Amplify Austin TCADP
For the past fifteen years, I have been deeply involved with the death penalty: I teach a death penalty seminar at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and my scholarship focuses on a variety of capital issues. My experience teaching this course and writing about the death penalty informs me that there continues to be an endemic indifference to the problems plaguing Texas's criminal justice system. While there have been some significant changes in the death penalty in Texas, much remains to be done.
I now serve as vice president on the board of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). At our recent annual conference, we heard from two exonerees: Christopher Scott and Johnny Pinchback. Mr. Scott, an exoneree from Dallas, served thirteen years in jail for a crime he did not commit. Mr. Pinchback, wrongfully accused of raping two women, was given a ninety-nine-year sentence but was exonerated after serving twenty-seven years. Sadly, these are not isolated cases.
Since 1976, there have been a total of 2,171 exonerations nationwide; 161 of death row defendants. Despite significant changes, the death penalty system remains broken and irreparable. A flawed capital system is particularly disconcerting because of our staggering statistics: since 1976, Texas has executed 548 individuals; three to date this year, with two executions scheduled through April.
The continued use of the death penalty amidst evidence of its profound flaws casts a pall on the legitimacy of Texas's capital punishment. A system that inflicts the ultimate punishment must be anchored to principles of fairness and justice in its implementation, or pay the high price of wrongful or unfair convictions and executions.
Amplify Austin, a 24-hour online fundraising festival, starts this Thursday, March 1st at 6 PM. You can help TCADP win a $1,000 bonus prize for the sixth year in a row by donating between 1:00 and 2:00 PM Central Time (2:00- 3:00 Eastern time) on Friday, March 2. Your donations to this cause will help TCADP's efforts in its outreach, education, and advocacy to raise awareness of death penalty issues.
During the 24-hour giving period, you can give at http://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/. Please help us defend our title as the 1:00-2:00 pm champions! And if you can't give during that hour, please consider a donation sometime in the 24-hour giving period. Thank you!
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Thank you for supporting my fundraising campaign, Ana Otero
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