The 17th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty will take place Saturday October 29, 2016 in Austin at the Texas Capitol.
We will gather at 2:00 pm at on the south side of the Texas Capitol.
Last summer, we successfully mobilized to build support to stop the execution of Jeff Wood, who was scheduled for execution but received a stay after people across Texas, including both Republican and Democratic Texas legislators, newspapers, religious leaders, and many others spoke out in support of clemency. The main issue that caused so many people to speak out was that Wood had been sentenced to death under the law of parties even though he did not kill anyone. The march takes place 73 days before the 2017 Texas legislative session convenes. As a major theme of the march, we will continue to build support for passing the bill to ban executions of people convicted under the law of parties. Speakers will include Jeff Wood’s sister Terri Been. Other speakers will be announced later.
Each autumn 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 Austin 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 those 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 march started in Austin in 2000. In 2007 and 2008, the march was held in Houston. It came back to Austin for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. It was in Houston again in 2014 and back in Austin in 2015.
The annual march is organized as a joint project by several Texas anti-death penalty organizations working together with leading national organizations: Texas Moratorium Network, 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 Center, Kids Against the Death Penalty, and national organizations including Journey of Hope … from Violence to Healing, and Witness to Innocence.
Yesterday, Jeff Wood’s family and friends delivered about 10,500 petition signatures to the offices of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and separately to the office of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Below is a media story of today’s delivery from KVUE in Austin, reported by Erin Jones, “Jeff Wood’s family trying to stop his execution“. You can still Sign the petition here. We will deliver additional signatures later.
Below are links to some media coverage of the case of Jeff Wood, whose August 24, 2016 scheduled execution we are working to stop. Find out how to help at http://savejeffwood.com/how-to-help/.
by Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project, August 14, 2016
by Editorial Board, The Washington Post, August 14, 2016
by Jean-Cosme Delaloye, La Tribune de Genève, August 14, 2016
Houston Chronicle by Kristine Guerra, The Washington Post Updated 1:47 pm, Friday, August 12, 2016
Jeffery Wood on track to be the ‘least culpable person executed in the modern era of death penalty’
by Andrea Germanos, Common Dream staff writer, August 13, 2016
Daily Mail, August 13, 2016
by Danielle DeCourcey ATTN:, August 12, 2016
by Kristine Guerra, The Washington Post, August 12, 2016
The Washington Post Video, August 11, 2016.
by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune, Aug. 11, 2016
1200 News Radio, WOAI August 8, 2016
Baptist News Global, August 8, 2016
Editorial: Who is Texas executing now? A man with no direct involvement in the murder for which he’ll be put to death
by The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2016
Why is Texas Executing a Man Who Didn’t Kill Anyone?
Texas Standard, August 3, 2016
Jeff Wood was in the car when an acquaintance shot his friend, who was working as a gas station clerk in Kerrville. Now he’s on death row, sentenced under Texas’ “law of parties.”
Texasarkana Gazette, Editorial, August 3, 2016
Texas man soon to be executed never killed anybody (VIDEO)
OP-ED: JEFFREY WOOD WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH UNDER THE TEXAS LAW OF PARTIES. BUT SHOULD SOMEONE WHO DIDN’T PULL THE TRIGGER BE EXECUTED?
by SABINE HEINLEIN, Texas Monthly
Rally Questions Death Penalty for Texas Man Who Didn’t Pull Trigger, Texas Tribune, July 23, 2016
By Hooman Hedayati, July 22, 2016, Houston Chronicle
Permanent Link to Video on Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/this-man-may-be-executed-even-though-he-never-killed-anyone/2016/08/10/04077f04-5f2a-11e6-84c1-6d27287896b5_video.html
Texas Moratorium Network (TMN) is a non-profit organization with the primary goal of mobilizing statewide support for a moratorium on executions in Texas. Significant death penalty reform in Texas, including a moratorium on executions, is a viable goal if the public is educated on the death penalty system and is encouraged to contact their elected representatives to urge passage of moratorium legislation.
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