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....

Lifting Afghan children off their own “death row”

I was part of something special on Saturday night. I spent an evening with Lida and Hala and Maria and Frishta and Mohsan and Eraj. Six Afghan children visiting the USA from their parwarishga in Kabul, accompanied by two of their teachers. Parwarishga is an Afghan...

No better place than Oregon

Last week, Oregon’s governor, John Kitzhaber, took a stance for life. He refused to sign the death warrant for Gary Haugin and then he went further. He said no to any more executions on his watch. He’d allowed two executions to proceed in his earlier terms...

A visit to Occupy Portland

I’ve been in Oregon for the past week, talking to groups of people around the state. On Saturday, I headed to Occupy Portland, one of the largest and best organized of the Occupy events happening across the nation, to witness this wonderful expression of the...

Being held accountable

A victory today for all of us who seek to hold our governments accountable for human rights abuses. Former President George W. Bush has had to cancel his trip to Switzerland this week because he faces the threat of arrest if he enters the country. A group of...

Doing an interview about the Arizona shootings

I’m going to be interviewed tomorrow on Freedom Watch, a program on FOX Business News, about the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and the other folk shot while attending (or passing by) her meeting in Arizona. It will be the last segment, with Judge Andrew...

Yes, WA, there is a death penalty here

I was in Washington state earlier this month, where I met with two senators in Olympia, the state capitol, to plan a strategy to repeal the death penalty in Washington. It’s been years since there was an execution here and only a handful of people are on death row. As...

Starting a conversation with President Obama

President Obama met with the press before his visit with Pope Benedict on July 10. He talked about how he admired Cardinal Bernardine’s “seamless garment” approach to pro-life, that the cardinal included in its scope a wide range of issues: “He...

Keep the window to the death chamber open

Letter to CA Department of Corrections June 26, 2009 To: Mr. Timothy Lockwood Chief of CDCR  Regulation and Policy Management Regarding Proposed Amendments to Title 15, Article 7.5, Sections 3349 Dear Mr. Lockwood, All of my remarks about the proposed amendments to...

“We did not surrender to despotism”

I am following the people of Iran in their struggle for democracy closely in my heart and prayer these days. My heart takes fire from the young people risking their lives to help a new nation come. Take young Neda Agha Soltan, killed by a single bullet this past...
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