Protest the execution of Ruben Gutierrez Saturday October 12th, 2019 at 11 AM- 1PM 1200 Franklin st Houston TX 77002 courthouse. Drinks provided. Shirts for sale limited quantities. Please join us in protesting the execution of Ruben Gutierrez wrongfully convicted as principle under the law of parties statute. His execution date is set for October 30 2019 https://www.facebook.com/events/480984272683019/ Help from your home: Write the Board … Continue reading Save Ruben Gutierrez
The first Abolitionist Conference of Texas welcomed dozens of people from around the state who were able to network and attend workshops and panel sessions on prison related issues. The conference was followed by a press release and successful banner action demanding that Harris County D.A. stop supporting Death Penalty prosecutions and setting execution dates. (Read here). Future actions: TXA, along with our friends … Continue reading Following up AbolitionistConTX with more actions!
In 3 days Texas plans to execute Patrick Murphy, despite knowing he was not involved in murdering anyone nor was he present during the murder. Patrick Murphy’s crime was being part of the Texas 7 escape. While Patrick reluctantly waited for his fellow escapees to return from a robbery, a tragic murder occurred. That does not, however, make Patrick Murphy guilty of a murder that … Continue reading Save Patrick Murphy–Law of Parties case
Have a relevant event to add? Contact us! Events: TXA, along with our friends from Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, are launching 90-minute trainings on Abolitionist theory and organizing(Abolitionism 101) and Prisoner Support (Abolitionism 102). Contact us to host a training for your organization! We are also helping to organize the Abolitionist Conference of Texas in May 2019. Stay tuned for more information or see … Continue reading Upcoming Actions and Events (3/14/19)
Write the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and call or tweet the governor about the upcoming execution of Robert Jennings(TDCJ #000956) on January 30th. Continue reading Upcoming Abolitionist Actions and Events
“Those without the capital get the punishment” Continue reading DYK (#14) Death Penalty: Does Money Buy A Chance to Live?
This is well represented by the fact that 41.38 percent of death row inmates nationally are black, and 84 out of 164 death row exonerees are black, yet black people make up only 15 percent of our national population, and black men are a significantly smaller percentage. Furthermore, The Equal Justice Initiative points out that “More than eight in ten American lynchings between 1889 and 1918 occurred in the South, and more than eight in ten of the more than 1400 executions carried out in this country since 1976 have been in the South.” Continue reading DYK (#13) The Links Between Lynchings and Executions
Willie Francis survived his first execution in 1946, at the age of 16, because prison staff in Louisiana did not properly set up the electric chair. Continue reading DYK(#11) The Boy Who Was Executed Twice and the Return of the Electric Chair
Many states, notably Texas and California, have a Felony Murder Law or “Law of Parties” which allows for someone to be sentenced to death even if they did not kill the victim, but only acted as a participant in the crime. This law works by mandating that if you were involved in committing a felony that resulted in death(s), you are equally as responsible for … Continue reading DYK (#9) Sentenced to Death Without Killing Anyone
Regardless of the era, or even the country, executions remain a major tool for social control and political repression. This is an often overlooked aspect of the Death Penalty system that must be discussed more in depth, especially in the context of our current political climate nationally and globally. Continue reading DYK (#8) Political History of Executions