Let's start with 2018, because we will be hitting the ground running!

There will be a bill to abolish the death penalty in our state again in 2018. We don't have the bill numbers yet, but will communicate them when we have them. Because of some changes in the legislature, we believe this year we have a better chance to abolish than we have in recent years. It's a short 60 day session, beginning on January 8th. WCADP has collaborated with several organizations and individuals to plan LOBBY DAY 2018 to be held on Thursday January 25th. This day will include a morning orientation session, followed by meetings (set up for you) with your legislators. 

Below please click the button to register to attend Lobby Day if you are able to attend in person. Please register by Jan 18th.

Whether or not you are able to attend Lobby Day in person, please sign the postcard (click button below) to be delivered to your legislators on Lobby Day. Let's leave behind a huge stack of postcards with each legislator so they know that their constituents support ending capital punishment!

Another way you can help: please share the Lobby Day registration and postcard sign up widely!

If you would like an organization you are a part of to be listed as a WCADP supporter on the Lobby Day invite and on our website, please email us!

 

WCADP partnered with Witness to Innocence to speak to over 1000 Washingtonians this past October! 

Photo above: Stefanie Anderson (WCADP Board President & WTI Director of Communications), Sabrina Butler Smith (exonerated from Mississippi's death row), and Randal Padgett (exonerated from Alabama's death row) speaking at Central Washington University.

WCADP partnered with the national organization Witness to Innocence to bring a speaking tour to Washington this past October. Three main speaking events were held across the state - in Ellensburg (hosted by Central Washington University's Philosophy & Religious Studies Department), Spokane (hosted by Gonzaga University's Department of Philosophy and their Center for the Public Humanities), and Seattle (hosted by Innocence Project Northwest). During the tour we spoke to over 1000 people, and reached many more through media coverage of the events (see links above). 

The WCADP has been improving our technology to help magnify our message. We are in the middle of a data migration to a better platform for engagement and communication - this is our first email using the platform, and we hope you like it! We also have a new website

Right after the November elections, WCADP hosted a luncheon as a thank you for some of our top donors. We had the opportunity to hear Senator Jamie Pedersen speak about the upcoming legislative session. Senator Pedersen is the new Chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, which is the committee where the abolition bill will first be heard in 2018.

A note from Dave Avolio, WCADP's Death Row Liaison

Did you know that the men under sentence of death in Washington State are not on Death Row? Several years ago, they were moved from the actual Death Row facility at the Washington State Penitentiary, into the Intensive Management Unit or IMU as it is known. This is where other inmates are temporarily housed for disciplinary purposes. Although there have been some accommodations made in the intervening years, they are still severely restricted, essentially on permanent solitary confinement. WCADP offers support in the form of correspondence, visitations, and occasional small stipends for such things as postage. Several have expressed interest in corresponding with folks on the outside. If you are interested in writing an inmate, contact Dave Avolio at info@abolishdeathpenalty.org.

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia (western Washington) and the Faith Action Network are two groups that really support efforts to abolish the death penalty in Washington. Bishop Greg Rickel has established a Diocesan Task Force on the Death Penalty, led by WCADP Board Member Dave Avolio. The Bishop’s statement to the Legislature was read into the record of the House Judiciary Committee in February, 2017.  The Bishop’s task force, joined by Faith Action Network, had an informational booth at the Diocesan Convention held in Vancouver on October 27th and 28th.

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We need your financial support to continue work to abolish the death penalty in Washington! Please give generously at this important end-of-year time. You can also choose to make a monthly recurring donation to spread your generosity over the year.

Contact Us

Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
4759 15th Ave NE
#309
Seattle, Washington 98105
206-622-8952
info@abolishdeathpenalty.org

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