National Conference to Abolish the Death Penalty Comes to Louisville

From the ACLU:
Tuesday, January 12, 2010,

The ACLU of Kentucky, as a partner in the KY Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, is proud to play host to the National Conference to Abolish the Death Penalty in Louisville later this week from January 14-17. The nation’s leading death penalty abolitionists will be gathered at the Seelbach hotel, a rare opportunity for Kentuckians to have access to hundreds of the most significant advocates against state-mandated executions.

Featured speakers will include Sister Helen Prejean; Richard Dieter, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center; Reverend Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State; and Kentucky native Stephen Bright, President and Senior Counsel for the Southern Center for Human Rights, just to name a few.

The 2010 conference theme is Training for the Long Run; Building Bridges to Wider Audiences, and will focus on ways to expand support for ending capital punishment. Workshops cover a wide range of topics offering basic and advanced skills training, new information on research and policy developments in the field, and inspirational firsthand stories about the harm the death penalty causes individuals and the community.

In addition to the daytime conference activities there are opportunities to join us in the evening for two very special events. The KY Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will be hosting an event Thursday evening beginning at 7 p.m at the Muhammad Ali Center to recognize Kentucky advocates. For the bargain price of $20, guests will have access to the museum and an after dinner reception of dessert and coffee.

At the NCADP’s Annual Awards Dinner, ACLU of Kentucky Board member Carl Wedekind will be honored alongside fellow abolitionists such as New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Musician Steve Earle. Scheduled for Saturday, the reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $75 for Kentuckians and only $60 for students and Seniors. For more information on either event please contact Kate Miller at kate@aclu-ky.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We are at a tipping point in this country; at the cusp of sweeping changes regarding the end of state-mandated executions. Join us for the National Conference to Abolish the Death Penalty and be a part of history!