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URGENT! FEDERAL EXECUTIONS HAVE RESUMED UNDER TRUMP Click here for petitions, actions and other ways you can help.


PENDING EXECUTION PETITIONS

November 19: Orlando Hall - Federal Execution. Sign the petition to the U.S. Congress.

December 3: Pervis Payne in Tennessee (although not expected to actually take place). Visit the Innocent Project's page on the case. Also: Click here for the Tennessee March4Mercy.

December 8: Lisa Montgomery - Federal Execution. Sign the petition to the U.S. Congress.

December 10: Brandon Bernard - Federal Execution. Sign the petition to the U.S. Congress.

December 31: Harold Nichols in Tennessee (although not expected to actually take place)

** No other executions are expected in 2020, but more could be added with as little as a few weeks notice. **

February 4, 2021: Oscar Smith in Tennessee

Also:

Postponed: Carlos Trevino in Texas (to be rescheduled due to COVID-19)

Postponed: John Hummel in Texas (to be rescheduled due to COVID-19)

Postponed: Tracy Beatty in Texas (to be rescheduled due to COVID-19)

Postponed: Fabian Hernandez in Texas (to be rescheduled due to COVID-19)

Postponed: Edward Busby in Texas (to be rescheduled due to COVID-19)

Statewide:

End all Ohio Executions: Call on Governor DeWine to end Ohio's death penalty.

Oklahoma Dates Pending: Oklahoma plans to resume executions after a five-year hiatus. Ask Governor Stitt to reverse course.


UNSCHEDULED EXECUTIONS WITH ACTIVE PETITIONS

Billie Allen -man on federal death row with an innocence claim

Rodney Reed - innocent man facing death in Texas

Dustin Higgs - man on federal death row with an innocence claim

John Ramirez - death row case in Texas

Ruben Gutierrez - untested DNA is a Texas case

Randall Mays - intellectually disabled prisoner on Texas's death row

Randy Halprin - a Jewish man facing execution in Texas despite an anti-Semitic judge

James Dailey - innocent man facing death in Florida

Rob Will - innocent man facing death in Texas


ACTIVE LEGISLATION

Legislation of concern is active in the the following states. If you live in these states, please follow the link to join the state anti-death penalty organization or campaign. Follow their lead, contact your state legislators, volunteer and/or donate. If you know people who live in these states, invite them to do so as well.

Alabama - Dangerous death penalty expansion legislation is proposed

Colorado - Death penalty repeal legislation is moving. Abolition bill passed on Feb 26, 2020!

Delaware - Re-introduction bill is under consideration

Iowa - Re-introduction bill is under consideration

Kentucky - Severe mental illness restriction legislation is pending

Louisiana - Bill to abolish the death penalty is expected this session

Ohio - Severe mental illness restriction legislation is pending and repeal of the death penalty is a real conversation

Utah - Death penalty repeal legislation is to be considered

Virginia - Severe mental illness restriction legislation is pending and repeal of the death penalty is a real conversation in 2021

West Virginia - Death penalty reintroduction attempts have been stopped for the current session

Wyoming - Death penalty repeal legislation may be considered in 2021


CURRENT CAMPAIGNS & EVENTS

POLICING REFORMS PETITION: Ask Congress to enact national legislation on policing reforms to end extra judicial executions in the United States. Sign the petition today.

VOICES OF EXPERIENCE - LIVE STREAM: Featuring interviews with leading death penalty abolitionists from varying perspectives. Watch our archives of videos with death row exonerees, murder victim family members, law enforcement, movement leaders, clergy, and more.

REMEMBERING JERRY GIVENS: Jerry Givens, a former executioner who dedicated his life to ending the death penalty, died of COVID-19 on April 13, 2020. Read more here. Additionally, his family has asked that tribute gifts in Jerry’s memory be made to Death Penalty Action as a way to continue Jerry’s legacy and work to end executions.

RED LETTER CHRISTIAN ACTIONS: Partnering with Red Letter Christians, DPA invites you to take action in a number of ways, including connecting with Shane Claiborne. Find out more here.

TENNESSEE'S MARCH4MERCY: Following the recent surge of executions under Governor Bill Lee, the Tennessee March4Mercy is organizing public actions for each execution. Act now to stop upcoming executions in TN. Details and action opportunities are here.

ANNUAL FAST AND VIGIL IN DC: Watch the archived videos from our online programming, held June 28 through July 2, 2020 at the Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty, in Washington, DC.


PREVIOUS PROJECTS & EVENTS

The Sheppard Experience Project: Launched on July 5, this project will share the 1954 headline of the day from Sam R. Sheppard from July 5, 1954 to January 8, 1955. Join us on this journey every day between now and January 8, 2020.

Read about DPA's work around the death penalty crisis in Arkansas in April 2017, our work with the Texas Journey of Hope in October 2017 and our campaign to highlight the U.S.'s 1500th execution in Georgia in June 2019.

DPA also has been helping our Ohio partner stop all scheduled executions in the state and helped lead a major 10-day tour thoughout the state in October 2019.

Additionally, DPA manages the Abolitionist Action Committee's Starvin' for Justice: Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty each summer at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Also check out these great speakers who travel often:

Sr. Helen Prejean
Shane Claiborne
Bryan Stevenson

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