Repeal of the Death Penalty Press Conference

  • 16 Jan 2012
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden, CT

“I do not think that God approves 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." -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought and ultimately sacrificed his life for the cause of justice and equality in this country. Despite the monumental achievements he helped realize in his short lifetime – most notably, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act – King was the first to recognize that we as a country have a far way to go to realize his dream. His unshakeable commitment to nonviolence compelled him to continually push America closer to this ideal.  Most notably, he could not ignore reports of the atrocities in Vietnam and passionately called for an end to the war. And, domestically, he called for an end to America’s embarrassing institution of capital punishment, plagued by racism and error.

For King and his family, the death penalty was not an abstract issue. King himself survived numerous assassination attempts before finally being gunned down in 1968, while campaigning for striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. Despite these direct confrontations with violence and hatred, King and his      family remained firm in their belief that solutions never would be found in further violence and hatred. Coretta Scott King made this point very clear:

"As one whose husband and mother-in-law have both died the victims of murder assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses.  An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by legalized murder."

This coming week the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty will be joining local civil rights      organizations to honor King’s legacy by working to repeal Connecticut’s death penalty. 

Please join Theta Epsilon Omega at the press conference.  We will stand with the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, the Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Connecticut; Rabbi Herbert Brockman, Congregation Mishkan Israel; State Representative Gary Holder Winfield; Professor Khalilah Brown-Dean of Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Family Member of a Murder Victim; and Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson.

The 2012 legislative session will start in less than a month.  Now is a critical time to send a clear message to legislators that we cannot wait any longer – the injustice that is Connecticut’s death penalty must end NOW!

To repeal in 2012!

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