"Moving Vigils" in Concord, Hampton, Berlin, and Dover brought out hundreds of people from many faith traditions to express their support for ending capital punishment.
Repeal Campaign Makes Huge Strides but Falls 1 Senator Short
By Arnie Alpert
Legislation to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty attracted tremendous political support and won stunning victories in the House of Representatives this year. But it stalled in the State Senate, which voted 12 to 12 on April 17.
Please join us to welcome the Steering Committee of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, which will be meeting in Concord next week. The program will be chaired by Steven Hawkins, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, which like AFSC is a member of the World Coalition. Refreshments available at 6:30 PM, with a program starting at 7 PM. Free and open to the public.
A bill to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty took a big step forward today with a 225 to 104 vote in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
The repeal measure had support from an unusual cross-section of legislators, Democrat and Republican, conservative and progressive, religious and secular, who united behind a belief that the death penalty serves no useful purpose.
Carroll Picket was the death house chaplain in Huntsville, Texas for 15 years. This film tells his story of presiding over 95 executions, including that of Carlos De Luna, who was almost certainly not guilty of the crime for which he was killed.
With the legislature about to vote on a bill to repeal the death penalty, this film is indeed timely. A discussion will follow.
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