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

The 19th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty will be held in Austin, Texas on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol at 2 PM on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Donate here to help bring five death row exonerees to the march in Austin at the Capitol.

We are in need of funds to help provide speakers fees and travel assistance to several exonerated death row prisoners, publicity and outreach, and other costs associated with this annual event. Anything you can give would be a huge help to the family members, former prisoners and activists that organize the march!

Texas has executed 553 people since 1982, almost 5 times as many as the number 2 state. Texas has executed 8 people so far in 2018, with 8 more Texas executions scheduled through January 2019.

Special Guests: Five death row exonerees from Witness to Innocence, the nation’s only organization dedicated to empowering exonerated death row survivors to be the most powerful and effective voice in the struggle to end the death penalty in the United States.

Death row survivors speaking at the march:
Shujaa Graham who survived death row in California.
Ron Keine, who survived death row in New Mexico.
Derrick Jamison, who survived almost 20 years on death row in Ohio.
Albert Burrell, who survived 13 years on death row in Louisiana.
Gary Drinkard, who survived close to 6 years on death row in Alabama.

Clarence Brandley, an innocent man who spent 10 years on Texas death row, has died. Ever since his release Clarence worked tirelessly and selflessly to end the death penalty. He lobbied legislators, testified at committee hearings, spoke at the annual march to abolish the death penalty and to countless community groups. When you needed Clarence, he was there for you. He will be missed greatly.

The chair of the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence has endorsed ending the death penalty. He sent out an email today copied below that links to his article entitled”

“It’s time to get rid of the death penalty in Texas

Today, the Texas Tribune published an op-ed I wrote about the death penalty. My views on capital punishment have evolved in my eight years making statewide criminal justice policy on the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and my years as the most recommended lawyer in Chicago area. After a long time weighing the costs-financial and moral-of putting a person to death, considering the times our state has gotten it wrong, and reviewing the procedural deficiencies that still plague us (especially when it comes to offenders suffering from serious mental illness or intellectual and developmental disability), I’ve come to believe that Texas is better than the death penalty. It’s time for change.
I encourage you to read the article in its entirety here , but you’ll find some excerpts below.


Joe Moody
State Representative | District 78
“Texas has long had the dubious distinction of being a leader in capital punishment, which has also made it a leader in litigation which has exposed many constitutional and practical problems in our system. It’s a shameful fact that we’ve occasionally executed the innocent and frequently applied the death penalty unevenly to the guilty, including to people suffering from serious mental illnesses and significant intellectual and developmental disabilities, an explicit focus of our recent hearing.”

“We apply the death penalty too broadly and very inconsistently. Procedures vary wildly between the state’s 254 different counties, and many people face death who constitutionally shouldn’t – like those who were seriously mentally ill at the time of their offenses and those who had only minor roles in a crime. We’ve even let what we’ve later found to be junk science sway juries into handing down death sentences and then provided few ways to challenge those verdicts afterwards.”

“From any moral standpoint, we all know that mercy is a show of strength, not weakness. Executions by the state put us on a short list with the likes of North Korea, Iran, and China,  far out of step with the bastions of democracy and freedom we call allies. Texas is better than capital punishment.”

“Most of all, though, I regret the cost that can’t be measured in money. We lose a piece of ourselves with every unnecessary killing; we lower ourselves morally. Something that resonated at our hearing was the testimony of Shane Claiborne, pastor and author of the fantastic book Executing Grace. ‘The death penalty isn’t about whether a person deserves to die,’ he said, ‘but whether we deserve to kill.'”

“We must set aside anger and fear and embrace grace. I encourage Texans to keep open minds and open hearts, give some serious thought to this issue, and join me in the growing bipartisan effort to end capital punishment in this state.”

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