A plea from an innocent man

A plea from an innocent man

The following statement was dictated to me by phone by Richard Glossip from his death watch cell in McAlester, Oklahoma, on Jan. 22, 2015.

Lethal Injection in the USA

Sr. Helen talks about states scrambling to find lethal injection drugs after a series of botched executions.

Cocktails of death

Cocktails of death

This week my home state, Louisiana, plans to join the list of states experimenting with cocktails of death.

Meet Sister Margaret

Meet Sister Margaret

Sister Margaret Maggio has been at my side since the very early days. Many of you who have organized events with us know her well – she’s the voice on the other end of the phone line. She manages my speaking schedule, my flights and an incredible array of other details. She’s my right arm, my go-to sister. I am so lucky to have her in my life.

On the road again…

My Summer of writing is well and truly over and I am headlong into my regular Fall routine of speaking to groups across the country. Right now I’m in Ireland and then Scotland, speaking to people in two countries that no longer live in the executioner’s shadow. Most of my talks, though, are right here, back home, where we still have a great need to educate minds and open hearts to what the death penalty does to us, individually and as a society. In the past few weeks I’ve spoken in Seattle and Wyoming, Delaware and Maine, and points in between. Wonderful events - you’ll find snippets from them scattered throughout the latest issue of our newsletter, Death Penalty Discourse, which will be published tomorrow (you can sign up for it here). I went to San Quentin with a group of 12 California bishops and witnessed the warehousing of humanity. I felt the transformative power of the arts at work with a group of young people from the Long Creek Youth Development Center in Maine. I celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Cherish Life Circle, a New York group that ministers to victims of crime and to people on death row, founded by Sister Camille D’Arienzo. A snippet about my visit to San Quentin with the bishops: http://www.sisterhelen.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sr_helen_san_quentin_20131.mp3   (Photo: The wonderful young men from Long Creek  who performed at The Culture of Punishment Symposium in Maine.) Every time I am on the road, I am re-energized. There is a thirst for information and understanding and a community of good people doing solid, hard work to end the death...

The Spark: Christians as Catalysts Against the Death Penalty

Although I live in New Orleans it’s not often I have a chance to give a talk there, so I’m delighted that later on this month I’ll be home and talking about Christians as Catalysts Against the Death Penalty. While I’ve been traveling the country I’ve been sensing the changing shifts in the Catholic community, a tide rising against the death penalty. At the same time, I’ve seen Christians in general and, indeed, people of all faiths doing important, determined work to create a country-wide shift towards abolition. I believe we are moving much closer to that national shift. The signs are good, our movement is growing, the once-strong fervor for the death penalty is on the wane. Still, there’s much work to be done to make this the tipping point. If you’re in New Orleans I invite you to join me for a night when we think about those tipping point possibilities: When: 7pm Tuesday January 22nd Where: Roussel Hall, Loyola University, New...

Vote Yes on 34 today!

Dear Californians, Today, among your many awesome responsibilities, you have the opportunity to end your state’s death penalty, a penalty that is cruel and wasteful in every sense. If you don’t already know the facts, head over to Safe California and find out for yourself. Read the New York Times’ succinct editorial for today. Learn how voting Yes on 34 is a vote for life, for justice, for compassion. Heck, it’s even a vote for fiscal responsibility! Discover the facts and then go vote!  Vote Yes on 34 today and let your friends, family, colleagues and entire circle know how they can make a big difference....

Yes on 34 tour

I’ve landed in California for a week of events for the Yes on 34 campaign. Proposition 34, the SAFE California Act, will replace California’s death penalty with a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole as the maximum punishment for murder. You’ll find flyers for my speaking events below. I’ll be speaking at some of these events with my good friend Magdeleno Rose-Avila, someone you really don’t want to miss. Please click the Yes on 34 button on this page to visit the Yes on 34 campaign website. Click any of the flyers below to see the details of these events and please feel free to print out any of the flyers and pass them around or post them where others will see them! [table id=1...

Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment

On April 13, 2012, Sister Helen gave a lecture and Q&A, hosted by Bill Quigley, at the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment. The talk is in three parts. An Afternoon with Sister Helen...

Tweet!

Alas! The broadcast has been delayed. It will air tomorrow, Wednesday, on NPR. Also, it will only be a short… http://t.co/wejwRNJ6...