other issues as well, such as the fact that 65 percent of all people on death row in Texas are members of ethnic or racial minorities and that only poor people get the death penalty.


The mayor of Koblenz is Dr. Eberhard Schulte-Wissermann. His email address

is: OB@koblenz.de


There are 56 members of the Koblenz city council representing five political

parties. You can contact the leaders of each of the five factions at the


following email addresses:


Heribert Heinrich of the SPD Party (20 members), email:


Michael Horter of the CDU (30 members) email:


Hans-Peter Ackermann of the Greens (3 members), email:


Ursula Schwerin of the FDP (2 members), email: ursula.schwerin@t-online.de Rolf Jahner of the FBG (1 member), email: jahner+merwald@rz-online.de


You can, of course, write them in English! The SPD and the Greens are the

parties on the left of center. The CDU and FDP are on the right. The FBG’s

place on the spectrum is unclear.




Last month we asked you to visit our website and send a free fax to the

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles asking them to commute Napoleon Beazley’s

death sentence to life in prison. A total of 471 people sent faxes. The

final BPP vote was 10-7. The chair of the board, Gerald Garrett voted in


favor of commutation. We are sure that your faxes played some role in

convincing those 7 members to vote for commutation. We also hand-delivered

7,083 petition signatures from Sweden to the BPP. TMN also ran a 1/4 page ad

two weeks in a row on Napoleon’s case in The Austin Chronicle. About 150

people showed up May 28th at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin to express


their opposition to the execution of Napoleon and to the executions of all

juvenile offenders. Another 70 people or so showed up in Huntsville to

protest. The large number of people who took the time to protest Napoleon’s

execution is a good sign of the growing opposition to executions of juvenile





The Texas State Bar Association is poised to vote on a resolution calling

for a moratorium on executions at its annual meeting in Dallas, June 13-15.

So far, only *seven* other state bar associations have passed such

resolutions (Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, North

Carolina, and Pennsylvania). The Resolution will be considered by the

Resolutions Committee on Thursday, June 13 at 4:00 p.m. If you live in the

area, please attend the Committee meeting to show your support, even if you

are not a lawyer.


Please pass this message on to anyone you know who may be able to help pass

the resolution, especially to your lawyer friends. If you are a lawyer

licensed in Texas and can help in any way, or if you are planning on

attending the meeting in Dallas, please contact:


Nancy Trease




Nancy will fill you in on how to get involved. The Texas Bar Association


resolution effort website is http://www.moratorium.info





Texas Defender Service has asked us to locate people who can help them

conduct some research for an upcoming report. They are looking for people in

Bowie, Maverick, Dallas, Randall, Harris, Smith, Lubbock and Potter counties

to help review some court files for their study on racism. If you can do


some work on this over the summer, please contact Andrea Keilen at





October 12, 2002 has been chosen for the 3rd Annual March for a Moratorium.

You don’t want to miss this high-energy annual event organized each year by

a coalition of many groups under the umbrella of the Moratorium March

Network. Among other speakers last year, Rena and Ireland Beazley spoke

eloquently on the steps of the Texas capitol building about the plight of

their son Napoleon. This year we again expect a good roster of compelling

speakers and a record turnout.


The first organizing meeting will be Saturday, June 29, at 2pm at 1311 E. 13th St. in Austin at the home of Lily Hughes. Contact Lily Hughes with CEDP at 494-0667 or austincampaign@hotmail.com to find out how to get involved in organizing the march. A lot of hard work goes into making the march a successful event. Many groups and individuals have been involved over the years, but as always, the more the better, so please get involved.


ONLINE PETITION AND UPDATED TMN WEBSITE http://www.texasmoratorium.org


TMN has a new website administrator! Richard Reveley began working with us a

couple of months ago. He is making our site a must-visit for news about the

push for a moratorium in Texas. He recently added an online petition. We will collect names and present them to the Texas Legislature next year. Add

your name to the list of people calling for a moratorium on executions in

Texas at http://www.texasmoratorium.org/petition.php. You can also download

a petition to collect signatures from your friends and neighbors. And you

can answer our online survey about which issue you find most concerning

about the death penalty in Texas. Thank you, Richard!!!!


And thank YOU for reading to the end of this newsletter. Sorry for the long

email, but there is a lot going on in the push for a moratorium in Texas.

Remember, you can always contact us and find out more about how to get



Best Regards,



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