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...

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Did an interview with Barbara Bradley Hagerty for All Things Considered on NPR. It should be airing today,… http://t.co/3fcVuWki #

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...

The Pope’s strong stance against the death penalty

Today, the Pope made one of his strongest statements in support of the elimination of the death penalty. He was addressing the members of the wonderful Catholic Sant’Egidio Community on the theme “No Justice Without Life”, when he said that he...

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...

Encounter with the Dalai Lama and Vincent Harding

On May 11, I spoke on a panel at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with Professor Vincent Harding and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Sidney Burris, moderator of the panel, began by asking the three of us to share what led us onto the path of nonviolence, and he...

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...

Which victims are worth more?

Here, the results indicate that the odds of receiving a death sentence in a Black victim case are on average 97.3% lower than are the odds of a death sentence in a White victim case (i.e., 1-.027 or 97.3 %), controlling for the other variables in the analysis. - Glenn...

Innocence speaks: Hear Juan Melendez

Juan Melendez spent 18 years on Florida’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit. His story was documented in the film Juan Melendez 6446. If  you think that a “truly innocent” person has no chance of ending up on death row, this film and...