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Want to know how you can make a personal contribution to the campaign to repeal Illinois' death penalty? By writing a handwritten note to your legislator. It takes less than five minutes to do and it's a great way to take direct action against a broken and unjust capital punishment system. We simply cannot stress enough how much your voice matters as a constituent. Now is the time to have your say! Tell your legislator to vote YES for repeal in November.
For letter writing guidelines, click the link: http://www.icadp.org/content/write-your-legislator
More than 100 people showed up in Decatur last night for the kickoff of ICADP's October downstate speaking tour! The tour features the testimonies of both death row exonerees and murder victims' family members as they speak out against capital punishment and inspire members of the public to write letters to their legislators calling for repeal. We are excited about the turnout so far, and hope you can join the numbers at our next tour stop in Springfield on October 21st.
Take a moment to read this article from the Herald Review about last night's event: http://fb.me/wQkQKNhe
Bi-Monthly Campaign Conference Call
Monday, Oct. 11th at 7pm
Countdown to Veto Session: 6 WEEKS!
We want to fill you in on the campaign to pass repeal legislation in this coming November’s Veto Session and coordinate our efforts across the state. Join our bi-monthly conference call on Monday, October 11th from 7-7:30pm.
Dial: (218) 936 - 7979
Enter code: 663 294 #
You simply call the number and enter the code. Then you can listen in to ICADP Executive Director Jeremy Schroeder provide the latest up-to-date info on the repeal legislation, our campaign plan to win repeal and what you can do in the next six weeks to make history in Illinois.
No RSVP necessary but if you have questions, contact ICADP Organizer Liz Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-673-3816.
Our fall E-Newsletter is now available online! Click on the link below to read about all of the activities and events that are going on within the coalition as we prepare to pass our repeal bill during November's Veto Session:
ICADP Fall E-Newsletter: http://fb.me/ETeMFSS6
Linda Robertson, who attended a September tour event, wrote a wonderful Letter to the Editor in the 'Kane County Chronicle', talking about her reaction to the true stories that she heard at the St. Charles Public Library on September 14th. In the article she emphasizes the speech given by Vicki Scheiber, who lost her daughter to murder, and highlights the suffering of murder victims' family members as a direct result of the death penalty.
To read the full article click on the link at the bottom of this page.
KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE
'Letters: Against the Death Penalty'
To the Editor:
The presentations on Sept 14, True Stories of Illinois’ flawed Death Penalty, by the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty at the St. Charles Public Library were real eye-openers for me. I thought I was well informed. As a scientist I have been concerned about the poor data and technical issues coming from cases that have caused exonerations. But I never expected that judges and juries would convict someone like Randy Steidl in a case with corroborating witnesses testifying that he was elsewhere at the time of the murders and no evidence to support the conviction. It totally offends my sense of justice.