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.
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Statement on Victims’ Needs, Capital Punishment and Racial Bias in Death Sentencing in Response to North Carolina Bill SB306
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!
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.
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.
The following statement was read at a press conference opposing the execution of Paul Howell who was sentenced to death in 1992 for the killing of Florida State Trooper Jimmy Fulford. MVFR advocates for replacing the capital punishment system with alternatives that better address the harms caused by murder and that build safer communities. Murder victim family member Agnes Furey represented MVFR at the press conference.
Founded in 1986, the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN) promotes the rights and needs of crime victims by educating North Carolina's citizens and public policy leaders about the devastating impact that crime has on our society.
Save the Dates! May 6-7 2013: Mothers In Charge National Conference on Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health
Following the tragic murder of her son Khaaliq Jabbar Johnson in 2001, Dorothy Johnson-Speight, MHS, LPC, founded Mothers in Charge, Inc. (MIC) along with other grieving mothers who had lost sons or daughters to violent crime.
On Saturday February 2nd MVFR Member, Kathy Dillon, will share about the tragic murder of her father – a state trooper killed in the line of duty when she was 14 years of age. Kathy will tell her story as she speaks on opposition to the death penalty in the context of respect for the sanctity of life. The talk is part of a fundraiser dinner for Volusia County Right to Life. Other respect for life issues will be discussed in addition to the death penalty.
This Wednesday, January 30, the Judiciary Committee of the Arkansas Senate will hold a hearing to examine the pros and cons of the death penalty. The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ACADP) is helping coordinate speakers who will tell our legislators why capital punishment is bad public policy for the state. This hearing is important for Arkansas and for the nation! Momentum for death penalty repeal is steadily growing. Last week, Governor Beebe announced he would sign a bill repealing the death penalty if one was presented to him by the General Assembly.
MVFR Members and Supporters, We are excited to share with you big news of developments in Maryland and Delaware! Our partners in both these states are making big strides in their efforts to replace the death penalty with responses to murder that better address the harms caused by violence and which keep communities safer in the first place. Please consider passing the information below to your friends and family members in Maryland and Delaware via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, note ways that you can help from wherever you are.