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...

A chilling dissent by Scalia and Thomas

I’m thrilled for Troy Davis and his family that the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that new evidence of innocence merits a hearing in a federal court. My lawyer friend, Denny LeBoeuf, tells me we haven’t had such a decision from the Supreme...

Juan Meléndez: 17 years 8 months on death row, innocent

Juan Meléndez spent 17 years on Florida’s death row for a murder he did not commit. Although the real killer confessed, his confession was never shown to the defense and the jury never heard it. Juan Meléndez - 6446 tells Juan’s story and the story of the...

“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...

Changing hearts and minds

I spend a good part of my time traveling the country speaking to young people at schools and colleges. I love the smart questions, the fire and the passion of these young people and the dedication of their teachers. Speaking to thousands of people each year, I get a...

Support Manuel Ortiz

I ask your support for Manuel Ortiz, who will have hearings on innocence in a Louisiana court on Feb. 5 and 6th. I’ve been accompanying Manuel on his harrowing journey on death row for ten years and am firmly convinced of his innocence. He’s been occupying...

Gene Robinson’s powerful inauguration invocation

“Give us tears…give us anger…” Bishop Gene Robinson delivered the invocation at the kickoff event for Obama’s inauguration. I am thankful for his words, which I am committing to memory. I want to quote the entire text of his invocation:...

The Democratic Interfaith Gathering

I’m back on the road again giving speeches and meeting people all over the country after a summer of writing. My writing time was punctuated by trips home to New Orleans, a visit to Nicaragua and visits to prisoners on death row in Texas and Louisiana. I was...