News and Updates

Proposal said to make Georgia death statute vulnerable to attack

By: Bill Rankin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Monday, April 19, 2010

Legislation moving through the General Assembly that would strip a key safeguard from Georgia’s death-penalty law could make the statute vulnerable to constitutional attack.

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to remove the so-called “proportionality review” from state law. The review, conducted by the Georgia Supreme Court in every death-penalty appeal, is intended to guard against the possibility of a capital sentence being arbitrarily imposed.

Senate panel removes review from death-penalty statute

By: Ernie Suggs
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to strip the so-called “proportionality review” from Georgia’s death-penalty statute.

Pacifica radio network to observe birthday of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on April 24th

Monday, April 12, 2010

APRIL 12, 2010

Pacifica Radio Network (510) 849-2590

Also, via email:

Mitchel Cohen <>
Noelle Hanrahan <>

Radio Network to Commemorate Birthday of U.S. Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

Rally for Mumia

Washington, DC, April 26

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Info below is for a rally sponsored by the Free Mumia Coalition-NYC and International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

**Bus tickets will be available at the "Lynching Then, Lynching Now" CEDP Tour event, Wed., April 21 @ 7 PM, CCNY, 137th & Amsterdam Avenue**



Sunday, March 21, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the federal district court in Savannah, GA, to hold a hearing on the evidence regarding Troy’s innocence, which is a significant victory for the ongoing grassroots campaign. This will be the first time a court has heard Troy's case for innocence, so this is HUGE!

Solidarity vigils are called for on the first day of Troy's hearing in federal court. Stay tuned and we will update people as soon as the date is announced. Please consider organizing a vigil in your community or at a federal building on this day!


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Order a DVD of HOWARD ZINN in conversation with DAVE ZIRIN at the 2009 convention of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. This video captures one of the last speeches Howard Zinn ever gave. Incredibly moving, insightful, witty and charming. Send $12 (or $25 solidarity price) to: CEDP, PO Box 25730, Chicago, IL 60625.

To order a one-year subscription (4 or 5 issues) to the CEDP's New Abolitionist newsletter (the current issue features Howard Zinn and Dave Zirin’s speech), send $12 dollars to the above address. If you send $24, it allows us to send an issue to a person in prison.

He taught us to use our voice

A Tribute to Howard Zinn

By: Marlene Martin, national director of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Friday, February 5, 2010

LAST JULY, I sent an invitation to Howard Zinn, asking if he would be the keynote speaker at the Campaign to End the Death Penalty's convention in Chicago in November.

It was a long shot, his close friend and collaborator Anthony Arnove told me--not because he wouldn't want to do it, but because he had so much to do on The People Speak film project, and because his health was not the best. "But you should go ahead and ask" was Anthony's advice.

Doctors' role in executions debated in Georgia

Death penalty foes go after licenses.

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Doctors' role in executions debated
Death penalty foes go after licenses.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 02/01/05

After a lethal dose of chemicals flowed through the veins of convicted killer Timothy Don Carr last Tuesday night, two physicians with stethoscopes around their necks quietly entered the execution chamber.

Standing up against police torture

Credit: Catherine McMillan
By: Mark Clements

As the New Abolitionist goes to press, there is the stirring of a new movement in Chicago to take on the issue of police torture.  Different organizations have joined together to form a group called the Jail Jon Burge Coalition. The goal of this group is to force Cook County officials and the criminal courts to grant new hearings and trials for the more than 20 men who remain in prison stemming from confessions that were beaten and tortured from them while they were in police custody under the command of Jon Burge.

Lynching then and now

Credit: Alan Bean - Friends of Justice
By: Marlene Martin

“I saw them burn the nigger, didn’t I, Mama?”
“Yes, darling, you saw them burn the nigger.”

—Overheard conversation between an eight-year-old
and her mother after the lynching of Henry Smith

The screams of Henry Smith as he was tortured to death in 1893 were captured on gramophone and later sold. Photographs show a crowd of 10,000 gathered in Paris, Texas, arriving by train, in wagons and horses, and by foot to see the lynching.  Postcards were made of the photos with the caption: “Wish You Were Here.”