Dec 3, 2013
CNADP won a major victory in 2012 when after years of dedicated hard work abolition was achieved here in Connecticut. This was a long term and collective effort. In the past year and a half, however, we have had to face some factors that complicate our work.
It is because of these obstacles that support from individuals like you is as important as ever. Foundations that once provided the grant funding allowing us to hire staff, including me, have switched their focus and support to states that have a real chance of soon achieving abolition like Delaware, Kansas, and Nebraska. In response, CNADP downsized to a smaller and less expensive office space in March and we wrote grants through the summer to obtain the funding needed to keep me as half time project staff. Unfortunately we were not successful. In December we are closing the office and I am leaving as staff.
Now, I could understand if you feel sad or worried about what will happen with the death penalty in Connecticut and possible reinstatement. The truth is abolitionists here should be concerned. Those who support executions did not just give up and go away. Two pieces of reinstatement legislation were filed in the Connecticut House and Senate in the 2013 Legislative session. The bills did not gain any traction and languished quietly in the Judiciary Committee until the session ended.
From the day those bills were filed CNADP was aware of them and carefully monitored their progress and then languishing in the Judiciary Committee. We chose to stay behind the scenes in our efforts and stood ready to respond if it had become necessary. We know that those who support reinstatement of the death penalty in Connecticut will file similar legislation in the upcoming session. This is why it is so important you give generously to CNADP.
Given all the chances for CNADP one thing will not change: our unwavering commitment to keeping Connecticut death free. We will continue to work to educate about the benefits of a death penalty free Connecticut, to expand repeal, and stop all efforts to reinstate capital punishment.
But these things take money. Even without an office or paid staff, we need funds for the basics like gas to travel the state spreading our message and to print educational materials for legislators and community leaders.
CNADP has a core of members and a newly elected board committed to carrying on our over 27 years of organizing and advocacy to abolish the death penalty. Sheila Denion, a long-term board member, has offered to serve as a volunteer Project Director to help facilitate the work and keep our members engaged. It was actually only in 2009 that CNADP started having paid staff, so there is a long and successful tradition of being an all-volunteer organization. Shelia has the experience of working with CNADP when it was an all-volunteer organization. She plans to encourage broad participation from our members and supporters. You will be hearing from her with monthly email updates and opportunities to participate in our work.
Even with our reduced resources, CNADP still does incredible work. In October, CNADP Board members George Kain and Fernando Bermudez barnstormed all over Japan, talking with supporters of abolition there about how we achieved our victory and lending support to their efforts to end the death penalty. George is going back to Rome at the end of November to present a paper on his death penalty research at the World Conference of Justice Ministers. He will also get to join our friends from Maryland as they witness the Coliseum in Rome lit up in honor of their state being the 7th in seven years to vote for abolition!
On a personal note I want to say that my time as Project Director has been great. Our board and members really understand what was needed to obtain the victory in 2012, how to broaden it, and ensure reinstatement does not happen. It has been my honor and pleasure to work with CNADP.
The support of our members has been vital in the past and helped us achieve our remarkable victory in 2012. Many of you were a part of this incredible achievement. Now we need your support to continue our important work. Please take a moment now to affirm your commitment to the work of CNADP by making a tax-deductible donation. Thank you.
Yours in peace and solidarity,
Yes! I want to make a contribution to help end Connecticut’s death penalty. Please make checks payable to CNADP/TSNE and include the tax ID#04-2261109.
Please send your contribution to:
PO Box 370381
West Hartford, CT 06137
You can also donate safely and securely online at http://www.cnadp.org/donate/