A lot has happened since our last newsletter went out in June. We tabled at a dozen community festivals across the state, with the help of dedicated volunteers in Port Townsend, Vancouver, Spokane, Richland, and beyond. Jim Robles stepped down as the President of WCADP’s Board of Directors, and we thank him very much for his sincere service and dedication to the organization. We welcomed another exceptional community organizer, Holly Ballard, who will fill Brynn Smith’s shoes as WCADP’s new Outreach Coordinator when Brynn rejoins the ACLU team in their “grasstops” outreach and legislative work with Safe and Just Alternatives. We have recruited over 700 new constituent supporters of repeal, and we look forward to mobilizing Washingtonians as we head into the 2014 state legislative session in Olympia.
Inside these pages you will read about WCADP’s first ever Week of Action Against the Death Penalty. I encourage you all to participate! There are a variety of events happening at public forums, colleges, and churches around the state, culminating in our Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 13th. Our keynote speaker will be Delbert Tibbs, a death row exoneree who works with Witness to Innocence and was featured in the One For Ten documentary series.
Even if you are unable to attend the events, please take a moment to consider the profound implications that the death penalty has on our society. Because of this failed policy, we cannot deliver swift justice to victims’ family members, we close forensics labs due to budget shortfalls while we spend millions on a handful of capital cases, and we ask public servants to serve as executioners for people deemed expendable by the state.
Please take a stand with us at WCADP to demand an end to this failed public policy. The Week of Action Against the Death Penalty is a great way to get involved and to ensure that Washington be the next state to finally abolish the death penalty.
Dave Avolio, Interim WCADP Board President