Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update April 12, 2012
Congratulations to Connecticut! After nine hours of debate, the Connecticut House voted to repeal the death penalty! Governor Dannel Malloy has said he will sign the repeal bill. Connecticut will be the fifth state in five years to repeal the death penalty and the 17th state overall!
As the momentum grows towards Maryland repeal in 2013, we’d like to highlight some ongoing leadership opportunities for activists.
We’ve made enormous progress this year with great support from people around the state. Now we’re looking to build an even stronger team to keep up the pressure, develop strategy, and come up with creative tactics that will ensure a victory for human rights and justice in 2013. If you’re passionate about ending the death penalty once and for all in MD, and want to lend a little time, energy, and talent to the campaign, let us know! Here are a few positions we want to fill:
- Group Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator: become the death penalty abolition point person for your Amnesty group! You’ll serve as your group’s first point of contact with us, deepen your knowledge of Amnesty International’s campaign to end the death penalty through training and support, and help your group to participate fully in the campaign.
- Grassroots Outreach Team: whether you’re a part of an Amnesty group or not, we need your help to build a base for repeal in 2013! This summer and fall there will be festivals around the state, and we need people ready to set up tables and talk to people about repealing the death penalty. We’ll also plan outreach events in communities around the state. If you’re a seasoned organizer or new to working against the death penalty, this is a great opportunity to develop yourself as a leader in the human rights movement.
- Media Team: we need to build a buzz in the media throughout the summer and fall to make sure that repeal of the death penalty is on peoples’ minds, and is important for 2013. Whether you have experience with writing letters to the editor, local connections to print and/or radio media, or like to spend time on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr and want to put those skills to use, we want you on the team!
We’re looking for passion about human rights, and for as much time as you can offer. Maybe that’s 2 hours a month, maybe it’s more—if you want to get more involved, we want to hear from you!
If you have any questions, comments or feedback about Maryland’s death penalty abolition campaign, feel free to contact our State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinators, Andrea Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kevin Scruggs (email@example.com).
Thanks again for your interest in abolishing the death penalty!
Andrea, Kevin, and the Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign
Opportunities and Upcoming Events:
· Take action! Please continue to circulate Amnesty’s death penalty online action at http://amnestyusa.org/enddeathpenaltyinmd.