MVFR NAMES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr. to Lead National Victim Family Member Group RALEIGH, NC, October 9, 2015 -- Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), the country’s largest membership organization of victim family members advocating for an end to the death penalty, has hired an Executive Director – death penalty activist, ordained minister and racial justice educator, Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. Rev. Sullivan formally begins his duties at MVFR on October 9, the eve of the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty observed around the globe.
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Elected officials, the media and even the general public think they know how family members of murder victims feel about the death penalty. Many assume we favor it. They might even assume that our community -- Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation -- would passionately support efforts to re-start the death penalty in North Carolina. But nothing could be further from the truth. MVFR opposes efforts by Rep.
You're Invited to MVFR's 2015 Member Meeting November 19-22 Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport 5262 International Blvd North Charleston, SC 29418 Please use this link to secure a discounted room for the weekend Event Schedule FRIDAY 5:00PM -6:00PM Meet and Greet Reception SATURDAY 8:00AM - 8:45AM Breakfast 9:00AM - 9:50AM 1st Plenary: The Needs of Victims' Families 10:00AM - 10:45AM 2nd Plenary: South Carolina's Anti-Death Penalty Work 10:45AM -11AM Break 11:00AM - 11:50AM 3rd Plenary: Building New Relationships within the Movement 12:00PM - 12:50PM Luncheon
MVFR would like to sincerely thank Ron Steiner for his work with MVFR over the past 6 years. While not a family member of a murder victim, Ron dedicated himself to our organization as a member of the board, serving as both secretary and treasurer for a year each during his tenure and for that, we would like to say thank you. Ron’s involvement with MVFR began through his work with the New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty, which achieved its goal March 18th, 2009.
It's Time to Stop Relying on the Tired Old Excuse That the Death Penalty Helps Victims' Families and Friends Heal
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote this poignant editorial last week about Lisha Gayle, a former reporter for the paper who was murdered in 1998 after interrupting a burglary at her home. Lisha’s killer is scheduled to be executed in Missouri on Jan. 28.
Helene Burns has been a member of MVFR for a number of years and since joining us, has been a wonderful presence. Some of her activities include tabling at events in Austin, Texas, meeting with exonerees, supporting other murder victim family members, speaking at conferences, educating the public on MVFR's work, and contacting legislators. She has written and co-authored opinion editorials in the Austin American Statesman and the Sacramento Bee. Helene's work as a murder victim family member who is against the death penalty has been crucial.
Getting Through the Season: MVFR Member Andre Smith Offers His Story and Experiences of the Holidays
Getting Through the Holiday Season: Handling Grief and Pain During A Difficult Time of Year MVFR Member, Andre Smith, Offers His Story and Experiences of the Holidays After the Murder of His Son, Daniel The holiday season is not always the purely joyful affair it is made out to be, and this can be especially true for murder victim family members. While others are enjoying time with family and friends, those of us whose loved ones are gone feel a painful absence.
MVFR Year-End Statement: Murder Victim Families Applaud Waning Use of Death Penalty in United States
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2014
The Racial Equity Institute held a two day training in Raleigh this past week that MVFR was privileged to attend. As race plays a large part in the death penalty system and in our daily lives, it is important to be educated on race, power, and inequality. Racism doesn't just operate individually, but is structurally and systematically rooted in our culture. The more you ask why inequality exists, the closer you get to root causes of racial inequality in our society’s institutions.
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.