A Community Discussion on the Death Penalty

25 Nov 2011 9:41 PM | Anonymous

Did you know that since 2000, over 200 people on death row have been exonerated due to new evidence confirming their innocence? 

In the wake of Troy Davis, who was recently executed by the State of Georgia despite strong questions about his innocence, people nationwide are engaged in heated public debate on the inequities and failures of the death penalty.  Even in Connecticut, where in just three months the state legislature will vote on whether to abolish the death penalty, there are many citizens voicing their concerns and hoping their state senators will take them into account. 

On November 22, 2011, Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter was the lead sponsor of A Community Discussion on the Death Penalty at Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hamden, Connecticut.  The chapter joined with other organizations and concerned citizens to discuss the impact of the death penalty on our communities.  The event represented an important effort for Theta Epsilon Omega to take the lead in promoting greater community engagement with important challenges we face. 

The panel discussion included Kimberly Davis, sister of Troy Davis; Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele, Senior Community Engagement Advocate with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Victoria Coward whose son was murdered in New Haven in 2007; and Representative Gary Holder-Winfield (D-New Haven).  The event was moderated by Superior Court Judge John Turner.

Other sponsors of the event were The Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches; The Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP; WYBC 94.3 FM Radio; the ACLU of Connecticut; and the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Special thanks to Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, Theta Epsilon Omega's First Vice President, for spearheading the panel discussion, and to the chapter's Social Justice and Human Rights Committee for coordinating the volunteers.

Play highlights of the community discussion here.


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