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Dear Friends,
This week the states of Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma are set to go forward with the first executions of 2015 despite mounting concerns with the death penalty following last year’s botched executions and exonerations.
Tomorrow, January 13th, Georgia is scheduled to execute Andrew Brannan, a decorated combat veteran, with no prior criminal record, who suffers from PTSD due to his service in Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Florida are preparing for executions on Thursday, January 15th, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
Martin Luther King Jr. said of capital punishment: “I do not think that God approves of the death penalty for any crime, rape and murder included. Capital punishment is against the better judgment of modern criminology and above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God.”
Stand with the NCADP to tell these governors that Americans won’t sit by and watch as our government executes disabled veterans and defiles MLK’s memory by perpetuating state-sponsored violence:
We need your help!
Call these governors and ask them to halt all executions in their states!
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal: 404-656-1776
Florida Governor Rick Scott: 850-488-7146
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin: 405-521-2342

TAKE ACTION! You can help show that Americans want to end to the death penalty for once and for all by participating in one or more of the following actions:
1. Attend a vigil. If you live in one of these states come out to a vigil and show your support!
Georgia: Vigil for Andrew Brannan is on Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m.. Find more information and vigil locations at the Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty webpage.
Oklahoma: Vigil for Charles Warner will take place on Thursday, January 15 at 5:15 p.m. in front of the Governor’s mansion, 820 NE 23 St. For more information visit the vigil Facebook page.
Florida: Find more information at Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
2. Can’t come to a vigil in person? Stand vigil virtually on social media or sign a petition today!
Sample tweets:
Georgia: I’m standing vigil with @GFADP & @ncadp to end the #deathpenalty in #GA. @GovernorDeal don’t execute a veteran with #PTSD #90millionstrong
Florida: I’m standing vigil with FADP & @ncadp to end the #deathpenalty in #FL. @FLGovScott & @AGPamBondi, #HaltAllExecutions! @90millionstrong
Oklahoma: I’m standing vigil with @OKCADP & @ncadp to end the #deathpenalty. It’s #MLK’s birthday, is this what he would want? bit.ly/1ybhQRj
Visit NCADP’s Facebook page and share our vigil meme or a quote from Dr. King on your timeline.
Sign the petition to commute Shane Kormondy’s death sentence today!
3. Help show the breadth and diversity of Americans who oppose the death penalty. Share a statement about why you oppose the death penalty on NCADP’s 90 Million Strong Campaign Tumblr page.
Thank you for speaking out in the name of justice!
Sincerely,
Anita Grabowski
State Director
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty