Urgent Action to Prevent Execution

Texas death row

Vigils, Protests, Actions – Mark the Execution Date for Robert Henry – Thursday, March 20th at 6 PM ET. Seth Penalver and Herman Lindsey, Exonerated Florida Death Row Survivors and members of Witness to Innocence, to join protest at Florida State Prison. PETITION

Robert Henry’s family and friends have started a petition to save his life.Please sign and share. It is also available at the FADP website.

“I realize that I cannot standby silently as my government executes its citizens. If I do not speak out and resist, I AM AN ACCOMPLICE”. Sr. Helen Prejean

Please make a donation to FADP if you are able. The all-volunteer statewide coalition to abolish the Death Penalty must have your help to do the work.

Florida continues to increase the premeditated and unnecessary killing of captive prisoners. This is to be Richard Lynn Scott’s fourth killing in three months. He is already the…

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Please read the above carefully including the information provided with the petition part of which which states  that

“If Henry’s execution is carried out, he will suffer excruciating pain,” “This is state-sanctioned torture.Injecting a cruel cocktail into Mr. Henry is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and makes a mockery of our democratic system of justice. We cannot allow sadistic new protocols to trump Floridians’ commitment to decency and humane treatment of our fellow citizens.”
Campaign spokesperson Talitha Hazelton.

Since Robert has been on death row, he has served as a counselor and mentor to those struggling with the addiction issues. Mr. Henry knows the horrific toll of untreated addiction – his crack-cocaine addiction led to his condemnation to death, and the death of Ms. Harris and Ms. Thermidor.

I hope as many people as possible will sign the petition and attend the vigils and other actions. And don’t forget to contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Clemency to commute Robert Henry’s death sentence. Tell him to suspend ALL executions. Governor Rick Scott: Phone: (850) 488-7146

Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

If you don’t live in the USA you can still sign the petition and send an e-mail to Governor Scott.

I find executions abhorrent, barbaric and inhumane, an anachronism of a bygone age. A punishment that should be consigned to history. As the above article points out “It is not about what those on Death Row may have done, it’s about US and what WE do.”

Also consider that many people innocent people may well have been executed.

Innocent on Death Row
“They’re playing Russian Roulette with our lives. Our lives have no value.”
John Thompson, exonerated after 14 years on death row

Whenever I talk to someone about the death penalty, and my belief that it has no place in society, I’ll come back to innocence a lot. For me, the possibility of executing an innocent person is one of the most compelling reasons to abolish state-sanctioned executions.

In the United States, 142 former death row inmates have been exonerated – found innocent of the crimes they were due to be executed for and released – since 1976. That’s one person released for every ten that have been executed.

Please continue reading.

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/end-death-penalty/innocent-death-row:

Here in the UK the death penalty was abolished decades ago and also through out the EU .

The European Union holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty; its abolition is a key objective for the Union’s human rights policy. Abolition is, of course, also a pre-condition for entry into the Union.

Indeed, the EU is the leading institutional actor and largest donor to the fight against the death penalty. This commitment is outlined clearly in the EU Guidelines on the death penalty, the first ever human rights guidelines adopted by Council, in 1998.

Read More:

http://eeas.europa.eu/human_rights/adp/index_en.htm

Read more about Amnesty International’s campaign to end execution:

We campaign for an end to all executions around the world – no matter what the circumstances.

Find out the latest on our work to end the death penalty, the ultimate denial of human rights.

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/issues/Death-Penalty?gclid=CKWv6Lyum70CFdShtAodvAEAYA

Please sign the petition concerning the execution of Robert Henry and or write an e-mail to governor Scott if you have not already done so.

https://www.change.org/petitions/governor-rick-scott-stop-the-execution-of-robert-henry-we-say-no-to-this-new-cruel-cocktail-and-inhumane-execution

Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Clemency to commute Robert Henry’s death sentence. Tell him to suspend ALL executions. Governor Rick Scott: Phone: (850) 488-7146
Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

If Robert Henry is executed he will become the 84th person executed in Florida since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1976, and the 14th during Scott’s tenure as governor.

Surely it is time for such punishment to stop.

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