Now what?

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My “Now what?”

When I joined the Girl Scouts as a Daisy at age five, I had no idea where that first step would lead. I knew I liked being around girls my own age, (two older brothers here), my big sister enjoyed it, and the cookies were good.  Mom, my personal hero, was the troop leader. 

 

I’ve learned a lot of important things on my ten-year journey. Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low said, “Right is right, even if no one else does it.” When I learned about how unjust the death penalty is, I knew I could not stand idly by. I decided that the right thing for me is to take away the government’s power to kill in my name. My mentor challenged me with this question: “Now that you know, what are you going to do?’ This is my answer. 

 

While I was researching capital punishment, I discovered that a man who grew up just a few miles from where I live in York County was almost executed for a crime he did not commit. Like me, he was a dedicated Scout and even earned his Eagle Award. He loved sports and he sang in the church choir.  After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force. When he completed his military service, he relocated to Phoenix where he went to work for the United States Postal Service. He could have been the person delivering my mail, a member of my older brothers’ troop, my uncle, or someone I sat next to in church. 

 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.

 

 

Rebecca Diaz

Girl Scout Gold Award Candidate

 

 

 

 

Death row exonerees hold Biden accountable

Sabrina at her son's grave

Sabrina Smith

They were innocent and on death row. Now, the exonerated want to ensure Biden keeps pledge

Updated 6:01 AM ET, Sun March 21, 2021

(CNN)Sabrina Smith was only 17 when a predominately White Mississippi jury convicted her in 1989 for fatally beating her 9-month-old son. Read more

 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/politics/innocent-former-death-row-inmates/index.html

Feb. 18, 2021 Updates

February 18, 2021 Death Penalty Updates

Death Penalty Information Center adds 11 more people to its innocence list. This brings us to the point where for every eight persons executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the 70s, one person has been exonerated. The report includes additional research on the causes of wrongful convictions and the impact on racism in our capital punishment system.

There have been 10 death row exonerations in Pennsylvania. Six of the ten have been from Philadelphia County, which the report labels an “outlier county” because of its “abusive use” of the death penalty. Detailed analysis of data shows irrefutable link between racism, police/prosecutorial misconduct, and wrongful convictions and death sentences.

Coinciding with the release of DPIC’s report, National Geographic published a feature story on innocence, which will be available here by 9 AM Eastern. National Geographic has captured beautiful photos of several exonerees and used DPIC data to create some powerful graphics.

Ohio Senators Steven Huffman (R) and Nickie Antonio (D) announced that they are co-leads on a death penalty repeal bill. Ohio would be the 24th state to abolish capital punishment.

Kathleen Lucas

National Death Penalty Steering Committee, Amnesty International USA and

Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Feb. 18, 2021 Updates

February 18, 2021 Death Penalty Updates

Death Penalty Information Center adds 11 more people to its innocence list. This brings us to the point where for every eight persons executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the 70s, one person has been exonerated. The report includes additional research on the causes of wrongful convictions and the impact on racism in our capital punishment system.

There have been 10 death row exonerations in Pennsylvania. Six of the ten have been from Philadelphia County, which the report labels an “outlier county” because of its “abusive use” of the death penalty. Detailed analysis of data shows irrefutable link between racism, police/prosecutorial misconduct, and wrongful convictions and death sentences.

Coinciding with the release of DPIC’s report, National Geographic published a feature story on innocence, which will be available here by 9 AM Eastern. National Geographic has captured beautiful photos of several exonerees and used DPIC data to create some powerful graphics.

Ohio Senators Steven Huffman (R) and Nickie Antonio (D) announced that they are co-leads on a death penalty repeal bill. Ohio would be the 24th state to abolish capital punishment.

Kathleen Lucas

National Death Penalty Steering Committee, Amnesty International USA and

Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty