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MVFR Year-End Statement: Murder Victim Families Applaud Waning Use of Death Penalty in United States

Submitted by Lindsay MacPhail on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:36
Death Sentences are at a 40-Year Low

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2014 Contact: Scott Bass, 919-760-5430, Murder victim families applaud waning use of death penalty in united states New year-end report shows executions and death sentences at historic lows In 2014, the number of new death sentences in the U.S. fell to a 40-year low, and executions were at a 20-year low, according to a national report released today. Seven states executed 35 people in 2014, down from 39 people in nine states in 2013. The 72 new death sentences in 2014 marked the lowest number in the modern era of the death penalty.

NCGV and MVFR Candlelight Vigil December 11th, 2014

Submitted by Lindsay MacPhail on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 15:48

On December 11th, at 7pm, we will be co-sponsoring a candlelight vigil with NCGV to remember victims of gun violence. According to recent statistics, there have been at least 91 school shootings, including fatal and nonfatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings, since the tragic assault in Newtown, CT. Since Newtown, there has been nearly one school shooting per week. Join us and MVFR's Member Engagement Coordinator Marcelle Clowes as a speaker at the event to remember these victims as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012.

MVFR's Member Meeting - October 25th, 2014

Submitted by Lindsay MacPhail on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 15:46

MVFR’s 2014 Member Meeting may have come and gone, but its impact will be long felt. As an organization that is victim led and trauma informed, holding an event like this reinforced our mission to create space for victims/survivors who don’t support the death penalty to feel less alone and have their stories heard. Her are few of the take-away points from this special day: Each person deserves to put forward their unique story and not be forced to package it in a certain way to fit others’ needs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MVFR Calls for Death Penalty Moratorium in Ohio

Submitted by Marcelle on Sat, 01/18/2014 - 09:18

Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) calls for a moratorium on executions in Ohio. Our hearts go out to the family of Joy Stewart, who was senselessly murdered in 1989. This family waited 24 years for the system to complete its broken process. Our hearts also go out to the family members of Dennis McGuire and others who witnessed his horrific and senseless death yesterday. Yesterday’s execution of Mr.

MVFR Press Statement

Submitted by MVFR on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 16:51

For Immediate Release Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 10a.m. EST   VICTIMS' NEEDS, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AND RACIAL BIAS IN DEATH SENTENCING Raleigh, NC - Victims’ families deserve a judicial system they can trust to deliver justice without regard for the race of the victim, the jurors, or the accused.  The problem of race discrimination in our capital punishment system is a serious cancer and an embarrassing stain on North Carolina.  Court rulings in the past two years have proven beyond reasonable doubt that North Carolina needs the NC Racial Justice Act.

Statement on Victims’ Needs, Capital Punishment and Racial Bias in Death Sentencing in Response to North Carolina Bill SB306

Submitted by MVFR on Wed, 04/03/2013 - 17:45

North Carolina can do better for families of homicide victims and all citizens than restarting executions.  We can do better to restore confidence in our judicial process than removing a reform that is working.  We need a serious conversation that leads to smart-on-crime solutions that better prevent violence, address the harms created by violence, help families heal, and build safer communities.  Legislation to repeal the NC Racial Justice Act and to restart executions is a distraction from the serious conversation and action that is needed.

Join us for "The Cost of Violence: A Community Response" with Dorothy Johnson-Speight of Mothers in Charge March 26th and 27th!

Submitted by MVFR on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 16:00

     The Cost of Violence: A Community Response Raleigh - March 26th Durham - March 27th Dorothy Johnson-Speight, Founding Director of Philadelphia-based Mothers in Charge, will speak on "The Cost of Violence: A Community Response" March 26th in Raleigh and March 27th in Durham. Dorothy experienced the cost of violence firsthand when her son was shot to death over a parking space. She has networked with other mothers of murdered children to engage in smart and effective ways of responding to and preventing violence.

MVFR Response to New Death Penalty Bill in North Carolina.

Submitted by MVFR on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:48

Yesterday, the North Carolina Senate filed SB 306, a bill to repeal what’s left of the Racial Justice Act and restart executions in the state.  Below is the statement MVFR released to the press in response to the bill. In the coming days we will keep you informed on developments, our activities connected to raising our members’ voices in opposition to this law, and how you can get involved.