Help families and former prisoners attend the 2012 CEDP Convention:

Donate to the Costella Cannon Fund today!

Caitlin Adams with Rodney Reed and his mother Sandra Reed.
Date: September 15, 2012 7:30 pm
Location: Everywhere.

It's that time of year again!  Every year the Costella Cannon Fund helps brings former prisoners, family members, and murder victims family members together at the CEDP's annual convention.  Here is a letter from Caitlin Adams, friend of Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed and author of the blog Tales from death row:  Justice for Rodney Reed, explaining the importance of the convention to those who attend.  We hope that you will read this letter and plan to make an important contribution to this very special fund.  We appreciate everyone's help so much and of course we invite everyone to attend our annual event in Austin, Texas this year.  

September 15, 2012

Dear abolitionist supporter, 

It all started with a simple neighborhood bike ride not two years ago.  On my ride, I saw a banner outside a home that read, “Innocent Man on Death Row: Free Rodney Reed.” 

I had no idea that my life was about to change again in monumental ways.  A year earlier I was diagnosed with ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease.  What I acutely remember that day on the bike was a wordless sense of connection to this man I didn't know - we had both been sentenced to death.  I knew then that I had to learn who he was.

 This was how I came to know the Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP):  through my incredible friendship with innocent Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed and his family.

 Shortly after meeting Rodney's family and beginning my correspondence with him, I became involved with the CEDP.  I wanted to help in any way I could to free Rodney from his unjust incarceration and to end the draconian institution of capital punishment.  The CEDP has been a powerful ally and supporter for Rodney and his family over these long years of struggle – and they have given a platform to my blog, Tales from Death Row: Free Rodney Reed.

 The CEDP has provided Rodney's mother, Sandra, with a way to use her voice on behalf of her son.  Over the years Sandra has spoken at meetings, rallies and, importantly, at the CEDP's annual convention.  Sandra has been a recipient of the Costella Cannon Fund many times.  The fund was instituted to honor the memory of longtime CEDP member Costella Cannon, a loving mother whose son died while incarcerated.

 The fund provides assistance for family members of prisoners and former prisoners to attend the CEDP's annual convention.  I attended my first convention last year and it was a powerful experience.  Hearing the stories of mothers, brothers, sisters of other prisoners, exonerees and former prisoner was heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.  Being together in solidarity and sharing hugs, smiles, and tears is a loving fuel that fires my efforts to this day.

 Will you help us to continue this tradition by making a generous donation to the Costella Cannon Fund?  Your support is much needed and appreciated.  Your donations are tax deductible.  I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous support of CEDP's ongoing efforts to create a better world for all of us.

 In the beautiful Lakota Sioux prayer, Mitakuye Oyasin - All are Related - we all are all the thousands of men and and women murdered by the state, all those scheduled to be murdered by the state, all those wrongfully convicted and incarcerated.  We must stand up and shout with all that is in us - NOT IN MY NAME!  Giving generously to the Costella Cannon Fund is one way you can do just that.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

 In solidarity,

Caitlin Adams

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