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The Road to Repeal - Ending NH's Death Penalty in 2014

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Kirk Bloodsworth, Witness to Innocence

First Exoneree from Death Row Based on DNA

Kirk Bloodsworth, who was sentenced to death and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, will headline the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty's annual meeting.

The campaign to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty will take a step forward at the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty's annual meeting, featuring a talk by Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person released from death row based on DNA evidence showing he was not guilty of the crime for which he had been convicted.  The event will also feature presentation of the annual Governor Badger Award to Walter Murphy, retired Chief Justice of the NH Superior Court and a presentation on legislative plans by Rep. Renny Cushing.  Don't miss it!

Silent Vigil at NH Supreme Court to End Death Penalty

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 7:30am - 4:00pm

The NH Supreme Court will hold a hearing on November 14 on the death sentence issued to Michael Addison for the murder of Michael Briggs.  The hearing begins at 9 am and is scheduled to end at 3 pm.  The NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will hold a Silent Vigil as people gather for the hearing and again as participants leave.  Vigilers may arrive at 7:30 am, with the vigil taking place from 8 to 9 am and again from 2:45 to 4 pm.  Visit the Coaltion's web page for additional inform

Iowans to mark 50 years of work against the death penalty

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 6:00pm

Please join Iowans Against the Death Penalty in marking our 50th anniversary.
Marty Ryan will be presented with the Gov. Harold E. Hughes Award on
November 10, 2012 and Rob Warden, executive director
of the Innocents Project at Northwestern University Center
on Wrongful Convictions Bluhm Legal Clinic will keynote the event.

Reception, dinner, award ceremony at 6 p.m.,
Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, $30 per person.
Please RSVP to Patti Brown at,

Annual Meeting of NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty's third annual meeting will feature Dale S. Recinella as keynote speaker.  Mr. Recinella is the author of The Biblical Truth about America’s Death Penalty.  He is an attorney, international speaker, Chaplin of Florida’s Death Row, and a Community of Faith Columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat.

FILM - "The Empty Chair"

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

TThe documentary, "The Empty Chair," examines loss, punishment, and healing through four families' stories of a loss few of us could possibly comprehened: the murder of a family member and living through the aftermath.  Renny Cushing, a resident of Hampton and Executive Director of Murder Victims Families for Human Rights, is featured in this film.  Discussion follows film.  The Culture of Peace and Nonviolence film series is co-sponsored by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, Concord UU Church, Temple Beth Jacob, NH Peace Action, NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates. 

Latest NH Death Penalty Expansion Headed for Defeat

After two hours of testimony from family members of homicide victims and religious, legal, and human rights activists on January 30, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 12 to 0 to recommend that the latest proposal to expand New Hampshire’s death penalty be defeated.

6th Annual Historic Thousands on Jones St (HKonJ6)

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

Join THOUSANDS who will be Marching for Justice.


Forward Together Not One Step Back:
We must stand for Freedom and defend Democracy
We will not be deafeated or divided
We shall pursue Liberty and Justice for all
We the People shall not be moved


If you believe, you need to MARCH WITH US, STAND WITH US and ORGANIZE WITH US!

Begin Assembling at Shaw University at 9:30. March begins at 10:30.

FILM-Juan Melendez 6446

Monday, January 9, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Juan Melendez

Juan spoke in New Hampshire in 2010.

Juan Melendez at Trinity High School in Manchester.

On January 3, 2002, Juan Roberto Melendez, was released from Florida's death row after nearly 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.  Upon his release, he became the 99th death row inmate in the country to be exonerated and released since 1973.  The number now stands at 119.  Juan's story highlights all the problems of the death penalty, including its high risk of being imposed on innocent people, its almost exclusive application to poor people, and its disproporationate application to people of color.    Since his release, Juan has been active

"Juan Melendez 6446" Poster

flyer for Jan. 9, 2012 film showing

Arnie Alpert Speaks Against Death Penalty on NH Public Radio

AFSC’s New Hampshire Program Coordinator, Arnie Alpert, was a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange,” hosted by Laura Knoy, on September 7, 2011.  The topic was the history of debates over the death penalty in New Hampshire.

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