Alaskans Against the Death Penalty

Alaskans Against the Death Penalty (AADP) is a coalition of individuals and organizations who educate the community and policy makers about the facts and myths of the death penalty. Our mission is to keep Alaska free from the death penalty. Click here to contact us!

AADP Photo Gallery

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Salmon Bake 2014

Thanks to everyone who attended the Salmon Bake!

Fish Fry 2014

Fish Fry 2014

Fish Fry 2014

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Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser

August 1, 2014 @ 5:30 - 8:00

2512 Saint Elias Drive
(Nancy's Backyard)

Fish Fry. Not People.

Featured Speaker: SueZann Bosler

SueZann Bosler

On December 22, 1986, SueZann Bosler and her father, Rev. Billy Bosler, were attacked in the church parsonage by an intruder. Rev. Bosler was stabbed 24 times. SueZann, in an effort to help him, was herself stabbed in the back and head and left for dead. While lying on the floor pretending to be dead, she heard the intruder ransack the house as she watched her father take his last breath. As a Brethren minister, Rev. Bosler had been an opponent of capital punishment, and had once told SueZann that if he was ever murdered he would not want his killer to receive the death penalty. Click here to read more.

Note: please park on the side of the street of the event side dishes are welcome. Mark your calendar and bring friends!

Call Sue Johnson for information at 276-5753

Click here to download the flyer.

Hugh Fleischer Memorial Chili Feed

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

At the home of Lanie Fleischer
(1401 W 11th Ave Anchorage 274-2453)
Food & Refreshments welcomed (some will be provided)

Featured Speaker: Therese Bartholomew

Therese Bartholomew

A former high school dropout and teen mother, Therese is now an inspirational speaker, social justice activist, author and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in Emrys Journal, Iodine, Main Street Rag, The Charlotte Observer, Raising Our Voices, Sun Journal, and Compassion. Her 2009 collection of essays, Coffee Shop God , offers a glimpse into the profound grief that arose when her younger brother was murdered. As a continuation of her journey to heal, she embarked on a mission to meet her brother’s killer behind bars. The Final Gift , documentary, directed by Bartholomew, follows her path to that meeting. This compelling story has garnered the support of universities, faith-based groups, departments of correction, and victims’ advocacy organizations and is fast becoming a catalyst for a national dialogue on restorative justice.

Mark your calendar and bring friends! Donations encouraged

Call Sue for information at 301-5005 or 276-5753

Click here to download the flyer.

TUNE IN AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

Mark Osler is scheduled for Talk of Alaska on Tuesday (tomorrow) at 10:00 a.m. KSKA 91.1 FM, with Steve Heimel.

Professor Osler is the author of “Jesus on Death Row,” and will be the featured speaker for the Caroline Penniman Wohlforth Lectures October 11-13th.

He writes regularly on religion, the law, and related issues for numerous national publications, including Huffington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NPR’s Morning Edition, and ABC. Much of his current work relates directly to reform of the criminal justice system, an issue which is very relevant to our Alaska context.

Friday, October 11, 7:00 pm
Public Lecture: “Jesus Christ, Defendant”
Held at: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2901 Huffman Rd, Anchorage AK

Saturday, October 12th, 11:00- Noon
Presentation: “Effective Social Advocacy”
1:00 – 2:30 pm Workshop: “Effective Social Advocacy”
Held at: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, , 2222 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage

12th Annual Day of Faith In Action!

Please join us for the annual Day of Faith in Action
Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, October 20th at 2 pm at the
First United Methodist Church
725 W. 9th Avenue

across from the Park Strip
Click here to download the flyer

A Journey of Hope!

20 Years of Journeying - From Violence to Healing. Real comfort with real comfort food. Join us for A Fundraiser for Journey of Hope...From Violence to Healing
Sunday, September 22, 2013
5:00 - 8:00 PM
At the Home of Dirk Sisson & Barbara Hood
10161 Middlerock Road, Anchorage

Click Here to view the flyer.

AADP Annual Fish Fry

Alaskans Against the Death Penalty
Annual Fish Fry
To Be Held Friday, July 26th 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Nancy Groszek's lovely garden
2512 St. Elias Drive
Special Guest: Kirk Bloodsworth
Kirk Bloodsworth

Kirk Bloodsworth was convicted in March of 1985 for the brutal killing and sexual assault of a nine year old girl. The victim was found dead in July of 1984. She had been strangled, raped, and beaten with a rock. Bloodsworth was arrested based on an anonymous call telling police that he was seen with the victim that day and an identification made by a witness from a police sketch that was based on the recollections of five eyewitnesses. Bloodsworth also became the first person to be exonerated from death row through post conviction DNA testing.

Kirk appearance on Colbert Nation: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/427309/june-19-2013/remembering-lorna-colbert

2013 AADP Annual Chili Feed!


Chili provided! Side-dishes and beverages welcome!
March 17th at 5:00 PM
Cost: Donations encouraged


Our special guest speaker will be Terry Steinberg. It is our hope that her son, Justin Wolfe, will be released from Virginia's death row after his recent exoneration, and will join his mother in Alaska.

At the age of 20, Justin Wolfe, ex-high school football player and normal, average, all American, suburban kid was sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. He has been on Virginia 's death row since 2002 and has had two stays of execution.



Location: 1401 West 11th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska
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FREE JUSTIN WOLFE!

AADP on Facebook Justin Wolfe was wrongfully convicted and was denied the right to due process pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment during his trial. View the facebook page here


Big News in Maryland!

There is big news in Maryland today! Governor O'Malley pledged his support for death penalty repeal in Maryland in a meeting with NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous and Maryland NAACP State Conference President Gerald Stansbury!

Contact Governor O'Malley to show your support for death penalty repeal legislation in Maryland, Thank him for his leadership on this issue, and urge him to sponsor the death penalty repeal bill.
Call Governor O'Malley now at 410-974-3901 or 800-811-8336.

Big News in Maryland!

There is big news in Maryland today! Governor O'Malley pledged his support for death penalty repeal in Maryland in a meeting with NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous and Maryland NAACP State Conference President Gerald Stansbury!

Contact Governor O'Malley to show your support for death penalty repeal legislation in Maryland, Thank him for his leadership on this issue, and urge him to sponsor the death penalty repeal bill.
Call Governor O'Malley now at 410-974-3901 or 800-811-8336.

Day of faith in action!

Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in the "Day of Faith in Action" on Sept 29, 2012






Thanks to Everyone who attended!

Thanks to everyone who attended the "Save California Event! Watch our calendar page for future events.

"Crime Victims' Bill of Rights" Signed into Law!

Hours ago Governor Christie signed the enhanced "Crime Victims' Bill of Rights" legislation into law. NJADP advocated for this proposal for two years. It was part of our objective to affect substantive public policy change to benefit surviving relatives of homicide victims and exonorees. The goal is to create a more just and compassionate community in which executions are no longer desired nor acceptable. The proposal signed today will ensure:
  • Victims are notified about the progress of their case, including any changes in the court schedule, and status of plea bargain negotiations earlier in the process.
  • Protection from harassment or abuse by defendants or their supporters.
  • Medical assistance that is related to the crime.


Thank you to those who worked on the passage of this bill!

Another "even in Texas" moment!

Here's another "even in Texas" moment for you: This afternoon, the Texas Democratic Party endorsed repeal of the death penalty in its 2012 Platform!! Here's a rough transcription of the platform language:

Despite 41 DNA exonerations in Texas in the last 9 years, Rick Perry says he never loses sleep over executing the innocent. Perry has overseen 235 executions in Texas. Detailed research shows that the Texas death penalty system cannot insure that innocent and undeserving defendants are not sentenced to death. Death penalty exonerations have already revealed deep flaws in our State's criminal justice system.

Evidence - including scientific evidence, extensive studies by the Innocence Project, major newspaper and university research strongly suggests that Texas has already executed innocent defendants including Carlos DeLuna, Ruben Cantu, and Cameron Todd Willingham. Former Governor Mark White has stated we must take every step to ensure there is never another innocent man executed.

The application of the death penalty in Texas is disproportionately applied to the poor and minorities. The system has allowed in the past the execution of juveniles, the mentally ill and poor defendants who had such inadequate counsel that their lawyers literally slept through their trials. Other states are increasingly rejecting the death penalty as evidenced by the legislatures in New Jersey (2007), New Mexico (2009), and Illinois (2011).

In order to promote public confidence and fairness in the Texas Criminal Justice system, Texas Democrats call for the passage of legislation that would repeal the death penalty in Texas and replace it with the punishment of life in prison without parole.

Connecticut Repeals death penalty!

(Huffington Post) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed a bill into law on Wednesday that repeals the death penalty, making Connecticut the 17th state to do so...read more

Thomas Arthur is convicted of a crime that another man has confessed to!

Thomas Arthur is on Alabama's death row, convicted of a crime that another man has since confessed to committing.

Despite this confession and many other irregularities that have surfaced, the state has set his execution date for March 29, just weeks away.

Write Governor Robert Bentley and urge him to allow Thomas Arthur's legal team to conduct the DNA testing that could spare his life.

After the confession, the Alabama Supreme Court stayed Mr. Arthur's execution and remanded his case to the trial court for an evidentiary hearing. The court ordered limited DNA testing of the wig that all parties agree was worn by the perpetrator. Although DNA was found on the wig, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences lacks the technology to develop a profile. Thomas Arthur and his attorneys want to re-test the wig, using more advanced DNA technology. But the state of Alabama won't allow it, even though the defense is willing to pay for the testing!

It is unacceptable that the state of Alabama is prepared to put a potentially innocent man to death rather than let him conduct a simple test that could prove his innocence.

David Kaczynski, Linda Patrik, Bill Babbitt

Thanks for your support!
Click Here for pictures and a special thanks from AADP for all of your support.


Photo of David Kaczynski, Linda Patrik, Bill Babbitt Iditirod 2012 Anchorage Alaska

AADP Newsletters and Highlights

2013 Summer Newsletter

2013 is AADP's 20th Anniversary! Don't miss the Annual Fish Fry in July with Special Guest Kirk Bloodsworth...

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Journey of Hope Update

  • Bill Pelke told the story last week of the brutal killing of his sweet, white haired grandmother and how her death made a life change for him...

 

Web Sites of Interest

Struck by Lightning

The Continuing Arbitrariness of the Death Penalty
Thirty-Five Years After Its Re-instatement in 1976...

Equal Justice USA

Equal Justice USA is a national, grassroots organization working to build a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and humane, starting with repeal of the death penalty and increased services to families of homicide victims...

The Abolition Times

Later this month, NCADP's Alaska Affiliate, Alaskans Against the Death Penalty will celebrate the defeat earlier this year of HB 9, a bill that would have introduced the death penalty to Alaska for the first time since the territory became a U.S. state in 1953...

Death Penalty Information Center

Providing information about the application of the death penalty in the United States. This site has eye opening information regarding the death penalty in the U.S. Complete with a searchable Execution Database.

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) was founded in 1976 in response to the Supreme Court decision in Gregg v. Georgia which permitted executions to resume in the United States. Our mission: abolish the death penalty in the U.S. and support efforts to abolish the death penalty world wide.
Click the banner below to learn how you help support NCADP by
Shouting from the Rooftops!

Did Texas execute an innocent man?

The New Yorker has put together this group of articles that accurately portray real situations in which hind sight tells us that the Death Penalty was obviously not the right solution.

Ohio's Lethal Injection Fiascos!