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.

Stop the Execution of Horace Kelly

Why a mentally ill man remains on death row

By: Cameron Sturdevant

No one who knows Horace Kelly could claim he is sane, but that is exactly what a jury is being asked to say as this newsletter goes to print.

Horace Kelly is a 39-year-old man who has been on death row for 13 years. He is known to mutters to himself and does not answer questions logically. On his way to court the other day, he told his lawyer that the judge was about to decide whether he could join the Marines. Horace thinks death row is a vocational school - and that as soon as he gets his "certification," he can go home.

Justice for Mumia!

We Demand A New Trial Now

Mumia's supporters marched in Philadelphia on October 11.
By: Lucy Herschel and Marlene Martin

The struggle to save Mumia Abu-Jamal is facing a new challenge.

On October 13, Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas Ridge signed a death warrant for Mumia -- the best known and most outspoken death row prisoner in the country -- for the second time in five years.

Ridge knew full well that Mumia still had the right to federal appeals -- and that his execution would be automatically stayed. But he signed the order anyway, which put Mumia on what Pennsylvania prison officials call "death watch."