Rally in Support of State Attorney Aramis Ayala
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Equal Justice USA, NAACP, Latino Justice, Florida Council of Churches, Orange County Black Voice, and Color of Change will hold a rally in Tallahassee at the Capitol on Thursday, March 30 at 12:30 pm to #StandwithAramis Ayala, the State Attorney in Orange and Osceola Counties who announced that her office will no longer seek the death penalty.
Not only does trying to enforce the death penalty unnecessarily waste millions of taxpayer dollars over and above the cost of sentencing those same people to life in prison with no parole, it prolongs the judicial process for decades, forcing victim’s families to re-live the worst day of their lives over and over again.
Shockingly, Florida leads the nation with 26 people on death row exonerated and released due to evidence of wrongful convictions. Florida’s death penalty is rooted in racial bias – never in Florida’s history has a white person been executed for killing a black person. There is no proof that the death penalty prevents violent crime or protects law enforcement officers.
Last week, after an extensive and non-partisan investigation of the facts and reality of the death penalty process, State Attorney Aramis Ayala, elected on a platform of criminal justice reform, announced she would not seek death sentences in any cases in her jurisdiction. She acted very responsibly and within her rights as State Attorney.
This was a big win for the safety and well-being of Orange and Osceola County families and all Florida taxpayers. However, Gov. Scott, an extreme proponent of the death penalty, abused his power and interfered in the lawful discretion and duties of the State Attorney and ultimately removed Ayala from an upcoming potential death penalty case.
That’s why we’re rallying in Tallahassee; to deliver a message to Gov. Scott’s office: Floridians are here to #StandWithAramis and to end the death penalty in our state.
Will you Rally in Tally with us? We encourage you to bring friends, family, and carpool to Tallahassee. But if you don’t have a ride, there will be buses picking up participants in the following cities:
Orlando | Walmart Neighborhood Market @ 7am
1101 S Goldwyn Ave, Orlando, FL 32805
Jacksonville | Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church @ 7:30am
2036 Silver St, Jacksonville, FL 32206
Tampa | Faith Lutheran Church @ 7am
12703 North Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33608
St. Petersburg | Allendale United Methodist Church @ 7am
3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
See you in Tallahassee,
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
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Thank you to everyone who spent time signing holiday cards!
HOLIDAY CARDS FOR DEATH ROW PRISONERS
All are invited to the home of Robert and Nancy Fichter on November 19 and 20 when we will be signing holiday cards for everyone on Florida’s Death Row. Please join us on one of those days. For so many prisoners, this is the only mail they receive all year.
Robert and Nancy Fichter – 710 Waverly Road, Tallahassee
Saturday, November 19 – 10 am to 1 pm
Sunday, November 20 – 1 pm to 4 pm
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Sister Helen Prejean has cancelled plans for her October Florida tour due to the serious illness of her sister. People around the state have stepped up to fill in for the October dates.
Sunday, October 2 – Tallahassee – 4:45-5:45pm. Good Shepherd Church. Cindy Biggie, PhD and Dale Landry, MSW will discuss the local use of Restorative Justice through the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice, Palmer Monroe Center, and Leon County Schools.
Tuesday, October 4 – Gainesville – 6pm. Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GCADP) will meet at Emmanuel Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Ave.
Sunday, October 9 – Tallahassee – 4:45-5:45pm. Good Shepherd Church. Kenny Colfield and his mentor, Dale Recinella, JD, MTS will discuss their prison experience, when Dale acted as spiritual advisor and mentor to Kenny who was in prison on a life sentence, and Kenny’s experience of being forgiven and what that forgiveness feels like.
Friday, October 14 – Winter Park – 6:30 – 7:30pm. State Respect Life Conference. Dale Recinella, JD, MTS, Chaplain on Florida’s Death Row and author of “Now I Walk On Death Row” speaks on “The Power of God’s Mercy”
Sunday, October 16 – Punta Gorda – 7pm. Sacred Heart Church. Marietta Jaeger Lane of The Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing will tell her powerful and inspirational story.
TCADP Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 16 at 7 pm – Amtrak Community Room – 918 Railroad Square
Join us for our Annual Meeting where we will hear guest speaker, Marietta Jaeger Lane. Marietta‘s 7-year-old daughter Susie was kidnapped from the family’s tent during a camping vacation. For a year, the family knew nothing of Susie’s whereabouts. On the first anniversary of Susie’s disappearance, the kidnapper telephoned Marietta and inadvertently revealed sufficient information to enable the FBI to identify and then arrest him.
Marietta asked that the mentally ill man be given the alternative allowed in capital cases: a mandatory life sentence instead of the death penalty. Only then was the kidnapper willing to confess to Susie’s murder, as well as to the deaths of three other young persons in the same county.
Marietta went on to help found the Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing, an organization that is led by murder victim family members that conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty. Join us on June 16 and hear this powerful speaker.
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Human Rights and Religion: Dignity of the Individual and the Death Penalty
Sponsored by Mercy and Justice Core Community of Good Shepherd Catholic Church
4665 Thomasville Road – Tallahassee, FL
Friday, February 19 – 8:30 p.m. – “Wildflowers in the Median”- A one act play of forgiveness based on the book of the same name by Agnes Furey and Leonard Scovens. (Parish Center, lower level)
Saturday, February 20 – 9:30 a.m. – Symposium with speakers including Dale Recinella, chaplain for many of Florida’s Death Row prisoners; George Kain, Ph.D who worked to end the death penalty in Connecticut; panel discussion with family members of victims and defendants; and panel on strategies to end the death penalty. (Good Shepherd Community Center)
Seth Miller – Innocence Project of Florida
Seth Miller, Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Florida will speak on Monday, July 27th at 7 pm at the Amtrak Community Room at 918 Railroad Avenue. How has the issue of innocence impacted opinions on the death penalty? Why has Florida exonerated more people than any other state in the country? Hear Seth talk about these topics and how DNA evidence has changed the criminal justice system.
Mr. Miller is President of the Innocence Network, a consortium of more than 69 innocence organizations in the United States and abroad. He has served on the Innocence Network Executive Board since 2012. Before joining IPF in 2006, Mr. Miller served as a project attorney with the American Bar Association Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project in Washington, D.C., and as a staff attorney with the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee, Florida.
Monday, July 27 * 7 p.m. * Amtrak Community Room * 918 Railroad Square
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The Death Penalty: How Does it Impact the Family of the Victim?
Monday, April 13 – 7 pm — Amtrak Community Center — 918 Railroad Avenue — Free – All are welcomeWhen Kathy Dillon was 14 years old, her father was shot and killed in the line of duty on the New York State Thruway. Emerson Dillon was a New York State Trooper who pulled over a car whose occupants had been involved in a robbery. The shooters got away, but were later caught and charged with murder. Ten years later her boyfriend, David Paul, was also shot and left to die on a roadside.
Kathy writes and speaks publicly from the perspective of having lost both her father and her boyfriend to murder. She has spoken at churches, panel discussions, conferences, and public forums of various kinds. Kathy belongs to Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation and Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights. She is a former board member of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
“The death penalty was in place in New York State for first-degree murder of a police officer, but it didn’t protect my father that day. I don’t believe that it has a deterrent effect. And for me, it always comes down to my belief that humans shouldn’t have the power to decide who lives and who dies. I feel that it is wrong for one person to take the life of another, either in an attack of violence or in response to violence.”
RALLY AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24
STATEWIDE ACTION AT THE CAPITOL – Friday, October 24
Join TCADP, Florida Death Row exonerees, Amnesty International, the NAACP, the ACLU, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and others in a Rally Against the Death Penalty organized by Pax Christi, a social justice organization of the Catholic Church.
Be at the steps of the Old Capitol on North Monroe Street at 4 p.m. to hear speakers in support of an end to the death penalty in Florida.
FLORIDA EXONEREES AND MARK ELLIOTT SPEAK
Hear Florida exonerees Herman Lindsey, Seth Penalver and Dave Keaton speak about their experiences on Florida’s Death Row.
Hear Mark Elliott, Director of Floridians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty, give a report on efforts around the state to end Florida’s death penalty.
Friday, October 24 – 7 p.m. – St. Stephen Lutheran Church – 2198 N. Meridian Road, Tallahassee
Food and beverages will be available. Donations accepted.
A brief business meeting will take place at the end of the evening.
Southern Shock Americana: The Life and Execution of John Mills, Jr.
On March 5, 1982 in a small Florida town in Wakulla County a man was abducted and his home set on fire. Two months later his skeletal remains were found along the canal of an abandoned airstrip.
Hear author Herb Donaldson talk about his family, his community and his uncle who was sent to Florida’s death row and executed on December 6, 1996.
TUESDAY, MARCH 18 – Leon County Library, Room B — 7 to 8:30 pm
Free and open to the public
Herb Donaldson will be happy to sign your book; however, we are not permitted to sell books at the library. You can purchase one at Bayleaf Market in Wakulla, Paperback Rack on North Monroe in Tallahassee or on Amazon.com.
Sponsored by Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty