News and Updates

Proposal said to make Georgia death statute vulnerable to attack

By: Bill Rankin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Monday, April 19, 2010

Legislation moving through the General Assembly that would strip a key safeguard from Georgia’s death-penalty law could make the statute vulnerable to constitutional attack.

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to remove the so-called “proportionality review” from state law. The review, conducted by the Georgia Supreme Court in every death-penalty appeal, is intended to guard against the possibility of a capital sentence being arbitrarily imposed.

Senate panel removes review from death-penalty statute

By: Ernie Suggs
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to strip the so-called “proportionality review” from Georgia’s death-penalty statute.

Pacifica radio network to observe birthday of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on April 24th

Monday, April 12, 2010

APRIL 12, 2010

Pacifica Radio Network (510) 849-2590

Also, via email:

Mitchel Cohen <>
Noelle Hanrahan <>

Radio Network to Commemorate Birthday of U.S. Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

Rally for Mumia

Washington, DC, April 26

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Info below is for a rally sponsored by the Free Mumia Coalition-NYC and International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

**Bus tickets will be available at the "Lynching Then, Lynching Now" CEDP Tour event, Wed., April 21 @ 7 PM, CCNY, 137th & Amsterdam Avenue**


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Order a DVD of HOWARD ZINN in conversation with DAVE ZIRIN at the 2009 convention of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. This video captures one of the last speeches Howard Zinn ever gave. Incredibly moving, insightful, witty and charming. Send $12 (or $25 solidarity price) to: CEDP, PO Box 25730, Chicago, IL 60625.

To order a one-year subscription (4 or 5 issues) to the CEDP's New Abolitionist newsletter (the current issue features Howard Zinn and Dave Zirin’s speech), send $12 dollars to the above address. If you send $24, it allows us to send an issue to a person in prison.



Sunday, March 21, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the federal district court in Savannah, GA, to hold a hearing on the evidence regarding Troy’s innocence, which is a significant victory for the ongoing grassroots campaign. This will be the first time a court has heard Troy's case for innocence, so this is HUGE!

Solidarity vigils are called for on the first day of Troy's hearing in federal court. Stay tuned and we will update people as soon as the date is announced. Please consider organizing a vigil in your community or at a federal building on this day!

He taught us to use our voice

A Tribute to Howard Zinn

By: Marlene Martin, national director of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Friday, February 5, 2010

LAST JULY, I sent an invitation to Howard Zinn, asking if he would be the keynote speaker at the Campaign to End the Death Penalty's convention in Chicago in November.

It was a long shot, his close friend and collaborator Anthony Arnove told me--not because he wouldn't want to do it, but because he had so much to do on The People Speak film project, and because his health was not the best. "But you should go ahead and ask" was Anthony's advice.

Doctors' role in executions debated in Georgia

Death penalty foes go after licenses.

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Doctors' role in executions debated
Death penalty foes go after licenses.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 02/01/05

After a lethal dose of chemicals flowed through the veins of convicted killer Timothy Don Carr last Tuesday night, two physicians with stethoscopes around their necks quietly entered the execution chamber.

Murdered by racism

Trayvon and Troy

By: Rebekah Skelton

A 17-year-old walked to a convenience store near his father’s house to buy Skittles and iced tea. A 20-year-old went to a pool party and stopped at a Burger King on his way home. Both were young men who were guilty of nothing more than living while being Black. Now, both are dead. 

Trayvon Martin was shot on February 26 in a residential neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., because he was wearing a hoodie, and George Zimmerman thought he looked “suspicious.” Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia last September because two decades ago, the Savannah Police Department was determined to arrest and try someone in connection with Officer Mark MacPhail’s murder, regardless of his guilt or innocence.

New evidence makes clear: Rodney Reed must be freed!

Rodney's mom Sandra speaking at a rally February 2015
By: Lily Hughes

On February 23, just days before his scheduled execution date, Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was granted a stay from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). 

In the preceding months and years Rodney's many advocates -- his family, his legal team, and supporters from around the world -- have fought to stop the execution and to make  the courts to finally recognize the truth: Rodney is innocent of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas.