Keep Ya Head Up

Sister Helen's Justice Train Playlist Little somethin’ for my godson Elijah and a little girl named Corinne Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots I give a holler to my sisters on welfare...

Justice Kennedy’s record on the death penalty

(This summary includes only those cases he participated in deciding while on the Supreme Court, not while he was on the Ninth Circuit) Key: GOOD = Kennedy voted to limit the death penalty or strengthen rights of the accused BAD = Kennedy voted pro-death MIDDLING =...
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.

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...

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...

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...

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....

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 Prejean