Death Penalty Action (DPA) provides high visibility resources, leadership, support, educational and direct action events and activities within the broader anti-death penalty movement. DPA is led by Abraham Bonowitz and other seasoned anti-death penalty organizers and movement leaders. DPA is prepared to assist various local, state and national groups in their work to end the use of the death penalty.
DPA has worked with the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Ohioans to Stop Executions, Journey of Hope... from Violence to Healing, and the Abolitionist Action Committee. Click here to see an example of some of our crisis management & strategic communications work we recently accomplished.
Some of the services we provide include:
Planning and implementing public education activities in advance of executions and legislative activities
Developing and implementing a communications plan to highlight agreed-upon messages
Provision of signs, banners and other visibility tools for use in public protests
Collaborating with local staff and volunteers to ensure that organizations and coalitions build themselves
Marshaling the resources of national movement organizations across the country - including arranging for speakers and presenters
On-the-ground logistical and tactical support of events, direct actions and other public activities
Chair: Shane Claiborne - Red Letter Christians, author
LaShawn Ajamu - co-chair, Ohioans to Stop Executions Murder Victim's Families Outreach Project Kwame Ajamu - Ohio death row exoneree, board member for Witness to Innocence Allen Ault - former warden and director of Georgia Department of Corrections, retired dean Rev. Leroy Barber - pastor, activist SueZann Bosler - murder victim family member, Journey of Hope Rev. Dr. Shawn Casselberry - executive director, Mission Year Joan Cheever - author, activist, filmmaker Susan Clary - consultant, former journalist Terry Collins (1953-2016) - retired director, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction John Dear, S.J. - Pace e Bene, author Jotaka Eaddy - Full Circle Strategies Melinda Elkins Dawson - murder victim family member, co-chair of Ohioans to Stop Executions Murder Victim’s Families Outreach Project David Elliot - communications director, Coalition on Human Needs Jerry Givens (1952-2020) - ex-executioner, retired captain for Virginia Department of Corrections Anthony Graves - Texas death row exoneree, founder of the Anthony Graves Foundation Rick Halperin - director, Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University Griffin Hardy - Sister Helen Prejeans's Ministry Against the Death Penalty Lisa Sharon Harper - speaker, activist, author Viki Harrison - former director, New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood - theologian, pastor and spiritual advisor on Texas' death row Sunny Jacobs - Florida death row exoneree, Sunny Center Derrick Jamison - Ohio death row exoneree, Witness to Innocence Connie Johnson - retired Oklahoma state senator and candidate for OK Governor Ashley Kincaid Eve - attorney, activist Ari Kohen - director, Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Ron McAndrew - warden, Florida State Prison (retired) Jennifer Meeropol - family of the executed, executive director of Rosenberg Fund for Children Robert Meeropol - family of the executed, founder of Rosenberg Fund for Children Phyllis Pautrat - capital mitigation specialist Jack Payden-Travers - social responsibility educator/organizer Bill Pelke - murder victim family member, founder of Journey of Hope Ken Rose - former executive director, Center for Death Penalty Litigation Marilyn Shankle-Grant - death row family member Sam Reese Sheppard - murder victim family member Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. - executive director, Ohio Council of Churches; co-chair, Ohioans to Stop Executions Murder Victim’s Families Outreach Project Frank Thompson - retired prison superintendent from the Oregon Department of Corrections Jennifer Thompson - co-author of Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption George White - murder victim family member, wrongfully convicted, Journey of Hope Carl Williams - former staff attorney at the ACLU of Massachusetts Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz - founder and president, Uri L'Tzedek: Orthodox Social Justice Johnny Zokovitch - executive director, Pax Christi USA Michael Zoosman - Jewish cantor/chaplain
While Death Penalty Action is a leadership, resource and support organization for those wishing to take action against the death penalty, we invite you to educate yourself about the facts and realities surrounding this issue. Click here for more information.