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!
Join abolitionists from around the state in Houston on Saturday 5/18! Abolitionist Conference of Texas May 18th, 2019 in Houston, Texas Centrally located. Accessible location with free parking. Conference from 10 to 7 @ Montrose Center (401 Branard St. Houston TX 77006). *Room 106. Topics include death penalty, prisoner support, ending prison slavery, environmental issues in prisons, lgbtq prisoners, criminalization of immigrants, and harm reduction … Continue reading Abolitionist Conference Tomorrow 5/18
Abolition Texas: Seeking Solutions Beyond the Death Penalty May 18, 2019 – Houston, Texas Call for Proposals The Abolitionist Conference of Texas is a one day gathering of organizing communities throughout Texas to help build a critical mass of individuals, organizations, and communities fighting the many issues associated with the death penalty and prison abolition. The aim of this conference is to learn from … Continue reading Call for Proposals: Abolitionist Conference of Texas
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
Between 1976 and 2003, the US executed 22 people for crimes committed under the age of 18. If we look back to the colonial era, that number grows to approximately 365 people, according to DPIC. Continue reading DYK (#12) How Young is Too Young to Execute?
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